Monday, June 27, 2011

Do's and Don'ts

Do: go to the beach when it is beautiful outside
Do: put a basket on your bike, load it up with work and head to the beach

Do: take the time to watch the sailboats

Do: enjoy lovely little homes at the beach

Do: take a nap at the beach

Ummm DONT: I think this speaks for

Don't: not a good idea

Do: take your puppie for a ride

Don't: get lost in the crowd

Do: join the crowd at the beach

Do: get a new seat when it has lost its covering

Don't try to ride your bike backwards

Friday, June 24, 2011

My Newest Toy

I had a talkin to myself...I need some exercise, so I went through pros and cons of...going to the gym, walking on the track across the street, on and on...I kept coming back to "a bike" that is something I would keep I researched and visited bike shops. The owner of one store (just down the street) said he could order a last years model in a size that would fit me. I'm 5', right in between an adult bike and a kids bike. It is a dream to pedal. I've been going for at least an hour trip but usually I go in the morning, lunch time and in the evening when it cools down. The neighbor hood where I ride is wonderful. I'm going to get a bike rack for the back. The seat is so soft and cushy, but my tailbone still hurts, not sure what I can do about it.

I'm taking a class called Full Tilt Boogie, she uses lots of tapes, I found this pretty shiny tape at the dollar cant beat that price!!

Wednesday, June 22, 2011

A little artwork

First let me say thank you for all your kind comments on the "me" pictures
I think I mentioned I signed up for a class called Silly Photos
we were asked to photograph something we love to do and to show, in four pictures, how its done To make it short and simple...I did a light sketch with a pencil

did some light washes

did a couple of layers on the background, adding salt


Some people clean their palettes, I like like to leave my color mixes

Monday, June 20, 2011


I started blogging in 2008, I've had over 74,000 people look at my blog. I've gone through ups and downs, I was injured by my cat, I've moved out of state, my crafting is all over the place.

but one thing in all this time, I've never showen a picture of myself.

So, Stacey and I had a long conversation about her ability for taking great photos.

I guess I kinda of dared her, like...I bet you cant take a decent photo of me.

Well, she called me on it, it was right before sunset and she plopped my hat on my

head, handed me some sunglasses and said "lets go have fun"

we did, we laughed and laughed.

She wanted me to lean the way the flowers were leaning...I fell over, we laughed some more

I thought I would do time, This is me

better yet, this is Staceys photography
(whew, I cant believe I'm ready to push the publish button)

Antique Store Goodie

We have the best Antique Mall not to far away, in Ontario,CA, Treasures and Junk, not quite as good as Montecello in Portland Oregon

But this little treasure came home with me. It has 4 openings...what to do with it???

A vase

A paint brush holder? many choices!

Sunday, June 19, 2011

My First Handmade Art Journal

I finished my first sample book. It was suggested we do a trial run before working on our "good book" I learned stitching was a bit off. I can see a few more of these in my future

Just 3 signitures with 3 or 4 pages in each

A little music, a bit of ledger, a bit of scrapbooking paper, and

watercolor paper

Saturday, June 18, 2011

Food Truck Festival !!

When its only 15 min HAVE to go Oh yes, we went to another food truck gathering....

marinaded mushroom taco, soooo good

And then the finish... the waffle truck

We split it! Dont go thinking I ate the whole thing (even though I could have)

It was heavier then a normal waffle

Topped with strawberries. California strawberries are soooo good

kept eating and eating

savoring each little bite

Good thing there was a fork so we could stab the stragglers

yep, it was Delicious!!!

Friday, June 17, 2011

Full Tilt Boogie Class Project

My latest project. If you haven't checked out Mary Ann Moss' Full Tilt Boogie, you should!

She wanted us to do a sample to learn to do signitures, before working on our big project.

So, I took apart a little vintage book. The pictures below is showing how I layered papers

(this technique came from Christy Tomlison)

Then I had to add lots of paint with a brayer, then painted the nest and egg.

I have to go out and find some waxed linen for the signitures tomorrow.

fun fun fun!

Thursday, June 16, 2011

I love "ART"!!

This drawing actually was for a photography class called Photo Silly, its not really silly, but fun. We were to sketch what we saw through our fake view finder.

This too was for the photography class, but then I thought it would be fun to show you this cute little nest with bird...the DOLLAR store, can you believe it. I'll be painting it, but soooo cute

I hung my pictures in the apartments, they really look nice. So, off to Micheals I went, Large, larger largest. I cant wait to get started! They are calling my name!

Wednesday, June 15, 2011

Cheery Cherry's

Old book papers, scrapbooking papers then I layered an old baby clothes pattern. Then paints and sprays, brayered and pounced. Golden Acrylics and Watercolor Crayons. Finished it off using a marks "all" pencil, going over it with a mix of water and Goldens Fluid Acrylic Med.

It looks awesome in the kitchen apartment. (see previous post)

Pear Painting

Heres my story behind this an apt. manager as apt become vacant we are getting them updated. They look real nice except one thing...the circut breaker box in the kitchen. I want to cover them. So...I went to Micheals, for a few dollars I I got this large canvas.

I added lots of texture

Happy accident...I have a great stencel, as I was adding texture medium with my finger,

what ever paint was still on the stencel came off and mixed with the texture goop.

It worked out great.

I was so excited I painted some cherries, which I love even more!