Saturday, January 21, 2023

Revisting the Art of Doll Making



Back in the 90's I explored doll making.  It was 15 years before I would discover my love for painting.  I was working in the Coronary Intensive Care Unit at a hospital at the time and I remember how relaxing it was to work with clay, paint and cloth. My job was very stressful and this offered such a respite.  I made 11 doll ornaments with matching hearts and bows to go on our Christmas tree.  It took two months to make them.  My husband kept commenting about how fixated I was during the process.   I should have known then that making art would be a good fit for me. 

Last March I had the desire to reexplore this art and found it to be just as satisfying as painting.  I don't think I will ever stop painting, but having other mediums to work with is a good thing because I have always liked variety.

These two have been listed in my Etsy shop.  

In October, I rearranged my workspace again.  Here it is as of yesterday.  It's already a mess, but that's a good thing, right?

I have been working on my bird photography.  I would like to buy a new lens for my camera to get clearer photos of them.  Birds are so beautiful in their markings, not to mention entertaining to watch!  I love this photo the most out of dozens I took recently.  It looks like he is casually taking in the scenery, though I am sure he is just keeping an eye out for predators.  I discovered a YouTube channel titled Leslie the Bird Nerd.  She lives in northeastern US and is so knowledgeable about birds. It is amazing how much they trust her, eating seed right from her hand.  Her videography is stunning also and I highly recommend her channel if you are a bird lover too.

I am keeping this post short and sweet...Until next time!

Saturday, June 11, 2022

Working in Mixed Media Again


Lady in Red
mixed media 9x12

Woman With Granny Squares
mixed media 9x12

Coffee Date
mixed media 9x12 

I have been working in mixed media again and it has been so enjoyable to use all the different tools I have. It is like revisiting an old friend.  The textures, the colors, the glue, the glazes, the depth that is created is so different from oil painting.  Since Kansas can be so humid in the summer, I decided to go back to acrylic painting and mixed media.  These are all done on heavy watercolor paper and then adhered to a wooden board with a cradle.  The available paintings are in my Etsy shop.  

I think that "Lady in Red" was inspired by this photo of a building.  I took the photo last week while out exploring the Flint Hills with a friend.  We have had so much rain, everything is glowing green right now. I love Kansas in May and June.  

Sunday, May 1, 2022

Around Here Lately


Simply Worth Noticing
oil on canvas 20x16 inch

It has turned so green here in Kansas.  I have been buzzing about the house and yard, planting flowers in pots and planters, and taking long walks in my neighborhood and nearby parks.  

Room With Yellow Chair and Shadows
oil on canvas 18x18 inch

I was painting a lot, but that has slowed down quite a bit.  The warmer weather always beckons in both work and play.  And I am working on other projects which I will share about in the future.

Interior With Two Cats
mixed media 9x12 inch

The above painting was inspired by scenes from my own house.  We sadly had to say goodbye to one of our cats in March.  Our sweet Peet was 17.  


I wish to close on a lighter note to share a short video of a hike I went on recently.  It is at Swanson Park which a nature preservation area close to my home.  I hope you enjoy it.  

Until next time.

Tuesday, March 1, 2022

Some Joyful Art for March 1st


Evening Walk With Cloudy Moon and Star
oil on cradled wood 12x16 inch

It is March 1st and as the Robins sing and the earth warms up, it feels like a good day to share some art.  All of it infused with a joyful spirit and hopeful thoughts.  I think we could all use that right now.

Wooden House at Day
oil on panel 5x7 inch

Abandoned House
oil on panel 7x5 inch

Two Wooden Houses at Night
oil on panel 5x7 inch

Woman Napping With Cat
oil on wood 12x9 inch

All paintings are available in my Etsy shop.  

Wishing everyone well today and every day.

Friday, February 11, 2022

Sharing Ludovico


Ludovico Einaudi is an Italian pianist and composer.  I have been hearing his beautiful music coming across my Pandora stations for a while now.  I shared a couple of pieces with my son who is also a pianist and he told me that one of his students is learning to play this one called Night.  The music and this visually stunning video was mesmerizing.  The simple and multiple symbols and trees and marks were all drawn by Ludovico.  

This quote is from the description on YouTube:

Says Einaudi: “I saw new frontiers – on the edge between what I knew and what I didn’t know – that I had long wanted to explore: creation myths, the periodic table, Euclid's geometry, Kandinsky’s writings, the matter of sound, and of colour, the stems of wild grass in a meadow, the shapes of the landscape. For months I wandered in a seemingly chaotic mix of images, thoughts and feelings. Then, gradually, everything came together in a dance, as if all the elements were parts of the same world, and myself within it.”

Friday, December 31, 2021

Goodbye 2021


2021 was a good year for me and my family.  I am grateful given the times we are in right now.  I never want to take anything for granted.  

I made my annual end of the year video and here it is with paintings infused with life.  

I wish you all a very Happy New Year and I hope 2022 is good to you.  


Wednesday, December 1, 2021

The Most Beautiful Autumn

Farm House
oil on panel

This Autumn was the most beautiful I can remember in Kansas.  I probably walked over 150 miles in November alone trying to see as much color as I could, and there are still trees that are glowing yellow and red and orange.  

Bartlett Arboretum
Belle Plaine, Kansas

I created this video to try to capture both my art and the events and sights of the month.  I hope you enjoy it.