Friday, October 21, 2016

hello and thank you for visiting.

today i am featuring a few highlights 

of the last two weeks ...  in no particular order

a few sketchy teabags

three of us rented a house in 

newport beach a block from the 

ocean.  we spread out and did 

art whenever we wanted, talked about 

where to eat, ate, did more art,

and talk some more.

but first we visited the long beach museum of art

where there was  a wonderful exhibit featuring

contemporary artists. 

a journal given to us by john arbuckle.  

i filled the whole thing with memories 

jo bennett, an artist i met on instagram read some of

my posts about my japanese relatives being 

interned.  she and her mother were moved by the

stories and gifted me this doll which was left to her

mother by japanese americans before they were interned.

a little collage fun.

a cardboard journal john showed us how to make

over the weekend.

acts for my international group.

and a figurative drawing for an online figurative  group.

with being in and out of town, i am a week behind 

on responding to your generous comments but know i am 

always delighted and grateful for  your visit.  

happy friday to all!   i am posting with
paint party friday today.  for some eye candy
stop by and visit!

have a lovely weekend

Thursday, October 6, 2016

is it really october?


this week is my birthday and

i am doing a lot of celebrating.

but still have time to create.

here are a few teabags i painted.

i never felt this was finished so in my weekly workshop

i decided to work on it and do something different.  

i learned a new paint application.  where you roll a round brush

in several colors and then roll it on the canvas.  the instructor

said this is in the style of monet.  

still a work in progress with lots more layer yet to go.

i reserve judgement of the result so far but am enjoying

the process.  

today i link with paint party friday, a weekly community

of creatives hosted by kristen and eva.  i hope you get a moment

to visit.

have a lovely weekend!

Friday, September 30, 2016

i felt like i hit the jackpot when i found a sonia delunay book 

on sale at anthropologie.  i love her use of color and design but 

was unfamiliar with her figures.  i used a small section of one of her

paintings for this teabag painting.

i am experimenting with figure drawing this week.  

simple lines are deceptively difficult.  

i have paper ephemerah flowing from drawers,

shelves, closets.  a friend suggested i use them to collage in large books.

he said don't think about it.  just work intuitively.  here are a few 

pages.  i worked fast, intuitively and had a lot of fun!  also he said

that i can cut portions of the pages if i want to use them in a painting.

good idea!

it's been hot, hot, hot this week.  in the 90's.

but the sunsets have been spectacular and the 

evenings delicious.

thank you for visiting today.

have a lovely weekend!


it is friday and on this day
i link the post with the lovely creatives 
at paint party friday

Friday, September 23, 2016


here is some of the work i have

been doing this week.

30 paintings in 30 days

#29 faces


paintings on teabags endlessly intrigues me.

i use them like a playground to experiment

with various mediums and studies.

tea bag 

tea bag

tea bag

tea bag

i made this journal years ago.

the pages are of varying sizes.  i have not

been certain about it, the unpredictability of it all.

i have embraced it, added packing tape collage along

with one of my paintings to the cover and 

am in love with it.   i have joined the 30 day

journal challenge with lisa sonora for the 

month of september.  it has unexpectedly become

very grounding to write daily.  

hand made journal cover

journal page

journal page

southern california has experiencing years 

of drought.  drought tolerant gardens have been popping

up all over to help conserve water so along with the 

palm trees of old, succulents are commonplace.  

i am appreciating the refreshing beauty in these plants.  


if you get some time,  a visit to  paint party friday 

will delight your eyes and spirit.

thank you for visiting today!

Friday, September 16, 2016

this week 

in this studio

i tried to capture the magic light that beckons every morning

this started as a painted canvas that has been sitting unfinished.  

it needed more than paint

so i collaged using mainly printed tissue papers. 

i made a copy of a previous painting and tore it.

then glued it into my journal and painted another face.

on the adjacent page i made a pcket.

on individual pieces of paper i wrote

different dares and what i thought might

happen if i dared do it.  it was a 

revealing exercise.

another copy of a previous face glued to 

my journal.  i painted, stenciled

and then collaged a dress 

these next are teabags.

others visiting me today.

that's it for my creative week.  

how was your week?

Friday, September 9, 2016

day 5

30 paintings in 30 days

29 faces 

i have taken on several creative challenges this month...

one probably would have been enough but i could not say no

to the second... and then the third, a journaling challenge with

prompts came along.  after much thought i decided i would try.

if it became too much i would bow out.  as it turns out,

the journaling is fueling my creative fire.   i learned

that you can never predict what will be the one thing

that will add to your life.  do you spark your creativity 

in any particular way?

mixed media on canvas, 30 paintings in 30 days

acrylic teabag, 365 teabag paintings 

and a journal entry for 

30 day journal with lisa sonora

page in handmade journal,  pages made from eco dyed and boiled paper

"Pursuing my path of becoming an artist wasn't really about the art."
Lisa Sonora

the journaling reads:

my family immigrated to the united states in the
early 1900s from japan.  each of them explored
art at times of distress.

i do my art because it is my calling.  i did not 
know this for decades.

this is a friday post along with others creatives
at paint party friday, a weekly showcase of art 
 hosted by eva and kristen.

thank you for visiting today.
and if you choose to post a comment,
thank you for your time and consideration.
both are appreciated! 

Monday, September 5, 2016