Monday, May 22, 2017


trash is kept in its own area in my community.  since i see the trash

area from the kitchen window i wanted it to be, well, pretty.

i found this old mexican door to use for the trash door. 

it makes for a pretty snazzy trash area!

linking with artful adventures stroll

Sunday, May 21, 2017

i am participating in artful adventures

with natalie kalbach.  the idea is that we stroll through

our neighborhood and see with new eyes.  she gives a daily prompt

for us to photograph and post.   i have been posting on 

instagram but will try posting  the photos along with my comments

here as well.   i am posting several prompts here to catch up.

thanks for bearing with me!


i know i'm home when i brush by these Epidendrum orchids 
to enter my front door.  They are from my grandfather's cuttings.  
my mother also had pots of them in various stages and colors.  


a peek through my side fence.


i see the garage and sunrise every morning
from my studio window.


today i clear this bit of a space
to make room for a raised bed garden
i grew up with one grandfather who was 
a gardener and another who grew his own 
vegetables in the back yard.  whenever
i touch the soil, i picture them bent over,
nurturing the ground that fed their families.


it's that kind of day.  big clouds, no cars 
on the street, endless dreams.


my mailbox is across the street with my neighbors.  
my block is the only block in the city where the mail is not 
delivered in front of the house.  they say it is to save 
the mail person from driving on both sides of the street.  i don't mind.  
i like  chatting with my neighbors at mail time. 

Saturday, May 20, 2017


a few months ago i started a grateful jar.

i picked a empty jar from my cupboard,

a 3 x 5 card, pencil and scissors.  each night

we write a few words on what we are grateful 

for.  then we fold it and put it in the jar.  at first,

there were a few lonely folded pieces of paper.

now it is getting fuller and very satisfying. 

its such a simple gesture but i look forward to it.

i am experimenting with doodles 

and color.  it's new to me.  i won a place 

in a carla sonheim workshop given by diane culhane.

700 people entered the drawing and i won!  

it is pushing me in new and unfamiliar directions.

i like that very much!

wishing you a lovely weekend

posting and playing with friends 
at paint party friday.  if you get a chance,
drop by the party!

Friday, May 12, 2017

without realizing it, 

i have found myself in a holding pattern,

like an airplane circling a landing strip

waiting for the tower to ok the next step.

now, this is not necessarily a bad thing.

but for someone who is as active and productive as i am, 

it is unusual.  at first, i considered it a natural

progression after a big push to  finish work for 

 several art shows.  that's understandable.  but now,

i look at it as equivalent to the fall growing season for 

flowers.  you don't see much above ground but there is 

much going on under the surface.  roots are developing 

a strong network to support the growing plant,  nutrients

feed  and strengthen the stalk and the flower bud absorb

what it needs for the next step.  

if i were to describe this 'holding pattern,' i would 

say that i don't have a particular goal,  i am experimenting

with some new (to me) techniques, i am not working on a project

and i haven't been painting daily.  what i have been doing daily

is sketching, doodling, collaging, watercolor, journaling.   

and loving it all.  even here today, on my blog,  i am meandering.

and i think that's just fine!

i wonder if others have these periods of wandering?

a happy mother's day to mothers and a lovely


posting with friends at paint party friday.  
grateful to kristin and eva for generously hosting this group.  

Friday, April 28, 2017

structured and unstructured...

a walk through a regular day.

the first thing i do in the morning is walk into

my studio.  i see the sun rise each day from there.

after a little creating, i walk along the coast or take a yoga class.

on this day there was a sea lion beached.  i am afraid he might 

have been ill to stay so close to people

this week after submitting art to several art venues,

 i have been mark making, journaling and 

generally playing.

these are two finished altered books. 

today i am going to sketch with a sketch club at a local museum and then to

the hammer museum again for a birthday lunch and to revisit the

dubuffet exhibit that i talked about here.  in the past weeks i have visited

several exciting exhibits.  i will be posting pictures

during the week.  check back  or subscribe to the blog

if you're interested.

i am asked regularly if i do art everyday?  

yes, i do.  i have come to realize that i am 

pretty disciplined.  after spending much of my life

rebelling against a structured family, i went in the opposite

direction.  i have come full circle.  to may surprise, i find much comfort in 

structure and have found a way not to make it the 

straightjacket type with no wiggle room.  twyla thrarp's book

the creative habit with helpful in finding my way.

how about you?  structured? unstructured?  disciplined? undisciplined?

current working journals

a lovely spring weekend to all and 

happy paint party friday

Friday, April 7, 2017

i have a new journal.  it's black!  this is the first entry.

i was a little scared of it.  but started with stencils.

then stopped for a long time. i drew in a scene

of the ocean and painted it.  then, painted over it.

now i love my journal and can't wait to play more in it. 

a tiny collaged face.  it fits in my palm. 

happy friday!

sharing with paint party friday!

Friday, March 31, 2017

irma stern was a german artist who lived much of her life 

in south africa.  her art was termed, 'Art of Miss Irma Stern- 

Ugliness as a cult.'  But she held over one hundred solo exhibitions 

in he lifetime.  And she art broke records when sold at Southeby.

i admire her spirit to continue her passion and never give in

to what others say.  this is a drawing after on of her paintings. 

i may later add paint but quite like it as it is now. 

a mixed media work in progress.  slowly 

coming together.

i visited the hammer museum, one of the ucla galleries in

westwood, outside of the campus grounds.   i am not sure

that clicking on the above image will enlarge the print.

i was not familiar with dubuffet before i visited the exhibit.

he was a french artist known as the father of the brut art movement

which later was called outsider art in the united states.  he  appreciated

the art of those who were not formerly trained in art yet displayed 

talent in communicating through their art.  here are a few of his 

pieces on display.  i was taken with his work and the impact he

had in the art world.  if you are interested in learning more about

outsider art, here is a link

i have been under the weather these last few weeks 

so have been less active.   here is an accidental 

 studio shot.

posting today with friends at 
paint party friday.  my appreciation
to our hostesses kristen and eva.