Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Liberate Your Art 2014 Postcard Swap

Both last year and this year, I participated in Kat Sloma's international postcard swap.  It's such a great artistic combination of online activity and snail mail.  Kat encourages you to meet a deadline, follow instructions, and get your work published into a postcard format.  O.k., on initial reading, this may not seem like such a big deal, but really people, it is.  It's just another way of demonstrating to our procrastinating selves that taking baby steps forward can help to push a door or resistance down and let your art pour through.

Below are some of the wonderful postcards I received, along with their messages.  I posted the one I sent out at the very bottom.  Join Kat next year yourself, and push your art a little further out into the world!  Click on the link at the bottom of this post.

From Jae-Eun Pilsbury, Surrealist Painter (
"Art Must be an expression of love or it is nothing."  -Marc Chagall

From Pearl:  "The creative adult is the child who survived."  --Ursula Le Guin
(Quilt block)

From Granny Sharon:  Art is Everywhere.

From Lyne Augh (I think that's the spelling)  Be Amazing!  Keep up the good art!

From Lui at "Seek the divine in all that you do and your fruits will always be a celebration."

Mine.  A little something I drew/painted while sitting in my booth at an art show a few years back.

Sunday, April 13, 2014

When She First Saw Him Onstage

Have you ever seen the movie, "The Broken Circle Breakdown?"  You'll then understand this painting.

Friday, April 11, 2014

Trying to figure it out.

Trying to figure it out.

O.K.  Now this is the type of painting that flows right out of me with ease. 
Strong feelings, strong colors.

Waiting for the Entrées

This isn't my usual free flowing style  It's drawing what was in front of me for a sketchbook project I'm doing.


Sunday, March 30, 2014

A Lid for Every Pot

My Grandma Peacock used to say, "There's a lid for every pot."  I think I included that before in my 365-Day Project of a painting/drawing a day, but not before did the phrase take center stage.  I'm glad these two found each other. (-;

Wednesday, March 19, 2014

Betty Sue Trying to Get in Shape - Goodbye Winter!

Betty Sue could feel the pull of spring nipping at here widening waist and winter sluggishness. Time to get out her exercise DVDs and try to whittle that middle down!  She huffed and she puffed, and you had to admire her fortitude in keeping up with leg lifts, side kicks, and arm circles.  But then she came to that darn double-leg cross grapevine move and she faltered. Looking over her shoulder at the t.v. screen, trying to follow her svelte television instructor, she tripped and twisted her ankle.  Cursed aerobics hell!  She limped to her freezer, grabbed some Ben and Jerry's ice cream, hobbled to the couch and put an end to that insanity.

Speaking of winter, here's a few shots I took last Saturday morning.  I actually was walking Ebert, when I saw this ice in the alley looking like broken glass.  It was so beautiful, I had to run back alone with my camera, but even a 5 minute difference had changed its appearance in the warming sun. Still, here's a peek at nature's mosaic.

Then there was this fellow.  Just a lollipop of a big-headed icicle sticking straight up out of the snow.  He looks like a heart, and in the next, an upright cobra, and then a side-view of a screaming mouth and eyes.

Wide-Eyed Cobra

 Eyes and Mouth on the upper right-hand side.

And I love all the detritis and debris in this dirty snow bank.  I want to use that background in a painting.

Here are some wintry goodies.  I took this shot of banana bundt cake while it was still steaming, fresh out of the pan:

I used 2 cups of gluten-free Cup4Cup flour and 1 cup of almond meal to make it gluten-free.

And one final wintry dessert--buttermilk chess pie, which you can read more about at

Friday, March 14, 2014

Happy National Pi Day - Grapefruit Pie

Just a snapshot of the finished product.  Grapefruit Pie with Campari and Angostura Orange Bitters.  It was surprisingly delicious!  What little I got of it... Click on the link to my other blog to see all the pics and to find out what happened to my citrusy pie!