Most of the time (before the grand baby anyway) the studio is a quiet, contemplative and therapeutic place. I am forntunate to be able to “schedule” time there weekly when a friend comes to paint with me. We have been doing this for almost 10 years now. As much as I love my time alone (especially in the studio) there is something to be said for painting in the company of others. Small bits of encouragement or constructive criticism are passed. A strong feeling of camaraderie is in the air. Last Friday however, my husband scheduled something that included me looking after two grandkids. Kris and I had only an hour to ourselves before their invasion along with the sound of the hubby and stepson hammering outside the studio door. This is the piece I worked on then…. called “Chaos” and despite the title looks kind of happy. It’s not quite done, but almost. This is large form me too – 24×30.


Diverging Path


Sometimes the path to the trash is a winding one. During the process of unframing some pieces I deemed unworthy, I then had to decide their next destination. Several will have a temporary reprieve. Since I feel I’ve learned a lot about making abstract art this past year, I’m hoping I can rescue some of them. These will be reworked:

This one, which I didn’t include in my original post about culling work for quality, will have a more difficult journey. I hope to rescue it by improving it as a watercolor.


Bossy Pants is fun

This is another painting from my online workshop with Joan Fullerton. This one was painted with the 17 month old grandson in the studio. Hence it’s titled “Tension”.


Culling for Quality

So every now and then I go through my oeuvre and trash or repurpose those of lesser quality. It’s rare that I keep anything right after it’s creation that isn’t at least moderately successful. Still time often changes my view of a piece. Then too, hopefully my work improves the more I do. The newer stuff isn’t always better than the old, but most of the time it is.  These are some that are on the “chopping block”. The watercolors I usually cut up and use for collage or “weaving”. The other paintings can be gessoed over. The mixed media are harder. Those I often just unframed and store as a memento of where I’ve been. This lessens the framing bills too, because I definitely can always reuse those!


Known & Unknown

It always amazes me that several artists might follow the same instructions yet produce totally individual and unique artwork. This so demonstrates to me one of the most important things about art. It is at the core of why it is so important to keep the arts in our schools, from pre-k to high school and beyond. It is so important for all of us to be able to communicate with the outside world(s).  Yet sometimes we don’t even know what we want to say. Sometimes we aren’t even sure how we feel or what we think. The arts can help us to give voice to the known and the unknown.

“Obstruction” final

“Obstruction” $60

Learning via laptop

I’ve been taking an online course for the past three weeks or so. I wasn’t sure I would care for this. I’ve bought many instructional DVDs and never seem to get around to watching them. There are several things that are different about this online course. For one thing it is more audio than visual. Kind of odd that I’d prefer that since I am more of a visual person. You can print out the lessons and read them too. I highly recommend Joan Fullerton as an instructor. How can you not love the idea of “Bossy Pants” painting?! Here are mine so far.

Embarrassment of Riches

TWO sales within a few weeks time. Since there have been many droughts of a lot longer periods, I will soak this up and enjoy it to the fullest. This little one sold at the Cultural Center at Ponte Vedra in the First Coast Plein Air Painters’ show there.



So, I think this one’s done. I am going to varnish a bunch. Put it away and then look at it again in a week. I have to see if I have a frame anywhere near it’s size too.


Palette Play

So I’ve been working off and on with the same palette for many months now: a turquoise and orange/red combo. I think this is number 3 or 4. It is still a W.I.P. It may be my favorite so far. When I work in series it seems the “middle children” lose their way some how. It’s the first and last that seem to be the best. I can say that because I was a middle child. I think the wobbly horizon is an effect of the camera shot…I sure hope it is!



Another piece done while painting with Anna Miller. Painting almost anything makes me feel fulfilled.


Light Touch

Just wondering at the miracle called LIFE .


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