What Have I Been Doing

Paints Everything….

That’s what my friends say when others ask me what I paint. It’s true I pretty much will paint on anything. I do paint on paper and canvas but I also paint shoes, rocks, denim jackets, spools, ceramic and wood. Yep I do like to paint.

So recently I went shopping with my friend and we stopped at one of our favorite stores Pier 1. So what do I find in the clearance section? Two wood plates. The plates are priced 90% below the original price. In other words I’m going to save my husband a bunch of money if I but them; and so I do.

My friends asks me what I’m going to do with these plates. I say “I’m going to paint them.” She says “Of course you are”. ❤️

I’ve got one painted and I really like it. I probably shouldn’t say that about my own work, but it’s true. It can be hung on the wall or set in a stand.

Of course it is for sale for $30. I’m passing my good clearance price on to you.

“A Gentle Touch”. Wood plate 14” overall; 8” painting done in acrylic. $30

It’s a Process….

I took a mini workshop on mixed media. I have never done anything that is remotely considered mixed media, but I loved this woman’s art. So I got out paper and pen and took notes of what she was saying. Sounded like something I could do. Isn’t that what we think until we actually go and do it?

So I started with pieces of paper, mod podge and a board. Well the tearing of paper, gluing and layering isn’t the hard. Repeat and repeat this layering process until I felt it was enough. The hard part is deciding on what direction you are heading with this piece. In other words what picture should be used.

I looked at my sketches and selected a sketch of a sheep. I printed my drawing onto card stock. The sheep is now going on top of the many layers. More glue, markers and paint. Let’s see if this is becoming art or something else. He has tons of texture that looks aged and weathered. I need to stop with my layering. I think I am done.

So do you like it or does it totally miss the mark?

“Mr. Intense”

9”x 11” on wood, mixed media

A Family Dog

I never knew about rescue dogs. Not even sure how long that initiative has been in place. I do think it is an honorable act to rescue animals from cruelty and giving them a new start. What I do know is that the people who give rescue dogs a home are the most wonderful people I know.

In the case of Duke, who became a member of our extended family over 10’years ago, was given another chance for a good life. He was adopted by my son and daughter in law. My son was thinking that this German short hair could protect his wife when she went jogging. Turns out Duke had been so traumatized in his early years that most things scared him.

Over time and a lot of love Duke did guard his new family. The addition of children only added to his charm. His bark could sound ferocious but those of us who knew him knew better. Duke was s softie at heart.

Duke died this year living far longer then anyone ever imagined. I painted Duke’s picture sleeping beside his side kick Taz. He is greatly missed.

“Sleep Tight”. 12”x12” acrylic