Thursday, June 4, 2015

There's Something in the Water

It has only been a couple of weeks since a ruptured pipeline spilled up to 101,000 gallons of crude oil along the Santa Barbara coast, so we are a little paranoid about our water. 
 Instead of oily black, the ocean has been a shocking shade of turquoise since yesterday.  
I have no idea why it's this colorful but it's spectacular.   


Monday, February 2, 2015

29Faces, Day 1

Last year I started the 29 Faces challenge but sadly, I only made it to day 4!  Kind of pathetic so I am determined to do better this time.  To help me find inspiration I decided to use faces from famous artists as my muses.  Here is day 1, inspired by Picasso.

Pencil on paper.  4 in. X 6 in.

I've been in a definite creative rut for a long time.  So I'm really hoping I can stick with it!

29 faces

Friday, January 30, 2015

I Sold A Painting to A Stranger!

I Sold A Painting to A Stranger!

Lots of my artwork hangs on walls in my own home and in the homes of friends and family but I had never sold a painting to a stranger until this past Christmas season when this little painting was purchased by a very nice couple.  Isn't that nice?

This one needs some more work...I'm kind of stuck with how to jazz it up.  I just keep staring at it...
I have not been very productive in the art department lately.  Every time I start something I think "this is it, I'll break my rut," but then...I don't.  I'm joining in Paint Party Friday.  It's been forever since I've linked up and I've missed the interaction and inspiration!

Paint Party Friday

Monday, January 26, 2015

A Very Late Happy New Year

It's still January so I think it's not to late to say Happy New Year.
At the end of last year I was busy making jewelry to sell and holiday craft fairs.  The full time, work from home job I've been lucky enough to have for the last 8 years has changed to (very) part time so I've been focusing on trying to replace the income.  Holiday jewelry sales were good and I added some art to the table...somehow selling art felt so very personal.  

I've been looking for a new job but the going is slow.  And stressful.  So I am making a bigger effort than usual to enjoy the blessings I have.  As I always do at this time of year I enjoy watching the sunsets.  The picture above was taken looking out our kitchen.  

The picture below is from a park just down at the end of our street.  I watch the sky every evening and if it the conditions are right I can sneak away for 15 minutes of sky watching before I make dinner. I never get tired on taking pictures of sunsets.

I hope you are all enjoying 2015 so far.  I am looking forward to what lies ahead...I just wish I knew what it was!

Monday, November 3, 2014

Leadbetter Beach Watercolor and Sunset

My last post showed some watercolor Hungarian Folk Flowers.  I had tried something new...just loose watercolor shapes representing the flowers as I imagined them finished.  Then I did the actual "finishing" in black pen.  I loved the way it looked with the flowers so I tried it with a landscape.  I think it's interesting...needs refinement but kind of cool.

If the tide was low enough to walk around that point you would find the beach where we watched the sunset a few nights ago...

Paint Party Friday

Thursday, October 30, 2014

Breaking out of my rut.

Boy, have I been in a creative rut.  

Rut broken.

Paint Party Friday

Thursday, October 23, 2014

The Green Emporer

In the 1976 my family moved to London for a year.  That summer before the London school year started, and the summer of 1977 after our sabbatical in London was over, my family and I lived in this VW Westfalia pop up top van.  It was a nomadic life moving from campground to campground.  We loved that VW, we named it the Green Emporer and would sing happy birthday to it every time the odometer reached a milestone number.  

Typical meal at a rest stop or campground.
We collected stickers at many of the towns we stopped in to stick to the back of the van.
My older brother was 10, I was 7 and my baby brother only a few months old.
Bath time.
Back home with California plates.