Tuesday, June 24, 2014


It is amazing what clouds, humidity and heat can bring into my studio. In this case, a visitor, Queen Crone, Queen of the Kingdom of Everything Good.
She came to inquire as to whether I would sketch and paint a portrait of her, to be placed in the Great Hall of her summer home in the Kingdom of Everything Good. I was honored, of course, only having completed Danny Gregory's Sketchbook Skool, #1, mere weeks ago. Knowing that the next session won't begin until July 4, I spoke a bold "yes" and put
Monkey Brain behind me. Danny and his faculty would be proud.

We began immediately! The Queen requested that I make her look a bit more youthful. She sat as still as a statue and my fingers, pencil, brushes and paint seemed to fly. 

The work was completed and hung in the Great Hall.

 At twilight, a young charge came to make pleasant exchange with the Queen and welcome her to her new home. 

Before summer humidity turned into showers, the two found they were kindred spirits,  ready to learn from one another. And the Queen smiled from the inside out, realizing her portrait would carry  influences for years to come.

P. S. Thanks to Danny Gregory and all the faculty of Sketchbook Skool #1 for their tremendous sharing and joy.
Check out Online klass ssession 2 at   www.sketchbookskool.com
Come and be a part of something very special....believe!!!!!!!!!!


Sunday, June 22, 2014

At Last

All the signals were blaring. First,  this past week, our son and granddaughter went early one morning to survey the lilly trumpets.

 They found an array...........

and came back with a full report. 
Then, a peculiar package arrived for The Fairy Queen from somewhere in Connecticut. It's contents were clearly buzzing with excitement.
Portraits, masks, secret milk messages and lost teeth began to appear around the house.
I even saw signs in the smile of a dashing young groom mid summer heat and 
in the whispering of my granddaughter sharing: "Oh Grandma, I so love happily ever afters!" at the conclusion of the ceremony.

And then, this morning,  there was a final sign, the wind had changed.

As I went to get a cup of coffee, a fairy crone sat looking at me from atop the Bunn.
There was no mistaking her! As I startled and prepared for another glance.....she took flight

making quickly to the open porch door. 
Then out the porch she flew.

Meanwhile, spying Mr. Doings and 
Serendipity (or Seren for short)
I grabbed my camera and we went tracking. 
Seren took the lead,
 found the scent..........
and in no time at all, Mr. Doings had spied the crone.

There she sat pink ribbon flags waving her welcome.

With fairies chattering, 

fairies praising, 

fairies watching,  
fairies listening, 
on the 
second full day of summer
The Kingdom of Everything Good could raise it's flag.

The Queen Crone was finally home.

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Kingdom Tither

The gnomes in Blue Village have been in quite a tither: snow fell.

Seed planting halted.
Chatter of coming things began.
Flower growth was suspended.

Water source for birds froze.
The first Blood Moon came and went.
Blue Village thawed.
Peace and hope returned, with a renewed knowledge of how good He is all the time. And many voices were heard from the village saying: "Choose you this day whom you will serve; As for me and my house, we will serve the Lord."  -Joshua 24:15

Friday, February 28, 2014

Peace and Joy

Once I got settled into a couple of e-classes in January I decided to start a very intense project that began from a collection of ephemera a friend provided me. Work by Anna Dabrowska, aka Finnabar, inspired me as I designed and worked through two pieces.

First there was the initial need to attach the ephemera to canvas board with gel medium and select frames for each.


Once all was dry, generous layers of gesso were put on each.

Next came a number of layers of Dylusions spray inks and acrylic paints.

Coloration continued and spray shimmer was used and then each board was covered with black acrylic wash that was wiped off to reveal detail. Frames were also painted to blend with the pieces.

Rub 'n Buff Grecian Gold was applied. Pearlized acrylic paints, rhinestones and Golden Gold fine  were applied.

At last, the pieces were complete. However, none of the pictures I have taken come close to the true reveal of color and texture that each will provide to my friend's studio. I do hope she does not try to eat them....they are her favorite colors!

Here are a few close up shots you might enjoy seeing.

Wednesday, January 8, 2014

Off My Desk

WOW, with the start of 2014, came more e classes, more ideas, more fresh beginnings in new journals. So, as of now I have several things off my studio table. Wanna see? Here they are.

The first couple of exercises for "Life Book, 2014". My choice for "word" for the year: Immanuel.

The inside cover page and faithart journaling pages for the first eight days of the month are also complete. This journey will be a day by day adventure that I came up with after having followed Diane Marra (dianemarra.typepad.com) for a year or so. Decided to incorporate inspiration from my preferred daily devotion guide, Upper Room (UR) and/or my newly acquired devotional, The Duck Commander Devotional. To date, I have only used UR inspirations.

Also keeping up with daily "Creative Jumpstart, 2014", through the month of January. Have a couple of classes to take from Valerie Sjodin for my 64th birthday this month and I have to finish signing up for workshops at "Art is my...BFF" in October. Yes, lots on my workbench but many things are already off of it.

Every day of life IS good, busy, fun. Retirement could not be better than this. Love, love, love it!!!!!
Here I come 2014, ready or not!