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Some whimsy last nite.......willow charcoal quickie maybe 10 min at the most more like 6 or 7 I think. No fixes allowed was my rule so it looks rough but I like her!!!



Well, it feels good to be back. Was away for a while.

Painted this delicate Bud last night for the WDE at WetCanvas that goes on every weekend ( if you go HERE and read the stickys at the top of the forum page. It will explain what a WDE is, anyone, member or not can participate they are so much fun to do!!)

It's so good to be painting again. This was done on gallery wrapped canvas, no need to frame, in Acrylics. Many glazes especially on the background to get it to recede. Had fun painting this little gem. What do you think?

More to come. Have two more large paintings on the go right now, more flowers.


Women In Art

Look what I found today!!
This is fascinating!!

500 Years of Female Portraits in Western Art
works by:

Leonardo Da Vinci, Raphael - Raffaello, Titian - Tiziano Vecellio , Sandro Botticelli , Giovanni Antonio Boltraffio, Albrecht Dürer, Lucas Cranach the Elder, Antonello da Messina, Pietro Perugino, Hans Memling, El Greco, Hans Holbein, Fyodor Stepanovich Rokotov , Peter Paul Rubens, Gobert, Caspar Netscher, Pierre Mignard, Jean-Marc Nattier, Élisabeth-Louise Vigée-Le Brun, Sir Joshua Reynolds, Franz Xaver Winterhalter, Alexei Vasilievich Tyranov, Vladimir Lukich Borovikovsky, Alexey Gavrilovich Venetsianov, Antoine-Jean Gros, Orest Adamovich Kiprensky, Amalie, Jean-Baptiste Camille Corot, Édouard Manet, Flatour, Jean Auguste Dominique Ingres, William Clark Wontner, William-Adolphe Bouguereau, Comerre, Leighton, Blaas, Renoir, Millias, Duveneck, Cassat, Weir, Zorn, Alphonse Mucha, Paul Gaugan, Henri Matisse, Picabia, Gustav Klimt, Hawkins, Magritte, Salvador Dali, Malevich, Merrild, Modigliani, Pablo Picasso

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More playing around with my acrylics.
Just trying to see how far you can go with them.
This was done very wet on wet washes, a lot more than the Poseys.
After the first few washes of different colors, I looked to see what jumped out at me in regards to shapes, and I saw cabbage type roses, so after it dried I went back in and softly tried to emphasize the shapes a bit more of the roses and leaves. I liked the soft look, will have to play with them more.
I tried this with Acrylic instead of watercolor, because when acrylics dry and then you add another color or water on top, the color below does not wash away, as watercolor does ( so I was told) so wanted to try it myself. More practise needed, but lots of potential, for backgrounds etc. Think this one was too wet. But here's one of the smaller sheets that I did.
This one is about 9 X 9 on Watercolor paper



This painting is of "Poofy" a Persian Cat of one of the Hosts
on WetCanvas from a weekend drawing event (WDE-we call it)
The first pic is my initial painting. I had decided to have him hiding
under a scarf, but wanted to have some kind of outline for the scarf,
so I blocked in the body form first, then covered it!!
Very cliché I know....but I think its cute!!
So here's.....Peek A Boo Poofy.........heh heh

Acrylic approx 4 X 12 Canvas



I was experimenting with the wet on wet look
and my acrylic paints, sort of like watercolors,
and came up with this the other day.
Bunch of flowers, poppies, or whatever,
semi-abstract with ink outlines.
I kind of liked it, so thought I'd post it.

Acrylic on 9x12 watercolor paper.

I hope everyone, had a chance to spend some time
with their mothers on Sunday.
I was treated to dinner and the final episode of Survivor
with my daughter and her husband, and a huge
flowering Azalea for the house. A pretty pink and white.
Hope I can keep it flowering. I don't have a very good
record with inside flowering plants.
Will have to take a picture and show you.



Above just adding some more Body Lines to a series I started way back in Apr and May 07.
Just felt like working with some Vine Charcoal. Working with different Ideas.
Think these would look good together say six or so in a line or a square.
Each is 11x8 on black pastel paper

Above is another nude drawing I also did Friday night . This one is done with graphite, much cleaner to work with, but hard to get the dark darks. But I'm pleased with it. Another painting to come, but with very dark contrasts and background as in the charcoal. Think it would good. Again from my sketchbook so size is 11x14. Had to photoshop it a bit to darken, as graphite does not show up well when scanned. I need a new camera. :) What do you think?



Was going to paint tonight, but somehow got into my sketch book, and did some experimenting with some willow vine charcoal, a study on minimal lines, and light. Sounds good huh, well, when it comes to willow vine charcoal and me, I make huge messes, all over everything. Tonight I now have a 4inch area on my light grey rug with squished charcoal, and dust all over my hands, and arms, and face, huge black marks everywhere......and I love it. I'll worry about the rug tomorrow.(Any suggestions how to get this stuff out??) Mine never turn out neat, and tidy like other artists, but I just love the feel of it, it's so light and airy to work with. 11x14. Going to do this with Acrylic, and see how it turns out in a larger size I think.


Thought I would show you some progress steps in another painting I'm about to finish. It has involved lots of glazing, which gives the painting wonderful depth, and helps them come alive.

The last one below - more glazes, doing under layer of highlights, and defining shapes of apples, so they Pop!! Almost done. Few more glazes and colors should do it.

The Second - Started to add more detail and glazes, and shadows

The first one, just blocking in the basic colors and shapes. Oh....
the size is 12 x 12 on 2 inch gallery wrapped canvas. You have the option of framing or not with this kind of canvas. Using Acrylics.

Will let this dry for now.
What do you think, comments welcome.:)



This is a WIP (Work In Progress) started this last night just working on some ideas for larger paintings, and trying different techniques, basically playing with my paints. Oh what fun, nothing like doing something you love to do.

This still has some work left to do, but posted it so I can have a better look at it really. Gives you a better way to view your work. There is some light background work done, but it's not showing up here. I can see right away some areas that need some pizzaz. Too tired to keep going, will finish later.

Update........Jun4/07...did a few more touches to this. I'm finished with this one now. My daughter loves it so going to give it to her!!

Self Portraits

Self Portraits, a nemesis for some of us.
True to her word, jafabrit has posted three of her self portraits, she has done in the past, which I think are wonderful, thought provoking examples of her Artistic talent. Go have a look. Thank you Corrine.
If anyone else has a self portrait to show, drop a line here and we will go and have a look see. It's always so interesting to see what others look like, and view themselves.



Ok, here it is, finished it on the weekend!
Found it hard to try paint myself, have trouble doing family too!! Would rather paint strangers.......hmmmmm must be some "Freud" thing about that one. Well its done, and I'm posting it.
There was a challenge on at WetCanvas in the Acrylics Forum. To post a SelfPortrait. by the end of the month. That's what this was for. This is my first of me in Acrylics, on Gallery wrapped Canvas. What do you think?



This is from the WEG2006 Freestyle Dressage Final,



New banner I made for my Blog Heading, from a portion of one of my paintings.
Luv that Red.........




Ok, so it didn't work the last time and I took a sabatical for a few weeks........Hope you guys are still with me cause.......I'm really back, and a convert to boot. Just switched like 5 minutes ago. Wanted to get that part over before the weekend, so far so good. Looks like everything is here that should be. So now I'll have the weekend to play with the rest of the new toys.
In the meantime, here's a look at my new cat Keeta, that I saved from the SPCA before Xmas. He's a year and a half, and we have had a great time getting to know one another. My little Cockatiel Kiwi, died suddenly, and I was just so lost, that I went within 2 weeks and found another little animal that needed a home. So I'm post some pictures of my guy.
Had a bit of a scare this week with that cat food recall, as he was on Iams, but the dry food. So the vet says he looks fine, and it's just the wet food they are concerned about.
That's all for now. Will be posting some paintings next.


I'm Back

Hi, I'm back. I've been locked out of my blog, and after many hours searching and reading, and a few emails over the days. Very frustrating one's I might add. I have access again ( for a while).
I have to say I'm terribly disappointed in the help situation that Google has set up for us bloggers. It's like no one exists, there is no one to talk to, they just give you all these pages to read that click to more pages to read and eventually you're back to the first page, and nothing is solved. Just going to the forums is an experience you don't want. Google is really pushing to get everyone converted to their New Blogger, and locked me out in the process. I know there are many more like me, out there. They wanted everyone to have been converted by 2007 and that didn't happen, so they are pushing it now. I didn't convert as I was reading all the stories of other bloggers, and how much trouble they were having. So wanted to wait till the wrinkles were worked out. Now I know the writing is on the wall, I'm going to slowly convert after I copy and save everything on my blog
first. I'll just keep repeating "Change is a good thing, Change is a good thing" and keep my fingers crossed when I switch!!

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Just stopped by a blog that I visit and had such a great laugh I wanted to pass it along.
The blog is called "Jafabrits Art", by a wonderful Ohio Artist who goes by the name Jafabrit.
It's a You Tube video by a British Comedian and I quote how Jafabrit explains it: "Have any of you ever read an unfamiliar word and misunderstood its meaning? Here is an example by the comedian Catherine Tate called "mushroom soup" which I think is just hilarious." And so do I, click here: Catherine Tate
I must admit that just listening to the British accent was a good laugh on it's own. (sorry to all Brits, but you got to admit it's hard to understand!!)


Blogging Tips for Dummies

That's me......and right now my head can't hold any more information.
I've been trying to learn the ins and outs of setting up and changing my templates for my blogs.
I've been wanting to do this for months, and change my colors etc. in my blog. So for last few weeks, on and off I've been looking and reading at many different places and sites about how to do this, and how to set up my own website.
I've just scratched the surface, but have achieved some good results, and believe me, if I can do it anyone can. You just have to follow a certain method (to the madness), and never do anything without having backup( I learned that the hard way).
Still haven't changed to the new blogger yet, but have set up another from that and just now learning how to do things with it. When I've got that down, I'll be changing this blog and my other one over.
There are some great places and people out there who will help if you ask. I just started with blogger help, and found that you get more info if you go into the advanced part. also reading the responses on the forums helps.
There is a book out called "Blogging for Dummies" that is great. Takes you step by step. I also found a weblog on Blogger called "Dummies Guide to Blogger" by a gentleman named Peter Chin here:
That I found very very useful, and easy to follow. This site covers the old and new blogger plus he has links there for two other blogs that cover more blogger tips and tricks. Just take your time on his blog to find what you are looking for. He has a lot of very useful information, and explains it very simply with visual help, so much easier to understand. Very worthwhile visit on his blogs. I thank you very much Mr. Chin, I've finally got a grasp of HTML and CSS, and Templates. and right now I'm playing with colors for my blog, and changing the set up. That should keep me busy for a while......... remember......always backup before you change anything!!!

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