The Art

Farm Sky Painting

Forgive my excitement if it seems like I’m bragging, but I’m excited right now with my latest accomplishment. I love it when a painting I do ends up well. That doesn’t happen often. But I stayed focused all the way. I’m sure it was because of my huge crush on skies and farms and gorgeous sunsets.

Two views. Enjoy.

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I Won Artwork

Forgive me for bragging but I was a recent recipient of the beautiful digital painting pictured here, a masterful piece of art by a talented artist at I’m very proud to have won, and excited that I’m allowed to reproduce it into a physical piece of art to hang in my house. I haven’t done it yet, but I’ve been on the phone talking to places that make reproductions of digital works. And since I have legal copyright consent from the artist, kindly sent via email, all I have to do is print and present his consent when I’m ready to have the physical work done. I’ll post further developments as they happen.

This painting is titled Mon 24e tableau, The flowers of the universe. My title is Hanging Basket, though I like Flowers of the Universe too. To read more about this beautiful piece of art, go to

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More Fun With Watercolors

I spent the weekend drawing and painting while my husband took the kids during the days for some bonding. After morning chores and I had the house to myself on Saturday, I relaxed and napped for a few hours before I scribbled and doodled in my sketchbook. I had so much fun at doing nothing that I felt guilty for goofing off. So I took out some photos and found a beautiful sunset one of a place where my father grew up.

Behind the farm where my father grew up.

I took some liberties with the drawing until I had a nice design, then I began painting in shapes. I got a nice drawing on my paper before hubby and the kids were home.

Today, alone again, I hurried back to my drawing and photo. I was both excited and worried: I wanted to paint, but I wasn’t sure how. Sometimes I like to attack the paper with my brushes loaded with paint and let the picture happen. So after a couple false starts I decided to begin with a gentle touch and “draw” the picture until I had something close to a copy of my photo. Then I loaded some brushes and let the paint do its magic.

My finished painting, dried with a hair blower/dryer set at low.

Below are 3 close-ups of some of the areas I like best. I tend to admire textures and mixtures after I’ve finished a painting. I think it’s an attraction I have to abstract design.

I love the yellow, red and blue mixes.

This area shows a delicate mix of muted colors.

I love the different textures of sky and land.

I think the weekend’s result was a surprising success. And it was very kind of my husband to give me some quiet time. I think he deserves something special for his thoughtfulness.

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A Thought On Painting

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My 31-Day Art Challenge

The month of July has been a personal appreciation of art. At the beginning of the month, I challenged myself to make one piece of art or create an artistic photograph for each day of the month. By a stroke of good luck, I accomplished that challenge, though I didn’t post every piece of art I made.

Overall, it was a fun and rewarding challenge for me because I love making art and I learned some things along the way. Not every piece I drew or painted or photographed turned out as well as I wanted, but that’s the struggle of every artist.

I have a video of all 31 days of the challenge at YouTube [] where you can see the art I did for each day. Most are finished pieces, but a few are not and look like sketches. I have an underwater painting I did on day 26 that was supposed to have tropical fish and coral in it but a medical emergency kept that one a sketch. (Everyone’s fine, by the way.)

For my final piece, I really love this watercolor painting. I started it two weeks ago and finished it at 12:30 last night. Technically that dates it at 7/31—today’s date—and wraps up the challenge. I like that this painting looks painterly and not drawn with the brush. And I love how the horse and rider look like abstract shapes that come together and form realism.

This 31-day challenge was both fun and exhausting. I am so ready to get back to relaxing and writing poetry. I’ll keep drawing and painting, but at a leisurely pace.



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Finger Painting

Finger painting. We’ve all done it. Wasn’t it fun?

What more can I say about something that’s so simple to do, so relaxing, and brings so much fun to the table (or wherever you do art)?

I paint with acrylic paints but I give my children colored yogurt to paint with. We paint with all parts of our hands so we tend to call our creations Hand Paintings. We have a wonderful time making our hand art. Sometimes we even get Dad to join the fun.

You should do it. You’ll love the time away from life’s stresses. I guarantee it.

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Abstract Art

Light and shadow create form, which makes drawn or painted objects look three-dimensional. Too much of either one in your drawings or paintings flattens and distorts the images. Many early drawings I did were flat and distorted. It was frustrating and caused me to quit drawing. Then an art teacher told me to put a sheet of tracing paper over one of my failed self-portraits and draw the dark and light shapes I saw. “Use charcoal and draw all the shapes you see until you have the squiggly lines of what looks like a topographic map,” he told me. When I did, he had me transfer the drawing from the tracing paper to a thick, smooth sheet of watercolor paper. Then he told me to fill in the shapes with color that matched the shapes’ value, i.e., the lightness or darkness. I had no idea what I was doing or how my finished painting was supposed to look. But while I painted, it didn’t take long for me to realize I was painting a type of abstract art. Because the paper was smooth, it was easy to correct shapes where I placed either the wrong value or a color I didn’t like. When I finished, I had purposely painted a flat and distorted portrait. Distorted paintings, I discovered, are more readily accepted than distorted drawings. Since that day, I have painted more distorted portraits. The one shown here is acrylic paint on art board and one of my favorite paintings.