Saturday, February 28, 2015

Lovin Recycling

There is just no end to what can be done with odds and ends of recycled materials.   Holding true to the meaning of collage "an assembly of diverse elements".   Here is my finished piece, haven't figured out what to call it yet but thinking "about time".   Appropriate because some of the parts come from a digital clock. 

It's only 8 x 8, haven't figured how to hang it yet, thinking about using an old coat hanger wire.  Along with the clock parts, you'll see a piece of floor vinyl, cedar board, mesh meat bag, and a broken piece from a industrial furnace.   It's all about the arrangement.

It's fun working with scraps.  I'm hoping to get into a couple of recycled art fairs this coming summer.  With all my recycled frames and other stuff I've been doodling, I've collect enough to quality for the shows.

It's another beautiful sunny day in the Northwest.  Just can't believe the winter we are having compared to the eastern states.

Here's my little buddy this morning, someone didn't want to get up.  Doesn't that look like a go away look?

Thanks for visiting.  Have a great day.



Thursday, February 26, 2015

Flower Photos

Since I've been doodling a lot of my photos lately I though you might like to see a before and after. 

It all started by accident.  I blew up a pink rose photo and it looked like a watercolor painting.  I just had to doodle it to see what it would look like and you know how it goes.  One thing leads to another.  Now I'm finding all kinds of photos to try. 
It's raining here today.  But they say by the weekend it should be back to our sunny weather.  Such a change from previous years.  Can't complain, but it's the rain that keeps the Northwest green.  While the East and SE are getting hit with unbelievable amounts of snow, we haven't even got enough to keep our ski areas continuously open this winter. 

Have a great day where ever you are. 

Thanks for visiting.



Monday, February 23, 2015


It's a beautiful Spring day here in the Northwest.  But it is only February.  The neighborhood flowering plum trees are blooming, I saw a Rhododendron in full bloom, even some Daffodils.  My Daphne is blooming and wafting all over the yard and into the house.

It is so nice to open the house and let that fresh air in.  Fritz is loving the door open so he can run in and out as he pleases.  He's been sitting just out the door in the sun on the door step.    

I just finished framing a print of one of my newer pieces.  I saw the frame on sale at Craft Warehouse and thought surely I have something that will fit.   Lots of glare on the glass, I didn't have another place to hang it for the photo, and hit had to be hung. 

I've kind of been all over the board with my work lately.  I've been doing a lot of these doodles over a photo.  Mostly flowers but tried doing a house, then a pic taken in San Francisco.  That wasn't so bad, so I dug thru some old travel photos for structures and found a couple more to try. I'm thinking I will offer custom house doodles on Etsy.  Have your house photo doodled. 

Then there is the recycled pieces I've been playing with. This one is still in the works.  It's fun seeing what you can do with recycled materials.   Most of the materials came from ReClaim It in Portland.   It's a fascinating place to go if you are doing recycled art.  It's run buy volunteers who salvage materials from the local recycling, clean it up and put it in the shop for artisans like me to find.  I found some really cool stuff on my last visit.  Old piano keys, a digital clock that I took apart.   It's like taking lemons and making lemonade.  
I'm a little warn out trying to keep up with all the social media sites. It just makes more sense to post it on my blog and share then keep trying to post on all the other sites.   I need a little refresher course in blogging I see so many new features since I started.   

Keep watching for new work and new features to this site.

Thanks for visiting.



Wednesday, February 11, 2015


Just a few little tweeks here and there.  Change is always good.  New year new ideas, not that there is ever a shortage of ideas.  Usually too many to keep up with.

I signed up for a recycled arts show for this summer,  so thought I better get busy with some new pieces.  Here's a couple I just finished.  It's really fun working with scrapes of stuff from the Reclaim It store in Portland. 

This one is made with rusty chicken wire, and digital clock parts.  Mounted on a cedar board.

This one actually has a title, "no day is complete without music".  Around the edges is pieces of our roof shingles that blew off during a recent storm and of course a piano key.  

It's been a slow start to the new year but things seem to be picking up a bit.  I have my first show of the season this weekend at the Confluence Vineyards & Winery.  It's wine and chocolate affair.  It will be outdoors in a big heated tent, although with the way the weather has been we may not need the heaters.

We've had such a mild winter here in the Northwest,  tulips and crocus are already coming up and i notice today buds on the Rose bush.  I have blossoms opening on my Daphne even.  Hope we don't get any late season freeze now.

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Monday, December 8, 2014

One More Project

One more sale this weekend and I'm done for this year.  Time to think about some projects I want to do not just items to sell. 

My daughter has this big large empty wall in her living room so I thought I'd tackle a painting.  Not my usual art form.  Especially this size.  Since the canvas I bought is 30" x 40" the largest I've ever tackled. 

So I painted, I cut and paste, painted some more.  Then started the process again,  more cutting and pasting.  Procrastinating is what it's called.  I'm having a hard time tackling the red poppies.  There will be no going back once I put the red paint on the canvas.

Finally, the poppies start to appear, then more grass, maybe some more poppies now that I got the hang of it.  That wasn't so bad after all.

But it needs some final detail.  A butterfly,  and a little Happiness character.  Ready to hang.  


The exciting part, besides my daughter likes it and it looks great over her sofa,  I got a request to do another only a little bit smaller.   

Since I'm not good with only one project going at a time I bought a pair of shoes to doodle.  For me, since I finally wore a hole thru my first pair of Tom's. 

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Thursday, November 27, 2014

Happy Thanksgiving

Hope you all have a safe and happy Thanksgiving.  My daughter is cooking today but I'm bringing my Orange Cranberry Sauce and Sweet Potato Biscuits.  And I couldn't resist the yummy Pumpkin Orange Cake Rolls that Costco was sampling the other day when I was shopping. 

She has a bacon themed dinner planned, not sure what the means but will be happy to find out.  Even drinks made with bacon flavored vodka (?). 

Thought I would take this opportunity to post some of my newest work.  I've been playing around with some of the flower photos I took this summer.   Here's some samples and one finished and framed piece looking for a wall to adorn. 

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Thursday, October 16, 2014

Feeling Inspired

If you are on Facebook then you have probably seen the post about the wife who doodled on her husbands car.   Well I have been challenged by a friend to do the same.  But before I start I think I need a little more info.  Not sure about the finish.  It rains in the Northwest. 

I know I can doodle on anything.  I started with a note pad, which grew to a larger journal, then I tried other objects just to see if I could do it.  I purchased used picture frames and covered with torn paper then finished with a doodle.  Wow, these turned out pretty cool and people bought them.  So lets see what else I can find to recycle. 

I progressed to a large wood clock, some old cobbler shoe forms, a serving tray and little boxes.  I've done shirts, and even some small furniture pieces.  I recently finished a large 3 panel canvas combining the mixed media and doodles.  So what's a car, just a little bigger canvas for doodling.  

I may need to think about this a few days.  But I don't feel intimidated by the idea, I've been looking for something larger, but I was thinking maybe a wall.  I've also had my eye on the plain white fan blades above my head.  Who knows stay tuned. 

Thanks for visiting.