Thursday, October 19, 2017

ihanna postcard swap

I haven'd done a post card swap for several years.  ihanna offers a swap twice a year now and they are always fun.  Not only to create the postcards but mostly receiving them.  Watching the mail box each day to see where the next one might come from.   It's not too late if you are still interested, just follow the link above to sign up, you have till Oct 22.  ihanna is in Sweden so this is an international swap. 

Finally started on my 10 postcards,  a little paint, a little collage and finally some doodles.  Just waiting for my list of addresses to send them to.

It's not like I really needed another project but always fun to do something different.  I have 4 scheduled fall/holiday events and another on a wait list.  Plus it's football season and the grandsons are playing.  By the looks of the wins all 3 teams will be going into playoffs. 

The rains have started after a long dry summer, but thankful the smoke is gone and the air is clear.  Feeling sad for all the families that weren't so lucky, those that lost so much this year in all the fires, floods and storms. 

Keep putting one foot in front of the other. 

Have a great day.



Friday, October 6, 2017

Christmas Suggestion

If you are looking for special custom ordered gift for Christmas, now is the time to get it ordered. 

How about a custom doodled personal photo, a pet, a vacation photo, a new home or an old home.   How about uncle Harry's custom car or boat. 

Drop me a note with the photo.  I work from your photos, so not every photo is suitable to doodle.  But you'll never know until you send it to me to see. 

I work on 8 1/2" x 11" paper, so that's as large as I go.  I will send you a print or digital download.  Other options are available, cards, multiple prints, etc.  Just ask.  Cost for the basic is $50. 

Here's a sample of some previous doodled photos from vacations and pets.  

Let me know soon, so there is plenty of time to get them done and mailed to you.  

Thanks for visiting, have a great day.


Thursday, May 18, 2017

Living in the Northwest

Usually Spring is light showers, warming weather with glimpses of Summer.  Everything is green and blossoming.  But this year, everything is green and blossoming but from day to day we don't know if it's spring or still winter.  The rains have been downpours one day little breaks here and there but for the most part down right yucky.

Enough already.  Today we have sun, by Saturday it's suppose to be in the 80's by Monday rain again.  They even got substantial snow in the mountains this week.

But it does give me lots of time, did I say lots of time?  To play around with my art.  My first canvas collage with doodles came out of this winters weather and yesterday I was playing around with the idea for a poster.

I know, I suppose in another month or two we'll be complaining about the heat.  That's the way it goes out west.   

It is beautiful here, everything is lush and green.  This will give us a good head start on watering this summer.  

Time to take Fritz for a walk while the sun shines.

Thanks for visiting.



Friday, April 14, 2017

Monday, February 20, 2017


It's been 3 years now since I retired.  It's going pretty well.  The receptionist at the doctors office ask me how was retirement, she was afraid she'd be bored.  It is sometimes, especially this time of year when you can't always get out to do the things you like.   But all in all it's pretty great doing what you want  or not doing anything at all.  I think I earned that right.

We seem to think we should be doing something all the time, but you have to reprogram after you retire to keep telling yourself "you don't have to do anything you don't want to do".   Things that use to seem important, schedules we set for ourselves really don't matter, they'll wait till, whenever, whats the rush.

Seems like that last few months have been difficult to make plans with snow/ice off and on.  But it is good time to work on those art projects I put off.

I started a commission piece, the largest I've ever worked on.   A little paint, some cutting and pasting of special papers.  Some torn book pages and finally some doodling.  It measures 36" x 48".  

This piece led to another, but much smaller piece and some experimenting with old beads and memory wire.

I was looking back at the larger piece after I finished the smaller one and realized how uptight I was the day I doodled the smaller one.  Notice the difference in the openness of the design on the larger red canvas.  Then look at the doodle on the smaller blue/yellow canvas.  The second one is really closed up and closed off design.  It says a lot about how I was feeling that day.  We all have good days and bad days.  An artist can't hide it so easy when their working.

Here's the bracelet I'm just about finished with using an old necklace and memory wire.  I've not ever done this before but I loved the beads and this seemed like such an easy way to make a bracelet.  I just need to figure out if I'm finished with it then put a loop in the wire at each end.

Seems like this time of year is always time to figure out what I want to do with my art and shows.  I was fortunate to be invited to show about 20 pieces in the Valley Art Gallery in Forest Grove Oregon for January and February.  That was exciting, I've never had that many pieces in a gallery show before.    I was one of three featured artist for the show.  

Well it's time for a glass of wine and a little work on my next piece.  Then check the deadline on a couple of shows apps that need to be sent off.   Lots to do just don't have to leave the house to do it some days.  Got my trusty sidekick Fritz, for company.  He follows me everywhere.  So there you have it,  for me retirement is working out pretty good. I have my art and my pup.  It would help if I sold more to help pay for all the art supplies though.  

Thanks for visiting



Wednesday, April 27, 2016

My Grandsons Question

My Grandson ask me recently what I do all day.  Now that I'm retired and not working, I feel I don't have to do anything if I choose.   But I realize my family worries about me.  Use it or loose it theory.

I just want to do my art, create new things, recycle old. Take nature hikes with my pup, take photos, peruse thrift stores for treasures to doodle.  Enjoy nature, she has so much to share, smells, sounds,  colors its overwhelming at times and I am fortunate to live in the beautiful Northwest where greens are greenest.  We have the ocean a couple hours away,  and snow capped mountains in the other direction.  

My daughters live in the area,  and my grandsons are only a couple of miles down the road.  So I get to see as many of their sporting events I can get to.  Football season is especially fun, all three boys play, with my oldest off to college in the fall to play football at EWU

I get to tag along with my oldest daughter on vacations and ski trips, although I don't ski, I get to play snow bunny, hanging around the lodge, doodling a little, meeting people and sipping hot toddys.   My youngest daughter is a runner,  a year doesn't go by that we don't get to cheer her on at a marathon somewhere.  Although this year with 3 boys in 3 different spring sports and one getting ready for college and high school graduation, I think she's running her own personal marathon just keeping up at home and with a part time job.  

I have old friends and new friends from my art group here in Vancouver that I enjoy getting together with when time allows.  A neighbor I love chatting with, and of course the internet where I can keep up with friends and share my work and adventures.    And Mahjong,  I'm hooked on that game.  

So to answer my grandsons question,  my days are full, just in a different way then before.  I'm not pressured to commute to work 5 days a week to pay the bills then try to relax for 2 days and do it all over again.   Now it's my time, my pace.

Now,  it's time for me and the pup to go hike the lake. See ya later.

Thanks for visiting.