Tuesday, November 14, 2017

Artist Studio aka Sewing Room

An artist studio is so much more then just a creative work space.  Mine started out as a sewing room because that is what I did for many years, still do a little. 

Now days it's a studio, but I share it with all the things that make it a comfortable, creative environment.  I have my iPod player so I can listen to the music I like that helps inspire me and clear my mind.

I have my drafting table facing the light with a view of my front yard and neighborhood.  There's my "sewing table"  which sometimes has a sewing machine in use but not today.  On the walls are memories, pictures of my travels,  art made by my girls when they were little.  You know the famous hand print they all bring home, this one actually has extra fingers. 

The shelves are lined with my teddy bears,  all shapes and sizes, mixed in with photos of my girls and grandkids.  Lots of memories in every direction I look.  There's my childhood bear, with eyes missing and repaired paws, the Vermont teddy bear I bought while touring Vermont.  I can't begin to tell you where they all came from but each brings a smile when I look at them. 

And then there is just a lot of stuff,  you know that stuff that all of us artist pack home,  the old weathered fence pieces, the misfit picture frames,  paper, paint, old magazines to tear up,  all kinds of treasures that someday will be just the thing I need to finish a project. 

It's not a big room, more space would always be nice but sometimes a small space with everything close is just right.  

I know I'm rambling,  I just felt a little nostalgia after spending several hours working in my studio, looking at some of the pictures on the shelves today and singing along with a song on my iPod.  

Ok, onward, next project.  

Thanks for listening to me today.  Hope you are having a great day/creative day.



Wednesday, November 8, 2017


Still receiving postcards in the mail from iHanna's swap this fall.  Love getting the real mail and not just advertisements.   So far I've received 8 cards,  from Oregon, Washington (close to home), California, British Columbia, Arkansas and Virginia.   Since I don't have the last two I bet they are coming form some place overseas. 

Here's a look at the different designs I've received so far. 

Thank you everyone that sent me a card, some email addresses were not real clear so haven't been able to get that personal thank you out. 

Fall is definitely here,  cold, windy and rainy here today.  A good soup day. 

Stay warm where ever you are.

Thanks for visiting.



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.