Sunday, May 17, 2015

Out of the fry pan

Just a little up date on the WIP last posted.  The fry pan has now become a clock, can't you see it hanging in the kitchen?

And the little black box, is still a little black box but embellished and lined with red felt. 

Two more items for the recycled art show I'm doing the end of June.  These are projects are fun to shop for and fun to create.  I never know what I might find at the thrift stores. 

The weekend is just about over,  Game of Thrones tonite.  Outlander last night, not sure how I felt about that episode,  really dark.  I didn't read the books so have no idea whats coming. 

Hope you had a great weekend.  Thanks for visiting.



Thursday, April 30, 2015


Since I can't decide what color to paint the table before I doodle it I started some other projects.  A girl can never have to many projects in the works at one time.

These are all recycled items, a small pan that will be a clock when finished.  A couple of old cobbler shoes that I'm not sure what they will be when finished, although the larger one will be doodled, the smaller one I'm not sure.  I did sell one previously to be used as a business card holder.  The little box will just be refinished with some doodles.  The table, I'm having a block.  Can't decide what colors to paint it before I doodle it.  I've been using multi colors in the past which is still what I want to do, but wanted to use some colors that would fit in with someones home decor better then what I was using. 

So much for these projects today,  got a grandsons baseball game later and the sun is shining.  Time to go out and get some of that good old vitamin D.

Have a great day, thanks for visiting.



Tuesday, April 28, 2015

Social Media

UGH!!!  Social Media will be my undoing.  I recently took a class on how to use social media to help market my art.  So I've been making changes, searching groups, put myself out there more.  Now I need to double the time I scan thru my FB pages and discovered that it was worth while posting more frequently to Instagram.  Twitter gets caught in the middle somewhere.  And then there is Pinterest, my Etsy shop and this blog.  

So for starters I thought I needed to add all the social media icons to my blog but couldn't find any I liked so doodled my own.

Fun project put the trick was getting them posted.  Spent a day trying to figure out how to get them the size they needed to be to line up.   Got a little lesson in HTML.  But persevered and as you can see they are neatly in a row and the background is transparent. 

You can find just about anything you need to know how to do on You Tube.  Also found a great little online program that will instantly turn your background transparent it's called LunaPic.  It was simple, easy to use.  I still haven't figured out how to use Photoshop, so these little free online services are great. 

So I am off and running.  Also added a email bar on my site so you can follow me when I have a new post. 

It's all a learning process.  Obviously I not yet to old to learn new things.  Now I think I'm ready for a new adventure.  Haven't figured out what that will be yet. 

Thanks for visiting.  Also check out my Coming Events page to see where I will be showing in the next few months. 



Wednesday, March 11, 2015

Here and There, This and That

Since I haven't been in the need of creating product for sales or art fairs I've been playing around with other forms of art.  There's always new doodles,  but a little mixed media has been fun for a change. 

I always enjoy working with Asian themed pieces.   Some coins and chopsticks.   Layers of paper from a book I picked up at the thrift stores free bin.  Then finished with the Chinese character for Happiness. 

Yesterday was so nice I sat outside and finished my doodle in green pen. 

I'm always looking for something different to doodle on.  This time it's a bangle bracelet. 

And Sunday,  what a beautiful day for a drive in the country.  We headed south east of Portland out near Estacada.  What a view,  Mount Hood is always picturesque but Sunday it was in it's prime.

Friday evening was First Friday Art Walk and another beautiful day to be out.  The show at Gallery 360 here in Vancouver was an open show titled "Art of the Camera".    My first showing of the year, with 3 of my doodled photos.   It's always exciting to see your own work hanging on a gallery wall.  Check it out if you are in the area, the show is up thru March.                       
All the time I've been blogging I have never figured out an easy way to arrange photos on this page.  It always frustrated me.  They don't seem to go where I want them so I end up leaving them arranged where they land.    Oh well.  

Spring is in the air here already.  I hope the weather is improving where ever you are.   Thanks for visiting.  




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.