Friday, February 16, 2018

Still Life Painting

Here's my still life painting from the last class.  I totally cheated and did most of my sketching ahead of time at home. I didn't want to waste valuable class time drawing . . . takes me forever to draw. This way I could take my time painting . . . and getting instruction . . . which is where I need the most help anyway. 


Thursday, February 15, 2018

Swatch Dolls

Most artists create swatch samples whenever they get new paints so that they can see (and remember) how the color looks. Artist James Burke, however, thinks that this is boring and instead creates Swatch Dolls.  

I think that they're so cute, and they're easy to draw . . . a circle head attached to a triangle body. 

Here's his YouTube tutorial:

Here are my dolls. Fun to draw and paint. Go try.

Wednesday, February 14, 2018

Paint by Number

Here's the top half of a paint-by-number canvas that I'm currently working on. I got it on a Lightening Deal on Amazon for $10.99 . . . so totally worth it for the hours of enjoyment I'm getting. 

It comes with acrylic paints and 3 good brushes. You can check it out here


You can't tell right now, but this is what it's supposed to look like when it's finished. 

Tuesday, February 13, 2018

Watercolor Class

Class is intimidating. Very talented, seasoned students take up over half of the class. The rest of us . . . me, Honolulu Aunty, aunty's friend Wanda-ful, my pals Erick the Photog and Fran . . . make up the rest of the class, and we're beginners. 

At the end of each class, we hang our painting up on the wall and are critiqued . . . gulp. 

For our class last week, we went outside to sketch and paint. Well . . . everybody else did. Me? I took a picture and went back into the comfort of the air-conditioned room. 

Here's my painting. It's not finished, but I'm pau working on it. I inked the outlines at home . . . not sure if outlining is allowed. Maybe I'll go back to finishing it up someday. 

Monday, February 12, 2018

Leftover Paint

I don't like to waste paint, so before I rinse my brush off between colors, I dab it onto a page in a little notebook. After the page is filled with color I draw over it. 

I got the notebook at the swap meet. The pages were actually a bit too thin so I glued three pages together.

I saw a commercial while watching the Olympics where people struggle to do what they can't . . . until they finally can. So inspiring.






These are called Paint Over Pens. I use them a lot on these pages because they really do "paint over". You can get them on Amazon for $10.75.  Jane recently came out with a new color line, and I really want them, but they're hard to get right now.

Sunday, February 11, 2018


This is what I did with the right side of the two acrylic pages.


Saturday, February 10, 2018

President William Henry Harrison

I learned something interesting yesterday from a Trivia session at the Day Care where I volunteer.

Our 9th President was William Henry Harrison. He delivered the longest inaugural address in history on a bitterly cold March morning. It clocked in at 1 hour and 45 minutes. 

He caught a cold on that day which eventually turned into pneumonia. He passed away 32 days later, the shortest term ever served.

Friday, February 9, 2018

Air Plant

There are a bunch of air plants in my yard that somehow do well. I do absolutely nothing to take care of them. 

Normally they are just green pokey-looking balls that hang from a fence. But when they are flowering . . . they become glorious.



Thursday, February 8, 2018


Here's my finished Flowers in Vase. It was fun working with acrylic paints. 


The best part was the cleanup . . . wash one finger.

Inspiration came from Marta at Maremi Small Art.

Wednesday, February 7, 2018

Workdesk Wednesday

I stumbled upon a site called Stamping Ground. Wednesdays' posts are called What's On Your Workdesk? Wednesday. People share photos of their workdesks. I think it's so interesting to check out what other people are working on. You can see today's post here

Here's a picture from this morning of my for-real, left-as-is desk. 

This is what I did last night. I used a set of Liquitex Heavy Body Acrylic paints that I recently got with a 40% off coupon from Ben Franklin. I might turn the left side into a vase with flowers. Not sure about the right side.

I squeezed the paint directly onto the pages and used my fingers (and an old gift card) to spread it around. Two reasons:  (1) less wasted paint and (2) minimal cleanup. IMG_8156