Sunday, December 27, 2015


"Color Gives Us Clarity"
20"x20" stretched canvas
Private Collection
Occasionally I set aside time to experiment and do something for the house.  This project is part of that.  Recently I bought a rug for our bathroom.  I thought it would be fun to have it kind of have a theme...this theme was COLOR. 
The rug was just a fun bit of color and design, so I decided to carry it on to the walls in a couple of ways.  This first way was to take a slice out of the canvas for a bit of a mimic of the design and COLOR.  There is a lot of texture on the remaining negative space giving it some interest beyond the obvious slice of design and color.  I played a bit with the idea of adding bits of color in the negative space, but wasn't happy with it.  It sort of sat on the canvas until last night when I woke up knowing that I wanted to add a phrase that meant something to ME...and after finding a font I liked I put it on and voila`, that was all I felt it needed!  I painted around the sides and have it hanging in my bathroom as we speak!
I want to take this idea of a slice of something further, so plan to do others in different subject matter...THIS may be the project I was looking for to bring to the public much like the "101 Pet Portraits in 101 Days" project...stay tuned!  FUN DOINS!


Wednesday, December 16, 2015


"Magnolia Silos"  18"x18", oil on cradled panel
Sometimes in life we find ourselves profoundly at the mercy of life! Things happen in all of our lives at times that leave us helpless to the events that come.  That has been life for our family the past 15 months.  The actual events may vary from family to family, but it's tough out there folks!  We all feel these things from time to time. We are all surviving, but a little weary from some of the trials.  And on we go...

It is my personality to not give in easily, I find myself looking for those things outside of myself that would bring relief, new hope, INSPIRATION, so I can go on with life.  For me, prayer and my belief in God is what allows me to get up every day and try a new idea, think on things that bring happiness and go on; waiting for the roller coaster to move upward once again.

For whatever reason I began to really watch the tv show on HGTV called "Fixer Upper".  For the few out there who may not have seen it, you have to give it a try.  It is a wonderful married couple; Chip and Joanna Gaines, who find run down homes in their area of Waco Tx and they renovate and then decorate those homes for a family with such expertise and a beautiful result every time.  I happen to love the way they come out, and I am inspired by the end result, but the icing on the cake is their faith in God and their decency in their program!  They have a genuine love for God, for their family (four darling children) and for each other, and it shows.  Even their commercials gave me chuckles during the very dark time of the past year or so!  My favorite was a commercial where Chip is teasing Joanna's love of ship lap where he repeats "ship lap" several times in a high falsetto voice.  Made me LAUGH over and over, and those moments I needed a chuckle I would say "ship lap" over and over in a high voice...we would laugh.  THAT IS VALUABLE FOLKS!  Laughter is a great gateway to getting out of the dark places and into a life of happy!

SO, when I saw their silos I was SO INSPIRED I just had to paint them!  Not only just paint them, but get outside of myself and do something for someone else.  There was really no one to do it for but the two folks that were the origin of this inspiration, this hopeful and happy feeling.  I woke up one day and knew I was going to gift it to them.  No expectations, but to just give something to someone outside of myself.  The joy for me in the process of this painting was a gift in itself.  I am tickled to hope that it actually got to them and they knew that they were doing some good to folks in some perhaps unexpected ways.  THAT is the give.  This was that for me this year.

I found this photo on line and it was my subject matter. 
They bought these silos in the town of Waco and are renovating them. They have their business in them, plus they reach out to their community in giving space for others.

I'm not usually a linear person, but I got out the charcoal and began to sketch the parts that I felt needed to make the structures recognizable to them, and left out a few small details that I felt were not a deterrent to a memory piece they could enjoy; hopefully.
The next step for me was to lay in some color that would show under neath the finished product.
I laid in some texture and pattern to the sky and then took their logo and added it for that extra connection to their project.
if you look closely you can see the checker pattern in the background of their logo.  I took a stamp that repeated that pattern a bit throughout the painting, but it shows most in the sky.  These kind of repetitions help a composition to unify two things that may not be connected in any other way.  This strengthens a painting.
I mixed a couple colors of stain to give a weathered barn board look that complimented the colors and subject in their painting. 

   The end result was a painting of their silos with their logo attached to hopefully give them a smile now and then.

I boxed it up, got an address to send it, told them how they had inspired me and sent it off. It is a happy feeling to know that IF I could make someone smile with an unexpected gift then the world has a few more smiles to off set the difficulties that sometimes come.  

One day I will make my way to Waco an IF I happen to see them, I will say thank you once again!  FUN DOINS FOLKS!  I highly recommend that if you are in a low place in life, try doing something unexpected for truly is a blessing!


Friday, December 11, 2015


This is my little Gracyn.  Not long ago I asked her mom what her favorite picture was as I had yet to paint her little self...she sent me the pic below and I did my best for the moment...I still maintain that people are NOT my forte, however, I need to paint my little this is what I came up with...
After a little conference with her momma I darkened Gracyn's hair as she said the photo lightened it...They are happy with the results; but report my little angel has already grown and changed since this photo...I say, we caught a happy moment and one we go! lol

Below is my grandson Ethan.  He is actually 2 now, but the second I saw this photo taken at about 4 months I knew I wanted to paint it...I adore his cute little expression!

I also took an idea I saw on Pinterest where you cover a letter with a page from their favorite book.  Being the practical person I am, I had to make it I put their letters on a plaque and made a hook for a sweater or some such thing for their rooms.
Ethan loves Paw Patrol, so his letter has the pups all over it and a blue doggie for the "hook"
Paxton's first book he read all by himself was "Hop on Pop" by Dr. Seuss, so of course that was his page.
Precious Gracyn doesn't have a favorite book yet, so, since her nursery is decorated with elephants and white and lavender and grey, I chose "Horton Hears  Who" by Dr. Seuss for her book.  I actually took a few pages and melded them together for hers.

AND, still making ornaments...these two were for friends, but I like the blue as well as the red...
SO, aside from a few commissions and some more ostrich's and a painting for a celebrity out in Texas ( a story for another day) that is it thus far...Still busy working on other ideas...but having FUN!


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