Showing posts with label PPF. Show all posts
Showing posts with label PPF. Show all posts

Thursday, July 3, 2014

Postage Stamp Art

I decided to play in a Postage Stamp Art-athon this weekend at in the hopes that it got my muse activated. An Art-athon is an art marathon where we "hang out" together online and "chat" and sometimes trade art... and I've actually made a few ATCs! 

While I do trade some ATCs, there are a few I like so much, I cannot trade them away. This one in particular will be framed and in my studio. 
The background is an abstract on watercolor paper that I didn't like so I cut it into ATC backgrounds. I adore that bird stamp, it's so lovely! And when I saw this particular background, well, that was that.  

Here are some of my "trade-able" favorites ATCs.
The King is an altered playing card stained with alcohol inks. The others are all paper napkins, vintage text or stamped script, inks, postage stamps and finished with beeswax. Fairly simple, but they made me happy. And it's all about making me happy. :) 

I've collected some pretty awesome stamps over the past few years, specifically to use in my collage art. Fortunately, I have a friend who sells fabulous used postage stamps on Etsy, so I can feed my addiction. Check out LarkroseInspirations if you also love to use old stamps in your work. 

Thanks for stopping by! To my American Friends, have a wonderful 4th of July! 

Thursday, June 26, 2014

Gesso and Watercolor on Canvas Panel
4 x 5 inches

I'm muse-less these days so posting this small painting from a bit ago. 

I wonder if my muse is going to return sometime soon. 

I miss her. 

Thursday, June 19, 2014


This is a work in progress - and has been for a bit. I love how the orange flowers turned out, and am hesitant to add to them as I normally would. And I'm not even sure what type of leaves to add. 

So here it sits. I come by and look at it every so often to see if I'm inspired to complete it. Hasn't happened yet.. as you can tell.  :) 

One of these days it will be completed. For now it's at a standstill. 

What are you working on this week?  

Thursday, June 12, 2014

Still Life

Still Life by Jason Hogan
8 x 10 Acrylic on Canvas Board 
Sharing an abstract still life painting by my son, Jason. Prints will be available soon in my Etsy Shop

Thursday, June 5, 2014

Field of Sunflowers

From the archives:  Field of Sunflowers. 
Mixed Media on Muslin

Since I have not finished a new piece this week, I am sharing one of my older works.
A lot of things were happening this week...sisters gallery opening, birthday party out of town, grand nieces concert... and there just not enough time to be in the studio for some serious art. I missed it.

Sharing with Paint Party Friday, hosted by Eva and Kristin. 

Thursday, May 22, 2014

Family Portraits

Working on a project for my auntie, who turns 88 this week. She requested my assistance with creating a collage-type picture of her and her parents. The old photos she sent arrived yesterday afternoon, and I've scanned and photocopied and am working on creating something that will make her happy. 

This background first layer is actually photocopies of her writing, torn up and collaged onto a canvas panel. 
I'd asked about a favorite poem, or quote or song, and she remembered a poem by her sister Rosemary she's had posted for many years. When she unfolded it, she discovered that her copy was sent to her by her brother Patrick, which she'd forgotten. 
Both of these siblings died several years ago. Her note was very sweet and I decided that should make up the background. 

This is my preferred layout - early stages. Grandparents "cropped" to head shots. Auntie (in color) needs to be a bit bigger. 
Tinting of the poem (or printing on darker paper), paint to blend in the edges, and another quote still to be added. The layout is awaiting approval before the good copies of the photos are used and glued down and paints/inks applied. 

Final output will be cards for aunties children, grandchildren and great grandchildren, and the rest of us cousins too. I'm not sure I can make the cards happen before her party on Sunday (it's a 4 1/2 hour drive away), but the master will be ready to display at her party. 

If auntie gives the okay, I'll share the poem soon. It's lovely. :)

Sharing today with Paint Party Friday

Thursday, May 15, 2014

Mid Spring - Works in Progress

A gesso-watercolor abstract painting in progress. Blue flowers... my intent was to create pansies, however that may change as I get into the details. This is with the first layer of color on the leaves. More color will go on the leaves, and then I'll start on the details. That part is always scary... what if I muck it up? :)
It felt good to get back to these paintings, I've been ignoring them for a bit but the muse finally wanted to work on them again. Yay! If I keep the momentum, I'll have several done in the next few days. We'll see. It's hard to be in the studio when the sun is shining!

I did start this painting today, outdoors on the deck. Inspired by the Lewisia we have in pots near the table where we were sitting and finishing our (caffeine free) iced tea.
It doesn't look like much, and I've already decided I should have made it taller (rather than square) as the flower stems are much higher in real life. However, this will be an abstract, so I will take poetic license.

And from the garden this lovely day: 
Red Coral Bells

On another note, a finished piece from last summer is now in my Etsy Shop:
Digital Poppy 5x5 print

Sharing today with Paint Party Friday, hosted by Eva and Kristin

Thursday, May 8, 2014

Thursday Doldrums... and the result

A bit of the doldrums today... so I spent some time in the studio. No real art-ing done, however I did get some more organizing and cleaning done. My art for the day was making "fun foam" texture stamps for gelliplate pints using shapes I'd cut out some time ago.

The board backings are recycled boxes, and the handles are (crookedly) cut corks. Here's a shot of the backside of one stamp.

These were maiden voyage prints:

Bleh! They did not come out at all how I wanted them to come out, however I can tweak them a bit more. Or cut them up for backgrounds.  :)

Ah well. I'll keep playing with it and perhaps one of these days get it to work I wish it to work.

In the meantime, here's something from my "archives" that makes me happy.

Sharing with Paint Party Friday, hosted by Eva and Kristin

Thursday, May 1, 2014

Gelliplate Prints from SeARTle

Thought I'd share a few of the gelliplate prints I created while at SeARTle Art Retreat this past weekend. (Oh my goodness, it was SUCH a fun time!) 

I tried these canvas panels at a friends suggestion. She does amazing things with hers. The yellow/green and blue one I used to pull the print. It has layers of torn book pages and sheet music on it, so the raised areas prevented a good clear print. (I should have figured that out) I then off printed the remaining paint on the brayer to make the additional layers. I offprinted with the brayer and the texturing stencils/materials on the other two canvas panels as well. I'm not sure where these panels are headed, but it's a fun start. I'll definitely play with this technique some more. 

Following are a few of the gelliplate prints I created on paper... at least three layers on most. They are on a variety of papers - old sheet music, large book pages and will probably be used in collage art, or perhaps added to a canvas/canvas panel as the background. The possibilities are endless!

Sharing with Paint Party Friday, hosted by Eva and Kristin

Thursday, April 17, 2014

Garden Flowers

Sharing what's new in my shop:
Greeting cards of Garden Flowers from my origial gesso and watercolor paintings. 

Crazy busy and I can't seem to get anything finished... although I guess prepping for SeARTle Art Retreat next weekend is getting something done. :) 

We had a few sunny days this week, and got a bit of work done in the garden. These little violets wander the garden/yard at will, and I love them. 

Happy Friday! 

Thursday, April 10, 2014

Distracted etc

Have you heard about my One World One Art giveaway? Click here to find out and enter.

Abstract Seascape

This little 4 x 4 inch textured landscape painting I created a bit ago... no new work finished this week.

I'm a bit distracted of late and not creating/finishing a lot of art. So many projects in the works, and without actually working on them, I feel like I'm going into withdrawal. Soon things will calm down again.

I'm co-hosting an Art Retreat - SeARTle - April 25 - 27. While it's not a huge gathering (about 20 of us) it is going to be so much fun!  I'm quite excited! (And distracted)

Some fun news, I filling out my application and sending in the $$ for a large and popular local Holiday show. It is exciting as it will focus on my vintage items and will include some of my art.  How fun is that going to be? More on it later.

Hoping you have a wonderful week!

Sharing with Paint Party Friday, hosted by Eva and Kristin.

Thursday, April 3, 2014

Spring trees

It's actually a bit early to have trees this green... but we're getting closer! 
Spring Trees - 4x4 textured abstract 
Happy Friday! 

Sharing with Paint Party Friday, hosted by Eva and Kristin.

Thursday, March 27, 2014

Red Tulip

ACEO: Red Tulip
Red Tulip! An original ACEO textured painting celebrating spring. 

My tulips are not blooming yet, however their leaves are beginning to appear and I'm dreaming of warmer weather. Come on Spring, kick into gear! :)

And if you're in Western Washington, the annual Skagit Valley Tulip Festival goes through the month April. We usually make a days excursion of driving by the fields to view the tulips and daffodils, and also the art shows that are held during the festival. One of these years I'll have art on display at one of them. :) 

Sharing with Paint Party Friday, hosted by Eva and Kristin.

Thursday, March 20, 2014

Happy Spring!

Happiness is the truth! 

No new art this week... too much else going on so I'm sharing this piece because it makes me a room without a roof! 

Do you have something you created that just makes you happy? I'd love to see it. :)

We spent the morning at the hospital... and the news is that the positive stress test was false. They found NOTHING! As we suspected. Yay! We now have the baseline, and the tiny cloud has dispersed. 

So yes, I feel happy...   
Clap along if you feel like happiness is the truth! :D

Sharing today with Paint Party Friday hosted by the lovely Eva and Kristin. 

Thursday, March 13, 2014


Heart of Hope
A Heart of Hope as Spring approaches. 

Which seems appropriate as we are going through some health issues with my husband. Following a stress test that shows some "abnormality", a Cardio Angiography has been scheduled for next Thursday to see if there are any major concerns. Our focus is that IF there is any "problem", an angioplasty will be all that's needed. 

Husband lowered his cholesterol level several years ago using "The New Eight Week Cholesterol Cure" as a guideline, so we're re-visiting the recipes. There are some great muffin recipes in the book. Oat bran is very good for you, as is a 30 minute walk daily.  :) 

Along that track, we made the best Oat Bran Banana Bread this morning... oh my goodness it's lovely! Because a couple of folks have asked, here's the recipe. 
Oat Bran Banana Bread

Oat Bran Banana Bread



·         1 cup oat bran
·         1 cup all-purpose flour
·         1 teaspoon baking powder
·         1/2 teaspoon baking soda
·         1/4 teaspoon salt
·         1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg
·         1/2 cup corn oil
·         1/2 cup firmly packed light brown sugar
·         1 teaspoon vanilla
·         2 egg whites
·         3 bananas, ripe, mashed
·         1/4 cup milk
·         1/2 cup chopped dates
·         1 cup chopped pecans


Grease a 9x5x2-inch loaf pan with oil; dust generously with flour.
In a bowl, combine oat bran, flour, baking powder, salt, and nutmeg; set aside.
In a large mixing bowl with electric hand-held mixer on low speed, beat corn oil with the brown sugar until well blended. 
Beat in vanilla, egg whites, mashed bananas, and milk; beat for about 1 minute, until well blended.
Stir in dry ingredients. Mix in the dates and chopped pecans.
Spoon into prepared pan, smoothing top.
Bake on center shelf at 350° for about 40 minutes. 
Remove from oven; invert cake onto a wire rack.

Turn loaf upright and cool thoroughly before serving.


Sharing with Paint Party Friday hosted by Eva and Kristin! Happy 3rd Anniversary, PPF! 

Friday, March 7, 2014

Grass Seed

Summer Grass Seed Head
In this cold winter weather, I'm remembering sunny warmer days in the garden. This photo is of a native grass clump in the yard. I didn't notice until later that a tiny spider had made a web on the seed head.

It's only two weeks until Spring!

Thursday, February 27, 2014

Creative Energy

It takes a lot of energy to be creative some days, when life is throwing other things at you. 

I have not completed any of the paintings I'd hoped to this week, however I did get some much needed sorting and rearranging done. So that's something. :)

I do have these paintings in the works... an idea based on the Flower Crazy class by Carla Sonheim. (Yes, I totally love what I learned in that class!) They are still wet in this photo. More layers to come. 

In other news... my Vintage and Ephemera shop has a sale on select ephemera packs. Here are a couple to tempt you. (Note that I get these packs only from books that are torn, missing covers or falling apart.)
Old Picture Book Illustration Packs
So what have you been up to this week? 

Sharing with Paint Party Friday, hosted by Eva and Kristen. 
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