Saturday, August 22, 2015

Fortune Cookie

This was in my fortune cookie last night: "Don't spend your time stringing and tuning your instrument, start making music now!"

I take that to mean: stop cleaning the studio, and start creating something now!

Good advice.

Saturday, August 15, 2015


Celebrating 600th Blog Post!

My quirky little cake ended up being a craft project.
Actually it kinda looks like a Sesame Street character.
Sara Lee baked it & the Mah Jongg gals ate it.
This Creative Life
The unofficial tag line of the blog is: no kids, no grandkids, no pets, just art! Art as I experience it: what caught my eye, what piqued my interest.

When I started this blog I certainly didn't have milestones or goals in mind of how many posts I might publish. But if someone would have asked me if I thought I could make it to 600 posts, I would have answered, "Sure". Why the confidence? Because I have attended to my personal journals for years; journaling was in my blood. And because I see art everywhere: from my backyard to far away places. Art is not just in studios, galleries and museums.

The most asked question of a blogger is: how do you find enough to write about. My answer is that since I see a world filled with art, I never lack for material. My problem is one of having too many ideas and then lacking the energy to sort and decide which idea to publish next.

So thanks to all of you who have checked in from time to time. And please continue to follow along on my art journey. How far? Who knows? But I'm sure that I will give out before the subject matter does.

Wednesday, August 12, 2015


Countdown to 600th Blog Post

I had an early morning appointment at the hospital for a mammogram (that's a whole other story, but not for an art blog), when I discovered a charming little courtyard with flowers, bench & this statue of St Francis. The ministry of art, helping people regain their peace.

Saturday, August 8, 2015


Countdown to 600th post!

In the Studio

I've been in the studio for the past few days creating work for an up-coming show.
I started with the blank slab and by adding layers of color a design is taking shape.

Wednesday, August 5, 2015


Countdown to 600th post!

What Is It Wednesday?

Monday, August 3, 2015


Countdown to 600th Post

As I was browsing my library shelves looking for just the book to give me inspiration for my latest prints, I stopped to notice the assortment of titles & subjects.
The book on Impressionism is from a 1988 show at the Nelson-Atkin Museum in Kansas City. My friends could barely drag my out of the galleries.
The Art of Joan Brown just fascinates me. I try not to look at it too often; I'm afraid I might copy her painting style.
Jeffery Camp's book Draw is a must for any artist. It is a book that is as much about seeing as it is about drawing.
I see a couple books on bookmaking. I have made a few to use as journals.
And a basic watercolor book. I usually start with watercolor on my mixed media pieces.

Saturday, August 1, 2015

Sign Saturday

It was last Saturday on the way to Texas that I got all these wonderful sign shots at Stepp West in Calera, OK,
My first thought was "next time bring a truck"; I wanted to take home everything.
Owner Kim Stepp has a wonderful collection of eclectic stuff for home & garden. If you're looking for something unique you'll probable find it here.
You'll find treasures in every nook & cranny.

 If you're looking for ideas this is the
place to spark your imagin-

And it was easy for me to snap pics of
after sign
after sign
after sign...