Tuesday, December 28, 2010

2 More

I did these 2 paintings mostly using "nupastels" by prismacolor... they are fun to use...i drew them on re-purposed materials..... one is a piece of scrap wood and the other is a "food" box that i stuffed and then covered it with collaged papers before i drew on it....

Monday, December 27, 2010

Out My Kitchen Door

This is the scene out my kitchen door .... in the summer you look at my herb garden and the flowers that bloom every spring, summer and fall......the snow is beautiful , but 14 inches of it keeps us here on the mountain.....if i were an organized person i could get soooo much accomplished while we are stuck.....and even do some art.....

Sunday, December 19, 2010

At one Sitting

I have my "Nupastels" sitting on my work space and decided to use them this evening......a very quick sketch on a up-cycled cereal box that i covered with medium, torn papers and molding paste....i used pastels to sketch with years ago......i think i like them again... :D

Saturday, December 11, 2010

Watercolour Sketchs

I took a class in Saluda, NC at Random Arts some time ago and lost the sketches that i did...i found these 3 stuffed in a magazine this morning.. the class was with Jane Lafazio I really enjoyed it...she is a great teacher... we did watercolour work for our sketch books...

Wednesday, December 08, 2010

Crafts with Annie

This is what my grand daughter Annie and i did all day monday ....she was home from school with a bad cold......put that Cricut to good use today and cut out all these wonderful snowflakes....what a happy, excited grand daughter she was......


These are works that are waiting for me to complete...and i am only posting the ones i have in a "art space" ( messy art space ) in our home, not my studio down the lane......i also have at least 100 sketches of faces in journals that need color..... ...or applied to canvas or wood.....love doing faces.....it is sooo hard to work only on the week-ends ....... but art is my salvation..... ;-)

Saturday, November 13, 2010

Mixed Media Painting

i started this piece of art for Piper Jane (my grand daughter) about the day she was born...that was 8 months ago...it is finally hanging in her room...it was inspired from a photo i saw in a pottery barn catalogue some tine ago...it is the largest piece i have ever done...30 x 40....it was a lot of work.....but i love how it came out.... i wish the photo was better....

Thursday, November 11, 2010

Happy 1st Birthday Owen Madden Gunther

can't believe you are a year old already.....God bless you , my adorable baby boy.....by the way this is my "great grand baby"....yikes!!!!!

Wednesday, November 10, 2010

Works in Progress

more wip's here...it seems that is all i have been posting lately.....but i feel the need to post something today...it is hard to do art when i am away from my studio 3days a week taking care of Piper, my 8 month old grand baby......but i manage to tote some art supplies with me each day....i have been doing some "gouache technique" pieces for gifts and thought i would log them here and share with everyone.....they are time consuming, but easy and relaxing for me to do ......most of these are in their beginning stages...today i will be putting the gouache on the ones that need it , then the india ink, and then the final step of washing the ink off and seeing what resulted (the fun part).....then you finish with paint of your choice....fun....

Friday, October 29, 2010

Bragging Again

here i go again going on about my grand kids...this time it is Annie who just has to do art with me when she is off of school and is spending the day with me.....when she saw the studio door i am doing she said, "oh please, nonnie, can i do one too...please please please."......well what is a "nonnie" to do but let her do a door....the studio bathroom door.....talk about 2 big blue eyes lighting up, she was so excited ......and here is her work in progress.....now she is 7yrs old and she did this all by herself with my direction.....great, huh?

Tuesday, October 26, 2010

Painted &Stamped Book Pages

i was playing late last night...couldn't sleep....made these papers from book pages...used my cheap acrylic paint on them first and then some stamps when the paint dried......then used some distress ink to give them a kind of vintage look..... fun...... when i did return to bed i slept until 8am..... yah

Free Day

i am usually taking care of my 8 month old grand daughter during the week but today i am free...i wanted to post these proofs of them that were taken by a photographer on location at a neighboring farm........i love , love these pictures of piper and annie...

Saturday, October 23, 2010

Fall in it's glory

just felt the need to share these pictures.....the ginkgo tree in front of my studio is absolutely beautiful .....against the Carolina blue sky it is breath taking ..... and the hydrangea bush is always gorgeous...they were bright blue this summer...i am always in awe with fall.......

Wednesday, October 20, 2010

2 more WIP's

this is the outside and inside of my studio door.....what fun this is to do....this is the result of the graffiti chic 2 class i am taking from alisa burke i am really enjoying throwing the paint around.....i am anxious to use some of the stamps i made....i did use the heart already..... ;-)

Sunday, October 17, 2010

So Many Classes

I have signed up for so many on-line classes this past year and although my intentions are good and i get so excited, i do not seem to complete the class from beginning to end.....so i have made a commitment to myself not to take anymore classes until i work on the ones i have already paid for......

the photo above is a result of one of alisa burke's classes ....i have tken 4 of her classes... i love her stuff and i sooo enjoy throwing paint around....it is so relaxing....these stamps are made from craft foam and were a blast to do.....can't wait to use them... ;)

Wednesday, September 29, 2010

Completed ?

all i have done for the last few days is play with and finish this mm piece of art so i can use it to start my jewelry pieces for the class i am taking with sharon and deryn ..... i did travel to saluda nc this past monday and took a class at random arts..... a great time was has there....somehow my pieces that i did in the class got lost between here and saluda...if i find them i will post them..... ugh....

Friday, September 17, 2010

Cards with Suzi Blu stamps

i did these cards with some Suzi Blu stamps that i just had to have.........i really do like them...simple and fun to stamp and color....and i needed some cards ......

Thursday, September 09, 2010

Still a WIP

have added a few more things to my houses....mostly butterflies ....love butterflies....not finished yet.....am working on getting as many"sweet spots", as Sharon calls them, on this ... Sharon and Deryn's class has been loads of fun...we are using our painting for the jewelry pieces we are going to make...hop on over to her site ans read all about it.....

Tuesday, August 31, 2010


this WIP is for Sharon and Deryn's class,Of Towers and Turrets, over at sharon's ning site. it is going to be so much fun...go check it out.....it is something i have been wanting to do and i am doing it.....

Polymer Clay Again....

Another class I taught.....This time we put together 5 signatures, sewed them to a canvas spine and I designed a pattern for the front and back cover that we then put together.....It was a full 5 hr class and we had more laughs..... so relaxing...

Wednesday, August 25, 2010

for Annie

i painted this on a re-purposed popcorn box that i covered with brown paper tape....i did it in less than an hour for my grand daughter Annie...she loves the blue star glittery hair....i wanted to give her something special today because she was sooo nervous about attending 2nd grade at a new school..... she looked so cute.. i wish i had taken a picture of her in her new school outfit......they grow sooo fast...


here are the beads the girls made in the class i taught this past saturday....they loved it and so did i.... i really like how these beads turned out....i don't wear jewelry much but i think i would wear these..... ;)

Thursday, August 12, 2010

Playing with Polymer Clay

I am teaching another simple polymer clay class in a few days and this is what we are doing....some beads to use in a necklace or a bracelet.......love playing with clay.....boy my work area is a messy mess......i am now off to clean some romano beans that i just picked from the garden........they are yummy!!!!!

Tuesday, August 10, 2010


I have just about finished a 30x40 picture for my grand daughter and would like some suggestions on what i should use as a finishing coat to protect it....It is a mixed media piece....I am not sure what to use....I love the beeswax finish but think this painting is too large for it.....Suggestions please.....

Tuesday, July 27, 2010

2 Reasons

There are 2 reasons why I am not producing art these days....I was stressing about it but I am over it now....The 2 reasons are pictured here...they are growing so fast, these 2 grand daughters of mine...Piper Jane and Annie Kate.....Summer is almost over and Annie will be returning to school but I will still be caring for Piper during the day for awhile.....

Tuesday, July 06, 2010

Pink Journal

This is another journal I made from recycled postcards...I had fun doing the "messy swipes" of color on the pages for the journal....very colorful...The cover is hand made paper glued onto Davey board.....It measure 5x7....lays flat when open....nice size to work in....I listed it in my Etsy shop....

Thursday, June 24, 2010

Busy with summer stuff...

I have not posted here for a week or more and almost feel guilty...Summer just seems to consume me.....The garden, the grand kids, the heat!!!!

I did manage to put a polymer clay "mokume gane" necklace piece in my etsy shop..Here it is....Still working on the shop!!!! I am taking Sharon's "Face's in Technicolor" class and loving it.....

Thursday, June 10, 2010

Beads on Etsy

Yippee, I finally took the plunge and opened my Etsy shop....I have learned a lot today about listing, paypal, etc....I guess you are never to old to learn new tricks......Anyhow, these are the beads I listed and I will be adding more items soon.....

Monday, June 07, 2010

Good Morning

It is 6:55 this beautiful Monday morning ....The humming birds are feeding on a almost empty feeder and the sun is already coming through the trees ...It is 56 degrees out side now and I am loving it....I am off to babysit my grand daughter....She is such a happy baby.....Still can't believe she is 3 months old already.....not a very clear shot of her "not liking" the carrier she is being totted around in......don't you just love the daisy!!!!

Wednesday, May 26, 2010

Messy Swipes

I am posting 2 more pieces of fabric with "not so" messy swipes....In Alisa Burkes "Graffiti Chic" class she says to be messy but it seems like my messy swipes turnout too "controlled"........I have not added any words or lettering but I do intend to do that........and that is where Martha Lever's "Calligra-fun" class will come in handy.......

It is a beautiful day here in the mountains. Almost too warm....I should be out gardening but I am taking care of a 3month old, Piper Jane, until my daughter gets home from work.....Hard to believe that she is 3months old already.....

Monday, May 24, 2010

Purse in Progress

This piece of canvas that I painted will be a small shoulder bag....The photos show the piece unfolded and then folded in the shoulder bag shape....not sewn yet....and I would like to add a word or two....I am taking Alisa Burke's "Graffiti Chic" and "Adventurous Accessories" classes and I have really been enjoying shoveling craft paint around on fabric......I think I needed the break from drawing for awhile......This is soooo freeing...(lol...is freeing a word???)

Tuesday, May 18, 2010

Recycled Postcard Book

This book is what "happened" with the re-purposed postcards I mentioned in the post below this one.....I am not sure I am crazy about the binding....Will try another binding on the next book...

Monday, May 10, 2010

Class I Taught

I taught a beginners ploymer clay class on Saturday morning at a "small" paper arts store in our "small" town....I forgot how much fun polymer clay is...I have not worked with it for a long while....I came up with this very simple piece for them to make and the students loved it....

Thursday, May 06, 2010

Gift for "Pinkie"

I whipped up this "cross structure" book for a friends birthday.....It is made from mostly recycled materials....A grocery bag and some wrapping paper from a gift I received some time ago are used for the cover....When I saw the pink sheets and the dotted wrapping paper I thought, "how perfect"!!!!! Pinkie will love it.....She loves to journal and is a "glue monkey".....The text sheets will be perfect for her glue stick!!!!

Of cousre my photography is lousy....sorry...I need to work on that..

Thursday, April 29, 2010


A few days ago Martha Lever posted the fabulous beads she made and it reminded me of the ones I did 5 years ago, or more, in a class that I took in Saluda NC with Sherrill Kahn...We painted and stamped fabric, tore it into strips and rolled it around a straw to create these beads...I did hundreds of them and made a few necklaces to sell and the rest of the beads got lost in my studio...I hunted them down after I saw Martha's post.....The photo is of a necklace I made years ago.....I let my daughter wear it yesterday and she sold it right off of her neck...lol......Maybe I will make a few more and start a Etsy shop.....and "maybe" that will happen!!!!!