Saturday, December 31, 2011

Letting go of 2011...

journal cover for my niece

this was my fortune the other day!

really hoping that fortune comes true♥

I'm spending this New Year's Eve at home with my hubby and my kids.  We had chinese take out and I'm hoping I can stay awake till midnight to share a kiss with my sweetheart and bang pots and pans with my kids when the clock strikes 12.  
2011 was a year filled with love, friendship, heartache, loss, and art, always art.  
I have no resolutions to make.  I will simply keep trying to be a loving wife, mother, friend, and artist.  
I'm excited to kick off the new year painting with Misty Mawn in her latest online offering.  I know it will be amazing!  To my friends who left a comment on my last post, "Thank you"  This Christmas was especially difficult.  I still feel like I'm having a little trouble functioning.  I miss my friend♥

Thank you all for your friendship!  I wish you much happiness in the coming year!

I'll be back next year with more art to share!

Much Love,

Saturday, December 24, 2011

i am here

i am here

i am here, i am still here.  my mind is wandering and jumbled. i’m stumbling but i am still here. i have been witness to so much love this week.  i keep thinking i hear something but can’t seem to focus, then i realize i left the water running and now it’s spilling out onto the floor.
i am here at the hospital, i try to be strong. i am holding his hand now but he’ll soon be gone.  he is ready to leave now but still holding on.  he’ll wait for his son before he moves on.  i am here in a circle around a man we all loved. his son made it here just in time. we sing, we tell stories, we laugh, and we cry. we tell him that now it is his turn to fly.
then he is gone in the blink of an eye.

away with his soul
to the heavens he’ll go
and happily meet
in reunion sweet

 I am at peace with the passing of my friend.  I'm looking forward to spending a Happy Christmas with my family.  I haven't wrapped a single present yet but I'll get there. 

Wishing you all very Merry and a Healthy Happy New Year!

Friday, December 16, 2011

My week in paintings...

Happy Friday Everyone!!!
I finally did my first little bit of Christmas shopping today.  It'll be a small Christmas this year but a happy one no doubt.  I'm off to pick up kids from school.  Hope you're taking time to paint.  
Much Love,

Sunday, December 11, 2011

Weekend paintings...

Not much to say's a few paintings I worked on this weekend.  I'm starting to feel the stress of Christmas just around the corner and as usual I'm not ready.  I know they say time speeds up the older you get but this year seems faster than ever.  I'm working on some homemade gifts for family and hoping to send out a few cards.  The tree is up, the lights are glistening on the house, and the stockings are hanging over the fireplace.  Christmas will come, ready or not.  I'm not going to stress about it.  I think I'll just make some hot cocoa and take it one step at a time.
Wishing you a happy week my friends!

Thursday, December 8, 2011

How it begins...

Early stages of a painting...I like to see the process.  Sometimes when I finish I think to myself, "How did I get here?"  Nice to have pictures of each stage in the journey.  
Love to you my friends♥

Sunday, December 4, 2011

Painting every day!

It's Sunday night and I'm wrapping up my week here with you.  It's been a busy one.  I finished helping my daughter send in her college applications, attended meetings at the high school, and got the paper work filled out and sent in to get my daughter her very first passport!  I drove all the way to the passport office and realized I had forgotten my daughters birth certificate so I had to go back home to get it and drive all the way back.  I had several moments like that this week.  I was feeling like an old lady.  I think I'm just feeling stressed about my girl going to college.  I'm really going to miss her.  
She has been a dream kid and never caused us any worry so we wanted to do something special for her graduation.  She has always wanted to go to Italy, so we're sending her!!!  She'll travel to Milan, Venice, Florence, Nice, Monaco, and  Paris.  The tour we chose goes to France too.  We're feeling pretty broke right now but she's so worth and she'll never forget this experience.  
I'm really excited that with all the busyness I managed to paint a little every day! 
Sometimes it had to be after the kids went to sleep and I ended up staying up too late.  I know I can't keep it up, I need my sleep.  
I'm still so in love with faces.  Hope you like these new ladies!

Sending love to you my blog friends♥

Sunday, November 27, 2011

Breathing, Painting, Soaking it in...

The more I paint, the more I feel, the more I see, the more I know myself.  It's all I want to do.  It's become like food for me, I need it to live.  I'm so thankful for the community of friends in this space.  I know my co workers and non artsy friends probably get tired of me always saying, "Hey, you wanna see my new painting!"  I get so excited that I want to share.  
I hope you're taking time to create. Here's of few pics of a new painting in progress.
Love to you,

Wednesday, November 23, 2011

Thanksgiving light to all my friends♥

I am thankful for many things...
My family, good health, good friends, my fur babies, my art supplies, a recent etsy sale, a roof over our heads in the cold winter, and so much more. 
Sending love to you and yours and yours this Thanksgiving season!
I'm so thankful for each and every one of my friends in this blogging community!

a recent work in progress

Thursday, November 17, 2011


Hello and Happy Thursday!  Do you know what day it is today???
Well, I'll tell you.  It's the midnight premiere of the new Twilight movie!!!
I'll be there tonight with my baby girl.  Wishing now I wouldn't have stayed up so late painting this week, I'm gonna be a zombie tomorrow.  

Here's a close up of a painting I've been working on in the wee hours of the night. 
Sending love to you, maybe I'll see you at the movies. ;)

Monday, November 14, 2011

Can I get a do over...

Remember this painting just a couple posts back?  Well, I wasn't in love with her...Her face looked too long, her coloring was too harsh, and I knew she could be so much better so I went to work.

I started covering over her with gesso and presto chango,  she had a new face and background!

Now I'm satisfied, I just love her!
Delicate Wings

Here's another painting I just finished.  I've been dreaming a lot lately and this painting grew out 
of those feelings of wishing an hoping on a star.  Both paintings are now in my SHOP!

Wish Keeper

And I started one more painting today before I had to start making dinner.  I kind of like the expression she has right now, not sure yet if I'll do anything else with her.

Thank you to all my wonderful friends who left comments on my last post, sending you all hugs!
Happy Week!

Friday, November 11, 2011

Painting, pottery, and my lucy...

It's Friday!!! No school for the kiddos today and no work for me!  Well, some work...I can't ignore the dust and dishes forever and it does feel good to have a clean house.  I'm trying to clean, paint, play with my babes today, and share some art with you!
Last weekend I had the opportunity to spend a Saturday at the studio of an amazing local potter, Craig Martell.  Craig is a master and makes it look so easy.  He is have a studio sale soon!  Those of you in the Salem area might be interested.  

some of craig's work

After watching Craig it was my turn to try!  Queue the ghost soundtrack here. :)
It was so fun, I could have played for hours.

I've been working on another Marie Antoinette painting too, I think I might do a series of them.

Here's a few pics of a painting in progress.  I love painting!  I never know how a piece might turn out.

My little Lucy was missing me on Saturday so I got a special treat for her.  Vanilla ice cream is her favorite!
Sending wishes to you for a Happy Weekend!  Thank you for your friendship here in this little space, it means a lot to me. :)


Monday, October 31, 2011

My Art, Meet Rogene, oh and Happy Halloween!

Hello Friends!  Here's what I've been working on this week! 
A friend of mine asked if I would be willing to donate a painting for her daughters school auction to raise money for the french club.  I decided to do a french theme and since I love old fashioned ladies I did Marie Antoinette.  I drew her first, then cut her out and put her in wax.  This wax painting is addictive.


I needed a little break from wax over the weekend so I pulled out a canvas that already has some tidbits on it and started a portrait.  I never get tired of drawing faces, love it!

I also want to introduce you to Rogene Manas today.  
My friend Melinda took a class from her at Art n Soul and has nothing but wonderful things to say about it.
Rogene is offering a workshop in Eugene on November 12 that sounds fabulous! 
Visit her blog HERE.

  I feel like such a scrooge this year, we didn't even carve pumpkins.  Somethings always gotta give.
Wishing you all a safe and Happy Halloween!