Monday, August 31, 2009

after breakfast

I got carried away and ate my "subject" before getting it down on paper. Here is what remains.....

Sunday, August 30, 2009

the color purple

"I think it pisses God off if you walk by the color purple in a field somewhere and don't notice it....People think pleasing God is all God care about. But any fool living in the world can see it always trying to please us back."

Alice Walker

Saturday, August 29, 2009

tomato day

Today was all about tomatoes. Picking them, sketching them, collage-ing them, painting them, roasting them and especially eating them.

Thursday, August 27, 2009

flip flops

OK- so its not exactly the Mona Lisa of sketches, but today is one of those days that I'm giving myself "props" for the effort, regardless of the finished product.

Wednesday, August 26, 2009


I've known about the Sept. 1 deadline for a print exchange I'm participating in for a good long time--longer than I care to admit. Maybe this is my own little back-to-school celebration....waiting until the last possible moment to get my homework done!

Tuesday, August 25, 2009


In honor of my son Cole who left for St. Petersburg this morning, I did this sketch of the cathedral that graces all the postcards and travel brochures for Russia. I liked it better before I added colors--it got a bit "circus-y". On the other hand, it is a pretty wild building!

Monday, August 24, 2009

breakfast of champions

I'm thinking it might be time for a back-to-school, fresh-start diet evaluation ( Monday, of course!)

Sunday, August 23, 2009


There are entire art books written about how to paint crystal and glass reflections, and people who love that kind of painting. I am not one of those people. So, I can't really explain why I felt compelled to try and sketch the empty cake plate and its lacy shadow today. I think maybe I was feeling guilty for having not done a single productive thing all day and thought I should challenge myself. Mainly, it just confirmed my earlier statement--I am not one of those people!

Saturday, August 22, 2009

banana cake

I had enough just-past-ripe bananas to make a banana birthday cake today. One more day would have been better, but birthdays don't wait.

(the new "distressed" look of my journal pages is compliments of Cash, the mini-lab who is a frequent visitor around here, and as I have now learned, an avid chewer. )

Thursday, August 20, 2009


Today was another 10 minute collage day. I just felt the need to let the right brain do its thing with out interfering. I love the quote- "a simple setting aside of fear"--as if somehow it really is just that easy.

Wednesday, August 19, 2009

crab apples

I picked this little branch from a crab apple tree I pass each day on my walk. It is laden (what a good word!) with big, shiny red apples. These are the eating kind, not the ornamental sort. Since the tree is in the yard of a vacant house, I may have to try my hand at crab apple jelly.

Tuesday, August 18, 2009

banana peppers

tuesday.....farmer's market......banana peppers

Sunday, August 16, 2009


Even though I was hot and sweaty in the muggy air, walking the dog this morning I noticed a subtle shift. A group of geese gathering, but not the family groups of early summer. The road under all the oak trees littered with smashed acorns. I noticed the abundance of berries and crab apples on the trees instead of the garden flowers. And the Sunday paper was fat with back-to-school fliers. And some squirrel or chipmunk left this cracked walnut on the step.

Friday, August 14, 2009


I spent a wonderful week with my parents and family at their home on Lake Michigan. I intentionally stayed "technology-free" all week (the decision helped along by the dial-up internet connection and lack of cell service--my, how quickly we become spoiled). I did keep up the low-tech painting though. It made me realize that it is becoming a habit, even in non-habitual places.

Wednesday, August 5, 2009

blackberry lilies

I am just in love with my blackberry lilies--I keep pointing them out to family members who happen by and they look at me with a look that says "yeah, we saw them the last time you pointed them out". Anyway, I can't get enough of their beautiful, tiny, speckled blossoms and the twisted remains of the old blossoms.

Tuesday, August 4, 2009


I'm participating in a print exchange and spent most of the afternoon trying out various ideas. After a lot of trial and error I managed to get one I like enough to duplicate. I have to do 50, so I sure hope the rest don't take as long!

Monday, August 3, 2009

when life gives you lemons......

Dean brought home a big bag of lemons (gotta love Costco !) that needed to be put to use.....some people would think of lemon chicken but I went straight to the dessert options. I made some wonderful sweet/tart lemon bars......and had enough lemons left to paint while they were baking.

Sunday, August 2, 2009

little pink houses

sitting in the car at a gas station last night, I looked across at this funny little pink house right in the middle of mainly commercial buildings. Made me smile--and got the John Mellancamp song stuck in my head!