Thursday, February 28, 2013


A Slump -
A Block -
A creative wasteland.
Are all artists emotionally on overdrive?
They feel,
They feel,
They wish they were numb.
Or on a creative high that
Won't be interrupted by daily life.
The mundane.
The bill paying.
The catbox cleanup.
Oh, to be alone!
Or with fascinating personalities
That spur on the ideas.
Oh, an artist must paint what he feels.
It's all black!
Red lightening bolts.
Beige Blah Bananas.
Or it's brilliant light,
Too giddy to understand.
Detailed scribbles of delight.
Contour distortions that...
Make you laugh,
Make you feel,
Make you see a new way.
Up -
No straight lines.
No dull days.
A slump.
By Rose


I am anticipating strawberry season this week.  We have a wonderful strawberry farm nearby where you can pick your own berries for about 2 weeks.  I have already promised my hubby some freezer jam this year, and hope the crop is full and luscious, and yummy!  I drew this berry with ballpoint and color inks.  It is tiny, only about an inch.  I am planning on framing it with a 2 inch frame to give it some umph!

Wednesday, February 27, 2013


I think I need a laser pointer of those things they sell in hardware stores to line up your pictures properly when arranging your walls.  Yes, definitely!  I had a great idea for putting my artwork up on the walls, but execution is iffy.  I do like the butterflies, intersperced with the sketches, though...don't you?

Tuesday, February 26, 2013


The Artist Challenge is a fun one this month.  Color My World is the theme, and I chose one of my watercolors that I did of the Wyoming prairie.  Most people consider the prairie states to be brown, and dry.  If you look long enough, however, you can see color everywhere!  Purple shadows, blue mountains, red hills, and the sage brush!  Amazing!  I loved this challenge.  As usual, web master Rusty was wonderful.  Thanks!  Here is the link if you want to see more:


I was working on the elm leaf design here, when it occured to me that this deceptively simple design could really become something exciting and bold if turned into a really LARGE painting! I like the composition (except for that farthest leaf...needs work) and with the right color pallette, it could be really wonderful.  Not all of my paintings should be detailed, intricate projects that say less than a simple one...Seriously considering this!

Sunday, February 24, 2013


I have never participated in the annual Sun Art Artists Challenge.  It is an exciting event, especially for those fans of CBS's Sunday Morning Show.  So many of the challengers have gotten their sunny faces featured on the weekly show, that I am a bit intimidated.  However, this is my year to try new things, take a few risks, and enjoy the challenge of venturing into new territory.  This is a basic sketch of a sun face, the first of many before I decide on a design for a painting, to be submitted in April.  The face reminds me of the Green Man face seen in so many homage to the living creature that is nature.  I am treating the Sun Art in a similar manner...the sun as a personified living entity that keeps our earth warm, growing, and full of life!

Saturday, February 23, 2013


Once again, I was sketching in the evening (my quietest time of the day) and wasn't using enough light.  The ink pens LOOKED pink...they weren't!  So I have a very orange rose...a new hybrid that I am calling the Accidental Orange.  And it is my intention to get a small UV lamp to put at my desk, so that I can have more control over my colors!!!

Friday, February 22, 2013


January has me at my wits end trying to fill the cold days with something productive.  I usually start my spring cleaning (my dust bunnies are particularly large this year!) and do some handwork.  I love making penny rugs, an old fashioned way of using up old wool blankets and scarves.  This year I made a table runner, and added wool felted cottonwood leaves, blanket stitching and running stitching to give it movement.  Fun, easy, and I can still watch my favorite t.v. shows while sewing!


My niece, Sarah, is an up and coming artist.  I was delighted to purchase this piece from a show in Cape Girardeau, MO, where Sarah donated her work for a charitable event.  I am delighted with her works, which remind me of a cross between Aubrey Beardsley and E. Gorey.  This woman has mystery, intrigue, and delicacy.  Sarah always hides a key somewhere in her works, and lovely patterns in an almost old-fashioned way.  Keep an eye out...her work is so unique it grows on you! 

Thursday, February 21, 2013


I have done a lot of watercolor 'practice' paintings over the years, and tried in vain to find some redeeming values in them to frame.  Eventually, however, I faced facts.  They were no good! Awful, in reality!  So what do you do with them?  Well, for this project, I tore them up and repurposed them into a bowl!  I took a plastic mixing bowl, flipped it over and wrapped it in foil and Saran, and then started tearing up bits of paintings to decoupage over it all.  I added a few dried leaves to add interest, (I used gel medium for my 'glue') let it dry for a few days, and then flipped it back over, taking out the plastic bowl and the foil and Saran.  I am very pleased with it, and love the flowing colors from the paintings!

Saturday, February 16, 2013


This is a painting that I did last year at this time, and I have been unable to put it up, sell it, or take pleasure in it because I am having a terrible time framing it!  As a starving artist (metaphorical, of course, if any of you have seen my plump portrait!) I can't afford to have all of my work framed professionally.  I try to find ready made frames, hit estate sales, and even the occasional yard sale or two.  This is a normal enough size, 8"x8"...but nothing seems to work well.  Add to that the fact that I painted it at an angle, to be hung on an angle, and I am having an impossible time finding something to complement it.  I painted the top of the flower too close to the edge, so some frames cut it too close.  The edges are stapled, so I can't leave it unframed.  I have thought about 'floating' it in a slightly larger frame, but don't quite know how to do it.  If anyone has a suggestion, I would be MOST grateful!  Sometimes, art and logic don't seem to come together....

Wednesday, February 13, 2013


My hubby does some truly outrageous things for Valentine's Day.  One of the sweetest was to search out heart shaped rocks whenever we go somewhere special, presenting them with a flourish of flowers, poetry or song.  This year I wanted to present to him one of our favorite heart stones, taken from one of the beaches in California, framed in a Valentine.  I found a lovely filagree metal frame with a 3"x3" opening.  Using foam core board and decorative paper as a background, I hot glued the stone on, wrote a quote from our favorite date movie "Princess Bride" and framed it out.  Valentine's Day will be a bit funky for us this year, as we are volunteering at a fund raiser for adult literacy in the evening, but as usual, hubby planned ahead...Friday we are going to a dinner theatre, an Agatha Christie mystery!  My favorite author, so I am really excited!  I hope that you have made personal plans for your loved ones, be they partners, children, or best friends...and make some wonderful memories.  Happy Valentine's, all!

Saturday, February 9, 2013


I entered the Artist Challenge Gallery's "Show me what you've got" show this month with a detail from my painting of gariel young, hatching from their leathery eggs.  It reminded me that I can still do work that is significant (I chose this subject to honor an endangered species) and special to me.  I have been aggravated at myself in recent months for not getting more painting done, and more creating for my soul.  I vow to do more in upcoming weeks!  You can go to the following link to see all of the wonderful entries for this challenge...

Wednesday, February 6, 2013


I found this piece of art at an antique store the other day.  While I am sure that it couldn't have been 1889 that this was done, but instead is so interesting!  Shelf mushrooms have been used as canvases for thousands of years.  I looked up the process to doing this type of art, and it is a very immediate piece of work.  You pick the fungi, and etch into it with a sharp stick, quill, or other instrument.  Work quickly, before it gets too stiff!  When it dries, the scratches in the surface will darken and look just like ink!

Monday, February 4, 2013


What fun this sketch spring cleaning led me into my sewing kit, and I had to draw the buttons!  The baseball button was from my son's pajamas when he was little...25 years ago!  I decided to do this drawing like a pseudo etching.  I have always loved etchings, but have no background in it at all. Someday....

Saturday, February 2, 2013


My spring cleaning obsession came to a screeching halt this morning when I ran across some old toys that I have kept around for my grandson's visits (and he has long outgrown).  They were so lovely and colorful that I had to set them up and do some drawing.  I am pleased with them...the cow was really hard!  I finally chose to not draw every detail and shadow, and keep it simple.  Hope you like it...