Wednesday, September 30, 2009

Sunday, September 27, 2009

Little bits

Wanting to play with my new paint and testing on a variety of paper leads me to do a few ACEOs.
Of the 2 autumn fields minis, this one is my favorite. I prefer a bright sky with clouds rolling in just like so many fall days I spent picking apples and then baking pies, making applesauce and fritters.

This iris was done with Daniel Smith watercolors but not the amethyst genuine. I found it flat and even though it has a glimmer, it doesn't show when scanned or photographed.

I do love fall and really miss all the colorful changes that are abundant in the northeast or even midwest regions.

And believe it or not, I still have flowers blooming in pots on the deck. Even though it's cool at night the cosmos are hanging in and my little frog has relocated to the box on the deck rail. He's been in my flowers forever and seems to prefer second story dwelling. I bet he's what the birds are looking for when they stand on the rims and pluck up bunches of dirt. He's made it so far and I'm rooting for him. The birds can have all the acorns.

Friday, September 25, 2009

Boys and their toys...

Back to greeting card mode and they seem to get a little more involved. Little boys grow into big boys and are looking at big toys.

Not sure what the deal is with a 57 vette now. I sure thought they were great when I was a kid and actually like them better than what goes for a vette now.

Closest I got was a 65 corvair with treacherous dual carb. White with red interior and tons of fun to drive.

Wasn't sure I'd get these done in time...

Wednesday, September 23, 2009


It's fall but the weather here says summer is having a tough time letting go.

I needed a change so while I pack up greeting cards to mail, I painted this calla a bit bigger. Tried out some new stuff including a dark sap green from Daniel Smith.
It was fun playing with gel medium and it gave me a few ideas...

Sunday, September 20, 2009

Everything was going nicely...

I was on a roll...painting greeting cards and managing to do more keepers than throw aways.
Perfect season to do a little grape still life. I bought 5 lbs of them because they were so beautiful and tasty, too.

I just plunked a small bunch on my table to draw and paint. Everything was going quite nicely until I got a little hungry.

So, the bunch got a little smaller.

I put the first wash on and the bunch got a little smaller.

Well, I had them pictured in my mind so I didn't really need them all to finish the painting.

The bunch got really small and the pile of the little bits of stem got bigger.

As I finished the painting, I looked for the grapes and they were gone! Good thing I captured them in a little painting.

Friday, September 18, 2009

Just Hanging Around

Here's a still life...why not? The acorns have been plunking all over the deck and bouncing on the roof luring the squirrels. As long as they're just hanging around I might as well use them for a greeting card.

One more down and still more to go.

Thanks for stopping by, see you later!

Not a Clue

I found these seeds that said "Orange and Yellow Cosmos" and couldn't resist. I'd never seen anything but white and pink and fuschia cosmos. I've been waiting all summer to see a flower. I was sure it was a joke because the leaves looked more like marigolds than my cosmos.

The first flower was tiny and pale yellow and did appear to be a marigold but then this popped open.
I haven't a clue. What do you think?

Wednesday, September 16, 2009

Just a Quick One...

All tied up with domestic goddess work today. Shopping at the grocery warehouse and returning home to clean and organize the freezer then break all the bulk food into portions, make a bunch of 4 oz. burgers and then pack it all away. It was already late afternoon by the time I finished.

I was determined to complete another card but had to squeeze it in and still cook dinner.

A quick fall landscape (trying to match the sky I saw on the route home) and don't tell anyone, I forgot the barn.
So what do you say? Missing from picture...

Tuesday, September 15, 2009

Small Celebration

A party for one!

Great timing and many Thanks to Karin Jurick and the latest Different Strokes Challenge.

Here is one more card ready to send off for a Birthday. I'm positive there are no calories in this cupcake.

It's perfect for my sister, she won't have to agonize over devouring it and plan for a number of days at the gym to make up for it.

See you later!

Monday, September 14, 2009

It's Inevitable

Just as I get into summer and finally have an orange cosmos blooming (I had no idea there was such a thing) the leaves are quietly falling off the trees. The acorns aren't so quiet, but they are dropping off the oaks and pelting the deck and roof.

Fall is coming and nothing will stop it.

I look at this card and think how bleak. No hot cider or caramel apples in this picture.

That's it! See you later, I need to celebrate the season.

Sunday, September 13, 2009

Somebody Special...

My littlest grandson will be 2 soon. He brought this doll cross country when he came to visit this summer.

He likes Toy Story as much as I like licorice...

There was no doubt about what to paint on his birthday card!

Thursday, September 10, 2009

Greeting cards for guys?

Yes, there's that and kids, too. So I only managed to finish one time to use it tomorrow.

Next on my list are a few little boy cards. Last year I got away with a dragon and optimus but this year ?????

I just have to figure out their latest fascination.

Wednesday, September 9, 2009


I'm still at it and will be carrying on with greetings for several more days (if not weeks) It's great to be able to take the orchids out of the window and pop them on my table to paint.

This was a good year for the orchids. They bloomed to welcome my house guests and now do a little portrait sitting.

I must also give a nod to the beach lovers celebrating a birthday. This is a beach in the Abacos.

Tuesday, September 8, 2009


My Watercolor version of Birthday greeting cards. Have quite a few birthdays approaching so here's the batch for today, see you tomorrow!

I'm so glad all my orchids bloomed so I have some reference material!

Sunday, September 6, 2009

Just one -

Here's just one flower from the yellow/orange/coral primrose. Things just don't always go according to plan but they sure go!
Working on the bunch and hope to be able to post it here.

Summer is over and these bright little plants give me a boost.