Saturday, November 18, 2017



     This is a TBT (Throw Back Thursday) item. Several years ago I was asked to do some coconut art for a charity fundraiser, I jumped in with both feet and started collecting dried coconuts which is not hard to do living in Florida. Each coconut has a unique shape so I can’t make daisy out of something shaped like a football.  Just to brag a little my most popular design was a football, I could have sold that  four times at a tent art show.

    I sit and look at the coconut to see what it wants to become. This fruit said; African Mask, so after some research on line I came up with this amazing creature. Not exactly fine art but I enjoyed my sojourn into painting on coconuts. 

Mary Ellen

Friday, November 10, 2017



Every once in a while a painting gets damaged during an exhibit. None of the handlers mean to harm my babies but it does happen. 

Yellow Flowers has a small scratch on the glass surface that I cannot repair. It does not take away from the textural rice paper and watercolor painting but I can not sell it at full price with a clear conscience. It is professionally matted and framed in a bold hot pink frame for a youthful unique statement.

So…I would like to offer Yellow Flowers mixed media for 50% off. The list price is $295 but for you it will be,   $150 + tax. In addition I will give you free shipping. 

Think about it, an original  work of art for 50% off plus free shipping!

Mary Ellen

Saturday, November 4, 2017



     Many years ago I volunteered at Art Mundo in Ft. Pierce, Fl. As a fundraiser they asked artists to design 12 original art pieces for their calendar which they would auction off. 

     I took the challenge coming up with “The Year of the Bugs”. 
My Praying Mantis is a watercolor /pastel background with home made paste papers for the body.  I used pen and ink to fill in the details and I think it is one snazzy insect.


Sunday, October 29, 2017


I’ve added a new painting adventure to  my life. Each Friday I go to the Museum of Art in Vero Beach to paint with fellow figure artists in an open studio setting.

 They are realistic painters and my style is so totally different. These fine artists are excellent portrait painters where I am  loose as a goose, as they say.

I’ve tried to paint more realistically but it looks stiff and awful in my opinion so I must follow my style. It just feels right for me.

I will paint 4-5 works while the others could spend two weeks on one pose. Last session we had the most lovely young model in a ballet dress. I was using watercolor on Yupo which I always thought I hated but that day it was a joy to work with. 

Saturday, October 21, 2017


We had a mango tree which was my tropical delight,
then during a windy storm it fell over in the night.

It’s fruit was the sweetest mango that I had ever tasted
but branches down and roots up it was wasted. 

I miss my mango tree.

No worries, I will not quit my day job! 

I love the jewel toned colors in this water color painting, they just speak to me. 


Friday, October 13, 2017


What are acrylic skins and how does one make them?

Wikipedia:"Acrylic paint is a fast-drying paint made of pigment suspended in acrylic polymer emulsion. Acrylic paints are water-soluble, but become water-resistant when dry."

Acrylic paints  are composed of  linked polymer molecules that lend themselves to drying into an elastic film.  I took a glass non-stick surface and spread out many different colors of thin acrylic paint then swirled them about a bit to create interesting color variations. After the paint was completely dry I used a single edge razor blade to gently peeled off the thin films. Looking at the color patterns I saw flowers so I cut out the floral shapes and glued them down on my canvas with acrylic medium.

I did not hold back at all with my acrylic skin flowers, it is totally colorist, expressionist and wonky. I added purchased papers and stamping to give even more mixed media variety.

I was really in the zone for this one!

Sunday, October 8, 2017



                                               A CHILD’S WONDER

My artistic rabbit hole adventure at the time of this painting was pointillism. 
I was aware of this movement but did not know many details so off to the research on line:

       “Pointillism is a technique of painting in which small, distinct dots of color are applied in patterns to form an image.
Georges Seurat and Paul Signac developed the technique in 1886, branching from Impressionism. The term "Pointillism" was coined by art critics in the late 1880s to ridicule the works of these artists,…”

With the child’s face I used larger dots of warm and cool colors to give the illusion of depth. I thought it was a modern adaption to an older technique. I must relate what a man said of my painting at one of my outdoor tent art shows;

 “ The kids looks sick”, well thanks for your honesty.