Saturday, March 25, 2017


Second layer of acrylic paints.

     My son lives in Michigan and loves to surf and paddle board during all seasons of the year. That's right, even in the dead of winter when the water temperature is dangerously cold. He has the cold water surfing suit but still a mother worries.

     Bailey joins him in the summer and she loves to be part of everything.  Braden named his cat Curious so he has the same creative genes. Wishing him good waves and safe trips to the lake.


Saturday, March 18, 2017


My grandkids live  two hours away so I don't see them as much as I would like but I did visit for Grandparents Day at their school last week. Here Meme is answering some questions with my granddaughter "teaching" me. I have always told the kids that they will know much more than I will ever know.

The first day I spent with my 4 year old grandson in his classroom then off to the playground. Luke ran around with his class mates until he was over heated and sweaty. Most of the parents looked desperately for a wee bit of shade; remember we live in Florida.

Just like a boy,  Luke stuck M&Ms up his nose, dug them out again and ate them. He thought no one would know!!!

The orange and green nostrils gave him away.

Saturday, March 11, 2017


      Here we have my fertile imagination at work. After cutting an X & O out of styrofoam,  I used wet Masa paper over the new mold to form my X & O's which were painted gold then mounted on a checkered paper bag that I had collected. I am attracted to interesting papers.

   Very rarely do I try to go for symbolism, with me it is just an image that I wanted to paint or do into a mixed media painting. This time I was using the checker background to represent the games that people enjoy playing either literally or psychologically. You know the old passive aggressive or approach avoidance thing. 
These are professionally framed in three shadow box frames so that they may be hung in a triptych grouping. I think they are unique but the world does not seem to agree with me.

                                             Come on world,get with the program!

Friday, March 3, 2017


Ott light # 1
Ott #2
Ott #3
My rag tag collection of Ott lamps:
New ceiling light

     My studio/ spare bedroom had no over head lighting so I stuck four Ott lamps wherever I could to get the most natural light to paint under. Oh, the one window faces south which is not the ideal north light touted by artists. You work with what you have.

     Recently I did a little research on lighting and found out that 5,500 K is the best artificial light to use in an art studio. Lower than 5,500 K yields a warm light which causes the painting to turn out cool and above that K is cool therefore the artist compensates on the warm side.
                                       Honestly I didn't think it was a big deal.

           "The correlated color temperature (CCT), measured in Kelvin, refers to how warm or cool a light appears. Too warm       a bulb may tint work reddish yellow, whereas too cool a light can turn things blue. For a good balance of warmth and coolness, look for bulbs with a CCT of 5500 K, the equivalent of midday sun. If you prefer cooler light, akin to north light, look for bulbs rated 7500 K. "  (by Koo Scheduler)

 Another article I read on line said to close the blind on windows facing south and use 5000-5500K for the lighting. I was wondering about that southern exposure.

A trip to Home Depot showed me the lighting possibilities and their price tags. Cheap and easy is what works for me these days so I ended up with an LED ceiling light in the 2500 K warm range.

My logic is turn off the ceiling light that I just had installed and just use the Ott lights but it gets hot in here so I sure could use the ceiling fan. Husband says; "don't touch the pull cords because something or other switch is going bad". Well, oh crap, I am back where I started and now I have learned I must close the blinds on my south facing window. Maybe I could use the ceiling light plus the Ott lamps with the window blind closed.
I think I will take a moment to think this plan over again.

Here are some results I found on this unfinished painting of my son: Do you see a difference?

Warm light off
Warm light on