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Friday, February 12, 2021

Keeping busy with new activities

 I hope all of you have been keeping healthy during this continued time at home during Covid.

After a long summer of painting for upcoming shows, which eventually were all canceled, I decided to learn something totally new - but still creative.  After making about 300 face masks that I gave away to all my family and friends, I realized how much I missed sewing.

So I entered into the magical world of quilting!  I've done lots of sewing over the past 40+ years, but had never tried quilting.  Several of my friends have quilts handed down from family members, but I don't think any of mine made quilts.  Lots of clothing, but no quilts.

So I decided that I wanted each of my 5 grandchildren to have one made by me.  So I started in August watching lots of YouTube videos and reading books.  And so the adventure began - another whole new hobby.

I had no idea how much was involved in quilting.  I really thought I could make all 5 for the grandkids, plus one for my mom by Christmas.  What a goal!  I finished two completely before Christmas - Yay!  But I did finish 4 tops and backings for the other 4 grandchildren, just not quilted and ready to use.

So the last 4 were wrapped as is with a promise to complete them asap after Christmas.  They were all so excited!

I just finished the last of those 4 a couple of nights ago and we are getting together soon to receive their completed quilts.  Whew!  Now on to the ones I've already started for myself and my husband.

I'd love to hear back from any of you who are quilters and hear about your quilting adventures.

Here are photos of my quilts:

For my mom, I love this "Midnight Soiree" line I found on  This is the Disappearing Nine Patch design with ends and borders I added to get the size I wanted.  Plus, a matching pillow:

For my oldest granddaughter - front is pinwheels and owl border.  
Back is owls with half square triangle band across the back

Space/Universe theme for this grandson.  So bright!

Spaceships and animated aliens and robots for this grandson:

Fun whacky blocks on this grandson's quilt.  Designed the front after finding this awesome fabric for the backing.

And for my 2 year old grandson, an Eye Spy quilt with a racetrack on the back.  
He always has a car or truck in his hand.


Friday, May 8, 2020

Hello from Quarantine Central - painting for FUN!

Hope all of you are staying healthy, wealthy, and wise during this Stay at Home time.  That is, I hope all of you are healthy, hanging in there, and keeping busy or at least relaxing and enjoying some quiet time.

I've been in Louisiana since the first week of March to take care of my mom following knee replacement, so I'm been out of the artist community loop.  But now I'm back home and enjoying my own quiet time in my studio during this Stay at Home mandate.

Besides the usual fixing things around the house, cleaning and organizing closets, and other mundane tasks, I try to paint something or do something art related every day.

I haven't painted in a while, so as a warmup have started doing little 5x7 paintings for fun.

Here are two I finished this week:

This one is watercolor on Yupo paper, a plastic paper.

This one is of my favorite view of Pikes Peak through Garden of the Gods.
It is watercolor on Fabriano Artistico hot pressed paper. 

The plan is to mat each of these "Little Gems" paintings in a white 8x10 mat in a plastic sleeve, frame-ready.  Stay tuned for more painting fun.

Tuesday, February 11, 2020

Landscaping - in Winter?

Here we are just after our 4th snowfall in the last week.  Gotta say that winter is not my favorite season.

It used to be when we were younger and had kids who like to sled and make snowmen and we used to ski a lot.  But as the kids are all grown and we're older, I priorities change and I seem to prefer staying in my studio where it's warm with a cup of coffee or cocoa from my new coffee bar.

But I digress - I meant to update you on the last stages of the artsy yard remodel I last wrote about.  I finished phase one, the patio, that I told you about already in my last post.

Phase Two was adding stenciled stepping stones from the patio to the new side walkway that leads to my studio and wood chips replacing the grass.  So much work, but it looks awesome.  And fun that my daughter, Shelley, did all the stencil work for me.  Have you ever tried doing stenciled pavers?

This is before the stenciling and before the wood chips added:

The pavers (12x12) lead to my morning coffee bench on the left and to the gate on the right.

The view from our dining room window.

Shelley at work with the stencils
Stencils all done

This is after the stenciling was done and the wood chips added:

And finally, here is the new walkway leading from the front yard 
to the gate leading into the backyard:

Phase 1 and 2 all done.  It worked perfectly for visitors who came to my studio for the Pikes Peak Studio Tour in September.


Thursday, August 8, 2019

Landscaping as Art

Did you ever think of  yard work as art?  It's hard work and hot and something we all have to do, so why would you think of it as art?

Well, I started a huge back yard remodel mid-June this summer and it's turning out to be a lot of work.  I've been posting progress photos on my Facebook and Instagram accounts, and many people have commented that what I've done so far is a work of art.  Wow, I never thought about it that way.  All I know is it's a joy to my heart.

I've decided that if I can't be painting in the studio, I can be creating in my back yard.  I have this vision in my head, just like a vision I may have when I start a painting.  This project is quite a challenge and a progressing just like a painting, sometimes with a mind of it's own.  I have a general plan, but go with the flow and change my plan when I think of new ideas.  That's how art works.

So how did this all start?  Did you know that in north Colorado Springs, this is considered high desert, and if you don't water the lawn it will die.  And to water a big yard, you may be surprised with a $400 monthly water bill in summer.  Ouch!  That's what happened to us a couple of summers ago.  So, what do you do?  You let the lawn die and landscape so that there is NO GRASS!  I'll happily spend money to water vegetables, trees, shrubs, and flowers.  All these feed us, our family and neighbors, our honey bees, and all the birds and insects that now visit our back yard.

So next time you're working in your yard, think about what you can do to make your space a pleasant place to hang out and enjoy the outdoors.  Go on Pinterest and save ideas you like and think you may want to try someday in your own yard.  Then go out - and create ART!

Before:  The lawn died - and the weeds took over!

First Step:  Pull all the weeds and level the yard.  Well, that took days!

The initial plan was to add 2-3 inches of playground chips where the grass used to be.
That then made the concrete patio too low.  Solution?
Add pavers on top of the concrete and raise the patio.
Not that complicated, but wow - several days of more hard work.

But it was worth it - my new sanctuary in the evenings.  Right at the back door to my studio!

Lots more to come in the big project.  Stay tuned for the next stages.

Monday, May 13, 2019

I'm Back!

Life gets in the way as it tends to do.  But I have been painting up a storm lately.  So I'm Back!

I'm still intrigued by the watercolor batik process using various rice papers, hot paraffin, ink, and watercolor.

So I wanted to show you two of my newest paintings featuring water lilies.  These are painted on a wonderful rice paper with gold filaments built into the paper, one of my favorite papers.

I now own a framing business and the photos show the frames I built with mats for these two paintings so they match.  Hopefully someone will love and buy both of them 😀

Stay tuned for more photos of the process for these two paintings and some of my other new paintings.

If you're interested in these two paintings or would like to see more of my artwork, feel free to contact me at

Thanks for visiting!

"The Lily Pond" 
 image size 10 x 25 
frame outside dimensions 18 x 32-1/2

"Koi Wiggle Dance"
image size 10 x 19-1/2
frame outside dimensions 18 x 27-1/2

Thursday, February 9, 2017

"My America"

Every morning I get up and look out of my bedroom window at the most gorgeous view of Pikes Peak.  After 26 years here in Colorado Springs, I never get tired of that view.  Tired of the driving in the snow and scraping ice off my windshield, but never tired of the snow on the Peak.

I came across a really old copy of America the Beautiful in my stash of vintage music paper and just couldn't wait to paint the Peak and Old Glory.  

The title of this one is "My America."

The painting is done on an 8 x 10 canvas and mounted into a black float frame.   

I can't wait to hang it at the gallery. When you're in town, come by Boulder Street Gallery at 206 N. Tejon in downtown Colorado Springs and see my collection of vintage music paper paintings.

Friday, December 16, 2016

Can't believe it's almost Christmas again!

This has been a very busy year with work, medical issues, and lots of art activities.  Hard to believe that it's already the week before Christmas.  With our late warm weather this Fall here in Colorado Springs, Christmas has just sneaked up on us.

              Here are my latest Christmas creations for this year - marbleized glass ornaments.

I have had several art openings this year and have been really busy as Gallery Coordinator for the Boulder Street Gallery Artists in downtown Colorado Springs.  

You should stop by Boulder Street Gallery now and often and check out all the awesome artwork and handmade Christmas ornaments by the 26 artists in our gallery.  Perfect place to shop for reasonably priced original artwork by our local artists.

Merry Christmas from our wonderful group of artists at Boulder Street Gallery 
located at 206 N. Tejon, downtown Colorado Springs, Colorado.

Wednesday, December 2, 2015

It's Christmas Ornament Time!

While Santa's elves have been busy making toys, I've been busy creating Christmas ornaments.  Each ornament is an original watercolor painting in a cute frame.  I've done all different designs - snowmen, Santas, ornaments, and Colorado landscapes.

These have been fun to paint and are great to use on your own tree, an ornament exchange, or as a hostess gift.

If you'd like to see them in person, I have some of them at Boulder Street Gallery & Frame in downtown Colorado Springs and at my own gallery at 6665 Delmonico Dr., Suite D in Rockrimmon neighborhood in Colorado Springs.

Here is a sampling of the ones I've done so far.

Wednesday, July 8, 2015

Where has the time gone?

Where has the time gone?  It seems like just yesterday I was doing the 30 Paintings in 30 Days challenge.  And now here it is well into July.  And just like that - poof!  It's the middle of summer already.

I don't know about you, but it seems the older I get the faster the time goes.  My grandpa and great uncle used to tell me that and I just didn't understand it.  Now I do.

But honestly, I have been super busy and painting up a storm!  I've painted at home and with friends - lots and lots of batiks that are just waiting to be framed or mounted onto canvas.  And I've been in several shows as well and selling!

So hopefully you've been following me on Facebook these last few months and seen all the fun and exciting events going on since January.

One of the best was the "Trees" show at the Dream Catchers Gallery in downtown Colorado Springs for the month of April.  I had four paintings in that show and sold 3 of them on opening night!  Many thanks to my friends for buying these paintings.

Here are the ones I sold:

Aspens I and Aspens II - sold together as a set

Apple Blossom Time

Till next time . . . . .

Sunday, January 18, 2015

Day 18 of the 30 Paintings in 30 Days Challenge

I must confess that I have not painted any paintings in the last two days.  I have done art related activities, but no paintings.  Yesterday, I had two of my art friends over and we visited down in my studio about what we've been up to and made plans for upcoming meetings and brainstormed about possible ideas for future shows and events.

Then today after church, I spent the better part of the afternoon installing new window blinds in my studio.  Wow, was that a job!  Nothing went as planned.  The measurements were right, but the idiot who designed the brackets never had to install them, I'm sure.

So the blinds look great after I had to modify the dumb brackets to make them work.  Then clean up the mess and did some reorganizing in my studio.  That took so much longer than I had ever planned for.  But in the process, I did find several new reference photos that I think will make great paintings in the coming weeks.

Here's what it looks like now from my chair in my studio.  Check out all those paintings I finished so far.  - 13 paintings so far.

But this challenge has been just that - a real challenge.  And I must admit it's one I don't think I can keep up with any longer.  Working a full time job, a part time job, and now needing to paint larger paintings for upcoming shows, I think I won't be doing one every day.

I will try to do something on my art almost every day, but it won't be one a day.  I'll continue to post as often as I can when I have something worth showing you.

So till later, thanks for following me so far.

Friday, January 16, 2015

Day 16 of the 30 Paintings in 30 Days Challenge

I did two artsy things tonight in keeping with the purpose of the challenge - art everyday.  After work, I went to an art opening at Academy Art and Frame at 7560 N. Academy Blvd.  Got to see my friend, Carol Naylor's awesome artwork at the gallery.

Then when I came home, I painted my painting for Day 16.  My inspiration for this painting was a photo I took at my mom's house in Louisiana several years ago of a beautiful hydrangea bush loaded with pink blooms.

This one is a 5" x 7" watercolor on Ampersand Aquabord.