Monday, May 23, 2016

A Good Reason

Some lovely lilacs from the backyard.  

Hello all.  I don't normally share many personal things on my blog, but I thought I'd share with you the reason I've been a little MIA.  My poor dad had a stroke a couple Tuesdays ago.  He called me at 3am and his speech was a little slurred.  Apparently he had slid out of bed onto the floor because his right side was immobile.  I called 911 and met the ambulance at the hospital which is between my house and his.  He had also called his neighbor, a dear friend, who hurried to my dad's side at that unGodly hour. (We are truly blessed to have friends like Phil and Sharon!)

Long story short, after a brief stay in the hospital where they addressed his blood pressure, cholesterol and blood, not to mention many tests and scans later, my dad is now situated in a rehab facility not far from his home.  He is recovering and making progress daily.  It will be a long haul I'm sure, but he has a wonderful team and we are hopeful for a strong recovery and doing all we can to prevent this from happening again.  His spirits are excellent and we all appreciate that things could have been a lot worse.  We are grateful for dear friends and family and the wonderful caregivers he has had and continues to have.  We also still manage to laugh a lot finding humor in some . . . um . . . well . . . awkward hospital situations.  

So thank you for your patience with my absence.

Fletcher Framer's Points - nifty little points that secure your paintings in their frames.

In "art" news . . . I have been trying to re-organize my blog and work on my various marketing strategies (a la Leslie Saeta -- the woman is a dynamo and VERY inspiring!)  

At that time, I had snapped a couple photos of my framing supplies with the hopes that at least one day a week I would share some of my supplies and studio practices with you.  I thought I'd start with how I frame.  Lots of you probably do your own framing already, but for those of you who don't, hopefully you will learn something new!

Aaaaahhhh  . . . the point driver and points.  Very simple and very easy!

Framing can be very expensive so I choose to do as much of it as I can, myself.  I will begin with two little items that you MUST have to frame.

Long ago I purchased a Fletcher Point Driver (pictured above) along with Framer's Points.  These allow you to secure your painting into any frame.  I think I bought my equipment through DickBlick . . . but many art stores and on-line framing sites sell them.  You can shop around.

These little items certainly make things easy when framing, and are a relatively minor investment that pay for themselves very quickly.  The point driver reminds of of a staple gun . . . you just load a sleeve of points into it, push the nose of the driver snug against the frame and your backing and pull the trigger.  



I just put as many points as I think necessary to secure the painting in place.  I'll share more more about the entire process of framing a piece of art in another framing post. I just thought I'd get started with this little piece of equipment.  

If there are any topics you'd like me to write about, or you're curious about, (regarding watercolor painting, framing, or my processes as an artist) I will do my best to address them.  I'm happy to share whatever I've learned on this little ride!  

Thanks for dropping by!

Thursday, May 12, 2016

Online Self-Publishing

If you are thinking about doing any publishing on your own, I can't stress enough how easy the process has been on amazon's createspace.  By creating an account, you are led through step-by-step instructions on how to format and upload your project, how to price it, what royalties you can expect to get, etc.  Amazon handles all the sales, printing and shipping.  Costs are kept competitive because they print on demand and because of all that, you don't need to invest any money except for the hard-copy proof and any personal copies you may want on hand to sell on your own.  

You can read more about createspace here.  So far things have been working out very well.  I'll keep you posted on anything new I find out as I go forward through my self-publishing experience.  And if you've had any ideas about publishing, know that your dreams can become reality with just some effort and time and a small amount of money.

Thanks for stopping by.

Tuesday, May 10, 2016

Lots of Slow Progress

"The Budding Artist" - work-in-progress
12" x 12"
watercolor on cradled aquabord

I'm getting close with this one . . . looking to have her done this week. There are lots of nit-picky details left to add to the realism; I'll be playing with some values and making sure my star artist stands out against her busy background.

Have a great day!

Monday, May 9, 2016


Coloring Peace - A Fine Art Coloring Book

Coloring Peace has been proofed and approved and is now up live on

The book turned out even better than I expected.  I hope people will enjoy coloring in my images. I'm looking into having a place online for colorers to post and share their finished images.  So stay tuned in for more information.

Have fun coloring "E-Z"

"Rainbow Sprinkles"

If you happen to purchase the book, please be sure to write a review.  This will help give "Coloring Peace" more exposure.

Thank you for dropping by and Happy Coloring!

Saturday, May 7, 2016

It's LIVE!

"Coloring Peace"
A Fine Art Coloring Book by yours truly.

Sharpen your colored pencils and get out your markers, Coloring Peace can now be purchased online at my createspace e-store!   Happy Coloring!

Have a great Mother's Day and thank you for stopping by!

Friday, May 6, 2016


watercolor on cradled aquabord
12" x 12"

We've had some very gray days all week so I needed a little color in my life.  I began this painting earlier in the week.  It's moving along well, so I hope to have it finished along with my blueberries in the next week.

Coloring Book Update:  I checked with tracking and my proof should be here this afternoon!  It's at the local P.O. as I type.  I'm so excited!

In other news . . . I'm sharing these photos of a painting I recently sold.  My collector has a very talented brother-in-law who dabbles in wood-working and he crafted this perfect little frame for "Fill-It-Up . . . Hi-Test." I think it's delightful, don't you?

Have a great day and Happy Mother's Day to all you moms out there!

Frame close-up . . . what lovely detail!

How cute is this?  I think it's the most perfect color.

Tuesday, May 3, 2016

Reunited & It Feels So Good

22" x 30"
watercolor on aquabord

It's so good to be back painting again!  Not too much has changed with this one yet . . . just working on minute details that hopefully will come together and lend some more realism to this one.

Thank you for stopping in!


Monday, May 2, 2016

Uploaded & Ready To Proof

COLORING PEACE - my first coloring book - 8.5" x 8.5" paperback

As you all know by now, I've been spending almost every waking moment for the past month, designing a coloring book based on my paintings.  I've included a variety of subjects: architecture, still life, animals, to name a few.  Each image is a square line drawing, surrounded by corresponding original patterns for extra coloring fun!  

Over the weekend I formatted my pages, designed my cover and uploaded my book.  I was notified last night that my hard copy proof is on its way.  So barring any horrible errors, I am hoping to have my book ready for sale within the next week.  I'm very excited and can barely contain myself.  Ha! 

I'm happy to get back to painting though . . . I think this is the longest I've gone without painting since I began this full-time artful journey 8 years ago.  I have some paintings I began before this bookmaking madness commenced, that I intend on finishing this month and am looking forward to planning some new paintings.  

I'll be sure to let you know when my book is available for purchase.  It will be placed on so you should have an easy time ordering it.  

Have a lovely day!  Now, I'm going to try to focus and get painting!