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Happy New Year...Cheers to 2014

Tuesday, December 31, 2013

Quote Monday turned into Reflections of 2013...Bring it on, 2014

Monday, December 30, 2013
Yes, every New Year is like a fresh start with a brand new shinny tool kit included.  On the other hand, every new day has the same option.  My decision to be a better person and a better artist isn’t a yearly focus, its daily for me.  That’s why I keep a ‘to-do’ list and a get shit done attitude.

I’ve really spent the last three years changing mediums and moving fully to mixed media.  It’s been a long journey and I’m finally feeling more secure with my artwork.  No, I’m not an expert by any means but I’ve been driven to understand my raw materials, how to display in a professional manner, and doing a lot of experimental work.  It’s all been prep for the year to come.

Season Greetings!!!!

Tuesday, December 24, 2013


Quote Monday....Ms. Karma

Monday, December 23, 2013

Winter Solstice

Saturday, December 21, 2013
I look forward every year to Winter is the turning of the wheel and the signal to longer days.  It is the quite, peace part of the year but it's also the gateway to spring. 

My hubby and I are celebrating with a houseful of gamers today...

Stay warm, stay safe...may you and yours have BRIGHT BLESSINGS!


White Ink...FW Artists Ink wins hands down...product review

Thursday, December 19, 2013


White ink is wonderful to work with; ink is wonderful to paint, sketch, and use in art journaling.  It’s just so multi-functional in my work.   My favorite manufactures are Noodlers and Private Reserve for foundation pens.   Higgins, Daler-Rowney, Calli,  and Liquitex for dip pens and brush work.
Daler-Rowney’s FW Artists Ink trumps every other white ink out there.  It’s acrylic-based, water resistant, lightfast, and permanent.   It works well with a brush, technical pens, and dip pens.  I haven’t had any luck using it in fountain pens.  

My favorite dip pen is an  E+M Artist nib holder with a 2062 nib…I also use a Brause 66 extra fine Arrow nib for very fine lines or a Brause Blue Pumpkin. (both are in the top photo)  Both are calligraphy nibs but I also use a few comic/manga nibs as well.   E+M Artist nib holder is a lot like a paintbrush, lightweight, and ergonomic. It’s the first that I pull out and seems to find its place on my desk fulltime.  BTW, my pens normally don't look this clean. For mainstays on my desk, I normally keep an extra. 

The above is the result of several steps.  I used 300lb Arches paper, that has been sectioned into four 5x7's.   I've laid down watercolor in heart shapes for the base color.   Then added designs in white ink.

The next step was to highlight and accent in black ink.  I use the above dip pen with Koh-I-Noor Rapidograph Universal Ink.  I normally use this ink for my technical pens but it was on my desk at the time.  It is a very versatile ink...paper, cloth, even film or plastic supports.  It's waterproof, fast drying, and permanent.  It's another ink that I use almost on a daily basis...but that's another product review.
Later, these designs will be photographed and turned into printed notecards...maybe simple Thank-You cards.
Someone recently asked me why I blog about product reviews.  There are so many different raw materials out there currently and I search online for information to figure out what to use in my work.  It's just another way to give back for all the information that I've gleamed from others.  Thank you to those that do product's helped me along my artistic journey....
Later Gators...

Wordless Wednesday...Woman in Thought

Wednesday, December 18, 2013
Woman in Thought

A couple weeks ago, if got involved in an art challenge...I've gone back to complete it.  It is a busy season but sometimes I take time to finish what I start...
Comfort and Harmony,

Quote Monday...Winter Whites...

Monday, December 16, 2013

I have come to the conclusion that the quote “Collect moments, not things” speaks to photographers. Photography captures of a little slice of time, sometimes shared with the rest of the world.  More so, if you post something on Facebook.


Winter is an etching, spring a watercolor, summer an oil painting and autumn a mosaic of them all.

~Stanley Horowitz  

Without winter, there can be no spring. Without mistakes, there can be no learning. Without doubts, there can be no faith. Without fears, there can be no courage. My mistakes, my fears and my doubts are my path to wisdom. 


Winter is nature's way of saying, "Up yours."
~Robert Byrne


IPad Thursday...Paper by 53 is still my favorite app, waiting until my Pencil stylus arrives...

Thursday, December 12, 2013

Yesterday, I received the 'your order has shipped' notice from Fifty Three.  I know it's so juvenile to be so anxious for the Pencil stylus to be arrive....but...I am.  I just can't help it.  I ordered the stylus before November 24th and I knew it would take a while....but I've been waiting and tapping my foot for the past couple of weeks.  Then...I got the email, it's in transit...due to arrive December 14th!!!!!

Back to waiting...

Wordless Wednesday...Art Photography

Wednesday, December 11, 2013



Currently I'm working with online class that deals with greeting cards.  So maybe you are viewing the beginning of a series...

Little Free Library...helping with a local community project with my art

Thursday, December 05, 2013
Several months ago, I got involved with a local community project hosted by Plainfield | Guilford Township Public Library.   It is one of many different programs spreading across the US.  Here's a blog link that makes for interesting reading. Give a book, return a book. That's the motto of the Little Free Libraries.
During the painting process.
One of the libraries that I painted, installed outside Plainfield Library

There are four more that are waiting to be feels good to help my local community with my art.



Quote Monday...distractions

Monday, December 02, 2013

The internet is wonderful; it keeps me in touch with friends.  It also lets me view artist friends’ art new work.  It’s a learning tool for me as well BUT it’s also one of my biggest distractions.  
This week, I’ve been working on an online class.  I started keeping a tally of the times I peeked at Facebook or took a ‘break’ to read a blog.  It’s time for a detox…