Sunday, March 12, 2017

Bird House Project

Yes, I'm painting Dala Horses on this and you'll be able to read more about that on my dala horse blog.

The rest of the project will be more like the wheelchair ramp that I've been painting.

What's really exciting about this design is that I will be using it as a display unit to sell my dala horses and related items from the curb in front of my house this summer. The fact that it's so bright and colorful and combines a shelf and hanging hooks should make it the ideal tool to improve sales.

I'm very excited about the possibilities. I'm looking forward to the prospects and to reporting the results to you.

Wednesday, March 8, 2017

Painted Wooden Posts for Outdoor Projects

As you may have guessed, I'm still painting posts on my wheelchair ramp. Here are Pictures of a few of the latest ones.

This time I'm experimenting with different color combinations and patterns.

Friday, February 24, 2017

Folk Art Painting on the Wheelchair Ramp

Hi Folks,

You'll remember this project from last year but there are hundreds of posts on the wheelchair ramp and with each of them painted differently this project is taking some serious time.

The most promising thing about it is that I never get tired of working on it and trying all sorts of variations on brush stokes that I've been wanting to teach myself.

The best part of this is that it's improving the look of new Dala Horses that I design.

You can read all about those on my dala horse blog. I love it when all of my efforts begin to come together into more interesting  and challenging projects.

I'm headed back to painting another post now and am also painting a little box with dala horses on it. Yes, they'll share some of the same design elements so you may want to check out the other blog as well.

Thanks for Stopping By,

Saturday, February 18, 2017

A Bit of a Thaw in the Garden and Then Back to the Painting

I'm still working on that canvas but thought I'd go outside a while and see if there's anything stirring in the garden after our 60 degree temps this week. There were a few glimpses of green in the lily bed but that was about it.

I headed back to the canvas and still don't have a clear idea where it's going. I added a bit of green to that too.

I continue to enjoy working with the paints but can't stop reaching for the blues, I'm still waiting to see where it leads.

When it hit this point I was beginning to consider using it as a background for a vase or pot of flowers. 

Friday, February 17, 2017

Heading Back to Last Months Canvas

I wasn't quite sure what to do with this canvas when I started it last month but I grabbed my paints and went on with it anyway. Here are a few photos of it each step along the way today.

My current working title is Chasing the Blues because of my persistent urge to grab the blue paints first no matter what else I try to do.

As I'm painting I can't quite decide what I'd like to create or say with this one.

yes, it shows.

I flipped it on it's side and thought I may develop it into a landscape of sorts of a view of the flowers in my garden.

Here's a detail view of the right hand corner so you can see what sort of knife and brush strokes that I'm building the texture with. 

Wednesday, February 15, 2017

The Finished Painting

Here are the inspiration photo and the finished painting side by side. The important thing for me is that I capture the feel of that moment and not the exact look of a thing. Why go to all of the effort of painting just to create an exact copy? There are people that go in for that sort of thing but I'm just not one of them.

I enjoyed working on this and will head to my zazzle store to put it on a greeting card and a few other things as I decide what I'd like to paint next.

Sunday, February 12, 2017

Painting From Your Garden Photos

Here's one of my favorite pictures from last summer's garden. I'm not thrilled about all the houses in the neighborhood so it's nice that I can create my own reality around it in my painting.

It's off to a bit of a rough start. As you can see perspective doesn't come easy to me. I'm self taught and didn't learn any of the things that I didn't already know. I've always worked more or less on instinct and passion and have finally come to realize that it just isn't enough. There's so much to learn and experience and I'm finally ready to take that journey. There's no telling where it might take me and I'm looking forward to sharing it with you.

I've stopped worrying about whether or not everything is the right shape and am relaxing into the paints and just enjoying the process. I'm using my hands, brushes and painting knives. I'm kind of pleased with the progress so far. What do you think?

It won't be long before I finish this painting now. There are just the leaves, grass and plants to paint now. I couldn't resist adding a few more blooming roses than were in the photo but that's just because there were a lot more of them by the end of the season.

Here's the finished painting. Definitely something new for me and less about creating a good painting than it is about celebrating good memories in the garden. There was a bit over flash when I shot this painting, but it should give you an idea of the results. 

Friday, February 10, 2017


I started by growing some daisies in the garden and then moved on to drawing and painting them. I'm looking forward to planting more of them this summer and adding a few different varieties as well.

Landscape Painting on Computer Accesories to Brighten Your Home or Office

mountain lake mouse pad
Here's a blast from the past. I did this landscape in oils back in the 1980's. What fun to be using it now to decorate the office!
lakeshore wireless mouse

Cala Lilies for Tea

It's always nice to have company in the studio and yesterday was no exception. I cut the lilies from my houseplant and arranged them in a small pitcher for a centerpiece and decided on an easy menu. I just served cheese and crackers, a veggie tray with spinach dip which I had on hand and some hot, fresh donuts from a Chinese restaurant in the neighborhood. Needless to say, the donuts were a big hit. Best of all it was fast and easy to put together.

After everyone had left I decided not to let the flowers go to waste so I did some drawings around photos of the table and used them for Thank You cards for my guests.

I tried a number of different approaches in watercolor pencil and ink. some went to guests and other as letters to interested friends who hadn't been able to come.

Nothing was quite good enough to put on my merchandise on zazzle so they just went out in the mail.

I tried pen and ink but as you can see I'm much too out of practice at that. It looks like I need to hit the books or watch some videos to brush up on my skills.

Wednesday, February 8, 2017

Designing With A Sock Monkey Drawing and Painting

I've been experimenting with these designs on a wide variety of products over the last few years. This week I'm working on redesigning and updating a lot of them. There's always something to do in the quest to create products that will sell well.

If you want to see the drawing and painting in progress you can check the archives on this blog. As near as I can remember they were done about 5 years ago.