Saturday, February 28, 2015


I did three more paintings.
Each one is done with Inktense pencils on paper
then collaged onto an acrylic painted small canvas
measuring 4" by 4" by 1 1/2" deep.
They can be hung or placed to sit upright on a surface.
The cat has a floral scrap paper blouse with real little buttons.
I'm liking using different paper and maybe random items, like the buttons.

Then I did another Dachshund because I know a lot of Dachshund owners! LOL!

and lastly, I wanted to use the Therapist quote because it's true for me.

But next up I need to work on some small commissioned paintings.
I had been asked to do a painting of a friends five dogs, all on one tiny canvas
in a more realistic style.
I wasn't given a deadline and I really was dragging my feet.
I sketched out some things but never was happy.
Recently I met up with this friend and she asked about them and I told her that I just couldn't seem to get them all in the proper scale but....
that I'd do it, eventually.
She laughed and said why didn't I just do them individually and in whatever style and whatever color I like.
Suddenly I was full of ideas!
I'm pretty sure I know how I will be creating them.
The only problem now is....time.

I still have not been contacted by the Art/Antique place
and truly, I don't even care now.
It got me painting again and that's what I needed!
I'm still working on setting up a shop but I've opened a business Facebook page!
Yep, slowly but surely.

Sunday, February 22, 2015

GOOD News and BAD News

Good News:
I sold this painting:

It's been hanging at the clinic for a couple of years.
I almost took it down a few weeks ago and then a woman with two elderly Goldens bought it Saturday!
and the "Smell the Flowers" painting?
Well, it was bought by a friend who now has commissioned me to do small paintings of her dogs.
Yep, good news.
Tammy bought my Doxie painting for a friend and I surprised her with a little illustrated painting of Zeke
because I ADORE Tammy and she loved it.
That made me happy, so that was Good News too.

Other Good news, my water heater that was leaking all over my basement last Sunday has stopped.
Apparently opening up the Pressure Release Valve a few times and then tapping it with a screwdriver 10 times worked.
Hmm. That might be it for the Good stuff but still that's what I'm focusing on!

OK, Bad News:
My little Twinkle had a small seizure this week. 
It's the first as far as I'm aware of and I'm keeping a close eye on her.
I thought she was...6?

But when I got to work and looked up her age, she's 9.

So this mental denial on my part made me look up all my pets ages
and apparently 3/4ths of them are 9 or older.
Not that age really matters or anything but, know.
Kinda tugged on my heart a little bit.

Other Bad News, I haven't been called for that space yet
and maybe that's not bad because Lily and I stopped in last Sunday
and we noticed that the vendors with the nice cards is gone and that the wall of paintings has changed too
and all the photography is marked half-priced
and the new vendors are all collectibles and antiques
and....well, I guess I'm not disappointed at not being called.

Oh, and the last of the Bad News.
One of my part-time workers had given notice and her last day is next Saturday.
My other part-timer started her 6 week surgical medical leave this weekend,
so that leaves just me and my one part-time girl.

Good News though. She's a hard worker and I can count on her.
Bad News, for all of March, neither her or I get a full day off.
I might get some half days but the fact remains that I won't have a complete day away.
So....You might not hear from me much in March.

But the Good News is....
I'll still be painting and I'm working on a project that I'm excited about and will reveal when I'm done!
Yep. Good News.

Saturday, February 14, 2015


What flowers?

I posted this finished painting on Facebook and Instagram this afternoon.
I didn't put "words" on it like I usually do because I didn't think it needed it.
I'm experimenting with adding more paper.
Mixed Media, Collage, whatever.

It measures 4" x 4" and it's 1 1/2" thick.
Here's a side view.
It's thick enough to stand on a table, cabinet whatever by itself.
But of course you can still hang it too.

Now for the exciting part.
I had just posted it on Facebook and I started to get several "LIKES"
when someone asked if it was for sale?
Hell yeah!
LOL! and I'm HAPPY.
and I haven't been all week because I've felt like I had been disrespected several times...
but I'm not thinking about that anymore.
Nope, I'm focused 
and all of you have played a HUGE part in that.
Thank you again for the words of encouragement
and for just being there.

❤ Day

Thursday, February 5, 2015

Winter and 3 Mixed Media Paintings

So, the weather has been bad.
Not as bad as the East Coast, so I'm trying not to complain.
This is a photo of my driveway after I shoveled on Sunday.
Yep, AFTER. 
A few hours had gone by and the driveway had disappeared again.
My driveway runs along side of the candy canes that my neighbor still has in his yard.
You can barely see the street and the kid across the street foolishly left his car out front.

The girl that works for me and covers Sunday nights, text me to say that she was worried about me getting in on Monday,
especially since I live in Illinois.
She drives a big huge truck and lives in Iowa, where the clinic is.
She said that she had trouble getting through all the snow.
She said nothing was plowed yet.
She offered to trade shifts with me on Monday so that I could leave later in the morning after the roads had been cleared and salted.

So I spent most of Monday morning shoveling out my van.
A lot of the neighborhood was out there working on their driveways and sidewalks.
When I came inside the house I found that Blue had pushed aside the curtain in the living room and had been watching me and the neighbors.
He just kept watching, even after I was inside until I was almost ready to leave for work.

When I finally got to work,although it was very cold, it was very pretty outside.
I stood out in the yard with some of the boarding dogs and looked up at sky.
It was so blue and the trees were so heavy with snow that they were making a crackling noise.
That's when I noticed that we were being watched.
The hawk was back.

Later that night I worked a bit on some paintings that I had started on the weekend
and finished up a few yesterday.
I'm doing them in a mixed media style.

The illustrations are done in Inktense pencils on card paper and I've cut them out and layered them and sometimes other scrap papers onto canvases that I've painted in acrylics.

I'm finding that I want to do things on a smaller scale.
I want to work towards more of a collage style, I think.

I haven't received a call yet but that's a good thing because I have a lot of things I want to create for my space. 
I've been thinking about this and how this is an opportunity to develop my style.
So I'm not going to stress myself out,
I'm instead going to enjoy my journey.

Thursday, January 29, 2015

A Thank You, New NEWS, Hattie and Blue.

(I have no idea what happened to the garbage!)

First, A BIG THANK YOU for all the kind and caring comments on my last post.
You all lifted me up and made me feel not so alone.
And Thank you for all the encouragement and advice!
It means more to me than you will ever know that I have such wonderful friends out in blogland.

and...Well, I have some NEWS!
Actually I was going to wait to share because I didn't want to jinx it 
but I can't keep it in.

OK, so I mentioned how I was going to let go of some stuff
and pursue other projects?
Well, I had my name in at a couple of places for a "Booth".
Both places have very long waiting lists. One was for over a year wait and I'd been on the list since September and my name hadn't hardly moved up the list at all.
I was going to paint furniture and collect stuff from Estate Sales and such
and sell it.
After talking with my friend about these things, she said she thought I'd be spending valuable time
pursuing and painting things just to make money and I would hate it.
So I decided to drop my name off of the lists.
One of the places is a big junk of a place but it gets a lot of traffic although it always has a strong mildewy smell.
My thought was to fix-up and repaint furniture and make some signs and try to stand out in the crowd of collectibles and garage sale stuff.
Yep. Needed to let that idea go.

The other place is new.
Well, a new business.
Not a new building, but I will share more about THAT later.
It's only been open for about a year but it has really taken off.
It sells Art and Antiques.
and jewelry and soaps and cards and has a Farmers Market on Sundays in the warmer months.
So i went in there last Saturday and was going to take my name off the list for a booth.
I walked around and looked at things. 
I really like that place.
When I finally saw that no one was at the counter, I walked up to the owner and said that I had my name of the list
and she nodded
and then I said I'd like to change it and requested instead a wall space with possibly room for a small table or chest beneath.
That's when she said that she thought she'd be calling me soon and that a wall space should be opening in the next month.

Suddenly I felt excitement.
I could paint my paintings, illustrations, cards, art dolls.....
And once I got rolling I'd have things for an Etsy shop too.
Right afterwards Vicki sent me a great link about opening an Etsy shop.
Talk about a sign!
So, if I'm gone from here for a bit, don't worry.
I'm just busy working on Art stuff for this new business.
I want to be ready for when she calls me!

And I thought I'd share a few recent photos.
The one at the top is Hattie.
I had gone upstairs for a few minutes and came down to find the trash dumped in the kitchen.
I had thrown away an old roll.
I'm sure Jimmy knocked it over but obviously Hattie helped!
(I have since gotten a waste can that fits inside the cabinet under the sink.)

and then there's these photos of Blue.
I took him to work for a nail trim. 
He sits up on a bale and gives kisses as the girls trim them up.
At home he hides under the kitchen table and won't let me touch his feet!

While at work I weighed him.

He's been as high as 174 lbs. which was way too fat.
I had gotten him down to 132 lbs but with less activity in the winter months,
his weight is back to 145.
He's not happy about that, but then who's happy when on a scale?

and here's another photo of him.
A close-up.
Titled "9 years 2 months and 13 days old and still a Puppy."

OK! I'm off to work on some Art now!
See you soon and thanks again for being there!