Monday, July 29, 2013


Enjoying the slowness of summer.  Only three more weeks until school starts here, and then life will speed up again and whiz by in a blur.  Trying to squeeze every last drop out of summer freedom.

Wishing you a happy week.  Take a long walk in the sunshine.  Eat some ice cream.  Catch a firefly (but be sure to let it go :)  Soak up some summer.  Autumn will be here before you know it!

Wednesday, July 24, 2013

Mr. Troll's Big Adventure

This is my little friend, Mr. Troll.  He lives in the cabinet which houses my computer.  Today I took him out for a walk with me.  He's great company, although he is a bit shy.

It took some doing, but I finally convinced him that you would very much like to see him.

We like all the same things - rocks and ferns and mushrooms and mosses.  In fact, mushrooms are his favorite food!  He also likes earthworms, eeeeeew.

The first stop along the way was a visit to his friend, Toad.

We brought him flowers.

Then we went down to the creek. Mr. Troll likes it here, because it is cool and dark (the bright light kinda hurts his eyes) and this is where the mushrooms grow.  It was approaching lunch time, so we decided to look around for something to eat.

"These are lovely!" I said.  But he says this kind is too tough for him to chew. (He's only got two front teeth, you see)

He settled on this lovely yellow one.  He asked if I wanted a bite , but I told him I can't eat these.  I think he was relieved.

We had to stop and admire every mushroom we passed along the way.

"Spectacular!" he cried when we saw this gorgeous shaggy looking specimen.

Who knew he would turn out to be such a ham?

Then he said he wanted a house like Toad's.  And this one has a garden!

Nom, nom, nom.....

I told him that I would be very sad if he moved out, so we decided to compromise and make him a little tree house to play in on nice days.  We spruced up the front door a little bit, and he was happy.

And that was Mr. Troll's big adventure :)

Sunday, July 14, 2013

Playing with Seashells

Sand and sea.  Earth and sky.  That was the inspiration for this simple little piece.  I thought the colors of the scallop shell were so beautiful, so I decided a simple background was best.  The border is a piece of jute twine knotted at intervals along its length.  I think it will look very beachy in a distressed wood frame.

Here I placed a handful of shells around a sandalwood candle in a little ironstone saucer.  It's sitting on the edge of the bathtub, so I can dream of the sea while I'm soaking.  I used mostly the broken shells and bits of sand dollars here.  I just love their soft colors and textures, and I couldn't bring myself to throw away the broken ones.  This is a nice way to use them.

I have an idea for a sort of mixed media piece for which I've machine-stitched together a watery background of various fabrics.  That shape is hopefully going to look like a Japanese koi when I'm done with it.  It will be applique'd to the background and embellished with stitching and shells.  That will be the fun part!

Thursday, July 11, 2013

Golden Moth - Another Adventure in Watercolor

Thank you all so much for your kind words of encouragement regarding my last two posts.  You know how it is.  I think all of us creatives go through the occasional funk, and it is such a blessing to have a supportive group of fellow artists to share the journey.  Thank you for that.  I am so thankful for all of my blogging friends and community.  You all are a constant source of encouragement and inspiration.  Bless you!

This beautiful golden moth breathed her last on our back porch last weekend, and I couldn't resist the opportunity to paint her.  She just looked like a living watercolor to me.  I enjoyed working with these colors and experimenting with creating texture on the watercolor paper.  I made scratch marks with, of all things, a pair of sharp tweezers!  I got out the tweezers to pick up a few loose hairs that had come out of the new brush I was using, and I liked the squiggly scratches it left in the paint, so I went with it and made some more.  I love those kinds of happy accidents.