the queen makes the chessboard

My parents went to Scotland last September. They brought back stories of their adventures & photographs as proof of them. They also brought back a name of an author who writes a series of mysteries that take place on the Isle of Lewis. There was a tour of locations of the Isle of Lewis that…

painting a 65 year old memory

I was commissioned to paint this house (above). This photograph was taken last summer. It was once owned by my aunt when she was a child. Her family moved out of this home when my aunt was about 7 years old. The hardest part of the commission was…i was to paint it as she remembered…

the plumber & the dog

an old friend took this photo via iphone. i loved the way the dog’s tush stuck out of the cabinet, just like the plumbers. I wanted to share the photo here. Dan Robertson is a fantastic artist, you can see more of his paintings & photographs @ http://www.droberston.com and on instagram@ yousmiledatme  

water bonds with itself

perfectly captured on my Hosta (well it was mine, but i’ve moved on, quite happily) me & water made the painting above

flowers do NOT outshine Quicksilver

There are two photographs that show me shooting the flowers, some how Quicksilver knew what held my attention. since it wasn’t him, he decided to change my photographs. (the two photos of me were taken with my iphone by my 12 year old son.)

fail proof abstract painting for kids

Oil pastels base is oil, wax is the base of crayons. both refuse to accept water. the old oil & water don’t mix is proven in this wonderful fun art project. i begin the class with showing the children a cup with veggie oil & add water…kids love to watch them separate. i then explain…

left in awe

this is my daughter. she is smart, funny, original…she is the artist that created the Stained Glass art project. She is the one who set up my blog, then taught me how to use it-at the age of ten. ┬áif i can’t figure something out, she is my go to help. She is fearless…i am…

you, through my eyes

i added make up digitally so that she could see herself in about 3 years. This beautiful, inside & out, girl is one of my art students. She is a very talented artist. While we were painting a still life via watercolor, i asked if i could photograph her. Because when you are a 12…

how to change the world

“BEE the reason someone smiles today” (Just so everyone understands the ‘bee’ replaces the word ‘be’) HOW TO CHANGE THE WORLD ok, so maybe not the world, but perhaps your own? i meet strangers every time i go out to shop. i sometimes think (a side effect of being a hermit) how amazing it is…

making my OWN dreidels

my dreidel isn’t finished yet…i might share how i made it later. but the coolest part? the ‘stand’ is a Christmas ornament holder-the shape is how we illustrate spinning. the stand gives us (sort of) an illusion of movement. this isn’t intended to be played with, just for pretty. you know…i had to send my…