“Once the ‘what’ is decided, the ‘how’ always follows. We must not make the ‘how’ an excuse for not facing and accepting the ‘what.'”
– Pearl S. Buck


Little Watercolor

Due to the huge winter storm blanketing our area, I may not get to my shop today.  So I dug into the paintings I have on my home computer and found Goldie.    You’ve seen her before, but it’s been 6 months and she wanted to come out again.  he he

I am just thrilled to have electricity!  The main punch from the storm missed us by only a few miles.  They got major ice!  I think today, we are supposed to get snow.  My home is at the bottom of a very steep 500 ft driveway, so chances are, I’ll have a three day weekend.  🙂

About Pearl S. Buck

Prolific American author Pearl S. Buck is best known for her 1931 novel, The Good Earth, which depicted peasant life in China; the book, published by the John Day Company, won the Pulitzer Prize. She was born in West Virginia in 1892, but her missionary parents raised her in China. She and her first husband lived in China until 1934, when they had to flee the political strife. She later divorced and married John Day’s publisher, Richard Walsh, in 1935. In 1938, she became the first woman to win the Nobel Prize in literature. By the time of her death in 1973, she had published over 70 books, including collections of stories, poetry, and children’s literature.

My Friend Valri

Watch your manner of speech if you wish to develop a peaceful sate of mind.  Start each day by affirming peaceful, contented, and happy attitudes and your days will tend to be pleasant and successful.

–Norman Vincent Peale

My Friend Valri

3″ x 4″ Watercolor

I painted this from a full face photo, but I loved the unruly little lock of hair in her face, so I cropped it.  I like the way it turned out, even if you can see all the pencil lines.  If anybody has hints about those pesky pencil lines, please let me know.

Norman Vincent Peale

minister, author
Born: 5/31/1898
Birthplace: Bowersville, Ohio

Norman Vincent Peale was one of the most influential clergymen in the United States during the 20th-century. Ordained in the Methodist Episcopal Church in 1922, Peale served as pastor at a succession of churches that included Berkeley, Rhode Island (1922–24), Brooklyn, New York (1924–27), and Syracuse, New York (1927–32) before changing his affiliation to the Dutch Reformed Church so that he could become pastor of the Marble Collegiate Church in New York City (1932–84). Peale’s simple, optimistic, and dynamic sermons, in which he offered a positive outlook on modern living brought increasing numbers of parishioners and increasing fame to Peale. His sermons were regularly broadcast, first on radio and later on television. In addition, Peale published a weekly newsletter for businessmen, Guideposts, which reached two million subscribers at its apex. Peale also published several best-selling books, including The Power of Positive Thought (1952), The Art of Living (1937), Confident Living (1948), and This Incredible Century (1991).

Died: 12/24/1993


Caribbean Crab

“A complete revaluation takes place in your physical and mental being when you’ve laughed and had some fun.”

–Catherine Ponder

Boy, that’s the truth!

Caribbean Crab

5″ x 7″ Watercolor & Prismacolor Pen

I’ve been posting such serious stuff lately that I thought the blog-o-sphere could use a little of my regular fun!    Haven’t you ever seen a crab with lipstick and flip-flops before?  he he

Catherine Ponder is considered one of America’s foremost inspirational authors. She has written more than a dozen books, which include such bestsellers as her Millionaires of the Bible series. She is a minister of the non- denominational Unity faith — long known as the “pioneer of positive thinking” — and has been described by some as “the Norman Vincent Peale among lady ministers.” She has served in Unity Churches since 1956, and heads a global ministry in Palm Desert, California.  More….

Picasso Study

“Action is the foundational key to all success.”

–Pablo Picasso

Picasso Study

2.5″ x 3.5″ Gouache on Art Spectrum Colourfix

I did this study for the Masters exchange I was in with WetCanvas.  When you look at a photograph of the original, it looks so easy, but that is so deceptive.  I did another Picasso ATC during that swap.

Here are the originals.

Pablo Picasso Autoportrait 1899-1900

Pablo Picasso Portrait d' Utrillo 1899-1900

Pablo Picasso – 1881-1973


No other artist is more associated with the term Modern Art than Pablo Picasso. He created thousands of paintings, prints, sculptures and ceramics during a time span of about 75 years. For many Picasso is the greatest art genius of the twentieth century. For others he is a gifted charlatan. Undisputed is the fact that he influenced and dominated the art of the twentieth century like no other modern artist.   more….

White Flowers

“Trust your own instinct. Your mistakes might as well be your own instead of someone else’s.”
– Billy Wilder

White Flowers

9″ x 12″ Acrylic on Ampersand Aquabord Panel

I did this painting for the Plant Parade challenge over at WetCanvas, in the Florals & Botanicals forum.

White is hard!  This painting went through so I thought I’d share them with you.


About Billy Wilder

Billy Wilder, the Austrian-American film director who gave us classic films like the farcical Some Like It Hot and the sardonic Sunset Boulevard, was a true rags-to-riches success story. Born in 1906 in the Austria-Hungarian empire, he fled the Nazi regime in 1934, arriving in Los Angeles with $11 and speaking almost no English. By the 1950’s, he had become one of Hollywood’s greatest directors, directing more than 60 films. He won six Oscars and the National Medal of Honor. He died in 2002.

(There was one more progress shot, but it wouldn’t upload.) 🙂

Studying Audubon

“Worry never robs tomorrow of its sorrow, but only saps today of its strength.”
– A. J. Cronin

That is so true!  I used to be the queen of worry.  I like life much better without it.

Studying Audubon

2.5″ x 3.5″ watercolor study of

John Audubon’s 1838 American Flamingo

I was in an ATC exchange some time ago where we studied the Masters and painted a crop or a whole painting in the style of the artist.  I learned so much during that exchange.  Some of the paintings that looked so easy, were really complicated.  This was one of my favorites.

Here is the original:

When I look at it now, I can see so many differences, but I still like it.  🙂

About A. J. Cronin

Archibald Joseph Cronin, the Scottish novelist who wrote as A. J. Cronin, had a full career as a doctor before turning to fiction. He was born in 1896, worked as a Royal Navy surgeon during World War I, and later was appointed Medical Inspector of Mines in Wales. Some of his most famous books are The Citadel, The Keys of the Kingdom, and Pocketful of Rye. His works were known to reflect both his religious beliefs as a Roman Catholic and his medical training. He died in 1981.

Prismacolor Sketch

“Instinct is the nose of the mind.”
– Delphine Gay de Girardin

Prismacolor Sketch

5″ x 6″ Prismacolor Sanguine Art Pencil

Last week, I was in Muskogee to get my eyes checked.  Whenever I get to the big towns, I go to Hobby Lobby.  They were having a sale on all art pencils, so I bought three.  I have been wanting to do some actual drawing.  This is a sketch of a friend, Bonnie’s Dad, who has enough wonderful detail on his face, that I dared try it.  He is a lovely man of 85.

When I try to draw babies, all that smoothness really throws me.  I painted my friend, May’s nieces one time.  They were all around 7 and I made them look like 40 year old hookers!  eek!

About Delphine Gay de Girardin

French writer Delphine Gay de Girardin was equally well known for her patriotic poetry and for the brilliant literary gatherings at her home. She was born in France in 1804; her mother was the well-known author Sophie Gay. Delphine called herself the “Muse of the Nation” for her poetry about France. Under the pseudonym Vicomte Charles de Launay, she wrote a gossip column with comedic sketches of Parisian life. She died in 1855.

Lovingly Rusted

Too many activities, and people, and things.  Too many worthy activities, valuable things and interesting people.  For it is not merely the trivial which clutters our lives but the important as well.
– Anne Morrow Lindbergh

Lovingly Rusted

5″ x 7″ Golden Fluid Acrylics on Ampersand Panel

I did this one for the Acrylic forum’s monthly Different Strokes project over at WetCanvas.   I used things I learned from Don Tiller’s workshop.  Here are some of the phases….

I really enjoyed this painting.  Rust is so fun!  There are so many colors in rust.  There are the warm colors we expect, but then there’s all that blue!

1.  On a panel I had coated with black gesso, I drew lines in with chalk.  Then I painted all of the resulting shapes with Raw Sienna.

2.  I started adding colors that would end up being some kind of underpainting.  Having never taken formal art classes, I don’t know much about underpainting, so I just went with my feelings on this one.

3.  I just kept adding glazes.  When I’d find some anatomical error, I’d come back in with some black and reroute the lines, so to speak.  Then I glazed some more and glazed some more.  There are some major differences between the original and my finished painting, but that’s okay.  I had a ball!  🙂

Anne Morrow Lindbergh, the widow of aviator and conservationist Charles A. Lindbergh, Jr., was a noted writer and aviation pioneer.

Born June 22, 1906 in Englewood, New Jersey, Anne Morrow Lindbergh was the daughter of businessman, ambassador, and U.S. Senator Dwight Morrow and poet and women’s education advocate Elizabeth Cutter Morrow. Her family spent summers at the seashore: Martha’s Vineyard, Cape Cod and later on the island of North Haven off the coast of Maine. She received a Bachelor of Arts degree from Smith College in 1928, and married Charles A. Lindbergh, Jr., on May 27, 1929.


Deer Crossing

“Sometimes you have to play a long time to be able to play like yourself.”
– Miles Davis

Deer Crossing

Linocut Print for Four Oceans Press exchange

Something a little different today.  I’ve been doing some linocut prints over the last few years, but it hurts my hands too much to do the cutting, so I have cut back considerably.  This one is for a street sign swap, so I couldn’t resist.  I have a friend who is a printmaker.  She tells me to leave some of the background lines in, so I followed her advice on this one.

About Miles Davis

Miles Davis, the innovative American jazz trumpeter famous for his languid, melodic style, was influential in the development of many forms of jazz. He was born in 1926 in Illinois. His mother wanted him to learn the violin, but he picked up the trumpet instead. He dropped out of Julliard to track down Charlie Parker and joined his quintet. He later nurtured many jazz greats in his own band. The album Kind of Blue is considered his masterpiece. He died in 1991.

Wrap the World in Love

“Inspiration usually comes during work, rather than before it.”
Madeleine L’Engle

Wrap the World in Love

5″ x 7″ Acrylic on Aquaboard Panel

This is the second one I submitted for Embracing Our Differences.   I really hope that one of the two submissions will pull at the heartstrings of the judges.  🙂

About Madeleine L’Engle

American author Madeleine L’Engle is best known for her young adult novels (including the Newberry Medal winner A Wrinkle in Time), which weave science and fantasy into sprightly adventure tales. She was born in New York in 1918. After her marriage to actor Hugh Franklin, they opened a general store and raised three children in a New England town. She has written more than 40 books. She spent her last years in New York as the librarian and writer-in-residence at the Cathedral of St. John the Divine. She died in 2007.

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