Aww, Shucks! – Frog Painting

“Twenty years from now you will be
more disappointed by the things
that you didn’t do.  So throw off the bowlines.
Sail away from the safe harbor.
Catch the trade winds in your sails.
Explore. Dream. Discover.”
–Mark Twain


Aww, Shucks! – Frog Painting

2.5″ x 3.5″ Watercolor from Anything Goes Exchange

I painted 24 frogs for this exchange in 2008.  Since I am busy working on my art licensing collections, I’ll share these frogs with you, in stead of posting new work.  I’m a little hesitant to reveal too much of my new stuff, before I go to the show.    😀

Mark Twain [pseudonym of Samuel Langhorne Clemens] (1835-1910), quintessential American humorist, lecturer, essayist, and author wrote The Adventures of Tom Sawyer (1876);

“Tom did play hookey, and he had a very good time. He got back home barely in season to help Jim, the small colored boy, saw next-day’s wood and split the kindlings before supper–at least he was there in time to tell his adventures to Jim while Jim did three-fourths of the work. Tom’s younger brother (or rather half-brother) Sid was already through with his part of the work (picking up chips), for he was a quiet boy, and had no adventurous, trouble-some ways.” Ch. 1


Best Friends

“Great things are not done by impulse, but by a series of small things brought together.”
– Vincent van Gogh

Best Friends

6″ x 9″ Watercolor

This is done from a photo by Catherine at WetCanvas.  It’s the first time I have been able to participate over there in a long time.  This painting will be part of my art licensing collection called “Patchwork Puppies”.  I only have 6 weeks before I go to the Atlanta show, so I am working like crazy on my mockups.  Fun!  🙂

About Vincent van Gogh

The Dutch post-Impressionist painter Vincent van Gogh worked as an artist for only ten years, but he had a profound and lasting effect on the art world. He was born in 1853 in Zundert. He briefly became a minister but was dismissed for caring too much about his impoverished parishioners. His brother, Theo, was a close friend and supporter. He only sold one painting during his lifetime. He is known for his heavy brushstrokes and strong colors. He died in 1890 of suicide.

Thank You Note from my Beach Series

“It is good to have an end to journey toward; but it is the journey that matters, in the end.”
– Ursula K. Le Guin

Thank You Note from my Beach Series

Photoshop CS5 Product Mock Up

I hope everyone had a wonderful Thanksgiving!  I enjoyed a day with friends and it was great!

Here is another one of my little product mock ups.  It’s a very slow process, from painting each little individual icon, then scanning it in, cleaning it up, removing the background and creating patterns and borders.

I have no prior experience with Photoshop CS5, but Tara Reed has published some great ebooks and videos, which I am using to learn and create these little items.    She uses CS3, but I found the CS5 at a really good price at  I am such a babe in the woods in that program, but I’m trying very hard to enjoy the journey.  😀

About Ursula K. Le Guin

American writer Ursula K. Le Guin’s beautifully crafted, lyrical novels transcend the science fiction and fantasy genres; her books have been finalists for the Pulitzer Prize and have won the National Book Award and the Pushcart Prize, among many other honors. She was born in Berkeley in 1929, met her husband in Paris, and settled in Oregon to raise her family. Her best known novels include The Dispossessed, The Left Hand of Darkness, and The Earthsea Trilogy.

Happy Thanksgiving!

“Life loves to be taken by the lapel and told: ‘I’m with you kid. Let’s go.’
– Maya Angelou

I just wanted to say Happy Thanksgiving!   I’m spending mine with my husband and about thirty friends.  We’ll raise the lift in our friend Jerry’s Boat repair shop and spread food enough for an army on it.  It’s a wonderful day and our fifth Thanksgiving with these friends.

My Mom is with my brother and his family in Blackfoot, Idaho and my sister will have her brood all around her in Oak Harbor, Washington.  My step-mom will have her daughter and her friends with her in Overland Park, Kansas.  I’ve got my family in my thoughts and know they are carrying on some of those wonderful traditions that I remember so well from my childhood.

Have a wonderful Thanksgiving and stay safe!  🙂


About Maya Angelou

American poet and author Maya Angelou is best known for her autobiography, I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings. She was born in St. Louis in 1928 and grew up in rural Arkansas. Due to her activism, Martin Luther King asked her to take a leadership position in his organization. In 1993, at President Clinton’s request, she wrote and performed a poem at his inauguration. She has also directed films and appeared on television. She teaches at Wake Forest University.

Patchwork Christmas Collection 1 – Plate

“If you’re going through a tough time during this holiday season, and you’re finding it difficult not to be sad, reach out and do something kind for someone in need.  It’s amazing how much better you’ll feel!”
–Beth Parker

Patchwork Christmas Collection 1 – Plate

Woo Hoo! Now you can see a little sample of what I have been up to for the last month or so.  I painted a bunch of little Patchwork Christmas Icons, then put them all, individually into Photoshop CS5.  They each become layers and then patterns.  It takes a lot of work to get to this point and I have a whole bunch of different images to work with.  I have everything from fish to dogs in my little portfolio, just waiting for me to turn them into patterns.

I really think my art is meant to be licensed and I won’t stop until it’s a reality!    Weeeee! I’m in for an exciting new ride!  😀

Masters Study – American Flamingo 1838 by John James Audubon

“I always have enough time to thank people for their help and kindness, no matter how small their act was.”
–Richard Carlson, Ph.D. (The Don’t Sweat Affirmations)

Masters Study – American Flamingo 1838 by John James Audubon

2.5″ x 3.5″ Watercolor ATC

A link to the original Audubon painting is here.  This is the last one of the Masters Study series.  I wonder what I’ll do next?  he he

My life has been a whirlwind lately.  I haven’t had time to get around to the blogs and visit, but I will.  I promise.  Soon.  🙂

The Don’t Sweat Affirmations

100 affirmations that reinforce the don’t sweat philosophy of life: that not letting the little things get to you is a great way to reduce stress overall. These peaceful, beautifully written affirmations are simple statements that hold a big impact. Readers who repeat only several affirmations a day will find their lives becoming more calm and less frantic immediately.

About the Author

Best-selling author Richard Carlson, Ph.D., creator of the popular Don’t Sweat the Small Stuff series and the just published Don’t Get Scrooged, died suddenly of cardiac arrest enroute to New York on December 13. Carlson, 45, published his first book in 1985 and went on to publish more than 20 books that remain popular in English and in translation in 130 languages and 35 countries. Richard Carlson grew up in Piedmont, CA. He received his undergraduate degree from Pepperdine University and his Ph.D. in psychology from Sierra University. He was in private practice as a psychotherapist when he started to publish books about psychological and spiritual health. As his books started to attract a large audience, he began writing full time so he could teach more people how to live with presence and ease by cultivating gratitude and generosity. Dr. Carlson was a large supporter of and participant in the National Center for Family Literacy and at the time of his death he was working on a project with them called for “A Penny a Book” from publishers, authors and literary agents to promote literacy. Dr. Carlson is survived by his wife and life partner of 25 years, Kris Carlson, his co-author on Don’t Sweat the Small Stuff in Love and the author of Don’t Sweat the Small Stuff for Women, his loving daughters Jasmine and Kenna, sisters, Kathleen Carlson Mowris of Olympic Village, CA and Anna L. Carlson of La Selva Beach, CA, and his parents, Barbara and Don Carlson of Orinda, CA. A private memorial service will be held next week. Donations in lieu of flowers can be made in Richard’s honor to local food banks, Challenge Day, Girls Inc. or Children Inc.

Masters Study – American White Pelican by John Audubon

“Our doubts are traitors, and make us lose the good we oft might win, by fearing attempt.”
–William Shakespeare

Masters Study – American White Pelican by John Audubon

2.5″ x 3.5″ Watercolor ATC

Tomorrow is the last Masters study, in case you’d like to see something new for a change.  🙂

A link to the original is here.

I have been working on my art licensing collections.  I’m pleased with what I have come up with.  The real work starts now, as I get it all into Photoshop and do the repeat patterns and mock ups.   Whew!  It’s all fun, even though I have a huge learning curve to deal with.

William Shakespeare (baptised 26 April 1564; died 23 April 1616) was an English poet and playwright, widely regarded as the greatest writer in the English language and the world’s pre-eminent dramatist.[1] He is often called England’s national poet and the “Bard of Avon”. His surviving works, including some collaborations, consist of about 38 plays,[nb 3] 154 sonnets, two long narrative poems, and several other poems. His plays have been translated into every major living language and are performed more often than those of any other playwright.  More…

Masters Study – Edgar Degas, a crop from Dancers Resting

“There ain’t nothing from the outside can lick any of us.”
– Margaret Mitchell

Masters Study – Edgar Degas, a crop from  Dancers Resting

2.5″ x 3.5″ Van Gogh H2Oils on 140# Watercolor paper

Here’s a link to the original Degas painting.  If you haven’t tried them, Van Gogh H2Oils are water soluble  oil paints.  They are fun to play with.   I remember spending a lot of time on that white dress.  There are a lot of colors in it, along with texture and shadow.  Fun!!  🙂

About Margaret Mitchell

Margaret Mitchell wrote just one book, the immensely successful Civil War novel, Gone With the Wind, which she wrote while convalescing with a broken ankle, basing it on tales her relatives had told her. She then put the book away until a publisher asked if she had ever written a novel. After giving him the manuscript, she got cold feet and asked for it back, but he’d already begun reading. The book still sells more than 200,000 copies a year. She was born in Atlanta in 1900 and died in 1949.

Masters Study – Edward Hopper, Lighthouse at Two Lights 1929

“You get what you reward.  Be clear about what you want to get and systematically reward it.”
–Bob Nelson

Masters Study – Edward Hopper, Lighthouse at Two Lights 1929

2.5″ x 3.5″ watercolor ATC

I really became a big Edward Hopper fan during this exchange.  Here is a link to the original Hopper painting.  In looking back at them now, mine seems much lighter than his, but that’s okay.  It was so fun to do.  (Imagine that…. me having fun! :D)

I got today’s quote from my little book by Gary Ryan Blair, “Goals – The Ten Rules for Achieving Success“.  I cannot be sure which Bob Nelson he was quoting, so I don’t have an author’s bio for you today.  I found Bob Nelson quotes from a motivational speaker,  a comedian,  and a host of others.

Masters Study – Emile Bernard, Iron Bridges at Asnieres 1887

“No one can really pull you up very high — you lose your grip on the rope. But on your own two feet you can climb mountains.”
– Louis Brandeis

Masters Study – Emile Bernard,  Iron Bridges at Asnieres 1887

2.5″ x 3.5″ Watercolor & Gouache

A link to the original Bernard painting is here. This one was really fun!  Well, of course it was.  They were all fun!  🙂  Jeanne at WetCanvas has started another Masters exchange.  You can find the project here.

About Louis Brandeis

American judge Louis Brandeis was the first Jewish Supreme Court Justice, and one of the most influential Justices in the history of the Court. He was born in Kentucky in 1856 to Czech-born parents. He graduated from high school at age 14 and later became head of his class at Harvard Law School. As a Justice, many of his decisions created greater protections for individual rights of privacy and free speech. He died in 1941. Brandeis University was named in his honor.

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