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Recent Art and Updates

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Major life changes are coming for me. I have two chemo treatments to go. One later this month and one in August. Three weeks later I go back for a PET scan. The cat scan we did last week showed the cancers are shrinking and getting smaller, exactly what they are supposed to be doing. The hope and prayer is that when we do the PET scan they will be gone. So I ask for your specific prayer to that end, please. And while all this is going on we have decided to move from our beautiful Maine to the hot and humid state of Georgia. And the preparation and move need to be made before winter sneaks in here in Maine. So I began packing up my studio a little at a time.  And in the interim I made a few pieces of art using backgrounds that were already prepared. This floral is acrylic on a canvas board.  We have already sold this house. We met the new buyers a couple days ago and they love our home. I believe they will take good care of her. Mark and I are in the process of buying a beautiful new ho

This Week in Art

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These last few months have been hard ones. We have been kept afloat by the prayers of so many of you, the cards, the gifts in the mail, the money gifts and gas cards, the messages. Thank you from the bottom of our hearts! You have been such blessings to us! I am thankful for every one of you.  I am tired all the time but feel pretty good otherwise. I am halfway through the chemo treatments. Many of you know during this time we have decided to move from Maine down to Georgia. Probably not the best time for such a huge decision. We are waiting until after my last chemo round. Our house here in Maine has been sold and the new people are willing to wait to take occupancy until the end of August. Fingers crossed and prayers going up we find the house God has intended for us in Georgia. And that updates you on us. Oh yeah, Mark has an appointment with the hip doctor July 1st.  These first two pieces of art were made in my Indigo Art Papers square journal. Schmincke watercolors and the basic

A Long Time Coming

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  It's February since I posted last. That is a long time. But I haven't been sitting idly, I have been sitting getting well. I was so sick for so long. In and out of the hospital five or six times and now I am battling cancer with every weapon I have. And many of you have been praying for me daily. Thank you, I believe in the power of prayer. Don't stop now, God isn't finished with this season yet but I am hopeful that He and I will escape victorious.  These are a few of the things I have been able to complete along the way. And just making this post is a challenge because I don't remember all the steps to posting one. Being on medications for so long caused memory losses here and there. I hope they return one day.  I made this for ICAD, Index Card a Day. Happens every June and July. The thought is to make some kind of art on an index card each day of those two months. Doesn't matter what kind of art. Just do it.  I did several different things for ICAD dependin

Sir Vagabond Collage Pages

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  Stamperia recently released collage and design elements in a line they named Sir Vagabond . I was drawn in by the beautiful oriental designs and colors and purchased several pieces I felt I could work with. About that same time I purchased an inexpensive Master's Touch watercolor book from Hobby Lobby , thinking I could compare it with other like products. Normally I wouldn't collage journal in a watercolor book but I thought . . . why not? This is the two page spread I made and I would like to share some of the steps along the way with you.  I began by flipping through the pieces I bought - the Paper Pad collection, the Backgrounds Selection, and the Collectables pad looking for elements that caught my attention. I wanted my two pages to tell a story, so I looked for pieces that would work towards that end.  I knew an ocean was going to be involved so I brought out a set of ocean watercolors and painted both pages. Nothing fancy, just some water and sun reflections.  I rea

Hahnemühle's 2022 Calendar Competition

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Everyone loves a good competition and artists are no exception. Each year about this time Hahnemühle holds a competition for painted artworks to grace the pages of their next year's calendar. The theme and rules for the 2023 Calendar just went live and you, yes you , can get creative and enter.  This year's theme is Colours of the Earth and I am really liking the ones they used in their promo! You know I do! Want to hear a little more? Here is what Hahnemühle says about the competition on their website: The beauty of the earth in its breathtaking blaze of colours offers a variety of motifs: whether orange glowing deserts, the bright red protruding Uluru Rock, the Canadian Indian Summer, or the ocean with its numerous shades of blue. Plants in their varied colours and habitats, but also bright spices, colourful traditional costumes, and the deep, dark, starry night, they all stand for the colours of the Earth. And there is so much more. Every country, every region has an immense

Draw My Tangle Ribbon Rose

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I frequently have people ask how to draw my tangle Ribbon Rose. In fact, so many people asked that I put together a YouTube video showing my process. If you read yesterday's post you saw the above piece of art. That is ribbon rose. Easy to draw, versatile and beautiful. I hope you enjoy the video. I would love to see what you do with Ribbon Rose. 

Kraft Paper Sketch Book From Hahnemühle Fine Art

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I posted this review several years ago on another blog. Many of you did not follow me there, so I thought I'd bring it back out and share the review with you today.  The Kraft Paper Sketch Book from Hahnemühle Fine Art .  Hahnemühle has entrusted me to work with their products and tell you about them. They trust me to play and give an honest review. All the thoughts here are mine. (But I can tell you a secret before you read any further - I absolutely love this book!) So let's go back to that first photo. I noticed as soon as I opened the plastic wrap,  this would be a super cover to tangle!  Or paint, or collage, or mixed mediapalooza,  whichever art style floats your boat.  Both front and back of the spiral book seems to be  covered in similar, but heavier, paper than the pages.  So I pulled out my Tombow Mono Drawing Pen and started having some fun!  The pen work went on like a dream!   Smooth, no skips, nothing on the surface of the  cover for my pen to hang up on.  Just