This blog started with small daily paintings then changed to a more personal sharing of projects, events and photos. Enjoy!

Tuesday, January 26, 2010

Climbing at Spooner's Cove, nodp

Grampa and granddaughter exploring Spooner's Cove at Montana de Oro. This is one of my favorite places!

Well I've been thinking...This blog has changed over time from just little daily paintings to postings of pictures and other creative projects--the blog is morphing--I resisted this change, but change is inevitable!
My time for painting has diminished. I've been wanting to hold onto my spot in the Daily Painters and I've been revisiting some of my earlier paintings that were done before I was accepted into the Daily Painters web, (thinking that was OK since none of those paintings had been posted before on the DP)
Now I believe I should give up my spot and let some other artist have a go at it! (I know there is a waiting list for getting in and I'm feeling guilty that I'm not painting)
I haven't gotten back to painting on a regular basis and I don't think I even want to! Don't get me wrong, I do love to draw and paint, but I love to do other things as well. I'm not sure if this is a wise move--time will tell. I'll still be painting, but I'll also be posting about other things, other projects--some I'll sell--perhaps I'll create an Etsy site?!
I'd love to hear from other artist's who've come to a crossroads--what did you do? what was helpful?
My final revisited painting is, 'Water Balloons'

Friday, January 22, 2010

Rainy Days, nodp

Days of rain, on and off--power out for a few days--some beautiful skies--a new paper doll created by my granddaughter with a new ice skating outfit. I just love her artwork!
Revisited painting is, 'Crazy Cat in a Bottle'

Tuesday, January 19, 2010

Nellie's, nodp

Come on down to Nellie's restaurant and hotel! My granddaughter and I are new fans to the Little House on the Prairie series. I've read her all the books--some twice, and now we're watching the TV series with Michael Landon. (Different from the books, but entertaining none the less) We're now on season 8--where Nellie, the spoiled and bratty child of Walnut Grove, grows up and sort of changes her ways. She now owns a restaurant and hotel. My granddaughter has been after me to help her put on a whole production of Little House--she has a date set, the staging thought out--she knows what my tasks are from sewing costumes to painting the set--she's even picked out friends to play certain parts. I know I should encourage this, but I'd like to help without turning this into a big production--hmm--that is JUST what she wants! I thought maybe helping her make this doll house diorama just might do the trick?!.... I believe the production is still on!!
My revisited painting for today is, 'Turtle Rock'

Monday, January 18, 2010

Paper Dolls on a Rainy Day, nodp

Even the paper doll (click and scroll down) is wearing a Lisbeth shirt! We had lots of rain today, so we got out the paper doll. She went over to Lisbeth's new Etsy shop and ordered a shirt and a colorful laminated mandala design! If you're new here check out Lisbeth's blog to learn how and why she makes the most beautiful cut out designs!
My revisited painting for today is, 'Colorful Beads'

Sunday, January 17, 2010

Coffee Steam, nodp

After all the birthdays, holidays, and guests, I've been resting. I want to call it lazy, but, I probably needed to take a break from painting, making gifts, cooking and cleaning. I'm still enjoying this winter light and how it catches things like steam; steam from freshly brewed coffee! I can almost smell it! I'll get back into the swing of things, or maybe I won't---time will tell...
My revisited painting for today is: 'Pasta Bow'

Wednesday, January 13, 2010

Lisbeth's Snowflakes, nodp

I'm excited that my niece, Lisbeth Miller, now has an Etsy shop and a new blog site!! Martha, my sister and Lisbeth's mother, has created the shop and blog to feature Lisbeth's remarkable cut out snowflakes. Lisbeth has uncontrollable epilepsy, yet she creates these intricate cut outs! My granddaughter who doesn't like anything on the computer, because she wants all my attention, just loves Lisbeth's new pink blog! I love all my snowflakes and thought it a great time to share them, and here's my self portrait with guess what?....Lisbeth's snowflake! in the background.
Today's revisited painting is: 'Very Busy Beetle with her Faithful Pet Pig'

Tuesday, January 12, 2010

Dredging, nodp

I've been trying to dredge out some clutter in my home. Tis the season, being the new year and all. I just need to look at this dredging operation to put things into perspective! What a huge undertaking to suck up the harbor bottom and spit it WAY down the beach--big pipes, barges, trucks, lights... You'd think it would make it easier for me to face a few cluttered and dusty corners! You'd think...
Revisited paintings for today is, 'Day Four'

Wednesday, January 6, 2010

Etching of a Raccoon, nodp

I found this great little carving etched into a wooden picnic table. Plenty of raccoons around here! Ever notice if you take a picture of an etching or carving, it looks like the reverse of a carving? Like it's bumping out instead of in?
My revisited painting for today is, 'Sick Day' I'm so glad that it's not!--(knock on wood that's been carved into!)

Tuesday, January 5, 2010

Making Magnificent Magnifying Magnets, nodp

My daughter, while visiting over Christmas, showed me how to make these magnets--since then I've been eying all magazines, wrappings, old calendars, old books, junk mail....finding great little pictures to punch out. When the little glass orb is glued on, the image is magnified--so much fun to make!! The glue is industrial strength--toxic; this is the only thing I don't really like about this project, so I rub my hands with gloves in a bottle--wear a face mask--open a window and glue away!!
My revisited painting for today is: 'Spewing Fish'

Monday, January 4, 2010

Lost! nodp

School is back in session, so I'll be painting once again, but first I'll post a few pictures from a hike in the Los Osos Oaks Reserve. My two older brothers with their wives, one brother from Minnesota and the other from Rhode Island came out for a visit! I thought I'd show them some very old (800 year old) gnarly oak trees, but we were soon lost--well...not really, we could see the road and hear the cars whizzing by, but didn't want to bushwhack it through poison oak---lots of little trails were leading us astray, but it was fun--we met up with another lost soul and soon found our way out! My granddaughter was on the look out for fairies, sprites, pixies, brownies...I'm sure they all live in there amongst those special oaks or in them! My brother said it looks like the trees must dance at night and freeze in their twisted positions at daybreak----true!
My revisited painting for today is: 'Buckle Bow'