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

Tuesday, May 27, 2014

Final Dancer Drawing?

I finished this drawing today---I'm not sure I'll have the time to do another before the art show that's going up the first weekend in June.  I've enjoyed drawing and painting this subject of dancers--I have more that I want to do...we'll see.
Charcoal on Bristol paper  15"x 10"

Thursday, May 22, 2014

Baby Boy

Stephen Michael---born Sunday May 18th---7lbs8oz

Saturday, May 17, 2014

Wild Turkey

A wild female turkey jumping down off my fence.

Friday, May 16, 2014


I came up with this lesson for a 3rd grade class, for Mother's Day.  I wish I had pictures of these finished, but I was too busy putting the final crimp bead on each one.
The first day, the students were given about ½" square of yellow, red and blue polymer clay or Sculpty clay.  We mixed colors so they each had a little blob of not only primary colors , but secondary colors.  They rolled and pinched and put together beads.
Next day, the students strung their beads with a choice of other beads that I had brought in, to make their bracelet.  I put on the last crimp bead to hold it all in place--opened up the end loop and they were done.

I made some paper beads, so each student could have at least three paper beads if they wanted them, but it turns out not many used these beads--I was thinking of having them make these rolled beads, but the clay beads took up all our time, and these small magazine beads would have, most likely, been too difficult for them to make.

Here's a practice one I made at home.

The aluminum crimp bead.

Now, you might want to know about my spectacular ceramic bracelet?  I didn't mean for this to be a commercial in any way, but if your interested, check out my niece's web site, Kaitlyn Duggan Pottery.

Monday, May 12, 2014

The Belly Cast is Made...Now it's Time for the Baby!

I helped my son and his wife create a belly cast this past weekend.

They plan to decorate this somehow--I'm curious to see the final result, but I like the way it looks, with just the white plaster strips.

Wednesday, May 7, 2014

A Print of Young Dancers at the Barre

I tried a bigger soft cut print.  I wanted to print three times with the same plate, (cutting away for each color).  I didn't like the results after the third print, so this is a print using the plate only two times, (I used two colors for the second printing).  It's an interesting process that I want to experiment with!

Here's a close up of an attempt at a third color--I didn't get the second or the third printing lined up evenly on this one, and I didn't like the dark lines of paint on the dancer's skin--made them look like they had wrinkles!!

Baby Quilt

Here's why I needed to make this bias tape (which really isn't on the bias--doesn't need to be for straight edges)   While in Maui, I found a cool local store that sold everything including packs of Hawaiian cloth all cut into squares.

It's kind of bright for a baby's quilt, but my son and his wife went to Hawaii for their honeymoon, so it seemed fitting to use these squares for their baby.  I bought the orange material to piece it all together and for the backing.  This is only the second quilt I've ever made--I've never made a full sized quilt.  the first one was a baby quilt for my oldest daughter--she still has it.  That was about 35 years ago!

At the shower!