Thursday, March 22, 2018

Liberate More Art

Well, its back to the sketchbook before planning some paintings.  I like drawing anything with a face.

My husband Tim taught me to place guide marks on drawings to help with proportions and placement of features.

  For some reason, I forget that when the head is tilted, the eyes and the mouth have to be tilted in the SAME direction.   Sounds so basic, but I always want to straighten out the mouth and then wonder why the drawing looks off.  Guide marks remind me to stop doing that (so does Tim).

Here are a few of Tim's paintings that were done from live models:

Mickie / oil on canvas - artist Tim Lally

Mountain Man / oil on canvas - artist Tim Lally

The Traveler / oil on canvas - artist Tim Lally

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Here are a few more beautiful "helper" postcards I received at Kat Sloma's studio with the Liberate Your Art 2018 swap.

Artist Beverly Leeck / Instagram: @bjleeck

Artist Margea Silva

Artist Gloria (sorry, unknown last name)/ instagram:goldeglo

Artist Karen E. Johnson - no link

Artist Janice Darby on

Monday, March 19, 2018

Liberate Your Art - 2018

Nick Hodgson - United Kingdom / Liberate Your Art 2018
This photograph was taken by Nick Hodgson of Yorkshire, England.  Nick has a Facebook account, but I don't, so I am unable to link.

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Yesterday, I had the pleasure of meeting talented photographer Kat Sloma.  Kat is hosting the 7th annual Liberate Your Art 2018 Postcard Swap, an international event.
Since we live nearby, Tim and I (and other artists) volunteered to help Kat with addressing and stamping the postcards. 

Many of the participating artists / photographers sent in extra postcards as a "thank you" gesture to the helpers.  Here (including the postcard above) is a small sampling of the cards I received.

 My photos do not do these gorgeous postcards justice. 

Dona Hyll of Kettering, Ohio decorated these beautiful eggs using a wax resist technique.   Unfortunately, there was no link on Dona's postcard.

Photo by Kate Lehman.  Unfortunately, there was no link on Kate's postcard.

Artwork by Melissa from Tennessee 

Photographer Carolann Moore from Michigan is on Facebook.  

Image taken by Canadian photographer Gail Foster.

Image by Irish photographer - Instagram "jmirishart," is a private account, so no link.

Sherry Harmes, Amook Island Creations 

The official Liberate Your Art 2018 blog hop will start after everyone receives their postcards thru the mail.  I'm looking forward to posting these.

Tuesday, February 6, 2018

Memory Lane

Batik on Rice Paper / 9 X 9 (22.86cm X 22.86cm)

This small batik was done as a prelude to a much larger one that I will do in color as part of a project later this year.

The photos are from the Biltmore Estate in Asheville, North Carolina.
Tim and I spent two days walking around the grounds, but never took the house tour.

I guess we will have to go back.

The reference photo (Die Foto-Referenz)

I'll be away for a while, so the blog will be quiet.
See you soon.

Thursday, February 1, 2018

Passion for the Past

India ink & pastel on rice paper / 10X8 (25.4 X 20.32cm)

Some of my favorite memories of Michigan were attending historical re-enactments where guests are allowed to absorb the sights and sounds of past events. Geeks like me and people all over the world have attended reenactments for centuries.

A more commercial event is the Renaissance Festival.  Here, guests are encouraged to dress in medieval garb, eat turkey legs and large pickles, and consume copious amounts of stout and ale.

All of these adventures offer great photo opportunities.  The artwork above is an example.  He was on a decorative plaque attached to a tree & not the first time I painted him.

Here is the first - about 10 years ago.

Watercolor batik on rice paper

Monday, January 22, 2018

A Little January Color

Watercolor Batik

This is a quick little (very little) batik that was done in between some small house projects.

January has been a busy month, but one of the highlights was receiving this
 beautiful pin created by artist Sue Marrazzo.   Sue had a "give away" on her blog, and mailed out a number of these original pins to the lucky recipients. 

Art Pin by Sue Marrazzo  - front & back

The postcards were finally mailed to Kat Slowa, host of the Liberate Your Art card swap.   MOO did a pretty nice job with the images I chose:

One of the photos should have been color corrected (by me), but I am still happy with the result.  I found out that it is always a good idea to have high resolution photos made of your favorite pieces of artwork.  And then some of the images had to be cropped or had to be placed within a small black border.  Live and learn.

As I receive postcards from other artists, I'll post them on the blog.
Hope you are still thinking about participating in the fun.

Monday, January 15, 2018


Rocky - Watercolor & Pastel / 6X6 (15.24cm X15.24cm)

Using watercolor, I had some fun painting this little guy 

until he started looking like this:

A little color lifting and a few swipes of pastel saved the day.

But now I've got this stupid song stuck in my head.

And if you don't like that one, how about this?

That's okay.  You don't have to thank me :}

And for more fun art stuff,  Oregon photographer Kat Sloma is hosting her annual "Liberate Your Art" postcard swap.  Artists from 30 US states and 12 countries participated last year. 

 Kat accepts postcards from artists in any creative medium:  photography, painting, poetry, sculpture, cooking, ...

Here's the link if the swap appeals to you:  Liberate Your Art 2018 Postcard Swap.
March 17, 2018 deadline - lots of time.  

Wednesday, January 3, 2018


Stripes / Watercolor Batik on Rice Paper / 8X10 (20.3cmX25.4cm)

I love big cats.