i am tired of winter… yada yada yada

When life gives you sleet – make SUMMER ART. There is little you can do about Mother Nature – except maybe alter her works of art a little to create a new work of art.

Patriotic Sea Star
Patriotic Sea Star

Anyone who is experiencing the remnants of winter has just had it. My friend Dave pleaded with MN to stop her snow fall – nicely even. My cousin Elizabeth has her two boys morphing the snow man into monstrous, bloody dudes – just how many sweet snow people can you make until you have to start interjecting your own ideas – this is truly a sign that enough, my dear mother nature, is enough.

If you see Al Gore today ask him why the Great Lakes are roughly 80% solid ice – probably because of global warming. Right……

I just heard, while writing this post, a tree fall in the woods. I am not in the woods, but for those that have pondered this question about the tree making noise all you life… i will just say that It Does.

Love your day, make some colorful art and for-get-ta-bout the weather. – Ann

Coral Sea Star
Coral Sea Star
Blue and Green Sea Star
Blue and Green Sea Star
The original Sea Star 0 purple and blue.
The original Sea Star – purple and blue.
Orange  and Pink Sea Star
Orange and Pink Sea Star

Visit Paint Party Friday: Paint Party Friday: Week 52, Year 3 Check-In

Winterized Wonders at Meadowlark
Winterized Wonders at Meadowlark

I did not get a chance to participate in Paint Party Friday yesterday because my little apprentices and I were setting up for the debut of Whimsyville at MMS.

There were a lot of happy comments and even some sold work ! One of the pieces that I loved and never scanned was sold during set up. It was the “City of Brotherly Love” (Philly).

One of the parents that I have known for a while and had forgotten was an art director said “I love the depth and the texture and the subject matter”.

Sharing my art is makes me happy – it is just something that money can not buy.

Next show – Whimsical Women the first weekend in May (see flyer below – these are girls after my own heart) !

Body of work- Beachlife and Freshfish

In an effort to grow the body of work that I call Beachlife , this little pair finished yesterday will be added to the pile. I will never tire of giving fish , crabs and other sea creatures their own character marks- they just make me happy. Hope you all have a great PPF and weekend.


At the risk of repeating myself – Who am I, deux ?

owl painting
a little lighter, and a whole lot messed up..

Owls #2

Sometimes when you run a series of paintings weird things happen. The dude was a mess. He is now fortunately covered by a paper version, but his ‘texture’ was lost and it feels like cheating a little. While collage is a very legitimate artful category, the point was stick to the canvas and paint.

Oh well, may my path to artists’ hell continue for I have now mixed Golden fluid acrylics with the ‘cheap’ stuff , Liquitex glaze, Heavy Artist’s Cement  from US Artquest to hold the dude in place and I think we just about hit every manufacturer there is.

There were supposed to be 4 in this series, but I think I might just end the pain here.

completed 12/28/12.

Have a very whimsyful day !

Alphabet Mania

So for the last several weeks I have disappeared into the world of Joanne Sharpe’s  Artful Alphabets, though not exactly what I expected – it was very fun, funky and a great learning experience.informative. I was suprised and happy to learn something a little different than I thought I was going to!. Joanne obviously has a gift for sharing and teaching.

At the same time I took, Marie Browning’s Tombow Marker Lettering Class . No less amazing and wonderful, Marie is also a marvelous teacher and these Markers are really fun. I shied away from markers in the past, no more !

Two teachers, two styles and now, I am a lettering fool. I have SO many pieces to share and I need to sit down, scan them and show you.

If you need a little ‘break’ from other stuff going on this time of year, I highly recommend either or both.

Artfully yours,


Fun, New technique

I like experiments.  Here are a few and on Thursday, Feb.2nd you will be able to learn how on the USArtQuest Blog !

Experiments in Mono-printing

I have always avoided mono-printing becuase it requires a lot of space – layout the glass, room for the prints to dry, yada, yada. This month for my US ArtQuest Design Team project, I was trying to find a quick way to cheat the encaustic process that did not work, but this did – mono-printing. I have seen demonstrations with a gelatin mono-print, but my refrigerator is already over crowded with ‘teenager’ food – so that was just not an option.

 This is the first mono print I have tried with this techniaue,  and the tutorial will be posted on the USArt Quest Blog on the today…. stay tuned as I play with this some more.

Morning Song