You Get a Line…


I am taking an on-line mixed media workshop called Layers of Light by Laly Mille.  I have only had time to create one piece from the first lesson but enjoyed it so much!  I am looking forward to working on the next lesson, which is with plaster and encaustic.

I’m calling this piece You Get a Line because, after adding the image of the boys going fishing, I kept singing that Little Big Town song, Boondocks.  The three little round pieces are crinoid fossils from a lake in southern Indiana.  I almost didn’t add them because I thought they kind of looked like Cheerios.  I showed the piece to my daughter after I had finished it.  She asked me what the little circles were.  I told her and she said “Oh, I thought they were Cheerios!” 🙂



Flowers on Canvas


I have been so busy lately and haven’t had much time to do a blog post or read other posts.  I thought I would do a quick post and share a painting I created by watching a Life Book 2016 bonus lesson given by Tamara LaPorte.  When I saw the painting she had made, I thought that I would never be able to paint flowers like that.  While mine isn’t near as pretty as hers and others that did the lesson, I still enjoyed painting it and it was much easier to do than I expected.

Happy Sunday!



Mixed Media Girl & Dragonfly


I came across a canvas that I had created background on a few years ago but never finished.


I started with collage using scrapbook and other papers.  I added very little paint at the time I created the background and just decided to keep it that way.


I scanned and enlarged a sketch of a girl I had done on a legal pad.


I used carbon paper to transfer the sketch to the canvas.


I then painted in the girl using acrylics, watercolor crayons, Pit pens and a Stabilo pencil.

I finished it off by adding a little dragonfly embellishment.

Now I’m off to the next painting adventure.  Happy Sunday everyone!

Waxed Wooden Tag Art

wooden tag

I came across some wooden tags in my stash and decided to paint a girl on one of them  and then coat it in beeswax.  I sketched her in with a graphite pencil, painted her with watercolors and outlined with a Pitt pen.  I used a gel pen for the whites of her eyes and in her hair.

After stamping on some script text at the top of the tag,  I still felt it needed something more.  I added some little jewelry pieces that I had saved from a broken earring to a string and tied it to the tag.

wooden tag 2

Here she is after a few coats of beeswax.  It really deepened the colors. I’m not sure if I like it better with or without the wax.  If I do another,  I’ll make her eyes a lot lighter now that I can see how much they darken up with the wax.  I do like how the wax seems to soften the shading around her forehead and under her eyes making it look more blended.

wooden tag 3

It was hard to get a good image showing the texture created by the wax.  You can see it a little better at the top of this image.

Happy Friday and may you all have a great weekend!


One of my mixed media paintings, “Autumn Haze”, has been published in the Autumn 2016 edition of Somerset Apprentice magazine.  I can’t begin to tell you how happy I was when I received a complimentary copy in the mail!  I absolutely love the Somerset magazines and was over the moon to have a piece of my art published in the Apprentice magazine.



The magazine will be available on September 1st and it is full of wonderful, inspiring art that has step by step instructions showing each artist’s techniques.

Happy Friday!

Before the Storm


This painting was created based on a Life Book 2016 lesson given by Gillian Lee Smith.  I love her paintings and really enjoyed learning her shading techniques and creating so much yummy texture using gesso.   My husband said it looked like a storm was coming, so I decided to name it “Before the Storm”.

I had recently splurged and bought myself some Arches watercolor paper.  It’s so expensive but I loved the way it took on all the wet media in this piece!  It didn’t buckle or pill.  Can’t wait to use it again!