Thursday, May 26, 2016


This is a new painting I did using some of the new creative processes I am learning in my class with Nancy Hillis. It is a great class even though I am not able to work every day with all that is going on right now.

One of the biggest things I have learned is to activate the paper right away. Gets the juices flowing and does away with the fear of the blank paper. Even if it all gets covered up by paint in the end, there is a history to the paper that is still there and even pokes through in places.

I find  my love of earth tones taking over a bit. Color seems too overwhelming right now with all the other things we are learning. Color will be back. I am quite sure of that. In more ways than one.

Sunday, May 22, 2016


"Unraveled" -acrylic on paper

This has been a hard week. My dad ended up in the ER due to a compression fracture in his spine. He is now in a rehab and we are not quite sure when he will be going back home.

I haven't been able to really delve into the class I am taking with Nancy Hillis what with everything that is going on but I did create this painting. I am calling it "Unraveled". Since that is how I am feeling lately. Unraveled.

Not sure where it is all going. Needless to say, I am not too happy right now and I miss the desert.

Saturday, May 14, 2016


The first module in Nancy Hillis's class titled "The Artist's Journey" was all about mark making. It was a great exercise for me Very freeing. The idea is to make marks without thinking too much about them. Just to sort of go where they take you.

After I did them I decided to cut them up and make some studies with them. I think that some of them resemble totems. They are small, only 6" x 9" but I may like to try them at a larger size.

I really like the way the rust color turned out. It is a mixture of Quinacridone red, Hansa Yellow and Ultramarine blue.

I will try and post each week as the course progresses.

Thursday, May 12, 2016


 I am working on getting a bit more abstract in my work. No easy feat for someone who always has to put something "real" in a painting before it seems finished.

I remember years ago when I began doing landscapes, everyone wanted to know when I would paint florals again! So here is to "pictures of nothing"!

Friday, May 6, 2016


On Monday I am taking an online workshop with Nancy Hillis. It will be good for me to do this since I have only just begun getting back into acrylics. I missed painting so much that it was only a matter of time for me to try and get back to it in spite of not having a studio any longer. I am working in the bedroom so I can't work too large but whatever. At least I am working.....

I already got paint on the curtains. Sigh.

I will try and post some photos of my class projects as well.

Friday, April 22, 2016


The last few days here in Tucson have been rather warm. In the 90's to be exact. Both my grandson and I have had terrible colds as well. So we haven't been as active as we usually are when we are here.

Yesterday we visited The San Xaviar Del Bac Mission and it was a very rewarding experience. The last time we visited the inside of the chapel it was covered in scaffolding. This time the renovations were finished and we basked in the glorious work!

Across from the mission there is a plaza where members of the Tohono O'odham Nation (the mission is on the reservation) sell lovely handmade items. We met a very interesting man named Joe Begay who is not only a wonderful metalsmith but an actor as well and has been in many, many movies. He regaled us with stories about this movie and that actor! It was really fun. I bought a lovely pair of earrings from him as well.

Up until we met Joe I think my grandson was slightly bored but the conversation definitely picked up the pace and he enjoyed it immensely! After all it was the first time he had ever been on a Native American reservation and chatted with a Native American. Better than reading about it in textbooks.

Tonight we are going to be at a Seder at our friends house and then tomorrow we have to leave to head back to Boston. We are always so sad to leave here. It is the hardest thing we have to do. I did manage to buy a desk and chair for my studio here so it feels more like home each time we come. Next time I will buy some book shelves for my art supplies and books.