Wednesday, November 29, 2017


Square Abstraction
Whenever I first sit down to paint, I make these painted strips from the cut ends of the paper I am using which is 9" x 12". I like to paint in a square so these ends measure 3" x 9". 

Sometimes I will paint 3 or four of them at a time to test out a new color palette. So the other day I was playing with them as though they were a puzzle and this is what I came up with. I adhered them to another piece of paper which did not work so well.  It caused the paper to warp even though I thought it was sturdy. I think if I do more of these I will need to adhere them to a cradled panel. I think they have great potential as a series. I enjoy painting these strips and I find sometimes that they are more successful than an entire painting. It is worth investigating.

Here are a few examples of the strips:

Sunday, November 26, 2017


Ethan and Troy

Well here we are. Thanksgiving is over and we are fast forwarding to the end of another year. Frankly, I hate to wish my life away but it can't come soon enough for me. 2018 will be the year we finally move to our new home in Arizona. It has been too long in coming.

For Thanksgiving we went down to visit my son and his family and meet our new grandchild, Troy. It was so lovely and wonderful and it made me forget for a moment just how hard things have been for all of us. Just seeing my son and his growing family gave me so much joy, I was near bursting. We have all had a hard road to deal with over the past 18 years. So to see him with a lovely family now, and dogs and a house was just, well, fantastic. He made us a lovely holiday dinner and we all took turns holding the baby. Even my grandson took a turn holding the baby and it made quite a wonderful picture as you can see in the above photo.

There are 18 years exactly between them as Ethan will be 18 in 6 days. It is hard for me to believe that he is so grown up.  He now has an after school job at Trader Joe's and seems to enjoy that very much.

Painting is still eluding me pretty much. But that is going to have to be OK for now.

I am doing a lot of resting as I have been quite exhausted lately. In fact yesterday I spent the entire day in bed. Reading, napping and watching a movie called "The Minimalists". Honestly, I love the idea of being a "minimalist" but most of the people they interviewed were (a) young  (b) single  (c) no children. I feel like once you have children minimalism is a non starter frankly. Minimalism is either for the young or the very old when you have to get rid of stuff so you can fit in your room at the nursing home.......

Have a great week!

Sunday, November 19, 2017


Storm and Horizon
Can you tell winter is settling in? I seem to have lost my colors.......

Well I am sure it is only temporary.

Hopefully they will return soon. I like the neutrals but I can't live on them alone!

Anyway, this week my son and daughter in law had a new baby, Troy David Brownell.  He weighed in at a whopping 9 pounds and 2 ounces. Congratulations to all. There are 18 years between Ethan and Troy. Quite a span!

Still busy packing. I have 11 boxes ready to go to Arizona. That will be it for now since I can't pack up clothes and pots and pans until we are ready to leave in June.

Have a lovely Thanksgiving!

Sunday, November 5, 2017


Color Palette #1
It has been a while since my last post. I have been a little blocked artistically and haven't had anything new to show lately. I am still just experimenting with limiting my palette. Here I am working with Quinacridone Crimson, Transparent Yellow Oxide and Cerulean Blue. I have always loved Cerulean Blue in mixtures. You can get such a wonderful array of grays with it.

I can see here that I am kind of leaning towards a more abstract style. Even though I am not sure where this is heading, I have nothing to lose by following it to see where it takes me. It seems to be all about the paint right now and that is fine with me.

I am still downsizing and packing. Selling the never ending stream of books. I still cannot believe how many books I have amassed over the years. I will be glad when they are all taken care of. It is really getting to be too much for me physically.

Have a great week!