Archive for June, 2011

A list of luxuries

Saturday, June 18th, 2011

I was sitting and musing this morning and began a list of the luxuries I have in my life, things that really bring joy into living.  Here’s what I have so far:

  • Making fresh bread and eating it hot with real butter.
  • Wearing long, beautiful dresses around the house.
  • Growing fresh herbs.
  • Clean sheets on the bed.
  • Making strawberry shortcake from scratch with real cream (whipped just before serving).
  • A fuchsia silk suit bought unworn at a thrift shop for $2.50.
  •  A shelf of organized lotions and perfumes.
  • One excellent and lovely purse in an interesting color to use everyday.
  • A shelf of Patricia McKillip first edition hardbacks.
  • One large pillow in the living room in a luminous color.
  • Creating paintings exactly as ‘I’ please.
  • Gorgeous blank books to fill with odd musings (such as these).
  • A hot bath with a book and no time limit.
  • A drawer of pressed and exactly folded sweaters and pullovers.
  • A closet with only clothes that I love.
  •  Gorgeous smelling lotions (bought on sale 😉 ).
  • Fresh flowers.
  • Original artwork in every room of the house.
  • Fresh, homemade from scratch, blueberry muffins with streusel topping.
  • Burning candles with glorious scents that fill the house.
  • Two sturdy easels (one large, one medium) in my studio.
  • Shelves full of inspiring art books.
  • A perfect pair of black high heel mary janes with a small intricate brass buckle.
  • A collection of teacups chosen over time, each with it’s own individual beauty.
  • A journal filled with my own illustrations.
  • Two kolinsky sable watercolor brushes.
  • Three tubes of my favorite oil paint (transparent gold ochre),
  • A fluffy, arrogant, pampered, orange striped cat (Hector).
  • A husband who tells me I am beautiful, every single day.
  • Unexpected, odd, hilarious texts from my husband.
  • A solid wooden bookcase made by my parents and dedicated by them on the back to me.
  • Receiving a bouquet of flowers every month, delivered by a local florist on a random day.  An arrangement my husband makes with them and renews every year.
  • Lace lingerie.
  • A string of pearls worn with jeans.
  • Napping in my husbands arms for hours on a long free afternoon.
  • A fast internet connection.

Website updated!

Friday, June 17th, 2011

I’ve finally fixed all the bugs (okay, I figured out what I was doing wrong :p) with my website.  New paintings in all the categories.  New layout.  Hurray!  Take a look and let me know what you think 🙂


Thursday, June 16th, 2011

I’m pretty sure that I have all the bugs worked out now.  Heh, we’ll see.

I’ve been working sporadically as the summer starts, I don’t know, I got onto a baking jag for a while…..oh well, friends and co-worker ate well for a while (not going to talk about what it did to my waistline :p).

I’ve been going through old sketchbooks, looking to see if I can get rid of some.  Trust me, you don’t have to keep everything you’ve ever drawn, painted, sculpted, whatever.  So I found some sketches that might turn into good ideas and was able to get toss a few sketchbooks.  I also trashed several canvas boards with unfinished (never would be finished) and unsuccessful paintings.  I don’t care for canvas board AT ALL, but it is convenient for painting en plein aire.  I’m not buying it anymore.  Stretched canvas only from here on (well, stretcher bars and canvas since I generally stretch my own).

A couple of the unfinished paintings in my last blog died.  One from being overworked, the other from getting stale sitting on my easel, unfinished.   If I let a painting hang around unfinished too long, one or the other is bound to happen.

On a happier note, I have some more finished paintings to show below 🙂

3This is not such a good photo, blurry.

candle nudeFirst of my ‘candle nude’ series.

evening, dawn, and earthAbsolutely just for fun.

Bead nude

Green Tea

Shorty MasonPortrait of a Mason.

Well, thank goodness I finally remembered how I made it work before.  LOL, pics uploaded.