Friday, September 18, 2020

paint party Friday bold color


Only one little painting to show today.... but I liked doing it!! 

I watched the forger's masterclass on Andre Derain, one of the fauvists, then googled fauvists and a new appreciation for the style grew in me.

We had snow last week, but not enough to put out wildfires so our air quality is awful. Our weather can go from 90 to 25 in one day, then back again. Such extremes led me to feel at home with the fauvists this week. I saw exhibits of their school of work at the National Gallery of Art in Washington DC... and thought I did not like them. But look...

bold , unusual color forming lines to represent reality. It's hard with watercolor to capture the intensity though. 


Fauvism - Dan Dressler

but as I sat at my computer, and looked at the view out the back doors...

I thought... bold, not overworked, strong unexpected colors, simplify...


sorry  editing software won't let me bring it back to real saturation

 Painting makes me happy... learning makes me happy too... here's a quote for you

quote: by Clara Schumann, She said, "My imagination can picture no fairer happiness than to continue living for art."


Thursday, September 17, 2020

i like thursday #211


Welcome to this week's list of likes... I like that our mums survived the snow storm in our garage for two days! Love the colors!
Let's get this party started!!


2) the library stole back my Ebook but it was available just after and I was able to renew it! Yea!

Sad to say, I could not listen to "Crawdads" as life is stressful enough and it got VERY sad with a woman being overpowered... so I moved on to this audio book, wonderful and read by Tom Hanks in a sardonic entertaining way.
3) It's like having him right in the studio with me... I can't wait to go back to work so I can hear this story each day!
I might have to read all of Ann Patchett's books after this
speaking of studio

Quilt making

4) I've had a grand time trying to finish my Fall quilt for the hop next week. Thanks to Joy for reminding me to " get the lead out" since my day to share Fall quilts I've made is next Wednesday!! It needs quilting, along with the Halloween and red quilts


5)I don't want to show too much, the paint post is tomorrow, but I've continued my study of fauvists


6) looks like taking the tomatoes into the garage for two days during the snows kept them going. Can't say anything is thriving but surviving... it's a good thing

7) and my geranium also held on, so I can continue to enjoy it despite the smoke and hot temps that followed the snow. Sad to say, our air quality is very poor and just taking a short walk causes my eyes to hurt. Luckily I have a mask to keep a bit of smoke out.
 8)  Oh and the poodle bush finally bloomed...


 9) we found this great show on Peacock, called Escape to the Chateau about a couple who purchases and renovates a lovely French chateau on a moat! 
 it's lots of fun to watch and we're in season 2 already.
10) also watching Dancing with the stars... covid 19 edition. I said I'd never watch it again after they had the white house press  on last year but here I am with very little to watch and a love of ballroom... I am so weak. Well I dvr'd it and haven't watched it yet...



12) I loved finding this blog, talking about books, movies and elephants... how'd she know me??? she just had a 1927 movie with Josephine Baker in it, and dang if I didn't watch the whole thing... fasciating! 

For laughs

 How cartoons are chronicling the battle between mask wearers and Trump -  The Washington Post

"dog eat Doug" from

13) need some laughs... free comics here

Free Comics - Comic Strips - Online Comics - Entertainment


 Mama: Milo, Milo?? Milo! it's time to tell everyone what you liked this week...
Milo: mum, yum, lick, lick, nibble, humph? 

Milo: well I like that the big cake pan needed a poodle sized cleaning this week! I mean each night I got a bit of blueberry cake when you and Daddy did, but this is a.... SCORE!

Milo: I mean, it took a while but I got it clean! All for you the mama!
Mama: you are a good boy honey! Oh, what about the yard work, you helped Daddy this weekend, right?

Milo: Oh yea! forgot! (I live in the moment y'all) Daddy went out to chew up a tree, so I helped by biting this limb all apart! 
You're welcome!

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Tuesday, September 15, 2020

T is for Tuesday and three quilt projects


one of my paintings last week

I am joining my fellow T stands for Tuesday bloggers today... and today I am working on Three pieces of fabric art... T is also for Three...

I have an artistic temperament, and we like odd numbers in composition, so the eyes keep moving around your art piece instead of bouncing back and forth between two things. Three. often a lucky number. 

As I type this, dealing with the nearly daily challenges of new blogger...they changed the image sizing buttons and style today for about the fourth time, I am drinking strong coffee with milk. 
Cuban espresso - Wikipedia

I remember fondly drinking cafe con leche or Cuban coffee in Ybor City at lunch. Strong and sweet, milky and smooth. We often met at there for lunch at one of the Cuban restaurants, and always a coffee con leche. 

Back to my three projects for today. 

 There are several styles of quiltmaking these days, traditional, modern, art... I enjoy them all and while my first quilt in the 80's was traditional, my second one was an art quilt. I traced around the little hands of the girls I was watching as a nanny and used them in an art quilt. Today fabric is just another medium like paint to me.

I like to work using the colors of a season, and we're approaching Fall (despite the temps being in the 90's today again)  I love Fall, and fall colors, rich browns and rusts, dark red, golden yellow, bold blue skies the complement to these organic brown tones. 

Fabrics of fall waiting to be used

A lovely plan is unfolding... but like any project there are messy phases...

this is a good sign... I am working in studio, making choices, choosing committing to a cut of fabric, sewing and pressing, adding to a composition while listening to an audio book, The Dutch House

A close up of three + projects on the design wall

My design wall is  like my life, busy colorful, full of possibility and choice, lots of projects ongoing at the same time. Many interests. All reflective of me or parts of me. 
the overseer
we had a snow day last week, and I brought out the fall flannel quilt for our bed. Now it's back to the 90's I'll have to take it back off, but I like to see colors of the season.

my drink choices don't change... coffee, cold water, iced tea (cinnamon at the moment), possibly wine in the early evening, and sparkle water at night. The days are often the same if I'm lucky no disasters will occur ( can you hear me knocking on wood?)

Just another week... lifting my cup to you my friends... wish we were able to chat in person...

Sunday, September 13, 2020

sunday questions


1. Tell us about any lawn or garden plans you have for this month,
A: according to the HOA we have to replace a dead tree in the tree lawn outside our fence. In just about any other place, the city would do this.
 2. "Many things grow in the garden that were never sown there."~Thomas Fuller  What does this quote mean to you?
A: literally we've had bushes and flowers spring up that we have no idea where they came from. Figuratively, I'd say relating it to humans, a lot of ideas and stimulus come from places we can't identify but they affect us strongly, sometimes changing us. 

3. What's the first thing that comes to mind when you think about God?

4. If we were chatting in person, how would I know if you were nervous.
A: I'd be looking at my nails, looking around the room, fidgeting

5. Do you like the color yellow? Would I find any in your home or wardrobe?
A: yes, but surprisingly I don't see it except in my artwork. I paint with it, I've had brilliant yellow shirts, made quilts of yellow, and love to see the bananas in the fruit basket.  

6. Daffodils, tulips, roses, sunflowers, day lily, black-eyed Susan...which yellow bloom on this list is your favorite?
A: I do love yellow roses, I got a bouquet of yellow roses from my Canadian boyfriend once, and always remember how I felt getting them, seeing their happy faces reminding me of our friendship.I love the enormity of a sunflower, everything about them. Seeing a field of yellow tulips in the spring in Maryland always made me think of a choir.

7. Flip flops or bare feet? 
A: bare feet in the house, flip flops outside

8. Fish out of water, big fish in a small pond, living in a fishbowl, packed in like sardines, this is a fine kettle of fish, plenty of fish in the sea, fish or cut bait...which fishy phrase most recently applies to some area of your life?
A: fine kettle of fish, with all the repairs and workmen we had the last two weeks, putting me into crisis mode. Then the HOA's demand to replace a tree, in an unhospitable unnatural location like Colorado. They die yearly, when will the HOA get the picture, it's not a good place for trees? 

9. Have you ever been fishing? Did you catch a fish? If so did you keep it or throw it back? If you haven't been fishing is that something you'd like to try?
A: as a child, we owned a lodge in NC and went up all the time. It was great for kids, I fished in the stocked trout lake, and learned to clean them, and we had them for dinner often.Not an activity I'd enjoy as an adult 
10. What's something you're always fishing for in your purse, wallet, desk, or kitchen junk drawer?
A: lipsticks. Hand sanitizer. pens.

11. Your favorite fish tale or movie?

A: after reading someone else's post, I was reminded how much I loved Whale Rider... a tale of a girl in NZ who was told she couldn't be the leader because of her gender... lovely photography and symbolism

12. Are you sunrise, daylight, twilight or night? Explain why you chose your answer.
A:  daylight. I'm open, and honest, visible.

13. What's the oldest piece of clothing you own and still wear?
A: I have some lovely jackets from the 80's... but they have a large silhouette that looks offbeat nowadays when people like to wear skintight clothing. They are so pretty, cream silk, or bright colors like my SWATCH sweater that's like artwork.  I haven't bought many outfits in the last couple years so a lot of my clothes are quite old. T-shirts from events I did in Tampa, shorts from years ago... I have a bin of older clothes I keep for sentiment.

14. What's been the best and worst part of your summer so far?
A: the isolation .
15. Are you a Jimmy Buffet fan? If so, what's your favorite JB tune
A: son of a son of a sailor man.   I came of age in the last 70's in Tampa Florida... of course I like JB!
thanks for the memories!
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Saturday, September 12, 2020

Saturday questions


pink quartz

 Saturday 9 questions this week:
 So Emotional (1987)    Unfamiliar with this week's tune? Hear it here.

1) Whitney sings that she keeps her lover's photo beside her bed. What's on your bedside table?  
A: when I was in the turmoil of moving across the country the kindest quilting friend made me a little art quilt. I keep it on the bedside table and am grateful for the kindness of others each night. I also have a cute IKEA lamp, my IPAD for the kindle book I'm reading, my spectacles, a glass of water. I call it the nightstand though, not the bedside table


2) She's getting frustrated, waiting for the phone to ring. If your phone were to ring right now, who would you expect to be on the other end? 
A: I expect it to be the spam call that comes in daily, so I ignore it, but I hope it's a friend calling to have a long chat!

3) The video was filmed at Stabler Arena in Bethlehem, PA. It seats 6,200. As the nation reopens from Covid19, would you feel comfortable sitting knee-to-knee with a stranger in an arena like this?   NO NO NO NO NO

4) This week's featured artist, Whitney Houston, appeared on the daytime drama As The World Turns. She played herself, performing with Jermaine Jackson at the Miss Cinderella contest in the fictional town of Oakdale. Have you ever been hooked on a soap opera?
A: back in high school I started going home at lunch to watch All My Children and got my first VCR in order to tape it during my work years. Not watched in so long... it got tedious

5) Whitney had a sweet tooth, and her favorite breakfast cereal was Fruity Pebbles. Do you often eat cereal for lunch or dinner?
A: I doubt it, but as it happens, right now I'm eating shredded wheat with yogurt and cinnamon but generally when I eat cereal or oatmeal, I am hungry an hour later whereas if I eat just protein or just fruit I stay full

6) At Whitney's wedding to Bobby Brown, her bridesmaids all wore lavender dresses and the groomsmen had custom made alligator shoes. Have you ever "stood up" for a friend or relative? If so, do you remember what you wore?
A: so many times I had a closet of bridesmaid dresses, with the dyed uncomfortable shoes
I remember them all but especially the one for college friend, a peach quiana gown that clung to me like skin. We all had baby's breath in our hair which stayed in all the African American girl's hair, but slid out of my baby fine straight hair all day long in the humidity of winter park Florida summer. My friend's name was Peaches.

7) In 1987, the year this song was popular, Cher won the Oscar for Moonstruck. Her most famous line was, "Snap out of it!" When you think of Cher, do you first think of her movies, her TV show, or her music?
A: her hair.... I was enthralled with her as a young teen... that long straight black hair, so fashionable, and I played her album over and over, in my bedroom, as I imagined I was her.

8) Michael Douglas won the Oscar that year for Wall Street. His most famous line was, "Greed is good." His character goes on to say that, "Greed in all its forms -- greed for life, for money, for love, for knowledge -- has marked the upward surge of all mankind." Do you agree?  A: NO NO NO NO NO NO   I think it led to the problems in America today

9) Random question: When you woke up this morning, were you ready to get out of bed? Or do you wish you could have snoozed for a bit longer? A: I was happy to leave the dream I just had and get up to a strong cup of coffee, my husband and dog, and sunshine

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The sewing this week is RED but my mind is on Fall


Welcome to my weekly sewing round up... the color of the month at RSC is red... angela encourages us to use our red scraps. I cut out the base to my lozenge blocks, 3.5" X 6.5" and got organized

with the 2" squares in black and white. Ready to sew on all corners, then sew a second seam to make tiny 1.5" bonus hst's to play with creatively

The first shot was the sewn lozenge blocks. Time to play with the little cut offs!

I had an idea in my mind to mix little 1.5" squares in this time and make a heart

 but.... it was looking like a big square, plus I'd have to exactly use the white ones and black ones, and all the fill in area would make me use tons more tiny squares and sewing all of those would not be fun...

I tried just doing a mix of bird in the air blocks, down on the right there... 


back to the design board, er, wall

open my intuition and start playing with ideas

this idea used all the blocks I cut plus the hst blocks... I liked it, and I will use it in future with larger sized blocks but this time all I could see was the need to cut lots more filler blocks and tons of sewing. 

heyyyyy I like that little thing...   it uses all the hst blocks, most of the other ones I cut... so not being sure how I wanted to place each larger unit in relation to the rest, I set about sewing the individual units together. That's where I stopped last night... after moving them around and around.

this time I did not remeasure the half square triangle blocks, just sewed them however they were, and some are a little wonky and that's okay with me. I'll probably be moving these around a while trying new combinations this week

Meanwhile, Joy (  reminded me our Fall hop quilt deadline is approaching...eeek! I had big plans for that! I did make the halloween top but I wanted to make a new Fall piece... so I got out some pretty fabrics, put on my thinking cap,  

this is why I love fabric... the prints and colors, the texture. 
This was  an odd week, a freak snow storm where the temps dropped from 90+ down to 25 F and we had to gather up all the plants to the garage, settle the sprinkler system, etc
then I had a back problem that kept me out of the studio. 
So I need to get going again now!
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scrap happy Saturdays

Friday, September 11, 2020

Paint party Friday- two for you


It's time for my weekly round-up of painting! Color, glorious color. I paint because I want to express something within myself.  Painting provides something that art quilting, and writing does not... oh they are all very important to me but in different ways, and I find I turn to each one throughout the week. 

The day before the snowstorm, we had to put our flowers in the garage for safety as we knew the temps were dropping from 90 to 25F then would be climbing back to 90 the following week. I had watched the forger's show on how A. Derain painted and it along with the sunshine on my yellow mums inspired me to get out the paints

the color is more intense in person but this will show you how I freely daubed on the watercolor then flicked the black pen to give the feel of stems. Some white posca pen dots add highlights.

Thursday, one of the "I Like Thursday" posters in Florida (lavender dreamer too) shared a photo of a flower with yellow butterfly, and her capture of light and dark, of blurring the background caught my eye. I can't say I captured it, you can't win 'em all, but it was fun to try!!!

again, this is more intense in person.
It's not my favorite but I'm trying to capture a feeling, and was impressed with the fauvists style... this is not their style but my approach was to just do it. Not overwork, and I did get a few too many details, but the background is quite different for me. an example
Fauvism | HiSoUR – Hi So You Are 
as to my painting
I love how subtle the leaves on the left are... I hope I remember to try that effect again since it was an afterthought a way of filling that space.

gray, purple, green blended in sweeping strokes. It was too blended so I went over it at the end with a prisma color pencil to get the texture of the paper and I like that effect. I'll do that again I think. 

I struggled with white flowers and nearly white butterfly, combined with my way of painting, and can't say I love it, but I like it and I learned while painting about shading and textures. 

I remember going to the National Gallery of Art in Washington DC often, while we lived in Maryland. I would get as close as the guards allowed, to see brush strokes.

I think I just need to paint more. 

two new pieces on the "gallery mantel"

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Thursday, September 10, 2020

I LIke Thursday #210

Welcome to this week's list of likes.... where we try to remember the things we liked this week...
 And welcome to Colorado snow in September. We've been coping with record heat for months, with four raging wildfires, and one that darkened the skies for the labor day weekend, then it snowed for 24 hours, dropped to 25F. Yesterday it melted in the afternoon. 

1)I like cooler temps! I'd love to see Fall type temps, where I can comfortably sleep at night, wear a lightweight sweater and capris... please...
I like poodles on porches
I asked Milo if he remembered snow, and he said, well since it last snowed here in May four months ago, yep.


2)My E book at night is
 the story is about a woman just after WW1 whose fiance died and how she is getting through life. She discovers a desire to help embroider cushions for the church, that she wants to be independent, and how she handles life.  

3)Finished My audio book, third in the series of the Secret book and scone society,  and am waiting on the fourth so I am currently listening to

which is kind of sorrowful to me but I am a gonna finish it


details on tomorrow's post

 4) as we waited for the storm to start, before we put all the plants into the garage for safety, I noticed the pretty blue container holding my gold mums and decided to paint it. I had just watched a video on how to paint like a fauvist. This was done quickly and without overworking it, and I love it. I still want to do a painting in the fauvist style but later.  


5)ever discover your own belongings in your own jewelry case? I forgot about this sweet copper bracelet and now have worn it for three days. I hurt my back, and haven't been able to do much, so looking at the sparkle on my own wrist while watching youtube was a good thing

guilty pleasure

13) watching big brother then love island on tv. And Chrisley knows best too.

Fine dining

6)we made a chicken casserole we like over pasta this week:
dice onion and bell pepper and saute in olive oil. Add minced garlic.
we used cooked frozen chicken, put that in to  heat up.

Add a can of mushroom soup (Amy's has no corn starch) and a can of marsala cooking wine,  and a jar of mushrooms as we can't find good fresh ones here. Saute til flavors are melded, serve over angel hair pasta with some little green peas on top. Yum, 

Quilting sites

7)there is a halloween block (quilting) party going on here:

listening to 

8) I absolutely love this new to me family, mom on base, Ger O donnel  on whatever that instrument is, 5 nearly grown talented kids... all of them great at their instruments, all of the great singers... enjoy 

 9) How I love his song, Harvest moon, especially this rendition by Reina   enjoy

10)I liked putting the T-shirt sheets back on the bed, and being cozy instead of HOT for sleep. I also put the flannel quilt on top, which may be overkill but is pretty when I walk by!

 laughing (or not) at  

11) I like comics
this one does a fun caption it contest here

12)Top Ten Cartoons of the Week – August 29, 2020 |
history of the year 2020

 Milo's Moments

Mama: what did you like this week darling?
Milo: I like hunting waskily wabbits! See my form? Good right? I'm pointing toward the critter!
Mama: you are a great hunter, and so fast!  
Milo: I liked playing in the snow and that it got cooler... it's not easy prancing around in a black fur coat in 90 F !
Mama: you also ran upstairs this morning, and landed in front of me like a super hero!
Milo: well yeah... I was letting you know Daddy came out of his office room !!! Hooray! We're all back together and we can do stuff!
Mama: like change the sheets, that's what I want to do
Milo: well okay lift me up, seems early to go to bed but you know I love to sleep on the big bed! 
Mama: I meant Daddy might help me this time baby, but you'll be able to hog the blankies tonight, okay? 
Milo: and I like wearing my jimjams don't forget to put those on me tonight before sleep. 
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