Friday, September 24, 2021

paint party Friday late September is golden


ahhhhh paint party Friday again! This week I painted three tree pieces, and will share them here, with detail shots... ready to party?  

We have been pining for the Adirondacks this week... the sweet pine scented cool air, the gentle views of water, birch and mountains...

This from memory, and from looking at the aspen in our yard. I like the tone of it, and the random size of trees. I don't fret paintings, so what appears is seen as a gift! I like how the shadows look, the blue could be water or mountains.

I like the little mushrooms and growing weeds

this one started the week's paintings...

soft yet moody

It started as another 5 min work, but I fell in love with it's softness, so added more and more details

still done quickly with little time to dither or fret

Number two this week was the one above. I broke the rules adding in two trees, an even number. It's in a watercolor sketchbook, which I seldom use. I like the sense of a meadow, the gold and orange of the leaves, how the trunks seem old and wise from seeing so much of life

I watched a video on lettering by the woman below. On the video below she is discussing how to blend colors with tombow markers...

To do these letters I used tombow, then went over them just on the bottom with another color... cool effect

about my paintings.  I  am looking more at blending now. Not just enjoying the color but seeing how it mixes and how four colors become one that has depth. I try to see an object with it's lines and shadows now not just see a tree but SEE the tree.

I thought I always really looked but now I am looking past the known, it's a tree, to what I see, lines of brown, green black and gold together forming something solid. 

The colors here affect me though, the brown tones and duller colors make me look at color differently. Turquoise (water) and pink (skies) were my palette in Florida, deeper shades mixed with black for Maryland's different sunlight, and now the washed out pastel earth tones of Colorado seem normal. 


I color in the calendar pages even if I don't like the tiny busy ones, I make some attempt, like doodling... this if from this week... not only blending, but decisions about what to color and what to leave uncolored...

thank you for visiting... It's so much fun to make art, and fun to share it with others!

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Thursday, September 23, 2021

I Like Thursday #263

 Welcome to this week's list of likes... I like that my gerbera daisies are still blooming, just the yellow ones. The other two plants died from the heat.
I like my Maryland flamingo is still flapping
Look how sun bleached this once Bright colorful flamingo is after one summer. I have had to repair if from our extreme winds on many occasions but it's still here, reminding me of tropical memories.

We had a respite of 2 days of cool (more normal)  weather this week and I needed it to sleep better. We are back to another week ahead of near 90 here in Aurora and possibly most of October as well. We now have broken the heat/duration of heat records.

one pepper growing

 and a couple blooms

Because of the cooler temps my peppers were able to bloom and fruit! Tomato and beans also flowering and  trying to make food. We thought all were dead but were just dormant from high heat.

 I imagine if these record high temps continue as expected through October they will have time to ripen. Not bad, three peppers and one tomato for four months of watering... but it's a joy of mine to see food growing. If love supported them, I send my best each day when I inspect them.

dh says it's the most expensive tomato ever. An expensive hobby here in Colorado I guess.  

Watching on TV: "New Amsterdam" is back, and a "Million little things",  Survivor and Dancing with the stars  made this a fun week. Soon Project Runway returns, yea!

listening to on audio: I like this series set in England with two cousins who solve mysteries

next in series by Jenn Mckinlay

reading on ebook, well written and endearing characters

Finished  The Chaperone   was so good, so well written and read, and I related to it emotionally on several points. It explores the relationship between two women in a time of growing women's rights and changing expectations for women. It was read by Elizabeth McGovern (downton abbey) So intriguing I researched Louise Brooks after, and couldn't stop thinking about it. 

I was reminded of a time when women were blamed for being sexually abused, were not seen as smart enough to vote, were kept in clothing that restricted breathing, were told how a proper woman should behave. Please, do everything in your power to retain your right to vote.

the movie  The Healer with Oliver Cohen


was so good on another level. It was funny and clever, with the themes of healing all wrapped up in the most beautiful scenery. Thank you to Cindy for recommending it! (the beginning wasn't great but is over quickly) 

keeping perspective: 

retrieved from

a word from our partner  ...   Milo's Moment

places to go, things to sniff
Milo: well, another ring toy is on it's way to heaven. Luckily I have one already skint and one in the wings!. 

the skint one is behind me, chillin'
 I liked being groomed last week so I felt cooler and could run more. 

I do not like eating kibble at all, not even good for me kibble.

Mama: sad... did you know there are starving dogs in other countries who would love to have kibble? 

Milo: so sad... let's send my kibble to them and you can fix me a plate of whatever you're having! 

Mama: sigh...speaking of food....

 This week on the cooking front, I made use of the cooler temps on those two days and baked a blueberry cake and a pear crumble. Yea! Dessert again! We'll eat those all week, luckily both of us are okay with that!

I made up a recipe that came out so well!!! Shrimp coconut curry with fresh vegetables! using....

Native Forest Unsweetened Organic Coconut Milk Curry - 13.5 fl oz

the ingredients were what we had, fresh onions thinly sliced, red and green bell peppers, a mushroom mix from the freezer, minced garlic (jar) celery and fresh carrots sliced on diagonal. All in a saucepan on top of the stove with olive oil, a bit of broth, a bit of cooking sherry, simmered til tender. Add in a can of curry coconut milk and a bag of precooked frozen shrimp. Over brown rice it was so so so tasty. 

(enough left for us to have a second meal of it too) 

a close up of the center of one painting
 I painted and sewed this week and will do posts tomorrow and Saturday from that. I focused on trees this week while painting, and fall colors while sewing. 

done except for the hanging sleeve and ghost buttons!

So, that's about it for me, except for the friends I got to chat with this week, thank you all. Please visit these folk to read their lists for the week. We all know  little things add up and are easily overlooked unless you are looking for them! Join us in an I Like post if you do, let me know in comments!



rosie and the boys nature pics 

Saturday, September 18, 2021

sewing saturday orange rules!

 For this week's sewing round up I have a lot of orange... 

the bats and boos quilt is in process of being quilted now
love a scrappy pin cushion

remember back to the 70's?? I do... The colors were earthy harvest gold, avocado green , chocolate brown, and hanging on was 60's orange. I didn't like it then but now that I mix my own orange paint, 

 and have so many pretty orange fabrics I realize the sparkle it can give artwork. 

I did the large hexie kaleidoscope blocks in orange

and looked at them with the others... how pretty it will be!

I made a tablecloth from fabric that refused to be put back in it's drawer...

and hardly worried at all about making something with the cute fabric as it's still basically just fabric!

 I chose two silly orange fabrics to make my sweaters of the month in RSC colors... Imagine walking down the street wearing these! ( Imagine walking down the street again safely...) I really want a black sheep sweater myself... I've never felt like I fit in...

the whole drawer full so far...

I didn't quilt in the 70's but did in the 80's. I owned brown sheets, so chic according to my sister who was tired of girly sheets. I had orange toned towels and funny enough when we moved to Colorado I got a lovely terracotta shade of towels. My husband thinks my favorite color is still purple but I am currently leaning toward turquoise... and coral. 

I love all the colors and learned from painting that all the colors are needed. 

I also like many artforms but so far always return to sewing. How about you?

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patchwork Sunday                    
oh Scrap Sundays 

scrap happy Saturdays

Friday, September 17, 2021

paint party Friday love of orange tones


Welcome to paint party Friday!  I am painting fall scenes like doing a rain dance, to bring on cooler temps. Today is a bit cooler but back to 90's for the weekend. My new goal is to do at least a 5 min color study on small torn paper each morning to start the creativity.

 This week I realized, I used to think I didn't like brown or gray... but nature uses them so I do too now, and see their value

know what I'm learning by painting more often?

you use your supplies up! Who knew? I've finished spools of thread, I've cut the last of fabric, I've dropped irons that needed to be retired but not used up a lot of paint, til now!

I am on my third set of posca pens and white signo gel pens, the black gel pen just ran out, several Staedtler pens ran dry last week.

what's wrong with these I muttered! Well, they got used up.

 That's a good thing and a sign that I'm "making"

  I didn't know how wonderful posca pens were til I got this one, as the first two from the art supply store caked, blobbed, and dried up within a couple uses. This one is perfect (got this one from amazon)


 I heard one creative say making art is a portal into ourselves, if we are creating from within that is. 

That's just about reason enough to keep painting I think!


paint blending, thin layers on thin layers, dashes of dark pigment, then highlights, smears with fingertips, using the muddy mixes on the palette for shadows, a dash of green with brown for a leaf. 

Lettering with tombow marker, write in gray then add another line to thicken some sides, dash of black... a message sent

don't forget the chop on the card back... a sort of logo to signify the end of that work... 

some morning time spent coloring in the Basford calendar page... color is glorious. 

Another thing I realized this week... I often think I don't like my paintings at first, finish them and walk away to do a chore, and when I come back they have transformed into lovely works of art! 

Why are we be critical of our own work? I end up loving each one even tiny quick pieces for their color, lines and blending of tones. They haven't changed, but my perspective has.

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Thursday, September 16, 2021

I Like Thursday # 262

Welcome to this week's list of simple likes! This week, while looking through my fabric stash I couldn't fit a big fabric meant for a tablecloth back in the drawer so.... 

it became a table cloth for the kitchen table!! I figure no worries, it's still just fabric hemmed on the ends and could be used in future if I needed it. for now it makes me smile even though it's "busy" 

 I have found lovely recipes to try but am waiting til it's not in the 90's F here (did I mention it's September which is usually in the 70's?) When I try them I'll show you. 

I love this pen for opaque white lines on paintings (also works on fabric) 

I've had two of these that dried out and misbehaved, both purchased at a local art supply store. I almost didn't order one, but needed one as they add highlights wonderfully. This one from Amazon behaves just as advertised so... yea! 

Speaking of paintings... I'm still trying to do a small work mostly in 5 min. each morning and it sets the creative tone for the day, post tomorrow

this is painted with my kOI paints and waterbrush, it's a calendar page from Joanna Basford

I'm quilting and painting with orange this month...

whew, what a struggle to quilt this 42" quilt

Paint post on Fridays, Quilting post on Saturday


 We are both laughing our faces off watching this season of Celebrity Game Face

Celebrity Game Face" Returns With Bigger Competition & Stars

 Kevin hart has three celebrities with their spouses on zoom, to compete in the wackiest most hilarious games. The "winner" gets a truly funny but ugly picture painted of kevin a la real art. We both laugh the whole time.

Lots of shows coming back in the next couple weeks including Project Runway and Survivor!

On youtube:

I am enjoying the video podcast visits of Lisa Van der Pump who interviews people, gives recipes, and is refreshing. Here's one with ice skater Adam Rippon  Link: HERE

What I am Listening to on audio books:

time to bathe the baby...

 Milo's Moments

Milo: Oh my dog... what now? My peeps are forcing me to eat different food!

Mama: we feel your ear issues could be food allergies so we want to try a different protein, these are lamb. We thought you'd like it! We performed a taste test...

and it seems like Merrick grain free lamb and sweet potato is ahead. Milo is VERY choosy so time will tell... 

Milo: why confused? You KNOW I like cheese crackers! Pass that bag over. 

Mama: hmph! Hey, on our walk this week a doggie threw herself at her fence barking her head off when you walked by. What was she saying? 

Milo: nothing

Mama: she was obviously saying something and yelling it... come on...

Milo: it's a dog thing, can't explain it to pawrents!  Gotta go!

  Now sit! Stay! visit mama's friends to see their lists!



friday bliss

rosie and the boys nature pics 

friday smiles at a stitch in time