Sunday, November 2, 2008

New Month

Beginning of the month and the year is almost over. This year has gone fast I think. A lot for me has changed. I have made some new friends and drifted away from old friends. Not so much drifted as dropped off. We all try to keep ourselves motivated and going forward. It may be dreams, or ideas, or activities that create that motivation. Hopefully whatever it is for you it can be shared with a friend. That is the best thing in the world.

Friendship is some what like a marriage in that it has to be nurtured. If one person in the relationship has to work harder (or thinks they work harder) than the other then it tends to fall apart. Friends make time for each other. I guess I am destined to have but a few friends at any one time. When I make plans: I make them with that person or persons. I prefer small groups of people I know perhaps not well; but I am comfortable with and can talk to. I have never been comfortable talking to people I do not know at all.

I guess at this age not much will change and I have decided that friendship needs to be a partnership of give and take. And more importantly when time is set aside to get together and visit that it should be considered a commitment with enough value that it is kept. I guess value is the operative word here. In friendship one must feel their value in the relationship.

I am off to San Diego next week on business and next Saturday I will have some of my art in a group show. Yes I am excited; however I am trying to keep a low profile. It is my first show and I am not sure how it will all turn out. Fortunately another artist in the group show is a friend of mine and that is a bit calming. We will stand around and look goofy together (sorry Janet).

I am hoping to take pictures and post. Actually the last two pieces in the “Lil Monster” series I created I didn’t get pictures taken. I will take them at the gallery. I am also scheduled to paint a mural on the bathroom wall of a friend. I was supposed to go over yesterday; however both she and her husband had a cold. I didn’t want to chance it. I have to much going on right now.

The piece pictured here will be in the show in December with the Swell Sister Society. It is 100% reused materials. I love that abut it..

Quote for the day: Cherish your vision and your dreams as they are the children of your soul; they are blueprints of your ultimate achievements. – Napoleon Hill

Sunday, October 26, 2008


I love my shoes AND my shoes love me! Last Thursday I met with my quirky art group and the meeting was art to wear. We were asked to bring a pair of canvas shoes to paint. When you wear your shoes you are showing your artwork to the world around you. Anyway that is the premise.

I wasn’t sure what I was going to paint; however I decided since it was SHOES I wouldn’t think about it. It is not like I am going to prom or to an inaugural party. SO I just started painting and decided to use lots of color. I tend to limit my color palette and decided these needed to be fun.

Half way through I thought that I would never wear them since they looked like something a 12 year old would wear; however I find them quirky and fun. Wow and it was from the "Quirky Art Group" with the Swell Sister Society. Interesting!

I wore them to the grocer store today. I can honestly say I don’t know if anyone looked at them because I forgot they were on my feet. I guess feeling stupid will not be an issue.

I really like the idea of wearable art. One of a kind pieces of clothing. It is something I would like to explore more. Yeah....Like I really have time right now. BUT I will file it for later. I am thinking that a ball cap would be fun and it would be a little more visible than shoes. At any rate I think it was a great experiment and I enjoyed it. AND I will wear them. I am thinking of wearing them to work tomorrow.

Anyone who likes fun and off beat things should think about getting some acrylic paint a pair of canvas shoes (or canvas tote) and make your own statement. Who knows you may like it and it's useful.

Quote for the day: Aging is not ‘lost youth’ but a new stage of opportunity and strength. – Betty Friedan

Friday, October 17, 2008

Painting On

Well again it has been awhile since I posted. I have been painting and pondering entering more shows. I need to find out if anyone besides me finds my work worthwhile. Not the right word to use but you get the idea.

I thought about entering Freefall in a show back east; however shipping would be a bit daunting to me. I am not sure how it would ship.

I also entered the Pink show at the Tangent Gallery. If they don’t take this piece that is fine and I will keep it. I actually like it. I has been interesting having this hanging on the wall and the many comments

from friends.

I just found out we are invited to show in November at a new gallery in Sacramento. Not much time; but I want to get my work out there so I am painting this weekend when I can. I have had a dream of showing in a gallery and it is actually going to come true. Scary and wonderful at the same time

Oh yeah it is the Folsom Renaissance Faire. Busy Busy Busy!!!!!!

Quote for the day: ‘When one of your dreams come true, you begin to look at the others more carefully.” Anonymous

Friday, October 10, 2008

Friday Too Early!

Well it has been a couple of weeks since my last post. I am only up because I cannot sleep these days. Our economy is in the toilet. although I have been very busy at work and at home. I am thankful for my job. Let me see if I can recap.

I am finishing up a piece for the “Pink” show and hope to send in the submission this weekend. I think it is great. I haven’t heard anything from the “5x5x5” show. Perhaps they did not like my submissions. Oh well I will keep trying. There are a couple of shows coming up that I hope to enter. I am really into my reuse of materials since my cash flow is really dismal at this time to buy anything new.

Here are a couple more pieces in the “little monster” series I am doing. I so love these little guys. There is a show “In Your Dreams” in the spring in New York. I think that would be a fun show to send in a submission.

The Swell Sisters met last night and we worked on our own projects; however I just socialized with the group. It is hard for me to work on anything serious in a group of 30 women all talking at once. It was a blast though.

Our show is fast approaching and I will be showing “Free Fall” since I finally finished the piece. We open on December 13th - Second Saturday.

Recently I met few of my swell sisters and we had a concrete play date. What fun and it opens up many possibilities. For my piece I just took mannequin bodies form (actually only the front half) and covered it in concrete and

will lay it out in the garden. I guess I need to take a picture to share.

My friend Jilly is willing to show me how to mosaic. I am going to have way too much fun!

Also next weekend is Folsom Faire and the last faire of the year. Busy! Busy! Busy!

Quote for the day: There is no abstract art. You must always start with something. Afterward you can remove all traces of reality. – Pablo Picasso

Monday, September 29, 2008

Painting Painting Painting

Well golly gee I have been busy. Very busy! I have been so motivated to paint that there are not enough hours in the day. I haven't posted in two weeks.

Here are a couple of pieces I sent off to a juried show in Virginia. We’ll see if they accept me. Right now I am not using a paint brush with these and I am not sure why. I use everything but a brush. I really just pour the paint. I am reusing interior acrylic house paint from a dentist office remodel. I like the fact that it is limiting my pallet and I love the consistency. These are 5x5x1.5 and they are part of the little monster series I am doing.

I went out on Saturday and helped a sister move from one storage space to another. She is also and artist and writer and she had some great stuff in storage. She offered me anything pretty much I wanted; however I already have too much stuff. I did take a couple of old boxes that held print type. Here is a picture of one in progress and is about 7x7x1. This is fun since I was struggling with a different piece earlier. One of my assemblage pieces was going down the toilet so to speak. I decided to put it away for now and move on. It will be revisited later.

I am also working on a piece for the pink show at the Tangent Gallery in November. The deadline is coming up and this piece is all spray paint. What fun and a little hard to control. I guess I need more practice.

These are just some of the work I've done lately and I will try to post more works in progress. Oh... and I finished Free Fall. I will post her tomorrow. She will be in a show in December with the Swell Sisters.

Quote for the day - Every Artist dips his brush in his own soul, and paints his own nature into his pictures - Henry Ward Beecher

I have to agree since I find that most of my work is light in nature unless I get mad at our government and then I do a political piece. Not going there!!!!!!!!

Friday, September 19, 2008

Friday No Work!

I haven’t blogged in a while. I have actually been busy. Go Figure! Work has been pretty crazy. We are setting up our reading conference for November and buying books and contacting with the hotel. I took today off because yesterday was my birthday. Now I know I should have taken yesterday off; however I had a meeting in Sacramento and thought if I have to drive there I might as well go to work. That gave me today off. No driving to Sacramento. I am going up to Cameron Park and have lunch with one of my Swell Sisters Janet.

Anyway........... "Happy Birthday to me."

The Swell Sisters meeting was great last night. We had another Sacramento woman artist speaking about her art. She has a great sense of humor and it was very enjoyable. Her name is Gioia Fonda and she started her own holiday called Pink Week, fifteen years ago.

Per Gioia the second week of November is the week that we should celebrate Pink in all it’s glory. The holiday is to get people aware of color. However if you love green than you wear green all week etc.

Gioia is co-owner of the Tangent Gallery in Sacramento and the Pink show opens on the 2nd Saturday in November.

I have been taking a basic print class at CSU Sacramento and here are some pictures. I know some out there in web-land will think these are primitive and mediocre and they would be right; however it is new skill I am learning. It keeps me in the classroom with young college students and at 62 it is invigorating because I do not understand them at all until we discuss art. Then we can all connect. We started with corks (wine and champagne), erasers, potato (the hardest by far), and we graduated to the EZ Cut which is like eraser material rolled out flat and about 5X7.

The first picture is of the corks and eraser and the second is my first print that I actually cut. I really don’t think it is to bad. I like the cutting part....the printing not so much. I really need to work on that since it is a print class.

Have a GREAT weekend!

Quote for the day: Good communication is as stimulating as black coffee, and just as hard to sleep after. - Anne Morrow Lindbergh

Sunday, September 14, 2008

Work In Progress

I was hoping to sleep in today. Unfortunately that was not the case. I was out late last night at the 2nd Saturday Art Walk in Sacramento. I didn’t get home until almost midnight.

It was really fun. I met my Swell Sisters at the Verge for the 2nd Annual Circus Show. The Circus Show was sponsored (or co sponsored) by Gale Hart a Sacramento artist and animal rights activist. All the proceeds were donated to animal rights programs. It was fun with great art, great people, live entertainment, and carny games.

Then we were off to see a collaborative show that one of our sisters was showing in. She did great and sold everything I believe. Good going Laurelin.

Sacramento was crazy last night so many people out. I am not a crowd person normally; but it was fun. I am not sure how anyone sees all of the art shows in one night.

Yesterday I started some new pieces. I am back to assemblage for some reason. I promised myself I had to vacuum before I could get into the studio. I had to take the dang machine a part to change the belt. I hope it lasts as long as the last one!

So far this has bee a great weekend. Here are a couple of pictures of my work in progress.

Quote for the day: For the serious artist does not satisfy needs – instead he creates values. Values, to the world at large, have – alas, alas, and again alas – no value at all – Anthony Burgess

Tuesday, September 9, 2008

Paint Paint Paint

Today is Tuesday and I think I lost a day or two. That is becoming a habit. Maybe I stay younger that way and only age half as fast. Interesting thought don’t you think?

On Sunday at the St. Ambrose Guild meeting we painted the dags on the pavilion. Yes friends I took pictures. And you say “Yippeeee.” I will also take pictures at the Folsom Renaissance Faire to see how it looks once it is up.

When I arrived at the home of a friend that stores our pavilions I saw that the pavilion was actually up. I though we would have to stand on ladders to paint the dag. The pavilion is 8 or 9 feet tall….at least at the bottom of the dag. The top is probably 15 feet maybe. After asking a few politically correct questions (not my strongest trait) I discovered it was only up to dry out from the Golden Gate Renaissance Faire. Yes friends that faire was a very drippy wet cold affair. Just like northern England and after 90 to 100 degrees here in Sacramento it was very invigorating. Sorry I digress.

Here are pictures of the ladies painting the dags on the pavilion with a wonderful Tudor Rose. I made the stencils and we are saving them to complete the painting. We only finished the front and one rose on each side. The best news is that we will never wonder again which is the front of the pavilion top.

Also the men were painting the portable car garage (not sure what you call it) something other than shiny silver. We use the car garage behind the pavilion as a storage area and dressing room. That allows the full use of the pavilion for chairs and tables AND to keep out of the sun.

The day went pretty fast once we started and with a potluck in between it was a very nice Sunday in deed. Spending the day with friends is never wasted.

Quote for the day: It's a lot like nature. You can only have as amny animals as the ecosystem can support and you only have as many friends as you can tolerate the bitching of. - Randy K. Milholland

Ain't that the truth?

Saturday, September 6, 2008


Hello all I haven't posted in a few days. Been so busy. I was back at work this week and sometimes after a vacation you have twice as much work at before. Well I was overwhelmed. It was a short week and didn't really feel like it. It seems like there is not enough time. Gosh it seems I say that a lot.

Today I made stencils for my Renaissance Acting Group. The stencil is of the Tudor Rose and we are going to paint the dags on the pavilion before Folsom Faire.

I agreed to make the stencils because after the meeting tomorrow, and after the pot luck, and after a couple of beers it needs to be as easy as possible. No really it is so we can get done in a reasonable time and make it look uniform. I am going to try to remember my camera and take pictures. The pavilion top will only be on the ground so better pictures will have to be taken at the Folsom Faire.

I also worked on my Swell Sister collaborative projects. Actually one is a skull I worked on by myself so I am not sure where collaboration comes in. (see the above picture) I am actually quite pleased with the look. I may have trouble giving it back. The large skull was made by my sister Jennifer out of sugar. She passed it on to me to paint. I was afraid it would melt; but I kept the paint minimal and realistic.

It was to hot to work in the yard; but I did water today since I cannot water again until Tuesday. We are in a stage 2 water alert here in Folsom. I also cleaned the kitchen floor, did laundry and I would have vacuumed; however that machine seems to have a broken belt.

Have a great weekend.

Quote for the day: Avoiding the phrase “I don’t have time...”, will soon help you to realize that you do have the time needed for just about anything you choose to accomplish in life. -Bo Bennett

Sunday, August 31, 2008


I am back from vacation. It was a great week in the mountains. First in Twain Harte and then in Strawberry. A great way to beat the heat.

At senior camp I was introduced to gourds and wood burning. I believe wood burning is now called pyrographics or something very similar. I know as a kid I did some wood burning; however this was great fun. I burned the outside of the gourd with a design and then stained it with leather dye. Now I know why people talk about the Gourd Festival in Folsom. The gourds must be amazing since I think mine are and I am novice. I am going to the gourd festival this fall to check out the artists that do this work all the time. What new fun at 62!

Quote for the day:
Aging is not 'lost youth' but a new stage of opportunity and strength.
Betty Friedan (1921 - 2006)

Folsom Gourd Festival
Check it out!

Monday, August 25, 2008

On Vacation

Sorry! Out of the blog until Friday August 29th. Going camping.

Wednesday, August 20, 2008

Wednesday is my Thursday

Today is Wednesday which is really my Thursday. One more day of work and I am off until after Labor Day. Yippee. Now.....I would love to say I am taking all this time off to paint; but I can’t. I am off to Twain Harte for a girlfriends only weekend. Girlfriends I haven’t spent real time with in a long time. Back on Sunday then off to Tahoe camping.

Sacramento County has a summer camp in the El Dorado Forest just below Tahoe. The last two weeks of August are senior camp. Yes friends I am a senior. We sleep in cabins and eat in the dining hall and have workshops during the day. It is really very pleasant. I take my art supplies and draw or just read a book.

The reason I bring this up is I may not get a chance to post until Friday the 29th. And you say “Oh Well So What.” Well shame on you. This blog is riveting right?

Enough about my vacation see the attached picture of my on going project called "little boxes.” True to my nature they are re-used cigarette boxes. I am trying to make them really durable so I have a proto-type in my back pack. It is wearing well. Enjoy!

Quote for the day:
He who does not get fun and enjoyment out of every day... needs to reorganize his life. – George M. Adams

Monday, August 18, 2008

Is it Monday?

Hello Monday and all you cyber geeks. Well I had a very busy weekend. Saturday I was at Folsom’s new dog park for opening ceremonies with city officials and all manner of political folk. The dogs were so good. We had a few hundred for the first day and they ranged from the extra large to the teeny tiny; but they all got a long. Why can’t we do that? Inquiring minds want to know.

Sunday was off to San Francisco to the Golden Gate Renaissance Faire. It was definitely a bit chilly there. We had drizzle in the morning and it was cold all day. However it is a really nice faire with a good selection of guilds and vendors. The food could have a bit more variety and more than one coffee vendor; but all in all a good show. I give it two thumbs up.

Now that that is over I can concentrate on my painting. The Swell Sisters have a show opening in December on 2nd Saturday. If you are reading this and not at all familiar with Sacramento, let me tell you we have an art scene here. Yes a real art scene. Every month on the 2nd Saturday all of the galleries open their new shows with some sort of reception. Some folks in town make it a mission to visit as many galleries, in that one night, as possible. However I wait and go after a week or so. I prefer to see the art not the back of someone’s head. Crowds are not my thing.

Now I can concentrate on what I want to show with the sisters. I am jazzed. I also started another collaborative project with my sisters and will post as they come along.

Quote for the day:
I think dogs are the most amazing creatures; they give unconditional love. For me they are the role model for being alive. – Gilda Radner

Wednesday, August 13, 2008

Art is Collaboration

I have missed a couple days of my blog here. Not sure what is up with that.

Oh yes I know. I have been at work all day and meetings in the evening. That pretty much uses up my time. I haven’t even had a chance to paint. I might need a sick day to feel better.

The Folsom Dog Park opens on Saturday and we are getting the last minute details together for the grand opening ceremonies. The committee has no idea how many people will show up with their dogs for the event. I haven’t been a part of the Folsom Independent Dog Owners (FIDO) for very long; however I am told that this dog park took eight years to complete. We may have 50 people or 500. It should be interesting.

My Swell Sister Society is meeting tomorrow and we have a speaker from a gallery in Sacramento. We are also ending the collaborative art project "Indi 1” and starting “Indi 2.” The project involves several artists that start a piece of work and pass it on to another artist to work on. We continue to pass the pieces until all have worked on each of them. I thought the process would be easy; however after several people have worked on a piece it becomes more difficult to make changes. The finished pieces I think are amazing. I will take pictures tomorrow of Indi 1 and post.

Well that is it for now. I still need to get back into the studio before I explode.

Quote for the day:
“Art is a collaboration between God and the artist, and the less the artist does the better.” – Andre Gide

Sunday, August 10, 2008

Back to Work Tomorrow

Sunday evening and the weekend is over. Where did it go? All day yesterday I as at a St. Ambrose Guild meeting. We are going to paint the scallops on the pavilion, at the next meeting, so I volunteered to make the stencil.

On the way home I stopped at a thrift store. I had a little fun looking to find things to recycle. Unfortunately nothing grabbed me and I saved money.

Today I went to the Antique Faire or is it the Vintage Faire? It is under highway 50 and 21st on the 2nd Sunday of the month. What fun to see all kinds of things and what people are willing to pay. Again I looked for things that interested me visually. Here I did spend a little hard earned cash. I found some really old curtain rods that look like spears, a stamp for Sheila in Swell Sisters. Also a window latch that was painted white at one time and is now all scratched off. I plan to use it in an assemblage in the future. I found some very little Hans Christina Andersen books and the best of all is the cow vertebrae. Yes girls and boys vertebrae. I thought the shape was so interesting that I bought three. I think I will hang them on my deck in some way. It certainly will be a conversation piece.

I found some wonderful things that would be great in the studio for organizing (ex. an oak library card file); however I don’t really have the room. My house is very small.

The friends I went with today want me to paint a small mural in their bathroom. I will take a picture and post when it is done.

Well it is back to work tomorrow and I did not paint at all this weekend. However it was a good weekend with friends and those are rare are they not?

Quote for the day:
"When you choose your friends, don't be short-changed by choosing personality over character." – Somerset Maugham

Thursday, August 7, 2008

Almost Friday

As you can guess Friday’s at 5 pm are my favorite time. I am off work and on the light rail home. But today is only Thursday and I am at work waiting for Friday.

I had a productive day yesterday. I painted on my newest piece called “forgiveness” and it is a bit of a political piece. I am struggling with not enough OR not obvious enough politics in the piece. Maybe I am too chicken and afraid to be right up in your face. I struggle because if the content is not strong enough no one will get it.

I took a break from the little boxes to do this piece. I need to get back to them since they are so easy and fun. It gives me a lift to accomplish them. I have a couple of other pieces in mind; but need to finish my current work first.

Thought for the day:
"These are the times that try men's souls. The summer soldier and the sunshine patriot will, in this crisis, shrink from the service of their country; but he that stands it now, deserves the love and thanks of man and woman. Tyranny, like hell, is not easily conquered; yet we have this consolation with us, that the harder the conflict, the more glorious the triumph. What we obtain too cheap, we esteem too lightly; it is dearness only that gives everything its value. I love the man that can smile in trouble, that can gather strength from distress and grow brave by reflection. 'Tis the business of little minds to shrink; but he whose heart is firm, and whose conscience approves his conduct, will pursue his principles unto death." - Thomas Paine 1776

For those of you that have forgotten your history: 1776 was the Revolutionary War or War for Independence. Interesting thought for today. We don’t call them a war anymore now do we?

Wednesday, August 6, 2008

Wednesday Already

I had Monday off to take care of some things that needed to be done. I had the oil in my car changed and the car washed. It is now a happy camper. I don’t’ name my cars like others; however I am sure if it had a spirit it is singing right now.

I also renewed my driver’s license with a new picture and a thumb print. Oh Joy! I guess now the FBI will be able to find me with my current picture.

I have been tired for a few days. I am not sure if I am sick or a bit depressed. Probably the latter. I am trying to keep myself up by painting; however that gets a little dark also. I am in the midst of a political piece.

It is a bit depressing how many young men and women we have lost in the war with Iraq (and Afghanistan). It is even more depressing that most people are oblivious to the deaths. It is a world away from our everyday lives unless you are a military family. G.W. makes sure we do not really know how many have died. We have lost over 4,000 men and women so far. That is unconscionable in this day and age. Haven’t we learned anything?

Well enough rambling for today. But think of those serving our country and keep a good thought for them

Thought for the day:
“Wars have never hurt anybody except the people who die." – Salvador Dali

Sorry Salvador; but war hurts everybody, they just don’t know it! Or worse - don’t care!

Sunday, August 3, 2008

Saturday was Fabulous Darling!!!!!!

I went to San Francisco yesterday to visit the Frida Kahlo exhibit at the MOMA. It Was Fabulous! She was woman a step out of her time. Her work is wonderful and thought provoking. She had health struggles (some major) her whole life and perhaps that gave her the strength to go against the norm. Great show!

I went with five of my Swell Sisters and we had a wonderful time. After the Kahlo exhibit we went to Scraps. Oh My Gosh! If you like to recycle in your art this is the place for you. Many people would see it as the ultimate junk store (actually trash). I felt like I had gone to recycled heaven. I have so much stuff already I had to contain myself. Not easy to do when I am around other peoples cast offs. I almost bought two stretcher frames for canvas; however there wasn’t enough room in the car. Sigh! Next time maybe.

I did spend a whopping $3 for my treasures. I am so jazzed about the zipper pulls and don’t have a clue what I am going to do with them. Yes zipper pulls. Not zippers! Just pulls! I also picked up some cool gold paper and I am anxious to see how it works with different mediums. I love the adventure of creating art. Especially since I make it for me! The best thing I found is a blank book that barks when you open it. That will become a book about my little dog Sadie. How fun is that?

AND then we went to the Dick Blick Art Store in Berkeley. What a day for a bunch of crazy artists. I did pick up some canvas to stretch. Man I wish I could have bought the stretcher frame. Next Time!

Well off to do the mundane chores around the house and then to the studio to paint.

Quote for the day:
“A friendship can weather most things and thrive in thin soil; but it needs a little mulch of letters and phone calls and small, silly presents every so often – just to save it from dying out completely”. – Pam Brown

I really need to contact a couple of old friends!

Friday, August 1, 2008

Friday At Last

Yes in deed it is Friday at last. I was at the Folsom Thursday night market last night and it was really hot. I normally do not complain about the heat; but last night the sweat just poured down. Every once in a while the breeze would come up and we would get some relief.

Ah-Natural AC: wind on sweat. Gotta love it!

I was out with FIDO again helping spread the word about the new dog park opening in Folsom. The park is close to my house and right now I drive a bit to get to any dog park. My little dog loves to run and play with the other dogs and the socialization is great. We have the big opening on August 16th.

A couple of extra volunteers showed up so I left early. I thought to my self that I could go back to the house and either take the dog out for a walk or continue to paint on my current projects. (yes more than one)

Neither happened! I was so tired I sat in the big chair and dozed off with Sadie in my lap. I know the TV was on and I can’t tell you what I watched.

I am so glad today is Friday and I have three days off. Yes three! I am taking Monday off to get my car serviced and my driver’s license renewed. My days are so exciting…be still my heart.

Tomorrow is the SF MOMA with a few of my Swell Sisters. We are going to see the Frida Kahlo exhibit. I am so looking forward to the trip that I am even willing to get up early on a Saturday.

Quote f or the day:
It does not matter how slowly you go as long as you do not stop. – Confucius (551 BC – 479 BC)

Wednesday, July 30, 2008

Great Day in the Neighborhood

Today I missed the 6:30 am light rail to work. I don’t know what I was doing this morning to lag behind. I thought about driving; but gas is still too high to drive when I can take public transportation. I’ll save my gas for the things I want to do instead of work.

I was scheduled to go to a meeting last night for the opening of the dog park in Folsom. I really did not want to go; but it is sooooo close to home and a very short meeting I decided to “just do it.” Well the meeting was cancelled and when I saw the note on the door I was very happy to be going home again. All of this took maybe 10 minutes. It was great to go back home and to continue painting my current project. I need a day with more than 24 hours in it.

“Little boxes” is the current project. It is painted recycled cigarette boxes. I love to recycle trash into art. They all have a modern art feel. No subject since I am just looking for composition in the small scale. The project is actually fun with no redeeming political or social value. Hey we can’t protest all of time right?

I do have an idea for a political piece in a recycled wooden box; however I need to be in the right mood before I start. I will have to start watching CNN or some other news channel to get me fired up. I need to check in ans see what our politicians are doing or actually NOT doing.

Yep that is how my life is going right now. Not bad at all.

AND two more days until I visit Frida at the SF MOMA.

Quote for the day or actually definition for the day:

Definition of Politics: "Poli" in latin meaning "many" and "tics" meaning "blood-sucking parasites." – Anonymous

Pessimist? Maybe!

Tuesday, July 29, 2008

Another Day

Good Tuesday....................... as Tuesdays go.

I painted again last night which is always a plus. Tonight I have a meeting; but will get some painting in I hope.

This weekend is a trip to the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art to see the Frida Kahlo exhibit. I am looking forward to the trip with my fellow Swell Sisters. It should be great.

Quote for the day: Between too early and too late, there is never more than a moment. – Franz Werfel

Monday, July 28, 2008

Good Mood Monday

Today I am in a good mood. This last weekend I accomplished more than I thought I would. That always makes me feel great because I usually accomplish less.

I am setting my sights on a more doable list of jobs each weekend. That way the boring “have to” jobs get done as well as the fun jobs.

And…… I know you are thinking there are no “have to(s)” only “want to(s).” I agree with that; but when it gets to the point that you can grow potatoes on my kitchen floor it truly becomes a “have to” to clean it.

I have a small dog and two inside cats. Although you don’t see much animal hair the word out is “don’t sit on the furniture with a black shirt or pants.” I always warn people about the animals. You need to love animals to come to my house. I vacuum; but not enough.

On the flip side of “have to” I did some art work this weekend and I am quite pleased with myself. I need to take pictures and I will post the work. I also took my dog to the dog park for a small dog meet up. There were about 30 small dogs running around doing what dogs do. It was a beautiful Sunday morning in the park with a slight breeze. I almost didn't go because I wanted to paint; however Sadie needs to be with other dogs on a regular basis to keep her social skills with other dogs. Now I need to push those social skills with other humans.

Quote for the day: To accomplish great things, we must dream as well as act. - Anatole France (1844-1924)

Good quote don't you agree?

Friday, July 25, 2008

Today is Friday and I love Fridays the best.

I got a call from my older daughter this morning. We chat on the phone several times a week. She is in southern California and I don’t see her as much as I would like. This is a picture taken of us last March. Do you see the resemblance?

I have much to do this weekend in the yard plus get back to my art work.

Hope you have a great weekend and enjoy!

Quote for the day:

A day's work is a day's work, neither more nor less, and the man who does it needs a day's sustenance, a night's repose and due leisure, whether he be painter or ploughman. – George Bernard Shaw (1856-1950)

Amen George!

Thursday, July 24, 2008

Where did the week go?

I haven’t posted in a while. It seems that the last few days just got a way from me.

After working 40 hours as well as trying to paint and patch my bathroom, and trying to do some landscaping in the backyard. (Trying is word here.) There does not seem to be enough time to paint.

How do others manage to find the time to do all of the great art work I see and still do everything else in their lives? I guess I am just not organized enough OR my priority at the moment is not my artwork.

Perhaps that is what makes a professional artist: people that do art as a priority over all else. I will have to think about that. I am sure it is not that simple.

Quote for the day:
Decide what you want, decide what you are willing to exchange for it. Establish your priorities and go to work. – H.L. Hunt

Monday, July 21, 2008

Monday Again

Well it is Monday again. I was so busy over the weekend. I put a border around the two trees in the backyard and this weekend I wanted to lay the mulch. Oh My Gosh! Mulch bags are heavy. What was I thinking? I think I am still 30 or 40 and no way picking up 50 pound bags of the stuff is easy. ARGHH. Need less to say I wore myself out. Lucky for me the weather stayed in the 80's.

I really need to think these things out in the future. The only good thing is while I was recuperating from gardening I was painting. Now that is what I am talking about in "thinking things out. "

Here is a piece in progress and it will reflect something to do with the fires we've had here in California. Not sure how yet. I love a mystery.

Quote for the day:

Avoiding the phrase “I don’t have time...”, will soon help you to realize that you do have the time needed for just about anything you choose to accomplish in life. - Bo Bennett

Sunday, July 20, 2008

Good Day

Well today is going to be a good day. This morning I was able to put flea treatment on one of two wild cats in my backyard. That makes it a good day. If I had gotten both it would be a great day. I try to appreciate the small accomplishments.

Both cats were once house cats when I was doing animal rescue; however with the new dog last year they went out the doggy door never to return. That's really OK since they were wild cats inside my house. They were rescued late in the season and never really became adoptable and that is why I still have them. I had to quit fostering cats since I ended up with so many. All of my cats are rescues that were not adoptable. I feed, I watch and I try to socialize the two outside. I still have one inside. He doesn't want to go out lucky for me.

Here is my current project 'Free Fall" which I think is done. I will have to live with it in plain sight for a while to be sure. I am working on another recyled project (will post some pictures soon) as well as the Swell Sister Indi Project is coming to a close. It is all good.
Quote for the day:
As we express our gratitude, we must never forget that the highest appreciation is not to utter words, but to live by them. - John Fitzgerald Kennedy
Amen John

Friday, July 18, 2008

Today is Friday. Yippeeeee! I have a busy weekend; BUT today is good. My dog's food blew up in the microwave this morning and I spent too much time cleaning the appliance out; however now it is shiny. This is a picture of Sadie and her cat Lugh (pronounced Lou). Lugh is bigger and weighs more and wins the fights (I think it is the claws). Have a great weekend!
Quote for the day:
I like pigs. Dogs look up to us. Cats look down on us. Pigs treat us as equals. - Sir Winston Churchill

Wednesday, July 16, 2008

New Project

Here is the new project in process. It is 2' by 2' (floppies on wood).

Quote for the Day:
Painting is a magical process that I like, where you conjure something out of nothing; you get a little idea that leads you through ... You can go into a trance while you're doing it, so it's a nice contrast to real life. -Sir Paul McCartney

Tuesday, July 15, 2008

Need More Time!

I have decided I need more time. Is it possible to get more than 24 hours out of one day.? Wish I could.

Since I work 40 hours and I am too tired to do much in the evening when I get home, I try to jam everything in on the weekend. I never accomplish as much as I would like.

I am looking forward to retirement. Although most of my friends that are retired have no time either. I just don't get it.

Quote for the day:
Hard work never killed anybody, but why take a chance? Edgar Bergen (1903-1978)

Thursday, July 10, 2008

Back At It

Hello all I am back at it. What is IT? I don't know; but I am back. The weather here has been dreadful. The heat and the bad air is just making me tired. I haven't painted in days except to do the Swell Sister swap piece. I neeeeeeeeeeed to paint. Maybe I will take a vacation and paint.

Over the 4th of July I was in Ashland Oregon to see some plays. Of course they were wonderful. I went for a walk with my horticulturalist friend and the gardens were so beautiful around the Victorian houses. I took pictures of the plants I liked that Brian told me would grow in my yard. We will see.

Hey to all of you around Sacramento keep out of the heat and stay in-doors.

Tuesday, July 1, 2008


Today I am tired. I am on vacation Thursday through Monday. It seems I have more to do at work to get ready to go away.

I worked on the collaborative art piece I am doing with the Swell Sisters; but no time for my piece. I need to get back to painting my floppies.

No blogs until Monday.

Saturday, June 28, 2008

New Project

Here are some pictures of my new project. I like to recyle and reuse in my art. This piece uses old floppy's that I've collected. I love the pattern. Blogging is new to me and I will post as this developes.

Friday, June 27, 2008

At last Friday!

Today is Friday and it is the best day of the week. I can get through the work day knowing that tomorrow and the next day I do not report to anyone. I guess that is what self employed people like.

Last night I met with a sub group of the Swell Sister Society known as the Quirky Art Group or QAG. One of my sisters in the group said, “all I do is paint”. I looked at her with envy. Then I said, “Wow I wish I had the time; but work gets in the way.” And she said “Quit.” Interesting thought for about one second. No quitting isn’t in my immediate future. Although it was a very nice thought!

I will be 62 in about 3 months and technically I could retire. I guess I could check to see how poor I would be if I did retire. It truly is something to think about and if not this year then when? So thank you Janet for planting the seed. Now I will have to tend that seed to see if it will grow.

The group last night met to work on an art project that we probably would not normally try. In this project you put paper or fabric under glass in a picture frame (any size) which becomes your background. Once you have the background you paint on the glass with black or white acrylic paint. Very cool effect and depending on the depth of the frame it could look 3D.

All of the projects turned out great and very diverse. The best part of the evening was just gabbing with the other sisters about art and anything else on our minds. What a great treat to be in the company of other women of like mind in some aspects and totally different in others. We encourage each other to try new things such as this blog of mine. A week ago I knew noting about blogging. Of course I have much to learn. And yes I am working on displaying pictures of my art.

I am off to Oakland tomorrow for a BBQ with friends. No posts until Sunday. I know you will miss me; but I will be back.

You can’t experience success beyond your wildest dreams until you dare to dream something wild. –Scott Sorrell

I am dreaming of painting everyday. What are you dreaming?

Thursday, June 26, 2008

What a Wonderful Day

Yes….. today I am in good spirits. Why? I don’t know and don’t care. It is enough to feel good about the day. After my sick day I am rejuvenated.

I started a new project yesterday with old floppy discs. It is amazing to me the changes in technology in a short period of time. Everyone uses CD’s now and sometimes for me that is just to much space. I have a thumb drive (flash drive, portable drive etc.) for transporting documents or pictures. I find it the simplest for me. We’ve made the floppy obsolete. I can remember when the floppy was the only portable document carrier we used…or I used. We always had the zip drive in the offices I worked in: however I still have trouble opening them up. With all of the changes in technology you would think that the zipped files would be opened easier today. Maybe it is just me.

Yesterday when I put 50 or 60 floppies side by side they really made an interesting pattern. Not sure where it will go from here. That is the beauty of art: most of the time it takes on a life of its own. I will post a picture when I finish the piece.......if I ever get the hang of that part of this blog. As you can see my slide show is still not working. And yes I really do make art.

If anyone can really explain a widget I would truly be grateful. I basically know what it does; however I do not know how to enter the widget code into my layout. Sigh. I am not as techno savvy as I thought I was. I will keep trying.

Many of life's failures are people who did not realize how close they were to success when they gave up. -Thomas Edison

Thanks Tom I will remember that while I continue to wrestle with widgets.

Quote for the day:
There is no abstract art. You must always start with something. Afterward you can remove all traces of reality.
-Pablo Picasso

I agree. Do You?

Wednesday, June 25, 2008


Today I am home sick. Well not sick in the true sense of the word; however I am taking a sick day. I have been having trouble sleeping at night. I wake up at all hours not knowing why. Today I woke up at 2 am and could not go back to sleep. What is up with that?

Once awake my mind starts to wander and I start thinking about stupid things: Did I take meat out of the freezer? Did I turn off the garage light? Did I send that email at work? All of which do not need an answer at 2 am. If I was solving world peace maybe 2 am is a good time to be up. Although I have some ideas about world peace…. I will never solve it.

I should probably go to the doctor; however I always wait until I think I have a brain tumor: meaning excruciating pain. I am 61 and take no regular mediations and feel quite proud of that.

Last September I was considered morbidly obese. Now the word obese is enough to give one thought and when you add morbidly it becomes overwhelming. And that is just what I thought. Even though my numbers (blood pressure, cholesterol etc) were in range, they were at the higher end. The arthritis in my knees was killing me and I thought there is no way I can work past 62. I will have to retire. All of that has changed and I am now just overweight. And you say JUST. Hey… after morbidly obese, overweight is great. I am working toward in range (normal) for my height. My knees are so much better and I can walk my dog around the block. I won’t be able to take long hikes anymore; however I get up in the morning and feel reasonably well. I am a happy camper today.

On a completely different subject; I am in the process of a collaborative art piece with my Swell Sister Society (women in the arts since 08). We each start a piece and pass it to the next sister to work on, and so on, and so on…………. until it comes back to me. What fun. I will do a show and tell when it is finished.

Is my life sad? Not today!

Quote for the day:
Only I can change my life. No one can do it for me. Carol Burnett

I agree. Do You?

Tuesday, June 24, 2008

Today I was up at 4 am. Why? I do not have a clue. I have a lot going on right now that I am interested in. That is a change for me. I have a couple of art pieces I am working on and a collaborative piece I just started.

The collaborative piece I think will be interesting. I meet some creative women about a month ago that are all interested in art and we are known as the Swell Sister Society. I never would have started this blog if not for a member of the group. Thanks Janet! We sisters come together with a common interest in art and we support and inspire each other. We have about sixty six members in the group with some more active than others. We are from different backgrounds, all ages and doing all types of art. One thing we have in common is creativity. That is awesome. As another sister says “Swell Sisters Rock. “

So I am blogging now, trying to figure out how to post my art work and resize photos for the net. My sisters have given me the confidence to do all of these things. Today I am thankful for finding this wonderful group of women. Ain’t Life Grand!

Is my life sad? Not today!

Quote for the Day:
[abstract art is] a product of the untalented, sold by the unprincipled to the utterly bewildered.
Al Capp 1909-1979

Sorry Al I don't agree. Do you?

Monday, June 23, 2008


Good Morning! Well it is back to work. UGH! It is not that I don't enjoy what I do. It is just that I would rather be doing other things. Right now I am in the middle of two art pieces and would like to stay home and work on them; however I cannot.

On Myday I mentioned that I was meeting some folks I did not know at an art gallery. I went to the gallery and while waiting in the lobby I noticed another person standing alone and asked if she was with the meet up group and she was. We were both new and had never been to the other meets and tried to make conversation.

One of the hardest things for me is to talk to people I do not know. I have always envied people that walk into a room and start talking to anyone (about anything I might add) and they seem to be enjoying the converstation. How do the do that?

We found another person waiting for the meetup and then there was three of us. We all showed up at 11 am and by 11:15 am we were wondering where everyone else was. Did we get the time wrong? Are we the only ones to show up? We decided to take a look around the gallery at the "Nude Exhibit" and of course the other permanent pieces and see if anyone else showed up. I wandered the musem and saw the exhibit and then I left. Sorry Maral and Jody for not sticking around.

I am in the middle of two art pieces (more on that to come) and re-doing my bathroom (more on that I am sure) and as much as I love art galleries other things were on my mind.

Is my life sad? Not today!

Sunday, June 22, 2008

Sunday News

Hello All. This is my first blog ever. YIKES! My new friend Janet turned me on to this site and told me it was easy. Perhaps. But what do I say to the world at large? Who cares what I think? I can't answer these questions yet. Maybe one day I will.

Today is Sunday. I really like sundays. Why? you ask. really is my down day. Although I would love to have more days called Sudnay I only get one. I try to do all of the things I want to do for myself on Sunday. Which should be called Myday.

Today I am going to the Crocker here in Sacramento to look at a nude exhibit. I can't tell you who the artist(s) is. It really doesn't matter. What is different about today is I am meeting people at the gallery I have never met before. My best friend lives two hours away and needless to say we do not see each other as often as we would like. I don't have a lot of friends and especially ones that enjoy wandering around art galleries. So I turned to the internet.

On the internet there is a place called Meet Up. You can search in your area and find different groups that meet based on a common interest. Today I am joining a Meet Up Group that likes to visit galleries. Today I will walk with the people I do not know. I will try to make small talk and be a part of a group of people I do not know.

Is my life sad or taking a new direction? I will let you know.
Northern California, United States