Wednesday, August 14, 2013

My Blog is moving to my website...

 Sorry for any inconvenience but my blog is now attached to my website and can be found at

Great audio books

I love to listen to audio books while I paint, do dishes, dust etc.  Here are a few of my favorite authors and narrators:

Louise Penny has written a number of wonderful mysteries with the fabulous Chief Inspector Gamache as hero.  Ralph Cosham has won the Audie Award for Best Audio Crime Novel in the US for narrating THE BEAUTIFUL MYSTERY.

Anne Perry has a whole host of books about Inspector and Charlotte Pitt set in Victorian London narrated by Davina Porter.

You don't have to be a kids to enjoy the Harry Potter audio books.  Jim Dale is one of the best narrators I've had the pleasure to listen to.

Saturday, August 10, 2013

Here's what you'll see when you come to the studio

My hubby and I are nearly finished with the front walkway.  After having to tear it up this winter due to possible crack in the foundation (long story) we decided not to repore a cement path and go with a cobblestone look.  I am so happy we did.  Now we go in and finish up the rock wall and replant the boarder.  Fun!

Thursday, August 8, 2013

Inspirational and how we find it...

In whatever form our work takes it requires a recharging of the batteries.  I don't know about you but I find it very easy to get stuck in a rut.  On particularly dull evenings I sit in front of my computer glaze eyed looking for something interesting on netflix as my husband does the same on his computer.  Then I wake up from the stupor, go outside with my camera and snap some shots, smell the flowers, watch the sunset and listen to the hummingbirds chitter overhead.  That's how our batteries are recharged, by taking time to smell the proverbial roses.  Sometimes it's done by reading a particularly good book or listening to favorite music.  Lunch with a friend or a walk with our spouse.  Even a good stint on pinterest can be thought provoking.  The good news is it doesn't take much to spark life and energy back into our day. 

Tuesday, August 6, 2013

Update on process of two paintings.

These two paintings are nearly complete.  They both will need to dry for about a week then I can finish up with a final glaze layer.  The glaze layer will add a richness of color and depth and allow for some adjustments in temperature.  When completely dry I'll take some high quality photos for use on Cole's website. 

Now it's time to start some new compositions!  Exciting!!!

Lunch with my buddy in the garden

Monday, August 5, 2013

On the easel and off...

 Here is the latest set up and painting in progress.  This one has gone quite well, each step has been smooth and quick.  I love it when a painting comes together without a hitch .

Below you'll see the almost finished front walkway to our house.  Ken, Sam and I have been working away to get the bricks in place.  All of those years of lego building certainly helped, Sam is a wiz at working out patterns.

 And finally there is a picture of my Ellie had at work on one of the build during her bike trip. She's done so well on her trip and is in Montana already. 

Thursday, August 1, 2013

Critique and retreat day at Suzy Cyr's Seahorse Studio

We're having a lovely day at Suzy Cyr's Seahorse Studio. In our 13th year, our group gets together monthly for critique and twice yearly for retreats and has become a second family to me. We began as children's illustrators then slowly evolved in individual ways to illustration, fine art, product designers, card illustration and more. It's been amazing so see all of the growth.