Tag Archive: painting

Instagram a Day: Day 9

Cub Scout Belt Loop Extravaganza and I was in charge of the art belt loop. These are some of the drying color mixing paintings the cub scouts did. A fun little lesson in color theory.


Both of these shots were taken at the Petersburg Regional Art Center where I had my art studio. I had gone up there alone one night after a stressful day. I wanted to work on some art. I had this great idea for a mixed media painting on a large canvas. I was inspired to use some of the rotting and rusty crap my parent’s hoard in their backyard. I had found this long rusty porch swing chain and sealed it. Then I got to painting the canvas. That is what I was doing this night. I went up to my studio on the third floor and realized I needed to use the bathroom. Of course the bathroom is on the second floor. So I tramped through the spooky more than a century old building at night to the second floor. I took the first shot in the beveled bathroom mirror. Even though it’s a bad cell phone pic I like it. I like the double reflection of the bevel. I also like the way that I look, that is usually rare. The second shot is my hand¬†after I had a very successful painting session. It was emotional, I used all the stress of the day and months and put it into that painting. The finished product can be seen below.


“Each of us is something of a schizophrenic personality, tragically divided against ourselves.” ~Martin Luther King, Jr.


“When painting, an artist must take care not to trap his soul in the canvas.” ~Terri Guillemets



Last year when I was still a part of the Killeen Civic Art Guild we had a live model sketch night. My friend Alex dressed up and modeled for us. This painting started as a sketch that night. It is done with acrylic. I just finished it yesterday. Her hand was giving me a fit. I ended up taking some fingers off and now I am much happier with it. ūüôā


I was at the Killeen Civic Art Guild. I was working on a painting that ended up being an illustration for my poetry book, Articulate Cadaver. (Which can be purchased at the link provided.) I am not satisfied with this shot either. I think the flash is too harsh and the composition is lacking. I do enjoy the little details, like the paint on my fingers and the curved tip of the brush. Not all these 365 photos can be winners.


“Sometimes, to pursue a new idea, the artist must forfeit his deposit on an old idea.” ~Robert Brault

My husband took a class at the Killeen Civic Art Guild about¬†how to do spray paint art and was given this respirator. A couple of weekends¬†later we set up all the materials outside and he taught me what he learned. It was so fun. My husband is a musician and not really an artist, so for him to get into making art just makes me giddy. It was great to create something together. This isn’t the greatest photo, but I think it’s fun.

“Better a thousand times careful than once dead.”¬† ~Proverb

This is one of the spray paint art pieces we did together that day.

One hundred and thirty-four

I had been working on my 4×6 exchange for the¬†Art House Co-op; the finished product is below. ¬†The idea was to create a 4×6 piece of original art, send it in and then you would get one in return. I haven’t gotten one yet, but they are busy people, so it might take longer than I thought. Sometimes I like to paint with my fingers. It gives me a bit more control and I love it. This was after I finished my piece. Love the colors mixed together and the blackness all around.

“All the other colors are just colors, but purple seems to have a soul. Purple is not just a noun and an adjective but also a verb – when you look at it, it’s looking back at you.” ~Uniek Swain

¬†“Layered Lady”: ¬†mulberry paper, acrylic , colored pencil, crayon and rhinestones

I have been wanting to do photo transfers FOREVER! I finally made some on a sheet of flat magnet that a friend gave me. Only 3 out of 8 turned out, but they look pretty sweet. Going to make more. For now check these out. They are also for sale in my Etsy Shop!





One hundred & twenty-eight

Another paint day; I worked on my son’s fox painting and a painting for my poetry book. Unfortunately¬†this was the last time I worked on either, really need to get back to it. However, working in oils¬†is messy and time-consuming. I really haven’t had a good time to work¬†with it again. I do not like this¬†photo. I hate the flash, it’s too harsh. I¬†tried to compensate for it with a¬†vignette, but it just looks sloppy. Not every day can be a masterpiece and this day I was more interested in painting than photography.

“Every artist dips his brush in his own soul, and paints his own nature into his pictures.”¬† ~Henry Ward Beecher

One hundred & eight

I had this idea a few years back to create animals paintings for the kids in my family based on the idea that if they were an animal what would they be. I did a bunny for my niece, a hawk for my nephew and this is for my son, the fox.  What animal would you be? I would be an owl. Now I have a daughter. Right now I think she would be a cute, chunky little baby bird. She might be different as she gets older, but that might be the painting she gets. I have a new niece just born today, about an hour ago! Who knows what she will be.

This was my second session of painting. It is coming along nicely. I’m doing it in oils, which I love, but don’t have as much experience in as acrylic or watercolor. I enjoy this photo almost as much as I enjoy my painting. Hoping to get back to is soon. I want to finish it, I have a million other ideas to start!

“Painting is silent poetry.”¬† ~Plutarch, Moralia


This day was my son’s 7th birthday party. We had been cleaning and setting up the living room. We just had a small party with friends at our house. I had been taking some photos of the finished product and I decided to take a shot in front of my painting. This is an oil painting I did for a painting class and yes, it is a self-portrait. It’s one of my favorite paintings that I’ve done, ever!

¬†“No great artist ever sees things as they really are.¬† If he did, he would cease to be an artist.”¬† ~Oscar Wilde

Our decorated living room, with my daughter in the foreground.