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something new, well sort of

Hello and Happy Saturday! I hope you are all having a wonderful weekend.

I just listed a bunch of new work on Etsy. They are new to etsy, but you have seen them here before…

Until next time:)

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wip: expressive figures pt 1

So, I know I said I was ready to begin painting that one painting, you know the one, again. Truth is, I don’t know if I ever will be.

I started out thinking I would challenge myself to paint is as photo realistially as possible.

But, I can’t stand painting photo realistically.

The few times I have tried, I nearly pulled my hair out. And this is no exception. I think I may re-paint that dreaded painting it a way I am more comfortable with. But that will have to wait.

Here is a little painting I did while avoiding work on the big bad one. I did a few of these, so I will be sharing them over the next few weeks.

So, here is the first.

It was such a relief painting so loosely. I get so wound up painting the “other way”.  But at least I have learned my limits.

Until next time friends!

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diy: wood-burning 101

Today’s tutorial is less of “make this” and more of ” here are some basics, now go forth a do what you will”. As you have seen from some of my Works in Progress, I have been doing some minor (read: just a little) wood-burning. Not enough to make me an expert, but enough to have some tips.

So, here they are. I hope they encourage you to try it for yourself.

You want to start with unfinished wood. This is a biggie. If the wood has been varnished, sealed, lacquered, or whatever, you will be burning that varnish, sealant, lacquer, or whatever when you wood-burn. Problem is, those things can smell awful. And who knows exactly what they give off when burned.

When I have found the wood I am going to use, I transfer my drawing onto it. I have found that the white transfer paper (you can find it anywhere they have drawing/art supplies i.e. Hobby Lobby/Micheal’s) is the easiest to see on wood. So you cut the transfer paper to size, lay your drawing over the top, tape it all down and using a pen trace your image. It works like magic.

Then you are ready to get wood-burning. For anybody who is worried about the price of a wood-burning tool; don’t. I got mine for $10 at Hobby Lobby, and replacement tips are $5 for a set. Of course, the caveat is that this tool only burns at one temperature, HOT. This means it is more difficult to get subtle variations in tone if you are interested in doing lots of shading. But I do believe that this is a good tool to start with, and it can help you decide if  you like wood-burning before blowing hundreds on a really nice tool with temperature dials.

Okay, now make sure you are working in a well ventilated area. I personally wear a mask, and sometimes even safety goggles. The little puffs of smoke can be really irritating to your sinuses and eyes. So I would rather be cautious and enjoy the rest of my day, instead of ending up with a massive headache.

Attach the tip you want to use to the wood-burning pen, and then plug it in. I suggest you try out all of the tips that come with the pen. You might be surprised by which one becomes your favorite.

Once the tip has heated up, slowly draw around your image. Be careful not to touch ANY METAL on the pen, it is extremely hot. And when you set the pen down, make sure you place it on the rest included in the kit away from anything flammable.

And experiment with the different marks you can make by holding the pen different ways. Or burn the wood a little more or a little less. Practice makes perfect, and I am far from perfect.

Unscrew the tip partially with pliers when you are done drawing and have unplugged the pen. If you let it cool in the pen without unscrewing, it could get stuck. FOREVER. :)

If you choose to paint or seal the wood, do it after you are done wood-burning.

See what I did?!?

I really hope you try this. It is a wonderful medium, just be careful.

So, until tomorrow:)


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finally, work in progress

Yes! I did it! I didn’t fail you this time.

I have a work in progress pic to share. Unbelievable, right?

But true.

I sucked up all the courage I could muster and started painting this painting again. Which painting? I know, it has been a while since I could even look at it without getting, well, a little cranky.

And just a side note, the first picture’s color is off. I am sorry. I tried.

See, I am feeling good right now. I worked on this painting without getting frustrated. Look at me go!

Well, I will be back later.

Have the most wonderful day!

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work in progress, finishing up the “just for fun”

Happy Wednesday! AKA Hump Day. AKA the day before my Birthday. AKA the day before my Hunny treats me to a delicious Rack of Ribs! MMMMMNNNNNnnn.

I have been talking about ribs, and how delicious ribs are, and how I am getting them on my Birthday to the point of absurdity. But, all this girl needs for a good birthday is a stack of napkins and, mmmmmmmmnnnnn, ribs.

But in the meantime, when I wasn’t  drooling, I finished up those “just for fun” paintings I started while taking a break from my other paintings. Here they are:

I showed you the beginning of this one last week.

And then, just because pushing paint around can be so fun, I did these three little non-objective paintings.

Well, I am off! Have a good one, and I will be back tomorrow!

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wip: painting for fun

As you may remember, I was working on a rather large painting and getting very very very very frustrated. So I took a break. I still wanted to paint, just not that painting.

This is what I have finished/ begun since.

Remember this one? Here it is.

And just for fun, I started this. It is all of 5 by 5 inches and there is no pressure.

There you are friends!

I will be back Friday:)


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wimpy w.i.p.

Herro Friends!

I woke up this morning to fresh coffee and stinky dog breath. I would call that the start of a good day.

But unfortunately, I don’t feel like I have too much to show in the way of progress…The first painting has been frustrating me to no end. A friend recommended that I give it a rest and come back to it in a week, which might be a pretty good idea. And the second painting, I still can’t decide how I want to paint the background. Oh wells. (notice the “s” on the back of well? that is what we do in New Mexico)

Do you have any suggestions?????


Anywhos….I am off to install a corner table/headboard thing!


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wednesday work in progress

Hello Everyone! How is your morning going? I hope very well.

I spent some time early this week working on this painting. I finally feel like I am getting it to go in the direction I’ve wanted. Yes! There is actually an end in sight. For a while there, I didn’t think that was going to happen.

What do you think? Obviously there are things that still need work, details, and passes, but it looks like a real painting now. I already fixed arm on the left….It was waaaay to thin.

Let’s just Sheen this and say “I’m winning”.

I am just kidding. Until next time:)


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diy: easy doily lampshade

Happy Tuesday Everyone! I hope your weekend was wonderful.

Mine was. Sean and I celebrated our 5 year anniversary, AND I managed to shake some bug(fingers crossed) that I am glad wasn’t the flu. I seems like everyone around me is getting sick, and I do not want to join the party.

Anyway, here is a supremely simple DIY. I did it to jazz up a lamp I have in the bedroom that no longer worked with the decor. Honestly it would probably work better with a lampshade that doesn’t bell out at the bottom, although I do enjoy the careless little pleats I got precisely because my shade was belled. So it is your choice I guess. And it would take half (if not more) the amount of time to do this with a hot glue gun, if that is the way you work it:)

This is the lamp before…

And there it is! I hope you enjoy the rest of your day and I will be back tomorrow with a W.I.P….





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w.i.p.: i hope slow and steady wins the race

Hello Everyone!

I hope your Wednesday is going wonderfully! The weather here in the ABQ, really couldn’t be nicer. Possibly the perfect nap weather??? Cause I am seriously draggin’ and caffeine isn’t helping.

Anyway, this is what I managed to get done this last weekend on this painting. More has been done than you can see, trust me, but I had better kick it into gear and get this done so I can start another. I am still struggling with the face, but I am thinking that has something to do with the fact that I ALWAYS work on it when I am without natural light. And the yellow incandescent bulbs in my studio make the colors look all wonky. You think I would have learned by now…

My plan is to finish the layout, correcting little bits here and there, and then start glazing for a deeper look. Will it work? Who knows. I know there is still a lot wrong with it, but in some spots it is starting to go right.

Have a great rest of your day:)

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