Thursday, March 31, 2011

"Clay Pots" by Ann Rogers

For Jean Townsend's Moleskin

Jean's detritus theme makes me think of the saying, "one man's junk is another man's treasure"! And that's exactly what these clay pots are, each one thrown away and retrieved before the trash man arrived. Such great finds if you're willing to do a little 'dumpster diving'!  

Tuesday, March 29, 2011


My painting is for Sharon Hodges' Moleskin. Her theme is "Express Yourself" which I do each time I paint. I have to admit I am having a difficult time painting on the paper. The paint seems to dry almost immediately. Plus, my palette fell on Sharon's open book and now there are splotches of color on the page next to my painting. I'm sorry, Sharon. I am a klutz! I hope I get better at this! :)

Box of Radishes on Aluminum Foil

This is for sweet and strong Angela Elledge's journal. She had no requirement as to subject matter, so I went with radishes as we have been on intimate terms for the last two weeks and I know them well.

Wednesday, March 23, 2011

Napping Neighbor by Sharon Hodges

I have the honor of painting in Ann's Moleskin this month, and her theme is 'your favorite thing'.  I love dogs, and this is one of the neighborhood canines napping in his favorite chair...(it is a BIG chair). He's an old mutt, kinda scruffy, but sweet and happy to play with all the kids...he likes this chair because the afternoon sun comes in the nearby window.  I know this because he told me!

"Side by Side" by Ann Rogers

For Carol Morgan's Moleskin

Carol's theme "sides" immediately reminded me of a photo of our son's two dogs taken several years ago. Ranger and Wrigley (named for Wrigley Field when the kids lived in Chicago) were always a pair, and until Wrigley died, you never saw one without the other. The boxers were always "side by side"!

Tuesday, March 22, 2011

Holy Cow by Kay Wyne!!!!!

Holy Cow!!!
I forgot to take the pic of my first painting in my own Moleskine, so Angela had to take the pic for me. I always need a little help from my friends. Thanks, Angela. The topic for my Moleskin is: Holy Cow!!! Now you can paint anything that comes to mind with that expression. I happen to love painting cows, so what you see is what you get. And I love painting in oils...Let's see if Kay can get it right from now on....Happy painting!

Saturday, March 19, 2011

Linda's Nest by Kay Wyne

Linda's Nest
Of course I love nests and I paint them often. When I was trying to decide what to paint in Linda's moleskine, Carol and Sharon both said, "paint a bird nest!" So, this is what I created. I wanted to personalize it, so there is a little ribbon coming out of the nest with Linda's name on it. I was thinking that I was behind on this little project, but I got busy and it is dry and now this moleskine has flown to Angela's easel. I did paint the first painting in my moleskine, but forgot to photograph it. Angela said she would back me up and get a photo to post...

Friday, March 18, 2011

03/18/11 Forgotten Valentines by Carol Morgan

When Jean sent her moleskin to me I had NO idea what to do and then we had a pile of leftover things at the studio that just jumped out at me. Love letters,dried up roses and wooden hearts sitting inside of a capital are my detrius.
Thank you for looking at my posting. On to the next!

Tuesday, March 1, 2011


8x10 oil on gessoed moleskine paper

In trying to decide what to paint on my introduction page of my moleskine, I thought it best to stick with a subject I knew and knew well. One year ago this month, we lost our sweet schnauzer, Zoe. She had been our family pet for 15 years and was most definitely a loved member of our family. She had many funny ways and expressions, this was the look I got from her when she knew she was in trouble. I thought there was too much contrast between Zoe and the background, so I warmed up her beard a bit, but forgot to re-photograph it before mailing my book to Jean. I am thrilled to begin this new project and cannot wait to see the treasures you all create!