Friday, September 8, 2017

In the ART zone

Welcome to the mustard studio!

What do you think of my new chair?

I'm currently working on a bunch of abstract pieces and loving the process.  The freedom to explore collaging, mark making and painting is as good as it gets.

With no definite end results in mind, I enjoy playing and listening to my muse.

For she knows what is best


Friday, August 4, 2017

Beauty is everywhere

Spotted these gorgeous hibiscus flowers in a parking lot in the city.

Every stage of these flowers is lovely.

The stamen puts on a fabulous show.  

Taking macro pictures on a daily basis helps me find beauty in unexpected places!  


Wednesday, July 13, 2016

Happy Summer Greetings!

2 green thumbs

You may have noticed I've been AWOL since May, sorry, not sorry...

We all have busy lives these days, don't we?!   I LOVE arting and writing my blog, but without receiving any feedback/comments from my readers, it was challenging to keep it up.

I've decided to simplify my life a bit by using Instagram for now.

Still making stuff in the mustard studio so if you want to see what I am up to check my Instagram account out @ddhurlbut

Taking loads of macro shots of cool things.

cone flower before blooming

Sharing art journaling projects.

new art journal

Enjoying our #rescuedog #jojo, one of the most photogenic dogs, ever!


More art journaling fun, full of texture, layers and yummy colors.

art journal page

Snapping loads of pics with my Iphone on my summer adventures,

pink flowers

Cycling, walking, hiking, arting, visiting and embracing this life...

my beautiful blue bike

Maybe I'll see you around.

post bike ride selfie

Sending you peace and love always,


Monday, May 16, 2016

The joys of Instagram

I am loving Instagram lately.  

It's easy to edit and share pictures.  And fun to explore photos from around the world!

a gorgeous day at Brimfield antique fair

Checking out the #macro stuff is addictive.

a buttercup #mayflowers #macro 

Simple moments captured and shared around the world.

Sunrise 'round here

Having the app on my phone has me looking around more.  Spring puts on quite a show, doesn't it?!

blossoms on side of a field 

Our pup Jojo is a very photogenic #rescuedog.

our pretty #jojo

Somehow, it's more fun sharing daily art challenges with Instagram. 

#encouraging words

May's challenge being flowers has me getting down low and personal with some gorgeous Spring flowers.

lily of the valley #mayflowers

#encouraging words is my latest challenge, which has me practicing lettering and uses leftover mono prints.  

more #encouraging words and #lettering

If you Instagram, what's your favorite # or part of sharing there?

Thanks for stopping by the mustard today!


Thursday, May 5, 2016

New life for old junk

A quick look at my latest creations.

So much fun to make and I loved using stuff from my stash!

here comes the bride

The hardest part of making these "characters" was waiting for the glue to dry.  


The doll heads came from Knack, a creative reuse center that takes donations, teaches classes and sells unique items.  

flower girl

Glad to recycle doll heads, buttons, metal doodads, old wooden blocks and vintage tins into unique, fun characters like these!  Do you have a favorite?  

all together now

Does anyone out there recommend a good glue, that dries clear and fairly quickly?  I'm just wondering how these guys will hold up over time...

Thanks for dropping by the mustard today!