Monday, April 14, 2014

Mono printing mania

Hello friends, I'm in the 4th week of a printing class, called Make Monotypes, taught online by Linda Germain.  It is phenomenal and I am learning a lot.

Wanted to share a few of my favorite prints, before I head off to make some more :)

nature prints

Sunshine on her shoulders prints

my favorite kind of gardening

orange floral love

kids playing on a hill

reaching girl

victorious women

man's best friend

standing tall

I am curious to know which one is YOUR favorite?!  AND what creative things you are up to?  Call me curious.


Thursday, March 27, 2014

Recent art journal pages

Today on the mustard blog, a photo tour of my art journaling escapades!


close up of homemade stamp print

collage mania



How to be FREE




coffee people

I have a favorite and some are just eh, BUT I am learning something EVERY time, oh yeah and having FUN too!  

Hope you are having some FUN times too...  

Tuesday, February 25, 2014

A very special guest

My friend Kyle visited me in the mustard studio last week and we had fun creating together.  He had an idea for a painting, so we jumped right in.  Kyle sketched his basic idea and I helped by showing him where the supplies were kept.

painting the sky

Kyle chose a recycled piece of cardboard for his canvas, several paints in shades of blue and green, as well as white and brown.  He cut out the palm tree tops from some really cool ribbon my friend Mandy sent to me. 

close eye on grass painting

Kyle says he'd like to be an artist when he grows up, I think he's well on his way, don't you?! 

Palm trees with button coconuts:)

I look forward to sharing the studio with my talented young friend again.  His enthusiasm and energy was contagious and I love encouraging young artists like Kyle.

"Alone trees"

I love the way he signed his name and the title of his art.  Thanks for being my very special guest Kyle, it was loads of fun working with Y-O-U!

Sunday, February 9, 2014


The word for week #11 of my 67 words challenge is serve.

Jeff made this great tabletop easel for me and it's working out GREAT!  

I am grateful for my handy husband's ingenuity.

While working in Dad's art journal, I realized my new easel will "serve" me well for years to come:)  

Art journal on the easel

Began my serve challenge thinking about my Dad's service in the Navy, then got out the disc of slides he took while serving aboard ship in the Atlantic, printed some out and finally added them to his art journal.  

Dad 1959

Wow, he looks so very young in these photographs...

US Naval ships

Dad took some really great photographs (slides) back then!

Dad aboard ship

It's hard for me to imagine living months at a time aboard ship, can you?  In this picture of my Dad I can see our son, Will.  

My new easel

The great thing about this easel is that I can use it to hold various sized and shaped items, like a 5x7 canvas to a large art journal.  And I've already gotten gesso and some spray inks on it, so won't worry about "messing" it up.

What are you working on today?!

I am sure my Dad would've liked Jeff's handiwork in making this easel, he was quite the craftsman too.

Wednesday, February 5, 2014


It is in the seeking where we WILL find.

Knowing that we ALL search for balance throughout the hours, weeks and days that make up a lifetime, helps.

Art journaling about it helps me too.


While not the prettiest page in the art journal, it does express something I am struggling with right now.


You see, pain has reared it's ugly head again and I am trying to stay positive and work my way through it...

nesting bluebird

I am the happiest I've been in a very long time so am stymied by the pain, but am pretty certain I CAN get back to that BETTER place.  No depression this Winter which if you know me is pretty freaking spectacular.  

how i love thee

art, I get such a high from getting in the zone of creativity that I foolishly ignore the stiff neck, aching shoulders and other pain signals my body has been firing off.  NOT a good idea, I don't recommend it! 

All those years living with Fibromyalgia I learned how to compartmentalize pain to a certain degree BUT that can be a bad thing and now I am paying.    

I am working with my brilliant husband on a tabletop easel design so I don't have to be always looking down as I create...

full page 

This too shall pass and I will be BETTER than ever.

Thankfully, I have an appointment on Friday for my monthly massage.  

Things are looking up already!