Thursday, December 24, 2015

Painting Thoughts in Watercolor


Paintings using watercolor. 
The concept is about thoughts in a bubble. When stressors increase we go into a bubble and form thoughts that only the self can hear.  When those thoughts are constantly cycling they wind up making bubbles of thoughts in your mind.  Those thoughts can be good or bad.  But once you nurture those thoughts, use care in those thoughts and let them deliver the "right" message, then growth begins. 
Eliminating the negative people--yes my life has changed. Might feel different and not the same but it feels good to smile without worry and sit with hostile people where there's fear just to look at the clock:





Saturday, October 24, 2015


Acrylic painting
This is a progression of the current painting.  Mostly it is done by my imagination, however, I looked at a few paintings of mountains for inspiration.


After it dried for awhile, I added the next layer.  (I paint in layers, each layer has a new color added to it) color on top of another color, and keeping the shapes.


It is evening, so this painting will have to wait until tomorrow when there is more light. As always, I am never done with a painting in one day, it usually takes 2 or 3 months, depending how dedicated I am to work on it.  After all, I have a job that keeps me exhausted.

Sunday, October 11, 2015

Where oh where have you been???

I have not been too far away, but yet so far away that I can't put it all in this post.

For the past several weeks I have the worst set-back with my health.  I was constantly sick, not able to keep any food in my system and the pain in my body from RA inflammation was not helpful. 

I will be trying to get back on track with art making. "My life feels like a test, I didn't study for."  I only drew two drawings...



 So since, I did not feel well, for over a month, I had energy for crochet because it consisted of laying on the sofa with little focus.  I have been trying to finish this blanket for the past 5 years!  yes 5 years.  Every time I would start it, something in life disrupted me.  So my goal this year is to "finish what I started." (something my mom would always tell me.)

Luna the cat, loves this blanket, actually she loves the yarn more than anything.  

I am planning to make Christmas cards this year...It will be a surprise in a post in the next few months.
until then,
"The best is yet to come."

Sunday, September 20, 2015

Last Days of Summer

The Last Days are winding down to a close...
All I wanted was a day to be creative without being around anyone. 
I bought this sketch book and pens and didn't really have a plan. So I started to draw some figures of animals, and as the pictures show, it became a Zentangle book...

Then more were created throughout the past few weeks:


More to come later...


Saturday, September 5, 2015

Affirmation Cards

I am an art therapist and mental health counselor. I work with many clients who are depressed and had major trauma.  One of the art tasks that is most helpful, that combines positive thoughts and art, are affirmation cards.  It is really simple, though it can appear to be difficult or may think you need to be an artist to make these.  But really, it is simple.

Materials needed:
card stock, or playing cards
markers-thin and thick
oil pastels
stamps-different ones
ink pads in various colors for stamps
paper-various colors
tissue paper
glue glitter


Playing cards is a deck of 52, you can make one a week for the entire year.
Paint gesso over the cards, as a primer for the materials that are added to it.

If you don't want to add paint or oil pastel but instead want to use card stock, glue the card with the numbers towards the color of the paper and cut it out once it dries. (this paper is green on both sides)

After the back ground color(s) are chosen, then either write in handwriting the affirmation or cut out words from a magazine, also print out affirmations off of the computer and paste onto the card.
 Here are the results:

 These are made on card stock which is bigger than a playing card.


Give it a try, you will be amazed by the results!