getting started is half the battle

getting started…. Where do I start?

Some of you may already know this, but just in case…. I moved in with my Dad  July 1st after my Mom passed away.

I came back to Georgia after living in Nashville, TN for 27 years.  Leaving behind not only dear, dear friends but also my grown children.  Both of my children consider Nashville their home town even though neither was born there. 

It has taken me 3 1/2 weeks to get my art studio the way I want it.  Well, everything but artwork on the walls.  I’m still waiting to hang stuff. It has been months since my creative juices flowed.  I don’t  remember what month I completed my last piece of art work.  It was probably April, or maybe March.  No, I’m pretty sure it was April.

It is true that I have been in a state of some depression, which always causes problems with creativity.  But, in light of the fact that I have worked diligently to turn my art into a career, I have been concerned that I needed to get down here in this new studio and be creative.  I may not be able to create anything that I feel is sales worthy, but it is important to start creating.


My daughter was recently in Chicago and took a photo of the sunrise over the Great Lakes.  I decided this photo would be an excellent one to start with. There wasn’t an enormous amount of articulate detail work, so this would be great.  Ha!  There it sits on my painting table.


Then, when I realized that this was not going to be something I wanted to work on at this point, I found the garden apron I made back in the fall.  This apron was humongous.  I thought a family of clowns would fit comfortably into my apron.  Garden apron

See, I told you it was ginormous!

I started altering the seams on the side to make it a better fit.  I worked on it for a couple of days.  Once I felt it was of a more appropriate size, I decided to tie-dye it.  I thought it would make a aesthetically more appealing appearance. my disclaimer… I have tie-dyed before very successfully.

shattered dreams splitting seams


OH LOrd!  Look what I did!

ruined!  RUINED!

all that work I put into this apron, and it’s “Ruined!”

( the tie-dye was a complete failure)


So, I got this bright idea that I would find something to draw!  Draw, I can do that!  Well, I found another seascape, and I started working on it.  Ugh! barely started

I don’t know how this got so messy, but it did and then I got frustrated. I just really don’t know what I’m gonna do?

I guess I’m gonna go back to my studio tomorrow and I’m going to pick myself up, dust myself off and start all over again!



A Storm Passing by….. here comes the Sun! Hooray!

??????????   A Storm passing by……

A friend of mine on facebook put this picture on his timeline some time ago.  I placed it in my favorites and kept going back to look at it from time to time.  I really wanted to draw it, but I had to think on it for a while.  Partly, I thought about it because I needed to decide how it must be done, but also I wanted to be in the right frame of mind before tackling it.

I thought it turned out quite nice, especially since I decided to paint the sunshine peeking through the clouds with an acrylic wash.  I really needed to convey this sunshine in a tremendous way.  I like how it worked.  Quite pleased.  Of course, I am no photographer, so getting the right photo is definitely a challenge.  I am learning about lighting.  Too much light and it isn’t represented correctly, too little and it’s just too dark.  The trick for me is finding that “Happy Place” where it is just right.

We had a snow day today, Ha!  I laugh because there is no snow!  There hasn’t been all day.  The school system with which I work, was talked into it by the weathermen of Nashville, TN..  They speak of weather illusively until it’s here for all the world to see, but yesterday they were all so confident that the weather would turn on us, that they talked the school system into believing them.  Ha!  Wrong!  No snow!  So, hundreds of kids are stuck home playing video games and watching tv instead of going to school.  And, I get a snow day…. that wonderful day where I don’t go to school, I’m not sick and I get paid for it!  Ha!  We have not had the extreme snow problem that has plagued the US of late.  We have had frigid weather one day and spring like days the next.  A very strange winter, we already have used 3 of our 6 snow days, so I hope that we continue to live without snow now.  But, I say that understanding that many, including members of my own family have been stranded, stopped and over taken by snowstorms…..

May we all see the sunshine really soon!  Spring….. where are you?  

A question?

I was told last week that I should stick to drawing.  Umm…..  This person that will remain nameless or faceless said that I needed to forget the letters. “?” 

ImageThey are so much fun!  I did sell one….

ImageI was thrilled!  It is true that drawing is my first love!  I love to draw architecture.  ImageI also love to draw country scenes ImageImage this is a fact, however I am still to sell one of these in my Etsy Shop  I do love it so!  

What do you think?  I really want to know. 








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