Monday, May 19, 2014


Journey:  This time it's Jewelry

I hope you enjoy what you find here - new creations . . .


Haha, It certainly seems quite improbable that I will ever limit myself to one form of expression.  I am now trying to discover ways to make my own beads and components for the jewelry now, as well.  It is rather exciting.

I have sold a few necklaces, earrings, and bracelets so I feel the time has come to start venturing out to find locations that sell similar types of jewelry.

I have had a really great eBay experience, and made sales selling no longer used items from my "stash of stuff".  But, I need to learn my way around Etsy, next.  For the time being, I will be posting some work here.  I will post lengths, sizes, other information about the jewelry, including price, very soon.  If you have any questions, comments or would like to make a purchase, please comment in the section at the bottom or shoot me an email.  Thanks so much for looking!  Janet


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Thursday, February 20, 2014

Mystery painting


Monday, February 10, 2014

Perhaps the beginnings of a character . . .

Using a photo of my daughter as a starting place, I loosely painted what became a storybook character.  I haven't come up with a name for her.  I believe she may need to have an identity more completely her - so her appearance will likely change.  I'm thinking of faeries, not because I'm into faeries, trolls, and the like. But more because I believe she could live among the lilies, hostas and ferns growing in the garden and dance on the waterfall skipping from ledge to ledge.  I like to think of her living alongside the eastern tree frogs and toads, perhaps conversing with field mice and voles and shimmering irridescent green June beetles.  Therefore, she would need to be quite small so not to frighten the creatures away as do we humans.  Hmmm . . . ? 
I am completely open for suggestions and/or ideas.  Open a dialog with me!  Perhaps someone other than I would have a better story to tell!

Thanks for looking.
You are always welcome to comment and follow!


Sunday, February 9, 2014

Ah, yes, the journey.


Photos from Eastern Hancock County, IN


E. Hancock Co., IN

The below was created after a pretty significant snowfall, about 10" - 12".  Dan and I had decided to take a drive in search of snow drifts to plow through with our all wheel drive crossover vehicle.. It was a frigid, single digit temperature day and the wind was wicked!  Brrrr.

9" x 12"
Watercolor on paper

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Wednesday, August 15, 2012

Along the Road - Finished Work

Finished this 14" x 11" acrylic and mixed media painting yesterday.  As you can tell, when comparing this photo with the photo posted time before last,, I have toned down the vibrancy.  I always have a tendency to work with highly saturated color.  I don't believe that that's a bad thing - I'm just contemplating my habit of doing so.  It may have something to do with my studio lighting or color, too. I need to research that!
"Along the Road"
framed acrylic

While working on this I was thinking about Gustav Klimt.  I admire the strong design elements in his work.  I believe I have achieved a strong sense of design with this piece, perhaps a bit shy of Klimt's level of ability, though.  Ha!  This was an experiment, so I do not feel too bad about my results.  I still have uncertain feelings toward acrylic paint.  The speed of drying time is fantastic, but, of course, the workability of the paint is sacrificed.  So, more experimentation is due.  I had planned for this acrylic painting to be the first in a series based around the same subject, but I have another series in mind based on some photos I took of some pine trees.  Maybe I'll just work on two series at once?!  That's do-able!

I'm getting ready to order some stretcher bars for some large format paintings - I'm pretty excited about it - not gonna lie!  I would love to make the stretcher bars myself, but the table saw I have is ancient and has no safety features.  It is an intimidating piece of equipment!  I have really become fond of my fingers and would hate to loose them!  I don't have a wood shop and the old klunker table saw is stored in our shed.  In other words, no place for a new saw.  Aw, well, that is why I love mail order!

Please share any thoughts or questions you may have.

As always, thank-you for looking!

Tuesday, August 7, 2012

In the Company of Trees

This 14" x 11" oil on gessoed panel was started in Greensburg Park during the paint out last Friday, 8-3-12.  I blocked in the basic shapes and colors using brushes and palette knives while standing under the tree.  I really liked the way the light was filtering through the branches of the tree and I was able to capture some good photos of the tree before I left for the day.

I have started a few other sketches in my journal from these photos.  I plan on working on a much larger scale when I get a fuller sense of the direction for this series of trees.  I'm envisioning many more layers of paint and multiple divisions of shapes.  More divisions of shapes = increasing color divisions, as well.  

Please leave comments or questions in the space provided below.

This is a work in progress!
14" x 11" oil on gessoed panel

on the easel

Thank you for looking!

Monday, August 6, 2012

Along the Road - A Work In Progress

I took the above photo about 3 years ago.  I apologize for the photo's blurriness.  It was the same time of year, if you couldn't guess.  Queen Anne's Lace and Cornflowers...they always bloom together in summertime. 

This is the first day's work.  I sketched everything very loosely in vine charcoal.  I adhered decorative paper and string on the gessoed board with matte medium.  Not really sure where I am going at this point, but I had to let it sit and dry anyway! 

Second day's work.  Wow!  That is some vibrant color!  I think I will tone this down a bit!
I'm working with acrylic paint on this painting/mixed media piece.  I have been
experimenting - trying to obtain a certain amount of transparency with the acrylic paint.
Still more work to do.  Update to follow!

Thanks for looking!