May 27, 2017


Years ago I joined an ATC  online group.That's gone by the wayside but I do belong to an art forum that is now exchanging ATC's.  So been doing a few.. and here's the mess I made today.  Since I posted I can see the top one needs more.  Sometimes it helps to see a photo of our work.
The bottom one is ATC size.  2 1/2 " x 3 1/2".

May 8, 2017

All Over The Place

This means I don't know what it is I'm doing. But whatever it is, it's alright with me.. 
My pastel pear.  Always a pear painter,  and this time it's pastels.  

A Poppy in my  cheapo paper sketchbook. Watercolor
From the cover of a book by Prince Charles who is an avid watercolor painter.  
 A new tiny palette that came today ...I can't help the urge.
Of course a lot of those colors will be replaced. I just love those little boxes..
And inside.. The one next to it is one of my tiniest. What do I do with them? Take them along .
And Jen, all cozy on the chair. 
And a paper collage that I did a while back.. Just came across it ... 

April 25, 2017

Small Study of Apalachicola

Went to Apalachicola on Sunday, and took a lot of photos..
This is one .I'll hope to do it bigger.. Just trying it out.

April 13, 2017

Watercolor Jenny

Had to paint my Jen, and I painted her in a much more realistic way.. But that's because she's all black and so many of these cats all look the same... I wanted to try to get her personality in here. 
Oh! did I say I love cats?  !!

March 31, 2017

Cats WIP

 I love cats...everything about them. This was my effort  for today, and I thought I'd put in step by step, as a wip.   ... However, you know how that goes sometimes. I did a light drawing and the first initial wash. 
After that my mind left me ,  LOL  ! and I got so engrossed that before I knew it I  was finished. 

Started out with a big brush, and wound up with a #12. And used just a few colors. 
However when I look at it I'm thinking " too much detail, too much piddlin' with the brush.".. I wish somebody would tie my hands half way through... 
This is for my Etsy shop online, and I've sold this  kind and  Tuxedo cats more than once. 

But next one I'm going to TRY to stop before it gets to this stage...Will let you know. oh, small 8x10 matted and 4 pigments.   Burnt sienna, brown madder alizarin, one of my yellows, new gamboge, and cobalt blue .

March 30, 2017

Lately I find myself not doing any serious painting.  I've been content with small sketches and drawings.   Feels right to me...

March 29, 2017


 Been enjoying small sketches in my sketchbooks.  They're pretty quick and colorful.  I should be painting for my Etsy shop . I find that sales are better if I keep no less than fifty pieces in there.  So away I go......  

March 28, 2017

Color Your Life

This is part of a Rembrandt Pastel set that was given to me by my favorite Aunt. Probably back in the 70's. That's at least forty years ago. !  (I did the math) . She always encouraged me on my art journey.   Oh, I've done a few pastels in my time... not much anymore, but I've carried this set with me through at least twenty moves.  hmmm.. maybe more?
Even to California and back to Florida !  Doesn't matter if I don't use them right now. I just love looking at them..  

March 24, 2017


Yes,.    Life is still a String of Beads.  

March 8, 2017


For the last year I've gotten into doing more sketches. 
So enjoyable . Here's a few from my sketchbook. 
 Only the first one is from Sunday's visit to the St. Marks Refuge.  The others are from my playtime. LOL ! 

I don't know why but I added that fence on the right side. 


St. Marks Refuge

 Spent Sunday at St. Marks Refuge on the Gulf of Mexico.
Beautiful lighthouse and wildlife refuge.  

February 22, 2017


Every once in a while I do a drawing and it still gets me going . I love doing pencil work, and often times wonder why I don't just stick to this one medium.

February 8, 2017

For Me

This is more of an illustration, but it's for my art space and I think it's appropriate.

January 31, 2017

Beach Buds

Struggling to paint these days but coming out of it .. a few small works to get me back into it.

'Gracie " above is one that I did some years ago in graphite.  So it was time to go for the paint. 

January 5, 2017

Happy Whatever !

I'm thinking you all need a little warm sunshine in your lives. So here's one of my favorite subjects to paint that I did this afternoon...

December 31, 2016

HAPPY NEW YEAR !!!            


December 17, 2016

Merry Christmas !!

Merry Christmas to all my blogging friends near and far. 
Thank you for all your support and visiting me the past eight years here in my 'Place'. 
If you would like to see my more personal writings you can follow me on my 'Journey' blog. 
Barbra Joan 

December 15, 2016


I've painted the tuxedo cat before and enjoy it every single time. It's for sale in my 
Etsy Shop as are many of my pieces. 
I painted just about every bit of this with my newest brush. Large and love it . 

November 3, 2016

Testing the Medium

  Must be 2 years that I've wanted to try torn paper collage. 
So, finally did  .. I've got the idea of it, but now need to work on my composition, and other elements of it. 
I chose this subject mostly because I've seen Derek Gores work and was inspired by it .. 
I'll try it again, with other subjects ..

October 25, 2016

The Flamingo

Happy to say "The Flamingo " has been accepted as part of an exhibit at the Tall Timbers Conservatory in Tallahassee Fl. 
This is a 16" x 20" watercolor .

October 5, 2016

New Work

While everyone is waiting on hurricane Mathew, I've been painting. It doesn't look like our area will be affected. 
These are some that will be put into my Etsy shop.  It's been doing pretty good. I've sold a good number of small works, and have no complaints.. There are over 50 paintings in there, and I find the more the better your chances are of selling.
Paintings of unknown people don't sell but put it in here anyway... ... 
 The End !!!   for now.