October 16, 2019

October 12, 2019

September 28, 2019

A Vintage Journal

My latest vintage art journal has twenty four pages and lots of pockets, envelopes and tuck spots to put things into.  It also has spaces to journal.  I've made a quick video of it on U Tube and listed it on the Etsy shop.  
Some pages that have been gessoed and then I did a watercolor on it.  Ok, one more .   

September 18, 2019

ATC Etc.

An envelope made from an Edith Holden bookpage, 
Inside is an ATC of a Victorian lady

 And a decorated paper clip, Yes there are such things,  and it all goes to a member of an art forum
in the UK. The envelope closes with the little swivel clip on the back.

August 6, 2019

New Creations and a Painting.

I've been painting AND making journals.   Despite the condition the world is in.  Creating is what keeps my head level AND happy.

Journal Jive on YouTube is coming along and I've done a few new creations some of which I'm posting here.  
The very tiny ones are decorated paper clips ( of all things)  
You haven't lived til you have a decorated paper clip. 
And the single card is just that.  

The long slender pieces below are attached and make a six panel screen. It folds to make a single panel. 

Using my much loved vintage ephemera it came together and I was pretty pleased about it .  
A close up of some details.

Thanks for looking.   You Tube is under the name 
MY Journal Jive.  See ya.  

August 1, 2019

My Art Blog

I'm not closing my blog just because someone has chosen to be a total moron and post anonymous garbage comments on my art blog.
It takes very little to fulfill some peoples lives and I guess that's what they are all about.   

July 7, 2019

Bahama Beauty

So frustrating that I am unable to receive comments and not able to comment on others.. I have no idea why, so until I find out please know that yes, I'm still coming to your blogs, and I do comment .  

June 27, 2019


I often forget that I love to do pencil.  If you want to see my other art obsessions just visit my other blog.. Art Hearts Journey, click on it.                                

June 3, 2019


Starting  a new series? of paintings.  This is the first one, a WIP but almost finished.  
Watercolor , 18x24" .   

Although some issues with it, I'm plodding on and hope to resolve them.     I know what it is I don't like about my work, I try too hard, but don't know how to go any other way.   

P.S. I did some fix on it and have reposted the second pic.   Although I rarely do a painting more than once , I will do this one again.. I'm a glutton for punishment .                                                      

May 29, 2019

It's Here!

I've been without decent internet for over a week.. It goes in and out.   Very frustrating, but tried it just this morning ( again) and I have to type fast.   Hope everyone had a great weekend last week.
Summer has hit Florida with a vengeance  and it's already in the broiling stage and NO rain .. I don't think it ever got this hot this fast.  
I've been painting and working on some larger pieces.. Thank goodness for air con.  
One of our neighbors hanging out. 

May 16, 2019

Journal Jive

This video just a couple minutes long is also on YouTube about my latest journal "Nature" .  I'll be opening an Etsy Shop for only art journals in the next few weeks.  
Here is the link to the YouTube videos. Thanks friends for looking. 

May 8, 2019

More Paintings

I've been doing some thinking lately, I know that can be dangerous, but sometimes it helps to make some decisions.. One of those is about what else, my paintings.. I've decided to list more of them, and send them to new homes.   

Sanibel/Captiva Island

May 5, 2019

More New Old Work

  Going through paintings that were tucked away I came across some that were done in the early '90's so decided to put them in the shop.  I actually discovered one from 1973 that I don't show here, but it does mean something to me.  Here are two of them.  

April 20, 2019

Moving Forward

Whenever I haven't painted for a while, I have to move slowly back into it, and that's what I did this morning.. From some photos I took when I went to Savannah,  really Tybee Island.  
They are small … 5x7's, but I was comfortable painting them. 

And BTW if you ever come to Florida this is the best time of the year. It couldn't be better than April/May.. Sunshine, no heat, no humidity. 
Beautiful blue skies, and everything is bloomin'.. 
OK, that's my work for the Chamber of Commerce.  LOL !!!  

April 15, 2019

A Few

I did make a video and explained about a couple of these journals.  One is the very first I made back in 2002, and another is the smallest I ever made . I think the vid is about nine minutes long. It went just fine from my camera to my computer.  But when I went to upload it here it said the file was too large.  OK.  And when I tried to put it on U Tube ,,, I started it at 8 p.m.. Wed. evening and the next morning Thursday it was still unloading.  WHAT? LOL!
Saying I know nothing about  doing this is an understatement . If I learn to cut the video shorter I may be able to do it that way. 
In the meantime I've found something I may paint.. We'll see how it goes.. Stay tuned. 

April 11, 2019

Makes Me Smile

After I made this color chart, I thought it made a good skirt for 
my art mannequin .  Oh yeah, I tried to upload a new video with several of my art journals and it wouldn't do what I wanted.
So it turned into a mannequin with a skirt. I'll try working on the vid again.. thanks for your patience.  

April 2, 2019

New / Old Work Watercolor

In the Islands

Barbra Joans famous Pears. 

A couple of my paintings done in the past, but I've been selling some of my older work on my Etsy shop.   They aren't doing anything but lying in a file.   

April 1, 2019

Journal Jive Video !!

Posting the almost finished journal as a test . I don't think I've  posted a video on here before. Could be that I just forgot?  Testing it out as I'd like to do some tutorials on U-Tube on both my 
Watercolor and Journal Making.. For myself I make my journals with vintage ephemera because it's what I like.  I found lots of others do also.  The paper is coffee dyed,  looks old and (smells delicious)! It's an easy procedure.   
Hope you enjoy this .   

March 31, 2019

My Journal Jive

I've made a U-Tube vid about my journal.When I post it on here it plays just fine.  If you want to see it on U-Tube it's under the name My Journal Jive.   Thanks so much for your comments,  and your encouraging something that could be a Pandoras  Box . 
OK seeya !!! 

March 29, 2019


Jack of all trades, Master of none.  Working on journals because I love making them. I've made a short video, but these are just still photos as I'm not too sure about uploading to my blog.. BUT, I will try.  
I love vintage so this one was fun, fun, fun.  
And there are empty pages for journaling, or listing . 
I'm going to try to put the vid on... Lots a luck right?? 

March 22, 2019

At Last !

I've picked up a brush, and this was a major step today.. I did leave in my pencil marks, it was just a quick sketch.  
I need to get busy and put some new work into my Etsy.  Hi to all my blogging friends.  

March 17, 2019

Mrs. Wright

 I know I posted this a long while ago.  I lived in Lakeland, Fl. for a few years and would go to a restaurant there that had photos of the town back in the day.  

I saw this one and tracked it down so that I could get a copy.  I had it framed and hanging in my studio for a long time. 
Yes, that's "Mrs.  Frances Wright and her Art Students" 1888, Lakeland , Florida. 
I just love this photo, but which one is 'Mrs. Wright?' 

March 7, 2019

A Day for the Birds !! Sold!

~'The Flamingo at Rest' ~Watercolor 11x14" .
My very own Flamingo, sorry the photo is a bit cut off ,
and the Raven are both going to a new home... 
I've enjoyed both for a while in my own place, but decided to let them be free to fly to off. 
~The Raven~  watercolor 8x10"   Sold!

March 4, 2019

My Other Obsession ~ Paper

The only thing that keeps me from painting is my passion for paper.
I love making themed-art journals, different sizes, papers, ephemera and the only common thread is I like them to look old , worn, and vintage. Here are a few I'm working on right now. The art one is my personal little book and was made a while back. 
Right now I'm working on the Nature . 

And some pages from the Nature one I'm working on right now.

And a teeny tiny one. All packed into less than 3" square.
That's it for now, letting you know I'm here, I'm doin' my 
thing.  And many thanks for stopping by.