November 17, 2020

The Garden


Oil ~16x20   Staying home all the time has its good things.  A few weeks ago I started with oil paints again, and this was finished yesterday. 

November 9, 2020

Watercolor~ 2020

 Not much to say about this .. W/C ~ 11x14"

Since we're not doing much, I've been trying to catch up on my painting.  Still watercolor of course, and when the mood strikes me I'll do the oils.. 

Finally had a couple sales from Etsy.  It's been so slow, don't know if it's just me, but I think everybody is having problems.  

I'm on Instagram, username Barbra Joan Originals.  


October 25, 2020

Where is the Time going.?

 A painting of Jenny looking out the window..  Sold on Etsy.  I've joined Instagram and you can reach me there under the name #BarbraJoan10.  


September 22, 2020

Oil Painting

 Just finished .. Oil  on canvas panel. 11x14 ". 

September 10, 2020

Oil painting ...

 Trying to improve my oil painting. Its been years so it's taking time. Don't let anyone tell you that it's like riding a bike.. It's not! But I'm enjoying the journey,  so far.. 

July 12, 2020

At Home

On a shelf in my place.  A studio apartment where I live , eat, paint, read, create, and compute.  So I try to make it as welcoming as possible.  Some of my brushes, mannequin and twinkle lights.  Hope everyone stays safe and takes care of each other.  

July 6, 2020

Blogger Trouble?

My Jenny   
What has happened to  Google Blogger.  So difficult to do anything on it.. Used to be a breeze, write a post, put in a photo, press publish and there you go !! 
That was the old days.  

April 24, 2020

Tulip Tree

The Tulip Tree as it's called in Florida.  Others call it a Magnolia , but no matter what you call it, it's beautiful. 
Watercolor on Saunders Waterford paper. 

April 19, 2020

It's Her !!!

It's Sunday, and it's Jenny.   Black cats are so hard to photograph and I think this was the only time I was able to see her face. Don't let that mean look in her eyes fool you. 
She's such a sweet cat, and wouldn't hurt a bug... I mean she REALLY wouldn't hurt a bug !!! The smallest critter sends her running under a chair.  

No Stress, no Strain

As a blogging friend of mine just  reminded me,  working small doesn't take a whole lot of thought. That's exactly all I can do right now . 
  So even though I've painted this many times I've decided to do another ... No stress, no strain.  Always reminds me of little cottages down in the Keys. 
Well maybe the old Florida Keys.  After Hurricane Irma things are very different down there. It's a very fragile and beautiful area that needs a lot of care.  
You may hear that our Governor has decided to open the beaches, etc. What is he thinking?  Here in north Florida it's predicted that our peak could be in another couple weeks.  I go by my own rules,   So I've been  home. 
Hope you are all well. 

April 14, 2020

A Favorite

This is a small version 8"x10" of a much larger painting of the same subject.  That was sold and I love painting close ups of these 
Flamingos.  You don't see them here in north Florida. Mostly they live in South Florida. 


April 8, 2020

Jenny Painting

I've painted my cat Jenny before, and in a similar painting but it is long gone.  So late last night I sat down to do another.. 
Hope all of my blog friends are well and listening to the rules.  
That's what I'm doing,  as I believe right now the only way to not give or get it is to go by the recommendations .  It's all we have until a vaccine is found.  

March 15, 2020

For All of Us

I thought it was time to put something here to remind us all that we have lots of beautiful things in our world.  It doesn’t seem that way right now because we see and hear some very disturbing news. Either together or separately we’ve all gone through something before and have come out on the other side. In our own way each of us have a part to play in fixing this. The hard times now will make us appreciate the good ones that will come back . For the first time in my life at least, this is a whole world problem . 
I have a quote on my door, it’s so simple if you read it slowly, and one word at a time.  It says ...
 “ All stress comes from resisting what IS“ ... 

March 9, 2020


I've been 'travelling around the globe' via Google Earth View. I'm sure most of you know of it.   It's a fantastic tool for those of us who can't or don't travel.  Anywhere the Google car travels, you can too.  In 3D and on the roads. This painting was from outside of Robin Hoods Bay in the UK.  

March 5, 2020



Yesterday I received news that my seventeen year old cat Jake has passed away.   Jake stayed in Plant City as of five years ago and was happy to do so. Jake was a daddys' boy.   He grew to weigh 22 pounds, and was one of two of the very best cats that we ever had. 
I'll always think of Jake as a very special boy.   

February 26, 2020

Small Works

A couple of  small paintings I've listed on Etsy.   
I've finally gotten myself a new light  from Amazon for over my art table.. Where have I been ? It only took me all my life, and I love it.  It's a Phive, has all the functions that I need and then some.  

The Beach Cottage

Violets are Blue 

A small study  ( turned out more finished than I intended ) to prepare me for the larger Flamingo. 
But that's always my problem, never know when to STOP! 

February 22, 2020

Flamingo # 2

 Finished the flamingo this week ...   I sold  a similar painting last year and I miss it.  Yes, I miss it. !  It hung on my wall until I listed it on Etsy.  This one is 16x20 in the mat.  And watercolor of course.   

February 15, 2020

The Raven # ???

I've done quite a few Ravens so this is just another one.. I've sold about  3 on Etsy and thought I get a couple of them back on. 
And plus I just like painting them.  

February 12, 2020


Just another Hippie Chick ... 
and a very past tense painting.. actually nothing about this one is good, just wanted to get some color onto my blog.  lol ! 

January 11, 2020

Latest Cat Paintings

My latest cat painting of a black and white, also called the
Tuxedo cat.  I've had a couple of them myself and this reminds me of Mickey.  

January 7, 2020

About Time

A couple of paintings done in the last week of 2019.  
Hope all my blogfriends have the Best New Year. ! 

November 30, 2019

Posting Nov. 30

Watercolors, Drawings and other STUFF .  So
I don't mislead you these are past creations. 
But thanks for looking. 




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.