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. 

February 21, 2019

Posting Again

Just posted this even though it's not exactly my latest.  Watercolor and a bit of pastel about 11x14".  
I'm pleased with some things about it and not about others. What else is new, I do this time and time again. 

February 19, 2019


Hey blogging friends!!  I'm baaaack !  
Don't ask me what I did because I don't know... But got on to my comments , they were all there.  AND I scrolled down and had about 6 comments in ?? Chinese??  Was that a problem? could be. 

All I care about is that its back on , I'm able to go to your blogs, gotta keep up with my blogland friends. So I'm happy again. 
And thank you all for writing, for trying to help, (even those of you who, like me don't know how. I don't know how we manage but somehow we do.  LOL .. 

February 18, 2019

Whats Happened?

 Does anyone know what has happened to the blogs here on Google.. I'm unable to get anything except for posting. And I'm not sure that's even coming up.  
I'm unable to read my comments, new or published. I suppose this post is useless as I wont' be able to read if anyone answers. I'll try to look into it further and see if I can figure it out. 

January 27, 2019

Been a few days, maybe more since I was able to get to blogsville. Sometimes it feels like yesterday because my days are rushing by so fast.  Can't stop that from happening.  So just get on my way.

January 16, 2019

Watching Videos

Jenny watches "Videos for Cats" . Oh you didn't know there was such a thing?  Neither did I until I came across it on You-Tube. 
Some of them are eight hours long, I suppose for people who work and want their cat to be entertained. 
Jenny will watch these for as long as I leave it on.  Here she is on the bed with my little Netbook. Makes herself comfortable with her paws tucked under on the keyboard.  Sometimes she chirps at it, and tries to catch them ..but most times just content to sit and watch it.

January 9, 2019

Last of a Series

My font is totally messed up but I'm posting this anyway. Having a hard time with size of letters. This is the last (for a while) in the series of my Country Cottages.
Luckily I had a run on these country paintings in my Etsy shop, so replacing a few . 
I'm doing watercolor at home, and oil painting in a class once a week. I wanted to continue with the oil, but couldn't do it at home. So I have the best of both right now. 

January 4, 2019

Forgive the small typing but I'm on my new computer... Love it, but still learning to deal with it.
If you want to know about the house picture you can go to my Journey blog, and read about it.

January 2, 2019


Hey, not much else here except to wish all my blogging friends,

         HAPPY NEW YEAR  !
Let's make it a good one. 

December 22, 2018

Merry Christmas Friends

Wishing all my blogging friends a very Merry Christmas, and the Happiest New Year... 

December 7, 2018


I did these last year? or maybe before that.  The years are passing by so fast I can't keep up with it.
They are kind of festive looking so thought to put them up.   

A Little Country

Trying to catch up with my paintings in Etsy shop.  I find that keeping a minimum of fifty pieces is better for being 'found'. 

I do have a lot of people that like country scenes like these  .


December 6, 2018


 I'm on my new laptop and the first post to Art Hearts Place!  
It's just the right size, fast, and clear and I love having a keyboard to type on.  So far I'm setting it up by myself, and we'll see how I get along without calling in the Army. I'm not the best to do things on the computer, and don't know how I run a website, Etsy, 2 blogs, and a host of other "stuff".  Divine intervention, no doubt. LOL !

I still have to see how the photo end of this goes... Fingers crossed. 

December 2, 2018

Looking For

I'm looking for the website that allows you to do this.  This is a painting I did years ago, then went onto a site that puts your painting in front of three people sitting on a bench..
I can't for the life of me remember the name of it .
If anyone knows please leave it in my comment section. 
 This was another one .

November 28, 2018


I still run my Etsy shop.  My latest sale was of this  5x7 "Black Cat" painting.  Of course Jenny was my model and I've done a few of her.  
Etsy has changed a lot since I started in late 2014.  The company has grown and is now even doing commercials on TV.  Some of it's positive, but not all.  When I first got onto it they were doing almost all hand made creations . Now they are a global company and sell everything.  That makes it hard for people to 'find' you on the site. 
I first looked into it in 2008, and then for a few months stayed there. But opted out and didn't go back seriously until Dec. '14 . 
I still sell regularly. I try to keep at least 50 pieces in there at any given time, but right now needing to catch up.   That means I better get a move on.