November 15, 2017

A Mini Art Journal

    This week doing what I want to do..a mini journal that measures no larger than 2 inches, if that.  Why? because I can and because I enjoy doing this. Pages with quotes, pages with other pics and some blank etc.  The paper used for this one is called 'Once upon a Springtime'. I have many stacks of themed paper from way back, so I just picked this one for now. 

  I hand bound it with Japanese stab binding using a waxed thread. I then added beads and here's a few more pages.  I plan on putting a few into my Etsy shop .  

November 6, 2017

Pencil on Bristol Smooth

Needed a change of pace, so this was it. Pencil on Bristol smooth 11x14".

November 1, 2017

The OCD with Art Papers

If you want to see more... go to my 'Journey' blog. 
Here's the link >>     Art Hearts Journey  

October 28, 2017

Art Supply Shopping

I ordered some art supplies last week and hooray!!! They came on my birthday.  Whaddya know!!! 
I've always used W/N paints, but decided to try Daniel Smith.  So ordered a bunch and then started to try them out.
Quin Magenta, Perylene Green, Cobalt teal amongst others.
I'm really liking the Quinacridone Burnt Orange 
Still doing some small sketching pieces, but I'm working on a large one..

October 26, 2017

My Series Continued

Although I'm painting other subjects right now, I'm still doing my country cottage series.  When to stop?  
Who knows?  
Watercolor/ink whimsical cottages in the country.  They are on my Etsy and sold the first ones I made so playing catch up, although I think that's a 'very good thing'.

October 5, 2017

Watercolor Sketches

Whimsical watercolor/ink sketches that are 5"x7" .

I'll be doing more of these and offering them on Etsy  

October 1, 2017


Right now I'm obsessed with doing these.  Small ink and 
watercolor sketches.  Bear with me. !! 
No, I haven't traveled to a foreign country, but I google places. And use my imagination.  What's left of it anyway.!
I think it's called conceptual art.  And I'm having fun with it.

September 27, 2017

New Series

This has been calling to me for a while. Pen/ink/watercolor. 
I do these every once in a while, but now I think I'll do a series,...a few,... a bunch,...maybe even a ton.  !!
 When I've finished half a dozen I'll offer them on my Etsy shop, no mat, no frame, small works 5"x7", very affordable..  but probably minus the ink border.
Here is one of them . I like them to look a bit primitive and hope I can accomplish that .


September 17, 2017


I really like to do pencil work.. It's so relaxing, and it takes over my mind.. I forget everything but what I"m doing. 
You don't need a therapist.. just pick up a pencil .

August 30, 2017


Haven't done a piece in pencil in a long time.  And looking back at my last two posts I'd say I'm in my 'cat period'. 

August 27, 2017

Orange Cats

No secret... I love cats! I've just painted these 2 . I've done similar ones before, they are beautiful.The first one is the 
Cat Nap and the one below has amazing amber eyes. 

August 20, 2017

Harmony Hills

My blogging friend Debbie from View From Harmony Hills gave me permission to paint this from a photo near her home. I think it's heaven here on earth.  Debbie has the most awesome photos, words and inspiration on her blog.. I can never visit there without feeling peace of mind, and seeing the beauty of nature. 
Thanks Deb... 
  I can't speak for the quality of the photos because it's my first time doing this from laptop.  (which has been OOO for months. ) 

August 13, 2017

Pacific Coast Hgwy

An oil painting I've attempted. This is from a photo I took on the West Coast when I lived out there in the late eighties.   Not especially good, but it got me started and maybe I'll attempt a few more. 

August 4, 2017

Moving On

Working on some new watercolors to add in my Etsy shop.
There's more coming. 
And I've started working in oils.  Been a long time and want to see how that goes.  

Some detail ....

July 28, 2017


There is a site (company) based in the U.K. that is taking our art work, and selling posters . I went on it, typed in my name Barbra Joan which is what I use to sign and sell my art .  And YUP! There they were, some past and now pieces.
Not only that, but personal photos of places I've taken photos of for reference and to top it all a photo of my dad that I had on my blog.  I think they get the photos there. 
I typed in a few names from my blogging friends and yes, there you are.  The site is called Wallpart., ? 
What to do .. 
When I went to a link that was given to protest this, it lead me nowhere.  

July 26, 2017


Took the photos in different places outside.  Don't know which ones will show up true to color.  Just finished this one today. My first attempt didn't have that small flower on the left and it looked 'off' ' . So I added it and am happier with it.  Sometimes taking a photo does show what it needs. 

July 5, 2017


 It's been far too long since I painted my old standby ..... flowers.  watercolor  It's matted in an 11x14 mat. 

June 29, 2017

It's Country !!!

It's Country and it's simple. 

              Boots are Us ... 
Two watercolors that I managed this week... They are in my Etsy Shop.  I always like to keep at least 50 pieces in there, and sold a few this month.

June 25, 2017

Bowl of Flowers

Not very recent but I came across it and here it is.

June 11, 2017

Panama City Fl.

An afternoon in Panama City. 
Art Center,  old town, Sunflower Fields. 

What could be better? 

 Not so sure about this !  ^^  lol!

    Acres of Sunshine.  Blue skies.

All THAT and this too. 

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.   Sometimes it helps to see a photo of our work.
Well I've tweaked it a bit.  Just added some darks and splatters.

 Yes,! It needed something.  

The bottom one is ATC size.  2 1/2 " x 3 1/2".
 And this is my smallest palette.  Teensy, Weensy. Black metal outside.   And yes, I do use it occasionally .. 
3 1/4 x 2 1/4".  About 5 years ago I found them on some site and they were like $4 or $5 each.  ... They sent me one, it was slightly damaged and when I wrote them about it they sent me a second one in good shape. BTW the site , if I remember, is Wet Paint.  No, not Wet Canvas,  Wet Paint.

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 ... Free To Be Me.