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.

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......