Sunday, April 23, 2017

rhubarb can be weird

My rhubarb is about 10 years old
I guess it blooms if you've had it that long
It's hard to tell just how big this is,
 but the "flower bud" is about the size of a fist.
The stalk is about as thick as the bottom part of a baseball bat.
Below all this pompous show of plant reproduction, 
I have some lovely new spring stalks
... hence the pie ...
The only thing I created today - ha!

Monday, April 17, 2017

arial view

Art journaling is a way for me to tether some high flying thoughts and haul them down to earth where I can understand them better

Like this:

Friday, April 14, 2017



Grape Hyacinth 



Bleeding Heart


Spring is springing 

Monday, April 10, 2017

sun in spring

Today was sun and rain, 
Rain and sun.

And when the sun is out we all look up

My daughter had a bit of trivia for me:
We haven't had a -sunny all day- day since October 

I hadn't noticed

Friday, April 7, 2017


I'll share a little technique with you ...
(It helps if you have a typewriter though)
If you type on tissue paper ....
And then carefully tear around the edges of what you typed ...
And then apply some gel medium to your substrate ...
And then adhere your tissue paper over that (and coat with more gel) ...
You end up with a transparent application of text.

Happy Friday

Thursday, March 30, 2017


The hyacinths were laying down in mud after today's rain ... I had to bring them in.
Now we have lovely sunshine - ahhh

And here's another flower of mine.
She's taken over my art desk today and I am happy for that.
None of the old feelings of 
"that's my space" or "that's my stuff."

Maybe I'm coming into bloom too.

Friday, March 24, 2017

inchie swap

Last day to sign up: April 1st
Deadline to mail inchies out: April 20th
Date inchies are mailed back to you: May 1st

The theme is:
One Word Affirmations (or encouragements)
Try choosing words that finish this sentence: 
"you are ........"



- Must be one inch square

- Use media of your choice or mixed media
(collage, paint, pen, stamping, etc)

- Include a one word affirmation
(book text, typing, stamping, handwriting, etc)

- Please mount on tagboard or mat board

- Finished edges are preferred 
(use sharpie, gold leaf pen, paint, etc)

- Honor yourself and others with your best effort

- Sign the back

- Please let me know if it's ok/not ok to publish your inchies on this blog, on Instagram, or on my FB page

How it works:
You will send me 12 inchies and I will send 12 back to you from a pool of players. You will receive one of your inchies back plus 11 more from other people.

Last day to mail to me is April 20th.
Include $3 in cash or stamps for the return trip.
I will reuse the bubble mailer you send them in.

Reply right here in the comments
Message me on Facebook
Message me on Etsy
Or email me at: 
artinred44 (at) gmail (dot) com 

Monday, March 20, 2017

inchies (swap?)

I suddenly wanted to make inchies today
Which I haven't done in quite a while

It felt important

I started with mark making

Mounted my paper on tag board 
And cut into 1 inch squares

Added important words -
Inspired by Abilene Clark 
"You is kind
You is smart
You is important"

Affirmation inchies to keep in a box or bag


I'm thinking of creating an inchie swap with this as a theme (one word affirmations) - would you like to play? 
PM me,
 or just say so in comments,
 and I'll PM you.

Saturday, March 18, 2017

no fuss no muss

An easy seedling marker using a bamboo skewer and squares of cardstock. Just cut a slit at the top and the bottom to slide the skewer through. 

May also be used if your garden fairies want to march on Washington. 

Friday, March 17, 2017


"Lucky clover"
Fast color
Was 15 cents
Price slashed to 10 cents
(I paid $3)

I found this in an old flea market last year
It was my lucky day

Saturday, March 11, 2017

Saturday, March 4, 2017

common valor

I felt the need to be honored with a medal

The Order of the Alpaca

- bearer of burdens with grace and aplomb -

Tuesday, February 28, 2017


The theme while out walking 
seemed to be reflections in water 

The lovely geometry of a power line:

The world in a raindrop:

A tree branch in a puddle:

Branch and root weaving in and out:

Mirrored spikes of grass:

Monday, February 27, 2017

art for sale

I've made last week's sky paintings into cards:

They are mounted on 6x6 mulberry paper cards of the loveliest shade of teal - with a matching envelope.
$10 each 
(a steal for original art)

- in my etsy shop -

Sunday, February 19, 2017

silver linings

Many cloudy sky paintings from this week:

"Was I deceived, or did a sable cloud 
Turn forth her silver lining on the night?
I did not err;
There does a sable cloud
Turn forth her silver lining on the night,
And casts a gleam over this tufted grove."

-John Milton, Comus, 1634

Friday, February 17, 2017

Tuesday, February 14, 2017


One of the things I love most about selling on Etsy is wrapping.

This is going in the mail to California today.
It's one of my "shield stones," 
of which I need to make more! 

Tattoo art.
Celtic knot.
Nordic shield.

Sunday, February 12, 2017

watercolor sky : a sketch

seven minutes ... make a cup of tea and settle in for some calm and quiet ... with love from me to you

a liitle longer than the timelapse a couple of days ago ... i'm getting quite a collection of little sky paintings with all this effort to make a video (lol)

Friday, February 10, 2017

time lapse

I'm not sure how this will post, so here goes 
This is a time lapse video of a watercolor sketch in process ...

It was 4 takes - so 4 sketches:

This is the final one:

Monday, February 6, 2017

snowy day

The world is made so instantly beautiful all wrapped in snow.
And the walk to work was all quiet except for the crunch crunch under my feet.