Sunday, February 6, 2011

"Lemon" Butterfly

I have decided to paint a series of paintings based on a book of quotes that was given to me by a friend.

Inspired by this quote: "We all have the extraordinary coded inside us, waiting to be released." -Jean Houston.

My kids just learned the word, "extraordinary." They are fascinated by that word. The newness and innocence of my kids made me want to paint something yellow, the color of happiness. I placed a lemon next to my painting so I would be able to match the color.

Monday, January 31, 2011


The first inspiration for this painting was the 6th Chakra, the "Brow Chakra" which is the chakra for intuition, spirituality, imagination, and thought. The color for this chakra is purple. The first thing that popped into my mind that I would like to see or paint in a beautiful dreamy purple color was a castle. Probably because I've been reading fairy tale books to my daughter (just finished a book that I adored: Ella Enchanted...) And I've been reading a lot of fiction lately, and thinking about imagination and how much I admire authors and writers of fiction for their imaginations. I have to admit, the colors and the subject matter was a bit of a challenge for me, though. Here is also a cropped image, below.

Sunday, January 23, 2011


When I was deciding what to paint, I was still aiming for the color orange for the sacral chakra. This chakra has to do with creativity, which made my mind go to fertility, and I thought the natural thing to paint would be a flower. But the orange flowers I found pictures of were totally uninspiring to me. For some reason, I felt more like I wanted to paint a BUG! And that's the first time I have ever NOT felt like painting a flower. And I guess the bugs do their jobs to help flowers propagate themselves with all the pollination, etc. (I actually never thought about that until now!) But this orange dragonfly caught my eye, and I really badly wanted to paint it, and here we are! :)

Monday, October 18, 2010


I started painting with the Root Chakra in mind, whose color is red. When I was looking at pictures of roots on the internet, they really look kind of creepy. So it's no surprise this turned out kind of "Halloween-y." It's a very strange painting, but I actually like it. Sorry I took such a crooked picture!

Sunday, October 10, 2010

Waiting For A Stripling Warrior

My thoughts are "meh." Not the best I've ever painted, and not the worst. I am just trying to get over the perfectionism and get my brush on the paper.

Sunday, May 2, 2010

Sunday, April 25, 2010

Throat Chakra

This is the first painting I've painted with acrylics in a long time. I'm happy with it, although I sort of settled for the light blue background. I was shooting for a slightly more turquoise color, but that color continues to allude me. :( I just couldn't mix it right STILL!

Learning Painting

Followed the tutorial here. This type of painting is SO FAR from my style! But I still learned things. His choice of colors was interesting to me. I didn't have all the colors he suggested, but most of them. But I did need practice on layering paint over dry paint. However, some of it was painted wet because he didn't share the tip about the hair dryer until several steps into it. Also, I learned that flat brushes might be a good thing to use once in a while. I always use round. Also, I have cheap brushes that don't do what I want them to do and they shed...

Sunday, April 11, 2010

Monday, April 5, 2010

True Self Worth 2

I had a hard time taking a picture of this painting that matched the coloring of the real life painting, so I posted two pictures. Actually, the second painting doesn't show the color very accurately, but it shows the shininess. The outline of the temple is silver leaf metalic paint. I cut out the temple from another painting and glued it on, and covered the whole surface with the clear glossy glue ("Mod Podge"). Before I did the vertical lines, I showed my daughter and she thought it was a crown. My son thought it was a campfire. Kids are good art critiques sometimes. :) I think the vertical lines helped identify it as a temple.

The Learning Painting is the one above.

A Flat Wash on the Right, Gradient Wash on Left and in the middle a painting of tulips using watercolor pencils, which I don't normally use.

Sunday, March 28, 2010

True Self Worth

"It's as if your worries or fears are merely dark clouds that occasionally you pass through. You're beginning to rise now above these clouds to where you can clearly feel the sun. You realize from this new vantage point, that the sunshine has always been here, shining above the storms and clouds. From this place, you're anxious to bask in the light and build your reserves of light and truth to better see those storms for what they are when they blow through again... feel the sun on your face and the warmth of the truth... deep within your soul... Truth is always there whether you can see it or not."- Stin Hanson

I wanted the yellow sun to be VERY WARM and pervasive. I think if I did it again, I might cut out the blue completely, and just paint with the yellow/orange/red versus the black.

My 5 year old daughter thought it would look better upside down. :)

I have realized that ultramarine does not show up the same way on the computer as it looks in real life. I have no idea if I did this right, but here's an attempt at the exercise. :)

Sunday, March 21, 2010


Attempt #1 Painted with focus on mixing colors from pure blue & yellow. Truthfully, I wasn't happy with the first 2 attempts because I couldn't get the color right. I didn't want it to look like a pickle. The third attempt doesn't even look like anything. It does if you squint your eyes. But now that I compare the 3, I like the first one the best. I think I am a convert now to listening to your advice, Hanna. :)

Attempt #2 Painted my old way with less attention to color purity

Attempt #3 Painted focusing on the feeling behind the painting. Trying to get the feeling across of overpowering "flavors" that could block out any positive feelings to one depressed.

"The inspiring influence of the Holy Spirit can be overcome or masked by strong emotions, ie: anger, hate, passion, fear, or pride. When such influences are present, it's like trying to savor the delicate flavor of a grape while eating a jalapeño pepper. Both flavors are present, but one completely overpowers the other. In like manner, strong emotions overcome the delicate promptings of the Holy Spirit." - Richard G. Scott

This is the way I feel when I am in a depressive episode. It's been a rough couple days. But I know it will pass.

Friday, March 19, 2010


Farmor's Belated Funeral Bouquet

Her golden influence is still with me...


Just about how I felt with my back injury.


Busy, busy, busy week.


Crocuses bloomed here just in time. The snow was making my depression heavy and low-energy, muted, like these blurry chalky flowers.


Patience versus Fear

Or Shame versus Self-Respect...?

3 Different Days

Day 1: I feel amorous...
Day 2: I feel depressed... downward spiraling...
Day 3: I feel frustrated and devastated...

Flowers are red, green leaves are green

Flowers are Red
by Harry Chapin

The little boy went first day of school
He got some crayons and started to draw
He put colors all over the paper
For colors was what he saw
And the teacher said.. What you doin' young man
I'm paintin' flowers he said
She said... It's not the time for art young man
And anyway flowers are green and red
There's a time for everything young man
And a way it should be done
You've got to show concern for everyone else
For you're not the only one

And she said...
Flowers are red young man
Green leaves are green
There's no need to see flowers any other way
Than they way they always have been seen

But the little boy said...
There are so many colors in the rainbow
So many colors in the morning sun
So many colors in the flower and I see every one

Well the teacher said.. You're sassy
There's ways that things should be
And you'll paint flowers the way they are
So repeat after me.....

And she said...
Flowers are red young man
Green leaves are green
There's no need to see flowers any other way
Than they way they always have been seen

But the little boy said...
There are so many colors in the rainbow
So many colors in the morning sun
So many colors in the flower and I see every one

The teacher put him in a corner
She said.. It's for your own good..
And you won't come out 'til you get it right
And are responding like you should
Well finally he got lonely
Frightened thoughts filled his head
And he went up to the teacher
And this is what he said.. and he said

Flowers are red, green leaves are green
There's no need to see flowers any other way
Than the way they always have been seen

Time went by like it always does
And they moved to another town
And the little boy went to another school
And this is what he found
The teacher there was smilin'
She said...Painting should be fun
And there are so many colors in a flower
So let's use every one

But that little boy painted flowers
In neat rows of green and red
And when the teacher asked him why
This is what he said.. and he said

Flowers are red, green leaves are green
There's no need to see flowers any other way
Than the way they always have been seen.