The Back Story

Monday, August 13, 2018

Back on the Farm

My sweet friend Aimee asked if
I'd help add some color and
cheer to some of her animal shelters.

She wanted a border painted around
the edge of two of her new shelters
that someone had kindly donated. 

I knew there would be no way I could be up
on a ladder in 105 plus degree weather
during monsoon season
with all the inquisitive (and large) animals 
trying to figure out what I was up to. 

I immediately thought painting wooden
boards that could be affixed to the metal
sides was the way to go. (I'd let
my husband work out those details). 

Twenty-three wooden flowers were added 
throughout the design to give it dimension. 

My husband gets the credit for cutting 
those out for me. He had at least as much
work on this project as I did. 

I had 10 boards to paint. At one point they
were spread all over our family room floor,
the fireplace, our kitchen table, 
and the kitchen counter. 

It's so good to have our house back!

As I was painting and maneuvering backwards
on my hands and knees around the boards
I felt a sharp painful pop on my left side. 

It turns out I dislocated a rib. Ouch! 

When we went to install the pieces, I decided
to feed the animals first and keep them busy
while we worked. 

This is the larger of the two shelters. 

Her family of animals are so sweet and
she takes such good care of them. 

Aimee also asked if I'd paint a board
with a rainbow and a peace sign on it
for her horses palette shanty. 

There'll be some girl scouts coming
by soon. She's asked them to paint
the rest of the shanty boards in rainbow colors. 

Now I'm back to painting
some smaller pieces and
giving my ribs a rest. 

I hope you have a wonderful week
and greatly appreciate you stopping by! 


Monday, July 23, 2018

Daily Paintings of Late

My goal is to finish
a painting a day. 

I'm not always successful
with that goal, but I have
been successful in pressing
forward whether I reach it or not. 

This fact is a win for
me on it's own. 

Here are some
of my most recent

I'll keep my words
to a minimum in this post.

Thank you for visiting
and touching base.

I hope you have a fabulous week!


Tuesday, July 17, 2018

Mirror, Mirror on the Wall. . .

One of my neighbors kindly gave me
a big mirror a couple of months ago. 

It's 38" x 32". 

Another neighbor that knows about the mirror
keeps asking me if I've done anything
with it yet. 

Well, it's finally time to call her over
to see the mirror. 

I should say, the frame of the mirror. 

I'll let my husband get the mirror
part securely back in the frame. 

The frame was initially a brown
mottled paint and it was primed
in white to start the process. 

These first few pictures were taken at sunrise.

That's why they're a little dark. 

Next, I drew out my design and made
patterns for wood pieces that my husband
gladly cut out for me on the scroll saw. 

I placed the pieces where I wanted them
just to check my design, before
they were adhered to the frame. 

Voila! The finished piece. 

It's much more bright
and cheerful now. 

Thank you for stopping by.

Hoping you have a wonderfully
creative week! 


Monday, July 9, 2018

Giving New Life to an Old Guitar

My dear friends and neighbors
will sometimes give me things
they think I may like to paint. 

This old broken down
guitar is an example of one 
of those things. 

It's been sitting in the corner
of my art room for  a couple
of years waiting to be brought
back to life. 

I had a design percolating 
in my mind, now it was a matter
of putting it all together. 

The same friend that gave me the guitar, 
also gave me the cool wooden heart she'd
designed and had her husband cut out for her. 

I designed a pattern for wings and the "Love"
sign, and my husband cut them out for me
on the scroll saw. 

I strung beads where the tuning keys
would've been.

I used my wood carving tools to 
give the "Love" sign a little dimension. 

I also decided to change the plain heart 
into a flaming heart. 

My husband made
sure every piece was secured
properly with a combination of 
liquid nails and nails or screws. 

Here's another view from the front. 

I'm pleased with the way it 
turned out. 

It was so much fun to create. 

I hope you have a wonderful week ahead! 

Thank you for stopping by. 


Wednesday, July 4, 2018

Camping Dreams Become Reality

Camping is something I've
always loved to do. 

Being out in nature, wandering 
around and exploring new places,
is so much fun for me. 

Rocks, insects, creatures, and plant life
are all things I patiently observe and study
when we camp and hike. 

I decided to paint myself a camper.

Of course, it had to be pink with
lots of flowers. 

I added a little kitty that I'd drawn with
prismacolor pencils and adhered
it to the piece with matte medium. 

I showed it to my husband when I finished
and asked him if he'd travel with
me in my pink camper. 

He said as long as I was with him, 
that was all that mattered. 

Apparently I wasn't the only one 
with the camping bug. 

My husband was itching to go
back to one of our favorite spots
in the Chiricahua National Forest
in Southeastern Arizona. 

I thought I'd share a picture or two
of one of our "go to" camping spots. 

We've been to this one several
times over the past 20 years or so. 

I'm sure you can see why. 

Of course we had to do 
some hiking while we were there. 

The following are a couple
pictures from the trails
around our site.

In 2007 they had a bad forest
fire that really changed the landscape
for many years to come. 

It was still beautiful though. 

We stopped for lunch on our way
home in Safford Arizona and I spotted
this artsy camper in the parking lot
of the restaurant we visited. 

Whenever I see things like this, it makes
me smile. No matter if it's a little cooky,
or masterfully done, it's a slice of Americana. 

Thank you for coming along
with me on my little camping adventure. 

I hope you have a wonderful 
rest of the week! 


Sunday, June 24, 2018

Superior and Artsy Sites to See

This week is a little mix of
work and play.

Although, I'd never call creating 
artwork, actual work. 

Onward, to some play and play then. . . 

Here are a few of my pieces from this 
past week. 

~Mixed media fun. 

Pink kitty

Mixed media with colored pencils,
paint, and collage papers. 

Blue eyed Frida mixed media

Folk art bird.

The quote is one of my favorites on faith:

Faith is the bird that feels the light and sings
when the dawn is still dark. -Tagore

Been there. . . 

On Saturday, we took a visit to Superior
Arizona. It's not too far from our house. 

Here are a few fun pictures of the 
desert and the town. 

The fruit on the saguaro's are open
now, feeding many of the desert animals. 

That's Picketpost Mountain 
in the background. 

They drop from the top to the ground
and feed more creatures there. 

Isn't it pretty? 

This was one of the fun artsy houses
we drove by. 

This house made me smile when
I saw John Wayne at the front door. 

The following are some of the
town shops with their murals. 

Thank you so much for 

I hope you have a wonderful week.


Monday, June 18, 2018

Little Girl At Heart Art

As I look over this collection
of pieces from the past
week, it reminds me that I'm 
still a little girl at heart. 

Bright colors
and cheerful themes
are what I'm drawn to. 

I'm the same way when it comes
to movies. 

I want to leave the theater uplifted and happy,
not drained or discouraged. 

There's enough heavy stuff
going on in every day life.

Movies and art tend to be pleasant escapes
for me most of the time. 


The following are mostly mixed
media pieces, which
I've been having fun
with lately. 

The saying on this last piece is actually
one of Willie Nelson's song titles. 

My dear artist friend Dede and I both
love Willie Nelson music and this
is her favorite song of his.

It makes me smile. 

Thank you for visiting. 

I hope you have a fabulous and productive week! 


Saturday, June 9, 2018

Painted Lamp

I've been all out of sorts when it comes
to artwork these past few weeks. 

My husband is home for the summer
and my daily schedule is all off kilter. 

My creative spark has fizzled
and I'm hoping it's just a temporary slump. 

I've figured out it's going to take
some effort on my part to get back 
on track and figure out my new routine
while he's here. 

Don't get me wrong, it's nice having him home,
it's just that it's not the same as being alone. 

I'm working on figuring it all out. 

* * * 

In the meantime, I've been doing some spring cleaning 
and rearranging in the house. 

There was an all white lamp and shade on my 
nightstand that I decided to move into our family room. 

Before I did that, I thought, 'Why not give it some color?'

I think it turned out pretty
cute and gives a nice pop of color
to the family room. 

Now it's on to the rest of the day. . .

I hope you're enjoying yours. 

Until next time,

Monday, May 21, 2018

Last Week's Menagerie of Artwork

Here are some of the pieces 
I've been working on this past week. 

Purple kitty wearing a 
polka dot tie. 

These butterflies make me laugh.
Not the pieces themselves, but 
the fact that my husband hung
them in our pond area upside down.

I asked him if he realized he did that
and he was insistent they were right side up. 

Oh, how I did not want to look at
those things hanging upside down
every time I looked 
out my kitchen window. 

I'd decided just to zip it, and
not say another word about it. 

Well, to my surprise, the next day
I saw that he had flipped them right
side up. 

"Thank You Lord!" 

This is a sign that I made
for the bathroom. 

It has resonated with me
since the first time I saw
it in an old Victoria magazine
many years ago. 

Frida magnet

This is a large 'welcome' sign I made
from a long cabinet door
someone was getting rid of. 

Mermaid magnet

Kitty Plaque

Fish magnet

That about wraps it up for 

Hoping it's a wonderful week for you.

Thank you for visiting.