Monday Mosaic: Christmas Past

I am feeling better than last week and so are all the pets. Lily’s test results came back and everything is fine she just picked up a gut-bug at the pet sitter. Our vet suspects Lily may have eaten spoiled food which means the pet sitter may not have been watching her as well as she claimed. The cats have purged all their hairballs…

Christmas Crafts and Martha Jane

This is my Grandma, Martha Jane, or as I like to say…”The Original Martha.” Long before Martha Stewart built her “make it, bake, it” empire my grandmother was a one woman creative force. She literally could do it all and she did it exceptionally well. I learned a myriad of things from her and somehow never quite did them as well as she did…

Tuesday Tutorial: Marker Pointillism

Pointillism is a technique (and a movement) in the Art world; developed by Gorges Seurat and Paul Signac in the 1880’s, it consists of tiny distinct dots of color that are applied in ordered patterns to form an image. It is a bit of an optical illusion because those tiny arranged dots of color visually trick the eye into seeing colors that were not…

Not so Woeful Watercolors…

My watercolor paintings that wouldn’t produce salt blooms actually are turning out better than I anticipated and I have to admit that I am rather thrilled by that. Watercolor has always fascinated me. It has also made me want to pull my hair out and scream epithets at the art gods…but I digress…! I have always been enthralled with the moody, ethereal transparency of…

Monday Montage…Colors of India

Life can be funny sometimes; it has been well over a year since Sus and I left India but she had to make a trip back this week. I opted to stay put, not sure my recently recovered introverted sensibilities are quite ready for the sensory assault, especially since India is on the eve of Diwali. Diwali is a celebration of light and the…