Playing with Color

This little birdie expresses my sentiments exactly.  Just as little time creating at my sewing machine puts me in my happy place–something I haven’t had time to do a lot of

As with my last post, I’ve playing with the color on the computer.   The above painting is the original.    Below is the computer enhanced version.  I do kind of like the brighter colors which I can’t seem to create as well with watercolor.   love-to-sew-brightlogo

Which do you like best?


Day 3: Back to School

Even though I’m not in school, or teaching school or getting kids ready for school anymore, September always seems to be a time of new beginnings.  You’re never too old to love a brand new box of crayons!Back to School

4″ x 4″ watercolor on board with easel.  Find it in my Etsy shop!


I’ve been having fun with my watercolors today.  Lately it’s experimenting with spots and speckles.  I see others creating fabulous backgrounds with oils, so I tried to create something interesting with watercolor.  I first tried the technique with the background only, but then it spilled over into the bird and flower.  I’m not sure about the final verdict, but I think I will keep experimenting.  Any thoughts?


Bluebird Blossoms and Quilting Mags

Quilt magazines are my junk food.  I need a fix everyday.  This latest watercolor was inspired by a picture of an applique quilt that I noticed as  I perused a old mag the other day.  I haven’t really thought of myself as a collector, but I must admit I have quite a few quilting magazines.  I subscribe to 8 or 10 and of course I NEVER throw them away.  I guess I have accumulated hundreds (if not thousands).  Where do I keep them?  Everywhere!  There are magazines stacked in almost every room in my house and basement.  They are toppling over every where.  Of course I need a stash in the bathroom and by my bed.  My husband is very understanding.  He hasn’t complained yet.  What do I do with them?   I flip through them constantly to get inspiration.  To me they are quilters’ eye candy.   It’s amazing that if you just wait awhile, you can flip through a magazine you have read before, and it all seems all new again.  ( I guess my creative memory is very short).   I have even gone so far as to buy used magazines by the box load off of Ebay.  How embarrassing!  Who doesn’t need all the issues of Quilters Newsletter and American Patchwork and Quilting from the 90’s?  You never know what you will find.  How many quilts have I actually designed and made from all of this inspiration you might ask?  Very few, unfortunately.    I’m too busy reading the magazines!  Does any one else suffer from this illness?   Image