Friday, April 29, 2011

NIghtstand re-do......

This is the nightstand BEFORE. It belonged to my grandmother. See those tacky silk flowers? Those were a gift from my 4 boys with this sweet sentiment,"These flowers won't die, so we never have to buy you flowers again." they are so practical! : )

The nightstand got primed, painted, and polyurethaned. I tried to replace the drawer handle but it is small, and I will have to order one. I can't part with my "forever flowers" so I cut them down and put them in a small lenox vase, much better.  
It looks fresh, and now I am anxious to repaint those green walls.  Why oh why did I paint the walls green? 

It's spring and house projects are blooooming!!

I would love to have two bathroom renovations.
But, for now we are working with facelifts! (not my face, the house's face!)

BEFORE old bathroom cupboards....
 and the bathroom cupboards AFTER.

Friday, April 22, 2011

Giving old furniture a new lift!

I almost forgot to take a  BEFORE picture, so I stopped priming and took a quick shot.
This trunk belonged to my grandmother, the veneer top is all chipped and dry.
So, I decided to paint it white (linen white) and see if I could freshen it up.

This is the scary middle. It is when the whole thing seems like a huge mistake.  I use Zinsser primer, because you do not have to sand it first! Which is awesome!!! But doesn't it look horrible, all primed.

There is Gibbs, my furry assistant. He didn't lick the paint, which amazed me! He likes to taste just about  everything!
I let the primer dry and set all day. Then, I painted thin coats of linen white, softer than a bright white.
I love it! Fresh-clean and less of a giant blob in the middle of the room.
Next is the night stand in the far corner!

Thursday, April 21, 2011

new processes...

My order of lusciously beautiful acrylics arrived!! 
I am planning to add new painted art to my portfolio--at long last. 
I am enjoying the process of sketching it all out between other projects!

Tuesday, April 19, 2011

Enough with the rain already

My studio ceiling is leaking! Last week, I moved all the paintings and watercolors off table 1 and put them on table 3. And the leak is over table 1!!! How lucky was that!

Moved everything out of the way. covered the tables with plastic to catch any more water so I can dry the carpet, and called the landlord. Hopefully roofer comes tomorrow!
So we are not having a repeat of the roof leaking-flood of 2008--where so much was lost......

flood of 2008 picture.

Friday, April 15, 2011

We interrupt this artist blog to announce our little winner..........

We cannot say enough about our molly mutt doggie beds.
They are durable, washable and beautiful!
They are lovely duvets that contain our old clean pillows, t-shirts, and sleep bags! Go Recycling!

here is the blog, and you should click around and check out the patterns and sizes!


Thursday, April 14, 2011

Acrylic ink vs. clay illo

Okay, I am playing around with acrylic inks for my new portfolio pieces.  Below is a lion I doodled in ink and below that is the lion illustration from my portfolio -- what do you think?
a. stick with clay
b. keep doodling, and work in acrylics

Much thanks for your input!

Tuesday, April 5, 2011

Congratulations ......

............... to the Cincinnati Zoo and the new baby Giraffe!

Sunday, April 3, 2011


It is with great relief that I hit SEND and emailed my revised story to my mentor.
Now, I wait for her to read it , make lots and lots of notes and send it back!
if feels good to get passed this step. Even though I think it will take at least 3 more rewrites to get it to a place where I can call it .... a novel.