Saturday, October 20, 2018

#Spookybones Art Challenge Days 19 & 20

Day 19 of the #SpookyBone challenge was a "skeleton of something that swims" and I created a skeleton of a Day of the Dead fish. 
 Day 20 is a Day of the Dead Eel.

Friday, October 19, 2018

#Spookybones Art Challenge Days 17 & 18

 Day 17 is an illustration of a Day of the Dead Duck
Day 18 is an illustration of a Day of the Dead Seahorse

Thursday, October 18, 2018

#Spookybones Art Challenge Days 15 & 16

Day 15 is an illustration of a Day of the Dead Frog
Day 16 is an illustration of a Day of the Dead Narwhal whale.

Wednesday, October 17, 2018

Skillshare Class: Mixed Media Color Journal

I have a new class up on Skillshare, "Keeping a Mixed Media Color Journal"
About This Class
Keeping a Mixed Media Color Journal is a class designed to create focus for your art journal while exploring the use of color. We will use supplies, printed images, seek out color combinations, find shapes and patterns within an image, to fill our journal.
We will combine media: acrylic paint, watercolor paint, markers, pastels, pencils, inks, adhesives, ephemera, and already created illustrations to fill our journal with inspiring images that we can use in future artwork.
This class includes a downloadable Supply List and three pages of Template for page ideas using color swatches in your Color Journal.
While there are suggested supplies, any supplies that you own will be welcome in your journal. This class is a stash buster, so be prepared to play and spend time creating.
We will work inside a journal: either watercolor, mixed media, or create your own journal, using my class Making Expanding Journals using everyday supplies.
Included is A BONUS CLASS which is a peek inside my Mixed Media Color Journal which uses the various templates included in this class.

Tuesday, October 16, 2018

#Spookybones Art Challenge Days 13 & 14

 The #Spookybones art challenge continues with Day 13 and the prompt "Skeleton of something with 4 legs"
I made a Day of the Dead Lamb
Day 14 is a new weekly prompt, "Skeleton of something that swims"
I created a Day of the Dead Turtle.

Monday, October 15, 2018

Making a Cheese Plate

Cheese Plates are a great dish to serve to a group, large or small. Cheese can be cut into bite size pieces, single serve size pieces, or left whole with a cheese knife.
And to accompany the cheese plate, are a variety of goodies: crackers, bread, fruit, vegetables, nuts, jams, sauces, spices. Here are some lists that you can pick and choose:

Cheese - cheddar, mozzarella, brie, gouda, goat cheese, blue cheese, gorgonzola, feta, gruyere, havarti, chevre, parmesan, monteray jack, roquefort, toma, swiss

Breads - challah, rye, pumpernickle, whole grain, breadsticks, crusty bread, wheat, baguette, sourdough, pita bread, naan

Crackers - melba toast, flatbread, water crackers, Triscuits, wheat crackers, pretzels

Nuts - almonds, walnuts, pistachios, peanuts, almonds, pine nuts, pecans, cashews

Dried Fruits - apricots, cranberries, apples, dates, figs

Sauces - honey, fig preserves, mustard, sour cherry preserves, hot pepper jelly, hummus, pesto, flavored or spiced oils, fruit paste, marmalade

Fresh Fruit - grapes, figs, apple, orange slices, plums, pears, strawberries, kiwi

Veggie Side - olives, pickles, gherkins, caramelized onions, artichokes, roasted peppers, cucumber, dried wasabi peas

Meats - salami, pepperoni, summer sausage, prosciutto, mortadella

Garnish with Fresh Rosemary sprigs, Fresh Basil sprigs, sage, thyme

Sunday, October 14, 2018


This week has been full of blessings. Our area was spared the destruction by Hurricane Michael. We were hit with Tropical Storm Michael which produced winds and a little rain. Some areas near us flooded, but we were fortunate.
The autumn temperatures have arrived. It still reaches close to 90 degrees during the day, but drops to the high 60's in the evening. What a relief.
My very talented niece drew this amazing piece of art. I suggested to her mom, that she make it into their Christmas card!

And when that little one isn't creating beautiful art, she's touring a fire station!
 Somehow, she got her mom to don firefighting gear. THIS picture is going to be MY Christmas card!

And because things happen in threes - my other talented niece and talented nephew not only created this amazing posters, but WON the competition to create great Fire Safety posters! Guess who got a ride to school in a fire truck, with lights and sirens a blazing! Darn, I was born too early! What amazing kids and how lucky! What a great fire department to hold a competition with such a thrilling prize! Kudos to the Littleton, NH Fire Department.
 And artistic urges run deep in our family. My youngest nephew busies himself creating!
And my other nephew is taking a break from his daily art practice to check his instagram. (Kidding. I don't think he has instagram.)
My brother helped me to acquire a large assortment of Badger Balm hand salve to give away as party favors for my Book Reading this week! Since my books take place in New Hampshire, he was instrumental at finding a New Hampshire product and Badger Balm makes lovely products.
My book Reading is this week. I went to the venue (NY Stage Productions Theater) and was blown away by how magical it looked.) We are going to transform the venue into autumn in New England - complete with a burning log in the fireplace, autumn leaves, and dimmed lights. I can't wait!
I have been busy teaching my online classes. This week was a very fun class using mixed media and ephemera. I can spend hours teaching.
And, this week, I was hired to make a tennis themed birthday cake. The parameters - no Chocolate whatsoever, white frosting, and tennis related. The birthday cake was a hit.