Sunday, June 24, 2018


 "The secret to having it all is knowing you already do."
 This week I spent some time working on new art techniques. I am very content when getting a chance to clear my head and just working.
 I went to Jon's tennis match and it was a beautiful day with a gorgeous blue sky.
 We walked past a series of kites on the beach. They were all moving and seemingly dancing in the wind. It was quite the sight!
I played tennis with some new friends this week. It was truly enjoyable.
Jon and I have been eating our meals out on the balcony overlooking the gulf. It's been so nice.

Saturday, June 23, 2018

100 Paintings on Canvas #44, Florida Landscape Series

 Painting #44 is a painting of key limes. Key limes are smaller than "traditional" grocery store Persian limes. It has more acid, is thinner skinned, and is rounded. It is the ingredient in the famous KEY LIME PIE of Florida.
More Landscape Paintings can be found here.

Friday, June 22, 2018

Lunch in St Petersburg with Friends

My friends L & R and I try and get together for a girls lunch every few months.
This past month we went to Red Mesa Cantina in downtown St. Petersburg.
 The day was beautiful, so we sat outside in the garden with fountains umbrellas at each table. The food is absolutely delicious. L loves plantains, so she ordered a plate for the table. They were scrumptious. I ordered snapper ceviche (my favorite) and these out of this world, tuna tacos made with jalapeño and coconut milk. Oh, the food was heavenly.
L had tacos which she loved and R ordered a brunch egg dish with sweet potatoes and chorizo. Everyone loved their food.
 Even though we were all stuffed, we shared an apple empanada with caramel ice cream. Phenonemal.
Our waitress was friendly and offered suggestions when asked. L has a penchant for asking people about themselves. She asks people about themselves and they love to talk! Our waitress enthusiastically told us that she was from Louisiana and gave us a brief explanation of the differences between Creole and Cajun. It was very interesting and fun!
 After lunch, we walked around the city, went to a museum and found some amazing sights.
 These gorgeous flowers were in bloom along the sidewalks.
 The skyscrapers have popped up in the last 6 years. They create a detailed skyline of downtown St Pete (DTSP).
There are murals everywhere. Each time I go downtown, I find new ones. This one is in front of a speakeasy! The stairs lead to a bar and nightclub. 
Next month, we plan on going back to DTSP for more exploring.

Thursday, June 21, 2018

Spatter Printing

I took some time and did some printing using the Gelli Arts® Gel Plate. I wanted to make some background papers for an upcoming collage and needed papers with reds, whites, and blues. The Gel Plate is a great tool for printing and it allows me to create the look I want with as much or little color as I chose. Here's a 7 minute "lesson" on creating Spatter Printing.  Really, it couldn't be easier!

Here are some other posts with using Gel Plate:

Making Gift bags using the Gel Plate a Seashell Book out of Printed Papers Hidden Stencil Technique

Wednesday, June 20, 2018

Tuesday, June 19, 2018