Journal Pages

Thursday, April 10, 2014

Save a Tree….Carve a Tiki

Sadly, this queen palm has died…a toxic disease that affected a couple of our other queens…we were warned it would spread and it did.

No choice but to call the tree trimmer.

However, this is no ordinary tree trimmer.  Behold - Chainsaw Art!

And it just keeps getting better…add the grinder for detail work.

30 minutes from start…(longer than Mr. Trey expected)…here's the result!  Happy Dance!  Pretty awesome seeing the whole process!

As he stands…with a heart tattoo for my tiki loving husband:)

P.S. The artist/tree trimmer info:  Trey Bliffen's Tree Service, 772-475-3378 Stuart, FL

Thursday, April 3, 2014

Sacred Heart Stencil Giveaway

Just a note! 

 If you have an obsession with stencils as I do, check out the blog link on artistcellar to enter a giveaway

In addition, there's a blog hop underway and design team inspiration for these Sacred Heart series stencils.  That's where you'll find the process I used to create my own sacred heart.

Monday, March 31, 2014


A quickie post on the Monday garden feature…

Great things happening here!  Will share more later…till then, share your green and be joyful!

Saturday, March 1, 2014

Seeing Red

Continuing on my series of The Average Woman…

Latest works include "Seeing Red"


A diptych - two 16 x 20 canvases…good motivation to go larger next project…

Featuring canvas one…the colors are so different from the above photo…not sure why, but this is closer to the tones in the actual piece.  Multitudes! of layers!  These pieces started out as compositions of ginkgo leaves….they're still detectable if you look closely.

A closer look at canvas two…wondering if your eye goes directly where mine does?

A closer crop of canvas one to share texture details, lots of sgraffito and some collaging from a chinese newspaper confiscated long ago from a business trip…if only I knew what it said!

The inspiration for this piece in my Average Woman series was the color RED and the connotation of RED in the Chinese language:  JOY & Good Fortune.  Notice the relationships in shape and pattern versus the lines of dark colors and the blocks ranging from cool to warm colors interlaced with text…what does this piece say to you?

And it just SO happens I was thinking of Ms. Jenny today…give her a visit!

Jenny Matlock

Saturday, January 25, 2014

SherbeT {shur'bit}

I couldn't get the color scheme of sherbet out of my mind when working on a recent diptych…Sherbet ….Sixties…Sweet…Innocent…Young...

Inspiration from a generous friend who gifted me a slew of treasures including sewing patterns {Thank You Norma and Tam} followed by a couple of Better Homes and Gardens cookbooks published in the early 60's bought at a local flea market when visiting family…

Explorations of the early 60's…Memories of our family routines that are so different from today…I'm not sure there is a person out there who could keep up with our parents' schedules… I can't...

Comforting rituals…..more to follow in this series!

Sunday, October 6, 2013

On My Easel...

In the works....

Giant "weeping" Poppies!

About to take a break and drift in some of that cool blue water...
Happy Sunday to you!

And TGIF to all the PPF participators:)

Wednesday, September 25, 2013

Homage to Lilly P

While working on my new contemporary figure series, I finished this piece...

"Homage to Lilly P." 24 x 24 gallery wrapped canvas

Cropped version of "Homage to Lilly P."

Lots of wonderful texture on this piece created with acrylics and gels.  I also included acrylic skins on the focal point flower.

My inspiration was Lilly Pulitzer.  She was quite well known for her "preppy Palm Beach" style.  Bright pinks and greens are her trademark.

According to Wikipedia:  "Lilly and husband Peter Pulitzer settled in Palm Beach, Florida, shortly after their marriage. Peter owned several Florida citrus orange groves, and with produce from the groves Lilly opened a juice stand on Via Mizner, just off Worth Avenue in Palm Beach. In the course of working at the juice stand, Lilly found that squeezing juice made a mess of her clothes. Seeking to camouflage the juice stains, she designed a sleeveless shift dress made of bright, colorful printed cotton. She found that customers loved her dress, so she produced more in order to sell them at her juice stand. Eventually, she was selling more dresses than juice, and decided to focus on designing and selling what had become known as her "Lillys".[4]"     Who knew?

This piece will be raffled off at:

Delray Beach Club
2001 S. Ocean Blvd
Delray Beach, FL 
Wed, Oct 9, 2013  7 - 9 pm

RSVP or enter to win raffle prizes at
Benefiting Achievement Centers for Children & Families.

See you there!