Month: January 2013

30 x 30 Day 20

Time flies when you’re sick…

I was doing great the first few days of the challenge, I got four paintings done – and I’m still really happy with that because it’s four more than I would have done without the challenge! But then I woke up Wednesday Jan 9 with the flu. Yuck. Luckily I was well enough to start back to school last Monday, but even now I’m still coughing my head off many times a day.

I did get one more painting done, this little one of my Pug, Bug. And I’ve got a big oil started at school for my painting class.


Bug in the Kitchen  8 x 10 inches  acrylic on canvas

My original goal for this challenge was to complete 15 paintings. The flu derailed that a little, so I’ll be super happy with 10 – that leaves me 10 days for 6 paintings. I think I can do it. 🙂


30 x 30 Day 6…

I’m using the term painting rather loosely with this one. 🙂 I took a photo of one of my Pugs, played with it in photoshop, printed it on regular paper, PAINTED on several layers of acrylic medium, soaked in water and peeled the paper off, affixed remaining acrylic image to a canvas. I like it. 😀


I’m going to try another one, but this time affix it to a canvas frame without the canvas on it. Then the light will go through for interesting effects.

30 x 30 Day 4

Today’s painting is in honor of my friend Dave Rabe. He’s currently in the hospital with a severe head injury from a fall from his horse last week. He has ridden over 56,000 competitive endurance miles… all without a helmet, and on a few really rank horses. We’re hoping he’ll decide to start wearing a helmet now. 🙂 And our prayers and good thoughts are continual for his quick recovery.

This watercolor is from a photo of Dave with my horse Fame. Summer of 2011 Dave rode Fame on his (Fame’s) first 50 miler while we were on the Long Pony Express ride. Thank you Dave!

30 x 30 Day 4

Mount TBR Reading Challenge…

I’m well on my way with this reading challenge. What a good idea to get after the books I already own with a purpose! Haha! I’ve read three so far…

The first is a fun mystery by Rhys Bowen, Her Royal Spyness.


Lady Victoria Georgiana Charlotte Eugenie, 34th in line for the throne, is flat broke. She?s bolted Scotland, her greedy brother, and her fish-faced betrothed for London. The place where she?ll experience freedom, learn life lessons aplenty, do a bit of spying for HRH?oh, and find a dead Frenchman in her tub. Now her new job is to clear her long family name.

The second is book two in this series by Rhys Bowen,  A Royal Pain





51ERcI10vqL._BO2,204,203,200_PIsitb-sticker-arrow-click,TopRight,35,-76_AA300_SH20_OU01_1930s London. Poor Lady Georgiana-thirty-fourth in line to the throne-has nothing to serve her Bavarian princess houseguest, even though the Queen of England has requested that she entertain her. Then there’s the matter of the body in the bookshop and the princess’s unwitting involvement with the Communist party. It’s enough to drive a girl mad.






I’ve started the third in this series, but today I picked up a lovely little book my daughter-in-law gave me for Christmas, Curlicues


I adore this book! It takes me back to childhood, this is exactly the kind of book I loved. And in fact, this book was originally the property of the Rhorerstown Elementary School Library. This book is out of print (sadly) and new copies are $500+! This is a quaint story of two little Pug puppies in a pet store that is going out of business. They are sold to two different homes… will they ever be reunited? I had thought of making a craft project with this book, but after reading it no such dire consequence will be its fate! Best Book Ever!

Happy reading!