Monday!

Starting a business in your 50s when you’ve been a stay at home Mom forever is really hard! I’ve discovered that I’m lazy, easily distracted, and lose motivation very quickly. So when I say really hard, what I mean is that I’m struggling to push myself to stay on task every day and actually work. Writing this blog is one of the things I want to do. Every Monday. Now… Go!

I went to my first vendor show a couple of weeks ago. It was in Rockwall, Texas, the Rubber Duck Regatta. It’s a fun weekend, with funds going to Boys and Girls Club Rockwall County, and Meals on Wheels Rockwall County. The ducks “race” from the fountain down the waterfall, and the winners get great prizes. The location is beautiful, right on Lake Ray Hubbard, and we were treated to a glorious sunset Friday night.

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Here are some photos of our booth…

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Have a great week!

Read-a-thon Update

Wow, I just finished The Doctor’s Wife by Elizabeth Brundage. I really enjoyed this book! It kept me completely engaged, I confess I was kind of on the edge of my seat! But it didn’t scare me, which is amazing because I’m pretty easy to scare, lol. I recommend it heartily.

So this is my list now. I suspect I will not finish the other two books on the list by midnight, haha. But I’ve had a great time. I look forward to another readathon!

Outsider in Amsterdam by Janwilliem Van de Wettering
Confesions: The Paris Mysteries by James Patterson
When in Rome by Ngaio Marsh
The Doctor’s Wife Elizabeth Brundage
The Dagger Before Me Heather Haven
The First Rule of Ten (Tenzing Norbu Series) Gay, Lindsay, and Tinker Hendricks

Love For Books Read-a-thon Update

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Yikes, not sure I’ll make my goal, but it’s been fun reading a lot! I made one change to the list, subbed The First Rule of Ten for Heirs and Graces.

Outsider in Amsterdam by Janwilliem Van de Wettering
Confessions: The Paris Mysteries by James Patterson
When in Rome by Ngaio Marsh

The Doctor’s Wife Elizabeth Brundage
The Dagger Before Me Heather Haven
The First Rule of Ten (Tenzing Norbu Series) Gay, Lindsay, and Tinker Hendricks

A Book Read-A-Thon!

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Do you love books as much as I do? I’ve never heard about readathons – can you believe that? So I am totally in for this one. I’m putting other stuff on hold this week so I can read read read! Join me!

My goal is to read 5 books from my queue (plus the one I’m currently reading):

Outsider in Amsterdam by Janwilliem Van de Wettering
The Paris Mysteries by James Patterson
When in Rome by Ngaio Marsh
Heirs and Graces by Rhys Bowen
The Doctor’s Wife Elizabeth Brundage
The Dagger Before Me Heather Haven

30 Paintings in 30 Days Wrap-up

I learned a lot from this challenge. I can paint every day! I did not complete 30 paintings, but I did complete 16. I’m happy with that. As the month went by, I got more complicated with technique. Today’s painting, #16, started that ball rolling. I learned that I cannot finish a pointillism style painting in one day – even if it is only 12″ x 12″. I also learned that in order to finish a painting I have to let go a little and let the painting be a little different than I had imagined. All in all, this was a successful month for me. And I am still painting daily, which is fantastic.

Day 30   Welcome Center 2, 12″ x 12″, acrylic on cradled hardboard.

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30 in 30 Days 21, 22, and 23…

I thought by using acrylic things would go so fast. Yet, I find myself sitting and waiting for paint to dry a lot. I guess I need to put it on a little thinner, lol.

Day 23 –     Acey Boy 3, 12″ x 12″, digital print on cradled hardboard, $110.

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Day 22 –     Red Betta Girl, 12″ x 12″, mixed media acrylic and digital print on cradled hardboard, $150.

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Day 21 –     Blue Daisy 2, 12″ x 12″, acrylic on cradled hardboard, $150.

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I think you’ll be seeing a lot of flowers and fish in the next little while. I’m enjoying them a lot.

Thanks for looking!   Susan

30 Paintings in 30 Days?

Well, I’m a little behind, lol. But I’m just letting that go. 😀 I’ve been working on multiple paintings but they’re taking longer than I expected. I’m working on intuitive backgrounds using paint left from whatever else I’m working on (my “Waste Not Want Not” thing), then adding a focal image.  Here’s an example for Day 19:

Blue Daisy 1, 12″ x 12″, acrylic on cradled hard board

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Underneath this next image is, sadly, Don’t Fence Me In. I thought I needed to make it better. 😦  But I’m happy with this image. It’s a digital image printed and decoupaged to a panel. I use an ink jet printer so it’s been quite a process to learn how to do this without smearing the ink.

Day 20 –     Sandy and Bug Posterized, 8″ x 18″, paper and acrylic medium on cradled hardboard

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I hope to have several more to post this week. My grandson has the flu so he’s here with us all day instead of in kindergarten. Poor boy, he feels terrible. :’-(

30 Paintings in 30 Days Catch Up

I’ve been painting, I just haven’t had time to post. Put all the Christmas decorations away – it’s always a little sad. And am I the only one who apologizes to the nativity figures as I wrap them in plastic?

30 in 30 Day 9     Tryst, 6″ x 8″, acrylic, leaves, mod podge on illustration board,

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Day 8     I See You, 6″ x 8″, acrylic on illustration board

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Day 7     Running, 8″ x 10″, acrylic on stretched canvas

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Day 6     Spaces, 6″ x 8″, acrylic on illustration board

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Day 5     Dallas Zoo, 8″ x 10″, acrylic on stretched canvas

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Thanks for looking!