May 28, 2023

Let's Paint an Angel

These paintings were from a lesson named lets paint and angel.

They began as flower petals and then we turn them into an angel.

This last one was the first one I did. The paper would not support re-wetting previous paint to meld it with new layers. So I painted the two above on different papers, which was much more successful in that regard.

 I find it interesting to do one lesson a few times to see how each one is different. How new inspiration rises. How new ideas unfold. 


If you are curious about this teacher, she has many classes:

Päivi Eerola




May 7, 2023

Abstract Forest


The assignment from the course I am taking:

Magical Forest

was to paint an abstract forest

the one above does not look that abstract to me

so I made a second one.

Are either of them abstract?

This is called negative painting. 

you outline the subject (tree) with paint, instead of painting the tree itself. 

One of many things I am experiencing in this course is finding the artist in me

that existed before this world told me:

mountains aren't that pointy

trees aren't that color

this is how you draw a flower


It is so fun to take pencil or brush to paper and make marks and eventually finding things from life in it. 

I get absorbed in the movement of the brush, the marks the pencil makes

just for that experience. 

I love it. 


I hope this finds you enjoying your day. 



May 2, 2023

Flower Fairy


Everywhere she went
rays of light danced and flickered

a painting from the course I am taking with Pävai Eerola
I am enjoying her lessons and the multitude of layers that go into them. 


Apr 25, 2023

Rays of light


through veils of light

caring beings appear

blessing our realm


Wishing you blessings that inspire your smile. 



Apr 22, 2023

Looking for a Fairy but found an Angel


This is from the course Magical Forest where we are guided to create a series.

I am working on 4 paintings. In this one I was looking for a fairy, but I found an angel.

I am not confident that my rays of light portray rays of light, but at lest they feel like rays of energy, maybe close enough.



Apr 16, 2023

Flowers and Fairies


I am taking a course by Paivi Eerola

I enjoy looking at her art, sometimes feeling my heart respond to her paintings.

I like her teaching style, so many wonderful techniques and tips and yet it is quite intuitional, which I enjoy!

The painting above had many layers.....

then the next lesson had us finding fairies in our painting:

I found three fairies, but sense are more!

I am looking forward to more of her lessons!

It really looks like a fabulous course.



Mar 11, 2023

Abstract Realm


While laying low this week
And in between chores
I drew
Layers and layers of colored pencils
Hours and hours of drawing, and it is a small piece.  
Really fun to feel into it as it came to life, what is my spirit expressing?
So different for me, I think. 
Maybe I needed some color in our deeply gray winter wonderland…...

Lovely weekend and beyond to you

Feb 16, 2023

Frozen Lake


Autumn gold



winters frozen breath of ice

twas a beautiful day at the lake

when the sun comes out to show off the beauty of our world

I try to be out under its lovely light

for our winters tend to be cloudy

The lake shore was frozen for quite a ways into the lake

yet there were windows in the ice revealing treasures below

the artful expression of nature

appears to be endless and whimsical at times

some winters

and this lake does not freeze at all

there were people walking on this ice.....

so fun to see ice forming in a myriad of shapes and different transparencies

I hope you have enjoyed the glimpses of Lake McDonald

in winter wonderland