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Tuesday, January 31, 2012


I've been doing a series of vintage artist trading cards so this one is for the category of families. If you notice to the right is a tent. The were camping on their way to California in the 30's. Someone told it reminded them of a "Grapes of Wrath" scene.


Sunday, January 29, 2012

Friday, January 27, 2012


Truly an amazing and talented portrait and still life artist. I know you will enjoy him as I did.


Here's my group of ladies doing their Prayer Scrapbooks for 2012. We have 15 in the group, though we are missing a few here. Each month and sometimes twice a month we've been meeting to get their books set up. We started in December for 2012, but some were so excited they wanted to start writing in the immediately so a few did December pages as well. I always love to see how creative Ukrainians are.


Some really great ideas here. Worth the cut and paste. Sorry, couldn't get it to work any other way. http://e1.interweave.com/dm?id=54B92B0C5372AFA8D65CBE558EF5705FAD0B43E0AE847CC5

Thursday, January 26, 2012


Encaustic painting is something I've been interested in and I found this video I thought you would enjoy as well. He makes it so simple and yet his technique was so effective.

Wednesday, January 25, 2012


On my desk today is a quick sketch in acrylic paint and oil pastels. Just a nice reminder of summer, when right now we have knee deep snow outside and 14F or -10C. Looking forward to spring when I can be outside in the garden again.

Tuesday, January 24, 2012


You're going to love this idea by Cindy Shepard of Design Originals. She's an artist and author sharing her ideas for art recycling. Saving my bags and envelopes now. And why couldn't we use plastic bags too? Hmmm! Wheels are turning.

Tuesday, January 17, 2012

Monday, January 16, 2012


OK, I'm posting this as much for me as for you. Some good ideas for 2012. Now, out of 29 different pictures, why it chose this one that looks like someone tettering over from too much drink I have no idea. It's not even about that. Oh well. Enjoy:

Summer's Beauty in Ukraine

Since we are all in the midst of winter now I thought I'd share some beauty from warmer days. I know this butterfly almost doesn't look real, but I promise it is. And the photo is untouched as far as saturation or anything. I'm just not that techy, but God in all his creativity is amazing in what he makes. It is a foretaste of what is yet to come in heaven. Hope you like it.

Ira Glass On Creativity

Sunday, January 15, 2012

Kid's Class in Philipovichy, Ukraine

What do you do with calendar pages? Not long ago I had the great fun of doing this group. Now and then people have sent me old calendars. For a long time my use of them was limited because they were so big, but as often happens...if something stays around long enough, I think up a use for it. So now we are doing these puzzle pictures. The kids really liked them. I'm also making envelopes from them as well and we put them on the front of our scrapbook albums. My thanks to those who have sent them and we can always use your 2010 calendars now that you are done with them.

Saturday, January 14, 2012


Years ago there was an electrician working in our home. When he came to understand what I did he asked the question....."why isn't there any of your art on your walls?" Well, I thought about that for a long time. Some day there will be, but the reason there isn't is because I keep giving it away. That hasn't change over many years, but I still say that one day there will be. Just this last week we had another electrician in doing some work. I happened to show him the two tags below, saying, this is some of what I do. He knew that I work with children and adults doing arts and crafts. Well, as it turned out, he went home with the bottom one. He wanted to buy it, I couldn't sell it.

Wednesday, January 11, 2012


This is a spice bottle I re-purposed for a cappuccino sprinkler. It's on its way to England as I write. I love taking things that might be headed for the dump and putting them to some higher purpose. Plus, when I do something like this it gives me skills to teach in my classes and/or an example to show. The vintage jewel certainly adds a nice touch. Let me know if you like it. Your comments are always valued.

Wednesday, January 4, 2012


Ladies having fun working on their albums that are a testimony of their walk of faith. I help them get started and they go from there. This was run concurrently while Jeff, my husband did a conference with their husbands and dads. For more on that see: www.franksukraine.blogspot.com or find and click to the right. Great thanks to all those who send me materials that allow me to do this ministry.
We had some young ladies join us after school.
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