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11 December 2015

Gerry the Christmas Giraffe....

Hi again! It has been awhile...

I've been silently hovering in the background at PPF though life has been so busy lately I have rarely had time to paint, or post...

During the summer I started a painting for a friend. It was supposed to be the "smear and circle" style I have been playing around with. She likes giraffes so that was the subject. It looked terrible. I hated it (didn't even take photos of it before...) I put it away but kept thinking how could I fix it and make it fun? Then I had the idea that maybe the giraffe could be a Christmas giraffe and I could paint his spots red and green... and it all started to come together.

His expression is kind of funny. One friend thinks he is planning to take over the world. I think he is eyeing the mistletoe and planning to eat it thus stealing all the Christmas kisses. Mischievous giraffe!

Gerry, the Christmas Giraffe 1

Gerry, the Christmas Giraffe 2

Gerry, the mischievous Christmas Giraffe

I am happy to say that my friend liked him, and I greatly appreciated the incentive to get painting again.

If I am not back posting again before Christmas (very likely), I hope all my PPF friends have a fabulous holiday season and all the best for a happy, healthy and creative 2016!


13 March 2015

Happy 4th Birthday PPF!

So hard to believe that is now 4 years since Kristin and I leapt with our idea of creating a weekly painting check-in, Paint Party Friday. It has been such a pleasure to see such astounding art and meet such wonderful artists as you. Thanks so much for partying with us! 

I did get some painting done this week in my journal, including a self portrait to show you "me"! Not sure it was needed as Kristin did such a fun one of both of us with our party hats on! (I was intending to do one of her for this week but as too often happens lately, my week got out of control...) Sorry Kristin. Thank you so much for being such an awesome partner as we get PPF ready to go live each week!

I am so looking forward to seeing what self-portraits and other art everyone did for the party - especially to see what you look like if you did choose to do a selfie! I'd created a few others over the year and was excited to try again. This time I wanted to try this "smear and circle style" I've been experimenting with lately - mostly with birds. (I guess I've only shown one before but I've done more.) This is the first time I've tried it for a person. Almost looks like I have a neck brace on instead of being the shadows ... oh well!

EVA by EVA - smear and circle style

Other journal pages pages done since last post - most of which I plan to write on later with a quote or thoughts are:

Valentine Tree




This weekend promises to be way too busy again but I plan to visit as many of you as possible. Happy Birthday PPF!

23 January 2015

Creating Again in 2015

Whoa! Where did 2014 and some of 2015 go to?

Hope everyone is doing well! I've been behind the scenes at PPF but never seemed to be able to get my own posts up or much visiting or commenting in. I have been creating, though on a small scale. I (mostly) completed my RAJ (Red Art Journal) last year and have started a new one for 2015. No canvases though   :(   My goal is to get about a dozen canvases done later in the year and to finish my art journal. This is some of what I have created so far.

For 2015, I chose 3 words vs the one word of the year as Chris Brogan and others suggest. This is my image to illustrate the words for myself. They are big rocks (based on the theory that you need to think of the big things first then the smaller things) The words are ECOSYSTEM (to focus more on my surroundings, systems, connections and the interrelationships in my life), BODY (both from a health and fitness perspective and also a "body of work" focus) and COMPASS (to help me check that I am going in the right direction). What is/are your word(s)?

2015 Words of the Year - ECOSYTEM, BODY, COMPASS

Bird on a Wire (Fence)


Joy - with words

Quirky (almost evil looking) Snowman

Finished 2014 RAJ 

Sample page from 2014 RAJ

Hope 2015 is starting off to be a fabulously creative year for you!