Monday, September 5, 2016

The Every Day or Two (or Three) Challenge

Yes, that's what this challenge should be for me! 

 I'm still having fun, though, and Leo is a willing subject.

 'Leo', watercolor on 300# Fabriano paper, 6"x 6"

 (I also do pet portraits; this size is $65. Message me if you are interested! 

Make sure to include your contact information.)

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 Here again is the *30 in 30 Challenge*! 

Saturday, September 3, 2016

"Cherry on Top", Part Two...

Well, I can already tell that my life is going to 'get in the way' of this challenge! 

 Second day, *right out of the gate*, I didn't do a painting... 

 (I packaged and FedEx-ed other artwork, though, so that was something!) 

 Back on track, now, with "Cherry on Top 2", in my old familiar medium, watercolor.

 Thank you for your encouragement!

Have a safe and happy Labor Day!

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Thursday, September 1, 2016

"30 in 30" Challenge

Switching gears here a little (and it may make me a better blogger) ~

 Participating in this fun challenge, hosted by Leslie Saeta.

 The goal is "thirty paintings in thirty days"; every day for the month of September.

Of course, daily posting may not happen (although I rarely miss a day of painting now,

 I am usually so picky that I don't finish a project right away), but we will see...

 Here goes! 

 My first painting is acrylic on gallery-wrapped canvas, titled "Cherry on Top" ~ 6" x 6"

 To see Leslie's blog and the rest of the "30 in 30" participants, click here!

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Saturday, July 23, 2016

Welcome to The Mad Tea Party, 2016!

Hello!! ~ Come on in!

Welcome to the 2016 Mad Tea Party blog hop!

First, I would like to thank Miss Vanessa for once again hosting

this delightful venture!
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Did you just fall through that dusty Rabbit Hole over there?

Oh, Dear!

Settle in with some cookies and tea!

Earl Grey??

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Our Tea Party cookies are courtesy of my sweet friend in Tennessee!

Aren't they wonderful?

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Even my tea pot girls have a Looking Glass!

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Uh, oh... looks like Someone left his hat!

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The Key to....Somewhere!

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Cupcakes won't spoil your supper if they are supper!

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Petunias and buttercream?

Yes, please!

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It is a little known fact that the heady fragrance of Tuberoses

lures folks towards Rabbit Holes, and then....

Well, here you are!

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Look at this little visitor to the Tea Party!

And he thought he was going to be late... (bless him)!

(He has been visiting my porch all week! Carrots and cool water there!)


Thank you so much for stopping by!

(Be sure to visit all the other revelers, if you can!)

Happy Mad Tea Partying!


(Some of my latest Alice art!)
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"The Mad Hatter's Tea" Cupcake Box
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An Alice Celebration!
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Work-in-Progress Alice & Flamingo ornament...


Sunday, July 3, 2016

Fancy Words

The longer I live, the more I realize that I am not nearly as well-read as I once thought.
I love words and their origins, though ~ a "semi-Logophile", if you will ~ but today, on Facebook, someone used a word that I don't recall ever seeing in print (or heard, to my knowledge) before ~ "quotidian". And they used it in a very "quotidian" manner, too (wait for it, if you are as uninformed as I was) ~ they were not being intentionally pompous or anything.

I don't think.

Anyway, I felt kind of dumb (and I am willing to bet I'm not the only one who did, after reading that comment), and I immediately Googled it. (Because that's what I have to would not believe how often I Google things.)

I found the neatest site called "The Every Girl" ( ), and the subject was "Using Fancy Words" ~ it made me feel better about the whole thing,
I tell I borrowed the following information ~ (totally THEIRS, not mine ~ hope I am crediting correctly!) ~ (Also, the list of Fancy Words at the bottom must have been discussed at some point, and I was pleased to discover that I knew (and had correctly used) most ~ though not all ~ of them.)

Soooo....I will probably, at least, remember "quotidian" about you? Have you discovered and "new" words lately?

(All definitions via )

Fancy Word *EveryGirl*s should know: quotidian

Why we chose this fancy word: 
One of our writing interns, Clarissa Fidler,
stumbled upon this word while reading a New York Times article by David Carr.
She found the well-known writer's unique, poignant perspective on the topic of
plagiarism to be anything but quotidian.

Definition: quotidian (adj.) pronunciation: kwoh-tid-ee-uhn

1. daily
2. usual or customary; everyday
3. ordinary; commonplace

Use this word in a sentence: Martha's quotidian looks and shy demeanor were no match for Zoe's breathtaking beauty and charismatic personality.

Have you been using past fancy words?

insouciant = free from concern, worry, or anxiety; carefree

self-effacing = not drawing attention to oneself; modest

picayune = of little value or account; small; trifling

risible = causing or capable of causing laughter; laughable; ludicrous.

parvenu = someone who has recently acquired wealth or importance but has not yet developed the appropriate manners

usurious = charging illegal or exorbitant rates of interest for the use of money

blandishment = something that flatters or coaxes

innocuous = not harmful

fruition = attainment of anything desired; realization; accomplishment

libation = a pouring out of wine or other liquid in honor of a deity

ubiquitous = existing or being everywhere, especially at the same time

chimerical = highly unrealistic; wildly fanciful

pithy = brief or forceful

euphemism = nice way of saying something unpleasant

loquacious = talkative, babbling

osculation = a kiss

resplendent = having a splendid appearance

pedantic = ostentatious in one’s learning

compendium = summary or account of a subject


Sunday, January 10, 2016

A Little Creativity...

Because... you know what?

 If I don't post it (or plan to, that's my strategy), I won't do it... 

 There's something about telling someone you're going to DO something

 that kind of "mentally" holds you to it... 

 So, here are a couple of things I've been up to in the last few weeks...

(That I can now post!)

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A while back, I wrote about Miss Sadie Waters (click here for the link)

on my other neglected blog, A Graveyard Rabbit in Southeast Missouri...

A lot happened after that post, "re-Sadie"...

She "introduced" me to someone (well, she did, honestly!)

who also had an interest in her...who had done her doctoral dissertation on Sadie

and her art, actually, after finding long forgotten artworks in a Virginia thrift shop.

Long story.

Connections were made... and I received more photos and information from my

new friend. (A novel, based on Miss Sadie Waters' brief but interesting life, is also in the

works...I will share more information on that when I have it...)

So, thank you, Miss Sadie. 

Above is a photo (greatly enlarged, and taken from my computer screen,

so please excuse the quality...) of a miniature portrait on ivory by Sadie...

I used it as the inspiration for my watercolor of a little "Santa Lucia" girl

 (with her Tomten friend...)


Following is my "work-in-progress"...

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Initial pencil sketch...
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First watercolor washes...

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Adding details...

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Touches of shimmery metallic gouache to finish...

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Ta-da! I turned it into cards and magnets on Zazzle...always fun!

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You know how I said I wasn't doing any more Fairy Houses?

Never say never... ;)

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Thank you to my husband, who does the roofs...

Much, much more "particular" than I...

(He cuts EVERY "shingle" precisely!)

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This house went to a little girl in Michigan...

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Leo looks a little perturbed, doesn't he?

Could it be that he is disgusted that I still have Christmas up?

Or the aftermath of a Catnip Party?

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Tallulah, "post-catnip".

That's all for now...two posts, in just a few days...can you believe it?

Have a wonderful week, all, and be creative!!

(Tell me about it...then you will DO it!)