It’s a beautiful day in AZ. I’ve had such a good week painting. For the past five plus months, I’ve been babysitting my darling grandchild who recently turned 18 months-old. After working 11-hr days, I simply did not have the energy or mind-set for producing art work. I did paint off/on, but there is nothingContinue reading “03/19/2021”

TODAY (01/18/2021), I was going to write about one painting I recently completed that was not my most difficult, but I rate it as one of my best. The second painting I’m currently working is difficult in that I’m struggling to get it “right/good/beautiful” to my satisfaction. However, I’m struggling today. This morning, I’m outContinue reading

Essential Tremor Last week I received a diagnosis of essential tremor. In the past right before I retired in 2013, I noticed occasional head jerks. I thought that was stress due to our stressful environment. When I retired, that went away. However, during the summer of 2019, I had some trauma. I tore one ofContinue reading

How Do You Do It?

I do understand your question. I feel it. I majored in art education but never taught art. My life took a different path. I dabbled in oils and acrylics, silversmithing, beading and pottery. Now I’m retired and got into a bunch of clubs for these different mediums. I quit the clubs. Now, I’m focusing onContinue reading “How Do You Do It?”

Posted on October 4, 2020 by pattyraz51 — Leave a comment Thursday Lunch & Learn Painting Classes, offered for free by Plaid, provides a weekly painting project on their FB page. Andy B Jones is often the teacher for this class. This last week’s Lunch & Learn was a pumpkin patch painted by Andy. His lesson was to paint thisContinue reading

This has nothing to do with painting, but… BANANAS: What do you do with overly ripe bananas that are not yet brown? Here is what I’ve been doing for a few years now: Peel and cut into chunks. Put chunks into a freezer bag and freeze. (They do not brown when frozen.) Add frozen chunksContinue reading

My Pumpkin This pumpkin was fun to do using some mixed media. I took a 12×16 canvas board and with a trowel spread on some modeling paste. I then took a sponge and dabbed it all over the canvas to give it a sponge-type texture. I knocked down any really large peaks with a paletteContinue reading

Art Sites that I Like I belong to the FB group Let’s Paint with Plaid, I enjoy Andy B Jones as a teacher, as well as Chris Williams. This FB group is like a loving family community. The group offers free tutorials every Tuesday and Thursday. They are also affiliated with Plaid Crafts andContinue reading

Wheels Up My website launched today! One might wonder why I titled this “Wheels Up”. Those who are in the Air Force or from an Air Force family (or pilots/pilot families of any type) will understand that “Wheels Up” is “taking off” for a flight. I have used “wheels up” for road trips and nowContinue reading


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