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California Poppies In Alcohol Ink

California poppies are such a lovely shade of orange. For some reason I cannot get enough orange lately. It’s weird how I binge on certain colors. A year ago I couldn’t get enough blue. Everything was blue.

Do you ever fall in love with colors? It could just be that Autumn is upon us and I am getting ready to celebrate the season. Maybe I am just having flashbacks to my childhood too. Remember when orange and avocado green were the big colors? I remember the owls too. Owls were everywhere!

California Poppies Alcohol Ink Painting
California Poppies 9×12 alcohol ink painting on Yupo paper.

You can purchase this original art work for $105.00 (shipping included) right now by pushing the big green button.


This is day 3 of the 30 in 30 painting challenge. I am feeling pretty motivated. I am also trying not to put too much pressure on myself. If I miss a day here or there, or publish my post at 10 pm, or do two in one day I am OK with that. September is a tricky month. It always feels like the beginning of the year to me. I make a lot of plans and try to tackle a lot of projects. I feel energized. Sometimes I try to take on way too many things at once though so I have to be mindful of burning myself out. I think I am keeping a better eye on that this time.

Not to mention, as Tiny-Small gets bigger she seems to need more and more of my attention. I thought it would be the opposite. I figured as she grew up she’d need me less and less. I am finding out that is just a myth. She still needs me, but in different ways. She likes to talk and ask questions and she always wants to help me with whatever I am doing. It’s a constant adjustment for me as I change to accommodate all of her changes. It feels a little like dancing with a partner who likes to dip you without warning sometimes. It’s fun and tiring and wonderful all at the same time.

It’s also cutting into my painting time. I mean, she gave up naps completely! COMPLETELY! So, we’ll see how this daily painting goes. Stay tuned to see which flower pops up on day 4 of the 30 in 30 challenge. You can also follow we on Instagram and twitter. Just search for the hashtag: #30in30.

In the meantime, go check out the other painters working hard each day to produce a new painting over on Leslie Saeta’s blog.



Bathroom Selfie Or Bust

Bathroom selfies are all the rage. If you don’t know what a selfie is, it’s a picture you take of yourself and then share all over the Internet. A bathroom selfie is one you take using the bathroom mirror so you don’t have to turn your camera around to take the photo. I recently attempted to take a bathroom selfie for the first time ever.


I figured it would be easy. So, while Jim was stacking his plate with salad I decided to take my first bathroom selfie in the Soup Or Salad (an all you can eat soup and salad buffet) bathroom mirror. The bathroom was old and dingy, but it didn’t have a mountain of dirty laundry in the background so it was still far superior to my own bathroom at home. Plus, it didn’t have any toothpaste on the mirror.

Bathroom Selfie or Bust
Bathroom Selfie #2

It turns out taking a bathroom selfie is harder than it looks. I couldn’t get the angle right. I couldn’t get the photo crisp and clear because looking in two places at once makes me wiggle for some reason. The lighting was bad. My wrinkles were enhanced on my face and my dress. I mean, my cotton dress looked like it had never been ironed and so did my face. If only facial wrinkles were that easy to get rid of, right? My hair was just kind of crazy, but that’s nothing new. I can’t really blame the camera and my bad aim for that…or can I?

I think I need to research how to take a bathroom selfie like a rock star (or a fashion blogger) so I can do better next time. I mean, if there is a next time. It’s not easy to find a bathroom that is blog worthy or spotless. I don’t want to become known as the bad bathroom selfie queen. Which could totally happen. Anything is possible on the Internet. At least that is what the business gurus keep telling me.

For now I am just going to stick to the original selfie. Something artists around the world made famous way before the Internet was even born. The self-portrait. It’s just another form of selfie stardom. Maybe next time I’ll even paint myself in the bathroom. A beautiful, marble bathroom with a shower containing dual, massage, shower heads and a giant, shiny-clean bathtub (and absolutely no dirty laundry). If I am going to paint a bathroom, it might as well be a dream bathroom, right?

Bathroom Selfies or Bust
Self Portrait Challenge in Alcohol Inks on Yupo paper

I painted this selfie for a challenge. We were supposed to do a self-portrait in an impressionistic style. If you look up impressionism it pretty much covers any style other than realism. So, I don’t know if I got it right, but at least I got to practice painting a person using alcohol inks.

Bathroom Selfies Or Bust
Tiny-Small makes my painting better by adding Dora.

Then, when I wasn’t looking, someone decided to improve upon my masterpiece. Imagine my surprise when, over night, I grew a Dora on my chin! My artsy fairy godmother must have paid me a visit in the night. That’s a new one for facial hair. I’m sure I’ll start a trend or a fad. We can call it “The Dora.”

It’s likely I’ll come in first place for that self-portrait challenge now! They will certainly want in on the publicity my new facial hair fad is going to generate. At least that is what I am going to keep telling myself.


P.S. Stickers come off Yupo paper super easy so nothing was harmed by the artsy fairy godmother creative intervention. Another reason I love Yupo paper.


My Peacock Painting Is In A Video

My peacock painting is in a video! Yay! I am so excited because, Karen Walker, an alcohol ink painting genius/goddess, included my painting in a video she created to highlight the talents of people who participated in her peacock painting challenge. Wow…that was a long sentence. I ran out of breath just reading it. The video is amazing. I watched it with my mouth wide open…in awe. The peacocks are each so different. It’s just fascinating to see the same subject painted in so many various styles and colors. It’s really a treat to watch. I had a total “I’m not worthy” Wayne’s World-esque moment watching this video. I would have bowed to it if anyone was watching, but since I am alone I just pretended to bow. The talent is just incredible. I am so grateful Karen included my peacock. I know I had a lot of fun painting it!

My Peacock Painting Is In A Video
My peacock painting: “Peacock in Bakersfield” Alcohol inks on Yupo paper 11×14 $175.00


If you are a fan of art, alcohol inks, or peacocks you should watch this. Then go visit the websites of these artists so you can be even more impressed. I know I am ready to step up my game and paint an even better peacock the next time this challenge rolls around! This is what happens when you surround yourself by people you want to be like or people who have talents and skills you want to have yourself…you get inspired!

I really enjoy painting birds. There is something about their eyes and the way they hold their bodies that I find intriguing. I especially enjoy the peacock paintings because the feathers are so neat! I was so happy to participate in this challenge, mostly because one of Karen Walker’s peacock paintings started my whole investigation and journey into using alcohol inks. I feel like I have come full circle in a way. She is an excellent teacher and so generous with her knowledge. Thank you, Karen, for creating this video and a platform for alcohol ink artists to show their talent to the world!