Wednesday, December 30, 2009

Earth Angel...without her Title

i changed her wings tonight...and by a wonderful mistake..
i love love how they turned out...
she has a barrette and feather in her hair!
up close wing

Monday, December 21, 2009

The Process

I have 3 sisters, one lives nearby... today we
painted background papers, made collage papers..
sanded, transferred and laughed a lot!!
We learned a lot too, and it was a great way to spend
an entire day with my sister...
here are our unfinished beauties!!!

Monday, December 7, 2009

Snow in Newcastle / It's quite unusual!!!

...woe is nose is dripping...and
how can i possibly fluff my feathers
with 2 pounds of snow on top of them...

Saturday, November 28, 2009

Misty Mawn's class continued...'s whats so great about a GOOD online class...
this is one of my first painting layers...and then...
from a different lesson, adding collage...and then....
being given the freedom to alter this as well...if we CHOOSE!
..and one other (of many) she showed us how to make rubber stamps...
the right hand bottom corner, i made some new
stamps, flowers, painted them, cut 'em out..etc. and FUN!
...same collage painting, computer color change..

made really cute cards! GO IN FOR A CLOSER VIEW, TWICE!

Thursday, November 19, 2009

Monday, November 16, 2009

Misty's Painting Layer Class/Excercises on Techniques

Full page transfer from personal photo
Full Page transparency from personal painting

Friday, November 13, 2009

Arboreal / 2nd shot

This is November 2008. what a difference each year can bring in color changes!!!

Tuesday, November 10, 2009

Arboreal with Julie Prichard and Friends/and we're lucky something isn't upside down on this post...just showing my expertise at the computer, hahahah

wind ravaged, november flowering plum
august, flowering plum

november, chinese pistache

august, chinese pistache

summer remnants...

fall fading.....

Saturday, November 7, 2009

Michele Ward / Signs

Just press on Michele's logo to the right if you want to find out about this...
Signs...they are everywhere in my work from Nana (my mom's mother).
She ingrained in me a "CAN DO" constitution. Taught me the value of learning new ways and the wondrous mystery in experimentation. We had many giggles over trials in doing things our way at times, such delight she passed on to her grandchild.
Her signs are everywhere, her gifts passed down... she taught me how to knit, crochet, embroider, braid rugs, sew, darn and repair.
She taught me how to mend ANYTHING, picking up threads and fabric to mimic and match...a hole, a snag, a rip or ravel...just give it to me, i CAN DO!
Nana created the most outstanding braided rugs, filling living rooms. Cutting wool strips, filling them with cord, braided, and sewn into lush carpeting fit for a king, delighting anyone's eyes and senses!

This isn't in MY journal, put glued into Miz Katie's journal (our collaborative affair) in wanting to share my very soul of my Nana who put the gleam into life for me, carrying on in my art forever!Press on pictures to enlarge:

Leading to collaged purses..... Front Back of purse

She sometimes whispers and giggles in my ear, while sewing something. Has opened a door, whooshed in and whooshed out. She leaves her signs, i leave my signs...hopefully to the pleasantries and delight for everyone!!!
I love you my NANA. xo

Tuesday, November 3, 2009

Thank you

Happy November, and extra happy. Here is what i came home to (ghost busters were busy while i was away).
thank you soooooo much to all of you for your prayers and thoughts for my mom. she came through with flying colors, is better than she has been in yearsssss...considering a pace maker and many strokes. she just is so determined to not lay down and die, even though that would truly be easier for her. she gets those teeny little brittle arms and legs motivating before she can get out of bed in the morning, and then keeps on trucking inch by inch by inch till it turns into maybe foot by foot. such an inspiration for our family. thank you from the bottom of my heart. xo wanda

Thursday, October 29, 2009


life can change in a heart beat. i'm leaving in 2 min. to go to the airport with a sister. our mom is going to have emergency open heart surgery, if she makes it that far. xo wanda

Sunday, October 25, 2009

Michele Wards/the dark side

just before i went down with the flu, i started this little painting and thought how fun it was to play in black, something i rarely attempt. i loved it and thought, i know i'll do more. thanks, michele.
after painting on black acrylic i sprayed it down with water...ergo...when you look up close the texture in the paper showed up real nicely...gave her a blouse and poofy shoulders, spray paint w/ stencils and paper at the top. she's kinda special with the right colors for the season!

Saturday, October 24, 2009

Purely Sweet

This looks like something you might find stuck to the bottom of your shoe...
well, isn't...
this is the back of mystele's finished piece...
it's off in the mail this monday....just a little teaser...i want mystele to have the best surprise!

Friday, October 16, 2009


Does this happen to you? ...this was one of my very first paintings of women and girls...starting in jan. when following misty's mawn's prompts...she is so imperfect, but i fell in love with her then and am still enamored with her. go figure...
i printed her out on a postcard for this, and well, i still love her?!
it was one of those paintings that seemed to just come out easy, go down easy and then asked...wait...where was i, what just happened and LOOK what happened. i know this has happened to you...................? Annnnd. if anyone is watching and wants to leave a note that really does like her as i do...i will finish her up as a hanging. leave me a note about your own personal "wonderings" and i'll pick a name (if there are any) to send to you.....? xo wanda
thanks mystele, you're such a doll!

Sunday, October 11, 2009

Michele Ward "34 Crusade/"Come over to the dark side"/Very Fun!

...ooh, had i known...could have shown beginning to end.
ah well..tribute and thanks to djpettit on this one.
here's a rundown on the pieces used:
~center photo copy of own painting on white printable postcard
~torn, old 1900's bible cover at the bottom of piece
~various fabric, scraps and beads

Wednesday, September 2, 2009

"I'll be back"

my computer is going to a corrections facility

Wednesday, August 26, 2009

"simple emotional response to life"

I painted, then added fabric paper to some parts of this piece.
Be sure to enlarge it to see the textures up close.

Sunday, August 23, 2009

Arboreal / Julie Prichard / the land of lost luggage

This is a flowering plum we planted out further on our property.
It looks so nondescript at the moment, but wait till fall and spring!
This was such a great idea, Julie!
I've already enjoyed perusing other bloggers trees...and the
gift of sharing come fall and here's a girl without
tunnel vision! ah ha!
A Chinese Pistache front of an oak and next to a mimosa.

mainly...the trunk

Saturday, August 22, 2009

Julie Prichard/Land of lost Luggage

If you go to julie's sight, then you'll see what the TREE picture is all about.
If i was more savvy on the computer, i could just hook ya' all up but...i just don't know how...yet!This tree i just snapped in seal beach, unbelievable, huh!

Tuesday, August 18, 2009

Dulling our Senses...

I understand now why some bloggers check out for awhile...
more than one reason, here.
i'll be back much later with hopefully fresh or refreshing
ideas and comments.
i'm leaving with this little humorous post...
down below these sandaled feet is where i slept at
my sister cookie's this last week...and this is where
i stuck my glasses just before shutting my eyes.
i made this beach angel for cookie over 10 years ago
and just can't believe so much time has past!
below...this pic, i hope you enjoy the rest of her.