Friday, November 20, 2015

NFAC, Nibblefest dogs for PPF, and Crochet Granny Square Vest

I used to blog every week, but now it is every month, I guess. I don't paint as often so Paint Party Friday has turned into Paint Party Monthly for me.

I did do a pet portrait commission of Rico this week, 5x7 watercolor and pen/ink. I think he turned out really cute, but you never know how the person it was intended for will like it. Have to wait till after Christmas to find out, I guess.
And it's Nibblefest time again, where we have once a month 99 cent auctions on Ebay for one week. Since the theme this month is "dogs" I just had to add a few ACEOs to the mix. Search Ebay for more great NFAC art bargains. Here are my entries, all watercolor, pen and ink, ACEO size.

Back to the 70's. Here is my hippie style Granny Squares Vest and matching hat. -- Do you think people from the 70's or in their 70's, like me, would wear this vest? I know I would, so, if it does not sell, I have a new outfit for the new year! LOL.
I made the hat with leftover yarns to match the vest.

The pattern was free, on this site: and there are lots more to choose from, like ponchos, gypsy bags, halters, and more vests, if you are looking for yesteryear yarnspiration! is growing every day. Be sure to stop by and see all the NEW items Diane has added this week.

Friday, October 23, 2015

NFAC, Nibblefest, More Colorful Crochet, PPF

It's NFAC, Nibblefest again! 
99 cent auctions on Ebay started on the 20th for one week. See all the great bargains in art. All sizes, not just 2.5 x 3.5 inches!
Nocturnal Creatures for Halloween. My Mixed Media watercolor, pen and ink, painted ACEO entry.

Totally not appropriate colors for the season, but I made it this week, so Happy 4th of July in October.

Visit my Etsy Shop for more of my Freestyle Crochet Art
Lavender Blue, Dilly Dilly!

Neopolitan Ice Cream colors, strawberry, Chocolate and Vanilla.
I even made a pair of matching fingerless gloves, for texting. 

Friday, October 9, 2015

Costumes Fashion Art ACEOs and Crochet, PPF

Fashion Sketches, ACEO size, 2.5 x 3..5 inches, WC, Pen and Ink.

I remember how painful it was to get dressed up and wear killer heels. LOL. Tis the season, but not for me any more. I wear flats all the time now.

This started out as your basic black dress and evolved into a goth-like halloween costume. Amazing how the subconscious takes over and does weird things!

Pretty in pink - My favorite color, Hot Pink! Extra long scarf. I just kept on crocheting and it was a good thing I ran out of yarn! My crochet hats and more are found in my Etsy store.

These are my not chokers, because I don't like the choking feeling but I love the splash of color at the neckline. The button above came from a trip to Europe ages ago. 

This is the Wild, Wild Vest, and I am actually going to keep it, I think, instead of selling it. Who else would wear such a bright and bold creation? I love it!

My first Cloche, and some really cool colors for this set.

And since it has been 2 weeks from my last post, I have created a bunch of crochet art fashions. They are done in FreeForm or FreeStyle, without a pattern, so they are unique, each a one-of-a-kind fashionable wearable art.

Friday, September 25, 2015

Black and White, Two Ways, ACEOs and Crochet, PPF

Black and White, Two ways

These two ACEOs were done with Tradio pen, which is not waterproof and when you touch it with a wet brush, it bleeds and runs in interesting ways.
Available in my Ebay Store in the SALE section. I have more than 50 ACEOs for sale $5 and under. Check it out!


This Freeform Crochet Beret Hat and Mini Neckscarf, both pieces of my Wearable Art collection, which also mimic my love of contrast and pattern. Most of my closet is filled with Black and White because it is so easy to decide what to wear.  LOL. These are currently available on Etsy.

Friday, September 18, 2015

Stained Glass Windows, Dragonfly and Freeform Crochet

Stained Glass Windows

Painted Dragonfly ACEO 2.5 x 3.5 inches
This is my entry for Nibblefest this month, which starts on the 20th. All bids begin at 99 cents on Ebay for one week. The NFAC Dragonfly theme inspired me to mimic the wearable art I designed this week, keeping with the stained glass motif. I will be listing this one on Ebay Sept 20th. 

Freeform Crochet Scarfette and Beret
My latest wearable ART freeform crochet hat and scarfette inspired by a bit of variegated yarn. Look closely in the little circles. It reminded me of a stained glass window so I just went with that and finished it in a couple of days, and made a French beret hat to match. Available on Etsy. This is a one of a kind bold statement for brave fashionistas!

Friday, September 11, 2015

Halloween Witch, Balconies and Scarves for PPF

Paintings and Scarves this week.
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Some sketchy loose watercolor art, and more scarves!

ACEO Witchy Poo and Bat, for Halloween challenge on EBAY Facebook group.

8x10 Loose Watercolor, pen and ink, for DPW challenge this week.

I am working on taking pictures for the "Wearable Art" section of my Etsy Store, but it takes so much time! It's more fun to make them than it is to list them online. I just got the mannequin and the white cardboard backing so I will try to take a few to show you what I have done this week.
Turquoise Blues and Purple Skarfette and Beret

This is the one I started last week, and the mannequin (I should give her a name!) is wearing my blonde wig. This was taken before I got the white presentation foamcore. Below she is set up with lots of lights, which creates shadows . . . 

I don't know how to do the lighting so I don't get shadows, but you can see the shoulder scarf and Beret pretty good. She has this neutral color skin which I did not like at first, but now I do, because she looks good as a blonde or a brunette.

Or without her wigs wearing a cloche and neck warmer. 

Friday, September 4, 2015

Hats and Scarves, ACEO cherries

ACEO, Loose WC Cherries, Pen and Ink

This week I have done lots of crochet, but only one piece of art. I am determined to not obsess about the handiwork, and have vowed to do at least one piece of art each week. Got lots more yarn this week from a secret source. I love the colors and textures and just the feel of it all, and the best part is selecting the ones I like that look good together. 

Cloche, Freeform Crochet Hat for sale on my Etsy site.

And matching scarf. 

I am working on a blue/green combination, too.
I will post more pictures next week, after I have my new mannequin head/shoulders so I can display them properly, and my daughter is helping me make a "photo booth" for taking better pics. I am having sooooo much fun!

Friday, August 28, 2015

A change of pace. Crochet Art? This week for PPF.

A Crowded Street, Watercolor and pen
ACEO, Sold on DPW

OLD PAINT. That's the only painting I did this week. I have so many in my current stash FOR SALE, that I decided to shift gears for awhile. I may paint a few loose watercolors now and then, with pen and ink, mostly ACEO size. I seriously have 500+ paintings in my virtual stores. So, what to do with all my time if I don't paint? I am retired and must keep busy to stay sane. Too much TV rots the brain. 

HOOKING. I decided to bring out my crochet hooks and get some yarn so I could make presents for Christmas gift giving. This week I made 5 hats, 2 neck scarves, a market bag,  a doggie snood, and 4 large granny squares for an afghan. I have lots of free time, and like I do with painting, I am very fast. 

IS IT ART? Then while searching for free patterns on the internet, I found Freeform Crochet. It's like painting with yarn. No pattern, well almost no pattern. There are things called "scrumbles" that you can make and there are basic instructions for those. You can sew them together and make things out of them, or perhaps just create "ART" for the wall.

YARN. My daughter scored 3 huge bags of yarn for me, every kind and color imaginable, so now I am set for awhile. I will post some of the things I have made so far, and this blog will have both fiber art and painting for awhile.

My beginning granny square afghan, and my little applehead chihuahua, Lily.

Hat for Robin and Snood for her doggie.

Crochet bag for carrying fruit at the market.

very heavy yarn, but quick crochet hat.
This one needs a fancy doodad scrumble.

Gina's Christmas Slouchy Hat. She claimed this one.

A grey slouchy hat with a freeform crochet flower.

Black and White hat with freeform crochet abstract design.
This was a present for Pat, our hairdresser at the Salon.

Me and my Little Girl, at the Hairdresser's, getting new hairdos. 

If I keep on making these hats, etc., I may have to open another store on Ebay.

Next week, scrumbles and slippers?

Friday, August 21, 2015

ACEOs, Teapots for NFAC

Teatime at Nibblefest! Bidding on these ACEOs starts at 99 cents on Ebay.

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Obviously, I cannot decide what style I prefer to paint in, or what medium to use. The Red Teapot is very loose style watercolor and pen, Blue one in the middle has a thick heavy application of acrylic done in a painterly style, and flowered Blue and White teapot on the bottom is a Folk Art style done with acrylic. The dots on the doily were done with a stylus.

More ACEOs this week . . 

Poppies, very impressionistic, heavy impasto acrylic

Boston Terrier, realistic style, acrylic on textured background

Very loose style, done with Tradio Pen and ink, "Moo Cow."

Pink Ballet Slippers, ACEO, Tradio Pen and watercolor

Repurposed Cowboy Boots, used as a planter. WC, Pen and Ink.