Category Archives: Les Petite Dolls

Art I’ve done based on Les Petite Dolls class.

On the way to Halloween


I made this painting for my mom for her birthday. She has an early October birthday and this isn’t the only time I’ve given her something spooky for her day. This turned out awesomely. In person it’s vibrant, the textures and prominent and the softness of her face really stands out. I tried something new on this one. I usually do the faces directly onto the wood but this time I gave it a base coat of paint. The colors blended extremely well this way and it actually eliminated the amount of work I needed to do at the end of the face shading process… plus it gave her a sweet look.

I have four more this size that I’m currently working on in a Winter/Spring/Summer/Fall series and I did the faces the same way on them. I’ll share them when I get back. I’m going out of town for a few days for a visit with my parent. Since I’m in the process of getting ready now I thought I’d do my Tuesday’s Toys post as early as possible.

Here’s this weeks show and tell!

Aren’t they just the sweetest for your feetest! There ya go sugar toes! See you in a few days with new Nom Nom to share. Have an awe-filled week!

Poodle Passion

Poodle Passion

Yep… If it can be painted pink you can count on me to try it. This painting was inspired by a news article I read months ago about a lawsuit in Florida because someone dyed their Poodle’s fur pink. Which apparently is illegal in said state.  Really…  Thus… A completely legal pink Poodle for anyone living in the state of Florida. I used lots of reds, pinks, black, and sparkles. Lots and lots of sparkles!

Her shoes have since been painted shiny black… like usual, I end up taking pictures just before I’m finished… I don’t like to post paintings that have been varnished as the gloss of the varnish distorts the look of the photograph.

More tomorrow with an update for Tuesday’s Toys… drop on by to get a look at some eye candy!  Enjoy your Monday.

Happy Friday!

This is a favorite. Her face is just so sweet. She reminds me of the gnome I played in World of Warcraft.  She’s going to make the cutest Christmas greetings! I really enjoyed this one, the layers of papers and confetti, flock and glitters. Artsy Nomminess! I had so much fun making these that I’m going to make a few more Christmas goodies. I’ll be making ornaments and cards and tags and goodies for sale for the Holidays this season to sell on my Etsy, and now is the time to get started! For once I’m actually a tad bit ahead of the game.

As the blossoms fade from the summer I’m awaiting the robust color of the autumn leaves. In the meantime I bought some Violas to help with the transition. Here’s the color spot on my back patio.

I tinkered with this in Photoshop to add some eye candy interest to it. It turned out kinda fun.

Friday at last and again pondering what to do about dinner. I bought some Polenta at the grocery store yesterday and just took a few chicken boobies from the freezer… I’m going to make a mock chicken tamale pie. Just sauce up the chicken and serve over a few slices of pan fried Polenta and Nom Nom… Dinner’s done!

Tomorrow we’re heading to Home Depot to pick out our new kitchen faucet… I’m pretty excited about it. I want to get a “statement” faucet… one that looks (in the words of Whitney) Uber Cray Cray! I hope to finally settle on the green I’ve been wanting to paint the accent wall in the living room. /prays! I want more blue in the green than yellow. I guess I need to take a few papers that are close to the color with me for comparison. I just keep bringing home paint chips… pretty soon I’ll be able to mosaic the wall with them… heh! Actually that sounds like a fun idea. =)

Okies… I’ve got laundry to finish and dusting to do… then I’m off to trace a witch onto poster board to cut for the downstairs window. Pictures later! =)

God Bless and Peace… OUT!

Thursdays Thoughts

More Christmas! You betcha! Deck the hall with boughs of holly and trim out the tree. This is the first year I’ll have a tree bigger than one foot tall. Although I WILL have my mini tree in my studio decorated with pinks and greens and purples and turquoise… oh yeah! Now we’re talkin!

I’ll even be playing Christmas music while I’m making Christmas gifts… and I have the PERFECT idea in mind for my nieces this year. I’ll need to get started soon though. =) Things like this take time ya know.

Late yesterday afternoon I started the Halloween painting I mentioned… Here’s the work in progress as it sits on my desk right now…

Yep… except without the skulls… Those I Photoshopped in for kicks. I love fun Photoshop brushes. They make photo’s so much more fun to customize.

Today’s grocery shopping is done and I have a bit more of the afternoon free before I have to start dinner… which will be French Dip Sammies. (One of my all-time faves!) A big hit with the family!

I’m enjoying one of my new favorite treats… It’s ice cubes crushed in the blender with chocolate milk and extra choco syrup added… whipped into a frenzy… poored into a glass… garnished with what else other than another drizzle of choco syrup and then add a dollop of frozen cool whip! Oh yeah… brain freeze worth the pain!  A bit of a guilty pleasure but if I have it for lunch I consider that gee… half is actually WATER anyway! (Great logic no?) NOM!  I highly recommend one…. or more. They medicate a sorrowful mood as well.

Well kiddos I’m outta here for now. In getting in the spirit of the zombies on Wall Street I have housework to protest! I’ll be back tomorrow to share more art. (After vacuuming…/sigh!)

Happy, Happy, Joy, Joy

It’s that time of year again when things around us are happy and joyful. The season of candy! Lots and lots of candy. Soon little goblins will be ringing the doorbell for Nom Nom! Then we’ll smell the wonderful aroma of turkey roasting in the oven… and before we know it we’ll be bringing Christmas gifts to those we love.

With this painting I went with pink and spring green instead of the traditional red and green… something fun and whimsical instead this time. I’ll get to more mainstream colors soon enough. =) This is painted on watercolor paper with collage papers, rubberstamps, doodles, tinsel confetti and little bling stickers. The hat is embellished with fun flock… and yes, the pompom on the end of the hat is now drying. =) Oh the details! This  is going to be made into cards once the glues all dried!

I posted all but one of my Autumn Owl ACEOs on Etsy today so click on over and take a peek!

I wanted to share my harvest from this year… This is a little less than halve of what we got from our forgotten potatoe plant we planted. We forgot to harvest (it was planted in an outdoor pot and our deck was rotten to the core… thanks to our diligent landlords maintainance.) This year when it started to grow I had the feeling whatever it was wasn’t a weed so I let it grow.. one day it hit me… “Oh yeah!” “We planted potatoes!” Here’s what we haven’t yet eaten!

They are a product of placing “this” in a pot outside and forgetting about it. I can’t wait to plant more next year. It was SO fun digging through the dirt to find an edible treasure. Each time I was just giddy! Funny huh?

Now for Whispering Wednesday…

  • I love taking pictures of virtually nothing and turning them into digital art.
  • I NEED to go through my art supplies to weed out what I don’t use and give the rest to charity.
  • I’m a salt freak! Given the choice between a savory or sweet snack… I’ll take the salty one every time. 

Speaking of snacks… I hear some trail mix calling my name. See you tomorrow for more Christmas in October.

Christmas is Coming

Christmas IS coming… and it will be upon us before we know it. This year I’m making Christmas cards to put on my Etsy shop. Most will likely be postcards to help peeps save on postage. I spent the second half of last week playing with these little ditties that I’ll share in detail as the week progresses. Today I put most of the finishing touches on them. Tomorrow I’ll be adjusting sizing and messaging in Photoshop and making some prints. I’m pretty excited about it.

Last night was the season premiere of House. What fun. I’d been waiting all summer for it. Tonight’s another new episode of NCIS. Gotta love Mark Harmon! We watched the second episode of Terra Nova last night as well. I think we might catch the Pilot tonight On Demand. It looks like it might be a pretty good show.

Will fall comes cool nights and warm blankets curled in front of our new homes gas fireplace. I’m gonna love this winter! Tomorrow I’m going to do a bit more fall decorating around the house and work on my flying witch for our front entry circular window. It’s going to be an awesome Halloween. Yep! I’m gonna make a pumpkin painting real soon too!

Today’s 2sday again… ALREADY! SLOW down… Time’s moving too fast.

There was an old lady who lived in a shoe….

And she was really teeny tiny! I got a box out of storage a couple weeks ago that was FULL of fun stuff. This is just one of what you’ll be seeing on
Tuesday’s Toys in the upcoming future! Oddly enough I have three shoes… each different. I guess we all need a spare just in case we blow out a heel!

Come back tomorrow and hear some gossip on Whispering Wednesday!



This is my fifth in the Autumn Owl series of ACEOs that I’ll be listing on Etsy tomorrow. Next I think I’ll play with a larger owl painting that’s been brewing in my head. I’m also finishing up this….

The painting under the owl is coming along nicely. It’s now pinks, reds and black… and white. I have more to do on it today but also need to hit the grocery today so I have limited time today. I’m also working on a series of small paintings that I plan to make prints for for Christmas postcards and such. Something to celebrate the upcoming holidays. I “should” have done this in July but it seems I’m always behind schedule.

My desk is a Hazmat zone right now so I have to run and suit up so I can get it cleaned up before heading out for my weekly shopping trip.

See you back here tomorrow for more mayhem and madness!

Works in Progress

I haven’t forgotten about you! I know I haven’t posted in a quite a while… especially for me but I’ve been up to my neck in this-n-that.
I’ve finished the commission that I’ve been working on and I’ve also been doing quite a few other things that I’ve been needing to get done… not to mention working around the house and yard. I was also hit with a touch to much of depression so I haven’t had positive things to say and didn’t want to share doom and gloom with you. No one likes to hear complainers aye!?

Here’s a beautiful mess on my desk I’m playing with today. I’m working on Psalms and will have Psalm 9 ready for Sunday of this week.  I also started a new canvas painting that I’ll show you tomorrow.

I spent some time reading recipes to find something creative for dinner guests that canceled but I made the recipe anyway…. as you can see from the plate, someone…. went back for seconds!

Cupcake Lasagna!

… and they were really, really good!

Commission 2

She doesn’t look like much here but she’s on her way to blossoming. That’s one thing I find so miraculous about creating. You can start with a clean slate, make a total mess and transform it into a thing of beauty. Just wait and watch and I’ll share the process with you… It amazes me each time when God shows me ways to transform a blank canvas into a thing of amazing bursts of color and texture.

I’m also working on some “tiny tags” or “mini markers.” I had some printer problems the other day and was fighting for two days with my printer … I was to the point were I thought we might have to part ways but thanks to an incredibly talented techy husband he worked his magic and all is good… Once he got my beloved printer up online again I started printing things like crazy… these are just a very small sample of what I’m working on behind the scenes.

Commission Done!

This is a 9×12″ original painting mounted on a 10×13″ heavy 3/4″ painted wood backboard with a a picture hanger. To get a better close up picture you can see it at Etsy … here. I always get overly stressed when someone orders a painting. I want desperately to meet their needs and they give me free creative license which makes it both easier and harder at the same time. I ask questions about colors, interests, dreams, goals, etc. I just try to get to know a little about the subject of my paintings.

What are your desires, dreams, hopes, beliefs? I’d be honored to express them via my creative energy for you to enjoy on your wall. It’s a tribute to you! What a wonderful gift to give yourself or have a loved one give to you. I’d love to encourage you to follow suit. I do ALL sizes and price ranges of original art for clients and I would be honored to put your story onto a painted surface for you and your family.

I’m working on a second commission which I’ll reveal to you tomorrow. =) Come back soon!