This is one of my much earlier YUPO paintings. In a couple of weeks, I'll be teaching a weekend workshop with YUPO, sharing many diverse techniques and processes that can be used when painting on this slick and wonderful surface.

The workshop's focus is on experimentation and discovery, and we'll be delving into lots of different mediums while we create one of a kind works of art. I'm really looking forward to having the studio full of artists brimming with their wonderful creative energies. We will have a great time, I know.

"DEEP BLUE SEA" Transparent Watercolor on YUPO, 13 x 13" COLLECTED



One of my painting buddies has a soon-to-be 2 year old grand daughter who is just adorable. When she showed me a recent picture yesterday, I started drawing this precious little doll. After the drawing was done on an old piece of previously painted YUPO, I blushed watercolor over parts of the graphite sketch, adding color to the skin tones and features.

The likeness is close but not right on target. It was a great way to spend time with friends, for sure. I'm looking forward to hearing what Sarah thinks of her little portrait.



Recovery from surgery has been wonderfully easy, in part because of good friends who are willing to take the time to come visit me - and stay and paint for several hours:-D Sunday, Marianne and I painted until dark, and this is the 'thank you card' I painted for her. She'd sent fresh flowers on Friday (am I getting spoiled?) and this is just a part of the bouquet. There are yellow daisies, white delphinium, honey dew/melon colored gladiolus, along with spectacular sunflowers. Had to be painted.

Yesterday Linda and I painted together again - and she is really spoiling me (and I love it.) She'll be here soon along with Valerie and Jude. It should be a great day.

Mary Jane and Carol will be here tomorrow, and on Friday, Ritzie's coming over. Next Monday, Rhonda and I get to do a small road trip and also spend at least a couple of hours experimenting with new painting ideas. We may go wild, so look out!

Art certainly opens doors to friendships that would not occur otherwise. And those friendships are helping me get better really fast. Went up and down the steps a couple of times yesterday - NO PAIN! What a joy.

THANK YOU to all the people who have been so kind to send cards. You are a treasure to me. Thank you, friends, for caring and sharing life.

Now, I have to go pull on my super tight, fashionably white support stockings. Ugh!