Evil Doodle Cat

And it was totally unplanned. I just added a splodge of yellow acrylic paint, let it dry and then poured india ink over it,scratched and spread it. After it was dry it looked like a cat so  I added the eye, mouth line and line around the ear.

"Inspiration exists, but it has got to find you working." Picasso

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Yarnbombing: Posh Pole

corner of dayton and corry street

The sun was out, wheeeeeeeeee, and so were the Jafa's. We craftbombed the pole below to match the colour scheme of the new store (Artistic Silver) on Dayton Street.

Just have to add one more element and we are done with the "posh pole".

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All rights Reserved

When Life Gets You in a Knot

through no fault of your own, it's hard to settle down to quietude that allows one to steel themselves for new anguishes waiting in the wings.  I watched a movie, enjoyed looking at my knitted cup of coffee my dear jafapal nancy got me for my birthday and stiched as the rain pounded on the windows.


I wished all those who are hurting could sing in the rain, and have that

repurposed plastic coasters

I knew there was a good reason to tidy my studio :)I found these plastic squares hidden in a box. So I thought I would play with reverse painting and collage. I poured a mix of paint on a sheet of foil and dipped the plastic on it to get a marbelized effect.  when it was dry I used gel medium to glue scraps of images from my Juxtapoz Magazine


Just need to glue some black felt on

Rainy Sunday Afternoon Sketchbook

After collaging, doodling, drawing and painting in my sketchbook on a rainy Sunday afternoon I scanned it, manipulated it on Adobe. The Chairs are from the front of an old Artforum Magazine and the figure study I drew from my FAVE books I bought years ago for a bargain: Language of the Body: Drawings by Pierre-Paul Prud'hon  

It seems I have a need to do sketchbook work lately, and have

This had me in Stitches

Granny Stitches, coz that's what I guess others would see me as, a granny yarnbomber. Kind of busts a stereotype about yarnbombers ALL being young rebels. My son got me the card :) for my birthday and it was perfect.

Anyway, just google "not your granny's knitting" and see what I mean.


Meanwhile back in the rocking chair, NOT!

The pub alley project is now up for all to see,

Getting in a Tangle: Copyright & Public Domain

 Like many I'm somewhat bemused that *some* claim copyright to patterns they use in their doodles( or as some call by the trademarked term zentangles). Since I'm not claiming to be a copyright attorney please do check the US Copyright Office links, etc.  Many of the motifs/patterns have been used for centuries in various cultures. Just google Basket Weave Pattern or greek key pattern for example

ZenEgg Heads and Zen Stitching

AND all things Zen
What is Zen
ZenDoodle, ZenArt, ZenPainting, ZenDrawing, ZenBroidery
 Zen and the Arts

Some of us call it creating "in the zone", that place where we become completely  focused and absorbed in the moment and the process.

That's what happened when I started doing eggheads. No idea what I was going to paint or do, just started playing. Before I knew it I'd been in the

Miniature Cat Embroidery and Cat Stuff

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 This is my 2"x 3" embroidery for the upcoming miniature show at IN A FRAME in June.  It's based on a photograph and pattern overlay using Adobe. I keep meaning to paint it one of these years, ahem!

Couldn't resist sharing this

About Sphynx Cats

Not enough room to swing a cat,(not a real cat

The ancient

Graffiti Girl Embroidery

hand embroidery on linen,acrylic paint, fabric pen, beads embroidery floss

long & short stitches, satin stitch,


It's finished, well all except HOW I'm going to hang it. I'm leaning towards stretching it over an oval panel rather than just hanging loosely on a wall. I'm thinking of the contrast between graffiti going up fast and being ephemeral and hand embroidery being

Sketchbook Challenge Abstract

Thought I'd give  The Sketchbook Challenge a go, and liked the theme,out on a limb.

I find Abstract Art difficult to do,so for me to just play with paint and ink without any reference or ideas was a challenge.I can't say I am displeased :) although I am no Robert Motherwell.

I do have my favourite motherwell painting.

"Elegies for the Spanish Republic" series

Here is an

Arts Advocacy Day

Information about Arts Advocacy Day from Americans for the Arts

Research and Information

I often hear or read people say we don't need art, but it permeates and shapes our lives  in ways we don't immediately think of.

As Ellen Dissanayake states: "Art-making evolved as a behavior that contained advantages for human survival-and those advantages went far beyond what Charles Darwin

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