2015 Garden Start

garden beds

Today was the start of our 2015 garden! It’s been so long since I’ve blogged on a regular basis. Starting the garden is always an exciting time. It gets me back into a blogging mood. Being an avid photographer I enjoy keeping pictorial journals of the garden progress and I like sharing the failures and successes here so others can learn from our mistakes and victories. When I began this garden I called it my …

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What Lies Beneath?

Inktense watercolor

What lies beneath the Week 5 Challenge for the Documented Life Project is under-paper. Under what?? Yep, that was my response. I guess for die hard mixed media artists this term is common language, but in all honesty – this artist didn’t get it. What is under-paper? Under-paper is that paper you put on your work surface to protect it, or between your journal pages to keep them clean or even the paper towel you …

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The Short Cold Walk

snowy path

We’ve all heard of the long cold walk; up the hill and down the hill and over the river and through the woods in knee high snow… Well, I’m here to tell ya that today I took a short cold walk and it was probably colder than those long cold walks that the grandparents tell the kids about. I just never imagined that I would have to put on all this stuff just to walk …

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Documented Life Week 3

dlp journal week 3

The week 3 theme for the Documented Life Journal was the color wheel and it couldn’t have come at a more perfect time as I was teaching color theory to my students the same week. I was so excited to use their art work on my pages AND (drum roll please…) I made my first ever video tutorial. Yes, you can learn new tricks over 50! Now don’t expect anything incredible or earth-shaking. I have …

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Documented Life Week 2


The week 2 challenge for The Documented Life Project was to use Gesso with the writing prompt – “The Beginning is always today.” Mary Shelley. I knew immediately what I wanted to do when I read the journal prompt because I had seen the most stunning sunrise on my way to work one morning. I wanted to capture it in a photo so badly, but there was no way for me to stop during the …

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Documented Life Week 1

DLP Week 1 page

I hesitated to post Week 1 of my Documented Life planner since it is already the 19th, but I decided to go ahead and catch up in spite of the delayed post. I’m challenging myself to post my pages every week this year, but this past week I caught one of those nasty bugs going around and WOW – NOT something I want to repeat this year. Nuff about that! As is common to the …

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