Saturday, June 23, 2018


Sometimes we are inspired by a person, and other times we are inspired by the various materials we find to work with.  Today I'm once again joining Gill at Gibby Froggett Craftations, this month's host at Art Journal Journey with her Inspired by theme. 

In my stash, I found these playing cards of Marilyn Monroe, which inspired me to create this spread I have now added to my large art journal. 

I considered using Bernie Taupin's lyrics that began with "Goodbye Norma Jean" (Candles in the Wind, 1973)

then decided I liked her quote even better.

I can't exactly say I'm inspired by Marilyn,

because she was a tortured soul, often used by others,

became a sex symbol, used and confused sex for love, and often felt uncared for, even by those who gave her unquestioning love.

If only Marilyn had actually lived by her words!

I found these playing cards in my stash, so decided it was time to use them.  I painted the used file folder with two colors, then added the cards and sentiment.  Next, I added the stenciling, which took forever because the stencil was so small.  As a final element, I found a metal wire I formed in the shape of a number 6.

Thank you for dropping by and spending time with me today.  Please don't forget to meet me at Art Journal Journey today, too!

I also have some really, really good news, too. 

As I was preparing to mow this evening,

look what I found in my "flower bed."  The severe cutting of the rose bush seems to have worked wonders!

Friday, June 22, 2018

Friday Smiles 277: a visit to the Coutts Museum

Today we are visiting the Coutts Museum of Art.  I don't know anyone who wouldn't smile at these horses that flank the columns leading to the interior of this museum.  Also in front of the museum is the sculpture "Tell Me About It" by local artist Frank Jensen.

In the alley way on the north side of the museum is Sculpture Alley, featuring a tile mosaic mural by Phil Epp and Terry Corbett, bronze statues "His Brand" by Gene V. Williams and "In Flight" by Jim Brothers.

All of these, including Jensen's sculpture in front of the museum, are part of the El Dorado Main Street Artscape Public Sculpture Program.  One of the things the Coutts Museum is famous for, is its support of work by local artists.  Coutts provides several impressive art scholarships each year for deserving local artists.

Does the name Phil Epp ring a bell?

If you have visited my blog for any length of time, you will remember this sculpture by Epp I found in another city a few years ago.  I've seen it twice, once by myself, and once when I took my friend Sally.

Back at the Coutts, we began with "local" art created by children who visited the museum.  What a fun way to turn a paper plate and a hand print into a work of art!  If only I were so gifted.

We were then treated to what I consider sums up this museum.  Truly some lovely art, but eclectic.  Vintage furniture (in this case, a lovely grandfather clock) sits next to a modern silver sculpture, which leads to a lovely painting, possibly by Eva Makk.


More eclectic art.  So many periods, so much to ponder.

No need to ponder this work.  This is a Remington, and Coutts Museum boasts one of the largest collection of Frederic Remington bronzes in the U.S. Midwest.


In addition to the various Remington bronzes, 

there are also a few by Charles M. Russell

(another Russell)

and Frank Tenny Hoffman sculptures.  That led to my favorite area. 

I fell in love with the planes, 

more planes, 


and automobiles.

Surely one of these paintings 

will put a smile on your face

as it finally did my foodie friend Sally's.

Thanks for joining me today at this museum, and thanks for your continued visits.  Now let's visit Annie's Friday Smiles, where it never hurts to begin the weekend with a big smile, just like Annie's.

Thursday, June 21, 2018

Math humor

It's no secret I love math in any form.  I can be inspired by the simplest equations to the most complex.  Therefore, I'm once again joining Gill at Gibby Froggett Craftations, this month's host at Art Journal Journey with her theme Inspired by . . . .  

I thought a bit of math humor might be appropriate today.

I don't know why I haven't used these TH paper dolls more often, but I seem to just want to stroke them, rather than use them.  I have 214 (two different packages), minus a few I have used in the past.   It's time to start using them.

Dear Algebra,

Please stop asking me to find your X.

She's never coming back and don't ask Y.

For this page I created in my large art journal, I began with a page from a trigonometry book.  To it, I added the sentiment, two types of washi tape, and the two paper dolls, which took awhile to find, since they needed to be about the same size and the approximate same age.

While I was photographing the journal page in my dining room, Squiggles was rearranging the rocking horses that sit on the floor,  Note he is the one responsible for the tears in the green rug, too.  And to think he looks SO innocent!

I am so happy you joined me today, and I also hope to see you at Art Journal Journey.

Wednesday, June 20, 2018

What's On Your Workdesk this 472nd (I hope) Wednesday: Happy surprise mail

Either I'm confused (which is highly likely) or my dear friend and host of WOYWW, Julia at Stamping Ground was last week.  I'm hoping this is week 472, but I will observe whatever week our dear Julia says it is.

Bless my dear friend and Bleubeard's buddy, Neet.  She was so afraid her ATCs she made were lost.   I kept telling her to have faith because I apparently live in the Bermuda Triangle of USPS.  The ATC on the left is for me, since I was her PIF and the one on the right is for Bleubeard who has rather grudgingly agreed, at Neet's request, to share it with Squiggles.

Both are truly adorable and I was so thankful for Neet, since she recently lost a dear friend who lives here in the states and, as a result, has had trouble getting into any creative spirit.  Both Bleubeard and I are grateful for the extra care Neet took in getting these to us.

An even bigger surprise arrived the day before from my good bud(d) Julia.  I was NOT expecting an ATC from her, so when I opened the package with the ATC and all the added ephemera, I was simply stunned.   When I wrote to tell her I had received her ATC, she wrote back "it was about time."  Again, just goes to show how long it takes to receive mail in Wichita, KS.

Two ceramic rocking horses were purchased on two separate occasions at Renaissance Fairs in the Kansas City area.  Rocking horses have never really caught on here in the states, so that's why I love them.  Seems most people never think to collect them, because they are so difficult to find.  However, I believe, after doing a bit of rocking horse research, were I to move to the UK, I would find many in various sizes and shapes.

Thanks for visiting today.  Whether here for WOYWW, or to see what I'm up to today, I appreciate your visit.   If coming from Julia's please leave your number.  Please remember, if you are a G+ only blogger, on Instagram, Facebook, Tumblr, or any other social media site, I can't leave you a comment because I'm strictly a blogger!!   Now let's join Julia so we can play voyeur to even more desks this Wednesday.