Saturday, February 27, 2010

El Pollo Loco

Art Creations Friday gave us a really interesting challenge this week! This is what Rian gave us to work with. A tough one!And this is what I came up with.

The background is a painting by Heidi Malott, The chickens are from "the naked truth about..." the chicken coop is from Oklahoma history. com and the face, Mr. Bean, from google images. Be sure to check out the other art at:

Wednesday, February 24, 2010

Be Different!

I decided to hand cut my next entry. The flourish are from a rubber stamp. This is for Theme Thursday - "Flourish." (Instructions can be found on my ScrapHappy Blog!) See more flourish art on:

Old Equipment

Thursday Challenge theme is "Old Equipment". Here is a photo of an old tire rim that I took at a swap meet this past Saturday. It always amazes me what people sell thereFor more interesting photos, visit:

Tuesday, February 23, 2010

Seagulls on Shore

Can you count how many seagulls are on the shore?
They are standing in remnants of an ocean wave. This is my Watery Wednesday entry. Check out more wet photos at:

Monday, February 22, 2010

Macro Monday - 02/22/10

Macro Monday - I'm thinkin' bees.See many more very close up shots at Macro Monday here:


This week's prompt for Sunday Postcard Art is "Twins".
Thanks to Deb Melmon Illustration for the background papers
and Tim Burton for the illustrious Tweedledee and Tweedledum.
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Friday, February 19, 2010

Leap Of Faith

Well, I have to say that this project was a leap of faith. This week's Art Creations Friday gave us a background only. I was very stumped as to what to do with it. I'm not a vintage artist however, I love this site and the challenges that it give us. So with this background - I did my own interpretation.Be sure to check out all the fabulous art at:

Thursday, February 18, 2010


"NO, MOM!, Don't do it!"
"Honey, she's dead."
"No she's not. Look."
"Baby, she's riding the current. Check again, see? Her gills are not moving."

This was my conversation with my daughter last night when I found out our family member had passed on. Yes, Marina died. Did I kill her? Don't think so. Did I try my hardest to keep her alive? Humm... well.... uh... yes. I followed the instructions, changed her water, added the solutions, fed her, and daily - even though my hub said she didn't need it. (Humm.. maybe... it was hub sabotage?) No-- can't imagine that. Anyhow, I add fish onto my list of things I can't keep alive. (Sorry Griffin!) So, if I don't have a green thumb, do I now not have a blue thumb too?Here is Marina as a photographic watercolor. May she rest in pee.

Wednesday, February 17, 2010

Girl Power!

This "Theme Thursday's" theme for the week is Girls. I have chosen just one photo for this piece. I call it Girls Flower Power. This digital artwork uses a background from computer graphics and daisies from a watercolor painting titled "3 Daisies on Canvas" by Helga Spiessl. Visit
for more collage/multi media art

Ticktocker Mystery Outing

We belong to National Charity League. What is it? A philanthropic organization committed to community service, leadership development and cultural experiences. (Also to foster the Mother-Daughter relationship... and with teenagers, that can be quite a task!) My Watery Wednesday shots are from our mystery outing. The girls had a great time kayaking through the harbor. It was a gloomy day, but they didn't mind.
Most ended up jumping in anyhow.
Thanks for stopping by
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Tuesday, February 16, 2010

Heads or Tails: Light or Dark

This week's theme is light or dark. This photo has both, light and dark. I took it while on a houseboating trip at Lake Powell. The rock formations are amazing. The section on the left looks to me as if it is a face. See the eye? And the mouth? Even the shadow looks like it is a face. Would I ever go houseboating again?
Well, let's just leave it that it also had a light side and a dark side.
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Mortuary ahead....

Yesterday I went for a 4 mile walk/jog and as I crossed the street I saw about seven scrawny young punky teenagers crammed in a mini cooper. I kept my eyes where I was jogging and continued down the street. A couple hundred yards later that same mini cooper whizzed past me with those same scrawny punks screaming, "Hasta la vista, baby!" Well, I sure would hope that their cooper could pass a 52 year old woman jogging on the road. Geez.

Today I went for my 8 miler. I was able to keep it about a 12 minute mile. I'm fine with that. I'm a plodder. Slow and steady - the turtle in the race.My quote for the day is:
"The trouble with jogging is that the ice falls out of your glass".
- Martin Mull
And Marathon signs that people have held for the runners; My favorite:
"Mortuary ahead.... look alive!"

Sunday, February 14, 2010

Postcard Sunday "Retaliation"

A new meme has come to my attention thanks to the Art Creations Friday, and that is Postcard Sunday! Again, I love a challenge! In keeping with Valentine's Day, this week's theme is "Cupid." I have never really thought very highly of Val's Day. Guess my mom pounded it into my head that it was Hallmark's way of making more money. So with that I titled mine "Retaliation." The cupid is from a painting titled "L'Amour au Papillon (Cupid with a Butterfly) by William-Adolphe Bouguereau. The pillars are from a photo of mine taken at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art. Visit more fantastic works of art at:

Dee's House - Straight Out of the Camera Sunday

Here is my Straight Out of the Camera Sunday shot:And an update on the progress of Dee's House in Fountain Valley. Yesterday I went to K's women's residential sober living facility to take photos of the inside of the house for her brochure and website. This is one of the bedrooms. Her goal is to make you feel like you're going to Grandmother's house. Very quaint and comfortable. K has done a remarkable job so far and it is really fun to watch the transition!
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Saturday, February 13, 2010

Shark Infested Waters

This weeks theme is this beautiful angel. The challenge is to take it and interpret or use it in something else. I chose to do something a bit different.
Here is my rendition called:
"Dating for her was like being in a boat with one oar."
Happy Valentine's Day everyone!The painting of the boat is by Nancy Poucher. The shark watercolor painting and photo of the oar is from google images, however couldn't find where I had pulled them from to give credit! I will edit this post as soon as I re-find them to give credit where credit is due!

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Wednesday, February 10, 2010

Fall in L.A.

Watery Wednesday Funnies:
"Fall is my favorite season in Los Angeles, watching the birds change color and fall from the trees."
- David Letterman
"Growing up, my Mom always claimed to feel bad when a bird would slam head-first into our living room window. If she "really" felt bad, though, she'd have moved the bird feeder outside."
- Rich JohnsonI took this shot in San Diego a few months back. I think he posed for me.
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Tuesday, February 9, 2010

Life Behind Bars

Life behind a chain link fence. Too can play that game..... Here's one that I have to admit, I was grateful for the chain link fence.
And the last captive critter made me so sad. All it wanted was some love. This little fox was the sweetest animal. It came to me and let me pet it as much as I could through the chain link fence. It licked my fingers. Never once did I think it would bite.For more "chain" theme photos, go to:

Monday, February 8, 2010

Blackie, Brownie & Whitey

Once upon a time three little horses, Blackie, Brownie and Whitey, grazed together in a meadow full of lovely thick grass. Wherever one went, the other two followed. One day they met an artist named Peter, who was so happy to have met them. "We shall have good times together, you'll see." he told the three little horses.
These characters reminded me of the book, "Three Little Horses" written and illustrated by Piet Worm. It was first introduced the year I was born, 1958 and was my all time favorite book. (Still is today)
Don't you just love the expressions on these alpacas? I love these silly animals.
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Saturday, February 6, 2010

An Average Ride?

This week's Photo Hunt #199 theme is "Average". I really thought that I would have to pass on this one. Average is never average. So, my entry is the following.
They thought they were going to have an average ride until Tony got behind the wheel.
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Thursday, February 4, 2010

Art Creations Friday

This is challenge 60 with Art Creations Friday. The first photo is what we are to use. Turning it into something else, card, handmade item, etc... This is what I came up with - -
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Thursday's Challenge - "Something Different"

This one-of-a-kind mailbox caught my eye as we were driving down a road in Maine. I made my husband stop the car so I could take a photo of it. (He almost didn't and I almost jumped out anywhoo..) This is definitely unusual and I can only imagine the inside of their home! Check out other unusual/different snapshots at:

Wednesday, February 3, 2010

Watery Wednesday

For today's Watery Wednesday, I decided to go back to this year's water polo photos. I love to watch water polo. These kids are in deep water. They can not stand or use the bottom of the pool however, they have an incredible strength to scissor kick themselves up to get higher than their opponent. I also love what the water does in photos. And there is ALWAYS a lot of water. I don't know how they can even see where they need to throw the ball, but they manage to do quite well!For many more Watery Wednesday shots, visit:
And here is my postcard rendition of the above photograph.
Huntington Beach Oilers Water Polo

Tuesday, February 2, 2010

My Three Kids

Heads or Tails theme this week is: Tails - Three. We are supposed to make any kind of post listing 3 things from any category we choose. Humm... I can't keep anything to three with the exception of the three things that made my life begin. I always wanted kids. Went to school for my MRS. degree. And if it hadn't been for the fact that I didn't have my first one until I was 36, I would have continued to have more. Even though my teenagers don't "love" me back right now, I still cherish the ground they leave clothes on.This is one of my all time favorite photos of them.

Monday, February 1, 2010

Quote for the Day

Life is a great big canvas,And you should throw all the paint on it you can.
-Danny Kaye

Camera Critters

Here is my son's friend's pug. I think pugs always look concerned. Maybe worried about their next meal? They have three of them. Funny dogs. Visit: for more critters.

Macro Monday - Puff Ball

I found this bush of puff balls on my way home yesterday. They remind me of my childhood. I always find them fascinating. Don't you? I like the contrast of the vibrant blooming one, next to the sad dead one, with the berries in the center.

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