Wednesday, November 14, 2018

What it is.

 I made this monster today.
I'm crazy about him cos he makes me smile.
If you want to see some amazing monster dolls, please look up Cotton Monster at Etsy. Please look at her web site and her previous work.
And this is what I had in mind for the stuff in the previous post. This isn't done yet. 

Have a great Thanksgiving.

Sunday, October 28, 2018


I'll be working on making something with this stuff. One is a wood slice, about 5 inches across. The two peg like things are from an antique baby buggy wheel-the spokes. I bought the buggy for one dollar because it had been hit by a car in the antique shop's driveway. I try to curb my packratitis but I'm afraid it's a chronic condition with no known cure. :)
I'll try to make a step by step thing that shows what I'm making.

Tuesday, October 2, 2018

Two new paintings

 Worked hard.
Acrylic over old paper and wood cradled panel.
©2018 Debra Smith

The flower above is from life, not from a photo.

Too tired to crop it.
This is what the study in the previous post was for.
©2018Debra Smith
Acrylic on cradled wood panel
I think 6"x6" for both
You get to see how cluttered my desk gets.
BTW, I guess there are many views about how to paint and draw. I've read so much stuff lately my head is spinning. My loosely drawn out plan is to keep using photos to paint from, but incorporate live painting as well. Painting from photos is teaching me to notice details and copy them.
I have much to learn.
Much work.

Friday, September 21, 2018

painting every day

It's work.
It can be very frustrating-
your eye sees one thing, your hand doesn't get it-yet.
But I'll keep trying!

Acrylic on paper
Debra Smith ©2018

Saturday, September 15, 2018

Command My Soul (Lyric Video) — Free Chapel Music

I've been looking at our view of the stars lately, caught up in the vastness, the beauty. It seems they should be singing, they are so lovely. The Milky Way in a path across the sky; I can see my Creator's work, it is almost impossible to have words....
I was touched by this song because I have been watching the sky at night, watching the dark come around my house, around the trees and bushes, cover us as if He's holding us.
Recently we had to have 8 trees cut down in our yard. One of those trees was about 90 feet tall. Rugged men cut it down, but they were no match for the power of that tree when it fell. It made me know, again, that I am just a little person here in this life-but I do have worth-because Jesus died for me.
I just wanted to say thanks to my Creator.

Monday, September 10, 2018

New works

 Charcoal and acrylic on canvas, 12" x 24"
Oil pastels, smudged with a stump on acrylic paper.

It is good to work and experiment, and to feel like something inside your head and heart has come out for others to see.
I am one who is much alone-even in a group of friendly folks, I am always observing, more than taking part. It is not exactly uncomfortable-it is just the way I am.

I haven't decided on the title for the lion painting yet. It's still brewing in my head. The little portraits are really just exercises but I plan to do more like them. Oil pastels are a little strange to work with. There's clumps of color to either whisk off the paper, or let them be part of the work. The blending of them is the fun part, but there is certainly a learning curve.

I painted my own zinnias for the lion painting. Also, the lion is mine too. :)