Weekly Photo Challenge: Time

February 7, 2016 § 4 Comments

Making a Year of the Monkey card – began with monkey doodling to get a fun expression. I had the size of the card already laid out on the toned paper, so I enlarged the monkey I liked best to nearly fill the 5 x 7″ area, then did some cutting and taping it into a fun pose as if it were a hinged paper puppet. I’ve been ‘drawing’ this way for several years now. I can watch the overall effect as I slightly separate say, the head from the body or a leg out a bit – till I “see” what I want. It’s very fun. Like slo-mo animation without having to draw a gazillion frames of action. I transfer that drawing to the final paper.


This is my fourth Chinese New Year card. I have a look to them. Some part of the animal is a pop-up over the center fold of the card with a bright red painted border all around, and the little Squiggle Girl is featured somehow “imagining” being the animal, with her red Squiggle ribbon. She is the main character in several children’s picture books written by Carole Lexa Schaefer and illustrated by myselfThe Squiggle; Random House 1996, our first collaboration – still in print in paperback – turns 20 this year!!


I use Gouache (“goo-wash”, an opaque watercolor) for the bright painted colors. And every time I dip my brush in the water jar I’m reminded of the beginning of the film, “Miss Potter”, starring Rene Zellweger, about the children’s book author/illustrator, Beatrix Potter. Watch the opening credits some time and you’ll see what I mean. The camera zeroes in on her loaded brush touching the water…swirling color like magic…that’s what it feels like to paint. Sends me every time!


The Squiggle Girl is outlined with a black Faber-Castell “C” calligraphy pen, then colored in with Berol Prismacolor ArtMarkers, her ribbon, too. That’s a nifty pen-like adjustable stick eraser by Staedtler I’m using.


I took this to a local print shop where it was copied on their fancy color copier on glossy card stock. They trimmed around my red lines with a heavy duty cutting machine. Once home I scored through that middle red line. Then I cut around Monkey’s tail and foot with a trusty #11 blade in my x-Acto knife…

Add a cocktail umbrella and it’s Monkey on Parade all year long * FUN * FRIENDS * FAMILY * PLAYFUL PRODUCTIVITY * INSTINCTIVELY WILD CLEVERNESS *

HAPPY NEW YEAR !!  xo Pierr






Weekly Photo Challenge: Vibrant

January 29, 2016 § 14 Comments

Today’s challenge has helped me lighten things up. Here’s the progression of another painting from the closet, “Morning,” from my Seattle apartment 1999, which – as you see – I couldn’t totally paint out:



Stay tuned…things are still happening with this one. Meanwhile, bathe in the color: https://dailypost.wordpress.com/photo-challenges/vibrant/ 

xo Pierr


Weekly Photo Challenge: Optimistic

January 23, 2016 § 12 Comments

Last week I started painting a solid color over old canvases. After a few strokes of yellow ocher on the brass pot of “Piano Mums II” my idea of it changed. I became optimistic about the possibilities.

Piano Mums II (Framed Triptych)_2

What if those bold vertical stripes were slats of a barn door or an old potting shed? And the mums looked “outside” to something…


…like a field of golden wheat…


…touching sky?


Oo yeah. I’m liking this now… Join in with your Optimistic photo post!  -xo Pierr

Weekly Photo Challenge: Alphabet

January 15, 2016 § 10 Comments


C = What I prefer to be – “in or at the center; central : centric and peripheral forces.”

Not to be alarmed. Many years have passed since Before. “When You Are Near” (as it was first titled) morphed into “New Rhodie” then went back to its original title when the vase got to sit on a windowsill and look out to a lake. It had its days in the sun, exposure to many viewers and no takers and truth be told, it’s too dark and obscure; from another time which doesn’t really express who or what I’m about now. It’s lived in the closet long enough.

Today it got an After treatment. I’m very excited because several more canvases have emerged from this closet and wait in line for my touch. I’ve got Plans for them. They are not afraid.  I’m an excellent C-student!

Share your ABC’s – https://dailypost.wordpress.com/photo-challenges/alphabet/




Weekly Photo Challenge: Weight(less)

January 9, 2016 § 6 Comments


The Common Cold Effect: wonderful zucchini-avacado-quinoa-chicken broth soup -I actually made myself!!- and cannot taste; gorgeous day out though too soon to risk body chill; reward for lying low = perfect view to a life couple well graced in working gravitational pull…


Try it!  https://dailypost.wordpress.com/photo-challenges/weightless/

Weekly Photo Challenge: Circle

January 3, 2016 § 6 Comments


Happy New Year EveryOne!


Weekly Photo Challenge: Now

December 25, 2015 § 15 Comments

Missed Santa’s sleigh! Still in my elfin corner…


Join the moment. Capture your Now.


Hi Margie! This is for you. My chart is all beat up (and I neglected to tape off the 1.5″ squares as we were taught…I wanted to start painting!…wish I’d taped it now), but you get the idea. It’s in oils on a 20″x 26″ canvas board. I have to have it out and visible at a glance whenever I’m painting because otherwise I forget how many zillions of colors there are in the universe to mix. I probably spend the most time making color decisions.

Have FUN!!! And thanks for asking.  xo Pierr



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