Monday, September 27, 2010


Sorry all I was trying to post a portrait price list and half of it can out clear and the other half came out transparent so I had to delete it. Again I am sorry for any inconvenience that this may have couse y'all.

Thursday, September 23, 2010

Chantal’s doctors visit

My daughter Chantal is expecting their first child and she had a doctors appointment yesterday to have the baby neck sonogram to see if the baby developing fine. (what they can’t do now a days)
I am happy to say very thing is right on track and she got to hear the baby heart beat also. When she told me about it the next day, I have to a mite my mind wondered back to when I was expecting her and the first time I heard her heart beat, it sounded like little horse’s foot step running really fast. Then I looked at her and see a young little mother to be. O’ how they grow up so fast…
Her hubby got some disappointing news though, he was told that on Oct 4 they would get to find out the baby sex but now they have to wait until sometime in Nov for they told Chantal that she was not far along enough yet to see the sex of the child. She has only hit her 3rd month and has a ways to go, thanks God her morning sickness is starting to light up now…
Here are some pic’s of the new baby and the happy little family

 Chantal, Jason and Hayden (Jason's niece)
 Note: Chantal is 2 month a long

This is Chantal at three months a long.

Pic's of my new grandbaby

Friday, September 17, 2010

My high's & low's w/ the Junipero Serra Museum Painting

Well here is my 2nd blog I would like to talk about dyslexia and perspective. The Art Assoc that I attend came up with ‘Thinking out of the Box’ for our come back from summer brake in Sept. So in May I asked
my loving hubby if we could go to San Diego for our anniversary but what I really wanted was to spend sometime a lone with him and to take photos of historical sites in old town San Diego. When the Art Assoc comes up with ‘Thinking out of the Box’ I panic for I really did not wnat to challenge my self and fail so I figure I would place this on the back burner and concentrate on our anniversary trip…. When we got to San Diego we start to plan out our trip of all the sites we wanted to see and we had a great three days together… I remember telling my hubby, Bruce Sr., that I would like to paint all of the California Museum and he laugh and said ‘Sounds like a great road tip to me.’ I said laughingly ‘When can we leave’, know that he need to get back to work and I back to my artwork, we just chuckle at each other and after sometime Bruce told me that he would take me to each Missions just not all at once and that started me to thinking, could I really do this ‘Thinking out of the Box’ painting? Being dyslexic I tend to see thing back ward , like letter, numbers, etc  and I do not see thing straight nor can I draw a straight line and trying to go down stairs or draw then is hell so while we drove around I ask him to take me to the  Junipero Serra Museum, in Presidio Park, he did and when we walked up the path way to the Museum I saw these beautiful arches and this awesome old brick work and I knew that I had to do this painting, so I took a lot of photos...

When we came home I got my supplies and as I looked at my photos I told my self ‘You can do this J.D.’ ‘You can and will  paint' but I did not do any studies of the building’ (I always take the time to draw out my subject but I was so excided I did not want to take the time) So I jumped into the painting and failed, all those feelings you have being dyslexic can flooding back...

(Here you can see were I had to make a lot of changes because I could not see the perspective right)  

(I tryed too paint out my mistakes) 

(Here I am trying to hard to see and draw the right perspective while makeing changes to the painting)

 After a couple of weeks I went back and started from ground one with the drawings...

(here is one of my ruff sketches)

 and then slowly started to paint again while layering the paint and making my correction. And with each brush stoke I began to build more and more of the painting while building up my own confidences that I could do this and I used my dyslexic to my avenge, so now I am planning on doing  other painting of Junipero Serra Museum.  

So on Thursday Sept 16,2010  I took my painting to the Art Assoc monthly jury show to see what the group thought about this painting, and to my surprise I won Honorable Mention for all my hard work.
And the moral to this story is never give up on your self or your project, but just more your self aside and let the project talk to you and work with what you have. You mite just be surprise… ///^_^\\\

Hugs to all J.D. AKA Lady Bug

Monday, September 13, 2010

“How to Care for Your Art Work”

Howdy all - will this is my first time bogging so please bear with me for a time.

Why I have started this blog was at first to have a facebook giveaways (which I am stilling going to do) but now I am thinking of also blogging about my daughter pregnancy, My Uncle life journey, my art shows, the do and don’t of art, how to care for your art, ect.

So I would like to start off with “How to Care for Your Art Work”

When you purchase a piece of artwork (painting, drawing, photo, etc) the first place you want to place the art work is usually over the fire place mantel were you can view your new collection and later you will want to sit with a warn and inviting fire with the warm air rising along with smoke but what will happen to your lovely artwork?

While low temperatures make the best environment for your artwork, particularly art work on paper, there’s another reason why the spot above the fireplace, stove or heart is quit charming but it’s quite deadly. When you place any art work like a beautiful photograph, watercolor, drawing or painting above any source of heat, the constant temperature/humidity will cause the paper to expansion and contraction, as well as moisture that can build-up and eventually weaken and break down the paper. To help save and stop this from happening you could keep the temperature and humidity to a minimum. Note: never place a photo behind glass with out a matt, for a photo cannot breathe and the humidity can make it stick to the glass but if you place your photo in a matt then you photo can breathe. But what if you don’t want a matt then place a tiny piece of cork in the four corners for your frame so that the glass can not touch the photo and you well have a happy photo…

For the same reason, try not to hang any type of artwork on exterior walls, though sometimes it is imposable. If you live in a state with the four seasons, then your exterior walls well be the coolest in winter and the warmest in summer. To slow down the impact on any one piece, try to rotate our art work every year- to different walls and rooms. (This will help to save your photograph, watercolor, drawing, painting… and make your art work happy)

Also try to rotation your artwork especially in a sunny or half sunny room. The sunlight is the strongest when coming straight though a window and that is not a good place to hang artwork, when possible. If you are willing to redirect the sunlight with blinds then your artwork will be much happier.

Also air that moves around in your house in the course of day to day will help your artwork not to grow mold under it. Plus you can also add some small cork squares to the bottom corners of your frames, this will allows air to move under your artwork and slow down any mold growth. But if you are planning on going away for a month or longer, it is best for your artwork that you fine a way to keep the air moving in your absence. Central air with humidity control is always best but for cost reason a house sitter, family or friends who are willing to come over every few days to check on things will help move the air around.

Do all that you can to prevent any problems with your art work but if mold or something strange starts to grow inside one of your frames, that is definitely the time to call in a specialist and do not try to clean or treat the artwork yourself but call your local art museum and ask them who they would recommend about this problem and you can enjoy your work of art for generations to come.