Friday, February 28, 2014




Something unexpected happened at “Moon Lake” last week; It transmogrified into a strange, wild and secluded place.

I didn't intentionally paint “Moon Lake” this way, it just happened, accidentally. Somehow, the water, the trees and the sky took on a deeper more mysterious feel in the shadows of the night which grew older and darker as time ticked on, maybe it was just me painting in the dim light : )

I wish I had left it alone because I did like the original version but then again the new version is kind of beautiful too and I like it so I'm not too disappointed. I suppose this is what happens to someone who is a novice painter learning from their mistakes.
I am still debating on adding a small cottage along the shore to the right of the painting, not sure, will ponder on the thought for a while. I also need to add some light to the trees on the shore line and then I guess that's it…. : )

Sharing this week's painting with Paint Party Friday……Thanks Eva and Kristin for hosting!!!

Until later,


Saturday, February 22, 2014


This week's Paint Party Friday submission. 
Another WIP "Moon Night " that I am trying to emulate from an old magazine picture.
I had a terrible time with painting the lake, still not fussy over it.
 I used wood board for my substrate , inks and acrylics and I'm  thinking that maybe I would like to make this into a mixed media art piece incorporating various elements including wax, will see.
So far this makes the #4 work in progress for me : ) 

Oh, and here is a little bit of Opera for you to enjoy. A youtube video by Cristian Faur taken from the film "FARINELLI " The story of celebrated Italian Castrato singer of the 18th century and one of the greatest singers in the history of opera, Carlo Maria Michelangelo Nicola Broschi.
If you would like to see the film (English subtitles), I have seen quite a few on youtube. I'll have to watch it later on my own ; no one here, I'm afraid likes Opera, too bad ( ;

Portrait of  Farinelli by Corrado Giaquinto ~ picture from Wikipedia

 I listened to this piece this morning while painting "Moon Lake" : ) Really does keep me focused and at ease, especially when the lake was giving me some issues. Enjoy!

Until Later,

Friday, February 14, 2014

Sleepwalk of Love ~ Dreams of the Night

On a Date with my Old Love on Saint Valentine's Day : )

Late posting … sorry, busy this week and heartbroken over Plushenko's sad departure from the Sochi Olympic men's singles so no personal art to share with you but I think this might do : )

So for this week I'm sharing my dreams of the night , thoughts on Love that crossed my mind while half awake walking to the kitchen in the wee hours of the morning for a glass of warm milk.

Happy Saint Valentine's Day

To My Old Love, To The Ones I Love , To The Paint Party Friday Group 
 To All the Lonely Hearts

Image courtesy of Inspiration Lane 

A Love by any measure of Time becomes an Old Love ~ Annabelle

Love, an unrelenting emotion that knows no boundaries and when Mortal Love dies yet it remains behind.

An undying Love.

And If not for Love, our spirits be forever depleted and lost.

It is Love , an Old Love that keeps you in blissful warmth, even in your arduous hour.

Happy Saint Valentine's Day Sweetie, my Old Love : )

Leaving you with this beautiful musical piece….happy dreams : ) Until Later, Annabelle

Thursday, February 13, 2014





Tuesday, February 11, 2014

Best of Plushenko ~ Edvin Marton (Featuring never before seen fan pictures!!)

Published on Feb 9, 2014
This video from Emmy award winning composer and performer Edvin Marton features never before seen fan pictures sent from across the globe to create a unique video to give his friend Evgeni Plushenko the energy to skate like never before at the Sochi 2014 Olympic Games.

There's a genuine camaraderie that encompasses the Olympic Stadium.
A stranger from afar, something unexpectedly happened to me last Sunday and although I was cheering my country it was Plushenko's stardust that filled my eyes and heart. An amazing Olympian who left me with a starry night to remember.

After watching Plushenko skate that night I was left with remnants of the music he had chosen for his program floating in my head; I just had to find it, and I did!
It happens to be a collection of famous musical scores, specifically ones taken from Plushenko's past programs. A compilation put together by Plushenko's friend , emmy award winning composer and performer Edvin Marton. Not only was this new musical compilation destined to be absorbed like a sponge by the audience for it's profound spirited intensity of the combined movements but also for being loved passages of time, Plushy's time. Plushenko used every bit of his unique and amazing talent in his performance, floating on air high above the ice in every jump with ease and exquisite interpretation to each of the musical pieces marking periods in history . Definitely a genius idea in my mind ; that, I think was part of the magical program Plushenko and Marton devised.
The music soared and ignited the fire in his exuberant heart, aflame with all of the apical of spirits of his homeland partisans and now the world's.
He left us enchanted.

“When he is on the ice, the soul of Russia is on the ice.”

Thank you both Plushy and Edvin , for an unforgettable show.

Until Later,


Hey Gloria, Look what I found…..directly from Russia! Enjoy!

Courtesy of ПоСекрету ВсемуСвету

Friday, February 7, 2014


Since last Friday I've been busy working on my WIP "Brown~Eyed Daisies and Chrysanthemums " Bas- Relief Painting contemplating the finish I want to render it in. So far this is what I have achieved in the next step of the work, adding a few more tints of colour ,wiping away the excess and highlighting some of the areas ; now, I'm sort of stuck where to go from here.

So I thought a little respite from the painting and dreaming along the way that I would share this Dream Catcher I made.
Being one who always loves the intricate magical work of a Spider's web, I'm not at all surprised when an idea pops into my head that it's source derives from Charlotte's Web…: ) and leads me somewhere new.
 As I recall, the idea came to me when I saw a little boy fishing on a dream catcher; I thought, why not a spider  fishing and instead of his catch of fish, make them fireflies .

Here is where vintage jewellery comes in handy.

Mopsy the Spider fishing for fireflies

A Little Star

Fireflies and a mother of pearl heart

So now , without rushing the work , I must get back to finishing this Bas~ Relief. …..I have another painting that I'm anxious to get started : )

Don't forget to pay a visit to the gang at Happy Paint Party Friday

Until next time,

Monday, February 3, 2014

A Little Mystery Solved

How exciting it is when one finds a magical surprise in their mail, never knowing that it ever existed, until one day there it is, veiled in falling snow. At first, I didn't know who had managed to enhance the WIP Bas ~ Relief painting I've been working on but with a little investigation, I found the magician behind the work was none other than the secret robot belonging to Google+ . I kinda of like it and actually I discovered more of my images had been touched by his magic wand and had been for some time.
Moral of this little story, check your mail a little more often and read it all for you never know what you may delightfully find concealed inside the envelope: )

Until the next surprise : ) 


Sometimes a haunting melody can make quiet an impression ~^..^~
Thanks to Vic Mizzy for creating such unforgettable soundtracks and to Hollis Kim for sharing this fab rendition of the Haunted Organ from The Ghost and Mr. Chicken ….will always luv listening to it, no matter the time of year but especially great in the month of October


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