Slow Start

Off to a slow start, considering that this was to be my Thanksgiving project. Back in November, I only got as far as dismantling a large, odd sized frame (a thrift shop find) and painting the foam core backing with black gouache to up-cycle it as the ground for a mixed media piece. The two large sheets of watercolor paper were untouched until last night, when an alternative plan came together. I cut them to meet ye halfway, then used watercolor pencils to lay down the first layer of color.

First Layer

As for the original plan, it can wait. I have two of these frames… couldn’t pass them up at 8.50 USD each, as I know this type of metal frame would cost at least a hundred new. Just the glass would rack a pretty penny. If I had spare cash at the time, I would have bought the dozen or so of these frames. All had identical mass produced prints, so it is not like destroying art to reuse the frames.

The next few layers will be done in colored pencils… I will take it downstairs tomorrow, work on it in the community room, as it is a “Draw on Sunday” day for the new Arts & Crafts Society.


I need to hop a bus, go buy a couple pads of art paper for the ACS, so I best get going.

Thanks for reading!



Wednesday was our 3rd project day for the Arts & Crafts Society at IT in downtown Youngstown. Ye 15 people wandered in, a dozen signed the sheet, so it was a pretty good turnout for a new group. The paper craft was homemade Valentines, but painting “leftover cookies” and heart magnets seemed to be the thing most came to do. The biggest surprise was an anonymous gift of real cookies. Someone had secretly baked and donated chocolate chip and peanut butter cookies, garnished with Hershey’s Kisses, for participants to snack on. That was such a nice surprise!

I did not feel like making Valentines, so I painted 3 post cards. It was fun playing with watercolor pencils. Here’s one that I colored on and touched with ink… who should I mail it to?


The ACS has a Facebook page now, still waiting for the 3rd like… hopefully tenants will find it and share with other tenants, as it will be a good way to keep people informed of upcoming events plus a means to contact the ACS planning committee with project requests or suggestions.  People want to make jewelry again, some wish we could do something weekly, so I think we are off to a good start.


On a sad note, another tenant died. That’s the 2nd resident found dead this month, the 3rd this year.