Archive | Nina RSS for this section

Weekend work 1/18/2021

A couple done and possibly finished.

The black paper Kerfe gave me is inspiring me. It also holds a lot of paint and almost feels like canvas. Kerfe sent the link and I will be ordering more of this.

Hoping for a good week for everyone.

Weekend work/1/11/2021

Posting these two together: I can never leave well enough alone. Started to mark it up and apparently couldn’t stop. My husband said it looked like a psychedelic Parcheesi board. (In case you’re too young to remember Parcheesi, “Jump it’s fun, jump it’s easy, jump it’s fun to play Parcheesi”. Simpler times.

I really love the black paper that Kerfe gave me. I need to find out where she got it.

It’s a gray and chilly day here but I feel healthy (and partly vaccinated against COVID-19) which makes me feel hopeful. Have a good week, everyone!

Bird of the Day 1/9/21

Another painting on black paper-a random parrot.

It’s a chilly but sunny Saturday here in Northern New Jersey. Hoping everyone has a productive day today!

Painting # 2/2021

Hoping to do more painting this year and not just rocks.

First Painting of 2021

Kerfe suggested I do some painting on a surface other than rocks. This is the paper she gave me for Christmas and it is good for gouache painting.

I was working on three paintings simultaneously and this is the first one done. It felt good to paint on paper.

I hope to post the others later this week.


These rocks may look okay but they are a fail for me. 1. I spackled too heavily in the hopes I could sand them down better. It didn’t work well. 2. Painted the first coat in Ivory Black. It doesn’t work. Sanded and repainted in Jet Black but too late: lumpy and crackly. 3. I don’t plan the color palate, just go by instinct. These are way too Easter-eggy.

I’m not discouraged but I am starting to run out of rocks. I’ll have to collect some of the ruined ones around the ‘hood and redo them.

Last Monday of 2020. Hoping like everyone else in the world for better year.

Some weekend work 12/21/20

Three more finished rocks. These will go out this week as holiday greetings. I’m doing three at a time: spackling, sanding and painting.

A young (12 year old) friend asked me a while ago to illustrate his book. I finally sat down this weekend and tried my best. The book is a fanciful story about a magic porthole, giants and fairies. I hope he likes some of these.

It should be a nice easy week-I’m only working today and tomorrow, off the rest of the week. Have a good week before Christmas-and a lovely and peaceful Christmas Day. Nina.

Weekend stuff

I did a bit of painting and messing around this weekend.

I’m doing some rocks to give instead of cards. These three are done and will be delivered this week.

I glued an embroidered flower onto a rock.

Have a good week! Nina

Draw a Bird (dreaming of spring)

Watching Antiques Roadshow last night and someone brought in a brooch. I had to stop and take a photo-nice coincidence for Draw a Bird day.

Here is the brooch, made of gold, diamonds, rubies: a beautiful piece. The woman said her grandmother found it and the owner never claimed it. The grandma kept it in a coat pocket until her granddaughter’s wedding day.

I used artistic license to make the eggs “robin’s egg blue” even though these are clearly not robins.

Chilly here in the northeast and there were even a few snow flurries. Happy Draw a Bird day!


I’m starting to do some more elaborate rocks in gouache not meant for outside. I am going to send some as Christmas gifts to certain people.

We had a nice Thanksgiving for three. I am grateful that I live with two pretty interesting (if at times baffling) people. My daughter put the holiday spin on things with her flowers and table setting.

A sloppy retrospective of rocks.

Gratitude to the WordPress community for your support: thank you!