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Happy Holidays, everyone, and best wishes for the New Year!


:D Pat
Good heavens! I just realized that I made it to the DA frontpage again - another DD, and this time not for a painting but for one of my Temari balls! :D
I'm tickled pink, of course, and will answer questions by and by, but to thank over 600 people individually for favs  is quite beyond me, I'm afraid. Moreover, I'm in the middle of closing down the house in France and packing up before moving back to "winter quarters" (Philippines), so it is battle stations here, and everything else is on hold for the time being.
For now, my thanks and deep appreciation to all of you for faving, for Llamas, for putting me on your dev. watches, as well as for support and comments!

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Hi folks, :wave:

You've probably given up on me but here I am, finally returned from my summer in France.
I had a wonderful time! Spring had come very late this year and on arrival I was greeted by a lot of lovely spring flowers still in bloom: Lilacs, poppies (the garden variety), rhododendrons and the most gorgeous irises all over the place. This is all stuff I don't get to see normally because it's long gone by the time I get there. I was totally thrilled and kept dashing around the neighborhood with camera and sketchbook!

There was the usual flurry of house guests over the summer, plus two very special ones: :iconkarincharlotte: and her hubby were visiting Europe and managed to squeeze a little detour to the Loire Valley into their busy schedule. It was a total blast to finally get to meet face to face, after being friends on DA for so many years!

Thanks to all of you who faved my works and/ or added me to their watch list - I'll get around to answering as soon as I have everything squared away and up and running again, I promise.

For now, it's just great to be back!
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Dear friends,

just so you won't wonder what became of me: In a few days, I'll be off on my annual pilgrimage to Europe. The studio is closed until the second half of September.

I wish you all a lovely summer (or winter, as the case may be), be well and remain creative!

:wave: Pat
Hi everybody,

just to show you I haven't totally gone round the bend and can still paint "normal" stuff as compared to graffiti and X-ray flowers, I'm uploading my Christmas Card for 2012.

Here's wishing you all

:santa: HAPPY HOLIDAYS :santa:

and a most wonderful NEW YEAR! :party:

:wave: Pat
Hi folks,

I'm uploading some more crazy stuff I've been into lately. I call them my "X-Ray Flowers", for obvious reasons. They are all done on re-cycled "old dogs" = the back of failed watercolour paintings, so if ever someone should actually want to buy one of them they'll be in for quite a shock when they turn the paper over!
:shocked: :rofl:
Well, maybe in that case I'll just paint some gesso over the back ;)

:wave: Pat
of senior citizens going nuts!  :confused:

I watched a TV documentary about street art/ graffiti artists etc. the other night. Some of that stuff (mostly from New York, Paris and London) was really brilliant, fantastic colours and all that, I was very impressed.
And immediately felt inspired to have a go at it myself... minus the hoody and the spray paint, mind you, just my watercolours and felt-pens on some sketchbook paper.
NOT easy, let me tell you! And I haven't even tried 3D yet!
But what a blast! :dance: :laughing:
I'm uploading the first two. If you think I'm bonkers, just say so, I already know. ;)

Unfortunately, my studio is nearly all windows. Hubby caught me eyeing the living room walls and is looking worried....
Dear friends,

Here I am, back to the Philippines, thank goodness! It was getting way too cold for my taste in Europe, so I was not too sad to leave. ;)

I'm glad to report that my poor old bones/ joints are doing alright - no problems or set-backs so far. Let's hope it stays that way!

Thanks for all the support and the numerous comments, favs and watches; I'll get around to answering after I've looked through and commented on about two million deviations :faint:
You guys sure were busy over the summer! :clap:

To show that I myself wasn't totally lazy, I'll be uploading my own output. As usual, they are totally awful, crazy acrylics - my antidote to the lousy-weather-blues.... and we had a lot of lousy weather during June and July, before summer finally arrived.
I hope you'll like them.

:wave: Pat
Hello friends, neighbours and fellow-artists,

If a full sheet of watercolour paper or a 6' x 6' canvas scares you because it is so big, then go and have a look at these:…


Pat :wave:
"Art only becomes ART when somebody buys it - until then it's just a storage problem".
I don't remember who said that, but I totally agree.

Which is why, once a year, I have what I call my "slash and burn" day in the studio. This entails having a good spring-cleaning as well as sorting through and throwing out old stuff, especially what I call "old dogs" = unsuccessful paintings (watercolours in my case).

Sometimes, an overall ugly painting has a good part somewhere which can be salvaged by cropping.

Or else I cut the thing up and use the prettiest parts for bookmarks which always find many delighted takers.

If neither is an option, I use the paper for mixed media or collage works.

I find this last an extremely liberating process: The thing is ruined anyway, only good for the bin, so what the heck, I might as well let rip, sling paint, experiment, go bonkers and have a ball! :D

And once in a while - lo and behold - an old dog turns into something surprisingly good to look at!

At the moment, I've got half a dozen or so old dogs in various stages of being made over. No idea how many will escape the garbage-can in the end, but in the meantime I am having FUN!

And the first two are up in my gallery's Mixed Media Folder. Have a look and let me know what you think.

:wave: Pat
Dear DA friends,

You must have thought I'd disappeared off the face of the earth but here I am, finally back from my 4 months stay in France!
I had a good time!  :D

I was lucky enough to catch 2 wonderful art exhibitions, the first one at the Musee d'Orsay in Paris, an exhibition entirely dedicated to the works of Edouard Manet.
In August, on a trip to Brittany, we happened to come across a wonderful exhibition at the Musee des Beaux-Arts in Quimper: "From Turner to Monet - the discovery of Brittany by landscape artists in the 19th century".
The centre-piece of this show was a huge Turner canvas (on loan from the London Tate) showing Brest harbour. Knocked my socks off,  that one did! Lots of other beautiful big and small landscapes and scenes from Brittany by a host of other painters (including Monet) and, what made it even more interesting, quite a few of the artists' travel sketchbooks were on show as well, together with the "real" paintings.

Things were very quiet on the house-guest front. Some couldn't make it because of health issues, others didn't feel up to the long drive anymore, and still others preferred to head south to the Mediterranean for some guaranteed sunshine (a very wise decision as it would turn out!)  In the end, instead of the usual 14 – 16 people coming to visit over the course of the summer, this time there were only 7. Of course I was very sad not to get to see the others. Well, it couldn't be helped.....  and this also meant that for once I was able to relax and take things easy ;) and go out to do some plein-air work.

At least that was my plan. Unfortunately the weather didn't co-operate. By the second week of June, summer was over and we went straight into autumn... as has been the case for the last 7 or 8 years already.
Drastic action was called for because, normally, lousy weather like this over weeks on end will send me straight into a depression. So I set up a little work space on the upstairs landing and started messing about with acrylics on canvas. The light was all wrong, the space terribly cramped, and I had to be very careful not to bash my head in on the sloping ceiling and low beams, but I had so much fun that even the miserable weather over most of June and July couldn't dampen my mood.

Here's a shot of my "other" studio – just for a laugh.…;
I'll try to upload photos of those paintings I consider finished, the rest will have to wait for more inspiration (and hopefully some free time) next year.

I can see that I was not the only one being creative this summer, judging by the five thousand deviations I have in my inbox. :faint:

I'll get around to viewing them by and by. The same goes for all the favs, features, comments and messages I received – many thanks already, you are all very sweet, I'll try to work my way through asap but it'll take some time.
For the moment it just feels great to be back on DA and among you all!

:wave: Pat
Hi folks,

I hope you all had a great start into the new year!
If not, here's another opportunity to celebrate New Year: the lunar or Chinese one.
It'll be the year of the Rabbit and, according to the Chinese calender, this will be the year 4709! (Never thought you'd live THIS long, did ya?) ;)

"Gong Xi Fa Chai" or "Kung Hei Fat Choi" if you prefer - Happy Lunar New Year!

Pat :wave:
Hi folks,
This just to let you know that I'm still among the living!

I hope you all had a great Summer!?

My thanks to all those who left comments and favs and/or put me on their watch-list - I'll get around to answering by and by. The same goes for deviations; I'll have to tunnel my way through about ten thousand of them - you guys sure have been productive!!

My Summer in France was very nice and, as always, extremely busy (to put it mildly), with lots of friends and family coming to stay - always great fun but also a lot of work for me.
The weather could have been better: apart from a wonderful first half of July it was middling to total rubbish, but that seems to be the only kind of Summer we've been getting these last few years.
I also developed some kind of arthritis or what-have-you in me left foot (got to get this checked out). It disappeared by itself, but for weeks on end it made walking quite painful, which put paid to my usual hikes around the countryside in search of painting-inspiration. But never mind, I've never yet run out of ideas ;)

For the moment though I'm still fighting jet-lag/ getting organized/ my feet back on the ground, and painting will have to wait a bit more.
But it's great to be back!
:hug:s to you all!

:wave: Pat
Hi friends and fellow-artists! :wave:

I came across this little gem and felt I just had to share it with you:

When the flush of a new-born sun fell first on Eden's green and gold,
Our father Adam sat under the Tree and scratched with a stick in the mold;
And the first rude sketch that the world had seen was joy to his mighty heart
Till the Devil whispered behind the leaves: "It's pretty, but is it Art?"

Rudyard Kipling

Please note:

The paintings in my gallery are original works: they are based entirely on my personal vision, ideas and observations, as well as on my own sketches, drawings and reference photos.

My paintings are protected under copyright law.

My paintings are not produced, sold, distributed or licensed as "stock".

You may not use, copy, print, reproduce, alter, edit or manipulate my works in any way.
In other words: Leave my artwork alone!

Favs and comments are always welcome. :)

Back from the wars

Wed Sep 23, 2009, 8:16 PM
Hi everyone!

Just to let you know that I'm back from my "vacation" in France.... 3 months of hard labour would be a more apt description. This summer was even crazier than usual, and that's saying a lot! I'll spare you the details.  :phew:

Still and all, most of the time we had wonderful weather, so no complaints there, and having family and friends coming to stay was super and great fun as always.

I managed to see a very interesting art exhibition in Paris. It was titled: "Une image peut en cacher une autre", and showed five centuries worth of paintings and drawings with hidden images and/ or optical tricks.

Stars of the show: the famous fruit and vegetable heads by the Renaissance painter Guiseppe Arcimboldo - turn them one way and you see a basket of fruit or veggies (or even rats, frogs, foxes and whatnot), view them upside down and they turn into a face. Or there's the Pope - turn him around..... and you have the Devil. :no: Naughty, naughty!  ;)

There was the famous head of a duck/ head of a rabbit, Picasso's vases/ heads and even some far-out sculptures/ installations whose shadows showed something totally different than what was actually there.

It was a huge and very interesting exhibition, often funny and very entertaining too: Before you knew it you'd be involved in lively discussions with total strangers, looking for and pointing out to each other the hidden images.
A very enjoyable afternoon, but in the end we came away with total sensory overload!  :laughing:

I hope you guys also had a good summer.... but hopefully a bit less "active" and stressful than mine.  ;)
I need some very serious R&R!  :relax:

:wave:  Pat

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You know you are an Artist when

Sun Feb 10, 2008, 12:46 AM
Hi amigos!

Read this in an Art Magazine and thought I'd like to share it with you guys.


….you notice everything in terms of tube colours: Look, what beautiful        Quinacridone Gold leaves!

…while changing the baby's diaper you suddenly think of Jackson Pollock...  (this one's my favourite! :rofl:)

…when you meet someone and wonder what they would look like as a drawing/ painting.

. . when you see a colour and wonder what colours you would mix to get it.

. . .when you're making a shopping list and you remember that you need art supplies - every time!

…when you name your dog/ cat after an art form/ technique or famous artist.

...when your change jar is labeled 'brush fund'.

…when you notice the light and shadow on everything, and the patterns they make and how the light feels and the color and temperature of that light, if its harsh or soft.

…when you walk into someone's house and look at the walls first.

…when you are driving and the cloud formations are more interesting than the road ahead and you get stopped by the cops for erratic driving and have to blow into the little tube!

...when ALL the walls in your  house are covered with art - yours!, and when you turn everything you look at into art, squinting perpetually as you go through life.

...when everyone loves your art but no one wants to actually pay money for it, yet you continue to spend your life creating it.

…when you push the kids out of the way because you've just discovered a fantastic new medium called play dough.


…… please feel free to continue……

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This just in:

Thu Jan 24, 2008, 12:17 AM
  • Reading: A Short History of Tractors in Ukrainian
  • Watching: Australian Open
A thief in Paris planned to steal some paintings from the Louvre.

After careful planning, he got past security, stole the paintings, and made it safely to his van.
However, he was captured only two blocks away when his van ran out of gas.

When asked how he could mastermind such a crime and then make such an obvious error, he replied:

"Monsieur, that is the reason I stole the paintings; I had no Monet to buy Degas to make the Van Gogh!"

Now let's see if you have De Gaulle to tell this one to your friends!
I just thought I'd post it here because I have nothing Toulouse....

Outch, outch, outch!!

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Just heard a good one.....

Tue Jan 8, 2008, 5:08 AM
  • Reading: Carlos Ruiz Zafon: La Sombra del Viento
Question: What can a woman do whose husband, sent to the cellar to fetch some potatoes, falls down the stairs and breaks his neck?

Answer: She can cook pasta instead.



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Something to smile about

Sun Nov 18, 2007, 6:52 PM
Hi friends, fellow-artists and art-lovers,

here's something cute I just received from a friend in the Big Apple - have a look and enjoy!…

It's a little movie, so you'll have give it a minute or two (or three, depending on your internet connection) to load completely. The waiting is worthwhile though, I assure you!

:wave:  Pat

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