Tuesday, October 4, 2011

This 'n That


I've been a bit under the weather recently, and although I've not felt very well, I still can't stand to sit and have idle hands. I feel a little better if I sit still, so I have been getting up in the mornings, making the coffee, getting laundry started, and then gathering supplies that I will use during the day and sitting at the dining table to work for the biggest part of the day.

I've been making paper whimsies for fall decor (as seen above)
I've been painting more HOMES (as seen below).

As of today, I have 29 tall skinny whimsical homes painted. I just can't stop. When I don't feel well, I can still sit at the table and work on these. I ran out of the Aquarelle Arches watercolor block that I had purchased some time ago and need to get more when I feel like traveling out of town to the art store.

I'm not quite sure what I will do with these, but I want to do more... maybe a series of 100. Since they are an odd size, I'm sure I will have to have them custom matted before offering them for sale. I wonder if that's something I could do myself?

They are all painted ... I can't think of the correct term ... but they are all painted without sketching them first. They are similar in shape and size, but each one has its own quirky personality with different color combinations and details.

I also painted a few larger house watercolors. This one is framed and now listed at TDIPT Mercantile. It is inspired by one of my favorite verses found in Joshua 24:15 ~ "... but as for me and my house, we will serve the Lord."

I also managed to make one of my black cats. It tired me more though, since I had to go back and forth to my workroom to use the sewing machine, find the stuffing and paint and buttons. He is also available at TDIPT.

And as long as Sam sees me through the French doors in the dining room, he sits on the porch, just hoping I'll feel sorry for him and let him in. You can't make eye contact with him, for if you do, he starts quietly meowing and tumbling onto his back, wanting you to come rub his tummy. This photo was taken when he spotted me through the screen door. It's so hard to resist that gaze!

Sigh... he's my sweetheart, and if I can get my workroom in order before winter, I may succumb to his pleadings and let him and Scooter take up residence there till spring.

Thank you for stopping by. Hopefully I'll have more things to share when I'm feeling better. I didn't get to go to the pumpkin festival over the weekend, but my daughter did and maybe she'll share a few photos with me to post soon.

Take care and God bless,


  1. I love all the little houses and reminds me of how I use to paint series too. How fun and thanks for the reminder
    peace n abundance,

  2. Hi, Lana, sorry you aren't feeling well and missed going out with your daughter.
    Meanwhile, the paper wreath with the streamers is pretty. I don't have any
    paper items but I like this one. Your house paintings are awesome.
    And your black kitty is adorable (the
    real one, too). Get better real soon.
    Warm Regards,

  3. i hope you're feeling better soon! everything that you've been working on is absolutely adorable!! i love your tall skinny houses, and your paper whimsy on the door!! too cute! :))

  4. just love your work -put a pic on my facebook with link, ok?


  5. just love your work -put a pic on my facebook with link, ok?


  6. Love the picture of all your houses on the table outside!
    Sorry you're not feeling well.

  7. Lana - everything you make is so beautiful and the house paintings are just as charming as they can be! Your kitty is just precious! I want to paint that face and I may just do that so one day you'll look at my Etsy store and there she'll be! I'm hope you're better today...I was very sick earlier in the week but it has passed.


  8. Love your painted little "village"! Very pretty.