I was pondering what to blog about today.  Since I didn't go sit with Dear Hubby last night to shoot a bear ~ and he didn't see anything... so nothing lost there ~ I decided instead I would show you some pictures of some of my paintings that I've done.

I used to daub around with acrylic paints once in awhile; before my fibromyalgia grabbed hold of me and made it so difficult.  Although, lately my hands have been feeling much better and I'm thinking of trying it again.  Although, this next time around I'm thinking of using oil paints.  I had bought a set of Van Gogh H2O Oils about 3 years ago and still haven't used them. 

Here's just a sampling of some of my paintings.

faces in the mountain ~

my version of birds on a wire ~

fly to the light ~

These are beaver pelts that have been preserved and stretched on a hoop.  I decided to paint on them when the fur market dropped so much and we were only getting $5.00 a pelt.  I sold the paintings then out of my bait shop when it was in operation.  People liked them for their cabins where they could hang them from a beam ~ one side a painting the other side the fur pelt.

This is a set of three cork trivets ... laid side by side for the picture. 

 These are gourds that I hollowed out and painted to use as a vase ~
and these gourds turned into bird houses ~

I also like putzing around with what mother nature gave us to play with  ...
like making these baskets ~ I rephrase that... like decorating these baskets.  I didn't make them ... just put decorations on them.

and now I'm trying something out with printing on leather ~ (work in progress)

Now you know a little bit more about me.  I like to doodle with a paint brush once in awhile.

Until next time...
So it goes in my neck of the woods.


  1. I like your paintings! And I hope the fibro is at bay enough that you can work again. I hope, too, that your path with fibro mimics my own .... I was almost immobilized for a few years, then it abated to the point that I'm able to do most things, most days. I'm not free of it, but its hold on me is bearable now. Good luck, Mel. :)

  2. Goodness Girl! don't bury that light of a talent under a bushel! I love the mountain with the faces. Simply awesome! and the beaver skins... gorgeous!

  3. Oh cool! Mel, my friend, you never cease to amaze me with your wonderful talents. God has truly blessed you well. Your painting and craftings are just the best. Thanks for sharing your artwork with us. ~applause~

    I hope you feel better soon and will be able to finish your fabulous new piece of art. For some reason it reminds of the 'leetle people'. I like that!
    You're a gal after my own heart. :)

    Yep, them are walnuts in my random pix. The tree is next to our driveway. We usually just leave them for the squirrels... if the squirrels can get past Lily, that is. lol Otherwise, we pick them up and take them to the woods for the squirrels.

    Wishing you a relaxing and creative rest of the day!

  4. Oh Talented One ~ I'm not worthy, I'm not worthy!
    Mel, you are super talented in so many ways - Painting is just one of your many gifts. 'hugs'

  5. Artistic, I scrolled down to look at the paintings before I read the entry. I was gonna say that was a good self painting of you holding the plelts. haha!

    I can see how folks would want the paintings for their cabins. We were so impressed with all your work when we were privileged to visit.

    I switched from oil to acrylic, but I missed the ability to blend the oil, because it dried so slow. But then, I was too impatient when I did not want to blend. So I appreciate the acryllic most.

    Hope Slim gets the Big Bear.

    Love from Vegas!
    Sherry & jack
    'We are so proud of the jelly and the wooden holder you gave us" I am sure it was on my picture of the Farmers market veggies I posted.

  6. Gosh Mel, is there nothing you can't do???? You must be very proud of your paintings, be sure to display them whenever possible.

  7. Doodle? Wow! What an understatement! :)