Saturday, November 29, 2008


Crossroads. I painted this but didn't really have a plan in mind. The only thing I knew that I wanted in this picture is the color blends in the background.

I used Blue, Red, and Yellow. Next I blended them into each other to make the greens and oranges.

I planned on putting something in the foreground using black or white. I first used black to make a few flower stems with plans to top them with white flowers.

For some reason I turned the picture sideways (the way you see it now) and decided to carry the black lines all the way across the canvas.

It didn't have any depth so I layed black over the white on several lines and reached the finished product shown below.


Wednesday, November 26, 2008

An email from Mary at Phoenix Children's Project

----- Original Message -----
From: Mary Frieling
Sent: Wednesday, November 26, 2008 8:06 AM
Subject: FYI Christmas Program

There are still 69 kids that do not have a sponsor for Christmas. If you are thinking about helping a needy child living in poverty (in our own community) adopting/sponsoring a child this Christmas means you will provide a new:

Pair of pants
Pair of shoes
Package of socks
Package of underwear
One or two toys (from child’s wish list)

OR, you can send us $60+ and we will shop for you! We don’t have until Christmas to get sponsors, I need gifts by Dec 11 so we can sort and organize over 4,000 for distribution. I know we are all hurting this year, but please don’t forget these children who live like this all year long since the day they were born.

Thank you to all for your generous support in whatever whys you help us!! THANK YOU and Happy Thanksgiving!! Mary
Phoenix Children's Project

Mary Frieling

(602) 955-2228 message phone
(602) 224-0547 fax
(602) 290-2828 direct (cell)

mailing address:
3219 E. Camelback Road, #228
Phoenix, Arizona 85018

All gifts are 100% tax deductible. We are a 501(c)3 tax-exempt non-profit organization.

Tuesday, November 25, 2008

Phoenix Children's Project

As many of you know, I am the leader of a Girl Scout Brownie troop. My husband thought I was crazy to do it, but so far it has not been to bad. We are finally getting the hang of how things work.

Well, to teach the girls about giving back to others our troop decided to sponsor a needy girl for Christmas. When I found out that our girl, Anna, had 2 little sister, Jasmine and Adrianna...well I got a BIG surprise!!!.... James talked to people at his office and they decided to sponsor the 2 sisters! YEAH!!!! I am sooo excited! It is wonderful to see that there are people left in the world that actually care about others...even people they dont know.

I have already received some of the items and look forward to being able to deliver them to the family! Our deadline is December 5th ....the troop is going to wrap anything that needs wrapping at our meeting on December 7th.

If you are interested in helping out another child or know someone that might be interested in helping out please pass the following information on so they can participate too:

Phoenix Children's Project, is a 100% NON PROFIT local group that helps LOCAL families. They do not not keep any money for administration etc it ALL 100% goes to the kids and families in need. I especially like that it helps local families...we often think bad things don't happen in our town....but we have a lot of needy families that are struggling right her in our area!

If you want to get additional information on this organization please go to their website:

They need help all year long and it does not have to cost a can donate time as well. I know many of the families that receive aid volunteer time as a way of showing their appreciation for services they receive.

I want to give special thanks to all the girls in my troop and especially to Yulanda, Julie, ML, Rebecca, Carolyn, Keane, Deitra, Steve, James and Cathy at Progressive for taking the ball and running with it to support the other two girls! Together we are going to really make the holidays special for this family. THANKS EVERYONE!!!

Sunday, November 16, 2008


This is called Burst.

I painted the first layer in black. Next I laid out several layers of red and yellow. Where those two colors mixed I got shades of orange. I used a compass to draw the two large circles and outlined the circles with shiny black puff paint. Before the black dried I used a brush to pull it outwards from the circle.

I really like the puff paint. My wife told me about it. She has used it to make Christmas stockings. I tried it and it's really cool. It creates a definite raised area that stays shiny.

I had planned on adding shades of blues to the circles but when I got to this point I decided it was good as is.

Sheboss is in love with this and had me hang it in the living room.


Tuesday, November 4, 2008


Election day is finally here. I'm glad to see it end. Every election cycle I get worn out by all the advertising. You can't watch TV or listen to radio without hearing or seeing some type of election ad.

I also hate all the little signs posted all over town. They don't always go around and pick up their political signage after the election is over. Some of those will be out there for months.

Not only that, much of the advertising is negative. None of us like to hear negative ads whether we support that view or not. The problem is that negative campaining works so it will always be a staple of campains.

I also will be happy to be done with all the political tension everywhere. Some people get real crazy about it. After Clinton was re-elected I learned that this stuff is not life or death. The globe will keep spinning and the birds will keep singing no matter who gets elected president.

After today we'll all get along long as McCain wins.