Running amok!

Between wandering and procrastination, I have not been keeping up with this blog. I fool myself into thinking I am keeping up because I write long posts in my head. I then, of course promptly forget them when I sit at the computer.

I also forgot how to paint again so I did this lesson in acrylic from a book by  Mark Daniel Nelson. The book is called “Learn to paint in Acrylics with.. 50 Small paintings”. Good book, was a nice refresher.

boat acrylic painting.

Here’s a photo from one of the places I’ve wandered to.

Niagara Falls.

Niagara Horseshoe Falls

I have some stories to tell so I’ll be back soon!

Thanks for sticking around.


©Virginia Spencer,, 2015

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Butterflies and Bees

“Hail the Monarch

King of the Flowers!”

He says to himself… Himself, that is.

Monarch_ butterfly_flower_garden

“Bzz!”  says the bee

“Buzz Off!

You Are Ruining My Photo Shoot!”

(Monarchs always enunciate and capitalize Their Words)


“Bzzz, the nerve!”

“I Beg Your Pardon!”


(Oooo, the mouth on that bee!)


Now Where Were We?

Hmph!  I Say Again.”


“Ah Yes, I Remember”

*whistles Mr Williams’ “Imperial March”*

“Hail the Monarch!

King of the Flowers”

He says to Himself.



©Virginia Spencer,, 2015

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It’s a good day to put up a colorful photo.

I don’t have a rainbow so here’s a butterfly.


Congratulations to all on the Supreme Court’s decision on gay marriage today.



©Virginia Spencer,, 2015

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Clouds and catching up with arty stuff.

It’s been a heck of a stormy month.

It has rained and rained and rained.

The clouds have been interesting at least.

These clouds were followed by a really loud thunderstorm.

I love storms but this one made me leery.

Of course I still went outside and took a photo.

Silly silly silly.

stormy skies

Personally, I prefer Zeus clouds like this one.

Zeus cloud

At least the weather gave me a chance to do some arty stuff.

This is a field near my house in acrylic, 4×6 inches.


A view of the river. Acrylic, 4×6 inches.


This is a house on the road to Galena, Illinois. Acrylics, 4×6 inches.


This door knocker was done in acrylic,  it’s about 4×4 inches or so.

(from a reference photo in the RIL of WetCanvas)

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This is a barn that is falling to pieces.

Ink and watercolor, 4×6 inches.


A watercolor of an egg and cups, a bit messy, it was done on scrap paper .

(from a reference photo in the RIL of WetCanvas)

watercolor eggs painting

And a study of hats with watercolor.

watercolor_study_hatsIf you have any arty questions, please feel free to ask in the comment section.



©Virginia Spencer,, 2015

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Happy Turtle Day!

We recently saw a few of our reptilian friends at the National Mississippi River Museum and Aquarium in Dubuque, Iowa.

This one in particular seemed glad to see us.

Such a nice smile!


These ones were lazing about on the boat launch railings. I’m guessing they were trying to get somebody to take them out on the big boats. Turtles love yachting.



These ones were having a spa day complete with mud baths and natural moss scrubs.



This one appears to be stuck.

His friend seemed to find that amusing. Turtles are like that.


This is a green sea turtle who was rescued. The blue bean bag thing is a weight pack/buoyancy device which helps her swim. She was hit by a boat and her back flippers are partially paralyzed.


This is an octopus.


This is a quickie sketch of a house in town. 4×6 inches.


This an acrylic painting of a mason jar from a lesson in the book “50 Small Paintings” by Mark Daniel Nelson, a great book for everyone from beginners to professional and all in between. 4×6 inches.

glass painting lesson.

This is an acrylic of a farm near my house. 4×6 inches.


This is Sammy playing Frisbee.


This is the moon.

the moon

Because it’s time to say Good Night.

See you soon.



©Virginia Spencer,, 2015

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