IDK #358
July 16, 2014


IDK #358 makes me smile… Why not use the text lingo for “I don’t know” instead of the boring “untitled” when I don’t know what to call something?  Or, even what it is.  An alien ghost queen with her little prince?  This started with a watercolor under painting on heavy, slightly textured paper.  I like to tint textured papers as it throws color down in the nooks and crannies so there are no tiny little white dots when pencil points glide on top.  Then, when I start to color with the pencils, I just play with what’s there.

Actual size is 2.5 x 3.5 inches.  The image is a photograph, so if you click on it to zoom it up, it will be much larger than actual size.

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A #357: Pondering Possibilities
July 15, 2014



About time I posted again… summer is here and I haven’t felt like blogging.  Haven’t felt like drawing much either.  It was so humid, the heavy cotton paper absorbed moisture from the air and my heavy hand with the pencil points returned an embossed effect, which some would say is a “bad” thing (only if you belong to the keep the paper perfectly smooth club) but I kind of liked giving it some texture.

I gave up trying to scan art, opted to just photograph instead and leave a bit of “edge” around it as I tend to photograph rectangles as trapezoids and cropping to the edge tends to cut off something.  This is also displayed smaller than actual size of 2.5 x 3.5 inches, unless you click to zoom it up and then it is much larger than actual size.  But, does it really matter?  I could spend hours being so anal and it is just a waste of time.  I still want to complete the 1000 pieces. Although I pitter out now and then, opting to make larger size art, this size still appeals to me.

I should change the name of this blog from BeesATC to BeesACEO as I am seriously thinking of trying to sell art in this size again.   Right now, I’m debating between Ebay, Etsy, and Artfire.   Also thinking of selling other handmade things online, beaded jewelry and such… I’m kind of leaning towards Artfire because it is a flat rate site, one monthly fee plus, of course, payment transaction fees for PayPal whereas the other two charge listing fees and selling fees and all those little fees can add up to selling at a loss if low priced items are relisted several times before selling.  Another perk about Artfire is that anyone can shop there… buyers do not have to sign up or join anything.   To shop on Ebay, you have to be a member of Ebay.  I think Etsy requires membership, too.  It’s been so many years since I sold online, I don’t remember.

I don’t know… it is just one of those days when I’m pondering possibilities.

Any suggestions?

By the way, if you are on Facebook, I have a new page just for my art and handmade things… it’s called Barnes Artsy Things   (that link should take you there, if you want to check it out.)  Please keep in mind that it is “new” so there is not much there yet.   Thanks for viewing my art today!

April 29, 2014


 “I am yours, you are mine, you are what you are… you makes it hard.”

~ S. Stills

Not sure if the art is done yet.  Sigh.   The song in my head is Suite Judy Blue Eyes by Crosby, Stills, Nash, and Young.

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U is for… UNUSUAL
April 24, 2014


U is for UNUSUAL
as in try something new
It doesn’t have to be unique
if it is something you usually don’t do.

So, what is so unusual about this edge of night scene?

It is a colored pencil drawing and it is not on paper.
It is on a 2.5 x 3.5 inch thin slice of Sassafras
with the colors rubbed into the wood grain
with a little bit of virgin coconut oil.

Is that “allowed”?  I don’t know… are there rules?

I am kind of curious to see what happens.
Will it darken or lighten over time?
Will the oil go bad?
Will it mold?



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N is for… NANCY
April 16, 2014


N is for NANCY
Yes, that’s me.



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Today’s art was drawn with Faber-Castell Polychromos on a  2.5 x 3.5 inch sheet of hot pressed cotton paper.

It was photographed on a wooden table.

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M is for… MENTAL
April 15, 2014

Dead Weight

M is for MENTAL
which makes me laugh to say
as I can’t count the times
it was worded the other way.


I have M’s in the lines on the palms of both hands.  So does my sister.  One of the things we have told each other now and then over the years, usually with a laugh is, “Those M’s don’t stand for Mental.”


Today’s art is a 5 x 7 inch drawing photographed on my wood table before framing because my scanner is still acting up.

So, what is the art about?  Why is it M for Mental?

I live in   Insanity  International Towers.  It is a high rise apartment building for elderly and disabled people located right smack downtown in Youngstown, Ohio.  I have heard it called “Insanity Towers” on the street.  Most people just call it “The Towers” and some people call it “International” and I think we are supposed to call this building “IT” because management distributes a monthly “IT Newsletter” but no one does.   It is not a bad place to live.   It is a secure building with friendly staff, activities for residents, and they keep it well maintained inside and out.  What more could you ask for?

I started this drawing at a meeting of the building’s “Mindfulness” group.  We were drawing for the activity that day.  It just so happened to be on a day that I had woke up from a dream about planting this “tree” that was really a dead log with one little vine branch growing out of the top.  My grandson (older than he is now) came over to help me pull it out of the storage closet, haul it down, and plant it.  Yes, it was wrapped, boxed, and stuck in a closet.  I had hauled it from place to place, taking it with me every time I had moved.

Then the dream flipped and we were outside. My grandson sat the tree in the corner of a flower bed, near the intersection of two walls.

“Looks good here,”  he said.

 “Oh no, that won’t do,” I said.  “The roots will grow into the water lines.”

“But grandma,” he said, looking at me as if I had lost my mind.  “It’s dead.  It’s not going to grow roots.”

I woke up thinking about the  “dead weight” that I’ve been carrying around all these years.  Maybe it is time to chip away the old wood, free the roots, and plant the vine.   That requires mental work, so that is why this drawing is the M for Mental.

I finished and framed “Dead Weight” yesterday, then gave it to one of the social workers in this building.  She wants to start a resident art wall in the community room to encourage other people to make art.  They may be surprised at the number of artists who live in this building.

Thanks for reading, and thank you for viewing my art today.  Now I need to get caught up on my reading as there are quite a few interesting blogs participating in the  Blogging from A to Z April Challenge.

L is for… LONGING
April 14, 2014


L is for LONGING
creeping into the night
when the one the heart loves
remains out of sight.


“You know that place between sleep and awake, the place where you can still remember dreaming? That’s where I’ll always love you, Peter Pan. That’s where I’ll be waiting.”  ~  Tink


I wake alone.  Armed with two pencils, I walk across the street to get a cup of coffee and find a bench as a place to start today’s drawing.  The air smells like rain coming, the warmth deceptive.  Tomorrow, after the storm rolls through, will be cold.  Birds, traffic, conversations and flags whipping on the breeze, typical city noises.  The gray skies, cold pressed paper (not my fave, hot pressed is smoother), Van Dyck Brown or Cinnamon?

Zimtbraun, which may be German for Cinnamon as Faber-Castell pencils are made in Germany, touches the paper first, lightly dusting, laying down color, creating an under-drawing.  I have no idea what it will become.  My former future faux whatever son-in-law (who knows what they are doing?) arrives with ice cream.  Low fat, reduced calorie Moose Tracks?  I’m not dieting, sure hope they didn’t skimp on the fudge swirl.

Back inside, up the elevator, where a hundred colors and faded photographs await.  L comes to me.


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