Bloom Where You Are Planted

Image:  Close Up from Bloom

I have spent the past full year dedicating my blog post to a different chapter from my book, “Don’t Give Up!” I hope you have been keeping up with the weekly post.

It has been wonderful having a year of blog post “in the can” and not really having to work at it. But now that the year is finished, I am back to trying to figure out what to post.

During this past year I have also started creating a new style of art – Mixed Media Collage.

Image:  Close Up from full image "Bloom"

I have been have so much fun learning how to create collage background that I can use my art with. I love the look of the multiple layers of papers and then even more layers of paint.

Image:  "Bloom"

Of course I am always going to take every opportunity possible to add a positive saying or phrase. I have been enjoying making mixed media collage paintings and I will be sharing more of them with you in the future.





My Word Of The Year

Butterfly Closeup

It is amazing me how much Joanne Sharpe’s class is going right along with things that I started at the end of last year!

The assignment for today is to draw our “Word of the Year”.  This is to be a single word that represents what we want 2014 to be about for us individually.

2014 Closeup

It was really easy for me to come up with my word.  Remember my mantra was, “Take It Up A Level”.  I figure that the only way for me to take my art to the next level is to just simply get a little bit better each day.

My Word Of the Year

So my word for 2014 is “Better”.

My Life Is My Masterpiece


In this lesson of Joanne Sharpe’s class from “Draw Your Awesome Year” our assignment was to draw our life.  First we were to draw a picture frame.  Then within the frame we were to draw all the things that were important to us that made up our lives.

The first thing that I drew was the Welcome to Las Vegas sign because I live in Las Vegas and I love it! 


This assignment really took some thought!  There are so many things that are important to me in my life, and I am grateful for each and every one of them.  However, to draw those things is a completely different challenge.  So, after much thought, this is what I came up with…

My Life is My Masterpiece

The Welcome to Las Vegas sign is because I live in Las Vegas and I love it.  I love the energy of the city and the motivation and inspiration it gives me.  In Las Vegas we have sunshine and palm trees which I love.  Of course I had to have the paint pallet because I am an artist and that is my passion.  Next to the palm tree I put in a doodle flower because I love my doodles so much. 

Under the title banner I have two interlocking hearts which represents me and Tim, (thus the “T” and “D” in the hearts).  Then surround the hearts are the little flowers which represent our kids and grandkids.

In the background is a Zentangle tile pattern because in some way or another those Zentangles usually find a way to sneak themselves into my art.

This was a fun piece to make and I really enjoyed the process of thinking it through.

My Mantra for 2014

My Mantra-Full Size Image

One of the things we had to in Joanne Sharpe’s class is to come up with a mantra for ourselves to use all year.

This past November I made the decision that in 2014 I was to take my art to the next level.  (You can read the blog post here.)  So, when I came to the assignment where we were to write our mantra for the year it was easy for me.

I know that we all attract to us what we need, when we need it.  This class is a perfect example of that.  It seems like all the goals I set for myself for this year is fitting in perfectly with this class schedule.

I get so excited to see what the next lesson is going to be.

New Class for the New Year


One of my favorite things to do is to take on-line art classes.  I have taken drawing classes, painting classes and just about anything I can find.  Of all the classes I have taken my favorite classes have been with Joanne Sharpe.  I have taken her doodle and lettering classes as well as her drawing class. 

Hearts CloseUp

This month she started a new class that is going to last all year long called, “Draw Your Awesome Year – 2014”.  In this class we will be working in one journal book all year long.  We will be journaling in monthly calendars as well as having other sections of the book to fill in for special occasions, travel and inspirations.

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This is a class that I am sure you will hear me talk about much more throughout the year. 


If you are interested in learning more about Joanne Sharpe and her on-line classes, you can find more information by clicking here.

A Fishy Dream

"Fishy Fish" Collection by Debi Payne

“Fishy Fish” Collection by Debi Payne

When I first decided to start creating graphic illustrations, the first collection I created was my Fishy Fish Collection.  I started off with four basic fish shapes and the created six different fish from each fish shape.  The first three shapes I made were really easy and I flew through them with very little effort.  I had so much fun playing with the fish as I designed and created each new character giving each of them their own special unique color pallet, personality and name.

 Once I finally got to the fourth fish shape, it seemed to all change.  The fourth shape was the long, narrow shape.  I couldn’t figure out how to make the top and bottom fins.  All day long I fought and struggled to find the perfect fins.  Nothing I tried seemed to satisfy me.  It just wasn’t working.  At one point I thought that maybe there was supposed to be only three shapes.

 After a very long and frustrating day I was exhausted and decided to go to bed.  Much to my surprise, that night while I was sleeping I dreamed about the fish.  In my dream I saw the fish exactly the way it was supposed to be with its soft cloud like scalloping fins.

The next morning I woke up and realized what I had seen in my dream and I was so excited.  I now knew exactly what the fish was supposed to look like.  I jumped out of bed and went to my studio and immediately started drawing the final fish.  Unlike the day before, they now came very quickly and easily to me.

 Vincent Van Gogh had a saying, “I dream my painting, and then I paint my dream.”  I certainly can relate to Vincent Van Gogh in this aspect.  Many times I dream my paintings and then I paint my dreams.  When I do that, I create some of my best works and those are always the easy ones for me to create.

 Another very good quote that I read somewhere is:  “art is beautiful, but it’s much more than that… art is someone’s soul, love, thought and dream.”  Yes, indeed it is!

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