Monday, July 31, 2017


"One Step at a Time" or "One Foot in Front of the Other"
8" X 8"
Change is in the air - not sure where this will lead.
Thanks for looking! MB

Thursday, July 20, 2017


8" X 8"
This is my new favorite size panel for painting. Richeson makes an affordable, high 
quality gessoed panel. I buy them from Blick and I've been pleasantly surprised by the 
consistent quality. If you're looking for an Ampersand panel alternative this is a good choice.
This larger size is difficult to finish in one sitting so my posts might be spread out a bit.
We'll see how it goes. It's been great so far!
Thanks a bunch MB

Wednesday, July 19, 2017

Monet's Trio

Or "Manet's Girls" or "The Fascinators" kind of like The Supremes 
Or "Fascinators View" 
8" X 8"
I can't tell you how scary it's been to NOT paint. 
It was so difficult to get out my paints and commit.
My new goal for painting is to just paint what I want. No agenda!
I have a "Lost Wages" series rolling around in my head along with a number of other odd ideas.
I'm call it my poo-pourri series. It's going to be a mish mosh of images for awhile.
We'll see how it goes and what transpires. 
Thanks for waiting - all the best MB

Tuesday, July 18, 2017

Photos - Easily distracted by shiny objects

This is a long story - might be impossible to describe. 
In March I promised the Tour De Steamboat organizers I would attempt to raise $1000.00
for the Tour de Steamboat bike ride on July 22nd. This event raises over $70,000.00 - it's all volunteer 
therefore all the money goes to 4 local nonprofit organizations. The event organizer - my neighbor and 
world class bicyclist - Katie Lindquist wants to up the anti this year and try to raise $100,000.00.
I thought my $1000.00 keychain donation could help the event in some small way. 

In hindsight it might have been easier to give her the $1000 bucks!!???

I've redone my part twice. I started this project in March and finished yesterday. Go figure.
My first thought was to create 20 necklaces - which I did - how dumb was that?
Then I bought a new inkjet printer and started over. My new goal was 50 key chains at 20 bucks a piece.
As you can see above they are fun and finished. Are they perfect? Well no but it's the thought that counts.
I've been teaching myself the art of metal stamping since March. My first thought was how hard could it be?
Well it's not as easy as I originally thought, in fact it's damn hard. I've ruined about every metal blank I 
purchased and the rest is history. It's been more frustrating than painting if you can believe it! 
The upside - I learned something new. 

Thanks for waiting an eternity - it's been one weird trip MB