Friday, December 31, 2010


I am in the middle. The Baby Girl. I miss my sister on the left. She lives in CO. The sister on the right lives 25 minutes from me and we are both artists. This was taken several years ago in IN at the birthday party. I was about to leave for Las Vagas.
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Thursday, December 30, 2010

Drawing, Watercolor and W/N White

I am trying all kinds of new things. Some, I am not doing well but I really like this one. After drawing with a #2 pencil, I painted with watercolors using BS, Magenta, Azo Yellow and Paynes grey. When it was dry, I splattered wikth W/N Bleedproof white and a toothbrush. The idea for the pole light came from "Capture the Charm of Your Hometown" by Frank Loudin. This was fun!

Oh, I Forgot.  I used Payne's Grey and Susie's Brush for the swirling snow.    I also used a circle template and a Mr Clean Magic Eraser for the moon.
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Tuesday, December 28, 2010

My Home

My Sister's New Car

Sketches and Paint

Ice Skater
Value Sketches

Saturday, December 25, 2010

I finally got a Snuggie! Merry Christmas!

Thanks to my dear sister, Barbara, I finally own a Snuggie!  and...a pink one too!  Yep, This is what I look like when I wake up in the morning.  Merry Christmas to my dear friends and family! 
I have always wanted a Snuggie and now I have one!

Wednesday, December 15, 2010

Sunday, December 12, 2010

My Adventure in Making Bobbi's Toffee-The recipe is a secret!!

Boiled almonds getting skinned

Almonds and skins

Bobbi's Toffee

Time to update

Our three sided Christmas Tree
This way I can push it up against the wall
and make room to walk by it.

Winter wonderland has arrived.  Our home
is pretty in any season but especially now.

Our Lane
Jim made the bench for the skaters
and I have been collecting sleds.

The pond covered with snow.  This is the
view from our front porch.

Wednesday, November 17, 2010

Look who's drawing!

Look who's drawing!
Originally uploaded by nfaithfox
I'm taking a Drawing class and this is the first page of my drawing journal. Let's see if I get better.

Monday, October 11, 2010

Winter is coming but..I jumped the Gun

Autumn in Ohio

My favorite season has arrived!  It is so pretty here in the woods.  Pat and I went out yesterday to take photos and Jim and I went Saturday.  So beautiful!

Thursday, September 16, 2010

Ohio The Beautiful

Yesterday I went with my sister on a photo opp around Ohio.  We went to Long Lake where I spent part of my youth.  We went to lunch and thrift store Hopping.  Great Day!

Friday, September 3, 2010

Desert Poppy

This is a painting from a photo by my friend David Richman.  Thanks David.  I'm gaining on shadows.

Country Store

This is a painting from a photo that was shared with me by Bob Fisher.  I learned a lot by painting this. I over painted the trees.  Walk away Norena!   Shadows do not have to be grey!  Perspective, perspective!  Better luck next time.

Peaches and tomatoes..Oh MY!

I haven't posted for almost a month!  I have been busy canning again.  We have 21 qt of tomatoes and 24 qt of peaches.  If we get snowed in, we will eat!  My little neighbor Amanda brought me fresh brown eggs from her chickens that she is raising.  I was thrilled!  Yummy eggs that taste like eggs used to taste. 

My sister Pat and went shopping/thrifting on Wednesday after we painted, and I got my heat gun that I have been wanting for 40% off.  Pat had a coupon for both of us.  We are going to make holiday cards with embossing.  My painting is of the Rose of Sharon that is in my back yard.  Pat picked the last two flowers on it for my reference.  I am painting it in cool colors for WCW.  I even got some cleaning in yesterday.

We have given up and trying to crate Mollie and Maggie at night!   They used to be crated but it got so hot for them this summer, we relented and let them sleep on our bed.  Now they will not sleep in the crate.  Charlie sleeps under the bed like Angel used to sleep.  We haven't gotten a full nights sleep since we tried this so we just gave up. 

Thursday, August 5, 2010

The Mysterious Missing Couch

Yes, I have a couch.  When I bought it I was promised "several weeks" for delivery.  This is the ninth week and it arrived yesterday.  I'm glad that it's finally here.  Now, how do I get the new couch chemical smell out quickly?  Oh No, I hope I'm not allergic to my new couch!  I sure love the way it looks from afar.  I just can't get too near it. 


Yes, I know.  This is not a watercolor.  But it's a fun thing I'm working on for the consignment shop.  They cost me about .25 to make and I am going to sell then for $9.95.  Very good markup!

Friday, July 30, 2010

Canning Pickled Beets

Dirty, Dirty Beets
Pickled Beets

From a peck of beets, I got 5 quarts of pickled beets!  I had to cut off all of my fingernails because they became a vivid shade of purple.  The hands were too but they cleaned up.  I had a great deal of fun so it was worth it!

Tuesday, July 27, 2010

Jim's Pottery Studio/Man Cave

Jim and I have been so busy having fun!  This is his studio in the basement! He is already turning and cooking new pieces.  Yesterday he hung new lights and it made the biggest difference.  I get to share the  man cave for my painted furniture.   

Busy, Busy, Busy

Uh, Oh, Norena went to the produce auction again!  I got blackberries, blueberries, corn, onions, cabbage, squash, 4 loaves of Amish made quick breads, 4 little blackberry pies, most of which are already in my new freezer.  I wanted to get tomatoes but they bid too high.  Most of this I got for $1.00-1.25!  This morning I am doing the corn and beets.