Thursday, December 31, 2015

A Creative Year

This is my 65th  blog post for the year of 2015. That is just over one a week, which is pretty close to what I had planned to accomplish. I do hope no one felt too bombarded but I love having this blog site to show off my artwork and photographs. This is an avenue for my self expression and I have made a few new online friends through my blogging and had a lot of fun.

Sunday, December 20, 2015

Revisiting December Days

My blogging (at the moment) is a bit sporadic. This is because my personal life is in a bit of an upheaval. The property my home is on was sold (quickly and quietly) to the Grinch/Scrooge. The heavy equipment is not sitting outside my door as of yet... but will be soon. So, instead of decking the halls, I pack the rooms (albeit slowly). Work schedules, weather, and arthritis pain keeps it at a slow pace. 


Wednesday, December 2, 2015

ATC: Zodiac Signs

The results have been posted on Grumbacher – Official Fanpage on Facebook for the Art Swap #41 Theme: Zodiac. This month's ATC swap received 56 entries... the most so far. All of the cards are great and yes, I have some favourites and hopefuls for the one I will get in the trade. I must admit I waited not-very-patiently for it to be posted!

Saturday, November 28, 2015

100 Things of Thankful

We (in the U.S.A.) just had our holiday of Thanksgiving and it is over and done. But it got me thinking about what I am really thankful for. And aren't we supposed to be grateful every day? I know I am. If I go through a day without being thankful for things, I find myself getting cranky and stressed.


Saturday, November 21, 2015

From my Camera: In the Dark

I have been experimenting with night photography (other than the multitude of moon shots). To be honest, I don't know much about the camera settings and I learn something new every time I play with them. Tonight I learned that I like the results when I have the flash on even with a long exposure. 


Thursday, November 19, 2015

ATC: The Trade Off

I am really enjoying these ATC swaps. I have also done a few printmaking exchanges in the past few years. I like sending my artwork and seeing what I get back. It is always a surprise and I haven't been disappointed yet.

Wednesday, November 11, 2015

Soldiers in the Family



This post is here to pay honour and respect to those who served in the military in the past, present, and future.


Wednesday, October 28, 2015

Show and Tell: Skeleton

My Show and Tell post for today is just in time for this year's Hallowed Eve. It is a serigraph (screen print) from my first printmaking class in college. I had a lot of fun making it and was very happy with how it came out. It is still one of my favourites.

Tuesday, October 20, 2015

Upgrading, Uploading, and Uplifting


I have known for a while that I need to upgrade my internet presence if I want to sell more artwork. I must admit my effort has been a bit slack for a while. I could blame work, life, problems, etc. but that is just a poor excuse. If I really want to succeed, I need to present my work in a manner that is attractive, affordable, and simple.

Tuesday, October 13, 2015

Spiders in the Mist



Today began a very foggy morning. I love how everything looked so soft and muted. I grabbed my camera, donned my mud boots, and went out.

Saturday, October 10, 2015

The Toy Room



I made another trip to my favourite thrift store last week. This time I took my favourite daughter-in-law Rosa. She had never been there and we were having a day. I love to dig through the piles and boxes in the toy room to find the creepiest ones to use for projects. And there are always some really cool doll parts in the crafts section.

Monday, October 5, 2015

The Red Package

I did NOT want to go to work today and for one reason only! It was because I knew that my prints from the International Print Exchange 2015 (with Green DoorPrintmaking Studio) would be in the mailbox. Others were arriving around the world and I just knew mine would be here today.

And it was... YAY!

Sunday, October 4, 2015

Spirits and Shadows

There are shadows in this place.

Benevolent in earth but

Malignant when wronged.

Treat them with respect

Greet them with peace.

The spirits tend their own.


Wednesday, September 30, 2015

Special Delivery



Saturday was a monumental day! We installed a new mailbox! This may sound like a simple thing but to me... it is important to enjoy everything that I can. I love living in the country surrounded by nature... birds, frogs, cows,... everything!

Monday, September 28, 2015

The Veiled Moon

The night is dark and velvety,

All Nature seems asleep;

The moon has covered, well, her face,

As if in sorrow, deep.

~Gertrude Tooley Buckingham, "The Prayer of the Moon" (1940s)

Friday, September 11, 2015

ATC Fun: Blue Moon


I recently posted ATC Fun about my fun with artist trading cards. I had just participated in a monthly card exchange Art Swap #37, Iconic Toys Theme sponsored by Grumbacher - Official Fan Page on Facebook.

Sunday, September 6, 2015

Show and Tell: Celestia

Celestia painting KmBennettArt

The painting 'Celestia' has roots going back to my beginning as a serious artist. I had moved into a TINY (19 foot) camping trailer onto friends' property in the mountains. When I first acquired the trailer, everything was brown.... and I mean everything! The walls, floor, ceiling, cushions, counters, everything, was some shade of brown. I immediately set to painting the ceiling with light blues and lavenders and stencilled on gold and silver stars.

Thursday, August 27, 2015

Looking for a Lost Friend

Looking for Kaye Alene


I am searching for Kaye Alene

This blog post is not very art related, but it is the only way I can think to get this to show up in the search engines. I lost touch with a dear friend many years ago and have tried several times to find her by using the internet.

Friday, August 21, 2015

Thursday, August 13, 2015


Lambada finished print


Trees like to dance! At least they do where I live. The slightest bit of wind and the fourteen oaks, along with walnut, apple, pear, cherry, plum, maple, and aspen trees sway along and sing with the most delightful voices among the leaves.


My trees


So when I was working on ideas for International Print Exchange #7 by Green Door Studios, I came up with a dancing tree.

Thursday, August 6, 2015

Show and Tell: A Visit to the Aquarium

Aquarium etching cropped



For this Show and Tell post, I am showing a series of three prints instead of just one piece.

In 2009, I visited the Oregon Coast Aquarium in Newport with my dear friend Paula. I love that place! I took a lot of photographs that provided me with some great images to use for artwork. A few months later, I did use some in a printmaking class at university, where we were learning to do intaglio etching. It was required that we choose a theme for each term so I chose aquarium images.

Sunday, July 12, 2015



My first experience with Artist Trading Cards or “ATCs” was in a drawing class in college. We students were interested in learning illustration and were fortunate to have a professor who knew the industry and was willing to teach us for two terms. (J.B. is a wonderful artist and you should see her work at Jessica Burke Artist.)

Thursday, July 9, 2015

Show and Tell: Hi Mom!

I meant to post this a couple of days ago on July 7th for my daughter's birthday. I was busy working and didn't get it put together in time.

This piece reminds me of a fun time when my daughter Sarah and I were visiting Tucson, Arizona in 1985. We were on Mt. Lemmon and she had fun scrambling around on the huge rock outcroppings along the path.


Thursday, July 2, 2015

Independence Day!

Fred holding my flag painting

Every year, on July 4th, we Yankees in the United States celebrate the day in 1776 that we announced our escape from England's rule. (I sometimes wonder what our world would be like if we remained part of the British Empire...) Every year we gorge ourselves with hot-dogs (except me, I don't eat them,), suffer sunstroke and sunburns, watch our families fight over the BBQ, and listen as the fire engines scream down the road en-route to the latest idiot's Roman-candle accident. 

Friday, June 26, 2015

A New Avenue

Pittman family with vintage car


I am on a new avenue in my artistic endeavour. It isn't really 'new' but in a way... it is...

Thursday, June 18, 2015

More Toys!

Composer bust set of 8


When I die, I want you to go to a thrift store and buy an urn/vase/box/whatever for my ashes. Put it in a cart and roll me around the aisles for one last trip. My favourite sections are: house wears, textiles, books, kitchen utensils, craft, baskets, wood, camping, shoes, skirts, and... most important... toys!

Wednesday, June 10, 2015

From my Camera

Farm Cat 01 fence horizontal
Farm Cat 01

In my blog posts, I have been using my own photography (unless otherwise indicated) mostly to illustrate my artwork or processes. But photography is also an artistic discipline. There are some incredible and beautiful images created by some very talented people and I feel blessed to know some of them.


Thursday, May 28, 2015

Show and Tell: Meditation Box

Meditation Box 01

Beginning 3D Design was a course at university required for my arts degree. I had no idea just how much I was going to fall in love with mixed media. It was so much fun and so many artistic opportunities were opened up to me. We did projects using wire, paper, and the last one was called 'Personal Space.' I was to take a box... any box... and make it all about me.

Saturday, May 23, 2015

New Painting: Vitruvian Troll

vitruvian troll painting 01 doll


Another painting finished!

Continuing with my using dolls and toys as subjects, my model for this painting is a troll doll. It is special to me because I had a couple as a teen. Wish I still had them (my favourite had white and grey hair). They would be worth a bit of money now.

Thursday, May 21, 2015

#1000Speak: Connecting the Hearts

painting angel compassion 01

I didn't have anything to post this month for the Compassion project. I have been busy with other paintings and working at the non-artistic-but-pays-the-rent job. As an artist, I have made paintings for #1000 Voices Speak for Compassion twice: The Angel of Compassion and The Nurturing Heart


Sunday, May 17, 2015

Flag Painting: Order and Chaos

wall hanging flag painting order chaos 01

Flag Painting: Order and Chaos


I recently created this painting (May 2015). For the army men toy shapes, I photographed, printed, and traced each one individually to create the 'stars' and overall pattern. 

Saturday, May 16, 2015

The Sacred River Church of Troll

marion street bridge 01

Trolls have faith

Trolls worship the earth and the sky

                                   as we do

Bridge is more than home

Bridge is cathedral that offers hope


                                   escape from despair

Meetings by chance

Meetings remembered

Thursday, May 14, 2015

Sunday, May 10, 2015

A Message from Me on Mother's Day

As a mother... I made mistakes. I bumbled and fumbled and fell flat on my face. I made so many mistakes I lost count. I did things I shouldn't have and I did things I regret. I didn't do things I should have and I sometimes wish I could do it all over differently.

Thursday, May 7, 2015

Show and Tell: Colors of White

Painting: Colors of White


I am working on a few paintings I have going right now. Nearly there... then I can begin more! I will be posting about them very soon. So while we wait, here is a favourite that has been (quite literally) hanging around...

Friday, May 1, 2015

Finished Painting: Baby Doll

Painting: Baby Doll


Some of you know I have been working on a few paintings lately. There were four (and became five when I did the “C” painting for a soon arriving baby, see For Margarita). I made myself a rule I could not begin any new ones until I finish those I am working on. So... today I finished one up... three more to go!

Sunday, April 26, 2015

For Margarita

Painting for Cecilia


Cecilia will be here around May 8th.

Family and friends (including me) all wait 


                                               to meet her and love her. 


Proud parents will be there 


                                               to raise her, nurture her, and love her. 


Two brothers will be there 


                                               to help her, pick on her, protect her, and love her. 










We will all be there to love her.



Monday, April 20, 2015

The Nurturing Heart #1000Speak

Painting: The Nurturing Heart

Today is posting day for 1000 Voices Speak for Compassion. The first was February 20th and the response was so great it was decided to keep it going. The founders Yvonne Spence and Lizzie Rogers, along with a team of helpers have gone so far as establishing a website 1000 Speak for Compassion.

Thursday, April 16, 2015

Me and My Social Media

Photo: Dani Mouser
Me in my studio

I want to make art!
All I want to do is make art. I want to stay home and create. I have enough ideas to keep me busy for the rest of my life... no matter how long that is. I would love to be a resident artist or have a rich patron. But... this is the real world... and I must work as a part-time retail cashier and rely on occasional sales of my artwork. If I make any sales, it is usually just enough to buy more art supplies.


Monday, April 13, 2015

101 Things: What Art Means to Me

Photo: Dani Mouser
In my old studio

Art is inside me

It is all around me

It is my voice

It speaks to me

Wednesday, April 8, 2015

Show and Tell: End of the Day

Painting: End of the Day 01


I did this painting using a reference photo I took during a studio drawing session. The model graciously allowed us to take photographs and I was quite happy with a few. I think Degas would have liked them.

Saturday, April 4, 2015

Broken Third: The Hope

Broken 3 Scan hands


She was broken for five years...

Spirit, soul, and body.

Another five spent mending.

Always mending...

a lifetime of mending.

When asked if she had

a hand in the other's demise...


“It is proof God answers prayer!”

Three more hoping...



Friday, March 27, 2015

Broken Too: The Art

Broken 2 doll scan 01


The broken one knew the scars would be there forever. She knew the healing would last a lifetime. But she also knew there was hope for a brighter, happier, more peaceful future. The other (who needed to be gone) was gone. Her survival was proof

Saturday, March 21, 2015

Broken One: The Doll

Broken 1 doll photo 01


She was broken. The other one... the one who hurt her... neither knew the extent of the damage... nor did he care. He only wanted to touch, to control, and to own. When her head hit the floor, he only stood and waited for her to rise so he could do it again. Eventually he walked away and she regained her posture although she would never be the same again.