Newer Work #77

Watercolor collage

#1294 “Islands”. Watercolor collage on foamcore 3.5×5″ in mat to fit 5×7″ frame. $25.

“Islands” is one of those collages that I recognize the parent of one of the pieces – it was “Amazing Storm“. I don’t recognize the other two parents!





Watercolor collag

#1295 “Ghost”. Watercolor collage on foamcore 5×3.5″ in mat to fit 5×7″ frame. $25.

One of “Ghost”‘s parents is certainly “The Setting Sun” – the bottom left piece – but it has quite a mixed heritage it seems…


Newer Work #75

Watercolor collage painting

#1290 Juxtapose. 3.5×5″ collage on foamcore, matted in white to fit 6×8″ frame. $25.

Another two little babies from the basket.  Sometimes it’s all in the name!







Watercolor collage painting

#1291 A Sense of Humor. 3.5×5″ collage on foamcore, matted in white to fit 6×8″ frame. $25.

Art and science.

John Constable is known for painting realistic skies during a time when meteorological knowledge was not what it is today.  Yet he used a lot of science in trying to get it right – and a bit of artistic license where necessary, too.  A long but very interesting article from The Cloud Appreciation Society.  I loved the quote:

” I am led to this having been very busy with rainbows –”

John Constable’s rainbow.


Newer Work #52

Refractured watercolor art

#1231 Sunset on the Equator. Refractured watercolor 11×14″ in 16×20 mat ready to frame. $195.

This refractured watercolor is one of two composed entirely of leftover pieces from the commission I created in July.  Hmm, I’m sure you can find a lot of faces etc in those clouds, especially after a glass of wine…

[stunned silence]….[dial tone]

I guess we all have heard about these scam phone calls from people who claim to be your friends from Microsoft, talk you through helpfully giving them free access to your computer and all the personal files on it.  Quite scary for the uninitiated.  But I think my answers are worth a share.  (Of course if real Microsoft tech support people really do* need to call you back about a problem, they’ll know your ‘ticket’/problem number, and you’ll be expecting them anyway.)

Usually the house phone is Unplugged unless I need to make a call, because of cold call tele-salespeople, survey takers and scammers.  However after a recent rainstorm the phone was having problems so was Plugged In so Frontier could contact me to coordinate fixing it, leaving me vulnerable.


Me: Hi

Scammer: Hi… is this Jeni?  Jeni Bate?

Me: Yes.

Scammer: Hi Jeni, this is Linda from Microsoft.  About your computer….

Me: (thinks: oh, really? Your accent doesn’t match your name, Linda.)

Good answer: 

Me: Oh, Hi.  Which ticket number are you calling about? I have three tickets open with you.  Which one are you calling about?

[long silence]….[dial tone].

Better answer:

Me: Oh cool, you’ve fixed it?  Can I come pick it up?

Best answer:

Me: Oh wow, have you tracked it’s location?  Have you informed the police?




Newer Work #11


#1149 “Mirage”. Mixed media on deep panel. 12″x36″. $750.

The name for “Mirage” came out of the line of blue that was at the bottom of the original painting – I wasn’t sure if it was going to be lake or land, so I decided to extend the blue between the circles to make a whole line again, and leave it to interpretation.