The Virtues, or angels I’ve been painting lately

(I won’t even mention about being gone a while,I always feel like mentioning it will make me update more often…but it doesn’t. It’s like whenever I’m trying to lose weight and someone says that it looks like I’ve dropped a few pounds and I instantaneously gain five pound before I can either deflect the compliment or say thank you. Some things are just better let unsaid or unthought…or whatever.)

But anyway.

I started painting a fairy series during January and left them to start the stuff for the 80’s show. I imagined that I would pick up fairies again after I finished with that but ….I had a sudden urge to paint angels. The virtues or my take on the Virtues to be more specific.

Angel for broken heartsI painted this one first  and she’s a mixed media of collaged paper and acrylics. I call her angel of the broken hearts. Not sure I’m 100% happy with her face which was inspired by a very famous photo but that I’m just not sure about for now. Sometimes I just have to let things sit before I know what to do.

angel of GraceThis is my angel of Grace. Again she is made of collaged papers and acrylic and slightly based on a certain favorite actress of mine. I don’t like to say who because I’m a bit of a Frankenstein in that I will borrow eyes that I like from someone or a lip or a face shape,but I don’t like to base anything on someone completely and I try to work from memory as much as possible,it’s funner to see what I end up with that way. (But she may have had breakfast in a jewelry store once. )

Ariel, angel protector of animalsThis is my angel in progress. I’ve used no faces for inspiration at all on this one. She’s going to be my Ariel,angel of animals and nature and I have loads to do on her still. I find myself wanting to use watercolors again but I would really like to finish her before starting anything new!

Do you ever have trouble finishing an idea/project?


David Bowie as Ziggy Stardust art

I was kind of a weird kid growing up.

Shocking, I know.


Because here’s the thing, when you’re raised in a household where the only music that you’re allowed to listen to is Gospel music and if you’re lucky Elvis singing Gospel music and then you’re grandma starts watching you after school and she lets you watch MTV to your little musically depraved heart’s content…well,stuff happens.

When I was a kid MTV still played music videos but those hours that I was at my grandma’s house they were playing older music videos. Because of this I developed a lifelong love affair with Pat Benatar and David Bowie. (Thank you Grandma Maria.

David Bowie was actually my first big crush. (I’ve said this a lot of times in a lot of places. There’s really no reason for me to keep saying it…it’s just that it annoys the heck out of my husband for some reason and that makes me giggle.)


I’ve made a Ziggy Stardust ACEO and it’s currently listed on ebay right now for the Nibblefest Auction contest. It’s a very cool thing where lots of talented phenomenal artists list their artwork in seven day listings starting at the price of  .99 ,whoever’s piece ends on the highest price wins the contest. They graciously let me play along.:)

This month’s theme was the third letter of your name and as mine is D my mind automatically went to David. (You should definitely check out all of the awesome listings!)

You can find David here and there’s a link on my listing that will take to to the other artwork that was created this month.

P.S- I have not been posting 30 paintings 30 days as I should be doing but this one counts towards that,okay?

SugarPlum Fairy ACEO

Day two of the 30 ACEO in 30 day challenge.

If you can’t tell that I really like challenges than let me just say that I do,I really like challenges. It’s not really incentive to do something that makes them interesting to me it’s seeing what others do with the same prompt. I mentioned that this particular challenge is to make 30 holiday themed ACEOs in 30 days and all of the artists participating are making very cool cards for the challenge. Penny Stewart has decided to do a Nutcracker theme,not The Nutcracker just Nutcrackers in general. Gaylene Allen has decided to go with a candy theme and Joy Redington of Spreading Joy through Art  has chosen not to go with a theme besides the Christmas one. You can see all of the cards for this challenge here.

Sugarplum fairyThis card is my version of the Sugarplum fairy. 3.5 x 2.5 Acrylics,watercolor and prismacolor pencils. Available for sale $6.00,$1.00 shipping and you can pay through paypal if you get in touch with me at lydiapharris at gmail dot com. 🙂


Halloween Giveaway!!!!!

I love Halloween.I’m pretty much a big kid on the inside so of course I do.:)

I thought I’d take the holiday and use it as a chance to give someone a treat.

If you go on my Facebook page right now I have a giveaway running until Monday at 5 (Central time). (That’s 10/13/2014 for any future readers should they be out there.)

I will be giving away my original watercolor/prismacolor painting of Mummy and Jack.

Mummy and Jack

If you like this painting and would like a chance to own it please enter! It’s open worldwide. Thanks for stopping by,


Fairy watercolor painting

I really,really want to get better at doing watercolors. That is going to take practice and patience….I’m not great when it comes to patience. 🙂
I’m trying.


This is a fairy watercolor,I did use a little white acrylic in places as well-the wings were fading into the background so I wanted to lighten them. This is 9×12 on watercolor paper. Linking this to Leslie Saeta’s 30 paintings in 30 days as painting number 23,which is way more paintings then I did last month. (Behind but still going!)
Thanks for coming by!


Frida painting,#5 of #29faces 30paintings/30 days

Today’s painting is an 8×10 Frida on watercolor paper.she was painted with acrylics.
She is not finished yet but I plan to finish her in the next few days as I work on the other paintings.

I’m not finding the painting every day to be too challenging but I do have a moments when I freak because I know things might not get finished…I’m letting that go though! The prerogative is for me to make time to paint every day not for me to always complete all that I start in one day.
It’s a good thing to remember I think.


Sharing this with Leslie Saeta’s 30 paintings in 30 days
And AyalaArt’s 29 faces. 🙂

There are several nudes in this post.

There’s nothing really graphic to see here but I have that as a title because I know some people don’t care to see nude art and I like to give people the chance to chose.

This month my husband and I took part in a nude exhibit hosted by a local art gallery,Vino Dipinte.

Here are the paintings that I did:

BubblesThis one is called Bubbles and is 16 x 20. It’s done in acrylics and it’s part of my experimentation with using *layers in my paintings.

This is another 16 x 20 one where I tried the layer approach,this time with brighter colors.

galaxy girl


My husband did three paintings for the show.Unfortunately they are all on his Iphone or on his instagram.:/ So I have to just share the links to them.

This one is called Labor Pains.

This one is called She’s Pregnant.

And this final one is called Summer Storm. All three are done in acrylics. (I’ll have to check on the sizes and update later.)

I love these and you can see more of his artwork here on his  instagram. I know clicking on links is kind of annoying but they are all really good paintings and I hope you get a chance to see them.:)