It is with immense sadness Ann and I report that our very dear friend, Marie Markham, passed away this morning after a year-long battle with illness following her surgery a year ago. Marie and I met on a pen pal site in 1999 and have communicated almost daily since then. She was the driving force in establishing our three digital art challenge blogs--Take a Word , Three Muses, and Digitalmania. Our friend, Ann Baker from the UK, joined us and we three friends who have never met managed the three blogs for over ten years. Ann and I have continued to manage them during Marie's illness. We have sorely missed her talent and wit. We know you join us in extending our deepest sympathy to Marie's family in Perth.


Sunday, October 4, 2020

Wednesday, September 23, 2020

Our Ozzie Friend


Marie, aka Ozstuff, our Ozzie friend, one third of the Three Muses art challenge blog founders, the creator of Take A Word art challenge blog, and the Digitalmania Flickr art challenge group. A very talented digital artist and the undisputed queen of digital painting. 

She liked to create in shades of blue or sepia, and on occasion to use scanned dictionary pages for her backgrounds. Looking at her artwork you can often see the twinkle in her eye and the tongue in her cheek.  She had a wickedly impish sense of humour.  See her artistic treatments of her Uncle Paul (by marriage) for evidence!

Her artwork was published in Artful Blogging Magazine but her self effacing nature meant it took much prompting to get her to advertise her success on her own personal blog.

I’ve been looking through some of Marie’s wonderful artwork and I thought you might like to too.

Rest in peace my friend.


Sunday, September 20, 2020



May be prepared in an angel cake pan and "iced" with Cool Whip for a "showy" dessert.

Saturday, September 12, 2020


It was great fun to digitally decorate this mantel. The painting is my own, the bird, crock, bowl of apples, and lamp are all imported and placed.

Sunday, August 9, 2020


The components were collected separately and put together to create the scene.  The poem is original.

Sunday, July 26, 2020