Wednesday, December 30, 2009

Taking some time out for fun....

Our son and fiance came to visit.... and we enjoyed some fun 'time out' from the tasks of every day. We played a bit of the tourist and headed for Niwot, CO, where the Leanin Tree Museum boasts some of the finest Western art around. The museum is a love note from Ed Trumble, who owns Leanin Tree Cards, also based in Niwot. He has collected pieces for the last "many" years and had created a local gem. We spent quite a bit of time enjoying the sculptures outside, and the artwork inside. This was one of our favorites.



I am going to finish up my list of "Life Lessons" today, so that I can take tomorrow off (Celebrating, you know) and we can all start the New Year with some good thoughts in our heads and hearts. Let's all hope that 2010 brings a decade of peace, renewed prosperity, and kindness (the genuine, deep from the heart kind of kindness) to all.

Happy New Year!

The Last of the LIFE LESSONS:

31. However good or bad a situation is, it will always change.

32. Don't take yourself so seriously .......No one else does.

33. Believe in Miracles.

34. God loves you because of who God is, not because of anything you did or didn't do.

35. Don't audit life. Show up and make the most of it now.

36. Growing old beats the alternative - dying young.

37. our children get only one childhood.

38. All that truly matters in the end is that you loved.

39. Get outside every day. Miracles are waiting everywhere.

40. If we all threw our problems in a pile and saw everyone else's, we'd grab ours back!!

41. ENVY is a waste of time. You already have all you need.

42. The best is yet to come.

43. No matter how you feel, get up, dress up and show up.

44. Yield.

45. Life isn't tied with a bow, but it is still a gift.

And that's it.... a compilation of great thoughts - that is possible within each of us. I am going to try to make 2010, the best year ever....inside and out.


Tuesday, December 29, 2009

Dreaming of warmth....

Despite the cold temperatures, the sun has been out.... not exactly like Santorini, below, but it's the same sun on a cold winter's day. I want to keep going on the Life lessons:


Santorini view on a hot, Greek Day


More Life Lessons


21. Burn the candles, Use nice sheets, Use the good silver: Don't save it for special occasions. Today is special.

22. Over prepare, then go with the flow.

23. Be eccentric now. Don't wait for old age to wear purple.

24. The most important sex organ is the brain.

25. No one is in charge of your happiness, but you.

26. Frame every so-called disaster with these words, "In five years, will this matter??"

27. Always choose life.

28. Forgive everyone everything.

29. What other people think of you is none of your business.

30. Time heals almost everything. Give time, time.


Saturday, December 26, 2009

The Day after Christmas......

How was your Christmas? I hope it was all you hoped for.... expectations can really hang you up, but if your heart is open, you can really enjoy the day.

We try not to have too many expectations, as our kids are far away....but phone calls help. We decided to go to a movie....and wouldn't you know..... so did everyone else in the tri-state area! Many shows sold out, and our show was completely packed. We laughed, cried, and laughed again throughout the movie..... and came home to a lovely dinner.

We thought of our family and friends with love.


Santorini - what a beautiful island in Greece


I will continue with the Lessons of Life:

16. Take a deep breath, it calms the mind.

17. Get rid of anything that isn't useful, beautiful, or joyful.

18. What ever doesn't kill you, really does make you stronger.

19. It's never too late to have a happy childhood. But the second one is up to you and no one else.

20. When it comes to going after what you want in life, don't take "NO" for an answer.

Thursday, December 24, 2009

"Tis Christmas Eve....

......And all is well. We have had two days of snow here, but this morning, as the holiday music plays and the sparkling snow and sunshine beam.....all is well.

I continue with the life lessons. Some of these might remind you just to breathe in the joy tonight and tomorrow. With most people, there is a lot of family, festivities and maybe a touch of exhaustion. Sit back, relax and celebrate.


My favorite place on this earth
(next to being with my kids.... anywhere)


11. Make peace with your past, so it won't screw up the present.

12. It's o.k. to let your children see you cry.

13. Don't compare your life to others. You have no idea what their journey is all about.

14. If a relationship has to be a secret, you shouldn't be in it.

15. Everything can change in a blink of an eye, don't worry, G-d never blinks.

Merry Christmas !

Wednesday, December 23, 2009

Life Lessons - part 2

Here are the second in my series of 45 Life Lessons. I have already found my favorite one, in this group.... see if you can guess which one. I hear Chocolate calling me! (the January diet will be a real killer this year....love that chocolate!). Smile today.... give some one else a chance to 'win' the argument.... and have at least one piece of Chocolate. I give you permission.



A favorite photo of the back yard in summer


6. You don't have to win every argument. Agree to disagree.

7. Cry with someone. It's more healing than crying alone.

8. It's okay to get angry with God. He can take it.

9. Save for retirement, starting with your first paycheck.

10. When it come to Chocolate, resistance is futile.


Tuesday, December 22, 2009

Some Life Lessons to share...

My favorite Maui rainbow

Yesterday, a friend sent me the most beautiful 'post'. It was 45 lessons in life, with a backdrop of a Scandinavian winter. It really touched my heart..... so much so, that I took the time to write down each of the 'life lessons' which I would like to pass along to you. As we end this year, with it's joys and sorrows.... highs and lows....and too many challenges for most people, I hope that you can reflect upon these lessons and carry a few of them with you into the new year.

I will post my favorite photos from this year and list some of the messages each day. I hope you enjoy this.....and I promise to be back at the drawing board in the New Year!

45 Lessons in Life

1. Life isn't fair but it is still good.

2. When in doubt, just take the next step.

3. Life is too short to waste time hating anyone.

4. Your job won't take care of you when you are sick; your friends & Parents will.
Stay in touch.

5. Pay off your credit cards every month.

to be continued......

Monday, December 21, 2009

From our house to yours.....

Spreading the light
Sharing the Miracle

The Message behind the holiday season is what I try to focus on each year.... and through out the year. For me, Hanukkah is a celebration of a miracle; of hope against the odds; and caring about something higher than oneself. Christmas is a miracle too.... filled with love and hope and something much bigger than oneself. Regardless of the differences in faiths, there are always commonalities that we share.... and the ultimate goal is a hopeful soul, a kind and loving spirit and peace among men. Sounds so easy, but at the true source of these holidays is the message..... not the toys, and the gadgets, and the parties... but the message.

Thanks for sharing a moment with me.... and I hope that what ever your spiritual beliefs, you find hope, love, joy, and care for one another in the coming year. It's not up to you to do it all, but just as much as you can to promote good will in the world. When you do your best... and then we all do our best.... life will be good.

And to all of those 'stinkers' out there.... the crabby, grumpy, mean spirited, hateful people, who take from others and give nothing back.... Well, I hope you change your ways and find some hope and joy in the world. It's there.... under all of your layers.... so dig deep and start spreading some good.



Wednesday, December 16, 2009

Blank....totally blank....

My mind is totally blank.... I am working on nothing right now. I had planned to do some photography this week.... or draw.... or even sketch.... but nothing....is happening.

So, bear with me.... 'tis the Holiday season, and there are lists all about. I am checking them twice... and I know everyone has been nice..... so I am slowly getting the list checked off.

I am working on a secret project... and I can't spill the beans for a while. And there are other projects in the wings (or on the wings...hmmmm) which will be done in the next month and then in a few more months, and then down the road a piece. Do you have periods in your life like this?

I want to be creative, but it's not coming out on the drawing board... it's tucked away (far away) in my brain... but my thinker is blank.

I guess I just need to let you know that yes, I am alive, and yes, the Holidays are bustling. I haven't gone anywhere... but I am spinning in circles.

Looking forward to January... the quiet and calm that follows the wild days of December.

I hope that you are enjoying the whirling dervish of life right now.... it's fun to spin for a while.

Thursday, December 3, 2009

Let the Celebrations begin.....

If you look closely, these berries are from Florida.... but I loved the shade of red, so chose them to share my thoughts today. Tonight, we head out to the office tree trimming party.... the first celebration of the season. The celebrating will continue, with house tours, gatherings of friend both small and large, lunches with 'buddies', and connecting with family. It's all part of the season. I love the little things most.

Today I celebrated by baking my favorite Carmelita recipe (which has so many calories, you could run across the U.S.A. and never burn them up) and some other goodies. It's something that I do not do very often, especially since the kids aren't here to eat them. But, it's fun to stop working at the usual stuff and create something different.

I hope that your celebrations of this season are fun and fulfilling. Do something that you wouldn't ordinarily do. Find your own special way of creating a celebration of life. I wouldn't mind hearing what you are doing to celebrate this season. Send me a comment.


Wednesday, December 2, 2009

A White Day along the Front Range

We woke to snow and cool (no, cold!) temperatures this morning. The sun is trying to peek through the clouds, but everything is pretty 'white' today. So, I decided to share some white flowers with you today... with some of my favorite photos.


Orchids, rose, Magnolia & trumpet flowers

I hope that you are feeling the beginnings of the Holiday spirit.... snow helps, for sure, but don't forget to stop and remember to breathe and enjoy. Today, as the sun glowed behind the white of the sky and the geese flew over in a jagged formation. I stopped what I was doing and just watched for a moment. It was just a simple moment, but a reminder of the beauty all around us, when we slow down enough, to see it.


Tuesday, December 1, 2009

A visit to the Botanical Gardens in Sarasota

We spent a beautiful Saturday afternoon at the Marie Selby Botanical Gardens in Sarasota. They have the most amazing selection of Bromeliads and over 6,000 orchids. We took a mini-tour and then wandered about on our own, I know that this is a place that I want to come back to when ever I am in the area. It is a rare jewel donated to the City of Sarasota, by a unique individual, Marie Selby, who was quite the gardener of her day.

I just enjoy the plants that are not available in our climate or at our altitude, along the front range of Colorado. I, especially, love the air plants that were prevalent within the gardens. Lastly, the beautiful Banyan trees in the center of the garden (see which animal you think they look like) were a special centerpiece of the stroll.

I plan to put a link on the side, so that you can read more about Marie Selby Botanical Gardens, or maybe, even plan a trip!


This was actually found on a walk in Lakeland,
but I fell in love with it. Not sure, but it looks a lot like a Clematis


Talk about unusual..... these were in the greenhouse.


Can you guess what they look like?

Just love the 'giraffe' effect!


Ah, the serenity of these gardens
right in the center of a bustling city.


December 1st..... did you say "Rabbits" today before you said anything to anybody? It is thought to bring you good luck and good fortune...... so said my first Boss, a Canadian, when I was first married and living in Chicago. Who knows.... I still say it every month ( that I remember) and it has become a habit and a good memory of a wonderful man.

Monday, November 30, 2009

We flew away for a bit.....

Thanksgiving beckoned and we went.... to see our kids (or one half of the set) for a week. Since our kids are on both coasts, it's always a joy to walk on the beach and enjoy the sounds, smells, and textures of the coastline. This time we went East and had a chance to walk the beach one late afternoon.

What a joy it is to spend the holiday with your children. It lifts the spirits to see them as adults, loving their lives, in love with each other, and celebrating each day - no matter what comes. I am so grateful for the small pleasures of just 'hanging out' with them. Honestly, it was one of my all time favorite vacations with the kids (but then, any time spent with them is good time).

I will be catching up around here, and celebrating the season with friends and more family. I do hope to pop in much more often, but I can already guarantee that there will be little art work this month. It doesn't look like the studio will be used very much. But, I will share photos of my adventures on the East Coast, and the season that is upon us.

Until next time......



Lift off on a late afternoon



Soaring


I hope that you are 'soaring' today.... if not... have a nice lift off (you have to start somewhere).


Tuesday, November 17, 2009

Collage of Yellows

A collage of yellow flowers


This week has officially started the holiday season for me. I prepared for a local Art show which will be hung tomorrow and stay until March. I have volunteered for years to do the calligraphy for our local Hospice Tree of Remembrance ( a local holiday tradition that keeps the memory of those who are not with us....as ribbons on trees at our local Mall). Now, I have two other people helping me do the calligraphy, but I completed 111 ribbons this past weekend.

We write a holiday poem.... still needs to be done... and then the Holiday Cards to send. There is much to do... but it will all get done, slowly but surely.

There's Thanksgiving coming up and we plan to celebrate with our son this year. So, the holidays are starting.... gearing up for fun, family, friends and some volunteering thrown in for good measure.

I love this time of year, but days get away from me... and sometimes weeks. So, bear with me...enjoy the bright yellows that are so indicative of the Fall season. Celebrate with thanks for all that you have. Sometimes it isn't much, but the enjoyment of what really matters, usually doesn't a lot. I am so grateful for so much... so I plan to celebrate that this year.

I think my posts will be sporadic, but I will pop in as often as I can... I am grateful for my blog followers.

Let the season begin.....

Thursday, November 12, 2009

Memories of summer - Pink

a photo collage of summer plants in pink


This past weekend, my "Friday" art group had a sale at a local church. We didn't sell a lot, but the atmosphere was fun and I gleaned a lot of ideas from my fellow artists. Each person brought their own unique style to the show. Some created stationary from their art work, others shared their original pieces.... There were music boxes with art placed in them and among the cards, some that had photos of the artist's garden.

I take many photos for my work. These are used for color samples.... details after the plant has died.... pretty much source material for painting. However, sometimes I actually get some good shots of flowers... and over time I notice that there are favorites that are not deleted from my gallery of photos. This week, I decided to take a few of these favorite photos and make some cards from them. I will use them for fun.... but hopefully, I can sell some on line. I am avoiding this as you can see (there is no link to my Etsy site, yet).

I thought you might enjoy a collage of my pink plants. I plan to do more of the other colors in my rainbow. A pleasant reminder of last summer. Hope you enjoy this plethora of pink!

Wednesday, November 11, 2009

Veterans Day

I have no photos today.... just an acknowledgement of "Thank You" to all of our Veterans out there. Today seems harder than most Veterans Days. With Ft. Hood, we are reminded of the vulnerability of our soldiers... and with the war in Afghanistan and Iraq on an endless continuum, it is discouraging. I am so grateful for each and every person who is trying to protect us on a daily basis.... but I guess I want them all home.... safe and sound.....

So, today, I will put down my paint brush and ponder. I will pray for each person who has helped our Country, in what ever way they could. I will be grateful for our Armed Forces, but also for the peacemakers. For it is in peace that we will find our greatest joys.

Blessings to you today.

Thursday, November 5, 2009

Getting ready for a Sale....

One of the members of my art group belongs to a church that is trying to repair their original stain glassed windows, which have fallen into disrepair. The windows are beautiful..... but the cost to repair them is great (really great!!). So the church is having a "Arts & Crafts Bazaar" this weekend. My art group is participating.

We are gathering cards, and art work to show and hopefully sell. The church will get a percentage that will go towards repairing the Stained Glass Windows. I love a "Win-Win" situation...... every time, don't you?


I brought my french table in from the outside,
and set it up for guests to the studio.
I will just grab this stuff and take it to the sale.

Most likely, I won't post tomorrow.... but I will be back on Monday. Have a great weekend. It's going to be 70 degrees in Colorado... so I am going to try to get out and enjoy it.

Wednesday, November 4, 2009

Falling Leaves

The leaves are all on the ground.... well, most of them. There are a few stragglers, hanging out in the trees, but after two major snowstorms in the last month.... the 'hanger's on" are few and far between.

What we do have is a huge pile of leaves to rake and bag this weekend. Did any of you love to rake the leaves as kids? I remember making a framework of a house and designing rooms out of the leaves (that were suppose to be raked...but were enjoyed before they were burned....remember when we used to burn the leaves??). Of course, without the kids around, we are pretty systematic about raking now. We mow the grass.... mulching as much as possible, and then we just bag as many of the 'leftovers' as possible... while hoping a huge wind will gently persuade the rest to fly away to a far away yard.

So, here is my watercolor... to remind us all to play in the leaves.... build big piles....make a house.... do what ever is fun to do with leaves... before you bag them up and leave your yard empty for the winter season. And... if you don't have a yard.... go take a walk and at least feel the crunch beneath your feet. And.... those of you who live in areas where the leaves don't drop, take a flight of imagination... or remember the days when you played in the leaves.

"Falling leaves"
Watercolor and colored pencil

Monday, November 2, 2009

Waiting for inspiration....

Hmmmm..... my canvas is blank... wondering when the inspiration will come. I feel like a writer with 'writer's block'. There are many distractions all around me, which might account for some of the 'blank', but nothing really major going on.

My studio is filled with cards, etc, and framed paintings.... awaiting a show in mid-November and a Sale this weekend, at a local church. So, I am taking a breather, and waiting for inspiration to come.

Our great snow drift of Thursday.... melted away to green grass by Sunday. My sweet hubby even mowed the lawn (actually.... the leaves... to avoid raking!). My son commented on the last post.... saying that he would gladly trade the endless heat of Florida for some Winter snow. We are lucky to have our seasons change so frequently (we can have Winter in Summer... and Summer in Winter..... ) but we can count on the Sunshine to be there just when we start getting grumpy. It's crazy but it's Colorado. Wish you were here Greg! Jess too!!

Empty work table - empty brain.... awaiting inspiration

Thursday, October 29, 2009

Wish you were here....

Well the weather roared in yesterday and it snowed all day.... sort of heavy and wet, but lots of good moisture. I have given up on Fall....though I grabbed a few leaves along the way to paint. It looks like it's Winter art from now on (or as my sweet hubby likes to say " painting the dead stuff").

Looking out our front window,
the trees are overloaded.
They were not prepared for this....


My Geraniums were thrilled to be inside
looking out on the rest of the back yard.
It was truly a blizzard.


Here is the snow as it was falling yesterday.....


and
Here is the snow this morning,
heavy and wet.
I wonder where the squirrels went.
No doubt, they are missing their backyard playground

Stay warm today, if you are in Colorado.... and if not, I hope that your day is a sunny, warm, and delightful one.

Wednesday, October 28, 2009

Busy with Framing

You might remember that I took a framing class last summer.... and now, I am making it pay off. I have begun to frame my own work. It takes a bit of time and some elbow grease, but so far, I am pleased with the results.


I have spread out my stuff on the kitchen table, and created quite a mess.
Tools of the framing process: point driver, coated wire, heavy ruler, glass cleaner,
lots of linco tape and backing foam board.

Oh yes,..... and wire cutters, awl, (soap for the awl),
screwdriver, scissors, and a big waste basket.
My teacher also thought we should all have
band-aids available, but luckily, I didn't need them!!


Voila..... not bad! I chose this frame and matte,
as I wanted the Sunflower to remind one of Provence!

Thursday, October 22, 2009

A wrinkled wreck....

I have had this tucked away for quite a while..... painted on the WRONG paper, and you can see the result. I used a Bristol paper... which is great for graphite, colored pencil, or very dry brush.... but not a lot of water. However, I am taking this and playing with my colored pencils, over the top.... think it will be fun.... even if it stays in my 'backpack of work" (a nicer name for the recycle bin!).

I will share the work when it's done.... just for laughs....

Amaryllis doubled

It's crisp and cool today.... leaves everywhere.... We didn't get as much snow as Denver (well, none...just rained all day). The weather is certainly unique and typically, Colorado-ish. You never know what you are going to get.... how long it will last.... or what will happen tomorrow. Today, I am grateful for the sun. I call it "Happiness in the sky".

Wednesday, October 21, 2009

Pincecone complete

Yesterday, I worked on the pine cone and completed it for possible cards. It was a "finder" on one of my many walks and hikes, so it was nice to do and it went quickly. I am working on another angle of the pine cone....a bit more wild and woolly style, which I will share when it gets a bit farther along. I am using colored pencils for this project, because of the details and the steadiness of my hand. With watercolor, I can sometimes 'flail' about and end up with more "splotchies" (think I need to quit making up words... but you get the picture).


Pine cone for the holidays

Tuesday, October 20, 2009

Thank You for following this blog!

One thing I know for sure..... I am NOT a technical type of person, so writing for this blog and popping photos onto it, is a major stretch for me. I just want to take this time to thank those of you who are "Followers" of this blog. I am challenged technically.... so thanking you individually, seems to stump me. However, I do appreciate the fact that I bring some joy and color into your lives occasionally. It's just nice to know that you are enjoying my work and my blog.

Thanks too, to the rest of you who pop in from time to time. It's a treat, and I do hear back from you regarding work and things that you have enjoyed reading about. If I can share a bit of the art world every day.... or a bit of travel, from time to time.... then I am achieving the purpose that I set out with..... getting art and art appreciation out into the universe.

Turks Turban


Okay... today, I will share something that is sort of finished..... but sitting on the easel for the "walk away" phase of my art. I take a breather from it for a bit and then come back to it...and usually find that there are things that need doing. This one is sitting ..... waiting.....
Tell me what it needs....

(Snow is coming tonight.... so glad that we had that beautiful two days this weekend )

Monday, October 19, 2009

Beautiful Weekend!!! Beautiful!!!

Oh, the weather outside was delightful..... and not at all frightful.... so I couldn't bring myself inside all weekend. I worked like crazy last week.... but when the weather cleared and the sun came out, I made the best of it. We had a beautiful weekend here.... GLORIOUS!! It had been a while since we had warmth.... seriously, a week ago, it was in the 20's for two days.... and not really warm for the rest of the week. I must admit, I sound a bit bonkers.... but there is nothing like a beautiful day to shake the doldrums and cheer you immensely.

So, last week, I was busy with framing, drawing, painting and prepping for an upcoming show. Then I got quite busy with some more work, so I am on a bit of a roll (and I am going with it, until I hibernate for the Winter).


I am working on a pine cone.... in colored pencil....


Hopefully, when finished,
I will make Winter cards with this.....


I know that the bad weather has moved eastward, so, just know that there is a spot of really nice stuff coming your way. Also, we are expecting more cold and icky stuff by the end of the week....

Oh, well.... it was fun while it lasted!

Wednesday, October 14, 2009

Missing Fall...

Last year, I took these photos during the Fall season. This year, most of the trees have 'puddles' of leaves at their base (especially the young ones). The snow has melted, as it quickly does in Colorado, but the gray skies linger.....with spots of sun popping through each day...and temperatures haven't really gotten above fifty-five. Now, that is certainly 'do-able', but it's not really a Colorado Fall. We are usually spoiled with sunshine, harvest mums, grand groves of Aspen...quaking in the gentle wind. I am missing Fall this year.

Last year, a fun stop along the way during our Maine trip



Quaking Aspen on a sunny Colorado Day


Saturday, October 10, 2009

Saturday Shocker!!!

I usually do not blog on Saturday, but today I couldn't resist


Imagine my surprise, when I woke up this morning
Of course, the Weatherman was right...
but I was NOT ready for this.
The Nasturtiums are under here somewhere
I think it looks like 2 inches...
Brrrrr.......

Tonight the Rockies play baseball
Tomorrow is suppose to be 50 degrees
(I think they should delay the game.... anyone listening??)
Only in Colorado

Today: Go out and play
I plan to build a snow man!
(well, maybe, if I can get away from the fireplace)

Friday, October 9, 2009

Art Group trading cards...

Several weeks ago, my Art Group decided to get out and check out the art stores in the area. We did a bit more shopping than that.... with a lot of hilarity (Get a group of women out on a sunny day with some extra dollars in their pockets... and anything can happen).

In one of the Art stores, my friend found some of these 'trading card' size Bristol paper... which was designated for art work in miniature. Well, on a hoot, several of us bought them and I played with the size and paper last week. This is actually about 2x3 inches...very small! It's fun to experiment with size and see what happens. Just wanted to share it with you.




And for those of you who live in the Denver area.... "Wicked" is playing at the Denver Center for Performing Arts and it is charming, funny, grand, and an evening of entertainment, well worth the price of the ticket. Honestly, the lead actors were pretty much on stage for over two and a half hours... with amazing voices. It was an outstanding production. Go and splurge to support the Theatre.... it's another form of art that is well worth your time and money.

Oh, and CONGRATULATIONS to our President for the Nobel Peace Prize. Let's all continue to work on peaceful coexistence, no matter what our beliefs. It is worth the peace that it brings to families... cities, counties, states... Countries and the World. Start today.

Thursday, October 8, 2009

Working my way around the hat....

I am working my way around the Turks Turban...... it is actually a bit further along than this photo, but the details are taking me a while.... and then I am going to 'sit with it for a bit".

I enjoyed doing this one, and I am grateful to have the gourd right in front of me to work from Really, I could add a lot more, but don't think every little blemish will make a huge difference.

It is snowing outside..... makes me sad, as I know the garden will be pretty much gone by tomorrow. I am just not ready for the snow to fly. Maybe we will get another taste of sunshine and summer, before we settle in for the long haul.

Stay warm today, if you are in Colorado..... otherwise, enjoy the warmth of the Fall, as long as you can.
This Turks Turban... almost looks a bit 'iridescent",
don't you think?

Tuesday, October 6, 2009

Next piece on the drawing table...

Several years ago, I did a watercolor of a Turks turban. That was before I started my classes....so I am attempting it again... to see if there is much improvement. It took me forever to complete the first one and this one is going quite quickly. I will show more work at the end of the week and when complete, I will share a side by side of the two works. (well, if I am brave enough).

The sun is finally out today..... cool and crisp, but sunny. Friends are heading to Maui and I am happy for them. I feel the need to be warm again..... just don't like the cold anymore. Hey, and it's not even 'cold' yet..... just nice and cool. Okay.... well, on with your day.... blessings.


Turks Turban....ready and ripe for a watercolor

Monday, October 5, 2009

The Bounty of the Garden

Our garden provides us with great pleasure all summer long. I seem to stretch it out as long as I can..... from the first crocus in early Spring...to the last Mum in the Fall, I treasure each and every flower ....or gourd....or pumpkin.....

Last week, we cleaned out the garden and lo and behold.... there were all of these gourds and pumpkins just tucked away under the grand leaves that shelter them. Mr. Snake has moved to warmer turf, so he respectfully, let me loose in his garden. I will, no doubt, see him again next Spring. I do not think he ever gets used to my blood curdling screams... when he says "hello"...but he is quite patient, as he keeps coming back, year after year.

So, the house is now decorated with many colors of gourds and pumpkins...in shades from deepest green to the palest white. I love each and every one. Even Dear Hubby delighted in the chaos to his garden... and concluded that we should most definitely "do this again" next year.

So enjoy.... I will be back with some work later in the week.

Everything came from the garden
except the corn..... I feel like a proud Farmer.


Yes, the two large greenish pumpkins
are Mr. Snakes, pride & joy

Sunday, October 4, 2009

Garden Bounty

I do not usually do a Sunday post, but we did work in the garden all morning...... and it never quite got to 50 degrees (it was stuck at a dampish 48). I don't want to go back out in the cold, and the game is on this afternoon (don't ask me which one.... I don't enjoy football, for some strange reason), so I thought that I would show you the painting I worked on this week...... "Bounty from my Garden". (okay, that could be the world's longest sentence!!)

It was such a treat to pick so many different kinds of gourds, pumpkins ....Curcubita's a plenty. I will show you photos of just how much we grew from a few packets of seeds. It was downright fun. I will share those tomorrow.

So, I do hope that you are warm, safe and relatively happy today, where ever you are. I have been thinking about Sumatra....Samoa.... and Atlanta, as they all pick up the pieces and try to recover from Nature's surprises. They are in my prayers today.


Enjoy my 'bounty'.....

"Bounty from the Garden"

itty bitty pumpkins in a variety of colors
From our very own garden!

Friday, October 2, 2009

Art i chokes....

First of all, it's been a dizzying week of running about, but I did get my cards printed up and will now put them together, for sale. I hope to get an "etsy" account and start selling them on line soon. I will definitely try to make them affordable.... so everyone can share an inexpensive piece of art work... I will share more about this next week.

Today, my friend arrived at our Art Group with these.... beautiful "Art I Chokes"..... I hope that I captured the color...as they were just beautiful. Oh, how I would love to paint these.... but I took photos for her, instead, and I am sharing those photos with you today. The Artichoke plant takes up so much space.... but boy does it deliver. Of course, I would have eaten it, dripping in butter and lemon juice..... but painting it sounds like a lot of fun, too.

I finished my painting.... did a miniature drawing..... ran around getting my cards printed (checking proofs...picking paper...etc).... and started a Turks Turban yesterday afternoon. I did get lots accomplished, while reading a book that I could NOT put down.

If you love to get into a great read..... please read "The Help" (and, NO it is not a Beatles book).
Kathryn Stockett has done an amazing job on her first book. It is written about the early 60's in Jackson, Mississippi....from the point of view of The Help. It is a touching, emotional, and enlightened book. It is just one of the best 'reads' that I have had in a long time. It kept me up late every night... and managed to grab my attention during every spare minute of each day.

Next week, I hope to be back on track.... with photos of work, and my garden bounty. (wait til you see all of the punkins and gourds.... Yahoo!). Enjoy your weekend.


there were three plants - in each stage
This was the eldest..... going to seed... just a bit
(sounds like me.... looks like my hair... )

Another photo of the 'blue haired wonder"


The young 'whippersnapper' struts it's stuff

Tuesday, September 29, 2009

The completed sunflower

There are two posts today.... since I haven't been here for a number of days. I did finish the sunflower, and I am getting ready to have it scanned and printed into cards. It will definitely take longer than initially planned.... but that is life. So, I hope that you enjoy it... I plan to frame it for an upcoming show in November. I am back at the drawing board, working on the next painting. I will show you the beginnings at the end of this week.

Happy New Year.



Surprises from the garden.....

Happiness is squash tucked in lots of places


More "Curcubita's" everywhere...


And a little "Boo" to shout out to you!


And more babies on the way