Saturday, February 28, 2009

Florida Landscape

Beautiful winter foliage in Florida

I am only beginning to get caught up around here, but I wanted to share the beautiful winter foliage that we saw in Florida.  We were able to go to a local wetlands nature preserve, and with the drought, there was no water.  However, the foliage has taken on a 'Fall' like quality there, with the orange palette sneaking through the leaves.  It was lovely to enjoy the warm temperatures of summer again (though, as I have said before..... this winter has been very mild).

I am itching to get back to work.  Sweet hubby is planning to help me re-vamp the studio, so that the strain on my back will be much less and I can work in a more upright position.  That has to be better on all counts.

Thursday, February 26, 2009

a hip "old rose"

I was able to take a photo and create this image that looks quite old

Since I am sort of stuck... and also, because I just got my eyes dilated, I am trying to post something that will keep me from total boredom.  I can't see, can't lift, can't walk too well... and let me tell you... T.V. has nothing on it that perks my interest during the day.  It has been a frustrating week, for sure.  

However, on a lighter note, I found this neat website which is Japanese.  It takes any photo and creates one that looks about 100 years old.  How cool is that??  You might want to play with this yourself.   Just click on the "English" up in the right hand corner... download a photo, and see what happens.  Another way to find some fun today.

Wednesday, February 25, 2009

Springy weather!

Temperatures are in the 60's.....

I am standing upright again.... off medication.... still icing my back, but I managed to get out into the beautiful sunshine yesterday. 

After a wonderful trip to Florida (gosh, it is so much fun to spend time with your kids), and then coming home to a cold, with all the fun attached when I popped a disc, coughing (who does that??), I feel as though I have been away for a long time.  I will have to re-adjust my drawing table now (too hard on my back), so painting is a ways away for me.  But by next week, I should be back in the studio.

This is a very old and scratchy tulip, painted and reworked too many times... but it was a breath of Spring, that I wanted to share with you.

Life is still good... it just takes some bumps to appreciate what we had in the first place.  I am grateful to be moving again!

Saturday, February 21, 2009

laundry piling up!

My life is on hold right now, and the laundry is piling up!

I arrived home from our trip with a doozy of a cold and went to bed for a day with a fever.  No problem, I thought, I can catch up tomorrow...... 

The next morning, the coughing started..... after a bad coughing spell, I heard something 'pop' in my back - and the pain was terrific.  Okay... don't panic... called my friend, who took me to the Chiropractor.  She took one look at my white and gray face, a mask of pain, and decided to do acupuncture first.  I had 'popped' a disc.  On Friday, she gave me an adjustment, and told me to go and rest.

Well, I have been laying on my back for the last three days... with tiny improvements each day (as you can tell, I am actually sitting up at the computer, writing this).   I was told that it will probably take about 10 days to get back to a more normal state.  

I am not drawing or painting.... life is going to be a challenge for a while.  But, I will be back at some point... and the laundry will get done.

Wednesday, February 11, 2009

Another birthday to celebrate!

Happy Birthday "J girl"

I forgot to add this photo of my daughter-in-law,  taken when she was in Rocky Mountain National Park, last summer.  Another creative soul, who's sculptures are extraordinaire... and who teaches children to love and grow in their creativity.  Happy Birthday!

Happy Valentine's Day!

Happy birthday to "A-man"

"Since love grows with in you, So beauty grows.
For love is the beauty of the soul"   St. Augustine

There are two special events this week..... One is the birthday of my son, the younger, who delights us with his musical genius.  He was born on Friday the 13th... and in this year of the Ox, he will celebrate again, on Friday the 13th.  He lives on the coast, and will be away, celebrating with his 'sweetie' for the weekend, so I am sending these wishes early.  Happy Birthday, my dear son.  Have a wonderful weekend and a happy celebration.

We will be with my other son and his lovely wife who is also celebrating her birthday on Friday the 13th.... on the other coast.  It will be a fun weekend of family, as we go south from their home to visit my Father, sister and brother-in-law.

Happy Valentine's Day to all of you.... I will miss celebrating with you, so I send wishes of love and caring to you early.  I like Valentine's Day, because it's not just about being 'in love' with your honey, but being a loving person... and caring about those around you.  So wear your heart on your sleeve, smile a lot, and give out as many hugs as you can this weekend.  Spread the love.

Monday, February 9, 2009

a strange squash

Friday art group provides a strange squash

Several weeks ago, one of our group had this wonderful curcubita on a pedestal, and I started working on it.  I am not very pleased with the result (it will go into the 'file drawer' which never gets framed), but it was a quick work and sort of an interesting texture to it.  

Sunday, February 8, 2009

Moon over Bryce Canyon

   You will need to double click on the photo to read the words....  
the author is Mary Anne Rademacher 

Thursday, February 5, 2009

Lotsa birthdays today!!

"The Birthday Boy!"

From November through February, there are an amazing number of birthdays in our family.  All of my siblings were born in the Winter months (I am the exception... ).  February is a busy month for birthdays and today is no exception.  

Today is extra special to me... it's my sweet hubby's birthday!   It's also my Dad's birthday and my former Sister-in-law's day of celebration.  Next week, my son and daughter-in-law will get to celebrate.  But today is always a special one!

In all of Nature, there hasn't been a sweeter, more kind and loving Husband, Son, Father than my hubby.  He is the best... and I am grateful that he has been a gift to me for so many years.

So, have a piece of cake today... Celebrate some one special in your life... or just have a piece of cake on us!  

Wednesday, February 4, 2009

Even More Textures...

piles of sticks piled up after the winter winds
a single pansey peeks out from under the debris - hope for Spring!
gnarly old tree root - reminds me of myself!

It was fun to find the back yard filled with interesting textures imitating life.
Piles of sticks remind me of the strength of many hands together, working to strengthen the way for others.  The pansy, carrying the beauty of blue, amongst all of the neutral colors reminds me that even when things are 'wintering' there is one little sign of Spring that is pushing through, optimistic about it's future.  And, of course, the gnarly old tree root reminds me of the toughness and tenacity that it often takes, to continue to hold down the roots of family, friendships, and faith in the future.  
As we move forward from Winter into Spring, it takes great energy to get us moving towards the beauty of the summer.  It is yet another analogy for life, lived one day at a time.  

Tuesday, February 3, 2009

More Textures

grape hyacinths...slumber
tree bark never changes
could that be a golf ball???

Before the Superbowl game on Sunday, I went out side with the camera and started looking for textures.  It was interesting that I could find some green in grape hyacinths, still dormant flowers, but very green shoots folded over on the ground.  The never changing bark and rocks create a lovely surface to explore... though the golf ball brings a smile, as it's bright white pops against the neutrals of nature.   In our yard ...just off the golf course, there are golf balls tucked in many a nook and cranny.  It is a never ending 'easter egg hunt'.    

In the textures of your day, I hope that the neutral's are calming, the surprises bright and light, and that some of the textures do not change frequently.  It is nice to count on a continuance of some things in this ever changing world.

Sunday, February 1, 2009

Change is good

No, it is not Thanksgiving....

I felt as though my blog needed a bit of a change, so I created a new (well, google had lots of choices) template.  I like the serenity of the color and the photos seem to present themselves in a better light, with this background.     Change is good!  Tell me what you think?  I hope you like it as well!

Well, I am not celebrating Thanksgiving... but this "still life" is sitting in my studio, waiting for me to start working on it.  I just thought that you might like to see what goes on in my head long before it ever gets to the paper.  I will start sketching it this week.

February is 'birthday month' for many in our immediate family:  my husband, my former sister-in-law, my Dad (all sharing the same birthday), my son, my daughter-in-law (she and my son share the same birthday), along with at least a dozen friends.  So, I am madly gathering cards, sending gifts, and planning time for celebration.  So, if it is your birthday this month....HAPPY BIRTHDAY!!  It is the year of the Ox, so I do hope that is a good one for you.