Friday, February 24, 2012


Celebrating color!

Stunning Stag Horn Fern

Wish you could see the size of these leaves…
They are HUGE!!

Bromeliad in bloom

Tuesday, February 21, 2012

Moseying about the neighborhood

With guests coming to visit, I put down my computer, and picked up my purse…. for some serious retail therapy.  It felt good to be with friends, and enjoy the city through their eyes.  It was also wonderful to catch up on what was happening at the old homestead.

Next week, we leave here for a quick visit back home and then on to New Zealand.  We have never been "down under" as the Natives would say, and we have thought about and planned this trip for more years than I can count.  Something always got in our way and we never managed to have the time when we had the money, and the money when we had the time.  So, after saving for several years, we are going to enjoy a long journey and be away for quite awhile.  I won't be blogging, but I will have tons of photos to share when we get back. 

This week, however,I will share some wonderful photos of what grows in the tropical southern states, at least, in my neighborhood.  

Jade plant, right outside my back door!

No guess as to the name,
but the colors are just popping.
Someone called it a tri-colored ginger plant??

beautifully delicate

Monday, February 13, 2012

Happy Valentine's Day

Hearts are everywhere… in nature, art, body & soul…..everywhere.  With a full heart, one can conquer anything.  My heart is full.  I am grateful for all of those people, places and things that fill my heart.  

I took a walk with my camera, this weekend…..looking for hearts.  They are everywhere (but sometimes you have to look a little harder to see them).  I hope you have a wonderful Valentine's Day!

Coquina shells form a perfect heart!

A little piece of art
on my desk.

I think that this is a
??Caladian?? leaf.
Help me with this one!!
Well, I think it looks like a heart!

An old but beautiful leaf
stuck to the sidewalk.
Even old hearts can be beautiful!

This one was a bit of a stretch….
It is tiny, but sometimes you
can see the heart in the smallest places.

Hope you are filled with hearts this week!!

Thursday, February 9, 2012

Shells in abundance

I love to walk the beach looking for shells.  I have noticed that there are often clumps of similar shells on any given day.  I have no idea how it works, but one day I will find very few shells, and then next, there will be amazing ones along our walk.  Yesterday, I found a bunch of various sized clam shells.  All were unbroken and they were in an assortment of sizes... perfect variations from large to small.  

I have many (well, most) from Siesta Key, Beach…. but this past weekend, we went down to Sanibel Island and I walked the beach for two hours. I had no idea that time was flying by so quickly. My Daughter-in-law and I found so many different shells, in abundance.  By the time we made it back to Sweet hubby and my son, they were sunburned (even with spf 30!).

I plan to photograph more of my shells for you.  I am putting them all over the place, which is getting to be pretty funny (how many places can you put shells?).  I need to start making something from all of them.

Here is a mixture of them (with a few Christmas sparkle shells thrown in).

 Clams, Coquinas and Angel Wings;
Scallops, Starfish & Sand Dollars.
I love them all!

We are starting to have "Company".  I love it…. but I won't be painting this week…nor the next weekeither….
Hope you will hang in there with me, until I get back on track (and I can't promise anything on that score).

Friday, February 3, 2012

Stormy weather at home

This post is for my friends back home….. who received a bundle of snow today.  It looks beautiful back there, but I know that it isn't always easy to get around when these storms hit the ground.  

So, I am sending you some sunshine from Florida….. and a peek at the #1 beach in the USA, this year.  Summer is not far away….

Wish you were here….

Siesta Key
We like to walk this as often as we can.
It's our little slice of heaven.

The water was almost still yesterday.
It provides a place of contemplation
along with interesting shells and creatures
along the shore.

There is nothing like a beautiful sunset
to put a smile in your heart.

Thursday, February 2, 2012

Work's Done

I have been working all week on the last two paintings for over the bed.  I did not take my usual painstaking care with these.  Rather, I worked quickly and a bit too rapidly to get them done.  The good thing is, that, once framed, and over the bed, they look just fine.  I did not want a masterpiece this time, but something to pop some color into the room on a very slim budget.  The frames, from IKEA, were not only affordable (Would you believe, $5.00 each!!), they worked perfectly on the ledge from IKEA (what would I do without that place). 

These are quite blurry
as they are framed in a shadowbox
but, hopefully, you
get the picture (ha,ha)

A fan palm of some sort.
Wish I knew the names of all of these.
(yeah, you can see the flaws on this one)

When they are all hung up on the wall,
they create a nice touch of  green,
in an otherwise blue & white space.

And so, the paints are put away for now, and my space has been cleaned up.  I can't leave my messy studio, and close the door, here…… I have to clean up and put away.  It's all good.  

I will be exploring for a bit, taking more photos and having some visitors.  We are also going to head out to visit my Dad on his 97th birthday.  He wants a Pizza Party, so that is what he is going to get.  It will be fun to celebrate with as much family as we could gather.  Finances and health prohibit some from coming, while others have work schedules, etc.  As long as we can do a bit of celebrating, we will! (it happens to be Sweet Hubby's birthday, as well.  Another relative is celebrating her 65th on the same day… with a big party in her home town.  Let the celebrations begin!!

Happy Weekend!  I will have lots of celebration photos next week!