Sunday, July 29, 2018

Jason Mraz

I love Jason Mraz.  Jim and I saw him in concert a couple of years ago.  We both thought it was the best concert we had ever been to.  He has a great voice.  He's fun and funny - an absolute delight. 
A perfect song for a Sunday afternoon. 

Happy Sunday!

Thursday, July 26, 2018

New Adventures!

Yesterday was the last day of summer school and my last day teaching English.  I was happy and sad at the same time.  I'll miss my students more than I can say.  They are all wonderful people - so eager to learn, so kind and so much fun.  Students brought  beautiful bouquets, lotions and candles - all kinds of cool gifts!  We all brought food and we had a party.  It was so much fun!  I hope they stay in touch with me. One of the wonders of technology is that it'll be so easy for us.  I want to hear about their new adventures!  As for me, I'm going to focus on art and being a stay-at-home mom to our furry babies.  Can you imagine how much fun this is going to be?

Friday, July 6, 2018


I like to have the TV on while I'm cooking.  I had an art show on while I was making chili today.  I seldom saw what the guy was painting.  Every time I looked up from my dicing, measuring or mixing, they were showing his palette.  It still made me happy.  I like looking at all the colors whether it's my palette or another artist's.  What is it about the things we use to make art that is so fascinating?  Gardening is similar.  I like to dig in the dirt.  I don't always wear gloves even though I pay for it when I try to get that rich black stuff out from under my nails:)  I like the way dirt feels.  I like to look at my plants.  I like to talk to them, too:)

Watercolor and Pastel on 11"x15" 140 lb Arches Cold Press
                        Please excuse the glare.

           Watercolor on 11"x15" 140 lb Arches Cold Press

Have a fabulous Friday!

Saturday, June 2, 2018

My Kids - Chip and Cary Grant

These two actually stayed still while I went to get my camera and then while I went to get my phone. 

Watercolor and Pastels

I took Chris Lally's advice and added some pastels to my watercolor floral.  Thank you, Chris!  The same day she made that suggestion, I got a newsletter featuring Tom Perkinson who does exactly that.  Wow!  After you have a chance to check out Tom's work, be kind when you look at mine:)  Here is a link: Tom Perkinson.  Plus he's a desert guy!  Like me!  (Except I'm a girl.)  His work absolutely glows!  I probably should have put a link to his art in a separate post, but I have no pride:)
I'm not done, but here's what I've been playing with.

Saturday, May 26, 2018

Fortune Cookies

We had Chinese food for lunch today.  Jim doesn't like fortune cookies, so I got the cookies.  There were three.  My first fortune was, "If you can shape it in your mind, you will find it in your life."  Obviously, the fortune writer never saw that last floral.  However, I'm taking it to mean that the cat will turn out the way I want.  I'm doing a couple of drawings before I paint her.  My next fortune was, "You have a deep appreciation of the arts and music."  Hmm... I like it!  The last one was, "Time is the wisest counselor."  Okay.  Time to get back to work on that drawing.


The floral was a flop, but I do like working on the hot press paper.  Here are pieces of the floral.  I never got the leaves down and the flowers aren't my best, but it was kind of fun.  I couldn't bring myself to post the entire painting:)  Off to paint a cat and if that doesn't work out, I have two that I can pet.