Wednesday, July 19, 2017

My Afternoon Visitor

When I got home from school today, I turned on the kitchen faucet.  Out of the corner of my eye, I saw something scrambling in the sink.  I was thinking, “Please don’t be one of those giant water bugs.”  It was a teeny, tiny lizard!  Now, in the olden days, I caught frogs, crickets, lady bugs, turtles, etc. with my bare hands and took them to safety.  I actually did bare-handed rescues into my fortiesJ.  The only things I ever kill with ease are wood ticks and mosquitoes.  I doubted that the lizard was poisonous, but my knowledge of lizards is very limited so I looked around for something I could catch him in to carry him outside.  Let me tell you that it is very difficult to catch a small lizard because they are fast and I was scared of hurting him.  I finally caught him in a plastic storage container and put him outside.  I hope he does well out there and doesn’t get caught by a bird.  I’m glad Jim wasn’t home because I think he thinks I’m nutsJ.  

I looked online and found a picture that looked like my lizard, except I think mine is a baby.  I think he's a Mediterranean house gecko.

By the way, only 1 more week of summer school and we'll be on vacation for 3 weeks!

Tuesday, July 4, 2017

My Stepdaughter's Wall

Remember that my stepdaughter sent 6" x 6" canvasses to friends and relatives to paint?  She is putting them on a wall in her house in Seattle.  I think she has 4 more that will be going up.  Her dad took some pictures while he was visiting this past weekend.  Here is the wall - almost finished.  I think it was a terrific idea.

Some News for Watercolor Painters!

Happy July 4th!

I received an e-mail from Dick Blick that I would like to share with you.  They're having a watercolor challenge during the month of July.  Paint a watercolor, take a picture of it, send it to them and you will be entered in a drawing for some nice art supplies.  You can enter a painting every day if you like.  Here is the link

Have fun!

Saturday, July 1, 2017

Wild Burros

I finished this drawing today.  I think I'll do one more drawing of them and then paint them.

Tuesday, June 27, 2017

Wild Burro Drawing In Progress

I'm drawing the wild burros.  I still have more to do, but I wanted to post the WIP.  This is on Fabriano Artistico 11" x 14" 140 lb cold press with Faber Castell Graphite Aquarelle pencils.

Sunday, June 25, 2017

I'm So Happy That I Have Buddies Who Are Still Blogging!

Jim and I have approximately 8,000 photographs in our album on our computer (saved somewhere on Google that I don't really have to know about because Jim is the IT guy).  The photos are filed by date.  I wanted to find some photos that we took of wild burros at Red Rock Canyon, but I couldn't remember when it was.  I made it through the photos from 2000 through 2003.  Then I realized there was an easier way.  Hooray! I knew I had posted the photos on my blog and I have fewer blog posts than album photos.  I started going through old blog posts.  It was almost like reading a diary and I loved the comments and advice that my blogging friends posted.  I also realized that there are quite a few people who no longer blog.

Maybe people have switched over to Facebook.  I'm not sure what happened, but I miss them.  However, I'm very glad that quite a few are still blogging.  When I go to Lucinda's blog, I see new and exciting places to travel along with great artwork.  Martine's posts are always uplifting.  She also posts photos from her travels and her beautiful paintings.  I love her world.  Pat posts from her new home in Scotland and always has a sweet painting of a dog to share.  We still hear from Sherry and get to see the lovely art she's working on.  She doesn't realize how good her work is!  If you want to see gorgeous art made by someone who is also absolutely hilarious, check out Carol King's blog. She is adjusting to life in North Carolina along with bears:)  A challenge for a New York City girl! Chris's art is amazing and she is always so helpful and kind in her comments on other people's blogs.  Olivia's watercolors are so loose and lovely!  There are other artists whose work I love, too - Myrna, Mary, Barbra Joan, Irina, Padmaja, Cristina, Jane, Floriana, Marty.  You guys are all wonderful!  Thank you for continuing to post!  I love your work, your advice, your ideas and your stories!  I've learned so much from you.

I miss Deb Harvey, Teresa at Blueberries, Art and Life, Sheryl Hawkins, Robyn Sinclair and others.  I would love to know what's going on in their lives.

Anyhow, I wish you all a happy Sunday!  I found my wild burros and I'm going to re-post their pictures because they are so sweet.

Sunday, June 18, 2017

Tulips - Completed (I Think)

I think this one is completed.  I'm going to do it again maybe in acrylic.