Love deeply. Laugh. Cry. Talk to God. Be realistic about the to-do list. Stay in touch. Hug. Dream. Smile. Break Bread often with Family. Spend Time with your Girlfriends. Shop til you Drop! Extend Grace. Be Quick to Forgive and Slow to Anger. Walk. Breathe. Sing. Dance. Read. Eat Chocolate. Savor a Good Glass of Wine. Wiggle your Toes. Sleep well. Life is Good!

Friday, January 30, 2009

Sixth Sense of Mine

Funny how things develop. I was just reading the blog of a fellow artist who explained perfectly the shift in perception I have experienced the last year. I drive around town or walk through the neighborhood and I focus on colors and imagine the names of the color in the pallette that God used to create that tree or sky or dog running ahead of me. Instead of yellows and reds I see ochre and cadmium red or alizarin crimson. I've become more observant of shadows and subtle color changes and the composition of nature. Parish wrote as follows,

"Remember the movie with the kid who had the line " I see dead people"? I took a walk on the beach one day after the class had ended and as I looked around at the sand and water and sky, that I'd seen thousands of times, something was different. I realized what all the rest of the painters in the world have already figured out. Its not sand, water or's color. And when I had this obvious epiphany the thought whispered in my mind, in the voice of that child of that movie " I see co...lor"."

Tuesday, January 20, 2009

Earl Grey Tea Time

I picked up a tea cup at the Warehouse Marketplace the other day while I was there hanging some new pieces of art. Nancy asked if I was gonna paint it. Surprise! This is a new technique for me. A little loose in acrylics. Not so tight with detail. Tomorrow I'll have a cup of Earl Grey in the little cup, but tonight I must sleep ... I hope!

Sunday, January 11, 2009

Stages of an acrylic, yet untitled

I tucked away this painting two years ago and pulled it out yesterday. After deepening the colors on the buildings and starting the process of laying down some roof tiles, I decided to chronicle the progress on my blog. Acrylics have taken a backseat to watercolor for a while but I'm up to the challenge!

Saturday, January 10, 2009


I attended Jen's ultrasound this week. Amazing little 4" angel turning flips and kicking - putting on a show!!! 99% certainty we're having a grandaughter! Long feet and long legs like her dad! Due date changed to July 11th. Gramma's is July 12th! What a birthday present! Can't wait to start shopping! Confession: already bought two dresses and I've learned Tyler bought a 5-12 month sized red pea coat - just like mom's!! We are very excited about it. Unexpectedly, God, in His own timing, has given us a blessing from the trials of, what I called, their rebellious stage of marriage this past year, and I'm thrilled about it and walk in grace and trust Him to work it all out for good and bless them as they start their family. Who out there had a perfect marriage, especially the first few years? Who waited til all was in place and perfect before beginning families? Not I. We all have cobwebs in our closets and pains in our past. Focusing on the joy!

Monday, January 5, 2009

New Year's Solutions !


1. Walk. Eat better. Relax. Try new recipes and new foods.
2. Finish at least one great piece of art each month.
3. Walk thru daily. Put away. Don't bring more home!
4. Read. Pray. Meditate.
5. Paint. Get out there. Sell.
6. Phone calls. Notecards. Email.
7. Love. Forgive. Consider grace more often.
8. Drink more wine. Eat more chocolate.

That about does it!