September 13, 2017

Crayons Are a Gateway Drug

So begins the latest post on my love of Crayolas which, it turns out, is shared by many. C'mon...who doesn't love the simple crayon?  Over at the new site and blog:

Not me, actually...but it coulda been. Add mid-century wallpaper. 


September 8, 2017

Chairs Are a Map of a Family, Laid Back on Lopez, Build  Yourself a Strong Box, You Can Travel to Switzerland, Too Soon for Pumpkins....

These are some of the blog posts since you last visited the new web site. There is also a series in Daily Amazing featuring amazing (yes, amazing!) art in miniature format. And an updated Artists Who Inspire page.

Do come over to catch up! or It's the same place either way!


August 17, 2017

Inspiration in a bottle?

A couple of blog posts,  updated pages with links to favorite artists, and new Daily Amazings in the "miniature" series are over at the new blog. 

There's also a call for your loved pup to be on calendar pages. Come join us.


August 10, 2017

A new book and a growing page...

highlighted at the post over HERE.

 You see this page by clicking to All Things Arts in the "ladder" contents upper left corner of the site.


August 8, 2017

Show me a day...

Recently, though, I remind myself quite often that things can change in an instant ...

some thoughts on a book about living and dying.  HERE


August 5, 2017

Some Annoyances and Some Pleasures

By now, if  you previously had subscribed to the blog, you should be getting emails that take you directly to the new blog. If you aren't, I would love to know it, since I will not be updating this blog anymore one day soon. And I don 't want to lose you! I appreciate your support very much.

New posts and a happy little monkey at the new blog here.

August 3, 2017

There are three new blog posts and two new Daily Amazings over at the new site. Where have you been?   Do come over.


July 29, 2017

These Are the Days

There's  a video of personal memories in my homage to summer over at the new website. Come on over!

July 28, 2017

Announcing the birth of...

my radishes!   A bit of opinion on gardening and the joy of watching things grow. And a teeny watercolor posted yesterday at the new site.

Be sure to double click each daily photo on the All Posts page. That will take you to the full blog post where there are more photos and text.

July 26, 2017

I like this place.

Today, find random shots of the studio...HERE.

July 24, 2017

My pile of books gets taller and taller....

Two new posts: discovery of a new local place and books I am reading and are waiting for me.
Here or here:

July 22, 2017

A wolf in ink's clothing

I created a short video of the growth of our backyard. Also, at the Daily Amazing page (find it at the 3-line ladder top left)...a video of lovely ink drawing as the artist is creating it. Watch the magic.

A reminder that I will not be posting here sometime after August 1, although this blog will stay as is.
For all new posts and website pages, I hope you'll subscribe over at or Both roads lead to the same place.

July 21, 2017

And where were you?

Like 12/7/41, 12/11/01, and 11/22/63, and if we are old enough, we remember where we were, or at least lived, on these days and on 7/20/69. The only difference is that the latter of them was the happy occasion. An homage to the date and another post about a bug I like is here  Swing on over!

July 19, 2017

How to Paint a Garden Table

...a video of my progress. At the new blog here.


July 18, 2017

Four Lovely Seasons

A short video tribute to the seasons over at the new blog here.

July 16, 2017

When you go to the garden store.

...where I expound on the myriad and colorful wonders and canine companions on a visit to buy more flowers. Because one cannot ever have too many flowers. Take a walk over here.


July 15, 2017

We forget all too soon the things we would never forget

A photo from my past, an observation from Joan Didion, a few observations about memories, good and bad, and on keeping a journal. Over at the new blog here.


July 14, 2017

Faces in the news

This face...

..and two others, from today's news. At the new blog here. 

July 13, 2017

The President is in Paris but

it should be me.  My argument for this is over at the new blog.


July 11, 2017

Step on over....

to where you can read this post about my new shoes! There's more over there....


July 8, 2017

Mailbox goodies today

I'm sending you over to the new blog site today of more about this:

     Have a safe trip.


July 7, 2017

There would be no butterflies

Although I am double posting for a small while, I invite you visit the blog at the new website. This blog will no longer be current by the end of this month. There is opportunity to resubscribe to blog posts over there.  You can get there with either of these two addresses: or Please do come join me at my new home! I am still "moving the furniture" through the month of July; watch it grow!


My intention to post every day this month got sidetracked yesterday, a full day of planting and our neighborhood regular Pour @ 4, always a welcome 90 minutes. But that's okay...I forgave myself around noon when I could see the writing on the wall. I planted lots of things that are supposed to attract butterflies - dahlias, foxglove, Bishop's Hat, Echibeckia - HAH! bet you didn't know that last one, unless you're an avid gardener. My botanical vocabulary has skyrocketed this week. 
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July 4, 2017

Happy Red-White-Blue Day

Happy Fourth of July, friends!  Eat hot dogs. Watch baseball. Enjoy your friends and family. Thank our lucky 50 stars, even - nay, especially! - in this crazy time for our country.


July 3, 2017

Painting flowers, planting flowers

The table is coming along. First, a coast of gesso.

Then blobs of garden color. 

And the start of drawing flowers.  I am using India Ink and Carbon Document Ink.

Besides my sketchbooks, the flowers we recently  planted were great and patient models.


July 1, 2017

moving furniture

I have been busy this past month preparing for a new design for the blog and website. I am like Lucy Ricardo. I need to move the furniture around occasionally.

The new site and blog can be reached using either of these addresses: or  As always, you will find the stuff of life I love to talk about over coffee or wine with friends: art, books, play, learning, travel, favorite places (both IRL and URL) and the daily amazing. I'm also making new things in the studio, some of which will be available in the shop at the site by the end of the summer.

To celebrate the unveiling on July 5, I have promised myself to post something either to the blog or website every day in July. Barring emergencies or events I can't predict or schedule, I'll post on the new site. Archives to the old blog will be readily available. It would be foolish to toss out nine years of groundbreaking posting (wink wink.)

So what do I have that much to say about? Well, here are a few things that could come up:

We are building our backyard garden. This is how we started:

I am discovering the wonderful trails around our neighborhood now that warm mornings have arrived (which took an excruciatingly long time this year):

I am creating next  year's calendar, Baby Boomer Toys. I posted a month previously here. Another peek:

I am painting this former kitchen table, now patio table. Alisa Burke's whimsical and wonderful flower lines will be my inspiration. Watch its progression:

Hope you'll check in often.  I also welcome and love comments. Most bloggers do!


June 3, 2017

Watercolor Drip Animals





June 1, 2017

Is this what giraffeter?

Am I the only one who has never seen this? It was put-up on YouTube in 2013...however did I miss it?  Amazing and laugh out loud funny.


May 31, 2017

Looking forward....

I am in the mood to paint and create. I went through a creative funk recently and had a hard time getting going; perhaps it was the long, rainy winter finally settling into my bones. Now that the sun and warmth as returned, the days aren't long enough for me.

I am...

working on the 2018 calendar (one of two or three I hope to produce this year if I can maintain this level of ambition, that is) called Baby Boomer Toys. Oh boy !  That is quite fun. Everything is at the draft stage, but here's a preview of one month.

Be sure to get on the mailing list at the website if you would like notice of its arrival. 
starting another series similar to the Pears series I did here.  My friend Carol asked if I had ever done apples, so..why not? Just the first steps (painting a coat of red bas a base, painting and blending the local color):

I will be selling these (finished, of course!) in prints, cards, and other forms in my new website shop come late June. 

And I have also started a series i call "Family" using old family photos to paint a little collection. i like to think of myself as a watercolor artist, but I gotta tell you, I am enjoying the magic of painting over mistakes or changing one 's mind midstream ...easy to do with acrylic paints, almost nonexistent with watercolor.

Here's a snatch of the first one:

Still a work in progress but getting there.

Finally, my long-delayed Megazine will be revised and updated of for publishing soon, and i am doing my best to keep  up with Carla Sonheim's 365 every day. Well, at least I'm looking at the videos and prompts and thinking about them. That counts a little.

So my funk seems to be over for now, energy if only my Cubbies could get out of their losing funk lately...


May 29, 2017

Happy Birthday to Mom

Posts have been few and far between this month. I'm working diligently on a redesign of the web site and on some art for the shop. Given no unforeseen glitches, I aim to be ready by the end of June.

But I didn't want this Memorial Day to get by without remembering our Mom, whose birthday was today.  Gosh, she was a pretty woman. I very much see her smiling dimpled face in the faces of her grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

Mom in kindergarten. I love this photo so much i had a stencil made of it. 

I think this was a graduation picture. 

Mom at 24. 
Mom and me on Valentines Day going to Grandma's. 


May 25, 2017

New batch of books

This love story, which I JUST bought me and every word is true:

and these:

High Noon, just completed, the story of the Hollywood Blacklist and the making of the Western classic - (pretty interesting if a bit long. I especially liked the gossipy parts (Hedda Hopper was a bitch).

Some Luck, Jane Smiley.  Just started, the first of what will be a trilogy, each chapter is a year in time of a family, which intrigues me. I'm liking it so far and have enjoyed this author's previous works.

American Boy, Larry Watson. This was the winner of my Shelf Random Pick that I described previously. I loved Montana 1948 by this author, which is the reason I bought this one several  years ago and kept it through my move. I haven't started it yet but am staying true to my Random Pick project. 

Last Call at the Nightshade Lounge. I read the first chapter in the bookstore and it called to me. I haven't gone beyond it yet mostly because I needed to read the book for book club, Did You Ever Have a Family, by Bill Clegg. Which I HIGHLY recommend. Good writing, good story, interesting characters, tied together in a unique way. I really loved this book. 


May 3, 2017

In celebration of warm temperatures...

(if not yet full sun) that we have been longing for up here in the Pacific NW**, I am posting a YouTube video that I know many of you have seen and loved as I have. But just in case there are some who haven't found this yet, I post it here as a reminder that, when you feel down, there is this pick-me-up always available to you. I watch this often and it makes me feel so damn good.

** Climate things are tough all over - tornadoes, floods, earthquakes abound - so it is not a complaint (oh, well, maybe a teeny one) - but just for the record, the Seattle area has just broken the record for wettest winter ever. Just sayin'.

May 1, 2017

Where I take part in Independent Bookstore day...

by finding these two gems at Elliott Bay Books. I bought one, borrowed the other to test-drive it but love the wonderful and varied artwork in it so much, I will add it to my illustrated books collection. This book may have been shelved in children's picture books collection, but I would put it in the  For Anybody book collection, wouldn't you? 'Course, that's where I believe the beautifully (or otherwise specially) illustrated "children's" books should be.

I have linked the books to where you can purchase them from two of my favorite independent bookstores, Elliott Bay Books and Third Place Books, both in Seattle and area. I intend to continue to do so. Keep them in business, folks.

Radioactive, a biography of Marie Curie, illustrated in mixed media

A Field Guide to Redheads. Just Plain Fun. 

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