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. 


April 23, 2017

When power corrupts, poetry cleanses.

John F. Kennedy said that, and I was reminded of it in the most recent Brain Pickings weekly post. Go here for details, but...yes. Yes.


April 12, 2017

Official Walk Report

Had to take my coat off on the walk because it was too warm! You-hoo.

Who the heck does NOT love tulips? 

                        The Adirondacks make me extra thirsty for spring and summer. Hurry.

One Red Chair I shall love sitting in this summer.

I met Macy today. I was charmed.  
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