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Monday, November 23, 2009

It's Here! The Pleininator by PoE!


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- Hot and Cold Beverage Dispenser
- Flip-down Viewfinder & Value Scale
- Paper Towel Holder
- Citronella Candle
- Brush Holder
- Headlamp

Order now and receive a free clip-on spray mister in lavender or eucalyptus while supplies last! 

Friday, November 20, 2009

The Incredible Edible Egg


Periodically, the Pieces of 8 have a 'challenge' in which we all paint a certain object. This time it was to just paint an egg. What an amazing thing an egg really is. People are always trying to give eggs a bad name (too much cholesterol!), and they have even invented fake eggs, but don't you think God really knew what he was doing? Here is this perfect, smooth, egg-shaped food.  (You try to think of another word to describe the shape.) It can become a chicken, or it can become Eggs Benedict. A perfect plan, if you ask me.

P.S. Watch for the Pleininator, coming soon!

Wednesday, November 18, 2009

The Solution to the Artist's Plein Air Needs

Artists, do you ever get tired, hot, bug-bitten and thirsty while painting outdoors? Then get ready, because the Pleininator is coming!

Tuesday, November 17, 2009

What We Did Last Night


There we were, 7:45 at night, in full couch potato pose, when the lights went out. Now, I'm a modern woman. I have paperless billing from Florida Power & Light. Guess how hard it is to find their phone number by the light of a flashlight with weak batteries. Forget using the five phone books we get (why? why so many?). The print is too small to see in weak light (How about one phone book with large print?). My husband remembered the hurricane-ready hand crank lantern in the closet, so while I called FPL at the very annoying 1-800-FREE-411, he commenced to crankin'. See how in the picture it looks like Hap has no hand? That's because he is cranking the lantern very rapidly. We also found the headlamp/magnifier, which I promptly put on. We sat on the sofa and attempted to read. This caused us to make the decision to just go to bed and give up on the night. The newspaper this morning informed us the lights came back on at midnight. We made the right decision. I feel quite refreshed.

Thursday, November 12, 2009

Misty Beach, 5x7


I was walking on the beach in the morning and saw this misty scene. I usually have to be looking at something to paint it, but I concentrated on memorizing this scene, then came home and painted it. There is never time to rush home for the camera, because the light changes in seconds.

Wednesday, November 4, 2009

Venice Sunrise, watercolor


I love Venice. It is unique among cities, and painting it gives me great pleasure. This little watercolor was fun to paint.

Now, in my last entry I mentioned that lady trombone players may look less than graceful. Lo and behold, last Sunday I attended a concert in which a young woman looked mighty cute in her heels and dress, playing her trombone for 90 minutes with the band in the Air Force's Tops in Blue show. Tops in Blue is a fabulous show that travels all over the world. It is made up of all Air Force members who take a year off to perform, and they are each so fabulous, they could be stars in their own right. It's a high-energy show, and they perform every night in a different place. Oh, and it's all free. They are great ambassadors for the Air Force.