Sunday, May 30, 2021

Journal, Strawberry Picking in Virginia

 Picking strawberries was a highlight of our visit. An 88-year-old farmer named Jimmy has a big strawberry farm and he gave us a bucket and said to pile 'em high, so we did. Yum! In seven months I've gone from not being able to walk to the corner to being able to pick strawberries. Progress!


Wednesday, May 26, 2021

Monday, May 24, 2021

A Vacation at Last - A Page From My Journal


We visited my daughter Suzanne and her husband Kirk in Virginia and it was better for me than medicine. Suzanne is an avid gardener, so I had some good subjects to paint in my journal. An added bonus: she's a great cook.


Monday, April 19, 2021

20-minute challenge, Day 2, Cape Canaveral Seashore

 I had to drop out of the challenge after this one, because I got bronchitis. I limited my time to exactly 20 minutes, and guess what I had to leave out? His fishing rod. Thirty minutes before this picture was taken, we were on a jungle path. That's the beauty of the Merritt Island Wildlife Refuge. 

I might finish this one or do a bigger version, complete with pole.


Friday, April 16, 2021

Scrub Jay, 8x6 Watercolor


The Florida Scrub Jay is the only bird species that lives exclusively in Florida, inhabiting scrub oak in sandy soils. It is threatened by loss of habitat. This painting is a departure for me, a small watercolor. 


Monday, April 5, 2021

Day 1 of Five-day Challenge, 23 Minutes

The Art+Work+Living Challenge is to paint a picture in 20 minutes. This was actually 23 minutes. It's an 8x10, and next time I'll go smaller. Click here to see all the art in the challenge.


Saturday, March 27, 2021

Wildlife Refuge, Oil Painting Florida Landscape


This is a scene from the Merritt Island Wildlife Refuge, a very diverse spot to visit.
It has trails, marshes, and the Cape Canaveral Seashore. This marsh is on the
Blackpoint Wildlife Drive, a popular spot for birders.


Wednesday, March 24, 2021

Shirley Temple Goes to the Royal Wedding, Papier Mache Doll


I saw a paper mâché doll on a children's craft site and I was inspired to make one of my own. A toilet paper roll and a styrofoam ball are the basis for this. I found the hair and the fascinator in a craft supply store. When I was done, the name popped into my head. 


Friday, March 12, 2021

56th Anniversary of the Selma Bridge Crossing


I was honored to be asked to use my drawing of John Lewis for the 56th Anniversary of the Selma Bridge crossing. This is taken from the video.


Monday, March 8, 2021

Venice Parking, Oil on Canvas


Since I'm still recovering and have yet to open the oil paints, I am reaching way back to the past for this one. This was one of the best trips of my life, with my sister to Venice. I was surprised at how beautifully upholstered the gondolas were.


Wednesday, March 3, 2021

What the World Needs Now

  With these perilous and chaotic times, I decided to do a "message" painting.