Sunday, November 26, 2017

Time and Space in the Desert

Slow dancing with a Saguaro. 
Bajada in Scottsdale's McDowell Preserve
Prayer Flags in Sedona

Smelling creosote in the Echo Canyon Park, Phoenix
Hello dear friends.  I hope that autumn finds you well and warm.
We started our fall with a desert trip to Arizona.  I would enjoy 
staying in this warmth all fall and winter. 

~The devout have laid out gardens in the desert.~  

Tuesday, October 24, 2017


"You have to be brave with your life
so others can be brave with theirs."

Saturday, October 21, 2017

Field Sketching at Aquatic Art Camp

    I worked on the Flier fish for the upcoming Fall Aquatic Art Camp 
and created the snail as a gift for a friend.  I've always enjoyed 
working in this 'journal page' style and wanted to share this
during the youth camp.

Perfect place to create - Medicine Park Aquarium & Natural Sciences Center.
So we had a blast at the Aquatic Art Camp yesterday where young participants learned 
                            how to 'field sketch' by studying their subjects (fish) and taking notes. 
                   Just look at some of the charming artworks that resulted from their curiosity and play.
Warm-up on bookmarks.
Sariah works on the details of her Butterfly Fish.
Whitley was brave to take on this subject.
We saw two Eel demonstrations during the camp!
Whitley's extensive Field Notes include the
Eel's powerful 860 voltage electric shock fact.
Lili learned about the scientific name of a species.
She also learned about the uniqueness of her fish's nocturnal feeding habits.
Red-bellied Piranah
Participants learned about important historical artists/naturalists/scientists
 such as Leonardo daVinci, John J. Audubon and Maria S. Merian.
These artists of the past made the way for modern Anatomy, Ornithology
and Entomology. Artists 500-200 years ago showed the world how
the natural world took course. Art and Science have always had a close friendship.

Saturday, October 7, 2017


Oh my goodness, life is busy and rich.
  I've organized a fun art project for my favorite local coffee shop.
  A couple month's ago, I oil painted tiny flowers and bee brooches,
then painted the smallest hummingbird on one of the paper cups.

Sunday, September 3, 2017

New things….

Collaged Journal Cover
A new job has set me into a new rhythm.
 I've set a huge goal for myself.
September is ushering in the Indian Summer season.
I'm working on my solar plexus area.
I've connected with a wonderful fellowship of saints.
God's mercies are new every morning!

Collage & Oil Journal Page
"Change comes bearing gifts."

H A P P Y   S E P T E M B E R !

Monday, August 7, 2017

Kasha-Katuwe (Tent Rocks Monument)

We spent a couple of days in Colorado with family and friends
and then headed to New Mexico.
We hiked in the surreal Tent Rocks Pueblo territory in NM. 
The strong scent of Ponderosa Pine and Juniper Pine was
intoxicating as we walked among ancient
 cone-shaped volcanic ash remnants towering 9-90 feet
above us.  The sudden thunderstorm that moved in above us
added even more drama to the scenery!

I discovered beautiful flowers in Conchiti. 

Hugged trees in the Santa Fe Forest.

Filled my heart with lots of art in Santa Fe. 

This land fills my soul with wonder every time we visit. 

Tuesday, July 18, 2017


Sometimes God calms the sea, and sometimes he calms the sailor.

It's that high season where we're enjoying sailing and swimming in Lake Lawtonka. :)
Our Dubcek has a very cheerful sail of blue, yellow, orange and pink.

Monday, July 10, 2017

Morning Star - Haiku & Painting

A morning star shone
Over Prairie Hill painting
Light into darkness

A few days ago I woke at exactly 4:00 a.m., got a drink of water, glanced out the back window and saw a bright star hanging low over prairie hill. I painted the impression and spent a few nights looking for the star again… but too many storms, clouds and bright moon changed the scene. I'm convinced it was Venus though, the planet which rises a couple of hours before the sun.

Thursday, July 6, 2017

Crows - A sequence Haiku

To the tree below
The crows have called each other
For morning counsel

As the sun stretches
These heavyweights on dead limbs
Cry, haw, haw, haw, haw

Haw, haw, haw, haw, then
Three forms become still as black
Paper silhouettes

Inspired by my observation of birds 
communicating at the base of Prairie Hill
one hot morning.  :)

Tuesday, June 27, 2017

Prettiest prairie flower...

I dyed some papers and fabrics with Coreopsis tinctoria - 
it produces beautiful yellow hues depending on what's absorbing it.

Then I made a bitty prairie skirt for a teacher/friend who collects and paints dolls.
Added a deep pocket for a piece of candy or sketchbook. :)

Now I look forward to painting Coreopsis tinctoria!

Even made her way to Greg's b-day cake.

Friday, June 23, 2017

Happy Sailing ~ ~ ~

We started sailing Ms. Dubcek on Lake Lawtonka again.  This is how bright she sails ~~~
I painted this little acrylic for Greg last summer.  I enjoy the view of Mt. Scott from the lake
so decided to include the scene through our clear window. 
Heirloom coral & Tahitian pearls on sterling silver
wire and hooks $25
Heirloom corals, crystals and beads on sterling silver
wire and hooks - $20 
This reminds me that I made silver earrings with heirloom 
coral and Tahitian pearls last month.   When I say heirloom
I mean that the coral came from my mom's necklace from 
the 70's.  The pearls came from my aunt's bracelet.  
I wear a pair of those top earrings and the other
three are for sale.  I share this from time to time
on the blog.  I sell art and jewelry at a local
gallery in Medicine Park.  Etsy is not for me - I get
asked about it.  I tried it, but it's not my thing.  
Anyway, in case anyone should desire something
light, summery and treasured dangling from their ears…

Happy Sailing ~