Friday, May 9, 2014

"Mom...N...Me"...

...just the two of us... 
having a zen filled artistic play date with our Muses...
painting
whimsical butterflies
and
making special memories
to decorate our
hearts.
Love you, Mom!
;)

"Happiness is a butterfly,
which when pursued, is always just beyond your grasp,
but which, if you will sit down quietly,
may alight upon you."
~Nathaniel Hawthorne

Sunday, April 20, 2014

Happy Easter...


...from my little corner of the world...
to yours.
 
"I think of the garden after the rain;
And hope to my heart
comes singing,
At morn the cherry-blooms will be white,
And the Easter bells
be ringing!
~Edna Dean Proctor, "Easter Bells"

Sunday, April 13, 2014

Sending...



...some Arizona sunshine...
to all my friends and family up north.
May your April be filled with special moments
of happiness and joy.
 
"Happiness cannot be traveled to, owned, earned, or worn. 
It is the spiritual experience
of living every minute with love,
grace, and gratitude.
~Denis Waitley

Sunday, March 23, 2014

Aspen Starfall...Remembering Sue

November 26, 1960-March 23, 2012
We continue to hold you gently in our hearts
and
think of you with a smile
each time
we remember the sparkle in your eyes...
the love in your heart...
and
the never ending strength in your spirit.
We see
you in the twinkling stars of the desert night sky...
we hear you
in the soft rustle of the Colorado aspens...
we feel you
in the soothing warmth of the western sun.
You are always with us.
We will
always love you.

"To live in hearts we leave behind
Is not to die."
~Thomas Campbell,
Hallowed Ground

Saturday, March 22, 2014

Play Ball!









Spending a sunny spring afternoon
in the Arizona desert
with
Scott...
my brother, Jack...and his wife, Sharon.
What fun!
The beer was icy cold, the sun was burning hot...
the company was terrific.
Add to that
the best hot dog I have had in a long time!
Yummy!
Cactus League spring training
really IS
all it is cracked up to be...
(sorry about the score, all you Sox fans out there.)
 
"A hot dog at the ballgame beats roast beef at the Ritz." 
~Humphrey Bogart


Monday, March 17, 2014

Getting Back...


...to making fabulously free and wonderfully wonky drawings
in my illustrated sketchbook.
Each is made
lead free...ink straight in...
and watercolored a few days later, at home.
Sometimes, 
I feel like I need to draw...just like I need to breathe.
I have truly missed you, girl!
Ahhhh!
 
"Drawing is a frame of mind, a loving embrace if you will."
~Susan Avishai

Sunday, March 16, 2014

Down on the Farm...













 ...a wonderful, serenely glorious, girls day out!
 
"Everything is blooming most recklessly;
if it were voices instead of colors,
there would be
an unbelievable shrieking into the heart of the night." 
~Rainer Maria Rilke,
Letters of Rainer Maria Rilke

Saturday, March 15, 2014

Textures and Patterns...












decorating
Phoenix Arizona.
Yes, this IS desert land...
ancient pecan groves...stone walls...
bricked courtyards...
soft feather like pines...
lush, thick flower beds...
earthy, sweet smelling root vegetables...
roosters...
cacti, succulents, palms and all!
Ahhh...spring!  :)
 
"Yes, Virginia...there is a Spring..."
~ Me

Wednesday, February 26, 2014

Life's Special Moments...

Thinking about you with love and joy
Lillian May Krahenbuhl...
an angel in heaven for seven years today.
 
"I'll be seeing you
In all the old familiar places
That this heart of mine embraces
All day and through.
 
In that small cafe
The park across the way
The children's carousel
The chestnut trees, the wishing well...
 
I'll be seeing you
In every lovely summer's day
In everything that's light and gay
I'll always think of you that way...
 
I'll find you in the morning sun
And when the night is new
I'll be looking at the moon
But I'll be seeing you."

"I'll be Seeing You"
Lyrics by: 
Brian Andrew Leisner & Hugh Thomas Morgan
Recorded by Billie Holliday


Tuesday, February 25, 2014

A Special Birthday Remembrance...

 ...of a beautiful, love filled soul:
Aunt Gretchen...
on this day,
may you continue to joyfully fly with the angels,
brightening our hearts,
and
landing softly on the shoulders of those you love...
comforting and guiding us
along our way.
We miss you greatly.
 
"May God grant you always...
A sunbeam to warm you, a moonbeam to charm you,
a sheltering Angel so nothing can harm you.
Laughter to cheer you.
Faithful friends near you.
And
whenever you pray,
Heaven to hear you."
~Irish Blessing


Sunday, February 16, 2014

With Forward Focus...

...I present here
my driving forces for 2014...
exploding like a cosmic blossom from my heart...
colorful, determined, and strong:
Draw,
Leap,
Cherish,
Love,
Inspire,
Give,
Learn,
Be.
That should just about cover it.


Wednesday, February 12, 2014

For Joyce...

 
"When you get to the end of all the light
you know,
and it's time to step into the darkness of the unknown,
faith
is knowing that one of two things will happen:
Either you will be given something
solid to stand on,
or,
you will be taught how to fly."
~Edward Teller

Painting by Albrecht Durer
"Wing of a n European Roller" (modified)
1512
Watercolor and Gouache on vellum


Friday, February 7, 2014

The HeART of an Artist...

...beats forever.
We miss you dear Robert.
Rest in Peace.
 
"I hope with all my heart there will be painting in heaven."
~Jean-Baptiste-Camille Corot