Sunday, March 23, 2014

Aspen Starfall...Remembering Sue

November 26, 1960-March 23, 2012
We continue to hold you gently in our hearts
think of you with a smile
each time
we remember the sparkle in your eyes...
the love in your heart...
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
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!
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... making fabulously free and wonderfully wonky drawings
in my illustrated sketchbook.
Each is made
lead straight in...
and watercolored a few days later, at home.
I feel like I need to draw...just like I need to breathe.
I have truly missed you, girl!
"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...

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...
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,
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.
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:
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,
is knowing that one of two things will happen:
Either you will be given something
solid to stand on,
you will be taught how to fly."
~Edward Teller

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

Friday, February 7, 2014

The HeART of an Artist... 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

Sunday, February 2, 2014

I Need to Go To Rehab... take care of this week long (ARTzona withdrawal)
MIGRAINE I have been having!!!
I really miss
all my artistic sisters
and all that wonderful 24/7 addictive art fun we had.
Things are artfully quiet these days.
I think my migraine felt the void and hopped right in!
I cannot really blame ARTzona for my discomfort...
although my Muse wouldn't agree.
my migraine situation is
definitely a very, very fierce reality...and
I felt just like I look in my sketch above...all week.
thanks to Imitrix, the pain seems to be easing
a bit...good news.
I am certainly glad I am not a die hard Denver Bronco fan
as I don't think my brain would
bounce back to normal...

"We must embrace pain and burn it as fuel for our journey."
~Kenjii Miyazawa

"Hmmm, I'm not too sure of that, Kenjii..."

Wednesday, January 29, 2014

ARTzona 2014...

 Some artistic love IN...
and...some artistic love OUT...:)
Directly above are the
ATC (Artist Trading Cards) cards I traded at our ARTzona
artist retreat held last weekend in Mesa, Arizona.
40 artists
from all over the USA as well one gal from the United Kingdom
The cards at the very top are called "signature cards"
and they are given out
by each artist
as a way to get to know one another.
Notice the selection of hearts here...
I think this might
soon become a new collecting obsession
of mine.
I will definitely post the four pages of cards I received
in trade for my ATCs 
a later blogpost...:)
What a gloriously fun weekend
spent with some wonderfully talented artistic Muses...:)
the Muse will not respond
to direct and logical requests.
She must be lured in with the playful and gentle."
~Jill Badonsky

Monday, January 27, 2014

ARTzona Rocks!!!

I am still on an artistic high from my newest addiction. 
thanks to each of you wonderful ladies...
my heart and my soul is bursting with artistic goodness.
What a wonder-filled weekend!
"Good art is not what it looks like, but what it does to us."
~Roy Adzak

Tuesday, December 31, 2013

Happy NewYear's Eve... each and every one.

"An optimist
stays up until midnight to see the new year in.
 A pessimist stays up to make sure
 the old year leaves."
~Bill Vaughan