Saturday, November 1, 2014

Dia de los Muertos..

A celebration of life
and the beautiful memories of those
who are now gone...
but are 
living forever in our hearts...never to be forgotten.
(Please click on image to view details.)
"The day which we fear as our last is but the birthday of eternity. "

Wednesday, October 8, 2014

Just sayin'...

It is never to late to learn...;)
Trying to reboot some energy and artistic goodness.

Saturday, September 27, 2014


"Friendship isn’t a big thing — it’s a million little things."
~Author Unknown

Saturday, August 2, 2014

These Five Muses...

...are Rochester bound...
anxious to bond with some artistic art sistas
for a wonder filled 4 day
art retreat.
(Play time, laughs, and girlfriend bonding
highly encouraged.)
Please click on image for a really clear view...;)

"The most potent muse of all is our own inner child."
~Stephen Nachmanovitch
(American musician and educator)

Thursday, July 31, 2014

Raw and Unedited...

Please click on each image for a clearer view...
Sorry about the pixelation problems here...
scanner issues I assume.

...some artful pen play...
retrieved and posted
by my Muse
from the cobwebs in her mind
several long ignored pages of my "Musings" sketchbook.
is a frame of mind,
a loving embrace if you will."
~Susan Avishai

Saturday, July 26, 2014

Hearts For Trade...

ATC sized articulated hearts...
A taste of the desert southwest...heading eastbound
to Rochester, NY.
to be traded with some fabulous artistic Muses
at the 2014 ARTchester art retreat.

“One of the hardest things in life
is having words in your heart that you can't utter.”
~James Earl Jones

Friday, May 9, 2014


...just the two of us... 
having a zen filled artistic play date with our Muses...
whimsical butterflies
making special memories
to decorate our
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


...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
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