Hi Florida Watercolor peeps! I have finally finished my demo of my son Nate at a demo at the Art League of Daytona. (Its been a busy week!) I love how his sunkissed cheekiness shines through! Keep calm and use color!!
Day after Labor Day and back to reality....school, work and painting! That's right. Making the time. I used to say "there's not enough time in the day", but then I realized that we all have exactly the same moments. We can choose how we use them. I recommend painting or drawing or cooking or sewing for 30 minutes rather than watching mindless tv for example. Be the change you want to see in the world. And I want to see a creative one.
Today, I painted my Mom with her doll carriage. Love you Mom! Pat Weaver was rocking it again with "fast and loose" watercolors. Love that free-ness! Nancy Johnson's work got beautifully esoteric being inspired by the book Paint Yourself Calm. Heather Earnest was inspired by the puppy on the loose since all she wanted to do was high tail it out of her job today! lol. And all our thoughts and prayers are with you Lynn Ashford...good luck tomorrow and speedy healing from your Daily Painting friends!!
Moment of Gratitude! The only thing I love more than making things is making things with my kids.
I will not forget you when I come to Miami on Xmas Eve. I will see you and your brother on that nite- I hope you like the gifts I am bringing.
I love the women in my family. I just happened to end up the oldest daughter, of the oldest daughter, of the oldest daughter....in other words, the first child, grandchild and great-grandchild. One straight line of strong willed women! My grandmother told me stories about how she remembered sitting in a car with no heat in the middle of a snowstorm, with her 4 siblings, during the depression, while her father went into the bar for 'a' drink and to gamble. My great-grandmother found the courage to go into that male only bar and demand that he bring them home. She was brave. She was filled with only love and gratitude for us grandkids and great-grandkids. She was the glue that kept the family together for a long time. She was simply amazing.
My Memere was a huge source of love and compassion for my Mom and her sisters. I am so honored that I got to experience being her first great-grandchild! (That's me in the first drawing.) These drawings of her were commissioned by my Aunt for her two sisters ..and I did one for my Aunt too. Happy Birthday Judy, Elizabeth and Shelly! Memere's love still shines down on us all.
In my haste to hit the birthday deadline, these got shipped out without being photographed! Thanks for taking these pics of them Mom!
Thank you Didi for sending me this photo way back when! Here's to you Leslie- we all miss you! And Armen, this is the last piece of your Mother's red kimono that you had given me. Here's to all the women we love that are no longer with us in form but are with us in our hearts and minds.
I love when my latest painting is my favorite ever! Another one I can't sell.
Finished! Little Slugger got worked on at my demo for the Leesburg Art Association at the Leesburg Center for the Arts. This was a great example of the balance between what to cover up and what to leave revealed. I just loved the pattern of the outfit but it was seriously clashing with the original background patterns. Think this works...
I love when my last painting is my favorite. Well this favorite also happens to be my niece. This photo was taken 10 years ago at my baby shower for Nate. Always knew I had to paint that precious little face! Merry Christmas Jo! And she's on a map of D.C. ;)