Family Tree Nursery Ladies day

What a wonderful time I had with my sister attending this event to put us in the Christmas spirit! Gorgeous nursery loaded with spectacular decorations and lush plants and flowers. Here are a few photos.



#usk24hrglobalsketchwalk #urbansketcherskc

What a great event to celebrate Urban sketchers 10th Anniversary! We had about 20 sketchers attend. Not all were photographed. It’s like herding cats trying to get 20 people to stop sketching, pack up and meet at 1:30 sharp. But here are a few photos of the day. We were lucky the weather held up for us. Chilly, but not wet until be were ready to leave.


Anne Lamott (Author) Writes Down Every Single Thing She Knows, As of Today

One of my favorite authors, Anne Lamott. Enjoy.

Kindness Blog

61st birthdayI am going to be 61 years old in 48 hours. Wow. I thought i was only forty-seven, but looking over the paperwork, I see that I was born in 1954.

My inside self does not have an age, although can’t help mentioning as an aside that it might have been useful had I not followed the Skin Care rules of the sixties, ie to get as much sun as possible, while slathered in baby oil. (My sober friend Paul O said, at eighty, that he felt like a young man who had something wrong with him.).

Anyway, I thought I might take the opportunity to write down every single thing I know, as of today.

1. All truth is a paradox. Life is a precious unfathomably beautiful gift; and it is impossible here, on the incarnational side of things. It has been a very bad match for those of…

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October Traveling

The first week of October I was in Fairfield Illinois for the plein air festival. Here are a few pictures of that very nice event.


This is the cabin we stayed in. Simply perfect. Marcia and I plus Tammie and Teddy. We had a blast.


This was my host gift painting.


We were asked to do a 8” square painting to be auctioned to raise money. This area was big in oil drilling, and there are lots of remnants around the community.


The first day I sketched in the alley. I love this view. I ended up painting my final facing the opposite side of the street. That was a purchase by Christy. It was the alley behind her business! She bought a painting from Spencer of the front of her shop last year. I was humbled she purchased mine this year.


This was the beginning of my nocturne . I started it at 10:00 and wrapped up at midnight. It was a subject many people liked. I could have sold it 5 times!




Tammie took this of me working on the nocturne.


This was Christy’s purchase of my alley.


Christys Alley


We had one day in a neighboring town. This was the town center.


This sweet lady watched my work while I got lunch. She teased her girlfriends she painted it! We had fun.


I received this yummy award from #richesonarts.


Finished nocturne, sold as purchase award.


Painting done at the cabin.


Sketch for town center.


Finished drawing for town center.


This was a really cool building that sold coffee and the best ice Cream! This sold to the owners. Super nice young couple. I really enjoyed painting this one. I love architecture.


It came….and it went. 2017 Brush Creek Art Walk wrapped up Sunday evening. I was so pleased to be one of the five paintings selected in the finalists. What is so wonderful for me, Jim Hamil was the judge. We own 4 of his original watercolor paintings that hang in a grouping on a wall by our dining table. I wish I was more excited about my painting, but I didn’t think it was my best work. But I was certainly thrilled to be selected in the final 5. Here are a few photos from the weekends event.

An addiction to art supplies.

Ok there I admit it. I’m addicted to art supplies. I mean seriously who could pass up these luscious watercolors?  Hand made in CO.  They arrived in a little box with a yard tie. Inside was a handwritten personalized note. Each color was hand labeled and carefully wrapped in foil. Yummy colors! This yellow ochre could pass as a Carmel! I was excited as a kid on Christmas morning. Greenleaf and Blueberry Company has a challenging system to order. Once a month they ‘release’ a select number of handmade colors. Some individual and some pan sets. Everything, I mean EVERYTHING, sells out in minutes. I skipped mass to be on line the second they opened! Serious business! And I had my shopping list ready. I wanted one small 3 color “Wild Bird Egg” set, $45. And 5 colors, individual 1/2 pans for $10 each. It was a splurge, and I was thinking not all would be available, unless I was FAST. And I was fast. Everything was in my cart, so I went back in to looky loo. Mistake. When I went to pay, all but 3 colors were available! I paid for them, then returned to see if anything was left. I found one more color. Lesson learned!