April SNOW showers

It should be spring in Kansas City, but it snowed today. My poor little spring flowers that are trying to show off, are snow covered now.

After church I drove through town taking snowy reference pictures. I stopped once to sketch from my car. I tried out my new Pocket Palette. #pocketpalette This is the Kansas City Preforming Arts Center.


Tales from topographic oceans

I am trying something new! This is a ‘reblog’ of a blog I follow. I think you will enjoy this artist, both with the watercolors and the writing. This most recent post will make you feel like you are present on the beach. Shut your eyes, and you can smell the salt in the air. Enjoy.

Le Pastel Bleu

oceanoNon scelgo i frutti dell’oceano lustrati e venduti in negozi di souvenir per raccontare le architetture mirabolanti del mare, affondo pensiero, memoria, sguardo nelle meraviglie colte lungo le spiagge infinite dell’Aquitaine in passeggiate e vita intera srotolate tra onde e sabbia.


Se si potesse raccontare l’infinito, suggerirei una mattina d’inverno lungo le spiagge oceaniche del bordolese. Tutto è vento e acqua, tutto sparisce e tutto si condensa in odore di mare, vento e spruzzi d’azzurro e sale. Dovunque, tra la sabbia più fine e preziosa dell’oro, son relitti di perfezione, costruzioni di tempo e Natura, piccole imbarcazioni di straordinaria bellezza: le conchiglie portate dalla furia dell’oceano.


questi meravigliosi relitti portano in sé la perfezione di un’architettura straordinaria e la memoria del tempo, del movimento eterno del mare.


Alcuni hanno candori marmorei, scanalature di colonne di templi antichi, compostezza, geometria dorica, canne d’organo di oceano e vento.


Altri sono testimoni immobili…

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Fairfield State Park

This is a dandy campground. Everything on our loop looks brand new. Derald can walk his kayak to the waters edge, which is a huge advantage.

Looking up to the trailer, from the water. Everything looks brand new. Nice concrete terraced steps lead to the picnic table. Then beyond that is a path to the lake.


I picked ONE Bluebonnet. I needed to get up close and personnel to paint inside today. It’s sunny, windy and 80 where they are growing.

I wanted to paint them in only 3 passes, but I realized my flowers were too large , so I came back in to make them smaller with details.



Shane Davis at River Run Guide Service provided a great day for Derald on the Brazos River yesterday. Another check on the bucket list!

Here is the painting I did in my sketch book from a photo of the early morning before they began the day. This is below Whitney Dam.