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Sunday, September 23, 2018

Autumn Equinox Kitchen Sketch

There is something about Fall, even in the tropics of Miami, that gets you into the kitchen for comfort food. 
Easy Applesauce:
Peel and cube 5 apples
throw in a pot with 3/4 cup water
1/4 cup sugar
a bit of cinnamon
Bring to boil, then simmer for 15 minutes.
Mash and serve!

I made it to sooth my man's sore throat. He is ussually the one in the kitchen soothing my ailments.

Here is is making a lemon caper sauce for his own pan fried Alaskan caught Halibut steak!

Wednesday, September 12, 2018

A bad record tie

I just broke the tie for my worst year of blogging on record! This is my 2353rd post, but it has not been easy.

acrylic on canvas 9 x 9 inches
Between issues of camera pictures not loading, computer software scrambling phone images, or loading them sideways, and then the cumbersome space needed for getting on the lap top, I have let the blog practice fade. Instagram is much easier in that it calls only for a picture and a few hashtags. And I love speaking in pictures! It is the artist's delight.
But the practice of blogging has always been a rewarding struggle for me. I get challenged by finding the words to capture a fleeting muse. I mull over lists and letters. I write and delete and write again.
In 2017 I did not blog in the months of June, August, October or November! Those are the months that I am out of balance, either in transition or in full exertion.
acrylic on wood panel 9 x 12 inches

That calls to question if blogging requires, (in addition to better software),  a chill pace... balance?

#dailypainter   #blogger  #instaartist  #numbersgame

Monday, September 10, 2018

Quick sketches in the classroom

I love what a wet black brush can do! Even on cardboard

Saturday, September 8, 2018

Another one on the pile

The years seem to be adding up. I just closed the last pages in my summer sketchbook and tossed it onto the pile from the last few years...
I've kept my sketchbooks continually since 1979, when I entered college, but only since I started teaching full time, in the fall of 2011, did I start re-purposing ex-library books for summer documenting.
 They have become a place for me to note in detail my days of liberty, and to experiment in paint and collage in ways I might not on a bigger platform. Intimate in size, the sketchbooks travel easily and can be added to in public places without much notice. They document my love of travel, my sons, and life on Home Farm. Filled with portraits of friends (some who have died), notes about what art is, quotes to inspire, and the light on places I love, the sketchbooks show that I am pilgrim, mother, daughter, and artist.

Monday, September 3, 2018

sketchbook pages

The summer book captures my love for Home Farm, the 300+acre farm my grandfather purchased back in 1936. I've spent countless summers there following my dad around and catching the awesomeness of the place.

Sunday, September 2, 2018

Summer is over, and my roadtrip sketchbook is done, every page a small treasure of memory.