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Archive for May, 2012

A Memorial DayThank You To Our Service Members: It May Be Belated, But It’s Always Timely

portraite of wwi soldiers
Grandpa John Henry, his brother as WWI Army soldiers and two of their cousins

I am finally recovering from a very nasty sore throat that, along with an early tropical storm, made for a less than an enjoyable Memorial Day. However, our brave serves members past and present were, as they always are, in my thoughts, my heart and my prayers.  So even though the sentiment is late it’s still timely: Thank you and God bless to all who serve or have served our nation – without you we could not be.

wwll sailor

My dad, Navy, WWII

 

My Brother, Navy 1960's-70's

 

Navy portrait

My sister, Navy, Army reserve 1970's-2011

 

home from afghanistan deployment

My daughter's reunion with her Air Force husband as he returned from Afghanistan, 2011


It’s Just The Way Some Days Go

I’m on another painting retreat by the ocean; after all, I had a wonderfully creative and productive experience during my earlier retreat.  This time however, has been a bit more frustrating. For my first painting I chose to attempt something a little different, but after a few days of struggling to get it right,  I decided to set it aside – let it percolate in my mind for a while.

pelicans on a dock

Pelicans on a dock, acrylic on canvas board (it’s almost right)

 grabbing a fresh canvas I stared a new painting.

guy netting for bait fish

Netting bait-fish, acrylic on canvas (there will eventually be a net in this guy’s hands)

But once again I find myself struggling with the same ole’ frustrations; scale, perspective, color and composition. I guess that’s just the way some days go, so with a beach towel tucked under my arm and a glass of wine in my hand, I’m off to clear my head and refresh my creativity; an easy task with the ocean just fifty-two steps from the door.

fifty-two steps to the water's edge

Fifty-two steps to the water’s edge

I’ll keep you posted.


A Beautiful Day On The Water

hubby at the helm of his silver king flats boat

Hubby and I spent one day this past weekend aboard our flats boat exploring the local waterways. Most of the area is a minimum wake zone, so we slowly motored through channels and among the mangroves, taking pictures and watching for manatee and dolphins.

south causeway nsb fl

The day was beautiful, the sky wide and blue and the water calm. I snapped pictures of the scenery, wildlife and boaters until my memory card was full; they will be great inspiration for future paintings.

boats and sweeet little cottage along intracoastal waterway

At lunch we moored up at a colorful fish camp, turned restaurant, for fish tacos and a margarita.

colorful fish-camp restaurnt ponce inlet fl

 eclectic fish-camp Ponce Inlet FL

water-side fish-camp restaurant ponce inlet fl

creative mason jar fly traps

By mid-day the sandbar near the inlet, known locally as disappearing island because it is exposed only at low tide, was circled by boats nosed up to the sand so picnickers, volleyball players and Frisbee throwers, along with their dogs, could enjoy the temporary island.

disappearing island nsb fl

It was such a wonderful day full of inspiration I wanted to share it with you – I hope you enjoyed the boat ride.


Living Succulent Wreath

Living succulent wreath:living succulent wreath

While my daughter Kate, of Twice Treasured, was visiting for Mother’s Day, she mentioned a beautiful living succulent wreath project she had recently pinned  on Pinterest.  She commented that sometimes she, like a lot of us, was guilty of pinning projects with the intention of doing them but then not following through.  This project, however, was so perfect for us that we decided to make  time and actually create this beautiful succulent wreath.

Supplies:
Two wire wreath forms
Medium gauge wire and wire cutters
Mat floral moss
Succulent soil
Succulents

Line one of the wire wreath forms with the mat moss

making a succulent wreath

Pack with soil (the moss should keep the soil from passing through the back of the wire

Gently work the roots of the succulents through the wire of the other wire form so that the plants are on the outside and the roots are on the inside

applying plants into succulent wreath

 Place the planted form on top of the soil form and wire them together working the  roots  into the soil

 Using your fingers, gently work more moss into the wire around the plants

constructing a succulent wreath

 Cut four-inch pieces of wire and bend them into  hairpin shapes. Press the hairpins into the wreath among the plants and moss to secure

how to construct succulent wreath

Water thoroughly and keep the wreath flat for a couple of weeks or until the plants have rooted then it can be hung vertically.

 succulent wreath

check out inspiring links over at Yesterday on Tuesday

http://yesterdayontuesday.com/2013/06/project-inspired-19/

 

 


Happy Mother’s Day

I have been so blessed throughout my life to be surrounded by amazing women;mothers, grandmothers, surrogate mothers and yet to be mothers. As a girl, my image of what it meant to be a woman was formed by wise, kind, strong woman. The mothers all around our small rural community were  mothers to all the neighborhood kids.  Grandmothers and aunts  barely distinguished between their own  and the extra kids that were always around and under-foot.

My beautiful grandmas; Grandma Jane and Grandma Edna

 I count my mom and sisters among my greatest blessings…

 and my daughters, along with my sweet son, are God’s greatest gifts to me.

Girlfriends are priceless; and mine, like my sisters, are wonderfully CRAZY!

So to women everywhere, past, present and yet to be – Happy Mother’s Day and God bless.

Bath time in grandma’s sink

My mom and sister

 

Me with my lovely daughters


Florida Keys Inspired

pelicans on the docks

Recently, hubby and I decided to take a, spur-of-the-moment, drive down to the Florida Keys. It was a couple of days of tropical drinks, relaxation and inspiration. The unique and beautiful relationship between land, light and water  in the keys is truly inspiring.

 florida keys

pelican

Here is  my first attempt to capture the inspiring beauty of the Florida Keys on canvas

wading in the clear waters of the fl keys

Wading In The Clear Waters Of The Florida Keys, acrylic on canvas


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