Monday, May 16, 2016

Back in the mountains




Everything looks great here ..very green a lush and beautiful as ever...
We are starting the day at 38 degrees, this morning, and it is sunny and cool,with a high of 64 degrees expected..
A feast for the eyes after six months of being away...And how the air smells like the clover that is in bloom every where here...
Until I am here I forget things like how much art I have really done..[every wall covered here too]...
My studio


The Peonies and Iris are in bloom ..my favorite....



Now on with this beautiful Day ..Hope everyone one has a great  Monday...

Wednesday, May 11, 2016

It seems summer is here..



                            Tampa Studio
Brandon Studio


I sure am enjoying the flowers, as they hit full bloom, from our already hot weather...
work and home are both having air conditioning troubles trying to keep up with the heat....88 degrees both yesterday and the day before...
This is why we live in Florida , but, it is only early May....
My favorite boy called me on his own yesterday to face time..He said he missed his Grandma Sandi... [made my heart melt]
I am a bit late with this, but, I have had a very hard time trying to get the pictures on my blog page so....
We had so much fun getting our two studios together to paint..
First Brandon's artists came to our South Tampa studio to paint..
And the very next night the Tampa artists went to the Brandon studio,  and a wonderful time was had by all ....
So Sorry for the delay in reporting these events,
What a good time we had getting to know each other......So much fun...
Thank You !! Thank You!!! Gina and Todd for getting us all together and for painting with us....
Now on with the day at hand.. Hope all have a good and safe one....


Monday, May 9, 2016

A wonderful mother's day


              Cheers and Happy Mother's Day to all you Mother's out there
                    More power to you....

I had the best day yesterday...Thank You!! Thank You!
I started the day early by making sandwiches for the people at the home my mother is living in...
They take such good care of her ,and I wanted to do something to give back a bit...so I made lunch for 32 people and it was fun to see that it gave even then nurses and care givers, lunch, plus, a break so as not to have to work so hard on Mother's Day.
Mom will be 90 years old next month,and is doing pretty well for all she has to deal with, and I am so thankful to still have her in my life....
At 12:30 I was invite and went to Jamie's house for a wonderful Mother's Day lunch.
It was so nice to get to catch up on everything, going on with everyone ,we rarely get to see..
 we spent the whole afternoon out on the porch enjoying the food,    the company and the beautiful yard full of butterflies that Jamie has been nurturing for some time now..
many, many catepillars are going through many ,many milkweed plants to make such beautiful creatures....
It has been a long while since I have had time to sit and enjoy the company of old friends...
Thank You Jamie for hosting us all and being such a good friend....

Tuesday, May 3, 2016

May , Five months in....





Yesterday was my first time to hop in the pool this year ...
We have had high 80's and low 90's for the past two weeks and the pool water has reach 81 now..
However it is expected we will have rain and a cool front come through tomorrow ,so the pool water will cool down for a bit....
It sure does feel nice in this heat....
We were also lucky enough to get to go to The Columbia in Ybor City on Thursday evening and man was that some yum....
It has been many years since I have been there and it was a pleasure to feast on the 1905 salad, as well as,all the other goodies they are known for....
I have still been working on the travel journal slowly, but I have been a bit under the weather so have not added color to many of the entries.
Here we are five months into this year...Holy Smokes... How does that happen so fast now??
Happy Cinco Day Mayo in only two days ..this is what I am teaching to celebrate that day....

Sunday, April 24, 2016

Reality









It is a reality now,  Lakeshore is no longer a part of us, except in the memories, we will always carry with us as a Family.
It was such a wonderful place to grow up...
We went by this week to see the progress being made and it, is already a whole new place, nothing to do with us...
We have moved on and are very happy here too,
with many memories still to make....
But that does make us all some what sad ,to see it as a part of the past...and how much and how fast it is all changing....
Let It Go... Flap Your Wings ...is what I am saying as I wipe away a tear of sadness..
We have all moved on and we are all happy where we are now...
Thankful for all we have had in the past and Thankful for what we have now...Truly Thankful....


Thursday, April 14, 2016

Middle of April




                        New Acrylic on Canvas 12x16
                    Cover for the A.R.Art Journal
China
                   Dragon
                     Tile finished

I painted another painting just for the fun of it yesterday and struggled with color but am happy now with it... I have not signed or named it yet.
I am also really enjoying The Amazing Race Art Journaling Challenge...I have never journaled before so something new for me... I always like to try new challenges, they help keep me moving forward ...any practice is a good thing and it is so much fun to see what I can come up with, as well as what other artists are doing...
The first country China and the first detour, I picked the dragon...Lots of Fun...Lots of people doing this with many great entries so far...
 Now about what is happening in the new bathroom, The Tile man finished yesterday and next we have the plumber coming back to hook everything up so we can use it.That will be Friday....
Wy and I took our daily walk after dinner last night and it was a much cooler,nicer time to get out and about.. All was quiet in our neck of the woods last night ,which could not be said of last week....
And now it is off to the eye doctor for check ups for both of us today...and then off to work I go....

Wednesday, April 6, 2016

Many Things At Once






So much action swirling around us..
We are now used to a quiet life ,[Lets say had gotten use to]
but as of this week that has really changed...
Well really, this whole new year has been an adventure in Change...
I am just trying to hang on and go with the flow...
We made the decision to get the huge soaker tub with two steps up,out of the master bath...Who needs two tubs to scrub??? Not Me...
And so it starts.. remodeling...
We are going to a new shower instead...
At the same time I decided to work on...
organize all my art tools and supplies...
I first had to do some putting together, not my strong suit but I did good on these....So happy with the New art carts ..Sad to see the original go but way past time.
Anyway Change is Always Good???? Right???