Sunday, August 21, 2016

Extraordinary



The only difference between an extraordinary life and an ordinary one 
is the extraordinary pleasures you find in ordinary things. 
Veronique Vienne
 


Sometimes I think the most real things are not the ones on the news, but the common, ordinary, wonderful things.

Neighbors. The things growing in your garden and alongside the road.
The crunch of a pickle or smell of a baking pie.
 The pleasure of being able to see color and hear the song of birds.



Your life is extraordinary. Mine is.

Let's slow down and notice the ordinary miracles today.


Summer's ending and we have so much to savor and celebrate as the season is on the cusp of change.


Saturday, August 6, 2016

What I did on my summer vacation... A Postcard Life


Summer has been so jam packed full of postcard moments that I've had no time to post lately.


It's been full of the miraculous, overflowing with adventures like this day trip to Mount Baker's Artist Point.




It's exactly like the Alps, and we hiked across snowy glacier fields, scrambled up a rocky pinnacle, and sat painting the mountain landscape, complete with profusions of wildflowers in bloom.




Sometimes life is so full of amazing moments that the wise move is to leave the digital world behind for a season. 


In my case, all this time sketching and photographing the wild outdoors has left me refreshed and energized, ready to join the online world again.


And thankful. 

So very, very thankful for a season of fresh air and sunshine and time away from digital media, completely immersed in nature.


Friday, June 10, 2016

Early morning in the garden


Rain tapped on the roof last night and early morning sunshine beckoned me out to the garden.


And here is what greeted me outdoors...











Monday, June 6, 2016

Inspiration


Sometimes inspiration strikes where you least expect it.
Like at a birthday party.


I wasn't looking for inspiration; it just happened while I laughed, at birthday cookies, snapped photos and enjoyed friends celebrating a first happy birthday. 



But after I got home my fingers itched to snip, and soon a new collection started to take shape.


Inspiration is like that: completely undependable, and the best art happens when it just flows from real life. I love it when that happens.



Wednesday, May 18, 2016

The big, wide world of New York

It's that time of year again.
Trade show season in NYC (also known as I-look-awful-in-this-photo season!)



It's bakery for breakfast time, too... and I have to sketch my food before I can take a bite.
 

And this year, my art was in my agent's booth only so I had a chance to walk around New York.
Look what I saw!

I let my eyes lead me all over the city, wandering for miles.


Oh, one eats nicely in New York.






The signs, the sights, the smells.
This is so not home- this is the big, wide world.