Happy places


Sometimes all it takes is one second 

To discover a happy place

To fall in love

With a place 

 And it can stay with you forever 


Even on the cold and lonely nights

To keep you warm and happy

Persistence and fruition


There is something about commission work that I’m not fond of. 

Most of the time when I do something artistic it’s whatever I want to do. If it doesn’t turn out well I erase, or reuse the paper, or throw it away. If it turns out well I can put it away and bring it out when a rough patch comes up. 

But commissions, it has to be finished. It has to be done the way someone else wants it and once it’s done I have to give it to someone else.

Luckily this commissioned book is finished

Whew 

Sunflowers 


Every morning I put out bird food and a few scoops of sunflower seeds. 

The seeds feed birds and squirrels and possums and brown rats.

Some of the seed goes in feeders, a feeding platform and some is scattered for the ground feeders. 

A delightful benefit from all this feeding is 


A mini field of volunteer sunflowers 


As everyone knows, I’m not a bible quoter but…

As ye sow so shall ye reap

Lucky me

Inhale the seasons


Looking back at my sketchbooks it seems not only do I enjoy eating the bounty of each season but my art is influenced by it as well

Why not? Much as I love the stark beauty of trees without their leaves, late summer is the time to inhale the scent of sweet peas and try to capture their garish hues on paper

Roses to paint and blackberries to draw and devour. 

Soon pumpkins will appear in my sketchbooks and on the table

But for now August has my heart. After all it’s my favorite month of the year