Easter Cows – Happy Easter!!

“I searched through rebellion, drugs, diet, mysticism, religion, intellectualism, and much more, only to find that truth is basically simple and feels good, clear and right.”
– Armando “Chick” Corea

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Easter Cows – Happy Easter!!

Somebody got into the Easter egg dye!  Oh my!  That reminds me of a story.  (I know… weird, huh?)  Stop me if you’ve heard this already.

When I first started my sign company, 21 years ago, I created my brand by wearing overalls every day.  I had all kinds of overalls, short and long.  One Easter, I died all my white overalls different colors.   It was fun!  Well, the overalls went away 13 years ago when the hubby started doing all the laundry.  He couldn’t stand the sound of the buckles in the dryer.  I was happy to give them up because I haven’t done 2 loads of laundry in 13 years!  Yes, he’s a jewel!!  😀

About Armando “Chick” Corea

Armando “Chick” Corea, the American jazz pianist best known for his composition “Spain,” epitomizes experimentation in jazz, incorporating sounds from classical, rock, and flamenco traditions. He was born on June 12, 1941 in Massachusetts. Son of a jazz trumpeter, he began playing piano at age four. He dropped out of Julliard to learn by doing. He played on the seminal Miles Davis Bitches Brew recording, and formed his own jazz fusion group in the early 1970’s. He founded his own record label in 1992.

Idaho A-Frame Cabin – 4″ x 6″ Watercolor

“I have learned, as a rule of thumb, never to ask whether you can do something. Say, instead, that you are doing it. Then fasten your seat belt. The most remarkable things follow.”
– Julia Cameron

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Idaho A-Frame – 4″ x 6″ Watercolor

I painted this little cabin from a photo on the website for the actual cabin I have reserved for a solo painting retreat in the Teton Valley, Idaho in August.  It is a little south of Victor and not far from Driggs… one of my favorite places on earth.  I’ll spend a few days with my mom and brother in Blackfoot, Idaho, before scurrying off to paint in the Tetons for 4 days.    This is a view of the back of the cabin.  Yes, that is a hot tub.  🙂

About Julia Cameron

American author Julia Cameron has become an icon in the creative community for her best-selling self-help book, The Artist’s Way, which guides people through a series of simple but profound exercises to awaken their creativity. She grew up in Chicago and has been writing seriously since age 18. In addition to her 28 books, she has written plays, screenplays, and songs. She was married to film director Martin Scorsese and has one daughter. She currently lives in New York.

New York Life Building – Kansas City – 3″ x 4″ Watercolor

“If you want to lift yourself up, lift up someone else.” 

Booker T. Washington

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New York Life Building – Kansas City – 3″ x 4″ Watercolor

This is another itty bitty painting.  It’s a crop of just a wee corner of a really big building.  I had fun with all the detail on this one.  It is a very ornate building!  I think I am done painting Kansas City ….for now.  I think I have 30 paintings to take to the show.  I think that is plenty.  😀

Booker T. Washington, 1856-1915, Educator. Booker Taliaferro Washington was the foremost black educator of the late 19th and early 20th centuries. He also had a major influence on southern race relations and was the dominant figure in black public affairs from 1895 until his death in 1915. Born a slave on a small farm in the Virginia backcountry, he moved with his family after emancipation to work in the salt furnaces and coal mines of West Virginia. After a secondary education at Hampton Institute, he taught an upgraded school and experimented briefly with the study of law and the ministry, but a teaching position at Hampton decided his future career. In 1881 he founded Tuskegee Normal and Industrial Institute on the Hampton model in the Black Belt of Alabama.  More…

Banana Republic – Kansas City – 4″ x 3″ Watercolor

“When we long for life without difficulties, remind us that oaks grow strong in contrary winds and diamonds are made under pressure.”
– Peter Marshall

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Banana Republic – Kansas City – 4″ x 3″ Watercolor

Wow… this is big here, but in real life it is only a wee 4″ x 3″.  I love that building!  If you’re familiar with Google street view, you know that sometimes parts of the image are blurred or there may be a car or something in the way.  That is why parts of my buildings may not be just like the real thing…. aside from the wavy walls.  It’s fun making stuff up to fill in the gaps.  😀

About Peter Marshall

Peter Marshall, the witty, magnetic Scottish-American preacher who became chaplain of the US Senate just two years before his death, was the subject of the 1955 movie A Man Called Peter, based on his wife’s best-selling biography. He was born in Scotland on May 27, 1902 and, as a boy, wanted to go to sea; he served in the navy before becoming a minister. His compelling orations and his belief that religion should be fun drew large congregations to his church. He died on January 26, 1949.


Cross Roads Coffee Shop – 2.5″ x 3.5″ Watercolor ATC

“It is common sense to take a method and try it. If it fails, admit it frankly and try another. But above all, try something.”
– Franklin D. Roosevelt

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Cross Roads Coffee Shop – 2.5″ x 3.5″ Watercolor ATC

This is a cute little coffee shop I found on Google Street View.  The part that is really weird about it is that there was a huge sign that said coffee on the side of the building.  I didn’t realize I forgot to add it until I was nearly done painting this….. and I am a sign lady!!  I have owned my sign shop for 21 years!!  I forgot the sign?   What’s up with that????  😀

About Franklin D. Roosevelt

Four-term American president Franklin Delano Roosevelt, known as FDR, pulled America out of the Great Depression and led the country during World War II. He was born in New York in 1882. His political career halted when a bout of polio paralyzed him from the waist down, but after learning to walk with leg braces, he became governor of New York and then president. His New Deal initiatives included Social Security, jobs programs, and collective bargaining. He died in 1945.


Hammerpress – 2.5″ x 3.5″ Watercolor ATC

“Hold yourself responsible for a higher standard than anybody else expects of you.  Never excuse yourself.  Never pity yourself.  Be a hard master to yourself – and be lenient to everybody else.”

–Henry Ward Beecher

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Hammerpress – 2.5″ x 3.5″ Watercolor ATC

This business belongs to my friends Bryan & Janiece’s son, Brady.  He has grown a very successful business there in Kansas City.  The poster art he does is wonderful!!  I found his building using Google street view.   Go check out the Hammerpress website.  It’s real eye candy.

Henry Ward Beecher (June 24, 1813 – March 8, 1887) was a prominent Congregationalist clergyman, social reformer, abolitionist, and speaker in the mid to late 19th century. An 1875 adultery trial in which he was accused of having an affair with a married woman was one of the most notorious American trials of the 19th century.  More…

Chef Still Life – Watercolor

“When I started counting my blessings, my whole life turned around.”

Willie Nelson

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Chef Still Life – Watercolor

I painted this one two summers ago, from a photo by KreativeK at WetCanvas.  It’s one of my favorites, since I really don’t do still life paintings.   Look Ma!  No Ink!!!  **gasp***

I’m still working on KC paintings, but I don’t have anything to show you today.  I did box 25 sets of postcards this morning.  I still seem to have so much to do.  I am determined to make this show a success.  I am really glad I reserved a beautiful hotel suite for the trip, so I can finally take a bit of a breather and just enjoy the experience when I get there.

Willie Nelson to Receive Honorary Doctorate

March 19, 2013

Paging Dr. Nelson, we’ve got a severe case of “Blue Eyes Crying in the Rain.” OK, so it’s not the medical kind of doctor, but Willie Nelson will be presented—along with Carole King and Annie Lennox—with an honorary doctor of music degree by Berklee College of Music.

The presentation will be made during Berklee College’s commencement ceremony on May 11. Annie Lennox will deliver the commencement address to the crowd of graduates and their families at Boston University’s Agganis Arena.

Berklee’s honorary doctorate recipients are recognized for musical achievements and influence, as well as lasting contributions to culture. Previous honorees include Duke Ellington, Aretha Franklin, Loretta Lynn, Bonnie Raitt, Alison Krauss, David Bowie and others.

My Postcard for KC Show

“Be not afraid of life. Believe that life is worth living, and your belief will help create the fact.”
– William James

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My Postcard for KC Show

I made this postcard to do my own mailing prior to Kansas City show.  I have developed a list of potential customers from the KC area, plus my regular mailing list.  I’d love to have lots of sales while I’m there, so I’m being proactive.  I have done this for shows at The Main Street Studio here in Eufaula, and it brought people to the show.  The back has all of my info, so I can give them away at the show, too.   My QR code is on them, too, so they can scan it with a smart phone and go right to my website.  😀

About William James

American psychologist and philosopher William James, brother to author Henry James, wrote voluminously during his life, exploring a range of issues from a theory of emotion to a philosophy of history. He was born in New York on January 11, 1842 and wanted to be an artist, but his father disapproved. He obtained a medical degree but felt unsatisfied and depressed, leading to a crisis that he called his soul sickness. After this turning point, he began his fulfilling second career. He died on August 26, 1910.

Art Bowl for Kansas City Show – Zentangle

“Passion, though a bad regulator, is a powerful spring.”
– Ralph Waldo Emerson

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Art Bowl for Kansas City Show

They are having a soup bowl auction during the KC show, to benefit their soup kitchen.  It was optional for the artists, but of course I wanted to donate one.  For the local artists, they can go do a ceramic bowl and fire it, etc., but not being local, I did my own thing.  It’s all done in Zentangle and since you can’t do a pencil sketch on a bowl, it’s straight ink to bowl… winging it.  😀

About Ralph Waldo Emerson

Ralph Waldo Emerson helped spark the transcendentalist movement with the essay Nature, which described his belief in the spiritual essence of humanity and the natural world. He was born in Boston on May 25, 1803. He was a Unitarian minister until he resigned in 1832 to become a philosopher and writer. He suffered the untimely deaths of many of his loved ones: three brothers, his first wife at age 20, and his eldest son at age five. Emerson died on April 27, 1882.

Something’s Off at the Kayak Tour Place – 4″ x 6″ Watercolor & Ink

“The natural flights of the human mind are not from pleasure to pleasure, but from hope to hope.”
Samuel Johnson

“A truly powerful force in the universe is that of optimism. Optimism lies at the root of our mental and physical health. Feelings of hope can stimulate the body’s immune system and inspire recovery from a critical illness.
Optimism expresses itself in the persistence and resilience of living things. A child learning to walk repeatedly falls down and picks himself up until he stands erect. A decade after the eruption of Mt. St. Helens destroyed the local ecology, life reestablished itself on this volcano with amazing abundance and rapidity. And despite its hostile environment, a sole dandelion miraculously pushes itself up through a crack in the concrete. That dandelion is optimistic that it can and will survive.In the long run, the forces of love and life always triumph over those of fear and death. No matter how challenging the obstacles or difficult the tests, there is always cause for optimism.”

Douglas Bloch

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Kayak Tours – 4″ x 6″ Watercolor & Ink

Oh My!  Something seems to be lurking in the jungle here.    I started this painting with the Iguana.  It came from a photo by Lisilk at WetCanvas, from the Reference Image Library.  I couldn’t paint the feet, so I decided to use another of her photos to hide them.  These photos were taken when Li and her hubby were on the Tortuguero River in Costa Rica.

Samuel Johnson (18 September 1709 [O.S. 7 September] – 13 December 1784), often referred to as Dr Johnson, was an English writer who made lasting contributions to English literature as a poet, essayist, moralist, literary critic, biographer, editor and lexicographer.  Johnson was a devout Anglican and committed Tory, and has been described as “arguably the most distinguished man of letters in English history”.  He is also the subject of “the most famous single work of biographical art in the whole of literature”: James Boswell’s Life of Samuel JohnsonMore…

Douglas Bloch, M.A., is an author, teacher and mental health coach who writes and speaks on the topics of psychology, healing and spirituality. He earned his B.A. in Psychology from New York University and an M.A. in Counseling from the University of Oregon. He is the author of ten books, including , Healing From Depression: 12 Weeks to a Better MoodWords That Heal the Blues: Affirmations and Meditations for Living Optimally With Mood Disorders, and The Power of Positive Talk: Words to Help Every Child Succeed.   More…

A former radio talk show host and popular public speaker, Douglas has given lectures and workshops around the country to  businesses, schools, church groups, recovery centers and national psychology conferences. Douglas currently leads healing from depression and anxiety support groups in the Portland area. He also offers a mental health newsletter on his web site, http://ww.healingfromdepression.com


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