Monday, August 31, 2009

Diesel, a work in progress - finished!

Isn't he cute! This is Leah's beloved little Diesel. I thought you would like to compare my painting to one of the photographs that she sent me.

The eyes are the window to the soul - or so it has been said. I know when I am doing a painting, the eyes are crucial to its success.

You may notice that in my painting, Diesel's eyes are two different colors. Um... yeah - and two different shapes... and, um... yeah - it definitely doesn't look like the photograph! Ahem. That is why 'they' call it 'a work in progress!' I will refrain from telling you how many times I repainted the eyes *laughs* Needless to say, it was several more than once.

Part of the repainting was due to that silly little wax episode that I told you about before - in A Little Hint - Diesel, a work in progress! Between trying to paint over and around that wax and getting the shape just right... well, like I said ~ go buy a new sheet of graphite transfer paper and save yourself that little bit of grief!

Ah... that is better! Now he looks more like Diesel *smiles* So, on to the background...

I wasn't sure what I wanted to do in the background and I actually did change it. Originally I thought that it would be fun to have leaves all around him like he was in the bushes. After I got it all done, it was WAY to busy.

So, here is another hint for you! Do a detailed finished sketch of the background - the same way that you would do a finished sketch for the portrait. That way you can make sure that there are no competing elements in your artwork.

Or am I the only one who gets so excited to start a painting, that I don't have a lot of details sketched in the background? Please! Someone out there tell me you have done that too!

At any rate, here is little Diesel with the background that I changed my mind on, the eyes that I fixed, and the final touches that always make such a difference. Most of the painting is transparent watercolor, but I did use a few touches of white gouache at the very end of the painting process.

The gouache is what puts that little sparkle in his eyes.
And that, as they say, is 'the rest of the story'! I hope you enjoyed this little tour through my painting process.
Have a blessed day!
PS If you would like to see work in progress blog posts about "Talk to the Tail", a painting of Billie Jane, type in Billie Jane in the search box (on the left side of the blogger tool bar) for my blog and all the posts about her should come up.

Sunday, August 30, 2009

In the hands of a master...

Last Friday night at the Art Walk I had the opportunity to see a demonstration of pastel painting by Robert Knudson at The Art Store in Prescott. What a fantastic experience that was! I really enjoyed watching his technique. Brilliant color laid down in bold strokes became a subtle undertone for the entire painting as he blended it all together. Layer upon layer of pastel were added in an impressionistic manner until the suggestion of the substance of the painting was there. From a distance, it looks solid - up close, the soft, impressionistic strokes are very apparent.

I have been a fan of Robert's artwork for many years and I have really enjoyed the times when we have had a chance to visit at the shop. This was, however, the first time that I had a chance to watch him create a pastel. As he worked on his painting, he chatted about what he was doing, gave suggestions for color and composition, and answered questions from those of us who were watching. Meanwhile, my eyes were focused on the hands of a master artist as I watched his pastel painting unfold before my eyes.

Pastels in my hands will produce a scribble (trust me in this one!). Pastels in Robert Knudson's hands produce a masterpiece. I could not help but think of the song about the violin that was to be sold at auction. It was thought to be worthless until a master musician played it. At that point, it became priceless. The violin did not change, but the master did.

But now, O Lord, thou art our father; we are the clay,
and thou our potter; and we all are the work of thy hand.
Isaiah 64:8
Let the Master lead and have a blessed and creative day!

Friday, August 28, 2009

A little hint - Diesel, a work in progress!

Thrifty! Who doesn't like to save a little money now and then? But there are times when our efforts to be thrifty - well, they just don't pay off!

So here is my hint for you, today - When your graphite transfer paper has been used to pieces, get a new sheet....

...before you transfer wax from the paper instead of the graphite!

Yeah, do you see all those little white lines in Diesel's face? They are not supposed to be there *argh* and it took extra work to get them out of there, too! If I hadn't been so "thrifty" and bought the $2.00 worth of transfer paper before I started this painting, it would have gone much faster. Oy!!! Oh, well ~ lesson learned! And, I have my new graphite transfer paper now =)

This is the beginning of my painting of Diesel, a charming boxer doggie. I have layered in the basic colors and I am beginning to build my transparent washes of color over them. I will post more pictures so that you can see the progress from beginning to end.

To see how the portrait of this sweet doggie turned out, check out my blog post A very special painting... You can find out all about Diesel there. Such a special pup - be sure to see what Leah had to say about him!

And don't forget to put graphite paper on your lists if yours is getting old...



Thursday, August 27, 2009

Illustration Friday: Caution

I have seen several images posted for Illustration Friday and I have wanted to post something for a challenge - and now I am!

Here is my answer to the Illustration Friday Challenge for Caution ~

If this little horse stretches her neck out any farther, she will be a giraffe! That's caution, for sure ;-]

The challenge is open to anyone who wants to participate and there is a lot of great art posted there. I know that some of you will see some familiar faces there, too! (besides me!) Basically, on Friday you get a one word 'challenge' to create your artwork. Check out the details here. Have fun!

God bless,

Wednesday, August 26, 2009

A very special painting...

I just finished this painting today ~

Here is Diesel - a darling little boxer. This is a memorial pet painting for his family who loved him dearly and miss him very much. Now they can see him every day in this very special portrait.

Diesel was amazing! Leah told me that they called him the 'medicine dog' because whenever anyone was sick, he would come to them and just lay his head in their lap and stay with them for the longest time. Leah said that he was a incredible comfort to her while she was pregnant. What an empathetic doggie!

Diesel was also an incredible guardian - especially of the nursery. One night while Leah was nursing her son, Diesel (who apparently thought she was asleep in bed) stalked into the nursery with his head down, growling really low. She had to talk to Diesel and let him know that it was her holding the baby. Once he was satisfied that this was indeed Leah, he licked her hand, sniffed the baby, and then walked over to the door and, as Leah said, he lay in the doorway "guarding us from further invasion."

The most amazing thing that she told me, though, was that Diesel stopped her son from going in the street one time by grabbing his pants in his teeth and holding his ground while Noah tried to run off the curb! Oh, my!

I am honored to have been able to paint this portrait of Diesel for Leah and her family - and I hope that they will enjoy many happy memories of him every time they see it!

I will be posting some 'work in progress' photos that I took of this painting so you can see how Diesel took shape on my easel. Leah has also graciously allowed me to make and sell prints of this watercolor painting of her lovely boxer. If you would like Diesel to come live with you, check my etsy store: or email me at .

If you would like a portrait of your special pet, please let me know. I love to do pet portraits - and Leah said I did a really good job of capturing Diesel! Thanks, Leah!

Have a blessed paw print day =)


Tuesday, August 25, 2009

More fun and inspiration while strolling downtown

Well, this is page two of my busy Saturday!

Here is the 'groupie view' of the Cool Water Band as they played at the Courthouse during the Acker on the Square. The bands were playing to raise money for the Prescott High School band to go to England! Wow!

It was a great 'people watching' day and I got some fun photos that may turn into paintings =) It was kind of fun to be behind the band part of the time. Boy, it sure sounds different back there!

I learned some very interesting things, too. Did you know that electrical cords do not always short out when they get wet? Did you know that when people really like what they are doing, it is really hard to get them to stop doing it? Did you know that plastic bags and towels will keep a gig going in the rain?

*laughs* Now you know all of that... These guys just would NOT quit!

Fortunately, there were only little sprinkles and there were lots of plastic bags. My sister is a seasoned 'roadie' for her husband - she had a routine and I followed directions very well. Um... most of the time! I am a 'groupie' in training for 'roadie' status. Do you think I will make it???

LOL! I did get lots of good band pictures =) And I handed out business cards very well *winks* Don't leave home without them!!! You never know when or where you will meet someone who will want to have one of your business cards! So, I repeat! Don't leave home without them!!!

And, don't leave home without your camera! I have been wanting to do some paintings of koi and look what I found at the library! A nice 'aha' moment as I pulled out my camera and snapped a few shots of my swimming buddies =) They are not on the 'check out' list *winks* strictly reference material!
Totally, off to paint now - well, or at least to go through all these photos and choose what will be next =p

Have a blessed day!

Monday, August 24, 2009

For fun and inspiration - stroll down to the library!

Saturday was a very busy day for me, but I had a few hours between shopping and watching my brother-in-law and his band play at the Acker on the Square in Prescott. I don't like to waste time - and I am not much of a window shopper, so I decided to take a hike up to the library and see what I could find that would inspire me.

Naturally, I went to the art books! I found this fun book which has lots of ideas and suggestions of ways to paint all kinds of textures.
I love painting textures - grass, fur, leaves, wood - fun stuff like bug legs... yeah! This book has all of that and more. Well, maybe not so much of the bugs... but it does have wood, rocks, fur and lots of water!

The book is available at - no, I don't get a kick-back *laughs* just sharing the link with you because you can go and see 'inside' the book on their web site.

I did get a couple of other books and a couple of movies, too. Fun! Give your library a try and let me know what inspiration you found there.


Sunday, August 23, 2009

clean, white, pristine, pure, blank sketch paper - just waiting!

Here it is - waiting for the first little pencil line to invade its clean, white surface!

Those first few lines will either create the beginning of a great drawing - or they will create some mighty fine recycling material. The skill and knowledge of the artist has a lot to do with the success of those first few marks, as well as the amount of planning that is done before the first pencil line is made.

Sometimes experimenting with unknown materials and techniques can be fun, but it can also create LOTS of decorative recycling scraps. That's fine if we are dealing with paper, but not if we are dealing with our lives. Each day of our lives is like a blank sheet of drawing paper. We can scribble all over it and then throw it away, or we can allow the Master to guide our hand and create a masterpiece.

But now, O Lord, thou art our father; we are the clay,
and thou our potter; and we all are the work of thy hand.
Isaiah 64:8

Make today and everyday count! Let the Lord guide you as you paint your day - today and every day.

God bless,


Saturday, August 22, 2009

I would have used duct tape...

The dog is not amused.

Nope. Not amused at all! Maybe it was because I called her 'cone head' - but, that was after she tried to remove my leg with the cone. Man, those things hurt when they come flying at you.
Before you panic, you need to know two things. The vet put the cone on her because she had a tiny little itty bitty teeny nick on her leg. And, I took the cone off right after I tortured her by taking lots of pictures. I repeat, though, she did get even for the torture because she tried to take my leg off with the cone.
Cone removal from the dog was self protection for me.
I would have used duct tape. Guess the vet had more fun!
PS Doggie, Lova, is now fully recovered. Other doggie, Cookie, was accused of nipping. Naturally, no one was present when the alleged event occurred. I was several hundred miles away on vacation - spending the rest of my money on me. I did tell the kennel not to put anything in there with the two of them or they would possibly argue... and, well, one of them might need duct tape... Or, apparently, a cone. Nobody believed the human, so they gave them a blanket. Just one blanket.
Next time I will leave them a roll of duct tape - it will make the underdog happier.

Friday, August 21, 2009

Close your eyes, Pam!

Hey - am I crazy? I think this is really cool! This little guy (um... gal?) makes me want to do a painting. Have I lost it?

I love the contrast in color and the graceful legs... maybe I just wish I had long legs like that - well, not so many! Two legs are just fine with me.

Anyway - what do you think? Should I do a painting of this little critter (Pam is excused from voting! I can hear you shivering from here!) Do you think that people would buy paintings of bugs? Maybe if I called them insects... that does sound a little more important....

Yeah - what do you think?



Thursday, August 20, 2009

This is so funny - I just love it!

Memories for Life Scrapbooks is the featured Etsy Blogger for August. I found this little album in her shop and just started laughing so hard! I love this!
Yeah - it's a pair of flip flops!!! How cute is that?!

and check this out ~
It's a letter album! Each letter opens up as a page - click on any of the pictures to go to Edi's Etsy shop and check these out! They are very creative =)

Visit Memories for Life Scrapbooks to see more of her fun creations!
And, stay tuned! I will be writing about the featured Etsy Bloggers each month =)

Wednesday, August 19, 2009

The mystery has been solved...! And, the winner is...

Don't you just love a mystery? a puzzle? something to be pondered and solved? I do! That's why I made you guess which puzzler I was in my blog post The BEST tree of all - is my family tree. Well, I did it for that reason and also because I wanted to give away a fun little ACEO as a prize for the one who could guess who I was! Here is my little gem called "Laugh!"
This is an original mixed media ACEO that is on archival Bristol board with inktense pencils, watercolor marker, stamping, and embellished with transparent scrapbook hearts. You can buy that cute dragonfly stamp on etsy from lemonadesun - she has some really fun things in her shop!
And, now for my winner! Congratulations Pam!!! You WON!!! You can visit Pam's etsy shop, alwaysartistic and see some great photography and other wonderful creations.
And, now, to solve the mystery....

From left to right... my daughter, Cynthia with Naomi on her lap; my cousin, Barbara with Mikayla on her lap, *winks* me with Ian, Debbie's son, hiding behind me, my cousin Debbie with her mom, my Aunt Chris sitting on her lap.

So, okay - we are a CLOSE family, but usually we do sit in our own chairs! LOL! But there weren't enough chairs in the dining room and we had to 'squish up' for the picture anyway. Oh - and you can't see John, Debbie's husband or Uncle Bob - they were behind the scene photographers. Or else they didn't want to be involved in the puzzle mayhem *laughs*

Well, as Paul Harvey said - "now you know the rest of the story" - of the puzzlers, anyway.

Blessings and happy puzzling!


Monday, August 17, 2009

It's a full Fall!

Well, in some ways I feel like I am picking up my brushes and going back to school! This Fall is full of exciting changes for me with lots of new experiences and new challenges.

As many of you know, I sold my part of The Frame and I to Ida, who was my business partner for eleven years *whew* Time flies when you are having fun - and working hard. I wrote a little bit about that before - oh, yeah - and I did promise you some pictures when I wrote It's official! Um.... the pictures will come later..., so I guess I had better show you some now =)

Check out these lovely flowers! Wow!
And Edi gave me this cool plant ~

Just couldn't resist a close up of the flowers (thanks, Ida! You know I am going to paint them!)

And lovely cards, a very cool book with awesome illustrations and very neat ACEO from Emma - which sits by my computer ~

I received a lovely cross necklace from Ida, too - and now I have a great deal of appreciation for all of you who photograph jewelry. *argh* I guess you will have to take my word for how cool it is because none of my pictures came out. at all!

It was a lovely last working day at the shop - thank you to everyone!
So what's next? Well, I am painting like crazy because in November I will have a solo show at The Frame and I. Cynthia and I are working on our book. I am learning all kinds of new computer skills *whew* proving that you CAN teach an old dog new tricks. And I am thanking the Lord each day for the opportunities before me!
When I was a young, Fall was my favorite time of year because it had everything from the anticipation of a new school year to Christmas. The Etsy Bloggers blog carnival subject is 'back to school - what does it mean to you?' When I read that, I thought of how much I enjoyed the return to school and how, once again, I am in 'school' as I learn new skills and have new experiences. This year is like those long past school days - full of experiences just waiting to be unwrapped! Hope your Fall is full of fun happenings, too =)
God bless,
PS I promise I will tell you which puzzler I am! I didn't forget *winks* but I haven't done the drawing yet, so I couldn't tell you the winner!
PPSS If you want to know more about the first photograph with the palette in it - just click it!

Saturday, August 15, 2009

A little Puzzle Contest - Who are these crazy people?!

Okay, remember back a few days ago when I showed you my favorite tree? Hmmm.... let me refresh your memory:

If you want to know what happened to us, check out my blog post The BEST tree of all - is my Family Tree.

The contest to win an original ACEO from me is still going - it ends Sunday, August 16, 2009, at midnight EST! You don't have a lot of time to make all those guesses *winks* so here is a picture of us all refreshed and ready for another puzzle! Maybe you can spot me in here a little easier.
I'll give you a hint, too - I am not any of the cute kids *wink* even if I do act like that!
Just to refresh your memory, here are the rules:

If you can guess which one of these crazy puzzlers I am, I will enter you into a drawing to win a little ACEO. You can guess more than once, but each guess has to be posted in a separate comment. Only the correct guess will qualify you to be entered into the drawing. If you follow my blog, however, I will enter you in the drawing even if you are wrong. If you guess right and follow my blog, I will enter you in the drawing twice!
If these instructions are "clear as mud" (as Nana used to say) and you have any questions, email me or leave a comment here and I will try to lift the fog of confusion! This Puzzle Contest will end at midnight EST on Sunday, August 16, 2009.
Hope you can fit the pieces together and finish this puzzle by midnight tomorrow! Have fun!

Thursday, August 13, 2009



It has been a question raised many times.... Artist Trading Card or Art Cards Editions and Originals! Which is correct, first, and/or more better????

Um... and usually before that question is asked, the question comes up of what the heck is an ATC or an ACEO?!

I am here to clear the fog of confusion!

ATC = Artist Trading Card
ACEO = Art Cards Editions and Originals

Both are little pieces of artwork that are 2 1/2 inches by 3 1/2 inches (6.4 cm x 8.9 cm) in either portrait or landscape version and they can be any thickness, though some collectors are pickier than others about that. ATCs are technically for trade only and ACEOs are for sale (unless the artist wants to trade them!).

So, here's the historical *poop*, ah, I mean information about how the whole ATC/ACEO thing got started.

The actual ATC movement is most often attributed to M. Vanci Stirnemann, a Swiss artist, who produced a catalogue of 1,200 cards he created by hand. He exhibited the cards at his bookstore gallery in Z├╝rich in May 1997. On the last day of the exhibit, Stirnemann invited anyone who wanted a card to create their own ATC to trade during the closing reception. Cool, huh?! People loved the idea and the rest, as they say, is history.

Well, sort of... Some people who saw the ATCs just wanted to buy, collect and trade the cute little critters. They didn't want to make them. Some artists, being the enterprising sort, came us with the ACEO and began to sell their little art cards to collectors. I'm glad they did, because I like to make them and sell them, too - like this little gem that's in my etsy shop right now. If you want to click the image and dash over there and take a look right now, I'll wait until you get back. Trust me - you won't miss anything here *winks*

Oh, hi - welcome back! Now, where was I... Oh, yeah - ATCs and ACEOs, I remember. Anyway, now there are lots of trading sites online for ATCs and lots of places online where you can buy ACEOs. There are also local trades in many areas and some galleries have artists who create and show in small format art forms, including ACEOs.

These little art cards (basically the same size as a sport trading card or a standard playing card) are very popular for a lot of reasons. Check out my blog post, Ten things I absolutely LOVE about ACEOs, for some reasons why they are so cool. One of the main reasons that they are so great now is that they are very affordable so you can give the economy a boost and buy art on a budget! Woohoo!!!

One last note - if you do a search online, be sure that after ATC you add art or card or something like that... um, unless you want a lot of air traffic control information...

Now, go buy some art and make yourself and an artist happy!

God bless,

Wednesday, August 12, 2009

Remember how curious I was???

Way back when in June - well, at least it was June of this year! I asked what critter you would like to see me paint next. Remember? (Just nod and humor me, okay *grins*)

Well, I got TONS of great ideas! I have been collecting photographs of lots of the critters that you all suggested - and, yes, I am still collecting photos. LOL! That was a very long list and there are some *exotic* animals on there *smiles* which I am really looking forward to painting!

But, I wanted to show you *numero uno* of that bunch, so here is "Iggy" ~

Really, the title is "I gonna go up the wall!" See, I gwanna go up the wall - yeah, see, Iggy is an Iguana - *Iguana go up the wall*

Okay, well that was pretty bad *blushes* If Iggy refuses to go up the wall after that, it's okay because he looks cute just crawling along hiding from the bad puns under his greenery...

If you want to know more details about the drawing for this free original ACEO, check my blog post . To find out all about Iggy, check out the St. Thomas Mission Trip blog. It really is a funny story that Carol had to share! Carol won this little ACEO original watercolor and ink painting of Iggy, but if you can't live without him, I will have prints available. Just email me for details!
If you are curious about all of the comments and suggestions that were made, here are the links to those posts.

My thanks to all of you who gave me some fun ideas! I am working on more critter paintings now. (well, not this EXACT minute because I am typing a blog post right now, but there is a painting on my easel...) Stay tuned for more critters soon!

Monday, August 10, 2009

Terrific Trees Blog to Blog Treasure Hunt ~ Ta Da! A Winner!

Drum roll, please!!!

Congratulations to LLMartin who is my winner for the Blog to Blog Terrific Trees Treasure Hunt!!! She has won this original ACEO colored pencil drawing called "Behind the Wall"!

Just in case you are wildly curious and want to know if you did indeed make it through the entire Blog to Blog Treasure Hunt, here is a list of the people who completed the entire Blog Circle:
Paper Moon Delights
Noble beeyotch
Judi FitzPatrick
And, here is a list of the blogs that make up the Blog Circle so that you can circle around one more time and see who won on all the other blogs!
Kathy (me) ~
Allie ~
Pam ~
Carole ~
Marlene ~

Annnnndddd! Oooo lala! Have we got a great Treasure Hunt for you next month! The Treasure Hunt will start on September 7th and the topic that is being tossed around has LOTS of great possibilities!
Thanks to each and every one of you who stopped by and commented on this Treasure Hunt - I hope you had as much fun as I did!
Okay, I have to go now and corral the rascally dogs who are barking like crazy. Hmmmm.... that reminds me, I need to put duct tape on my grocery list. Oh, yeah - and I never did blog about the dog and the duct tape, did I?
Well, that will have to wait for another day - now the doggies are disturbingly quiet! ROFLOL! Just like kids - the noise is usually a better sign than the silence!
Congrats LLMartin! And Congrats to all the other winners, too!
God bless,

Sunday, August 9, 2009

The BEST tree of all - is my family tree! (And here's A NEW Contest!)

Well, the Blog to Blog Terrific Trees Treasure Hunt has ended - hope you had a lot of fun traveling through our blogs. I will post my winner on Monday, August 10, but for now I wanted to share a tiny branch of my favorite tree - My Family Tree!

Well, perhaps we are not at our best here. Ahem. Um... Yeah, well - you see, we have this sort of family tradition. Every time there is a group of us gathered, there is a puzzle to be worked. It usually has around 1000 pieces. *sits up straight and smirks* we are serious Puzzlers! We found out at this gathering that "Puzzler" is a real word and there are a bunch of us nuts *um* PEOPLE all over the world who like puzzles as much as we do, so we are now using that word - frequently! (especially to the few non-puzzlers imported into this family by marriage... They are outnumbered =) so we puzzlers win! even if they are rolling their eyes at this very moment in time!)

Anyway, here we are and the puzzle is finished. *whew* And just in the nick of time because daughter and I were leaving the next day and there would be no puzzle time before we left! And, yes - we were up very late! *laughs*

This was the second photo mosaic puzzle we have put together. We all took a vote and decided that Cousin Barbara is no longer allowed to shop for puzzles unattended. Fortunately there was a poster in the box with this puzzle so you could sort of see the tiny little photos enough to guess where some of them might belong. Well, actually you couldn't see the poster because daughter wouldn't let go of it, but if you handed her a piece she would tell you where it went.

It was a great group effort and we had lots of fun. I am still trying to figure out how I managed to get stuck "doing" all the black pieces. I think it was the delayed arrival due to snack searching. The black was all that was left. Oh, well. Come to think of it - I did all the dark pieces last year, too. Hey - what's up with that??? *laughs* I was probably on another snack run!

If you want a challenging puzzle, pick one of these up. Unless you are Cousin Barbara, of course - then it's not allowed!

Hope you enjoyed the Treasure Hunt - and this little peek at a few twigs of my family tree! And, hey - if you can guess which one of these crazy puzzlers I am, I will enter you into a drawing to win a little ACEO. You have a week to guess and you can guess more than once, but each guess has to be posted in a separate comment. Only the correct guess will qualify you to be entered into the drawing. If you follow my blog, however, I will enter you in the drawing even if you are wrong. If you guess right and follow my blog, I will enter you in the drawing twice!

If these instructions are "clear as mud" (as Nana used to say) and you have any questions, email me or leave a comment here and I will try to lift the fog of confusion! This Puzzle Contest will end at midnight EST on Sunday, August 16, 2009.

Have fun with this "puzzle"!

God bless,

Saturday, August 8, 2009

My Etsy shop is back from vacation, too!

*whew* I am still tired from vacation, but I did manage to get my Etsy shop back from its vacation! I think we both need some coffee *winks*

Pass me a double mocha latte with whipped cream and a side of chocolate covered fudge from Pralines of Prescott, please!
Oh, yeah!

Friday, August 7, 2009

Terrific Trees Blog to Blog Treasure Hunt ~ Vacation Discoveries

Here are a few things I found out on the last day of our vacation...

Lovely photo, by the way, isn't it?! Ummm... but, well... stay tuned... more about that later...

  • My daughter can make me choke when she says something funny.
  • I can make her cry! No kidding... she asked me a question and I answered it. Simple, right? She was gasping and her tears were making it hard for her to drive (in rush hour on a bridge, I might add!). Oh, yeah - um - and she was hysterical because she was laughing. It took a while for her to explain... (it kind of took her voice away, too.) Her question was: "So, when you 'toe the line' which toe is it?" My immediate answer was: "The big toe on my right foot."
    Okay, so I didn't know that what she wanted to know was whether it was "toe the line" or "tow the line". Interesting cause for hysteria, but I figure that since she made me choke twice on our vacation it was justifiable payback. Even if it was accidental hysteria.
  • Leaving on a long drive at 5:00 PM is not bright. Well, unless you intended to drive all night on purpose...
  • The Beach Boys still sound great when you are driving next to the ocean! "Oh, yeah, baby, in a mini-van!" in the words of my now recovered daughter ;-)
  • Scenic drives look better during the day. Except that a full moon can be pretty, too - but you can't see a lot of the scenic scenery... um... just the moonlight. Well, and sometimes the moonlight through the trees... (see photo above - no clue where we were, though... *laughs* it was dark!)
  • CA Highway 1 is very long and twisty. Looooonnnnnggggg.... and with LOTS of curves.... and no roads (that we could see) that led to the straight and wide Highway 5 that was just a few miles away.
  • Anybody out there get carsick? Um... three out of the four passengers in this vehicle suffer from some degree of carpuke... yep... Did I mention that the road had a lot of curves... Ummm... not a good combo!
  • Much to our surprise, my daughter and I discovered that a child who is sound asleep can unload lunch and (I am sure) breakfast before waking up. Now that is some major carsickness. *sheesh*
  • Amazingly- a chain reaction can be avoided. Granddaughter number one and I evacuated the scene and left Mama to - well, you get the picture! I recommend evacuation. Yep.
  • Summer nights in California can be very cold, but fresh air can also be very nice... under certain circumstances it is better to freeze!
  • Moonlight also makes trees, roads, and slow traffic look spooky and makes imaginations run wild. When the lone, slow, creeping driver in front of you is obviously lost, swerving and playing with their high and low beams, it makes them look spooky, lost, OCD - and a few other things! (Yes, the car finally did turn off the road... *whew* but it added about an hour to our driving time.)
  • Never mix your bad coffees together. Even if you are the only one in the car that doesn't get carsick. *bleack*
  • Having paid for the hotel room in advance, gotten a great deal on a classy place, and wanting a nice comfy bed to sleep in will make you drive and drive and drive and drive and...
  • A book light is handy for reading maps but a finger is not a good measuring device for mileage. At least, mine isn't. Maybe it grows and shrinks like Pinocchio's nose... Maybe it was the midnight math skills... *rolls eyes* who knows...
  • Computers are an addiction. So are digital cameras and cell phones. Why else would I make my daughter carry my laptop and granddaughter number one, while I carried my purse (with camera and cell phone) and granddaughter number two. And, before climbing into bed, I plugged in cell phone and camera battery. It's an addiction! (Side note: that was ALL we took to the room - kids, purses, and a laptop... nada on the luggage, food, clothes, etc. Yeah, maybe obsession is closer!)
  • "Would you like an extended checkout?" can be magical words.
  • The room and the bed were worth it!
  • zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz
But I did get some pretty pictures!
Travel the straight and easy road to Allie's blog for your next stop on the Blog to Blog Terrific Trees Treasure Hunt Highway.
Visit Allie's delightful blog here: then stop by Allie's wonderful etsy shop here:
Not sure how to play the Treasure Hunt? Check out the RULES and have some fun! Your comment must be posted by midnight EST Friday (today) August 7, 2009 in order to be entered in the drawing for a free ACEO!
God bless,
PS - Here is a complete list of all of the blogs on the Blog to Blog Terrific Trees Treasure Hunt - if you missed one, dash over there and post a comment by midnight EST Friday (today!) Have fun =)
Kathy (me) ~
Allie ~
Pam ~
Carole ~
Marlene ~

Thursday, August 6, 2009

Terrific Trees Blog to Blog Treasure Hunt ~ Traveling Trees!

Okay - so I really couldn't tell if this was a tree with a small trunk or a bush with a huge trunk - but it was definitely greenery with an elephant's trunk!

Welcome to the San Diego Zoo!

Moving on to the end of my vacation *winks* but only temporarily! here is a square tree. No kidding. The tree is mostly square!
Okay, strange things fascinate me... I just had to share this because the tree has not been trimmed to this shape and it was really big. Well, ah... not as big as some of the other trees on this treasure hunt *laughs* but I thought it was really big!
Now you can move right along to Allie's blog since she is the next stop on your Blog to Blog Terrific Tree Treasure Hunt!

Visit Allie's delightful blog here: then stop by Allie's wonderful etsy shop here:
Here is the entire list of the blogs on the treasure hunt:
Happy Treasure Hunting!
God bless,

Wednesday, August 5, 2009

Terrific Trees Blog to Blog Treasure Hunt ~ Stand Firm!

This was a fun ACEO to paint and it has a similar theme as yesterday. This refers back to Ephesians 6 where we are told repeatedly to put on the full armor of God and to stand firm. When I do that, I have a better perspective of my circumstances - and some help to stand firm no matter what!

Are you enjoying our Terrific Trees Blog to Blog Treasure Hunt? I am! There is some great artwork to been seen on all of these blogs. The more comments you post, the more chances you have to win!

Allie is your next stop on the Blog to Blog Treasure Hunt.
Visit Allie's delightful blog here: then stop by Allie's wonderful etsy shop here:

Happy Hunting!
God bless,

Tuesday, August 4, 2009

Terrific Trees Blog to Blog Treasure Hunt ~ Never Give Up!

Two things inspired me to do this little painting.
One was a tree that I passed on the way to work. It had been cut down, but there was a branch that was still growing strong and tall.
The other was a quote that I had heard which was attributed to Winston Churchill during a commencement address that he gave. He stood and looked at his audience, said "Never give up. Never, never, never give up." and then sat down.
A good reminder to us all. Hold onto what is precious and never give up!
Allie is your next stop on the Blog to Blog Treasure Hunt.
Visit Allie's delightful blog here: then stop by Allie's wonderful etsy shop here:
Have fun hunting for treasure, and don't give up!

Monday, August 3, 2009

Terrific Trees Blog to Blog Treasure Hunt ~ The Rules!

Welcome to our Blog to Blog Treasure Hunt!

For every comment that you make on the Treasure Hunt posts from Monday (today) until midnight EST on Friday, August 7, your name will be entered in a drawing to win a free ACEO IF you complete the Treasure Hunt loop by visiting all of the participating artists. You have a chance to win a free ACEO from my blog and one from each of the other participating artists by participating in this Blog to Blog Treasure Hunt!

Just in case you did not know, ACEO stands for Art Cards Editions and Originals. They are small works of art that are 2.5 inches by 3.5 inches (6.4 cm x 8.9 cm), roughly the size of a standard playing card. Check out my blog post for more information about ACEOs and why I like them so much!

Here are the Rules for the Treasure Hunt:

1. Complete the loop of all participating artists to qualify for the drawings.

2. Leave a comment at each blog so that we know you have completed the loop.

3. Each comment you make on the different Treasure Hunt posts at the different blogs will give you another chance to win a free ACEO!

4. The Treasure Hunt will work a little differently at each artist’s blog, so be sure to read each blogger’s Rules Post very carefully.

5. We would LOVE for you to visit our shops and see more of our artwork!

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact me! Have fun searching for treasure =)

Allie is your next stop on the Blog to Blog Treasure Hunt.
Visit Allie's delightful blog here: then stop by Allie's wonderful etsy shop here:

God bless,

PS ~ We will be having monthly Treasure Hunts that will begin on the first Monday of each month. Lots of chances to win!!! And lots of beautiful artwork to be seen!

Related Posts with Thumbnails