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Desert in Bloom

Welcome prickly pear cactus with orange, neon pink and fluorescent yellow flowers.  Welcome Empress tree with lavender blossoms.  Welcome Barrel cactus with bright yellow spikes.  The desert becomes alive with various colors in Spring reflecting nature's beauty.  The bouginvillea shine with deep pink peach and red hues.  Soon the saguaro cactus carry bouquets of white flowers at the end of each arm, the yucca spikes will sport long branches of rust-orange blossoms for hummingbirds and palo verde trees will blossom with yellow flowers, creating allergic reactions.  The red bottle brush bushes are in full-bloom, as are the oleander and yellow-orange trumpet the hummingbird frequents.  The paint brush is primed and ready to capture it all.  Think Spring in the Desert!

BEWARE!!

Artists beware of art related scams.  Someone use this website an state they wished to purchase four paintings.  At first I was thrilled, but when they sent a cashier's check that was an overpayment for my paintings and instructed me to send a payment to the shipping company this artist alerted bank officials to check it out.  Bank investigators were contacted and the official encouraged me to report it to the bank fraud division police.  The investigator said it was a common middle-man scheme.  I still have my paintings, and am the wiser!  Keep creating!

Dear Father Time

Thank you for all the days in the New Year 2018 to enjoy.  I look forward to spending more time with my loved ones--children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren.  There are new chances to be creative through art, music, and written word.  Friends appear on my journey--new friends, old friends and cherished memories.  Peace for the Word becomes very important in these times of turmoil among many nations of the planet.  May people keep the Faith and a strong sense of hope in the days ahead.  Give each person courage and strength to carry love, compassion and respect to one another.  Happy New Year! 

November Migration Report

The suitcase is packed; the boxes are mailed; and refrigerator is cleaned out.  We say goodbye to the people who watch our home in North Dakota for the next six months as we take up residence in our home in Mesa, Arizona.  The first blustery snowstorm has arrived in North Dakota and the sunshine and warm air await us in Mesa.  My paintbrushes are packed and ready to go explore new ideas.  Keep creating!!!

Savor the Color

Techs fixed my blog so you get two for one today.  Fall colors are stunning.  The warm reds yellows, oranges contrast the cool, crisp breezes that signal the tree to change color. Leaf shapes are as numerous as the colors of foliage.  Try ironing leaves between two sheets of wax paper.  This early art experience inspired many projects to capture the beauty of Fall.  Relief rubbings are another activity  Put the leaf under a piece of paper and color and color to see the texture emerge. When you have a minute or more, sit on your patio and listen to the leaves fall, enjoy a sunset and thank Nature for giving you another dimension in the chaos of today's word--Hope.

Sights and Sounds of September

Pungent odor from sugar beet processing plants sneezing sensation from grain dust lingering after fall harvest and crisp, cool breezes of Fall arriving to herald the arrival of the cold, blustery winds of Winter.  It all brings thoughts of our upcoming migration south at the beginning of November.  Change heightens my sense of creativity and makes me take finger to keyboard as I enter my thoughts on my IPhone or take paintbrush to watercolor paper as my mind's eye expresses what I see.  This process brings peace to the world around me, helping me cope with all the unrest reported in the news. May you find peace in your surroundings with the inevitable changes that happen a day at a time.  Blessings!

Rainbow of Flowers

Yellow lilies, orange tiger lilies, red and yellow dahlias, blue lobelias, purple petunias, red salvias and white delphiniums create the rainbow of flowers in our yard this time of year.  They please the eye and sweeten the sense of smell during these "dog days of August.  Filling the birdfeeder each day is the price paid to hear the melodies of the many songbirds who sing for our enjoyment.  Be sure to take a moment with nature each morning in gratitude of these gifts.

A Time to Remember

Red, White and Blue are colors displayed everywhere on this Fourth of July.  It marks a time to remember our great Founding Fathers and the United States they formed on the principles of freedom equality and humanity.  A time to remember veterans who gave their service an lives defending our freedom; victims of senseless an violent crime on our home soil; an all members of society who continue to serve and preserve what we hold dear.  God bless America and God bless the USA.

Mayor's Choice

This artist has been chosen to display art work at City Hall in Grand Forks, North Dakota.  Mayor Mike Brown saw all my artwork at the Icelandic Conference last month and asked if I had displayed my work as Mayor's Choice Award at City Hall.  Since then I have been in contact with Ann Brown and Diane Stanislowski to find out the particulars. It is an honor to contribute to my community through this venue.  Thank you for the opportunity Mr. Mayor.

Art Dispay

As May flowers begin their way toward sunshine, so this artist began to display colorful artwork.  In two weeks, four different venues gave my artwork an opportunity to be on display.  The show at Choice Wellness April 24-25 featured artwork of River Forks Watercolor Society members.  May 4th (May the Fourth be with you) found me in the street at Alley Alive' Star Wars Celebration.  Many, many people attended.  Sunday, May 7th, my artwork was displayed at the Alerus Icelandic Conference.  There were people from across our nation, Nova Scotia, Canada and Iceland.  May 8th the Community Art Show opened at East Grand Forks Campbell Library with an Artist's Reception  My art will be on display May 8-June 30th.  I've got to get to work on more watercolors.  New watercolor and micro pen creations are in the gallery on the website Suellen Palya - Home.  Keep blooming!
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