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Thank You

Thank you to the East Grand Forks Campbell Library for the opportunity to display this artist's work and the quilts they inspired.  A new opportunity presents itself this weekend as the "Ember Coffee Shop" on North Third in Grand Forks invites the River Forks Watercolor Society to show and sell works of art.  Saturday and Sunday, August 4-5, artists will be there, so stop in and do Birthday and early Christmas shopping for you or your loved ones  I am so grateful "Ember Coffee Shop" has opened their door to promote local artists.  Hope to see you there.  Coffee or tea, anyone?

Happy Birthday America!

Happy Birthday America!  This artist recently returned from Washington DC.  The many majestic white buildings inspire me to return to watercolor where white spaces can be saved after painting around them with background colors and, before you know it, a white building appears.  Capturing events happening with hundreds of people from China in a demonstration parade, the visiting tourists and the massive traffic jam which resulted, meant painting a lot of people in crowds.  It kept me from visiting the African American Culture Center.  It is necessary to make ticket reservations a year ahead of time.  Plan ahead is good advice for painters, too.  Sketch a picture before painting and plan a palette with only three colors, two warm, like red, yellow or orange and one cool color like blue, green or purple.  You may choose to use two cool and one warm if you prefer.  Create!  Create!  Create!

Happy Spring!!!!!

Fuzzy yellow iris greet the mornings and annuals now grace flower pots an planters  Hope is renewed with this rebirth of color in our surroundings.  Are you coming alive again to be outdoors with the environment?  "June is busting out all over" so the lyrics of Carousel say and souls reacts to its effects.  Get that paint brush moving express your feelings with writing create something your way--decorate a cake, build that tool shed, sing and read to children.  Its all a part of sharintg yourself with others and making this word a better place in which to live.  Get creating!!!!!

Northern Migration Time

Time to say "farewell" to our friends in Mesa and "hello"" to our friends in Grand Forks, North Dakota.  We are on the move again.  This artist has her brushes packed and will zip up the suitcase on May 5th.  We know the river is high in Grand Forks and Mesa needs rain.  The Spring blooms are in peak season in Mesa and plants will begin to appear up North.  Imagine experiencing two Springs this time of year.  It is truly life-giving!  Enjoy!

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!
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