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Excitement and Gratitude

The excitement of decorating the Christmas tree with shiny ornaments and tinsel, Mom's Christmas baking and the beauty of big flakes of snow covering the ground brought a sense of wonderment to this little girl seventy years ago.  As my 77th birthday approaches, the sense of wonderment comes from many precious memories and the excitement has matured to become a sense of gratitude for the many gifts received.  It is an honor to celebrate with family an friends as I decorate the small Christmas tree an bake a couple batches of Sprutz and Mexican Wedding Cakes.  Carrying on the tradition is important to me and a gift to grandchildren and great grandchildren for many years to come  Blessings to all of you this Christmas

Fall Migration 2018

Another successful migration to warmer temperatures, lush, green grass and palm trees.  Welcome to Mesa, Arizona.  This artist's watercolor studio will become active again with the arrival of brushes carried on the pane.  The Cats Paw is used most frequently as it is a round brush which holds more water/color and has a fine tip for detail and narrow lines.  The number 8 Black Gold round is another brush for finer work and the angle brush for straight line painting or wide strokes for filling.  It looks as if I'll be "brushing up my techniques" after getting settled for the next six months in sunny, warm Arizona.  Keep warm in North Dakota as the squirrel piles his pine cones for his long winter nap.  See you in the Spring!

Falling Leaves

Some glide gently, covering the ground in red, yellow and orange.  Others follow on the wispy tail of wind gusts adding a purple glow to the set.  They all perform the Farewell Summer Symphony, announcing the coming attraction of frost or white snow to this season of the year. Taking delight in the pageantry of passing seasons is an entertaining phenomenon.  Special effects can stimulate the sense of smell with the musty, dusty molds or the tantalizing, pungent odor of bonfires.  Enjoy the Seasonal Change.

Another Display

River Forks Watercolor Society is on display at Campbell Library in East Grand Forks September and October.  This artist needed new art pieces to display so pieces from old files resurfaced.  These were framed and labeled, ready to hang.  Some paintings were from 2010, 2015, and 2018.  It has been an active summer for showing artwork.  It would be nice if someone would invest in some new pieces for the kitchen or den.  Just a slight suggestion to own your persona composition.  Enjoy the marvelous colors of Fall.

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!
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