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Sunday, September 21, 2014

The Big 71...


I don't live anywhere near this highway; it's the Chino Valley Highway... but it is significant to me today, the 264th day of the year. It represents my age as of 7:37 AM (Illinois time)...

This is the year I was born...seems ancient, doesn't it?? If you'd like to know about what the world was like 71 years ago, back in the Dark Ages, you can click here to read a little bit about it. No cell phones, no laptops...people actually had to talk to each other!!  The really good thing about my birth date is that it's also International Day of Peace.

This is me at 10 days old...

and this is me as of yesterday...


Big difference!!






Saturday, September 13, 2014

Encore Art Show

Thursday evening was the art reception for Encore at the Palmdale Playhouse and was I ever amazed. It was wall-to-wall people! So many people that you could barely move up and down the area to view the art. Luckily my piece was hanging right at the front...second one on the wall.


Once again all the overhead spotlights wash out my hair and face. It makes my hair just disappear! The good thing is I sold my painting!

After seeing all the entries I knew I didn't have a chance at winning. This is the first place winner...


It was incredible! The detail was just mind boggling. I can see why it won first place and I agree with the judges.


This is the second place winner. It's pretty amazing, too.


This is the third place winner.


This is a charcoal drawing done by my friend, Juanita.
I really like this piece.


This painting was done by a young woman in a wheelchair.


And this is a digital photo.
In person it has a real impact.

We had such a good time and there were so many more wonderful pieces of art. I saw some people from the art shows at Legacy Commons and met some new people, too. My daughter came up for the show and that was nice. There was so much food, wine, soft drinks, etc...here is some of the food...


It was a fun evening and we enjoyed every minute of it. To close things off here's a photo of me and some of my friends, or as HB calls them, "my posse"...


Now I need to get busy and make some more art!!

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

You're Invited...

This won't do much for most of you but I thought I'd share it anyway.
I don't think there's anyone who reads my blog that lives near me.


This is the announcement of the big celebration...
20 years for The Palmdale Playhouse

and this tells about the Encore art show.
This is where I'll be tomorrow night.

This is my painting that will be on display
from 9/11 - 11/2 this year.
I showed it earlier but here it is again.

Monday, September 08, 2014

A New Bohemian Girl...#10

The studio didn't get as much cleaning as I planned! I got side-tracked (that never happens!) with a new drawing...one of my Bohemian Girls. This is #10...


I think I got carried away with this one! She has a lot going on!

This is my favorite part of the drawing...
all the strands on the left side with beads in between.


I worked on her one evening and a bit the next morning. 
Once I get going they come together fairly fast.

I started calling these girls "Bohemian Girls" at the very beginning but now I'm not so sure that name fits. Any suggestions what I could call this series?? I'm terrible at thinking of titles and names for things. If you come up with a name/title for these girls that I like, and I decide to use it, I'll send you a print of any one of my girls from this series.

Sunday, September 07, 2014

Blissful Thinking...

image from Pinterest


My friend, Kate, did a post about what is your bliss. It got me thinking so here are a few of the things I would include on my list:

Curling up with a good book.
Spending time in the studio, just playing.
Sitting quietly on the couch, drawing doodles.
Having my morning "coffee" on the back patio.
And listening to the birds sing.
Having a fire in the fireplace when it's cold and rainy outside.
I also love the smell of wood fires in the fall.
Seeing a beautiful blue sky with white, puffy clouds.
Enjoying a bowl of ice cream in the evening.
Seeing people respond to a smile.
The fresh smell after a rain.
When one of my cats curls up beside me and purrs.
Smelling the jasmine in the back yard.
Having people respond to my art.
Spending hours and hours in a book store or library.

These are just some of the things I'd put on my list. What brings you bliss? Care to share?

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Today HB is helping me put a very simple frame on a painting...my painting "In the Garden of Fun" was accepted for an upcoming art show!! So many fun things are happening, so there's even more to add to my bliss list.