Saturday, July 5, 2014

The Calm After The Storm...

Spectacular weather.
But no swimming allowed.

Red flags as far as the eye can see.

I just want to submerge  my body into that fresh cool surf.  
Rinse my cares away.

But I can't.

I guess I'll drown my thoughts in the waves 
instead.  The millions of thoughts racing through my head.

This is just too much for me.

So Quiet Here.....

for a holiday weekend.  

Just the sound of the wind,

...and paws on the deck.

God Bless America.

Friday, July 4, 2014

Wild Horses....

Couldn't drag me away.
Corrolla wild horses out after the hurricane.  


Gizmo hurricane cam..,.

Waiting for the flood to dissipate.

Gotta get to the beach to look for shells.

Thursday, July 3, 2014

Hurricane Arthur Watch from Nags Head, OBX

Boats, motorcycles, motor homes, buses... All leaving the OBX
...and we are coming.  
Had to secure the boat, patio furniture and artwork.
The sky.... Not ominous.....

Gizmo will be reporting throughout the course of the storm.
But first.....

A golf cart ride.  
There will be plenty of time to batten down the hatches,

Sunday, June 22, 2014

Here We Go Again….

Thought we were babysitting this guy…

so that his parents could have some fun at the beach.

Come to find out….

we have ANOTHER engagement!!

That's TWO kids - TWO engagements within the last TWO months.

Now I'm told…
 we will be having TWO weddings next year
within TWO months of each other.

This is TOO overwhelming!

Congratulations Brina & Dylan.
So happy for you.

Wednesday, June 18, 2014

Ten Days at the OBX....

Playing with crabs...

Checking out local artists (the fishman)

Deep sea fishing....

Finding my center...

Playing with more crabs...

And just taking it all in.

Do we have to go home?

Monday, June 16, 2014

Corgi Rules....

I publish this every once in a while.  It makes me laugh every time I read it.

But this weekend I witnessed something...
the tables have turned....

there's a new sheriff in town...

Yes...  This is an uneaten Jambone.

And it's Toby's.

Sorry Gizmo. already ate yours.

Monday, June 9, 2014

Sea obsessed.....

Quick watercolor sketch of seashore treasures. 

This is the greatest little watercolor pallet.

Stockmar... From Germany.  
Such beautiful opaque color, rich and vibrant.

One of my favorite supplies.  Love them.

More Alaska....

Adventures in Sitka, Skagway and Juneau.....
Flying in two seaplanes, fly fishing, glacier viewing, canoeing, plummeting 3,000 feet down the side of a mountain over 1,000 feet off the side on the worlds largest zip line, riding ATVs in the forest, and just taking it all in.   

And that was just the first few days.

Wednesday, June 4, 2014

2014 Journey to Alaska - Astoria, Oregon and Art Journal

Spent a bit of time at Seaside and Astoria, Oregon.  Oregon is so beautiful. It was such a tease to only be able to spend one day there.  We WILL return soon and take our time to savor the beauty of the rocky coast and cool sweet breeze.

The trek from Astoria to Sitka was magical.  As the rough seas of the Pacific turned into smooth gentle rollers of the Outside Passage, we spent a lot of time sitting on our balcony of the ship without words, watching the whales spouting and the rough, snow covered mountains passing.  

 That first "sight" of Alaska, was every bit as overwhelming to me as my first glimpse of the grand canyon.


Sitting on the balcony of our suite on the ship and sketching whatever was out there - whatever we were cruising by -  became my morning ritual.

I Quickly - very quickly, laid  down water on paper trying to at least capture a moment, a second in time.  The color of the water, the sky and the mountains.  The shapes.

Many days - the view was the same, but it looked so different because of the atmospheric conditions.


Artistically, I learned a lot about light during this trip.  Painting light. Photographing light - observing atmosphere and how it "morphs"

I did manage to get a few good subpaintings.
The speed at which we were traveling did not permit me to add much detail

I did photograph each morning's vision,  so I  will be able to  refer back to add a bit more detail to each journal page.

This activity every morning was a valuable learning exercise.  I think I will continue to pursue it.

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