Monday, April 17, 2017

Why I Blog

Every single day there are tiny little miracles unfolding all around us.  I didn't always know this.  I wasn't always attuned to it.  I was sleepwalking.  And then I went through a sort of crisis around the age of 40 or so, and thanks to a lot of prayer and the benevolence and grace of God, I woke up. Not all at once, but gradually, over time.  It was like a veil being slowly lifted from my eyes, and ever since then I have seen it and it has changed me.  I am not the same person I was before.  I see things in a different way, and I most definitely think about things in a different way, and I am so grateful.  I was not a happy person before.

Sometimes I ask myself why I blog.  What is the point? It is one drop in a thousand oceans, one voice in a vast multitude, and sometimes I feel a bit lost and overwhelmed in the crowd.  But today I think I realized why I blog.  It's because I am so very grateful for what I can now see, and I want others to see it too.

Tuesday, April 11, 2017

Recent Sketches

My dear mother bought me this little faux bois pot, which I love, and I put one of my orchids in it. I love how it looks so much, I decided to sketch it. I really learned a lot on this one, and it was so much fun rendering the bark like texture on the pot. I imagine this little pot will be the subject of a great many more sketches.

Every year in early spring, our house is invaded by ladybugs.  This one posed for a sketch.

my beloved little anole. You've seen these many times here on this blog and will probably see them many times more.  They are sort of like wild pets, if that makes any sense.  They live all around our house and are my constant companions when I'm outside on the porch.  They love my flower pots where they hunt for insect prey and meet girls.  What I love most about them is how they look at me, curiously, and without fear, studying me too until I get too close and they feel they must move away - just a safe distance.  They are obviously as curious about me as I am them. Once I uncovered an earthworm while digging in a nearby flower bed and I offered it to one.  He ate it immediately without any hesitation as if it were the most natural thing in the world to accept a meal from a giant. 

A note to Valerie: the ladybug and anole are in the beautiful journal you sent to me.  I finally got the courage to use it!!  thank you, again for your encouragement and support always. bless you!

Monday, April 3, 2017


A watercolor. 


Mushrooms in the treetops! about 25-30 ft up in an old dead tree.

best dogs ever.

red earth.

copper beech close-up