This past year I joined Doodlewash – a loose and happy organization of those who love to watercolor.  It was started by Charlie O-Shields of Kansas City, an art blogger who got lonely posting things by himself. So he created Doodlewash.   And better yet, he set about getting July officially designated as World Watercolor […]

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This statement if from Julian of Norwich, an anchoress who lived way back in the 14th century.  I like to revisit it every so often, because I think it is so beautiful.  She lived during a very hard and dark time.  The Black Plague had ravished the land and the church was pretty corrupt.  She […]

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On Fridays, the sketching group I’m a part of, heads off into various and sundry locations around Santa Cruz. Yesterday, the chosen spot was Gateway Plaza. Everyone spread out to different spots. Some chose the river walkway. Others went into Petsmart. I had my eye on World Market. After checking with the manager (who was […]

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Just yesterday I joined up again with the sketching group in town for their weekly sketch-up.  One of the things I’m realizing about this commitment is that you discover all sorts of new places about town.  Or, if you knew it was there, you see it with new eyes of observation.  Yesterday it was at […]

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I have a new privilege of meeting regularly with a group of other watercolor artists to challenge and learn together.  Because almost every watercolorist in the world always desires to “loosen up”  I presented the challenge of taking a photograph and then using it, rather than copying it to create their own new piece.  It […]

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We were at San Francisco Airport this past weekend and one of the exhibits had this quote by Freidrich Schiller posted.  Schiller (1759-1805) was a German playwright, philosopher and poet (to name just a few)- and new to me.  I loved how he caught a little of the sentiment of why I love text so much. […]

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This is my last entry from the Pageant of the Masters.  I wanted to copy just a little of this famous painting because it was the signature piece for the pageant – on the programs, etc.  At one point in the program they told the whole story of bringing this painting to life.  First, with […]

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Several weekends ago I went on a road trip with a dear friend to southern ca.  She shared some tickets she had inherited to the Pageant of the Masters.  This amazing pageant began 80 years ago and involves staging master works of art with living models.  It’s hard to explain, but incredible to see.  Every […]

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I’ve been spending some extra time with our granddaughter lately (smile).  At 10 months she is learning so many things and it’s a delight to watch them (her!) unfold.  She is loving books and is finding particular delight in the fact that SHE can turn the pages. (The beauty of board books comes into play.) […]

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It’s become an annual journal entry.  Just like noticing the crabapple trees in their blooms each Spring or the smoke bushes in their exquisite fall colors.  Remembering this day has had its own journal page each year for the last seven years.  My husband is so good to remember each year, and every year he […]

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