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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Almost every day we walk our dog along a path here in Santa Cruz known as “West Cliff.”  It’s a fabulous walking trail that allows you to not only look out at the always changing moods and colors of the coastal sky and horizon, but also down, on the waves and water patterns.  Every day it is […]

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Last week my friend Cheryl and I met at a favorite bakery for coffee and goodies.  Not only do we share the same Birthday, but we both love and teach art.  Cheryl runs an amazing website (and blog)  called TeachKidsArt  that is an incredible resource for teachers and homeschool parents who are looking for art […]

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I love how a simple little bouquet can bring such joy.  Our son presented me with this nosegay he snatched out of his garden, which he said is a profusion of wildflowers right now.  And even though it looks delicate, it survived a trip from Oakland into the City, an icy plunge into drinking water […]

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Pierre Bonnard was a post-impressionist French painter, founder of the Nabis school of art, and currently featured artist at an exhibit up in San Francisco.  As part of my birthday weekend, my husband treated me to his show  up at the  majestic Legion of Honor building.  Perched up on one of the many hills in […]

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I was at a lovely little local shop a few days ago – “Ivy’s Porch.” While waiting to make my purchase, my eyes happened to look down and there it was – a basket filled with all these incredibly beautiful old German type faces.  Oh my!  I sorted through them and treated myself to three. […]

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I loved all the contrast this picture provides.  I love the face of this woman with all its  dark, wonderful character contrasted with the bright colors of her sari.  I love her white hair contrasted against the beautiful browns of her skin.  And on a deeper level I love the contrast of where she lives […]

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And while I’m on the subject of dolls, here is our real life one – precious little Elliette. On a technical note, I’m enjoying working on hot press water color paper (a very smooth surface).  The color settles unto the surface pretty quickly, but I like the softness of it.

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And heeer’s the other doll.  My last post was of the doll I received this past Christmas.  This is the doll we GAVE – to our very first granddaughter.  And just for the record, her pigtails at 5 months rival the ones of this little doll!! I’m always talking about contrast, and the contrast between […]

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Yup – It was a Christmas for dolls.  We got to give our first granddaughter her first doll (so so fun) and on the other end of the specter I received a doll as well!  My very artistic and creative husband presented me with this wooden jointed doll.  She has an “aged patina” (to match […]

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