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Sparking and Savoring the Artful Life


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The Orangies! A toast to our beloved pets!

I don’t know about you, but have hundreds of photos of the pups on my phone 🙂

Action shots, sleeping shots, playing with the ball shots, belly up shots….and they all make me smile! Today, while I was going through my computer looking for a photo of a art piece, I found some early shots of our Kaya and her 10 puppies!

We kept one of her pups, the dear Smudgie, and the two of them lived blissfully and happily together for years and years 🙂 We still have sweet Kaya, and I am grateful daily for her kind disposition, beautiful face, ever wagging tail, exuberance over the ball and/or treat, her nudging nose (if you stop petting her for a second) and even her snoring.

She is a love. pure love.

Do you have a wonderful companion that adds to your days? Makes you laugh? Is an important part of your family?

I want to send a smile your way, and a loving nod towards you and your very own sweet pets, they are the best! xoxo

sweetest boy ever!!

sweetest boy ever!!

the beautiful girl dog!!

the beautiful girl dog!!

10 PUPPIES!!!

10 PUPPIES!!!

who could resist getting on the floor with 10 puppies!

who could resist getting on the floor with 10 puppies!

my funny girl at the studio with me :)

my funny girl at the studio with me 🙂


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Stormysky chaser

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I like the rainy days! Here are three quick studies of this softy sky. Since I live on a Florida lake, my view can often be a simplified series of horizontal bands of color (no pretty mountains to hang paint on) so l enjoy the cloudy fuzzy days, where the atmosphere is nice and thick like an Irish accent or raw honey or some other great analogy that I can’t think of right now…….thick as thieves?……..Nah……….anyhoozel, it’s so much fun to parade that brush all over my little canvases in the attempt to catch the feeling of the sky.
And, luckily, I have my trusty painting pal to cheer me on.

With love! Xoxox

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Multitasking, or is that my paint brush in my coffee cup?

Whoops! I just put my paint brush in my fresh hot coffee! Dagnabit!!!
Nothing starts your day better than getting right into the creative process while still wearing your Jammies and enjoying your morning coffee. It was so lovely out, I set up my easel and began painting the light on the lake, this is perfect I thought, I can paint and drink coffee at the same time, multitasking!!
Of course here comes the dogs and the ever present tennis balls, no biggie, surely I can play fetch and paint and drink coffee…..at the same time, easy peasy! This could be my new morning routine! All good! Actually it was working pretty well, except for one little snag, I need to separate the coffee cup from the cup of solvent….. or get used to the taste of oil paint in my coffee……
XOXOXOX
As long as you are making stuff, I think that’s all that matters!
Enjoy your creativity today!

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Chicago Art Institute’s new modern wing is lovely.

Hi! We just got back from being on the road. We were off to a show in Chicago, which was a lot of fun. A little wet, but good times. Perhaps this might be the moment to mention, that I believe that the folks at the weather channel are just Forest Gumping their way through their predictions. I am pretty sure they took all the money for that Doppler 9000 and secretly split it up amongst themselves, saving a coffee can of loose $20.oo’s for the beer and peanut fund. I think they have a dart, and take turns throwing it at a paper plate. The plate is up on the wall and they have divided up into pie sections, with a sharpie. Hot, cold, cloudy, wet, damp, snow, hurricane and ? They take turns blindfolding each other and tossing that dart. Then they have a hearty laugh as they broadcast  to us their “expert” weather advice. How much cute summer stuff can one girl pack, and not get to wear any of it??? Apparently a ton. So much for sunny and mid 70’s. It was more like freezing and wet, mushy and soggy, at least the first day. The good news is, that is finally cleared up, and when the sun came out, everyone popped up like new tulips. Midwesterners are the nicest people, even wet ones. I think this every time we visit there. Friendly and not stuffy at all. They seem to enjoy a beer and a nice dog. Everyone has a dog, or two, and nothing could make me happier. All shows should allow dogs. Meeting dogs only adds to the experience. Who doesn’t enjoy the “that dog really looks like his owner game??” So, the show was good, sales not bad, fun factor rather high, some guitar playing, a visit to a really cool bar where the Second City folks hang out, that is covered with really bad paintings of marginally famous people, a party at Liza’s most adorable, colorful apartment, and some good neighborhood pizza, and soup and a patty melt at Noogies.

i love a bad painting!

i love a bad painting!

 

lucky find outside the museum

 

just a nice space

just a nice space

such a poser

such a poser

 

city dancing, several of these are available for stop action movie.

city dancing, several of these are available for stop action movie.

we had to eat here, cause we are artists

aka Johnny Cashola

aka Johnny Cashola

 

he looks better than he sounds. NOt!

he looks better than he sounds. NOt!

 

paint that looks like icing!

paint that looks like icing!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

After the show, on Monday, we went to check out the Chicago Art Institutes’s new Modern Wing. I have one word. Lovely. Nice, simple, open space that felt good. We have all seen these artists, but it’s always nice to take a fresh look. As much as I love the more contemporary stuff, this trip I was crazy in love with the old master painters. Every brush stroke was a delight. AAAHHHHHHH. The Monet’s, the Sargent’s, the Sorolla’s, the Manet’s the Van Gogh’s. All these canvas’s were just a yummy visual treat. Back in the day, when there were no televisions, or digital camera’s, painting’s refreshing way of translating the world, was revolutionary. Me likey!! Also, the book store was a treat. I can just stand and smell the pages and be happy. Oh, and there was giant Lucian Freud painting that knocked my socks off. I wanted to buy his book, but just pawed over it for a while instead. It was a satisfying day. Breakfast, coffee and the crossword puzzle at the little “Artist’s Snack Shop” across the street. John ordered the Vegetarian Omelet, but with meat.  funny. Then a walk around Millennium Park with the beautiful water sculpture and the “Sky Garden” the giant reflecting kidney bean shaped, chrome thingy, that makes for a great photo opp. The drive through the middle of downtown at 9:00 am, was such a invigorating reminder of the way city folk live, and walk, and move in a teeming, flowing crowds. I loved being in that soup of cars, people, tall buildings, noise, signage, exhaust fumes, buses, bridges and elevated trains. nutty good. It made me hungry.