grandkid sitting this summer…

How many years has it been since I had this much responsibility for a child?  I figure about 32 years :D  I’m way out of practice!

I haven’t forgotten you…and I still have bunches of doodles to scan so I can post them, however, for the time being, a few photos will be turning up here :)

DSCN9334schoolpicnictablepicnic table at the g’kid’s school


I thought this looked like a city street map…also a picnic table at g’kid’s school


something pretty at the g’kid’s school

taking photos is what I do while I’m waiting to pick her up at summer school camp…it passes the time and sometimes I find something really interesting

happy summer to one and all,


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kindle doodling…



crazy quilts are my favorite, however, I enjoy creating geometric quilt designs

my fascination with woven fabric has been ongoing for decades, I once even considered buying a large loom (I met Don instead)

eyes of course are the “windows to the soul,” so I must constantly draw them

apples, my first still life studies in art class used these (no nudes)


faces are definitely a “thing” with me, been drawing them for about 67 years

Sketch3122443catchingorlosingwhen I first doodled this I saw it as someone losing love

today I looked at it and still saw that possibility, I also saw the possibility that it was someone reaching for love, that love was distant but coming within their grasp

there’re more doodles to come, still scanning

happy Monday,


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mix it up…

cityscape001I love this kind of watercolor…splash on some paint and then create something out of what you’ve done :)  When I do this again I’ll try to remember to splash a little of the building color into the water to get a suggestion of reflection.


curly girl…I thought a bit Bette Midlerish


I did this on the computer (after Memorial Day), meant to be sort of a homey scene, a place where someone has eaten almost all the fruit…but left one piece to tantalize the next person.  Perhaps a toast was made in remembrance of the loved one in the portrait, the glass long since washed and on the drain board.  The dog tags gotten out, old memories remembered, then left to be put away another day.  The veteran’s face left featureless so that the viewer could supply any face they wished.

Simple but I find profound!

enjoy your weekend,


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doodling me some “curly birds”


curly birds


curly birds 2


curly bird – Rainbow Ranch

I’ve been realizing, since I started doodling my “curly birds” that they’re all flying right to left, because I’m right handed? because they’re trying to fly into the left half of my brain? :)

Rainbow Ranch is an actual place, Don and I built it (1986) with our own 4 hands and the assistance of my nephew (electrical) and our neighbors (trusses).


I didn’t realize till after I’d finished doodling that I left out all the center piers :)

happy Friday,


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a light has flickered one last time…and gone out


whenever I needed a gritty, right-on quote I looked to Maya Angelou

she was down home wise and shared her wisdom with us

what is there left to say, but…

“thank you Ms. Angelou”


from “Caged Bird” – Maya Angelou

“A free bird leaps

on the back of the wind

and floats downstream

till the current ends

and dips his wing

in the orange sun rays

and dares to claim the sky.

But a bird that stalks

down his narrow cage

can seldom see through

his bars of rage

his wings are clipped

and his feet are tied

so he opens his throat to sing.”

poem found here

one of my favorite words…frangipani :)

OK I admit…I haven’t scanned the doodles I’ve been doing lately…hopefully will get it done this week…I’m going to try :)  Meanwhile, while you’re waiting…photos!





raw power 1


raw power 2

IMG_2671flyingbeforethestormflying before the storm

I’m always amazed about how much of life I can see from my backyard…I just have to look!

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am I bad? you betcha!

So…it’s been almost 2 months since my last post, so much has happened, so little has happened during that time :)  I think I missed St Patrick’s Day and Easter AND my 1 (one) year anniversary on WordPress :)  I’m thinking about going back to my “doodles,” while I’ve been watching “sci fi” on Netflix I’ve been doodling and once I scan some of them into my computer we’ll be off and running!

Before I miss another occasion…Happy Mother’s Day to all the Mom’s out there!



my grandma 1880 – 1969


my mom 1909 – 2000

a rose for each of you :)



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International Women’s Day…

8 March 2014

Remembering the women in my life…

grandma B.

grandma B.

Grandma B. worked as a school teacher before she married.  After she married, she reared nine children, often caring for them by herself, as my granddaddy was frequently absent with his job as a postman on the railroad.

grandma M.

grandma M.

Grandma M. worked as a secretary before marrying.  She reared seven children, losing one to “summer complaint” when he was a boy.  She assisted my granddaddy with family finances by working as an elocution teacher and a typist.



Mom worked as a secretary before marrying.  When my sister and I were young, we moved to rural Virginia so Mom could care for her three elderly aunts.  For five years she took care of her two children and her three aunts pretty much by herself, as my Dad was only home on weekends.  Over the years she worked as a PTA volunteer, a census taker, a secretary, a volunteer with local Senior Citizen Centers.

These three women took care of their families first…I know (because they told me) that at least two of them would have liked to pursue a career outside the home or even instead of the home.  Between the 1890s and the 1930s their families and society itself expected/demanded that these women become stay-at-home wives and mothers.  These women weren’t trend setters, they acquiesced.

Beyond their families these three women were concerned about their fellow human beings…I honor them for their contributions to life.


Information about International Women’s Day – Wikipedia.