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Still Hard at Play

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Fluidity is what I am going for in this my 3rd year of painting.  Lay it down on a wet piece of paper and walk away.  One on left is on it’s way to being a card for my fall displays and the one to its right I am not sure yet.

Hope you are all doing something you love if even just one hour a day.  Happy September.

To those in TX and now all in the path of these hurricanes lining up one after another know we are praying for all of you.

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Lesson Learned

I actually signed up to take another lesson this time Plein Air.

I packed my bag with water for me and my paper on what was to be a beautiful but hot day at my first attempt.  I had the hat but no umbrella.  I had my Easel and actually, even in the wind, it stayed up!  I added sunscreen to my face all day but tanned my arms.  I took out my sketchbook and tried to draw the scene I wanted to try and capture but even though it looked easy it was not.  I also had to set the easel up with my back to the scene I wanted as the white paper in that bright sun would have done my eyes in fast.  Seems there is a lot to this painting a scene outdoors.  I have the equipment, water and the most glorious scene of a Hampton Beach Marsh with a nest of Osprey what more did I need lol LOTS.

I sketched and then added water to my paper lots of it and mixed my pretty blues for an amazing sky then I laid in all my light washes for the scene I do not paint this way but I was going to try.  I saved all month for the $85 fee which included lunch and a critique worth every penny with Doris Rice and her experienced group who will follow her across the world I just personally like her as we are members of SAA in Exeter.

I loved my initial washes lite and pretty it was after all early am along the water’s edge surrounded by a high tide in this tidal area were grassy sections going from yellows to greens to darks I really thought it would be so easy SURPRISE it was NOT!   The next class will be drawing!   I am determined to learn all I can.

I will do it again soon very soon hey maybe down beside my river it is a pretty spot too and how bad can I mess up greens lol if you know painting you know what I face.

Thanks for listening.
Have a great week!

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It’s Saturday

Well, I chickened out in the 90+ degree weather to try to attempt a watercolor masterpiece in downtown Portsmouth.  Maybe tomorrow at 5 AM 🙂

I have been getting this place together for many years of future use by the local artists as well as ones from far away.  Think retreat.  I do get pulled away easily by the visitors here.

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Shooting for Fabric and Fun

It is a given I love the outdoors as well as trying my best to capture it in photos.  I will begin tomorrow trying to capture what I see with my watercolors.  I am hoping for loose works that are pleasing enough for the judges at NHAA here in Portsmouth who are holding a Paint Out this weekend.  Never having painted a scene from outside or photos well except for that one of my dog the border collie,  it has all poured out from within now some time for fun!  It will be in the 90’s so I will bring squirt bottles to keep my paper wet.  Some for me too.  I will probably find a garden with shade but paint the tree 🙂

Photography is another thing I challenge myself with like getting up close with a totally wrong lens and never using a tripod maybe I should start using one and work towards getting lenses to do what I want.

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Have a great weekend

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Another Week In The Garden

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It has been hot and very humid but not like our poor west has been enduring.

I have lots of dragonflies here in the yard all posing for me and watching my every move.  Maybe I am blessed with so many beautiful things wild included, because I spend time watching out for them.  I pick up and move turtles from roadways I also throw on my hazards(4 way flashes) when a mother bird is walking her babies across a roadway yes I do it for humans too 🙂  even in my rig for endless mile after mile I tried to always look out for others.  Being aware is all I know are you that way do you really see?

Cooler temps. are on their way they say for 2 days with periods of rain so I will continue to work at the pile of dirt with my hoe and shovel and yes a wheelbarrow we need muscles bad.  I get so out of shape painting but making new friends in the art world now and have even said I will join in on a local “Wet Paint Out” this month and yesterday I taught 17 others at my local library a few things about Watercolor, all fun but I need to put my yard first 4 days a week.  My hope is to offer a place for visiting artists to come and teach.  We have a motel 10 miles away for the students and the instructor could stay here and I would provide meals and bed and bath.  It is early in the process but it is my desire to leave my place for the arts.  I will need an attorney and a business plan to set it in motion but it is the way I intend to leave this space if I can. So time to continue planting pretty spots for them to find inspiration while visiting.

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Growing these in a pot. Cardinal Flowers grow along my river here now they will have new ones in a place where they will make an impact on my lower yard.

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My Yucca blooms each year around the 4th of July

I always have loads of Annuals for splashes of bold color close to the house with my veggies.

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Have a wonderful day.  After I am done outside I shall paint after all it is #WorldWatercolorMonth  #watercolorchallenge

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Painting Challenges

#watercolorsummerchallenge #summerskies#worldwatercolormonthgiveaway

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Painting with the rest of them and doing my best to follow the prompt.

I am looking forward to trying my first Paintout coming up soon in Portsmouth NH
not sure anyone will see it never mind offer it for sale but I have to try Plein Air and keep trying to get it right, it is how I can grow as a painter.

I now have art hanging in Epping, Exeter and Portsmouth not mind blowing art mind you but putting myself out there to be judged even though this is my third year of painting if I push myself it is only then that I will excell.

I have met so many really nice people out there.  A few so full of themselves which is good as they will end up keeping themselves company, just wish they could see what could be.  I will stay open to possibilities and not close myself off to the world outside my door.

I will teach a group my love of Watercolor on Tuesday wish me luck as I thought I was teaching children 🙂  I have made up 60 blank bookmarks out of wc paper and even punched a hole for them to take home and add ribbons too.  I will teach them about a wet into wet wash then add salt for texture and then when dry have them finish a scene from their own mind which we all know is limitless.  I just hope I can make them happy for an hour and a half or two.

After I spend time in the library I pack up and go to my own class to make the next attempts on this one yes very blurry but was giving my Facebook followers a sneak peak 🙂  (Folsom Mill Studio)  can not wait to drop in the next layer.

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Thanks for stopping by I am trying to get back into my reader and blogging.  Have a great week!

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Stormy Days and Gorgeous Evenings

One storm after another races through New England some leaving watered lawns and gardens others wiping out trees and roadways.  Yesterday and today was crazy we got some good rain yesterday nearly a drop today but others can’t get home with severe flooding and roads washed away by the torrents of rain that hammered the VT Border all the way to Maine.  Stay safe if you live up here during this 4th of July to remember.

Here is what we are left with after wild weather.

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Create(creating everyday)

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I seem to create things every day. I think that is what we are supposed to do and no NOT DRAMA 🙂 well unless it is in our art or in my plantings as you can see I am wild about color yes ALL OF THEM 🙂

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Have a wonderful weekend and Happy Father’s Day!

via Daily Prompt: Create

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NH and Heat Waves in June

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This has been one of those years so far and it is only June when it comes to weather in New England.

During January and February, we were spoiled many times with not so much a winter feel.  I should have started plants in March and added seed to my garden in April but there was still frozen ground.  Almost the whole month of May it rained so I hope the seed and plants I put in will give me bounty to live on like last year.  My Sugar Snap Peas are only 8″ tall so far.  Yes, so far not the norm.

The flower above is one of many different takes on my “Starry Nights” Petunia.  I will be making cards for sale for this falls Craft Fairs.  You see them all but not many others do I usually only share to Facebook, do you?

Stay safe out there even if we can not get the weather we want we can do all we can to stay safe.  I learned a long time not to push my luck 🙂

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Still painting but taking photos too

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Held our plant sale (garden club) we had a few different types of plants for summer.  I also went to 6 other garden club plant sales to show my support as well.

We were hired by 900 Degrees to complete their outside dining area.
I had placed Pansies there on Mother’s Day and in June hanging baskets and pots of fresh herbs of all types were added for scent and maybe their kitchen staff to use.

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Such a pretty spot to watch the sun go down on a gorgeous evening in New Hampshire.

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My First Show

My small local library opened up their walls for 55 pieces of my Original Watercolors and laid out a spread of yummy finger foods.  I made some punch and dessert and added a few snacks like Salsa as it was Cinco de Mayo.

They told me I had had the highest attendance at the library for a show and it was so nasty out I thought no one would show.  Grateful for friends and strangers that filled the space and had a good time relaxing and chatting with each other.

I painted some bookmarks and passed them out to those who would like one.  Not masterpieces just simple washes that show the way pigments mingle and settle in with each other.

I may do a Photography show down the road here as it was fun to see what ones they gravitated to in this show.  I also sold 14 originals yes I am very grateful for them coming and now as I am almost half way through my 3rd year I will learn even more about this medium I am fascinated with. Thanks for coming along with me on this journey.

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May

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The Hummers and Orioles have returned to my back yard to join all my fulltime feathered friends also blossoms have begun to open as well.  I refuse to complain about cold rainy days when one of our states is under horrific flooding, just is not fair, so much loss in the stat of Missouri.

Signs are up all over town here telling of my Watercolor show.  Not sure I am ready then would I ever be.  Maybe 15 people will show up and we can just have fun.
Photos later I am sure.

Have a wonderful weekend everyone!

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My Willow trying to hold on.

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My Watercolor Show Is Up

On the start of my 3rd year of painting I am about to have my own reception, at our local library.  Scary but exciting.

Ron and I hung over 50 of my pieces and I have 5 more framed pieces, they will go in this week before Friday night’s party.

I will make the punch and something decadent as they will have a cheese board and other snacks laid out for those who come to check out my art.

Good thing I am thick skinned lol I hope to see a lot of strangers stop in that will soon become fast friends.

Thanks for always cheering me on it means the world as I will try to take giant steps in watercolor this year.

Goodbye April

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I have been so busy

It has been awhile since writing a post here.  I miss everyone.

It is spring so it was all about the Pansies 🙂  We sold 160 this tiny little group of ours.
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The town and two businesses look so pretty.

I have not painted much as I have my first solo art show coming up.  I will hang my Watercolors in my town library here in NH.  So I have been busy trying to decide what will make the cut and what I should frame and what I will attach to a wire.  Art that is affordable will be on display.  Maybe the name of show should be “Hung Out to Dry”
🙂 it is wet media after all.

Here is one that will not be included as I was commissioned to paint it.

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Life is good but different finding myself listening to my mom’s one phone message I kept and missing her.

Here is where I go no matter the weather to find peace.

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OH and I have attended a few releases of birds of prey, that were brought back to good health with her team.

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Off to find your blogs when I do this I find so many no longer exist 😦

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My Town Wants To Share My Watercolor

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Now to go through them and mat and frame a selection showing my take on this medium.
Scary but fun and so blessed they want to show off my pieces this one has yet to be done more to give you an idea as I am still learning as I enter my 3 rd year of Watercolor.

This is another I am working on

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Off to cut mats and fit paintings with particular frames.  I am excited but scared but so looking forward to demonstrating watercolor at my reception.

Have a great day everyone!

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Watercolor Lesson

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Learning all I can in my Watercolor Lesson. This one is all about trying to get all 10 tones in a piece.  0 -10  White all the way to the darkest dark.  This is not a finished piece I wanted the background to be dark as night and the moon like tonight’s shining bright on the fresh snow. It is a 9″x 6″ study using just one color, Payne’s Gray.

Once done I will tackle one with a little color though I do love a very limited palette

Well when the latest snow storm was done we were left with 15″ of light fluffy stuff to move but walking behind a snow thrower for 9 hours is no fun and we each did that with just one break for supper, two machines and two with health issues I see a tractor by next winter.

Yard looks like the painting above but we have another 15″ to  bury all of our hard work.  Tomorrow 4″ Sunday through Monday 12 give or take COME ON SPRING!!!!!

Have a wonderful weekend!

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It’s February

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Not much snow to deal with this year just enough to remind us we are in New England.

Took this the day of Superbowl, as we took a walk into the woods to make up for all the sitting we would do when the game started at suppertime.  We had a nice walk with JT but she comes back more and more lame at just 10.  I hate drugs and since I do not take them I feel bad about giving them to my girl, so we go for gentle walks less leaping for her favorite toy and more of me just kicking a stick for her to chase god I will miss her when she is gone.

I have been painting now with more purpose.  I enter shows not to win but to be seen and grow from the experience.  I am gathering the ones I love and making more cards for this years craft fairs.  I have ideas on what to do with my 3 story barn maybe an artist  in residence,  maybe just a gallery with many artists selling their pieces here.  The dreams are endless thankfully or I would buy another rig and hit the road again.  I promised mom I would stay off the road and continue to create but it is hard when I can no longer pick up the phone to call her.

Not sure if I will keep this blog but if I do I have to remember to add small photos to posts after I just had to delete so many from prior posts that I go and add a huge one.  I will figure it eventually till then I will be here in the background reading yours.

Take care time for me to watch our Superbowl Champions in Boston celebrate once again!

Take care

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We Laid Them To Rest

Yesterday we traveled through the snow to lay our parents to rest.  Dad gone since 2005 and Mom this past Thanksgiving it was time to join them just 5 days after what would have been their 64th wedding anniversary. They gave dad a service for the time he spent serving America during the Korean War.  Taps was performed beautifully on a snowy day on Cape Cod.  This National Cemetery is so beautiful and well taken care of. All men and woman who serve their country should be laid to rest in the same way.

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The Cape was beautiful yesterday but today you will see it buried on your local news stations.  We have about 2″ here in NH. and lots of ice underneath  as we have gravel driveways.

I also added a piece of artwork into the B&W Theme Show at #seacoastartistassociation in #exeternh

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Titled “Home”
Watercolor on 140cp

Have a great upcoming week and stay safe out there!

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Doing What Mom Asked

I have been painting and I helped the gallery decorate a tree for them that they gave to a local charity.

I want to call my mom many times during the day and remember there is no longer a reason to pick up my phone, I just look up instead.

Here it is the 12th of December and our first real snow is falling yes it looks pretty but it will be a mess to move to make it safe underfoot.  JT will love being out with me as I clear pathways and wait for me to throw her a snowball.

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The tree above was adorned with the members of the Seacoast Artist Association in Exeter NH and sold for over $200.00 which went to the charity for children locally.

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I had a wonderful time at the 2 craft fairs I set upadobephotoshopexpress_15e2575b8e184cc480e64374f0804edb for and made so many sales I was shocked.
Really thought I was on Candid Camera lol
I offered cards like the scene above far from a traditional Christmas card but they loved them.

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My girl is hurting and getting old but I was determined to let her see her favorite spot before we were in the depths of winter, buried by snow.  She was so happy which filled our hearts as well.

Merry Christmas to you all and Happy Holidays to those who celebrate a different one.
Stay safe

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So Much To Be Thankful For

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First of all to my regular followers our mom has finally found eternal peace.
She passed away with me early Friday afternoon.  We will say our final goodbyes on Tuesday and Wed. surrounded by friends and family and on Thursday we will once again
give thanks for all we have.

I wanted to wish those of you who celebrate Thanksgiving, a table filled with your favorites and you surrounded by your loved ones.  As we age the numbers seem to go down so make this time special, in any way you can.

Happy Thanksgiving

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Time To Say Goodbye Gets Closer

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I have been with my mom a few days and my brother who live in the south came up to see her as well.  She mad it to see her 81st birthday yesterday surround by her family.

Try as she might the cancer has grown to such a size she can not swallow and keep it down.  How long can someone live this way?  I hope she speaks to hospice if not for herself but for those of us who feel so helpless.

This is so hard to watch and I know so many of you have been through this as well and bless you if tried with all your might to make your loved one comfortable.  I will be with her God willing next weekend and then the following one she will watch her granddaughter wed.  It is what has been keeping her going.

This will be moms last year so seeing summer end it will have at least left us with beautiful colors.Take care everyone.

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October

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Hi Everyone

Mom is off chemo as it was making her too sick.  My youngest brother and his wife are doing all they can to keep her safe.  We will get together on Sunday to watch Tom return to the football field and we will dine on lasagna, made fresh by my brother with hopes mom will eat like our last visit.  So hard as we age and no longer care or have the need for eating.  You find it hard to sit by, doing nothing.  There is nothing human about suffering when your body is under attack.  I continue to pray for her to feel no pain and to close her eyes one night and leave us peacefully but you all know the suffering most bodies are put through and I worry sick about her though I continue to put on a smile as she needs to be no sadder than she already is.

I had to go and unwind and that has always been on the road, so with dog water packed and batteries charged for all the cameras off we went across the lower half of NH and into VT.
Lots of pockets of amazing color kept my mind busy.  We are supposed to enjoy each of our four seasons  though all of you know winter is not my thing.

I am getting cards printed for 2 Holiday Craft Fairs I will set-up for. They will be of images that will make winter cards.  I will sell some original watercolors, I have sold 4 this month already.  I have a roof to re-shingle so I hope the sales continue.  I will also offer some baby items(crocheted) I will also try to make my table as pretty as I can for the holiday fair.  I did not want to do these shows but mom reminds me I need to live and get my name out there.  So for her I will keep plugging away.

Thanks for always being there.
XO

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Now Selling Here

Eunice Miller

http://shopvida.com/collections/eunice-miller/products/water-and-ice you may remember this image I took.

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Now to learn to smile for photos 🙂

This one I just messed with.

I had so much fun selling in Dover NH with a pop up gallery Myrtle Street Gallery
in downtown Dover NH in front of The Chop House!
I also showed my Watercolors off and made more sales in Maine at a Yard Sale and since most shop for Antiques there it felt good.

Mom is hanging in there but hate that her days are numbered I guess all of us are going to be there sooner or later I am just praying she will not suffer horribly.

Happy September to all of you who were wanting cooler temps.  For you who will just be receiving summer I hope it was a nice as mine was.

Fall colors will fill my world then dreadful snow.

Have a wonderful day!

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The Season Will End Soon

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The season will end soon enough for these beauties as the drought has been rough on the land and my well.

Mom started Chemo yesterday so far so good but I am just trying to keep the faith.

I was invited to show my Watercolors last Wednesday in Dover NH and will again this Wednesday evening from 6 to 9 p.m. Myrtle Street Gallery on the sidewalk outside of the Chop House come by if you are in the area.  Mine is a starving artist sale very inexpensive art so I can continue to paint.

My town celebrated it’s 275th Birthday with a day long celebration so much fun after working on committee for almost 2 years.

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We even ended the night with our very own Fireworks show.

I am joining a friend on Tuesday and we will paint our dogs well I should say attempt to results here if it looks something like JT.

Hope you are all doing OK I will see if I can find you on my WP Reader.

Good night

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Kind of Lax

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You would never know we are in a severe drought here in New England.  My garden is lush and producing easily 20 pounds a day of food perfect when you have no money for the finer things in life, others take for granted.

I have stayed at home to tend to me and the fruits of my labor.  This totally organic all non GMO and mostly heirloom garden of mine.  With so much sun damage, skin cancer I bought my very first pair of sunglasses and a floppy hat. I go into the garden early and late in the day with my girl and her toy.  She rests while I pick and after rinsing them it is her time to play.  Friends say she needs her own Facebook page 🙂 I think a chapter in my memoir will be enough as you all know her.

I received really bad news last week, that after the 2 year battle to get mom back up and walking on her own she has been kicked down bad with hearing she has cancer.  She had the tests every 6 months on her esophagus but had always aced them.  This time the news was bad, it is elsewhere.  She now has it in her liver as well.  She is terminal.  She is trying to hold on to attend her granddaughter’s wedding in November  I say move the date up and let my mom go peacefully, but hey who am I.  I am angry after her fighting so hard to go back home with her cat that this is how the story will end, sad about her being scared but putting in another 6 to 9 rounds in this ring of life.  We made a big deal last Oct. on her 80th birthday as she made it, to now being doubtful for a 81st.  Life is not easy we all know this don’t we but not fair as well.  I will see her tonight and try to speak of old times, fun things and bring soft, yummy stuff, to eat.  Hope she loves Ratatouille and cheesecake.
I have some amazing tomatoes as they are her favorite and at this point there is no reason to avoid any food I want her to delight in their amazing flavor while she can still taste.

I have been inside on hot days crocheting with maybe only two days where I painted but not because I do not want to but because our town is celebrating our 257th birthday and I will be adding a table at the craft fair.  I will have a couple of  fused glass bracelets, some Watercolors and baby hats and booties for sale.  My heart was in it before mom’s news but now not so much.  Push forward and carry on as I gave my word I would take a spot of a now sold out show.  I have all kinds of hats and booties to complete and then package them for next Saturday.  After the 20th, everything the all volunteer committee I have been on for two years, will be behind us.  We will have a parade, craft fair, fun and games for the children and fireworks to complete the celebration.  I pray I am around to see what the younger folks do on her 300th.

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I hope you are all doing ok.  I hope for those in the US you have not gone crazy over the presidential race.  We have to know by now what little difference will either make.  My wish is to kick everyone out of Congress/Senate, strip them of their monthly stipend for life and get new blood in, allow them 2 years at a time do something or they are gone.  No carrying the financial burden our country does for those who care so little for their country and those of us who reside here.  Yes I never speak of the crap out there but I am paying attention.

Have a wonderful weekend everyone. Please be kind to one another.

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Another Day In The Garden

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Another day in the garden with my friends helping me with bug patrol.  Who needs poison when you have gorgeous dragons patrolling for you. 🙂

Here was yesterday’s  haul just before the glorious rains began to fall and man did it rain and blow, some are still without power and will not have trees cut and cleared or wires back up till maybe Monday afternoon when another batch will come through.  Growing up I do not remember violent weather but in 60 years my has the world changed.

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I have been living on Ratatouille

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even for breakfast with a poached egg on top. This was a supper for him he needs meat he said lol

We are still in a drought but not like other parts of the US or world. For now I get enough to eat though hardly any Apples, Pears, Peaches and Plums can be found since we had such a cold snap when they needed warmth and bees the most.

Hope you are all doing OK.  I will go through my reader and see if your posts show up.

Have a great week!
Goodnight from us all here in NH

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Garden Filled In and Feeds Me Daily

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The garden measures about 16′ X 24′ I have flowers mingled inside with all the veggies as well.  Bring the birds, bees, dragonflies and butterflies to eat the bugs and pollinate was my plan.

I forage for greens each morning with my coffee and JT she is never far from me.  I go back out again to get things for my dinner though I better start adding chicken or eggs to my salad or I will loose all my muscles, which I will need come the end of the season, to put this place to bed.

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Radishes, Summer Squash, Zucchini and Sugar Snap Peas with Raspberries were my fixings that went in with my Rainbow Swiss Chard and Spinach Salad.  We are in a drought here but that soil I bought is amazing just the perfect amount of compost makes all the difference.  It is light and fluffy still.  I wish I had grown one of everything.  I have beets, carrots, string beans,corn and spaghetti squash yet to show up but they are growing like mad.

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Always have extra help when I go inside the gate.

I have been painting a bit too, here is one of the last three I have been working on.

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We got heavy rain for a bit tonight it was glorious and the earth soaked it right up.

Hope you are all having a wonderful and safe week, this world we live in is going crazy so glad  I have these things to keep me away from TV and more bad news.  Pray for Peace on our beautiful earth xo

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I Finally Set Up An Etsy Store

I will now be offering all my Original Watercolors for sale.
They will come unmatted  and with no frame for you to finish them just the way you like.
I am not asking what others do for their work because I do not need to.
If you like one enough to purchase I will get it out into the mail asap.  I will also offer free shipping within the USA.  After a few pieces get shipped Internationally I will get a better idea on what costs are.  If you have an Etsy store let me know so I can follow you.

I set it up last night and just have to pieces there but I will add all others in time.  They are pieces of me I hate to keep in a dark bag never seeing the light of day.  I love creating so the store will be tough as all my others I have do everything for you.  Prints from Original Artwork will be available at my other shops but this one is for Signed Originals.  I may if time permits sell a few baby items there as well as custom jewelry but that will be once the Watercolors are uploaded onto the site.  Thanks for always cheering me on you are such a great support group.

https://www.etsy.com/shop/NUTSFORTREASURE

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Sorry I Forgot To Welcome Summer

Hi there how are you all?  I have been very busy with doing marketing for the local art gallery and putting in my wonderful garden.  JT and I play outside a lot as we watch it grow.  We are in a drought after really no winter or not compared the the one before and very few days of a good soaking rain.  So thankfully I have a well and lots of patience and faith.

My first cucumber and radishes are ready to eat as well as spinach and rainbow swiss chard.
Tomatoes are appearing and the corn is indeed knee high even before The 4th of July!

I entered my photo of a heart, as it appeared overhead maybe a year or 2 ago, to the Theme Show “Sky Images”  maybe here in New England the one of the great white one would have gone over better but seeing the world as a much crazy place these days I titled my heart “What the world needs now”  hope they GET IT.

 

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From the BEFORE above to

 

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To mid June growing nicely.

I had to get away from all the work here for a day so we took off in early afternoon for me to see how wild things grow.

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Have a great summer!

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It Must Be Spring!

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The temps will soar today to 80 so getting out quickly to make the remaining boxes to be added to my garden so when I shop at Friday and Sat. plant sales I will have a place to add all my beauties.

Do you grow your own food?  I am so excited it has been three long years since we tilled the earth and dropped in a seed yes being organic is harder but what is the point of eating things not good for you.

I have spinach to go in as well as lettuce and swiss chard that are a month late along with peas due to all the frosts and freezes we had.  I will not complain about working out with black flies to get it in now as so many places right now have it so bad with our world’s weather.

After the work is complete today I will try to scrub my filthy hands and pop into the Seacoast Artist Association for a class Doris Rice is having on spring blossoms as the sit on branches.  I will take a Forsythia branch as well as a branch section with just opening Apple Blossoms on it and maybe a Lilac too, it should be fun last week it was beach with small shoreline birds.  I do love Watercolor and I will sleep like a baby after working hard all day with my boyfriend and then painting always drains me but in a good way.

Stay safe out there and find something you love doing and make time for YOU I love this new me 🙂

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Happy Mother’s Day

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Our area went from warm and wonderful to rainy and raw day after day but with Alberta CA sections burning up as well as other places here and abroad I have very little really to complain about.

This is my Bleeding Heart that sits facing the east in my yard wonder if she would like just a tad more light. 🙂  I know I would

I have still been at it with Watercolors but not at such a breakneck speed now I think and mix color with clear intent and try to catch a couple of lessons a month but with art gallery having their grand opening and a few shows I entered in their Theme Show format I am doing a little more photography infact joined a meetup group right above studio to join in on some challenges as it is a low key group that seems willing to share ideas on sharing your shot in a better light as well as places to meet up and shoot like they just had a meetup at a Steampunk gathering.  I have not done any of that yet but just entered my 3 shots for this month “Body Parts”  I will not bore you with photos but will tell you I had one of my bare foot in the freshly tilled soil of my organic garden yes my feet were clean but frozen by the time I was done working, JT my Border Collie most of you know from photos and stories of course had a spot this time a close of her beautiful eye how I love this dog now turning a year older today I swear I do not know where the time went.  The third shot I took was of my boyfriends 1950’s truck then I did some wild processing on photo just so they would be all different and not boring like my Birthday ride oceans scenes I shared with them last month for “Power”  has the sea has a hold on me, that lighthouse will be above where my ashes are spread and the force of a wave is anything but weak but you know where my head is at most days.

I will try to get more photography printed and hung in local shows and online they sell well enough to pay for my painting supplies so others must like the plain simple beauty of what is.

Hope you are all doing OK I am off to read some of your blogs have a wonderful week!

OH I forgot I took a night with a friend and tried Acrylic photo latter

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Turning Back Time

I had a wonderful 60th birthday and then it was time to turn the clocks ahead one hour.  Getting older and losing an hours sleep  in one week has me tired but so excited for spring!  We will look back on this past winter and ask where winter went, a far cry from New England last year, this one was more to my liking 🙂

Here are a few shots from my world in recent days. Having trouble with uploading images I will try some single posts or put them on my Folsom Mill Studio blog

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Even More Art In The Gallery

I added 2 framed pieces of Watercolor to the Theme Wall at Seacoast Artist Association.  This month’s theme is Wild With Color.  Now I could have framed some of my amazing Sunrises even Sunsets or Pink Peonies.  Maybe my popular monster Sunflowers even but I chose two of my colorful landscapes filled with tree trunks with pretty bark 🙂

No longer laid out against my red countertops but are in pretty rich brown frames under glass.  I will miss them if they sell but even looking at them here as I type I can see I have grown much like a tree 🙂 ever changing and it make me so happy.

Still not comfortable with others judging me or my artwork but I can not sell it if I do not put myself out there 🙂

My town is celebrating it’s 275th birthday and the committee group is trying to raise monies for a parade and fireworks so I donated one of my framed pieces as a raffle gift hope enough like it to raise $40 or $50 for my part of the cause.  All starving artists have is what they create.

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I did straighten out the title lol

Mom is doing great I have more good days and the pup my sweet little girl rests more and loves the pumpkin cookies I make for her 🙂  Going grain free myself and hoping her and I will be back at our fighting weight 🙂

Do you know I did not climb up once on the roof and only raked it once shhh it is only March and I will finally turn 60 I can not believe it myself lol there were many close calls and still not gray!

Here is what I did the other day thinking of taking my girl for a walk to go find some 🙂

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Still wet as I posted it to Facebook and it sold 🙂 now I can do an oil change 🙂

Have a great March everyone soon I will share photos from the Boston Flower Show which opens in 2 weeks!

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Thankful For This Unusual Winter

Wow what a difference a year makes and in so many ways!

There is very little snow on the ground yes I know it can still just be a tad late but I personally am through the worst part of winter, with spring arriving in what, just 4 weeks!  I am dancing even with sore knees.  lol Not so sore I took a shot in each and it helped a lot and will give me time to get my pup cared for and guess what Mom’s surgery on left knee was such a success she is being allowed back home early!  Wow see what I mean about being thankful.  So many prayers said and great thoughts and energy how could she suffer again.  Thanks so much.

Our garden club will attend the Boston Flower Show next month so heads up there maybe flower photos soon lol  We are now taking orders for Pansy Bowls at just $15 for a full 12/14″ bowl brimming with pretty little flower faces I can not wait for mine to greet me each day as I arrive home.  Maybe I will try to paint them 🙂

Having Mom be in a better place my man doing OK with his pacemaker and my knees not hurting so bad now to get my pup feeling better all will be right in my small world.

Not sure about my reader so many I left a like on today I had not seen forever and ones I usually see were missing 😦  I will keep searching till I find you 🙂

I am going to try to add this video here not sure if the video will work 🙂

Just a moment in my world lol

I made an attempt at getting comfortable at a gallery I belong to and attended a Feb. 14 Art Party where I had a Black and White Pen and Ink / Watercolor hanging as well as Wolf Moon on a special wall our local Watercolor teacher invited her students to show thire piece of winter watercolor.  I actually unwound and had fun 🙂

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before it got crowded 🙂

I have even been crocheting again

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This is for my son’s old girlfriend who got married and is having her first baby.  I had so much fun as I had never done any of this type of crocheting before 🙂  yes indeed learning so much than I ever thought I could.

Have a Great Day you can see I have every intent too 🙂

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Two Watercolors Hanging

I have added not one but two Watercolors I did to the local Gallery here in Exeter NH that I belong to.  Seacoast Artist Association which sits at the end of Swasy Park, downtown.

I have been creating so much art it is crazy but I must not complain as it is good for me to chill with wet paper and my brushes.  Working on new website as well in my free time 🙂  http://eunice356.wix.com/artist-painter

Mom had her 5th surgery on her knees yes we have but two so 4 on the right and hopefully the only one just done on her left.  I got bad news last week as well seems all the pain in my own knees while caring for her was not just what I was doing I need two knee replacements and I am not 60 for 2 more weeks 😦  Guess I beat the hell out of them jumping out of my rig and with DNA seems it was bound to happen.  The dog needs surgery as well so after Mom then her then it will be spring and I will do at least one of mine and heal out in the sun here.

In a few weeks the garden club I am in will attend the Boston Flower Show now if you have been following me for even a little while you know I can not wait though winter so far here in New England has been OK 🙂  some snow and this weekend brutal outside with dangerous windchills but sunny.

Happy Valentines Day Everyone
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Stay safe evweryone it is crazy just south of us. Praying.

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I am also hanging a piece of my artwork with other’s who have taken a watercolor class with Doris Rice.  She invited us all to add a piece to her feature wall.  Mine will be in honor of “Wolf Moon” the full moon we are under as I type.  For all of those is the path of our latest winter storm Jonas please stay warm and safe.

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Wanting to Send Peace On Earth To You Please Spread it around.

I want to wish all of you who celebrate the birth of Christ at this time each year, a very Merry Christmas.  To all those who follow another religion may you find Peace On Earth in your daily travels.

Here is what I painted for my Mom, now today in between all the cooking I will try to mat it as well as frame it for her.

What are you doing to celebrate?
Can you believe here in New England we will be enjoying spring and even close to summertime temps.  You know each day winter stays away I am a happy lady not having to shovel the roof but reality shall arrive soon I am sure as you have all had some horrible weather to deal with.  Stay safe as you gather with loved ones and I will see you in the New Year!

Peace to all of you
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Wishing You All The Very Best

Hi Everyone!

Life is moving too quickly at this time of the year I am already missing the long lazy days of summer and all that lovely light.

We had a wonderful Thanksgiving a very long day for me but so worth my effort.  Got up early add the cold sausage stuffing to my cold turkey and place it into the oven to roast while I drove down to my Moms  to take here and all of her tools like wheel chair, walker and even the toilet well some stand alone one with legs no good for stairs or sitting on chairs with no arms for leverage I wanted her to feel safe here.  so one hour down and one hour back safe and sound.  She then made the gravy for us and I did more preparing and readying the place for a small feast.

I invited a friend who is in our garden club with me to join us as well.  The dog was so happy to have so many people around the table.  The meal came out perfect and we had so much to be thankful for as surly you all did.  After all the desert had been tried I loaded her things back into the car for the hour ride back south this time I took the dog to keep me company on the way home.  Like I said very long day but so happy she could hang out at my peaceful place one more time as it had been years since her last visit shortly after we lost Dad.

On my way back down to Moms my friend and I finished what she had started for decorations around town while Mom and the dog watched from the car.  All lit and off we went.

The world is so scary these days and it makes me that much more  grateful for days like we enjoyed.  I hope you are all safe in light of the world’s uncertainty.  Stay aware of your surroundings as the holy holidays are upon us for there are those who want nothing more to take that from us.  Lone wolfs or full fledged attacks no one is safe.  I hate war.  I hate that countries  continue to posture and display might to the detriment of so many others.  Taking freedoms from anyone is just not right.  Can you imagine if there ever was to be Peace On Earth Goodwill Towards Men.

May you be filled with Joy and wrapped in Love we all deserve that.AdobePhotoshopExpress_91aa4982322245f093cc5bdd56146e95

I also had over 14 inches of hair cut off so I could donate it to #LocksofLove for a child to receive a wig should they want one.    I love my new grown-up hair cut lol

Merry Christmas, Happy Holidays Everyone

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I know it has been awhile since my last post but

but WP not letting me LIKE your posts but will let me comment odd very odd anyone know what I maybe doing wrong?

Mom is now 80.  She made it!  We all had had our doubts after this long year of medical woes.  We took her out to a wonderful place in Salem NH called the Tuscan Kitchen where we all made wonderful food choices and loved them all.  They have more openings happening so if you live near one, pop in!  Check them out online too  maybe just to drool lol I had a half order of 2 different pasta plates one made with butternut squash the other wild mushrooms I was a very happy girl.

So to catch you up even more with this horrific year of failed surgeries and all we did to keep mom safe, I still have no gray hairs as I approach 60 in March, so in a week I will donate my, now very long hair, to Locks for Love.  I will go very drastic with either a Pixie, Bob or Stacked Bob hmmmm maybe a Shag.  Out with the old in with the new lol I am excited!

I still paint but not as I once did.  I have been busy around here(home) what with my man building a race care for my friend, well just the metal parts within to keep him safe, out on the quarter mile track at over 150 mph.  I want to take just one run 🙂
I worked this summer with a few of the Garden club members on our local plantings adding Roses and Ornamental Grasses to each planting so they will be less care in the future. I did very little here but mow since we had dry conditions for most of the growing season.

We did take a ride to see Fall Color in Vermont.  It was a 400 mile trip that it took days for us to recover from but I want to see my country again so I better work back up to sitting with bent knees a little more so I do not end up like mom.

Hoping I can catch up on your blogs and leave a like if not I will see if I can leave a comment and even get yours.

Here is a few shots I still have on my computer to share.

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Autumn In Vermont

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Fabricating A Roll Cage and Inside

My 1st attempt with watercolor canvas
My 1st attempt with watercolor canvas
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Caring For Mom

Well she came home from a stint in rehab after her fourth surgery on her right knee.  It is fused in the straight position which makes it hard to stand up or sitting or getting into bath tub but hey the leg is still there right 🙂

So I was here on Tuesday to watch her walk up her stairs for the first time since January she stepped over the threshold and said “I’m Home!”  Big smile on her face the nightmare behind her and now to get strong and heal.  So I have moved here to help settle her in and schedule her appointments so once the ball is rolling I can go back home and come down to shop and have a meal with her but for there to be rest so healing happens I will have to be gone as it is too easy to just lean on me and get lazy. It is scary and very painful but I am strong and so she feels she must be as well.  She will be 80 in October I think that calls for a huge party 🙂

I am missed I can assure you by all who love me but since they love me they knew I had to try to be there for her after all of the BS that has gone on.

I paint and weed then cook and clean then eat and laugh and talk about the old days and I miss you all and am now finding time to try once again to catch up with you little by little I will.