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Friday, March 20, 2015

Spring is Here!!  It has arrived and the sun will come out!

It seems that winter arrived late here in the Midwest and seems to be hanging on. They do predict a nice sunny weekend and I and so many others are ready for it.

Spring is such a beautiful time, full with freshness all around.  The smell, the sounds, the colors and a new wardrobe.  I am so ready to ditch the boots, scarves, gloves, coats and the leggings I wore all winter!  Ick!  

I have been busy in the studio creating new spring projects.  Filling the pages of my journal and my easel with images of birds and flowers.

It's too early to plant flowers, but painting them puts me into my garden of thoughts and ideas.
 The projects pictured are painted with acrylics.  I am enjoying the mixed media line by Deco Art.  The fluid acrylics are my favorite.  I have always loved watercolors and using these with water, give me a similar affect and can be applied to many different surfaces.
     Here is a sneak peak of my upcoming class using acrylics on watercolor paper and wood.


Open up a window, listen to the joyful sound of the birds and enjoy the birth of a new season.

Happy Spring!!

See you soon.



Tuesday, March 3, 2015

Catching up after a vacation is always somewhat overwhelming.  


Loved walking down this walkway to the beach each day.  Anticipating what was on the other end. 

This is the second year we headed to Pensacola Beach, Florida to get away from the snow and the cold.  Last year we went in January, right after Christmas.  Because it was a little on the cool side, we decided to wait until the middle of February before we headed out this year.  

Well, guess what!  It wasn't and almost seemed cooler.  

We didn't let it stop us though.  Loved the morning walks on the beach finding wonderful treasures along the way.  Feathers, shells,starfish (above photo), stones, lucky pennies,textures, sand castles and footprints in the sand.

We did have a few warm and sunny days and enjoyed every minute.
Stopping for a cold drink on the Bay side on our way home from shopping the local shops.
The local restaurants were so fun and unique.  Ate my share of fish for the week.  My favorite was the fried grouper sandwich and fried green tomatoes. 
The drive home was a bit unnerving.  We ran into a snow storm the last 100 miles and saw cars sliding off the road and a couple of accidents. 
We are home again, shoveling snow.  We shoveled before we left and again after we came home. 
Another snow storm is headed into our area tomorrow.  What?  Take me back to Florida, it may be cooler than normal, but the view is worth the price of admission.
Now faced with the reality of laundry, organizing and catching up with work.  It is more fun to pack, plan and travel to your destination. 
Feeling a little overwhelmed and let down.  But, the memories, photos and all will carry me through to next year.

Spring is just around the corner!  Isn't it??