Thursday, July 30, 2015

I'm Bored!

I actually don't hear that phrase much around here. I give them jobs to do - weeding, sweeping, cleaning their rooms - and they quit saying it.

As for me, I just pull out a sketchbook and have at it.

Monday, July 27, 2015

Busy Weekend.

Seems like I was in a car more than anything else this past weekend. We headed south to do some visiting with family. Now we're home and I am whipped. Early to bed for everyone tonight.

Did manage to do a little painting tonight.

Saturday, July 25, 2015

I Love That Catch-Up.

 Day 34: The sun returning means my studio buddy is back.

Day 35: I love making things up as I go along.

Day 36: I love pretending I'm hiking in the Great Smokey Mountains
instead of the field behind the kids' school.

 Day 37: I love 10 minutes in the sun with just me and my iced coffee.

Day 38: I love learning something new. Mostly.

Day 39: After two years, I love being able to cut the front, back and side yards without help or a break.

Day 40: I love doing a little doodling and white-out.

Day 41: I love black-eyed susans, which I would have in my yard if the deer would quit eating them.

Friday, July 24, 2015

Being Lazy.

I'm watching the Cleveland Indians' game and it's a close one, of course, because Corey Kluber is pitching and he never seems to get run support.

The kids are out with their dad, so I can actually watch and not spend the whole game answering questions. Which I don't mind. I'm glad they like to watch the games with me. But it is nice to hear the commentary for a change.

Anyway, I'm not getting up to scan my latest quote, so I took a picture during the last commercial break. Now I'm typing during the current commercial break. I'll probably post during the next one.

Sometimes I like technology.

Wednesday, July 22, 2015

NEW Look Launched!

Yep, things are looking a touch different around here. I've spent the last few days creating a streamlined, more modern look for my website.

The software I used to build the site has been out of date for ... oh ... years now. After I installed the latest update on my mac, it didn't work at all. Darn it.

Instead of buying the latest version, I fired up Adobe's Muse CC software that I'm paying for anyway with my Creative Cloud membership. If that's all Greek to you, don't worry about it – it's a graphic designer thing, dude!

Design & Illustration Portfolio

FINE ART Portfolio


I'm pretty happy with how it turned out. It looks fresh, loads quickly and presents a unified look across platforms. That means I designed the desktop version and after clicking two boxes, Muse CC copied and created alternate versions that work on tablets and smartphones. Bonus!

So check things out and let me know what you think. And as always, thanks for dropping by!

Sunday, July 19, 2015

Rackle Frack!

I've spent most of the day trying to figure out a new software program for building my website. At least it was hot and raining. Wouldn't have accomplished much anyway.


Saturday, July 18, 2015

A Few More Days of I LOVE THAT.

Day 26: Up & at it before the lights are off.

Day 27: Who do I love? This Guy!

Day 28: I love the morning light shining through my bottle collection.

Day 29: I love the visitors my cone flowers are finally attracting.

Day 30: There is beauty in the world. I love that.

Day 31: I love how I'm thinking less about how far I have to walk
and more wondering about how far I can go.

Day 32: Pitching myself as a teacher for a sketchbook workshop and
being terrified because I want it so much. I love that?

Day 33: I love the smell of clean dog ...
... right after he dries enough to not smell like wet dog.

Thursday, July 9, 2015

Another Doodle.

100 Days of "I Love That" Challenge

Donna Mulholland, an artist I follow, had the brilliant idea to challenge herself to pay more attention to things that bring her gratitude. She started her own challenge and urged others to join her, so I jumped right in.

Here's the first 25 days.
DAY 1: I love the one who rules our roost ... ROCKY!
DAY 2: I love my digital cameras, as evidenced by my huge photo library.
DAY 3: I love having time to paint.
DAY 4: I love making stuff for family & friends.
DAY 5: I love walking in the early morning after a rain.
DAY 6: I love celebrating Father's Day with a ball game.
DAY 7: I love naps – so I made this to keep me motivated to work out.
DAY 8: I love that all moms can relate to this.
DAY 9: I love that I'm old enough to like myself and not care if anyone else does.
DAY 10: I love my bag-o-pens!
DAY 11: I definitely love them!
DAY 12: I love this song.
DAY 13: I love showing my mom the Cleveland sights!
DAY 14: I love watching my mom bake with my daughter.
DAY 15: I love pink and blue sunrises.
DAY 16: I love that the girl is trying volleyball.
DAY 17: I love this birthday girl!
DAY 18: I love sunsets.
DAY 19: I love company on my walks. 
DAY 20: I love Fourth of July traditions.
DAY 21: I love that Mama Bird still calls our tree home.
DAY 22: I love that I had so much fun with the family I forgot to post anything.
DAY 23: I love anything that makes me laugh.
DAY 24: I love my colorful sneakers.
DAY 25: I love the first cup of tea before anyone else is up.