Letting Go


Disclaimer: This is not a Marie Kondo post…

I’ve always been pretty good about giving up things I don’t use or that don’t fit.
Where I’ve been slow is a few precious things that are memories of another me, a younger me, a sexier me (in my mind) before things sagged and so forth.
Women have this part of them that ages in surprising ways, and it is not the wrinkles!

So here are these fringed cowgirl gloves, flirtaceous, lovely dusky blue leather
with white painted fringe… I fell in love with them in that way where you know an
article of clothing is your soulmate… guys I don’t know if you do this.

Anyhow, my arthritic hands don’t fit them anymore  *sob*
and I have held onto them for five years but really, someone should be loving them.

As part of my art journaling, which I am so ready to teach now, I lovingly painted them, wrote about them, and can now gift them to someone who will love them.

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VSW: Kythira, Greece, Two

Mmmm, beaches, a good thing to want to visit
when you are in Portland in January!
Beautiful photos from Demi Kalfa!


Cheery flowers all by themselves……

Finished pages!

Photos used with permission as reference are from Demi Kalfa!  Thank you!

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Mom’s Service

My mom’s memorial mass is today.
I recreated a nicer drawing from the
sketch I had in my journal,
but left it blank so I could write in her prayer.
I”ll have some of her ashes…
A strange thing to be sure.

This is the finished product.
When I was done I realized I might like to
send this card just as a card,
so I removed her personal information.


The version of this prayer without my Mom’s
dedication is now available on Redbubble.

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VSW: Kythira, Greece, One


This sketchwalk of Kythira, Greece is from beautiful photos from Demi Kalfa!

The blues fill my heart and eyes and spirit…
They take me home!


I want to live right here…


Photos used with permission as reference are from Demi Kalfa!  Thank you!

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USK, Kaiser


Following on my last Robert Oster ink post,
I took RO Purple Jazz ink out sketching while trying to stay sane.
Last year was hard and this was part of it.
Mitchell had a problem in his throat and after watching Patrick die of esophageal cancer,
I went a bit nuts worrying.  And btw, in our lovely country with its non-socialized
medicine it took two full months of waiting to get a simple barium study…

It is not cancer.
AMA has NOTHING they can do for this, but our acupuncturist said it is common in China, “Cherry-pit-syndrome”, and it is a diet/stress thang.
So herbs and maybe a modification of his diet, and he is getting better.
Oh, btw, in our great land of non-socialized medicine where we pay so much now
again for insurance, they don’t cover acupuncture.

Yes I am testy about this damn insurance crap.

I like taking the non-soluble pens in my pocket on trips like this
because a line drawing is all I’ll have time for (and drawing keeps me sane)
but I can touch it with a waterbrush and it becomes very interesting.

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Quan Yin, New year

Oh I am late in my postings.
This is what happens when you have to get back to work and
you were lazy and slept in every day during you staycation.

On the other hand, I am writing more and so may post a bit sporadically.

I love this RO Purple Jazz ink and how it moves… Yum!
Working with soluble inks and watching them move is a zenny experience.
You don’t have the control you have with watercolors so you have to let go
and enjoy the show… so Quan Yin has blue hands.
BTW, I am putting my copyright mark on some images starting now…

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American Flag


Back to work 100% today.
I find it so strange the way things come in waves.

Suddenly we are getting calls and repairing various historic American flags.

I love the colors and decided to do a detail.

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