Friday, July 20, 2018


Saguaro outside my porch

I know I have been a bit remiss in my blogging since I moved out to Arizona and so I wanted to pop in and say hello!

My artwork is on the back burner now that the construction on my condo has begun.  My studio is totally dismantled. It is getting a new ceiling, a new ceiling fan and a new tile floor. So all the furniture and scanner etc. is out in the living room. I expect the work to take most of the summer so I will just be doing some drawing on the kitchen table. No painting. But that is fine. I am focusing on other things right now.

I am especially focused on losing weight. The last three years I have gained so much weight that no clothes fit me at all. It was bad and it was unhealthy. But now I am riding my bike every morning and trying to increase the miles I ride. I am only up to 4 miles right now because of the heat. Even at 7AM it is getting hot so I ride until about 8AM and that is about it. But I am losing weight. My clothes are fitting better and I am wearing shorts again. I hadn't worn them in years.

And I just feel so good. The stress I was under for so long is gone now. Poof! Just like that! I am finally able to live in the moment and I cannot tell you how great that feels.  I am enjoying peace of mind for the first time in many, many years.

Close up of my Saguaro

Bird feeder with Purple Finch

Friday, July 6, 2018

July 6, 2018

I have been playing around with some new floral designs lately. These are done with Arteza water color brush pens which I really like a lot. The colors are lovely and they are more like a brush than a marker.

I have discovered that the "Seed of Life", which is the basic construct of a mandala can be taken out of the mandala context and used in other motifs. I seem to have fallen down the rabbit hole with these as you can see.

And another.

Still enjoying the warmth of the desert. And all the little creatures running around everywhere.