Wednesday, December 10, 2014

perfect stay-cation

our DLP challenge this week is to choose a fantasy vacation spot,
and create a list of things to take along.
and while a long list of faraway places immediately came to my mind….

those other important things on my heart intervened…..

and i realized that sometimes just taking a few minutes right where you are
can be the best getaway of all.

{and yes, with a 13-week old puppy to consider,
the thought of a ten-minute retreat in my favorite chair 
is definitely a fantasy vacation!  :)))) }

{supplies used for DLP week fifty challenge:
moleskine planner, fabriano artistico 140 HP paper, pitt pens, micron pens, 
derwent watercolor/inktense pencils, 6B pencil, white gelly roll pen, washi tape}

Friday, December 5, 2014


tucked away in the nooks and crannies of the 
North Carolina Appalachian mountains 
are rows and rows of evergreen firs and pines
that will someday be brilliantly decorated in celebration
of the most important day of the entire year!

grow strong, little tree-babies!

{supplies used to journal one of my favorite views from
our neighborhood gazebo in banner elk:
moleskine watercolor journal, koi watercolor, derwent inktense pencils,
pitt pens, micron pens, 6B graphite pencil}

Wednesday, November 26, 2014

meet Gidget

sometimes when life gets a little too predictable…..

and things are going along a little too smoothly…..

life comes along and mixes things up for you a bit…..

in the absolute best sort of way!!

meet Gidget, our little mini-goldendoodle puppy!!!

she's a mix of golden retriever and miniature poodle,
and is absolute pure precious blessing!

and at 11 weeks old, she also has the energy of
a room full of two-year-old toddlers!!

so until she starts taking more naps (fingers crossed!),
and i can take my eyes off her for more than two seconds (toes crossed!),
art has become a little interrupted and a little sporadic these days!

in the meantime, life is very, very good,
and i am SO truly grateful for each and every one of you!!
my heart is swollen-the-size-of-texas over
your heartfelt notes these past couple of weeks!

thank you from every square-inch 
of my extremely grateful heart! 

many chocolate-covered hugs,


and to all my sweet American friends,
i'm sending many Thanksgiving blessings to you!!

Friday, October 17, 2014

anatomy of an acorn

i recently took a quick walk through the park…..

and there was evidence all over the sidewalks 
that the squirrels have been busy stocking up goodies for the winter.

i couldn't resist picking up the "leftovers", 
  and by the time i got home, i had a pocketful of goodies 
just waiting to be added to my journal!

{supplies:  moleskine watercolor journal, pitt pens,
derwent inktense pencils, 6B graphite pencil}

{i have a lot of travel scheduled for the month of october,
so i'll be checking in over at my new instagram account….
please join me here!} 

Tuesday, September 30, 2014

3 colors, 1 cupcake

if you're ever wondering what your favorite colors are,
just open your paintbox and take a peek at the ones you use the most…..
on the other hand, the colors you're not-so-crazy-about
are the colors that look brand new.

the trick to using the colors you're not-so-crazy-about
is to think of a subject you're absolutely crazy about…...

and before long, those not-so-crazy colors will start looking
a lot more appetizing!

{this was created for the DLP week 40 challenge
to paint with three colors you never use
my colors:  lemon yellow, jaune brilliant, viridian hue}

{supplies:  moleskine planner, fabriano artistico 140 lb. HP paper,
koi watercolors, pitt pens, sakura white gelly roll pen, 6B pencil, washi tape}

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