Humbled

If you walk up to any person who regularly works with animals and ask them, “Do you know about [insert name of animal here]?” they will almost inevitably demur with something that sounds like, “I know a little.” There is a reason for that, and I’m the example. While I started “late” into dogs (19),

Lights & lines

Attention: This is a PG-13 post! If paintings of nude people bother you, do not read! It’s about 4:30 on Saturday and all I can think is that I need a nap. I got up this morning and took Key for a long walk. I came back and ate breakfast, then loaded up the car

The best layout plans

Ever since I can remember, my family has used the term “plans” in quotes. Years of painful experience warns us that no matter what we think will happen, something else will actually take place. Unfortunately, this knowledge rarely helps me to NOT make plans. I come up with a great scheme, start to implement, and

The Beach House

Preface: I had hoped to have my website completely updated and finished before pushing a new blog post, but I needed to vent a little. We’ll call this a “soft opening.” History I don’t think I’ve ever written about “The Beach House” before. My mom and dad purchased the land, in a development south of

What should I call my journal?

So, it’s been a while. I’m not going to apologize because I think you all know my reasons for taking it easy; however, it was a little scary logging onto the site just now and seeing 31,000+ comments (spammers, hard at work). I must remember to check in a LITTLE more often, even when I’m

What’s Next?

As I mentioned in last week’s post, after the workshop, I spent a few days just puttering around. During this period, I made a few decisions. I need some down time. I need a break from painting. I need some time to sort out my goals and maybe even my styles. I have WAY too

Skip Lawrence Workshop

It’s been an intense few months. And I’ve been burning the candle at both ends. So on April 26 I started a ten day vacation that was arranged around a workshop by Skip Lawrence. This workshop was organized and put on by the frequently admired Ruth Armitage, who counts Mr. Lawrence¬† as one of her

It wasn’t about the money

This weekend Mom’s estate took part in “The Great Oregon Coast Garage Sale“. After the initial visit to Mom’s house, where I cleaned out her clothes (Marie Kondo, step 1) and books (Marie Kondo, step 2 (went into my Little Free Library and are still be distributed)), I decided it would probably be simpler to