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Art on display!

Lost Dog restaurant art display

15 pieces filled these two walls!

I’m rather excited to let you know my Africa paintings are now on display at the The Lost Dog restaurant in Binghamton, NY.

Stop by to check out these matted and framed paintings inspired by my trip to Zambia last year! Then stay to enjoy drinks and their delicious food! (My favorite is always the Greek Chicken.)

If your favorite one is already sold, you can always order a high quality print, signed by the artist!

Thanks so very much to everyone who encourages me to make art and to share it. ¬†You are all the best! ūüíē

On the road in Maine – Part 1

My trip to Maine did not disappoint!

The first stopover was in Wiscasset, a lovely airbnb rental named The Sea Salt, song of the sea. It was so perfect, I wish I had more than one night there! Not only did they supply fresh flowers, pristine bedding, organic coffee, they also had wine for sale (only $10!) and it was one of my favorite cabernets! Oh, and to top it off, a freshly made blueberry muffin in the morning!  Blueberry muffin

The next day I went to a B&B, Riverside Inn. There was an error with my booking, so I was upgraded to an efficiency with a deck overlooking the East Machias River, where I spotted ospreys, a kingfisher and had an eagle pose upriver for me!

East Machias River

Looking up East Machias River

Day 3 allowed me extra time in the morning to visit Lubec, the easternmost town in the U.S. ¬†There’s a small park, and a nice lighthouse. ¬†Lubec lighthouse

But the main attraction was a cruise to Machias Seal Island to be able to see puffins up close!  My first experience in a blind, and they were right there, posing for us!  Puffin

Stay tuned for more trip results!

Essaouira Fish Market

There is only one tower where I know I‚Äôd live and be locked up forever, even to die there rather than return the keys – Mogador in Africa.” Paul Claudel

Essaouira, (formerly Mogador) is a walled city dating from the time of the Phoenicians, who named it Migdol or small fortress. In 1506, the city became the seat of a Portuguese fortress and was strengthened by the construction of ramparts.
We started at the fortress, surrounded by gulls who would be hoping for some fishy tidbits later in the day.

Essaouira fortress video

A short video at the fortress (Click on the image to watch)

After another delicious lunch, we headed to the fish market –¬†the quantities and varieties just amazed me.

Crabs for sale

Crabs for sale

Sting rays for sale

Sting rays for sale

Please excuse the way my sketches from this adventure are slowly dribbling in as I continue working on them, in between any new places I find!

 

2016 calendars are in!

My inner nerd is very happy to see these new calendars & planners. I’ve added notepads with grid lines- you can have one for free when you order any two items. And the planners have my Vespa scooter on the front – I think it’ll make you smile when planning your week! ¬†Both are full of my ink and watercolor sketches. Many thanks to Callahan Printing for another excellent job!

See more details here: My Etsy page.

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I’d¬†also like to thank¬†The Shop, a local creperie, for displaying these – their food and decor are both lovely and delicious!

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So long, summer! Hello autumn.

I also say goodbye to my mesh scooter jacket, acquired this year for those oh-so-hot summer days we had. Put away for the winter, I’ll bring it out for the hot days in 2016. ¬†It’s rather feminine, unlike my warmer jacket, and got a little bit of attention, although the scooter gets most of the attention around here!
Mesh Scooter jacket for summer

The leaves are always great color practice, which I definitely can use.
autumn leaves

 

I also said goodbye to this sketchbook, started in March 2014, finally filled it with these two sketches tonight.
At¬†least I can say¬†hello to (several!) new sketchbooks! ūüėČ

A few stragglers

I’ve not kept up with adding color and scanning – here’s a few miscellaneous ones:

Coneflowers

These lovely coneflowers were captured in a photo by Eric Lopez. Thanks for the inspiration Eric!

2015 10 Strike a pose donkey wm

Saw this donkey at our annual Spiedie and Hot Air Balloon fest at Otsiningo Park. Too cute!

 

Onions

I grew these onions myself – and did not realize they just plop up out of the ground when they are ready!?!? Thank you, onions!

I was born in the desert.

It really feels that way, it just didn’t happen in this lifetime.
Over a decade ago, I was collecting and painting things related to Africa-

Afrika journal and box

A journal and a box of saved letters

A few of my earliest watercolor efforts, “The Blue Men of Africa” attempted twice, the second time with ink and watercolor.

Blue men of Africa in watercolor

Blue men of Africa in watercolor

Blue men of Africa in ink and watercolor

Blue men of Africa in ink and watercolor

I scanned old National Geographic magazines for images that appealed to me:

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A holiday card image one year

A holiday card image one year

I’d love to imagine that these previous longings and efforts¬†will¬†prepare me for my upcoming Moroccan adventure, but I know better. ¬†When I arrive, the sounds and people and activities can¬†overwhelm me. ¬†My best chance to feel like I’m “home”¬†will¬†be to find the silence: of the desert, or the Atlas mountains, or even just a quiet corner away from the hustle and bustle of the marketplace.
The journal pictured above is empty.  I plan to bring it and fill it with words and images that belong in it.
I’ll start with the word¬†“wonderment”, and continue from there.