In gratitude on Memorial Day –
In gratitude on Memorial Day –
We stayed at motels in NZ, surprisingly comfy, clean and with kitchen facilities. It’s a very friendly country for hikers and campers. Breakfast was typically groceries purchased by Phil, our guide, that we could take and each enjoy in our rooms before leaving for the day.
This day we headed to Cathedral Cove, accessible only on foot or by boat. Of course, the ferry wasn’t running the day we went! A beautiful sunny day, but I guess the sea wasn’t cooperating. So it was on foot in and out, up and down around the hills, about 2 miles with an elevation change of 500 ft. People swam, took selfies for social media and enjoyed the gorgeous beach and rock formations. One of our group was upended by the strong surf! Glad she was okay!
There were also perfect places to rest and sketch on the return walk.
We all enjoyed a well-deserved ice cream on our return!
When you spend time in the sun with footwear like this,
you can end up with a Maori-inspired tan! (More about Maori art later. 😉)
Organizing a bit on this perfect summer day, I came across my calendar collection. I’ve been making these as gifts since 2012! Eight years of paper calendars led to adding planners, a perpetual calendar and even my first book. Looking at these evokes emotions, when I see my older works, it can bring me right back to the moments it was being created.
For 2020, I wonder if you can tell me something – how many of you still use paper calendars? Even mine has been more of a wall decoration, than for practical time planning. Maybe I should just make planners for those of us still inclined to use pen and paper? Or smaller calendars that are more image without space to write.
I’d love to hear your opinions!
Don’t get me wrong, I really like hawks! But, I do have a favorite – the eagle. I’m so glad they have made a comeback, and there’s quite a few here in the upstate NY area. Today, a grey and gloomy February day, I walked the Two Rivers Greenway in Endicott.
There’s an island you can see from the bridge that goes to Vestal, and there’s a flag I always see on it. So, I found a bench and sat down to sketch it. I shot a reference photo, and didn’t notice an eagle sitting in a tree on the other side of the river, because a branch was in the way. I got about 3 lines drawn, when I moved my head a little and saw it. Bold as can be, an eagle looking down river.
He didn’t stay long, and soon took off. But, I thought it only went a little way, and went to look for it upriver. Throwing my sketch stuff in pockets, I hustled to find it.
Found him in a tree a little upriver, and oh joy! There were two!
After a half hour and tons of photos, the second one looked like it was getting ready to move, so I put my camera on movie mode. The first video is 38 seconds, but listen, and you’ll hear an eagle screech. Chills.
After catching it flying away on video, I decided it was okay to leave. Seeing them was such a wonderful gift!
Do you get a thrill when you spot a hawk or eagle?
I recently traveled a few times along NY Rte I-86 between Binghamton and Elmira. I’ve been working on my hawk-spotting, and have seen as many as 17 during the one hour drive. There’s even been a few eagles along the way. The hawks inspired these sketches.
Sending best wishes for a fantastic 2019!
I hope you continue to create whatever you are best at!
UPDATE: Unfortunately, this had to be cancelled. But I’m happy to let you know a rescheduled signing is coming soon!!!
So excited to have an actual book signing at our local Barnes & Noble bookstore this Friday, November 30 from 2-5 pm! Please stop by and say hi!
About the book- I made a custom one for my granddaughter, and posted a video of it. It got so many nice comments, I decided to recreate it. The published book consists of 24 full color pages of animals seen on my trip to Zambia, 8.5”x8.5”, and is available on Amazon. I will have a limited quantity available for sale at the signing this week.
I’ll also have a few 2019 calendars available. ($12 each) The same format as past years, 8.5×11, spiral bound at the top, with each one individually wrapped for easy gift giving, using my art inspired by Zambia combined with new quotes.
And I am also selling a new perpetual calendar, 5.5×11, spiral bound at the top, with each one individually wrapped for easy gift giving, using the same art and quotes as the 2019 calendar. ($12 each) Keep this one and refer to it for years to come for important birthdays and other dates.
Finally, if you’re looking for more of my art, some are originals, some are prints, and they’re available here on my Etsy page!
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! ?
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!
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!
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.
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!
Stay tuned for more trip results!