When life gives you lemons, draw them, 11 x 14 inches dry pastels, graphite on paper

"When life gives you lemons, draw them". (Nikki)

"Trust your intuition, it's just like goin' fishin'; you cast your line 'til you get a bite." (Paul Simon)

"Color! What a deep and mysterious language..." (Paul Gauguin)

Archive for August, 2007

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Friday, August 31st, 2007


Morning Moon    This morning’s sun

Beauty – the moon, the sun, and a routine of daily painting!

Peace by our back door

Thursday, August 30th, 2007


Dove Nesting in the wreath by the back door

This is the second time around for doves nesting in the wreath by our back door. I’m sure it’s the same pair who devotedly cared for two eggs, taking turns in shifts as they are now. The chick in the second thumbnail is from the first brood hatched in May. It mysteriously disappeared after two days and the other egg didn’t hatch. There was no trace of that chick anywhere..no body, bones, feathers..nothing. It was not old enough to fend for itself – could the parents have eaten it I wonder? Maybe there was something wrong with it, or the parents were first-timers. The lizards and salamanders around here are too small to eat a meal that size, and other birds would not have been brave enough to come so near to the door I don’t think.  Nature takes care of itself though, so no tears. Hopefully these ones will survive and we can watch them mature.

Dove eggs in May The first chick Dove in the wreath Nesting Mom and new chick

Dove chick growing and becoming more vocal Nest getting crowded You can't see me because I'm staring at the wall. Dove and 6 day old chick

The chick Sept. 7th - about a week old

Sept. 3rd: One of the chicks hatched! There were about six Starlings on the roof overlooking the evestrough, which is not usual for them – at our house anyway- so I’m thinking maybe they are interested in robbing the chick from it’s nest. Maybe they  were the egg-robbers from the first nest.

Sept. 4th: The chick appears to be so much larger today, and it’s the first time I’ve seen it so exposed. It seems so vulnerable on that small flimsy nest.

Sept. 5th: The chick has been left on its own a lot in the past 24 hours, also becoming quite vocal.  The other egg is unlikely to hatch.

Sept.9th: The nest is overcrowded. The chick ruffled its feathers and snapped its tiny beak at me when I took these photos – the instincts are strong – how sweet is that?!

Sept.9th - ruffling feathers and snapping it’s tiny beak at me!

Sept. 11th: When the parent sitting on the chick is up in the air above the nest, it’s time for little chicky to leave! That’s what I thought the day before the chick flew away, and sure enough it was time.   It’s so funny when the parent sits on top of the chick trying to hide it – there is hardly enough room for two in the nest, and she/he is not fooling anybody!

Sept. 12th: Fortunately I walked out just in time to see the chick fly from the ground to the fence nearby. There it remained for about 90 minutes then it was gone. That night I wondered where it would be sleeping, and if it was truly on its’ own now without parents, how it would survive. Less than a month before it was not even in the form of an egg!!

Sept 13th: didn’t expect to see it again, but while sitting outside at dusk, there they were, the mom (or dad) and chick. It was so pleasing to see them sitting on the fence together.

Sept 16th: I still see the little one come into the yard, much bigger now. It is smaller than an adult, and I’m sure that must be the same chick. Full circle!

Chick, first flight  Chick, first flight  Dove Chick and Parent

Crepe Myrtle

Wednesday, August 29th, 2007


Crepe Myrtle

7 a.m., spider webs on the Crepe Myrtle, Lewisville, Texas

Rude Awakening

Tuesday, August 28th, 2007


Rude Awakening (#6 of the series) Edmonton, AlbertaThree quaint old apartment buildings in the Strathcona District on Whyte Avenue in Edmonton, Alberta were demolished to make way for a large condominium complex — a shame, considering all the new windows that were just replaced a few years ago. To remove them beforehand would not be financially viable for the new builder, but it’s not the way things are done in oil-rich Alberta these days. Everything: fridges, furnaces… someone’s home the week before — smashed and crushed within 36 hours.

Individuals would gladly use these second-hand materials, even volunteer to take them out. China would kill for that wood. The trip to Mexico is still fresh in my mind, and of how they utilize everything, even wire frames of old mattresses as fence material. This destruction was wasteful, almost painful.


Rude Awakening 02On the other hand, it was very interesting to watch! It’s these sorts of extremes that conjure up perplexing conflicting emotions, and all the travel this year leaves me with so much revitalized energy to draw upon for a long time. I haven’t been painting, but these kinds of experiences are where all worthwhile art originates.

City Mountains

Monday, August 27th, 2007


“City Mountains”, Irving Texas

Mountains of houses as far as the eye can see in Irving, Texas. There’s a hill in Irving that looks down onto numerous cities in the DFW metroplex, where you can see miles of grey-black rooftops.

Moonlight at Sunset

Friday, August 24th, 2007


Moonlight at Sunset

Moonlight, the sky at sunset last night

Sun Shower 03

Thursday, August 23rd, 2007


Sun Shower 03

When I water the flowers in the front yard usually the Oak tree gets a shower too. There were a number of impressive photos from this session, but the clump of leaves in shadow contrasting with the bright sunbeams in spray brings this photo a little above the rest.

Sun Shower 03 was accepted into Studio 2600’s Holiday Light and Sparkle Exhibition at 2600 Hibernia, Dallas TX November 2007 through Jan. 2nd, 2008.

Summer Storms

Wednesday, August 22nd, 2007


Evening storm - Stony Plain, Alberta

Evening storm clouds accumulating at about 5:30 p.pm. mid July in Stony Plain, Alberta

Sky Falling, Airdrie, Alberta (July)

Sky appears to be falling, Airdrie Alberta, July 2007


Train and storm, Montana in July

Garden Toad

Saturday, August 18th, 2007

Garden Toad

I was gardening today, and saw the brown-grey soil shape itself into a toad…it was like one of those “magic eye” pictures. This little toad has excellent camouflage!

I’ve done a lot of traveling this year, and now company arrives tomorrow. Too much hopping around means no painting! Photos will be the convenient art of choice, probably for the summer.

So how was your Flight?

Wednesday, August 15th, 2007

So how was your flight?

Flying is not the thrill it used to be, and not necessarily because of unpredictable weather. I would much rather drive anywhere than fly. Crossing the border into the U.S. at Calgary, had Customs Officers allowed me to keep my dangerous tube of toothpaste, it could have been more intimidating to passengers than the bleach-pen.

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