Saturday, February 23, 2013

That Groundhog Lied!

Where is spring? You just cannot trust those groundhogs!
I need to get out in my poor neglected gardens and get them back in shape. 
I love gardening, it is so relaxing and it makes me feel close to my grandmother (who I called Nannie) She had a house in the city of New Brunswick NJ with tiny front and back yards which she filled with flowers and bushes and vegetables. Her house was filled with potted plants and in the summer the front porch was full of hanging pots of flowers. If it was your birthday, Nannie would bake you a cake in a bunt pan, icing it and then put a small jelly jar in the middle with water and filled it with flowers from her garden. It was beautiful, creative and so Nannie. She passed away in 1998 and I still miss her terribly. She taught me so much and she was a wonderful person. Daffodils aren't thought of as glamourous flowers, but they are bright and happy and resilient, just like Nannie and they are my favorite flower.

Daffodils soft pastel on paper
I have 10x8 matted prints of this painting for sale in my Etsy shop at

Friday, February 22, 2013

The gray twilight

I started this blog to let people know something about me and my art, but its pretty obvious I'm not very good at keeping it up and posting often. I usually feel I don't know what to say and fear that what I put here would be thought of as stupid or worse yet, irrelevant and boring, so I put nothing. That's pretty much how I am about most things - I let fear & anxiety control my actions. Even though I'm that way, I have a desire to live a better life, to have the courage to live the life I dream of. I need to try. This quote from Teddy Roosevelt impresses me. My fear of failure keeps me from ever having a chance at glorious triumphs but I'm tired of living in the gray twilight.

Far better is it to dare mighty things, to win glorious triumphs, even though checkered by failure... than to rank with those poor spirits who neither enjoy nor suffer much, because they live in a gray twilight that knows not victory nor defeat.

Theodore Roosevelt

Thursday, February 14, 2013

Happy Valentine's Day

Never miss an opportunity to tell someone you love them, 
even if you know they know,
because you never know when 
you won't be able to utter those words to them again.