Sunday, May 26, 2019


Adapting to cooking for one.  Have been using non-stick copper-colored, deep pans with high sides to stop spatter and make cleanup quick.  So here we go...if you have more than you need for one meal, freeze in fridge for next day, or later in the evening.

A LUSCIOUS LUNCH—My Impromptu Made-up  Recipe 

Brown Ground Chuck in Deep Pan or Skillet while slowly sautéing (using added butter) chopped onions in the same pan.  Note: I accidentally added one-half quarter pound of butter and it was delicious. When the crumbled meat has cooked through, is browned and the onions are clear, put heat on low and cover with a slice of sharp cheddar cheese.  Add lid to pan and let the cheese melt a little bit.

While the cheese is melting, slice a ripe tomato and place slices on 15-grain bread that is slathered with mayonaisse.  Have mayo touching tomato slices so the combination creates a tomato-flavored dressing.  Add meat, onions and cheese along with the top slice of bread.  Can be garnished with avocado and/or bacon slices.  ENJOY!   Yum!  Follow with ripe raspberries for dessert.  If you really want to be decadent, add heavy cream and dust with sugar.

Thursday, May 16, 2019

Copying and/or Imitating

“Imitation is the sincerest form of flattery” — Charles Caleb Colton

I disagree.  While learning, copying can be somewhat helpful, but that final artistry should be claimed as “inspired by insert name of original artist.”  In my opinion, copying for any other reason (other than as a learning tool) is stealing.

Below is one of my super favorites...and my painterly adaptation of my original photographic image, stressing the importance of light.  When learning and experimenting, it is a good idea to give credit where credit is due.  Some have tried to emulate my style when they shoot a single flower.  Of course it isn’t the same because the situation will always be somewhat different.  

That said, I want to thank my teacher, Jack Flynn, watercolorist, who taught me the importance of a good foundation (drawing), values, composition and contrasts.

Fact:   “Be yourself because an original is worth more than a copy.” —Unknown

P.S.   Experimenting can lead you down avenues of adventure—avenues on which you discover yourself.

                                          A Painterly Touch  

Remember:   Be Good, Do Good, Then Do Better

Sunday, May 12, 2019

Mother’s Day

What a beautiful day!  It is warm, but not too warm.  Slightly overcast—perfect for taking photographs. There were birds singing this morning with the scent of flowers in the air.

Here is my contribution for the day:


I am so excited.  Image came out just like I wanted—simple, yet elegant.  Being creative makes my day and balances everything.  When I don’t create, I feel like I missed out on doing something that day.  These images get me enthused and excited.  I do so love putting things together.

Hope you all have a fabulous Spring Day.

Remember:  Be good, Do good, Then Do Better.

Sunday, May 5, 2019

Back to Basics—Returning To One’s True Self

Notes to Self:

I am so tired of boring.  And...the same old, same old can be sooooo boring.  When faced with this, I know it is time for change.  Time to dive into something new. New, for me, means young and fresh in thought, word and deed—A reinventing of self.

Difficult days are wonderful blessings because they show us ways NOT for go.  Instead, we can take a Detour.  Detours may offer opportunities for change—change in direction, change in outlook/attitude, change in relationships.  In looking for new areas of interest, I find that my leanings are totally different from those of my acquaintances.  I am excited over returning to past activities and reuniting with some of my old ideas and making them new again.  This is liberating and exciting.  What an opening!  What an opportunity!  A new day.  I am looking forward to following these leanings.  

I have changed my mind, direction and am back on the art path full steam ahead.  I feel for those who don’t understand art and artists.  They simply do not get it.  (Note:  Artists are different.  Everyone is unique.)  However, that is none of my business as in: “What you think of me is none of my business.”  

I return to my ongoing goal of striving for excellence and awakening awareness.