watercolor

maturday

yellow in between 3.10.16 matted and framed

In memory of our beloved Sunday who was sitting beside this painting in yesterday’s picture.

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Monbazillac matted and framed

One of the twelve snippets of palettes and paintings I featured in brought to you by the color green, a color that needs to be celebrated and championed this week more than ever.

happy anniversary to an old friend

Homage to Sgt Pepper

When I read that today is Sgt Pepper Day, celebrating the 50th anniversary of the release of one of my favorite records of all time I remembered that the record that I bought fifty years ago lives in a box of vinyls in the basement of our house. Since it has been many years since I last took it out it seemed the perfect time to re-visit an old friend that was once so familiar to me.  Like many of you I suspect, I knew all the words to all of the great songs, but one in particular left a lasting impression.

    

    

Listening to When I’m Sixty Four in 1967 it seemed to be so many years into the future that I couldn’t imagine ever being such an age. Now, fifty years later, I see sixty four in my rear view mirror by a few years.  What happened? Well, I still have my Valentine and even my hair, but best of all beautiful “Grandchildren on my knee,” so “Who could ask for more.”

Enjoy John, Paul, George and Ringo from one of the greatest albums of all time…

…”They’re guaranteed to raise a smile

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A girl can never have enough shoes however old she is matted and framed.

I painted this after the birth of our first granddaughter who is twenty three months old today and excited to meet her cousin who is now six days old. Two of the most beautiful little girls in the world – do I sound like a proud grandpa? – it’s allowed I think 🙂

From Yardwork to Artwork: The Photinia Story Part Four or How I Love my Schmutz Haken

It’s that time of year when as you can see yardwork has become a necessity once again with our photinia continuing to shed its leaves on a daily basis. You will recall how in Parts One, Two and Three last May the pruning and sweeping turned into an art project. A year later the story continues in Part Four today with a special shout out to my trusty Schmutz Haken…

…everyone should have one.