Monday, January 28, 2013


These are the skies in my neighborhood this morning.  We've had 3 days of significant rainfall (significant by Arizona standards!)  We needed it to relieve the drought and low rainfall totals.  I am hopeful that if we can get another shower or two over the next month we may have a beautiful wildflower season this year. 

Here's a haiku I composed on the topic...

Storm clouds sob then weep
Rare gift to desert's hid seed
Blooms will rise to breathe.


These red poppies were a demonstration piece done for my painting students, in neocolor II pastels.  We may get gold poppies soon, but if you want these red varieties, you have to visit the nursery.  ;) 

Friday, January 11, 2013

Long time no blog!

Well, gee... what can I say?

 Holidays...busy... out of state visitors... blah blah blah. 

Anyway... here I am again. 

We had a special Christmas since all of our boys were home, together for the first time in a long time.  Aside from the majority of the group having nasty colds, it was lovely. 

Today, however, was not all lovely... today was the dreaded day we took 'baby boy' to the airport to fly across the country back to College, and he has no scheduled plans to return home this coming summer.  So it was a tough and teary farewell this time. 

To distract myself from a too quiet house I went to the DBG.  It was cold and breezy but sunny.  I particularly kept my eye out for my favorite color... yellow.  This was prompted by today's 'Joy Dare' (Ann Voskamp's challenge to record 3 blessings, gifts or 'joys' each day. here (click on 'Take Joy Dare'))  Today's prompt was '3 yellow gifts of fresh mercy!'  After choosing 3 to share on facebook I decided to look for more.  I needed to focus on these little blessings on a day when my heart could easily have chosen to be full of self-pity or sadness.  It was beautiful at the garden.  Here are some of my photos... not everything was golden hued, but all were warm fuzzy experiences!  ;)  

I even slowed down and did a little 'plein air' watercolor sketch on one of the patios they've recently opened to the public and which has some lovely little place to sit and enjoy the surroundings.  

Thank you for your patience during my absence, and may 2013 be a year where many golden blessings are noted in your life.