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So the past four months I have been very busy taking care of my Mom with the help of Hospice. I am delighted to say she has improved remarkably, thought her diagnosis remains the same. We are relishing in the good days while we have them.

I have been confined to home as well and have been trying to stay creative.  This past month all of our children and grandchildren were here for most of that time.  Our youngest and her family have relocated to Taipei Taiwan and everyone was home  'celebrating family and saying bon voyage', until next summer.

Whenever our grandchildren are here or we visit them it is always "Oma what is our art project?"

Did I have a surprise for them.

Our trex deck is old and a mess with stains and just "blahness"  I have been looking at it all spring/summer and decided it had to change.

I washed it down, let it dry and then primed it with a Kilz exterior primer.  I then drew some designs on it.

I bought Valspar exterior paint in order to find the bright cheerful colors that replicate the colors in our backyard and around the pool. Each of the grand daughters donned a paint shirt grabbed a brush and picked their designs.

I was so excited to see the colors show up.

I only had to clean up a few spots and added some highlights to a few  designs.

I took  Behr exterior house paint in Black and applied two coats and was so happy with the results.  The black background makes the colors pop and everyone who sees it loves it. It does show dusty foot prints but it is sooooo much nicer than the old deck top I don't mind.

The most special part is that the grandchildren helped to create it and will always feel proud to make Oma and Opa's deck beautiful.


Liberate Your Art Postcard Swap 2016

For the past four years  I have participated in Kat Slomas Liberate Your Art Postcard Swap.  Artists are asked to photograph their art in any medium and turn them into Postcards. Kat's swap encourages artists to share their work with others around the world and to bring Happy Mail to all participants.

My participation has encouraged me to try new media, to look with a new eye at whatever I want to photograph and to gain confidence in putting my art work out there.

The past three months has been very difficult for myself and my family.  Our Mother has been very ill and finally came home to my house with Hospice care a week ago.  Many long hours were spent at the hospital and coming home to find such inspiring art in the mail was a perfect gift. Thank you each of you.

This photo of well used and loved paint brushes was sent from Deanie Houghtaling from Paris France.  Deanie this reminds me of my own brushes I look at every day I am in my studio.  I now want to see what they paint! The inspiring words on the back are:  "I dream of painting, then I paint my dreams." Vincent Van Gogh

This postcard hails from Therese Misner of Oregon.  Therese does modern contemporary original paintings.  I love the colors in these. Her inspiration is: Art is meant to be shared. Thank you Therese.

I fell in love with the simplicity of this black and white photo. The few highlights of blue just draw your eye in and make this sing.  Sue from Corvallis Oregon sent this with this quote: Inhale  Possibility, Exhale creativity by Laura Jaworski.

This photograph is mixed media collage done by artist Susan Brown.  This is from her "Birth of Humanism Cycle of Life Series."  She hails from sunny Florida.  I keep picking this card up and looking again and again to find something new.

This very intricate and original zentangle was drawn by artist Danielle DeRome who has studied art all over the world.  I have not tried this art form but find it very intriguing.  You can see more of Danielle's art at www.certifiablyzendoodly.com

This is from Kat Sloma  the creator of the swap and an original photographer from Eugene Oregon. Kat's photography always has this ethereal element that I find fascinating.

Theses last postcards are my original photography  taken in my back yard and house with the exception of the vintage truck full of flowers.  I took that at a nephew's wedding on Whidbey Island, Washington.

To view the rest of the post card art click here

I hope this art inspires you in some way to explore your art medium even more and build the confidence to put it out into the world for others to enjoy.


Saying Good bye

This is our dear Great Aunt Irma.  In Sept we were able to spend her  107th Birthday with her.
Two years ago her only direct relative moved her across the state away from all of her daily friends and great and great great  and great great great nieces and nephews who saw her several times a week.

We were only able to visit every few months which broke our hearts as well as hers.  Her direct relative did not show up for her birthday and hadn't been seen since the previous year when he did attend her 106th birthday.  Sadly he lives 20  mins from her.

Aunt Irma loved us all as we loved her.  She especially cherished her great great and great great great nieces and nephews and when at home always wanted to 'have a tea party'.


Our youngest grand daughter and great great great aunt Irma had birthdays exactly 100 yrs apart.
Amazing when you think about it.

Shortly before Christmas Sweet beautiful Irma went home to the Lord and all of her beautiful sisters and one brother.  She leaves behind an awesome legacy.  Her favorite line was "Come sit down and I will tell you a yarn."

She regaled us with stories of growing up in a large family on a farm, having 3 children, 2 tragically died at young ages,  raising 32 foster children with her husband of 54 years.

One foster daughter is still living and calls her Mama.

Irma witnessed so many wonderful and tragic events in her life time.  She never flew in a plane but rode in a horse and buggy.  She was simple and humble and lived her life accordingly.

Her one vanity was to wear high heel 'pumps' from a young age.  She wore them to work, to church, on picnics, climbing a ladder, roofing the barn, hoeing in her garden.  She never wore flat shoes until recent years and her feet were badly misshapen.

Irma was a talented artist and loved oil painting.  She taught art students for years and finally had to quit 5 years ago at the age of 102 when her eye sight was failing and she had a difficult time getting up and down her steep basement stairs to her painting area.

The last visit with her, our youngest daughter recorded her telling stories and had sent them to us just days before Irma died.  We have yet to listen to them. Our hearts are heavy but we know she would not want us to weep and grieve.  She lived a beautiful giving, honest life and deserved to go to her final rest.