Friday, May 31, 2024

Trees Along the Shore


Featured image: Cedar Roots Along the Shore

trees along the river

the soil is so thin

marveling at the

trees many


gold on along the bank

grounded in soil so thin

Thursday, May 30, 2024

We Are Cups


Featured image: Life is Like a Box of Chocolates

We never sit 

   anything out. 

We are cups,




being filled.

the trick is 


     how to 

tip ourselves 

over and let the 

beautiful stuff out.

Wednesday, May 29, 2024

Wolf Spider

Featured image: Spider Web

I always love it when a creature crosses my path and represents in the spiritual world who I think I am. Yesterday a Wolf Spider crossed my path. I noticed it in particular, because she had a beautiful large, white sack and bands across her legs and was extremely furry. So I looked her up online. I was curious about this beautiful spider who had crossed my path and its symbolism and spiritualism. According to online resources, Native American cultures, Indian Native American cultures associate wolf spiders with protection and nurturing, and their webs symbolize creativity and extreme feminine energy. It is patient, resourceful and adapts to different situations easily. The wolf spider uses its instincts and intuition to overcome challenges. 

I love it when I look up a creature that's crossed my path and it's exactly who I think I am - well, at least I think I am anyway. I don't know what other things to think. Have a good day!

Tuesday, May 28, 2024

I am in Love


Featured image: Flowers Just for You

I am in love

I am in love with the mild light of springtime, the sheer shivering joy of springtime and its delightful gentle intricacies.

Friday, May 24, 2024

The Enchantment


Featured image: Red Truck

When I walk into a thrift store or antique shop or go to a garage sale, I feel so many things bouncing off me, mainly the histories of the objects that are for sale.  If I don’t get that feeling of spirit and history, and the aura of the objects,  I turn around and don’t go any further. I think of walking into a church the same way. It doesn’t matter what denomination the church is, if I don’t feel the spirit of the church I want to walk away and not go in.  

This phenomenon and this feeling is different yet the same in both places. I either feel this life and spirit of what is there and stay or don’t stay.

When I go shopping for antiques, I like to think they are lovingly used. I need to feel this marvel of its history, to engage with it. I love being able to touch the toys that children used to play with, like this antique truck. When I caress the object, I don’t want to let it go because of this spirit and its history, its life. The experience is unique to me, it is mine and I continue the history of the object or place, like a church. But this experience never happens when I pick up an object or walk into a place if it is “new.”  And this experience only happens if I choose to let it in.

Try it – give something a space, place, or object a chance to speak to you.  It is a marvelous piece of enchantment that is very powerful.

Wednesday, May 22, 2024

Wings of a Dove


Featured image: Dove II

The Wings of a Dove- Finding her way

She finds her way

a doves wings – the wind - 

wind beneath her wings –

she finds her way.

She learned to fly

With the wind beneath her wings

singing to her

Tuesday, May 21, 2024

My Orchid

This is an orchid - isn't it glorious, so beautiful.  And the amaryllis in the background-what's up with it? I have 6 of them blooming and it's not Christmas.  I know what's up. It's a blessing.

Monday, May 20, 2024

Artist's Reality


Featured image: What Lies Beneath

Artist's Reality

artist's reality, to make the





Friday, May 17, 2024



Featured image: Your Mind Sings - Listen

Find a place, some kind of environment that allows you to


Find your recklessness.

Thursday, May 16, 2024

Pretty Present


Featured image: Gifts from God

Don't box yourself in. If you choose to box yourself in then be a pretty present then, share yourself with others.

Wednesday, May 15, 2024

Enlighten and Illuminate


Featured image: Balance

You have the potential to enlighten, illuminate and transform people and places. When you have inner balance and peace within yourself you have the same inner balance and peace within your spirit and soul that you can share with others.

Tuesday, May 14, 2024

Let the Beauty Out


Featured image: All Rise

We never sit anything out. We are cups quietly and constantly being filled. The trick is knowing how to tip ourselves over and let the beautiful stuff out. Ray Bradbury

Monday, May 13, 2024

Mother's Day at Black River Harbor

Glorious Mother's Day at Black River Harbor - I have several stories of chats with folks along the shoreline walk - but first thought I would share this with you all - the apple blossoms and cherry blossoms were glorious along the shore and on the trip up.  

And then I saw a carpet of stars - magical carpet of stars.

and two beautiful forsythia bushes oh my gosh - oh my gosh this is now my desktop slide.  I am switching between the white blossoms and the yellow blossoms - can't decide.

The Mask Receives Award


Featured image: The Mask

I am incredibly honored that my piece, "The Mask," has been awarded an Honorable Mention at the esteemed Philadelphia Watercolor Society 2024 Member Exhibition. This recognition means so much to me as an artist and serves as a testament to the passion and dedication I pour into my work. Thank you to the Philadelphia Watercolor Society for this incredible honor.  

Friday, May 10, 2024



Featured image: Caves Along the Shore - Lake Superior


arms stretching

finally I am


horizon and water



kayaking Lake 


Wednesday, May 8, 2024

Back Yard Birds


Featured image: Back Yard Birds

Gosh where to begin?  I played around with this whole piece and everything in it. I think every part of an abstract or semi-abstract work is always experimental, as I rarely have much in mind when I start working. When I began this work last November, I started with a figure, washes, and colors.  I then stepped back and asked myself what the idea behind this work would be. I decided to make birds part of the composition, but how and where to place them became a major struggle.  I tried many ways, sizes, colors and shapes but always painted over them.  If you look closely at the work, you might glimpse the birds I painted over because they just weren’t right. It wasn’t until I put the red bird on the shoulder of the figure that I stopped struggling and felt comfortable with the marks and colors of the bird.  The rest didn’t come easily after that. I tried many birds flying around but that didn’t work for me. I finally settled on a bird at the bird feeder.

This whole work was extremely experimental for me and I learned a great deal from the creation and placement of the birds. I am ready to move on with what I learned to the next work and put these new ideas to work for me. The fun part for me as an artist is always knowing that even as I move on with new ideas, they are never the same in the next work.

Monday, May 6, 2024



Featured image: Yellow Finch III

The finch's yellow 


touches the 


Masked by a grey sky 


of the sun happens.

Friday, May 3, 2024

Enjoying the clouds


Featured image: A Cloud in the Sky

Just a minute ago I looked up

Toward the sky, puffy clouds

Slowly meandering across the 

Gray blue and white sky. I wonder

I listen. Eyes closed, I travel

Happily to a different place

With blue white sky and 

Puffy clouds. When I open

My eyes, puffy clouds have

Moved on to be shared with

Another, Minutes spend 

Enjoying the clouds.

Thursday, May 2, 2024



Featured image: Wonderful Flying Machine

Is it too late to change? Am I working towards that dream I thought I was called to do? But what I am doing is not what I imagined or dreamed. I am wondering, is it too late to change direction?  It is hard, change is, I know. 

But I do change – and I make myself vulnerable by putting my new work out there. I have the attitude that change is good, but hard, but imagination is fun and exciting. All the large competition pieces I have been working on this winter are different from other works I have done.  Change is scary. As I work, I think to myself is it worth even entering a competition with this one?  When artists change, they have no one to go to, to talk to about the new pieces. For me, if it gets into a competition, I say to myself well I guess it wasn’t that bad.

The thing about being an artist is it's about being intuitive, and listening to what the creative activity wants me to do. It is really what makes a work unique and original I believe. So I guess I am changing constantly – and I know I am always working towards that dream I think I was called to do.  At the moment, it isn’t what I imagined or dreamed but I get up, show up and have never, never given up. So I guess the answer to my question is – it is never to late to change, and imagine, imagine about this new day and what it is going to bring to you.

Wednesday, May 1, 2024



Featured image: Goose

Darn it, darn it! Those geese are back on my little island.  Well, it isn’t mine, but I like to think of it is mine, as many of my neighbors on this side of the lake also think it is their little island, or some call it Powder Puff. 

The geese came last year – and now they are back.  This used to be a loon’s nest and I saw them earlier, but they must have gone somewhere else. 

Anyway, the geese are there building a nest, making the little island full of slippery poop. The mom sits on the nest and once in a while the dad helps and sits.  Then, about a month later, we watch as the goslings are in the water swimming behind their parents. Cute? Yes, but darn it - they are on my little island.