Some things never go out of style.

A common denominator between gardening, mercy, and love What is Timeless? I asked a group of friends to look at my newest painting so they could help me come up with a title for it. I wanted the name to convey a character trait they admire. And with Mothers’ Day on the horizon, I suggested […]

Three Easy steps to solving ALL of Life’s problems. (If ONLY!)

When at a loss for what to do… 1. Do what you know HOW to DO. 2. Remember what you KNOW to be TRUE. 3. Find something NEW for YOU. I like to explore ALL my options. So much so, that it has become a joke in our family. If you want something researched like a […]

What are YOU expecting? Thoughts for the start of a New Year…

“Expecting” is one of many paintings I created during the summer of 2016. But this one was special. I painted it with a friend in mind. A friend who was expecting. Expecting. Hoping. Dreaming. But with a heart that was understandably guarded. A heart that had been on this same course before, but disappointed many times. […]

A red and green December… To help you Remember.

If left to my own devices, there isn’t much Christmas in my heart. Nothing within me looks forward to December. In my mind, this is a month that feels to me like forced-group-insanity. I don’t like to be told what to do. I don’t like to go along with the crowd.  And I especially don’t like to do […]

Thoughts from a wise flower on May Day.

Life is a marathon. There is no shame in walking.  I used to run. But after five years, finally decided to be honest with myself. And my hips.   I don’t like to run. So now I walk. Big deal. The whole point is to move your body.  So I walk fast. And fairly often. […]

Shadows with a plan. (February calendar!)

Coneflower is part of my “Sad Flower” series — a series of four botanical paintings, representing four heavy-hearted flowers I found growing in various locations. In the twelve-plus-years I’ve been painting, I have never created a “sad series.” I guess I’d never felt such a heaviness of heart before as when I was planing this new group of […]

“Transition.” A call to listen in 2016.

It’s been my fortunate experience to learn that most people want to be heard. All they usually need is the slightest nudge. A nudge that can be as simple as asking a follow-up question to something they have already offered up to you.

A peaceful, plan-free place. Calendar #60.

I like TO plan. In most areas of my life, I like things to be figured out well ahead of time. Then I like to stick with that plan. Carpool plans. High School plans. Retirement plans. ‘What to order at the restaurant two days from now’ plans. ‘What to do with the rest of my life’ plans. I like […]

Labor Day 2009: Sandy Sheets for a Greater Good—

I do not like sand in my bed. I do like crisp clean sheets, multiple throw pillows, and a dust ruffle. All of these items must perfectly coordinate with both with the comforter, and (obviously) with each other. To make my world complete there should also be an afghan that offers not only a pop of color, but a […]