How does it feel to take your first delicate steps as a ballerina in public? Last week I was on vacation at the sea shore, but before I went I had the delightful experience of seeing my beautiful grandaughter, Emma, in her first ballet recital.
Monday, August 30, 2010
Friday, August 20, 2010
Thursday, August 19, 2010
This painting was inspired by my daughter Anna's new blog Anna's Edible Adventures. The blog is all about cooking, gardening, bee keeping and even raising chickens, which she does in her Mount Airy back yard. She is a real hand's on gal, a great cook and gardener... and it turns out she can write too!
As luck would have it, she has an article in today's Inquirer about
Pizza made on the outdoor grill.
Tuesday, August 17, 2010
The light seems to be magically focused on my vegetable garden. It can use all the magic it can get this year. No string beans, few tomatoes, no egg plant and only two cucumbers. Anyone else have a poor year?
Thursday, August 12, 2010
I got this view from some good shots of South Philly sent to me by my dear
grandson, Luke. The telephone lines make it look like a painting from another era. The sky is a bit brighter in the actual painting.
Wednesday, August 11, 2010
Monday, August 9, 2010
These are the reflections from the light over my hospital bed in the window looking out into the blue night. Develish to paint, but I could not resist the way the light sliced into the buildings and held them together.
Saturday, August 7, 2010
Here is a quiet spot on Harbor Road in Prince Edward Island, Canada. I've been off on a virtual trip again as part of the virtual paintout. From what I could see if you want to do nothing but look at the sky and drive down some empty roads, this is the place to do it. Check it out yourself by clicking on the tittle and when you get to the map, drag the little yellow guy in the upper left hand corner around to view the scenery and cruise the island to your heart's content.
Friday, August 6, 2010
My garden has been completely taken over by these bizarre beauties. They are not only very hardy, the foliage smells like a musky mint when crushed and it can be made into a medicinal tea. For more info click on MONARDA.
Wednesday, August 4, 2010
Monday, August 2, 2010
I had a similar experience on my return from the hospital after only 4 days. The first morning I woke up in my home bed I went tentatively outside. I wanted to get out there before the day went into the 90s. My medications had reduced my blood pressure to the 'stand up and feel dizzy zone' and I wasn't sure if that was okay, so I was a bit shaky, but was drawn by an aroused perception of things. I walked around my yard in my bare feet in a state of awe. It was as if a veil had been lifted from all my senses. I was there, truly, in a way I had never been before. I was a part of nature and yet still able to experience it. I sat on my porch watching and feeling the birds, squirrels, insects, flowers and trees for at least an hour, transfixed by their life and glorying in that life. I don't know if it was the joy of being alive after fearing death, the sensory deprivation experienced in the sterility of the hospital, or my medications, but I can only say that If we could hold on to moments like these and be in such a state of heightened awareness we could live a hundred years in a day.