Inside Out – New Perspective

Summer trips took us coast to coast  this summer. Always a sucker for a good flower photo I tried something new this year looking from the inside of the plant out…a bit tricky when thorns are involved!


Virginia Knock-Out RosesIMG_0515


California Figs & Succulents




California Columbine


Pennsylvania Peionies




New York Million Bells

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North Carolina Smoke Plant



A Year of Painting – Half full

I mentioned in an earlier post that I am participating in an online course by Alena Hennessy called A Year of Painting. I thought that since June marks our half way through the year mark I would do a gallary of my paintings.

Alena has done a great job of inspiring, pacing and opening up the class up creatively to new ideas and for me new mediums and surfaces. I have enjoyed the intuitive approach she presents and her supportive nature.

Here are my samples from the past six months…


1)  IntentionsIMG_3333

2)   playing with ink & paintIMG_0552



3)   masking




4)  soul collageIMG_3561



5)   magic facesIMG_3583


6)   glitter love bombIMG_0550

7)   botanical beautyIMG_0363


8)   animal spirit guideIMG_0601


“The real voyage of discovery consists not in seeking new landscapes, but in having new eyes.”

Marcel Proust






I am continuing a study of color that started last month with a pop of red.


This time it I am feeling blue!




One of my all time favorite colors…I love everything from the sea to the sky.P1000015

looking up has always been fun to find the blue blanket that wraps around usIMG_1291 IMG_1292


blue accents are always alluringIMG_1299 IMG_4072 IMG_1053IMG_2298

from nature to architecture blue is always a calming but dramatic touchIMG_0482 IMG_0481 P1000909 IMG_1306 P1000538 IMG_4243


go and be blue!

Chihuly in the Desert

A recent trip to Scottsdale, AZ gave me the opportunity to see this amazing Chihuly exhibit.


The Desert Botanical Gardens of Phoenix did not disappoint!

The glass installments were amazing untoo themselves in daylight -seeing how they interacted with the desert environment …   IMG_4473      IMG_0276  …entangled with cactus and contrasted against the mountains and blue sky …IMG_0285

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But to stay till dusk and see them illuminated was spectacular!IMG_0296The scenes were transformed into a magical surreal world that amazed at every turn.IMG_4562 IMG_4561IMG_4547

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We took a break at the gardens restaurant …IMG_0290 …not a Chihuly but fun in its own special way   :D

The Desert Delights Abound!IMG_4496 IMG_4495 IMG_4492

A Night of Art and Charity


I will be participating in an art show here in Northern Virginia and would love to get the word out to the community that this event is happening. It is a night filled with art from 7pm – 10pm you can take in a juried art exhibit (purchase the art!), poetry reading storytelling and theatrical perfomers ….and there’s wine!

It all supports the Fairfax County organization:  Our Daily Bread, which provides help to struggling residents int he Fairfax County area.

It will be May 2, 7-10pm at  the Sherwood Center in Fairfax City

A little Pop of Red!

  Just thought I’d have a little fun with looking at color and start off  with Red – the color of love, passion, and in the Chineses culture – happiness.

  Red – the color of love, passion, and in the Chineses culture – happiness.

I’ve always gone with the rule of everything needs a little pop of red somewhere!

 I was inspired by this photo that I found on my favorite music blog….;). and this started the blog rolling!Bonaroo


 then I found a two others – Thanks to Shannon for sharing! 

red swirls

Milk Music Photo by Shannon Murphy Track:UnknownBlog

Yeah Yeah Yeah Photo courtesy of Track:UnknownBlog

Yeah Yeah Yeah
Photo courtesy of Track:UnknownBlog



Then I searched through my own photos and here’s what I collected:

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artist : Mann Ray 1941

artist : Mann Ray 1941

Go Look for your Pop of Red!!!!

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