The Difference Between October and November Means Something Deep About Life in General, Probably

This was October:

This (same place, same time of day) is November:

It gets worse.

This was October 31 at my favorite local public garden, Cedarmere (home of the forgotten famous poet, William Cullen Bryant):

This is the same place, on November 18 this year:

And this is the same exact place on November 18, 2012:

Come with me, further down […]

That Was Then. This Is Now. I Like Then Better.

This is October on Long Island:

Same place, same time of day, this is now:

This was me, a mere 10 days ago, taking a photo that I forgot to load onto last week’s blog post:

Ahhhhhh…. Good book, warm Fall sunshine, nice knot garden on view, and a big fat G&T in the thermos.

It’s been raining for […]

I Always Mean Business


This was Fall on Monday (at Cedarmere, a local historic garden):

And this was Fall two mornings later:

This was the scene on Monday:

And this was the view 48 hours later:

I love a good misty Fall morning, but I liked that last view (above) better when the old Copper Beech tree was still there:

I did get to hug […]

This Month’s Most Important Cup of Tea

As you can see, I am of two minds when it comes to October.

What kind of month is it? It is either the End of Easy Living (oh, how I love feeling 10 years younger every day in Summer Mind), or it’s The Beginning of Coziness (I look better in soft wooly sweaters than in tank tops). […]

Let’s Do This!

When: Saturday, November 7, 2015, noon – 3-4PM

Where: The Sunbury Arts Center in Sunbury, PA

Who: Me, and you, and you, and you…but not Taffy:

Taffy will be “busy” that weekend.

Why:  I’m giving a Watercolor Workshop, thanks to a special invitation from the nice people from Sunbury who read this blog. Thank you, Dear Reader Dennis!

What:  I’m going […]

Howl The Eternal Yes!

Today I want to talk to you about How I Do What I Do.

Wait. That sounds too grandiose.

Today, I want to show you How I Make The Sausage That Is My Art.

Which is illustrating, and which I do from photos.

Yes, I paint from photos. There. I’ve said it. n answer to that age-old question, “Where […]

Talent is Overrated

Today’s post is in honor of Dear Reader susie, whose Comment from last week  — in response to this picture of my first ever illustration —

was this:

You hear and see all over it doesn’t take talent,

just perseverance.

I don’t think so, if that’s your first shot out of the box.

I […]

A Squint Through My Back Pages

I have never used an actual “sketchbook” for my “sketching”. In fact, I have never, actually, “sketched”. I even dislike the verb, “to sketch”, based on what I’ve seen when people “sketch”, all wispy and mushy and tentative…but that’s just me. I have a very annoying personality.

Instead of putting my works-in-progress into a fancy, expensive, hard-backed […]

Yay! I’m Back! Just In Time To Tell You All About Squinting!

Hi everybody!!

It’s good to be back in the blogosphere! I hope you missed our get-togethers as much as I have because today’s post is going to make up for my absence — get ready for a two-tea-cupper update on all things V. Swift. 

Another entry on our Beautiful Word List: Shenandoah.

So, now back to where we left […]

August Is Good At Arriving At The Right Time (It’s Not Always Gonna Be This Way)

Ahhhhh…AUGUST. My Favorite month of the year!

The garden is in peak shape…

…the weeds are SPECTACULAR …

…even the spider webs are more gorgeous in August:

And the cats are pretty damn […]