A new year, a new shoulder joint…

I’ve been away for awhile, but now I’m back. I fractured my right shoulder when I was young. It was repaired and worked normally for many years. As I aged, though, the shoulder joint gradually disintegrated until I completely lost the use of my right arm.  It took me a couple of years before I could bring myself to agree to my surgeon’s recommendation that I undergo surgery for a shiny new shoulder joint.  But I finally did it.  And after months of physical therapy, I have a right arm and shoulder that work like they should.  Voila!  And now it’s time for art again. I have some catching up to do. 2015 is going to be a very good year. I hope for you, too!


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Revisiting old paintings

I came across a version of this painting that I did a couple of years ago when I was cleaning my office and decided to try it again, taking more care with lighting and adding a background to the new painting. Although I purchased the pears more than a week ago, I put off painting them until the last minute. Rotting fruit can be quite motivating.


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Fantasy Birds

A red-tailed hawk flew over my car today. The bright sunshine illuminated the red tail, which was spread wide. It was a lovely sight, and my painting inspiration for the day. These fantasy “birds” were painted using a palette knife, a great way to keep things loose.

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I attempt batik

This is my first attempt at a batik watercolor painting, following the instructions on Empty Easel (http://emptyeasel.com/2011/12/13/the-fascinating-painting-technique-of-watercolor-batik/). It doesn’t look much like a batik.  I don’t think I crinkled the paper vigorously enough. Perhaps I’ll give it another try tomorrow.

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Winter berries…

The winter solstice will be here in a few days. The solstice marks the day of the year with the least hours of daylight for those living north of the Tropic of Cancer. Every day after December 22 will bring a bit more daylight… and to that I say, YEA!

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December Carrots

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Wide toe box. Low heel. Great fit. These Keen shoes are the most comfortable walking shoes I’ve ever owned. I like them so much, I bought a second pair.  I will be wearing them for a long, long time

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Oregon Grape (Berberis aquifolium)

The state flower of Oregon  has gnarly stems and sharp, prickly leaves, but the pretty blue berries are edible. The plant bears dainty yellow flowers in early summer and a dark blue berry that ripens in the fall.

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Asian Eggplants

I bought these at the farmers market in Newport, Oregon last weekend. They’re only a few inches long.

So tiny, so cute…

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Seeking Keat’s Nectarine…

“Talking of Pleasure, this moment I was writing with one hand, and with the other holding to my Mouth a Nectarine–good God how fine. It went down soft, pulpy, slushy, oozy­–all its delicious embonpoint melted down my throat like a large Beatified strawberry.” – John Keats, in a letter to his friend Charles Wentworth Dilke

The best description of the wonderful lusciousness of a perfectly ripe nectarine or peach I’ve ever read.

And in case you’re wondering, here’s the definition of embonpoint:

embonpoint French
noun: plumpness or stoutness,
adj:  plump; stout
[from phrase en bon point in good condition]

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