Monday, November 25, 2019


There’s waiting and then there’s waiting. With only one car on our trip, when Ted goes golfing I have to decide - do I want it to go off and do something on my own, or just hang out at the coach.

With a 4+ hour block of time I took the car, then came back to the Bayonet and Blackhorse Golf  where he was playing.

It’s in the town of Seaside, not far from Monterey and the Monterey Peninsula. Gorgeous, warm, quiet, and look who appeared as I was finishing up!

Wednesday, November 20, 2019

Santa Barbara Plein AIr

 Southern California weather makes for a plein air session without some of the usual hassles we find in the Northeast - bugs, wind, too hot or too cold. 
Maybe you who live here don’t agree but it was heaven to me.
I went over to the Santa Barbara Mission but was more interested in this house across the street. I couldn’t resist that tile roof.
In my happy place for a couple of hours!

Tuesday, November 19, 2019

What’s a quilt trail anyway?

When we were in Tillamook, Oregon I loved these large square format paintings that were on the side of buildings in town. Tillamook County Quilt Trail and learn more. Never knew there was such a thing as a quilt trail but why not? I love seeing and learning about new things, especially when they’re about artistic expression as it relates to place.

Sunday, October 27, 2019

Totem Poles of Stanley Park

 Stanley Park in Vancouver, BC. Totem Poles have always fascinated me, so it was a real treat to see these in the park. A huge windstorm devastated the park in 2006 and the poles were rebuilt by talented carvers of the Squamish Nation. They are carved from western red cedar and each tell a story of a real or mythical event. Totem poles are not idols nor are they worshipped. I stood in front of them for a long time.

Friday, October 18, 2019

Catching Up

Have had internet issues (part of RV travel) so now I’m playing  catch up. First plein air of the trip (back at the end of August) on Flathead Lake in Polson, Montana. 
I painted from a parking lot overlooking a meadow leading down to the lake owned by the Conferedated Salish and Kootenai tribes. 
Signs were posted saying this land was sacred tribal ground; I enjoyed the view of this gorgeous lake.

A view from my easel.

A little 5x5 sitting at the campsite overlooking the lake.

Sunday, September 29, 2019

Don’t take yourself so seriously

One rainy day, I cut up magazines. I used some curved nail scissors and thought about negative shapes, one color next to another and Matisse.
Which made me smile and feel good about what I was doing. These are just parts of the whole- which I like just as much as the whole collage. 
It’s like that sometime, and I feel satisfied.

Saturday, September 21, 2019

Figuring it all out.

I’m finding it so difficult to get anything going on this trip; it makes me wonder if my focus is off. On our travel days, I’m the navigator and when you’re 65ft long (motorhome plus Jeep) you gotta pay attention! So, unlike some artists who manage to paint while their partner does the driving, it doesn’t work that way for me. Maybe I just need to settle in with “what is” rather than “what I want it to be”.
Isn’t that the secret to happiness anyway?
Here’s a collage I made when I had some energy and time. The winning combination.

I did the gouache then the collage. Simplifying so much with the collage.

  • I’m trying to figure it all out. While accepting things as they are.