Sunday, April 21, 2013

The REALLY late gift....

Once upon a time, my best friend B got married.... at the time we were poor and broke and it was all I could do to afford to stand up in the wedding.  I had always intended to give them a quilt (and even started one a couple of different times) but something always came up and interfered in the process.  B & G have been married almost 20 years and have always lived near the sea.  They love being on the beach.  So the fabrics and colors I finally came up with seem to fit perfectly.... Got the top done a bit ago and sent it off to Mom.  She sent it back to me and I have spent the last week sewing the binding on.  I think it is about 4 miles long. Can't show you the whole quilt (somebody may be watching!) but here is a peek of the edge and the pattern Mom picked out to sew on there.  Does this remind you of the tropical sea?

Now to make the label....

Monday, April 15, 2013

Hide and Seek

Of all the states I have lived in, Florida has the largest population of reptiles.  So far, we have frogs, toads, snakes and lizards in the yard.  Caleb tries to chase down the anole lizards, but thankfully they are too fast for him.  When he goes trotting along the back fence, lizards shoot everywhere to escape.  There is a space between the screen door and the screen of the porch where they like to look for bugs- Caleb always inspects this space even though he can't get them when they are in there. 
This little guy scrabbled across the floor right in front of his nose and then found a place to hide.

Friday, April 12, 2013

An Art-i-ful Weekend

Been having a little upload difficulty with my camera which I have finally straightened out.  I have a wonderful Eye-Fi memory card in my camera.  This allows the new pictures taken on the camera (assuming you have Wi-Fi in the house and the camera and computer turned on) to automatically upload to the computer.  It also has a feature which will allow your pictures to upload to the internet if you have it set correctly.  (This has got to be one of my favorite inventions ever.)  My issue was that I had so many pictures that I had been taking that the loading of the pictures to the internet had backed up so far as to be completely clogged.

Brother Dave came to visit me last weekend- you know he has been coveting the scenery and the art scene that I have here in Jacksonville.  So Friday night we went down to the Artwalk in St. Augustine and had a wonderful time.  Saw lots of artwork- some that was great and some was what I would stick in the "crafty" category.  We finally got dinner at Harry's around 8pm and I froze sitting on the patio, but the food was great.

Saturday was plein art day with the pastel folks.  I have a great time doing this and I love talking to these people, but my pictures out in the wild do not turn out very well.  If only that darned sun would hold still.  I guess at some point I will be faster and these will turn out better.  I also think that I am looking too far away, maybe I need to change my focus to the 20 feet in front of me.  I've probably done less than a dozen of these outdoor paintings so far, and they always fall a little short for me.  Well, I will keep practicing.

This is my painting of the lake:

And this is Dave's:

His pictures are much more consistent than mine at this point (of course, he has done more) and he has a cool kind of giant stylized pointillism emerging.

Sunday we ran around to the arboretum and Hanna Park and the beach so Dave could get a bunch of photos to take home..... He has already given me instructions to get some more wave pictures "in different light".  So I guess his next series will be of the ocean waves....