Tuesday, September 28, 2010

Cravens and Lily's

My grandparents on the right with a couple I believe Dad said were neighbors, the Lily's.
This is probably near Deland where Grandpa farmed but it might be Burnt Prairie. If any of my relatives have photos to share, I would love to hear from them!!

I'm digging those aprons. Do you suppose they were made from flour sacks?

Monday, September 27, 2010

Grandpa Charlie

Grandpa Charlie looking very dapper in his WW1 uniform. I didn't get to know him well because he died of throat cancer when I was about 4. But I do remember he would give me a rubbery wet kiss and then scrape my face with his whiskers.

I leave for the south tomorrow, to visit my brother and shake the family tree!

Sunday, September 26, 2010


This is my grandmother Martha, whom we all called Mom Cox. I signed up for ancestry.com yesterday and have been playing ever since. I am trying to get a lot of family history together to take down to Illinois with me this week when I go visit my brother. I hope to spend time on the long winter nights writing down memories of my parents and grandparents. I wish I had done it 30 years ago. I have forgotten so much that my mother told me.

My grandma usually served us boiled chicken when we visited which I thought was rather gross because the skin looked weird. She always had a little glass wind chime or two in the house. That is why I have windchimes all over the yard. Be glad you don't live next door!

Saturday, September 25, 2010


Sorry about the quality of the photo. I don't see the light reflections when I am taking the picture. I started this painting at the Windermere Fall Fair as a demo. This horse is pastured out on the Westside road and has such a kind face.

I am enjoying discovering terms for pinto colors such as the old english piebald and skewbald but also tobiano, overo, sabino, tovero.

Friday, September 24, 2010

Thinking of Halloween

I have been painting, honest. But not much. I have been busy sending things off to one show or another and making cards and small matted prints of my paintings for sale which are helping with the bottom line.

I love old photos and collect them. I decided to play around on ACDSee and turn a few of them into Halloween cards. They were enthusiastically received by the women at one of my galleries. Plus, it was just fun!

Thursday, September 16, 2010

REady to go

I ordered 52 raw canvases from Opus Arts so I could make two new alphabets. They were a really good price, but what you save in money, you pay for in labor.
We are being plagued by a rainy September. I had just finished gessoing 30 canvases when it began to sprinkle. So I moved them into the greenhouse to dry. Only 22 to go. Anyone want to help?

Sunday, September 12, 2010

The picnic princess

I saw this girl at a Canada Day picnic a year or two ago and like casual "royal" image.

Friday, September 10, 2010

Buck Fever

I spotted this lovely fellow grazing near the river when I went to pick Kirra up from the kennel. I hope he heads for the hills because it is nearly hunting season. I know they need to cull the herds to keep them from overpopulating and starving (and we have many, many deer) but I hope no one I "know" gets it.

Wednesday, September 8, 2010

Salmon Run

After a devasting year last year, we are having spectacular run this year. We stopped at Yard Creek to watch the salmon spawners. It is rather amazing.

Saturday, September 4, 2010

Little Pine SOLD

I really like this crooked little tree up on the hill that overlooks Columbia Lake.

I need to PAINT!

Friday, September 3, 2010

Lap of Luxury

The painting works better than the photo. I will have to try shooting this again. Jinx had a mouse for breakfast and still expected cat treats.

Thursday, September 2, 2010

Spokane Yard Sales

Spokane has great yard sales. This was collected when we were down for Farm Chicks in June. I will be wearing the boots soon and the door knobs are destined to become a hanging rack.

Wednesday, September 1, 2010