I always have more books on my night table, my living room side table and my dining room shelves than I can possibly read in whatever time period I'm planning.
Susan Wittig Albert. Above are some of the books waiting to be read in the near future. I also love short stories and read as many as I can get my hands on. I have just finished the New Yorker Stories by Ann Beattie, one of my favorite short story authors. I think I read all these stories as they were published but it has been great fun to read them again.
I also read a lot of children's books, especially ones written for children in the middle years, 8-12 years old. These are some of the latest ones I've read.
So that's what I'm up to. What have you been reading?
Thursday, March 24, 2011
Monday, March 21, 2011
This is what I love most about nature....even in the midst of darkness and death...
As I snapped this picture this past weekend I smiled and thought this must be one of the ways hope would manifest if it stopped to pose for a picture.
Thursday, March 17, 2011
on the beach is always a nice way to start the day....like many others my heart is heavy while Japan waits to see the fate of these failing nuclear plants....
Tuesday, March 15, 2011
Sometimes everything seems so upside down and wrong in the world that it is easy to fall into despair...
My heart is heavy for all those suffering today, especially those in Japan....and if we give up hope, we have nothing to give...
Monday, March 14, 2011
These are all available at my shop, along with several dozen others here. These are not prints. Once they are sold they will be gone.
Sunday, March 13, 2011
Whenever I know I am going to be sitting in a group of people for a long time, like at a conference or while traveling, I always bring my sketchbook along.
It is a great way to get in a little drawing practice because the people are always moving--even the ones sitting fidget and move their heads and hands....
I also take notes of things being said and whatever else seems relevant at the time..
Do you carry a sketchbook or notebook?
Thursday, March 10, 2011
Do you plant seeds indoors each spring? I do...it doesn't always work so well because sometimes I get so busy I neglect them and I get a bunch of weak, leggy wonders that don't survive the transition to outside. But other years I get great plants so every March I do it again and hope for the best.
Monday, March 7, 2011
I don't know who to credit this idea to since I've seen it lots of places, including HGTV but as someone who wears the same earrings every day because the others are lost in a tangle in my drawer I thought this would be fun to try.
It is ridiculously easy and involves a frame I wasn't using, some old picture wire cut to size and I used shipping tape to fasten the wire to the frame since it was strong, covered the prickly ends and allowec the frame to hang flat. I let the wires hang sort of haphazardly but you could make them straight, put them in a pattern, whatever....
Saturday, March 5, 2011
If you are like me you have all sorts of old and unfinished drawings, sketches and watercolor studies hanging around that you need to either use in some way or toss in the recycling pile...
Often I end up liking the little bits of the paintings far better than I ever did the larger versions. What do you do with your old paintings and sketches?
Wednesday, March 2, 2011
Years ago I took a weekend long papercutting workshop. We used teeny tiny scissors and began with pieces of newsprint before moving on the magazine pages. I loved it.
What do you think? Should I do some more?