Saturday, February 20, 2010

Love animals

Favorite part of the fair, the animals and petting zoo. These pictures were very hard to choose because I have so many great ones, guess I should update my flickr with the rest. These are not exactly pictures taken for painting but rather just a love of life and the simple joy of creatures.

Friday, February 19, 2010

At the Fair

I am always excited about the fair every fall, been attending our home town fair since I was a kid in Idaho and now that I have kids I love sharing it with them here in Montana. We have a great time, eat lots of junk food, pet lots of animals, get really dirty and spend way too much money. My favorite part is the animals and just seeing the kids have fun. I also enjoy taking lots of pictures for future art. Here are a few that I found inspiring. Next I will show some great animal pictures.

Wednesday, February 17, 2010

Self Portrait

Sitting in my studio, waiting for inspiration, but even if it hits not sure I have the energy to do anything about it. I wonder if I should try to clean it instead....nah

This may sound lame but this post is also to see if I set the schedule to post feature on my blog right. I know, I am a little behind, but learning everyday.

Tuesday, February 16, 2010

More Eco Art

It is so fun going to the second hand stores to find things to paint on. I found a really neat wooden pencil holder the other day. It turned out really cool, the hard thing is I want to keep half of them.
I also painted some spring cherry blossoms on wooden dishes. I can not wait until garage sales this Spring.

Monday, February 15, 2010


Sometimes inspiration comes from the most unlikely places, not talking about art inspiration particularly but more inspiration for life. It has been unfortunate but lately I have been attending a lot of funerals and having many people whom I know and love pass away. I recently attended a funeral of an 83 year old, who dog sledded in Alaska and experienced the great earthquake there, she also traveled the world almost every place you could go and most of it after age 60. A true adventurer and zeal for life. Today I got a call that a 93 year old woman that I know was in the hospital. After much experience with time spent with loved ones at hospitals and having suffered so much loss lately, I new I had to make time to visit her today. So my mama and I went to go giver her comfort, smiles, a hug, and hand holding. Mary was a good spirits and so happy to see us and here is where the inspiration comes in, she proceeded to tell us what wonderful people we were, how nice and good we were. It brought tears to my eyes listening to her, a woman with so much life experience and wisdom seeing good in us, who I thought I was there to help, made me feel so warm and renewed for life. Her words weren't fancy and she repeated herself many times, but they were so heartfelt and kind, truly uplifting to the spirit and encouraging to live the best life we can and to pass on kindness at every opportunity.