Sunday, November 28, 2010

Better hide...

I'm cranky. It's getting close to party time and I have to get the house ready. Christmas decorations, menu, yard work, cleaning the house... on and on it goes. Really, it's a good thing. I mean, I'd NEVER put that red mulch down in my yard unless I was trying to hide something, which I am. Decorations are fun, (after the first day of it) but REALLY! Enough already. Forget the menu, I'm the worst when it comes to trying to cook something, so that's where the stress level really starts to rise. Then throw in the house cleaning which around here is frickin never ending.
My small family is starting to take cover. It's time to hide.

Congratulations! You've been published in...

Hey! I'm published again! This is the third magazine this year!

This is the publication. It's called "Gallery" by Somerset Studio.


I'm on page 62, full page. Pretty cool!
They once again didn't tell me I was published. I just get a copy in the mail. The first time this happened I almost gave the magazine away without knowing I was in it. They own 20 magazines and it's up to their discretion as to which one they publish your work in. So I was REALLY surprised the first time. This time I knew what I was looking for. It made me do a happy dance!

Sunday, November 21, 2010

Thanks Mom!


Cool new pair of socks. A gift from my mom. She really gets me. How did she know they'd be perfect?

A black thumb


I can't grow flowers. Seriously, I have a black thumb. However there are some flowering plants that succeed in spite of me. There is a BEAUTIFUL blog I follow called "Laughing with Angels". She has the most magnificent gardens. I can't blog my gardens because I can't grow roses or petunias. But when I looked out my window, I saw this view and thought "FLOWERS!".


The blueish flower is called "Blue Daze" i think. And the fuchsia ones (below) are bougainvilleas. These are two of the hardiest flowers that grow in South Florida.

We have 5 pots of these bougainvilleas. They are all almost dead except this one. Poor thing, it's looking across the yard at the other plants knowing it's day is coming. In the mean time, I got to enjoy the view for a little while.

I'll have the tofu.

Since Chuck returned from "True North" (the fasting clinic in California), our diets have drastically changed. Gone are all meat products (actually, gone are ALL products that had parents, which includes eggs, fish and dairy) all salt, no processed foods or sugars and no oils.
I cheat.
He doesn't.
This cartoon is me...

Sunday, November 14, 2010

Roo's paintings

My sister Rudi is an amazing artist. This last weekend we all met for a family reunion. She brought some photos of her most recent work. They are way too big to travel with. The first set is a group of 4 paintings. They are each approx. 1' x 4'.
The second painting is of an angel. He's 3' x 5'. I had to blur his 'private parts', although they were not really vivid to begin with.
I've always wanted to paint. I mean really paint, like a fine artist. I realized that me being a true painter is like me wanting to be able to cook or have a big organic garden.
It's the image that I want.
I want to be able to say "I own a gourmet catering business..." but I don't even LIKE to cook, let alone make a business out of it. I don't like to garden either. It doesn't stop me from wishing I had a small farm with fresh vegetables I could pick everyday. Well, painting is the same. I do not have any desire to paint and paint until I can create something worth while. I don't want to put in the time.
I just want to be able to do it.
Humph.
In the mean time, I live vicariously through those that can.

Family reunion

This above photo was taken in the front yard of mom's house. Ocala is beautiful. She lives next to a horse farm and gets to watch the thoroughbreds grazing. It's beautiful.
This weekend we all got together for a mini family reunion. A family reunion AND mom and Bob made their engagement announcement. How amazing is this! They are going to make it official! Bob bought mom a gorgeous ring and they will be getting married sometime next year. These two "kids" are in their mid 70's. Both were happily married for 50 years (each) before the passing of our other parent. That means the two of them have combined years of over 100 years married!

This above picture in looking in the opposite direction of the horse farm. It's so peaceful there.

Left to right: Rudi, mom, Karen, Kathy, Bob's daughter and granddaughter, Pam and sweet Dillan.

Some of our family getting together to honor mom and Bob. Congratulations to you two!!!

Sunday, November 7, 2010

left over Halloween

One of my stamps. She is a bat winged, alien type, pointy eared, angel and I love her...

Black bird stencil, photo taken at Everglade Recreation Park
and stencil below, a crow


Crows are some of my favorite subjects to use in art. Sometimes I can draw them, other times I can't. For those times I can't, I use stencils. I took a photo of a crow, made the photograph on photo paper and cut it out with an exacto knife.
Now I can "cheat".

Lorraine? Lorraine? R U out there???

Lorraine,
Whoever you are, thank you for stopping by and reading the blog every week. You said such sweet things. If you read this, email me your info!
thanks again for the encouragement.
xoxoxo
karen

Saturday, November 6, 2010

a page from my journal

I'm supposed to be writing something interesting but I'm dull. Nothings coming. I thought the words "Unlock your Dream" would inspire something. But I got nothing. Maybe later...