August 1st, 2018
Summer is upon us in all it's glory! The dry winter, spring, and summer have taken it's toll on the trees and wildlife. Numerous Cottonwoods have died out in the creekbed, as well as the one in our yard. They couldn't take the drought. Animals are suffering as well, with less to eat and little water to be found.
We did finally break this spell with the MONSOONS building almost daily for about 2 weeks now. Still no water in the creek by us. It's gonna take a lot of rain to get the ground saturated and our Tonto Creek flowing again.
August 1st, 2018
My sister took the photo of this barn in Wyoming, with the Grand Tetons behind. Autumm temps had touched the tree tops and turned the grass to golden. Thanks for the inspiration for this piece, Karen!
Fall colors, pumpkins, Halloween decorations, seem to abound in the stores and landscapes around the country. Cooler temperatures here in the desert mark the end of the triple digits and the start of what we call Fall. Can't say that it's much more than a bit of a cool down as this desert goes from HOT to cooler than hot for our winter months. That's why the Snowbirds flock to our area to bask in the warmth of our winter and forget about the huge piles of snow back at home. I've been inspired to do a few paintings of the fall foliage lately. How about you other artists? Done any autumn colored paintings?
August 11th, 2016
The heat is upon us, monsoons are building daily, torrential rains have caused flash floods all over this state. Tonto Creek near our new home is flowing again after several dry months. The humidity is high, which makes it impossible to cool our place with the swamp cooler.
Hummingbirds are nesting in the barn. Our new dog is adjusting to her new pack.
The Turkey Vultures love the up-drafts from these Anvil Clouds that can rise to 30,000 ft! They circle together playing on the winds high above us, just specks to the naked eye.
We lounge in the shade with iced limeade in hand as the dogs splash in their pool on this hot summer afternoon.
March 12th, 2013
The desert is starting to bloom! Along the highways the Golden Poppies and Lupines are showing their gold and purple-blue splendor! Soon this area will be ablaze with the delicate flowers of each and every cactus, plant, and tree, each in their own time. The huge majestic Saguaro Cactus is the very last to show it's white waxy flowers (end of May, early June) which produce a fruit that will burst open to give a brilliant red inside treat of seeds to the birds. The flower painting "Yellow Rose of the Desert" seen here is the native Prickly Pear Cactus. After the abundant rainfall we've had this winter, it's going to be a fabulous season for nature lovers wanting to photograph and paint these lovely creations of nature. I've already got some new flower paintings completed recently that will be at my next art show. Hope you get a chance to enjoy the desert bloom this year! It's time to get outside and paint!
November 11th, 2012
I was recently a guest at my friend's house, John & Donna Read, for the studio tour in the east valley, put on by the Artists of the Superstitions. It was a wonderful weekend meeting lots of new people and many friends of the Reads. I sold this painting that I call "Lines of Time" along with one of my husband's custom frames to a very sweet couple, who also bought "Yellow Rose of the Desert". Many of my prints were purchased as well as greeting cards for Christmas gifts. It was a very successful 2 day event and I am so very thankful for the opportunity to have been the guest artist at the Read's home in Mountain Brook, Gold Canyon, AZ!
This is definitely a time to give thanks for our lives with family and friends. Don't forget to thank those people who have touched your life recently in some way or another. It's the little things that really make a difference to others.
May 20th, 2012
My studio is now open for private lessons! Would love to share my talents with those who are interested in improving their existing skills or would like to paint for the first time! I've kept my secrets to myself all these years, but I'm getting on in age and would really like to share my knowledge. Funny how I've never considered doing this before, but have always been a bit of a recluse. Feel free to contact me about fees and materials.
Summer is upon us, or should I say, it's right around the corner. We've been lucky so far that it's still bearable. Just wait until July! Lake Time! Have to get the kayak out and do a bit of photography at my watering hole, Canyon Lake this summer. It's always inspiring with the waterfowl galore! That's where I came up with "Wind Surfer".