"Your vision will become clear only when you can look into your own heart. Who looks outside, dreams; who looks inside, awakens."

Carl Jung


On The Nightstand
  • Animal Dreams: A Novel
    Animal Dreams: A Novel
  • Peterson Field Guide to Bird Sounds of Eastern North America (Peterson Field Guides)
    Peterson Field Guide to Bird Sounds of Eastern North America (Peterson Field Guides)
  • Birds Art Life: A Year of Observation
    Birds Art Life: A Year of Observation
  • A Wolf Called Romeo
    A Wolf Called Romeo
  • Drawing Lab for Mixed-Media Artists: 52 Creative Exercises to Make Drawing Fun (Lab Series)
    Drawing Lab for Mixed-Media Artists: 52 Creative Exercises to Make Drawing Fun (Lab Series)

No Excuses


Life has been busy since I last posted here. Our rescue Mojo has been dealing with a variety of health issues off and on, and my own health was a bit sketchy for awhile this summer. My camera gave up the ghost, so my photography was confined to mostly Iphone captures throughout the fall season. It would seem that I'm making excuses for not keeping up with my blog, but other priorities took a front seat to my time spent in front of the computer. (And thank you for the many emails over the past few months; I'm always pleasantly suprised that I have any sort of 'following' here, as my posts have always been so very sporatic.) :)

The past few months were very satisfying despite the speed bumps. I spent a bit of time up in the Traverse City area with a very special cousin/friend and enjoyed exploring her beautiful area for a few days. We have so very much in common and I am thrilled that we have connected again because we have so many years of catching up to do.  The northwestern shore of Michigan is a wonderful place to do that in.


I am still sketching and painting pretty much on a daily basis. My skills are improving slowly, and watercolor is such a deligtful medium to explore. Most of my paintings are done quickly and I don't fuss much with details. It's more about feeling to me, and my paintings are a bit like my photography journey in that there is always so much emotion behind each piece. The thrill of discovering something that I find beautiful and interesting never grows old. Sketcing is just a different way to capture the excitement of an Eastern Screech owl taking up residence in our owl box.


I'll be starting an online class in the new year that I'm very excited about. I've been a fan of Gina Rossi Armfield's style of journaling for quite some time, and I have signed up for her 'No Excuses' art journaling class for the year. I have kept journals for decades, but I tend to get bored easily .. so having prompts and inspirational tools to draw from will help keep that creative spark flowing; that creative spark that has been so very crucial to keeping a sense of balance and harmony.

“We may place blame, give reasons, and even have excuses; but in the end, it is an act of cowardice to not follow your dreams.”

(Steve Maraboli)


Free at Last!

“The secret of happiness is freedom, the secret of freedom is courage.” 
― Carrie JonesNeed


After 5+ months, multiple vet visits, multiple hospitalizations, multiple arsenic shots, multiple medications, multiple days of wanting to run off leash and play like a normal dog, Mojo is finally done with his heartworm treatments.

To say he is happy to finally be off-leash is an understatement. He is such a brave sweet boy and he handled it all like the wonder dog that he is.

We're going to have a wonderful fall season! :)


Tea Bag Art

“There is something in the nature of tea that leads us into a world of quiet contemplation of life.” 

― Lin Yutang, The Importance of Living


I have been a serious drinker of tea for decades. I'm always on the lookout for new flavors and I always end each day with a cup of herbal tea.

I became aware of the fascinating and beautiful tea bag art by Ruby Silvious via Pinterest. Many pinners have been pinning her artwork for the past several months, and when an online class became available by an artist I follow on Facebook, I immediately signed up.

Let the steeping begin! :)

The classes focus on portraits for the most part, but I'm not a portrait type person. Perhaps in time they will peak my interest, but for the time being I'm enjoying creating tea bag art with the subjects I have always enjoyed in nature.

 I am using watercolors for my pieces thus far, even though the class recommends acrylics. While I have a closet full of acrylic paint, my love of watercolor is carrying over to this new venture. I find acrylics too heavy and dull, and then there's the added problem of disposing of unused paint when I finish a piece. I'm not fond of putting them down the drain and watercolors are comprised of natural substances ; that suits my feelings about 'do no harm' well.


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