I Love Spring


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Gratitude usually abounds for me in the spring. I love spring flowers. I love spring candy (even if I can’t eat it anymore) and I even love spring rain. Here are the pages from my last week or so. I’ve been painting a lot – both the small paintings and the backgrounds of pages in this journal so you will see more cohesive and intentional painting in the next few gratitude journal posts. The 50 small paintings book is due back at the library tomorrow so I’m going to hit the paint while I have it. I’m pretty sure I’m going to get it again to do justice to a few of the more complicated pictures I want to paint.


Some of this is progress on the community mandala, some is my 2 (fairly) new yoga classes that I am loving!!!! I’m trying to make to do lists again. I got away from them for a while but I love making and checking them and seeing them in my journal pages. Lots of green writing because I love green and life is so green and fecund these days. Breathe it in!

Simple Paintings 12 & 13


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The simple paintings are getting a little more complicated and require drying time between steps. I frequently get distracted during drying time and sometimes it takes a bit to get back to them. I am also working on a bunch of different things in the meantime. Here is an abstract painting layering circles of different opacity.

abstract circles

Here is a more 3 dimensional painting of a ball of yarn using contour strokes.

ball of yarn

I may have forgotten some of the finishing touches on this one. Oops! But I wanted to get my Marsh Mandala in the mail.

I hope you have a beautiful day.

Marsh Mandala


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I just finished an 8×8 canvas board collage for the Horicon Phoenix Program fundraiser for the Jersey Street Music Festival in Horicon, WI. Mike and I greatly enjoyed the free concerts that this organization sponsored during our summers in Wisconsin. Here is the process and the product I donated, mandala 39/100.

marsh mandala background

Here is a combination of collaged papers and different paint techniques I used to cover the canvas.

marsh mandala mandala

I have found that I enjoy drawing mandalas on tissue paper over a basic mandala template for mandala collages. I added some paint on top and here is the finished product.

marsh mandala

I sent it out in the mail today. If you would like to purchase this piece it will cost $50, or you can purchase a random piece for $25. The proceeds of the sale support the Jersey Street Music Festival and help a small town stay vibrant. I have to say that I love supporting the Jersey Street Festival from New Jersey. What a funny coincidence.

I hope you have a beautiful day.


Flower of the Day: Indoor Daffodils


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I had a fun photo shoot with some daffodils yesterday.

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I like how the focus on the second flower makes it seem as if it is peaking out from that brash and unfocused front flower. If you want to see more lovely blooms check out Cee’s Flower of the Day posts. She has some outdoor daffodils for your viewing pleasure.

I hope you have a beautiful day.


Baha’i House of Worship


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On our way to Wisconsin last week we stopped at the Baha’i House of Worship in Chicago. I had wanted to go there for ages and I’m so glad we did.

bahai house of worship reflection and robin

Here is a photo with a robin and a security guard and a reflection in the fountain.

The details of the building are so beautiful. And so are the doorways.

bahai house of worship door

If you want to see more beautiful and interesting doors, check out Thursday Doors at Norm 2.0.

I hope you have a beautiful day.

Mount Hood Simple Painting


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Thanks to Cee for the photo that inspired this painting! Here are links to both of her photography sites. She has provided a lot of inspiration for my art and encouraged my photography as well. Thanks Cee!

Mount Hood

Her photo of Mount Hood reminded me of the simple landscapes I have been painting in my Simple Paintings series. The others are all from this book.


I am so happy to be able to apply what I have learned from this book into my painting so easily!

I hope you have a beautiful day.

Mom Turns 80: So Much Gratitude


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We made the trip to Wisconsin and back to New Jersey this last week and there was so much to be grateful for! I’m really pleased with the impact my daily painting has had on the backgrounds of my art journal. I didn’t paint on the trip or yesterday, but I’m getting back to it today.

My Mom turned 80 and my oldest sister did a great job organizing a party. It was great to see family and friends. Our boys hadn’t seen each other in more than a year and the night before Mom’s party the four of us went out for dinner and a movie. Beauty and the Beast was beautiful and the boys loved the music. We also got to see quite a few friends we hadn’t seen in so long. The “happy birthday” on the journal page is from one of the napkins at the party. I drew little mandalas on the page while my mom and I talked and caught up in the days before the party.

The quote is from the Naomi Novik book “Uprooted” that Mike and I listened to on our drive out to WI.

“I was a glaring blot on the perfection. But I didn’t care: I didn’t feel I owed him beauty.”

I hope you have a beautiful day on this rainy, Spring day.