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Inspired by all the fall colors, and the fact that we are getting ready to take a vacation to Northern California, I decided to paint another watercolor….in fall colors!

For some reason the watercolors I was sick of working with many years ago, seem to be what brings me joy today.  The mixing  of paint; watercolors, acrylic and even ink seem to be calming to me at a time when everyone is agitated about politics.  Boy, will I be glad when the election is over, the ads will be off the TV, and we can get back to talking about the  small stuff.

One of the reasons I stopped working in watercolors was the  length of drying time.  My creative self  started demanding instant gratification, and working on a painting that somehow was finished in a day or two was more than enticing.  Each piece was so different, as is the acrylic,  the time spent on just one petal or leaf seemed like forever, time spent on an acrylic petal, or leaf was oh so quick.  The fact that a watercolor has to be treated differently to hang it in a room, is surly a downside, but hey I’m up for a challenge.  Why not seal it, and mount it to a canvas.  It’s been done before, and it will be done again!

I’m an experimental artist, so let’s experiment!

Les and I are headed to Lake Tahoe later this week, and I expect to come home so revitalized, refreshed and once again grounded.  The air and trees always inspire me, and I don’t expect this time to be any different.  Nature is so amazing…..

Temperatures up North have dropped, from what we are use to  that is.  It’s cold up there and I expect we pansys are going to feel like it’s freezing.  We feel like it’s freezing when it get to the 60’s here.  We will moan, and groan, and rush from one place to another.  We aren’t going up there to gamble, just to be refreshed, and have a change of pace.  To regain an appreciation for all that we don’t have in Southern California.

There will be no hunkering down to keep warm at the expense of adventure!

Our plan is to visit some friends while up there, and let them tease us about how light weight we are for thinking it’s cold.  After all, they’re use to it, and I’m sure it won’t be as cold as it will be later in the winter.  They’ll have every right to tease us!   It will be a treat to have people we know to share dinner with, and maybe even a fire in the fireplace!

I’m hoping to do a little sketching… so my sketch book, and  pens are ready to go.  We are both looking forward to our little adventure before the holidays.

Happy Halloween everyone…..

The Magic of The Pumpkin


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With Halloween almost here, kids all around us are getting their pumpkins ready for the spookiest night of the year!  Some still have to be carved, and some await the night when they can be lit up, and take part in the scary evening called Halloween.  All the children are planning their costumes, some even make them as we did when we were kids.  Now-a-days all the stores have them,  and  in some ways they are a little bit disappointing!  Remember when we would plan an outfit for weeks, trying to think of the scariest costume possible, getting the make up ready, the bags or pillowcases ready, and then Mom would insist we put on a coat or jacket?  Well that ruined the everything didn’t it?  Somehow we got through it, and came home with copious amounts of candy that we’d have to hide from our siblings, and parents!

On Sunday, Papa and I went out to visit with two of our grandkids.  When we arrived the kitchen table was covered in brown paper, the pumpkins and carving equipment all around.  They had carefully been punctured in all the right places so the selected picture could be carved into the face of the pumpkin!  The kids did most of it, but when it came to the real detail, they eagerly handed all the tools over to their mother.  You should have seen the look on Mom’s face!  Of course, she knew she’d get to do all the “difficult carving!”  But carving a pumpkin is a messy venture, and does anyone look forward to slimy internal muck, and seeds?  The pictures the kids chose for the faces of their pumpkins were rather interesting, one being a cat, and the other the head of a wolf!  It wasn’t difficult to know who chose the kitty, and who chose an intimidating wolf face!  A girl – 6, and  boy – 8, exactly.   I always wanted to carve a pumpkin with something different from triangular eyes, nose, and jagged teeth in a wide smiley mouth!  Why didn’t I ever think to do that?   As the faces were finished, we all had to admit, they turned out pretty well, even though Mom had to do all the finishing up!  After the carvings were completed, pumpkins cleaned out, and lights put into the insides, they truly were going to add to a  ghoulish Halloween night!

But wait, there’s more!  As we looked around for the large bowl of guts, and seeds from the insides, they were nowhere to be found…….we looked everywhere,  nothing!  Finally, I knocked on my grandsons bedroom door, and upon being told I could enter, there  precisely in the middle of  his big double bed, was the bowl of pumpkin seeds and guts!”  Upon asking him why he had taken the bowl into his room,  he looked at me with eyes that said, “Grandma, don’t you know?”   and replied, “Room fragrance!”  Of course, what could I have been thinking!   Apparently there are more things than I realized for a pumpkin to do than just be scary, and  one of them is to  provide much-needed room fragrance for eight year old boys!

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This Time It’s Halloween!