Author Archives: J R

Art Festival at Thornebrook, Oct. 13-14, 2018

I hope you’ll join me for the Art Festival at Thornebrook, Oct. 13 and 14. I’ll be one of more than 100 artists with our work on display — and for sale. My display is #49, next to Malgorzata’s Gallery and Boutique. I’ll be selling three different styles of flutes that can bring music to your […]

Chris Thile

Mandolin and Chris Thile in Gainesville

Chris Thile — mandolin player, composer, songwriter and singer. Playing the mandolin for and hour and a half…with no break. His performance in Gainesville at the Phillips Performing Arts Center was amazing. For the first hour, I watched with my inner jaw hanging open. The mandolin was an extension of him as he played. He […]

Art display at Satchel’s Pizza

It’s been fun to work with two friends to cover all the walls at Satchel’s Pizza, with our watercolor art, urban sketches and photography.  Satchel is great at supporting local artists and providing a festive venue for art while patrons get to enjoy tasty pizza. Our work includes more than 80 pen, ink and watercolor […]

Sketching at the beach

A trip to the beach was a different experience this summer. Usually when I’m at the beach, I’m collecting shells, reading fiction or taking photographs of birds. This time, I was sketching. I sketched smaller watercolors for postcards and larger images for upcoming art shows. Favorite paints for capturing the sand, sea, sky and foilage […]

Purple Gallinule at Sweetwater Wetlands Park

Quest for the purple gallinule

  Seeing the purple gallinule has been a quest of mine for some time. If you’ve not seen a gallinule, they are quite a visual treat.  With their bright purple-blue, green-turquoise feathers they don’t seem real. They have bright red and yellow beaks with a turquoise head marking. Only once had I seen and photographed […]

sweetgum carved spoons

Carving sweetgum spoons

I’ve been carving spoons from sweetgum this week. The wood was given to me friend who collected a couple of sweetgum branches while out running. The sweetgum tree was being taken down as part of a homeowner’s efforts to clear trees in anticipation of hurricane season. My friend knew I like to “rescue” parts of […]

Happy Make Music Day

Happy World Music Day! What a great way to recognize the importance of music and its ability to bring people together. World Music Day (also called Make Music Day) started in 1982 when the Ministry of Culture in France launched the Fête de la Musique (“festival of music”). The event was a day of free, […]