Category Travel

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 […]

Smoky the cat at Phillmore's

Woodworking stores & projects

Woodworking stores provided a creative break for me during a recent road trip to visit relatives. Walking through woodworking stores always gives me ideas for projects and usually includes purchasing a special piece of wood or a tool I need. Rockler – The surprise was finding a Rockler store in Sharonville, OH — one of the […]

La Boqueria in Barcelona

La Boqueria is an interesting market in Barcelona.  With a range of fruits, vegetables, meats, sweets, spices, olives and people, I could spend a day wandering through it and just looking and taking photographs. On this particular visit, we were on a mission to purchase cheese, bread, grapes and other interesting items for celebrating New […]

Barcelona Concert: Ala Voronnkova

Recently I was blessed with the opportunity to return to Barcelona to bring in the New Year and celebrate the Three Kings festivities. You’ll be reading more posts about this experience and if you missed the posts from my 2017 visit you can read about Barcelona’s intriguing streets, the Gegant giants, a Gamelan musical instrument […]

Stephen Foster Memorial Carillon Tower

Art in the Park at Stephen Foster Folk Culture Center State Park, Oct. 7

Enjoy seeing artist displays and craft demonstrations and get a head start on holiday gift shopping at Art in the Park at the Stephen Foster Folk Culture Center State Park on Saturday, Oct. 7, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m, 2017. I’ll be one of the artists, selling my wood art. My Native American-style flutes […]

Hitty Namesakes: The Walker Sisters

Hitty sisters I recently carved made a trip hiking in the Great Smoky Mountain National Park. The Hitty sisters, wood dolls, share the heritage of Methitabel, (“Hitty” for short) a carved doll starring in the Newberry winning book Hitty, Her First Hundred Years. While I enjoy carving the dolls, the detailed tiny clothes are fashioned […]

Gazpacho of the day

My Elixir Gazpacho

When I was in Barcelona, I had some absolutely fabulous gazpacho. The best gazpacho I have ever tasted! We ate tapas in a cafe outside the Sagrada Familia.  The waiter brought the freshest gazpacho. I long to go back for more. You can understand, then, that I have been on a quest to recapture that […]