Category Travel

Gaudi house in Park Guell, Barcelona

Watercolors: The 100 Day Project

I’m not sure how I discovered The 100 Day Project, but I did and am now participating. In its sixth year, The 100 Day Project encourages you to commit to pursuing some personal project consistently for 100 days. The project starts on April 2 and will continue through July 11. Participants are encouraged to post […]

Vestibule in Barcelona

Barcelona Inspiration

  “We do not remember days; we remember moments.” Watercolor, pen and ink have become an unexpected addition to my ventures as an artist. I’m not completely surprised by this development. I have always enjoyed the artistic elements of being a luthier and a photographer. Exploring sound and aesthetics of art when creating flutes and […]

urban sketchers with James Richards in Winter Park

Urban Sketching workshop with James Richards and Orlando Urban Sketchers

What a treat to spend the day in Winter Park, attending Urban Sketcher James Richards’ workshop, “The Grand Illusion: Achieving a Dramatic Sense of Depth.” I follow Jim on Instagram @jrsketchbook and have taken his online Craftsy course. So I was delighted when I saw that the Orlando Urban Sketchers was having Jim do a […]

Art display at the Vine

I have always enjoyed checking out the art on the walls at a local restaurant The Vine. Each month a different artist’s work is on display – from acrylic paintings to abstract photography. I view the art while having lunch — a roasted beet sandwich on The Vine’s wonderful cranberry and walnut bread.  After eating, […]

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 […]

public bicycles - Barcelona

Barcelona’s intriguing streets

The streets of Barcelona were intriguing. There were major thoroughfares that looked like main roads in US cities. But within just a block of those major streets were the real streets of Barcelona. Las Ramblas has two narrow lanes for traffic with the majority of the area being a wide pedestrian walkway. Every time I […]