An artist's journal.
Here you'll find my paintings and musings, where the featured subjects could likely cover just about anything.
The last 4+ years I've been caring for my best buddy B during his courageous fight to live through cancer and it's complications. I'm tickled to report, he's getting better and I'm finding small bits of painting time again.

Looking forward to a daily celebration of life's gifts by using the brightest, happiest colors in the box!

Visitors looking for 'B's Journey', click here.

Monday, October 20, 2008

"KAMEA" 12/2003
acrylic on canvas
cropped detail

Brian has always said i captured lightning in a bottle with this portrait... it was the first portrait of any of our grandchildren and took just a few hours, instead of days, to complete... for reference, i used a photo of Kamea taken as she was running and playing with her sisters and cousins... she had stopped for just a moment to let me take her picture... no, she is not an armless child, she just has them behind her back... she was 2 years old at the time and is now 6... she may be the most precocious of any of our grandkids so far... an amazing child!

"TREVOR" 2004
acrylic on canvas

This is a portrait of our grandson, Trevor... the reference photo for this portrait was taken by our daughter Casey... she is an aspiring photographer and was playing with capturing Trevor lit just by the Christmas lights... it is one of my favorite portraits, glowing and warm... Casey would like me to paint another portrait of Trevor someday that shows his adorable face... add that to my 'to do' list of grandkid portraits... as i've mentioned in an earlier post, i still have 3 grandkids whose portraits i haven't painted yet... anyways, this was obviously Trevor's first Christmas, so he was about 9 months old... he is 5 now, just started kindergarten... whenever the family gets together for visits, he is papa's (grandpa brian) little shadow... a darling little boy!

For all you reunion folks in Columbus this week, here's a pic of Brian, Kathy and Jeff taken at Kathy's grandson Connor's first birthday party on Oct. 11th...
In the margin, on the left side of this blog, you will find links to friends and family on James' (Kathy's son) and Nichol's blog to see some really amazing photos of Connor and get a glimpse into their lives.

Sunday, October 19, 2008

The leaves are changing in Colorado Springs... our daughter-in-law, Lisa, sent us this photo of her with our grandkids... i know they love their new home, but we sure miss them tons! This is their second fall season in the high country... i can't believe they've been gone over a year and a half!
From left to right they are Emma, 14, Lennon, 3, Brina, 11, Rimona, almost 1, Lisa, Gianna, 5 and Kamea, 6. Lisa, do i have the ages correct? I lose track occasionally.
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"There are days when I feel I could've painted the Sistine Chapel and, then, there are the days when I'm not sure I could trace a stick figure.... the only difference between these days is my state of mind"~ Jenna Millward Corkill