Sperry Glacier in distance...and yes my sketch book was with me!

Pet portrait of late four legged friend....this is Emma Jean, aka "apple thief" during cider making events!

"Emma Jean" 16 X 20"

"Pink Paragon of Perfection"  24" X 18" Find this painting at Art at the Mill, Millwood VA

On the road again...hard to believe it has been 3 weeks since my 3 day trek from east to west over the Continental Divide in Glacier National
Park!  About this time 3
Gunsight Lake, Glacier Park Montana
weeks ago I was yelling "Hey Bear!" and a huge moose turned to get a better look at us!  Guess all moose are large when you are 50 yards 
from them!  We continued on and the moose was too busy with 
breakfast to be upset about a couple of noisy ladies.

I have taken a blog break this summer.  No July, no August....but lots 
of new material for the rest of the year!  Each outing or hike my trusty 
little digital Cannon Power Shot dangled from my pack at the "every ready" assuring of a photo or video of whatever I came across...and no tears if it got wet, lost or dropped.  No cell coverage in the park so the camera was a more efficient faster choice.
Baby Marmot

The spectacular mountains of Glacier National Park, marmots, 
mountain goats, mountain sheep and bears have all been the subject 
of my snapshots this summer and I can't wait to paint my 
interpretations of all these great and wonderful sights!
Mountain Goat kids

Sometimes there are bumps on the road to stop us and make us 
thankful to be alive.....a layover in Columbus OH on our cross country 
trek is an example.  We were in the first rain storm of the summer (for 
us) and the car began to hydroplane....scary!  We pulled over and discovered our 1 year old tires were practically bald...I know we've covered a lot of ground, but they shouldn't be bald already!  On a Saturday afternoon about all one can do is place a special order and chill until Monday morning.  Blessings abound... no accident, tucked 
into a renovated hotel room with happy colors, found a delicious new  Italian restaurant, had a good sleep and a free day to visit the art 
galleries of Columbus' "Short North". 
When not driving, I spend time in my sk etch book.  This gives me a chance to do thumbnail sketches of future larger pieces...and to use  watercolor pencils on scenes I'd sketched earlier in the summer.  Relaxing and challenging this helps me collect my thoughts and ideas.

Upcoming shows:
"23 Pond Waddle Way"  24 X 48" 
Mixed Media...come see the maps of Canadian Waterways in the Collage pieces on the breasts of the birds...sketch book pieces and more!

an artist interpretation two paintings, two scales, same subject
  September 23- October 11
 Live An Artful Life Gallery 
6474 Main St The Plains, VA 
Opening Reception:  Saturday, Sept 26 - 5pm to 7pm. Join me and vote for  your favorite pair of pieces.
"Leader" 10 X 8"

Art at the Mill, Millwood, VA      Oct. 3-18
during the following hours:  
Monday-Thursday 12-5, Friday & Saturday 10-5 and Sunday from 12-5.  
The Burwell-Morgan Mill is located at 15 Tannery Lane, Millwood, VA  22646
Adults $5, Seniors $3, kids 12 and under are free

Loudoun Sketch Club show Aldie Mill October 9-18

 "Flamingo Ballet"  48" X 54" Mixed Media

Thank you for the sale!!!

"Framecraft of Warrenton"  Mark, Meleana and the staff at Framecraft are experts!   I have many pieces there .   

There are hammers sounding on the lower level with an art workshop space in the making.....can't wait to share it!

With Joy in my Heart and springing off my brush....or is that "Falling off my Brush" this time of year....(I know... sad what amuses me sometimes....)    
"Pumpkin" the rescue pup