Monday, April 25, 2016

Walking the Camino de Santiago...again

The Camino de Santiago is a great teacher. There was no exact moment of clarity or understanding, but as I settled back into to my life back home I became aware that I learned a great deal on my 500 mile journey. 
I still have a lot to learn, so in two weeks I am going back!

Wednesday, March 30, 2016

“My friend George”

George Anderson is an artist and owner of the gallery/studio where I work. He is a painter, entrepreneur, businessman, salesman, husband to Jean, father, mentor and my friend. At 84 years old, he goes to the gallery/studio and paints everyday after he walks three miles. His lust for life comes from family, friends, a great sense of humor and doing what he is passionate about and that is his art. 
He is my hero and I want to be just like him when I grow up…

Tuesday, March 15, 2016

Fox on the run

Taking a sketching class at Maine College of Art is the perfect solution to a long dark cold winter in Maine. Fun and interesting people to sketch with, share ideas and to get a little weekly inspiration. Accordion sketchbook assignment inspired by seeing a fox run across the road near the beach.

Sunday, February 14, 2016

"Gratitude Sketches"—25 days

In mid-January my sister and I decided we should journal and meditate daily and I added daily gratitude sketches. Unfortunately, the journaling and mediation has waned a bit, but I have managed to keep my daily gratitude sketches going. It may eventually go by the wayside along with the meditation and journaling...or they will all come back...maybe...

Wednesday, February 3, 2016

"Sweet Willy"

I love when I get asked to paint someone's dog. Everyone is so excited and grateful and smiling...and dogs rock!!!

Saturday, December 26, 2015

Holiday Hike

My beautiful niece, Paige and I decided on a 5 mile Christmas morning hike up and down Thunderbird Mountain. She runs marathons so it was my job to keep up with her as we passed most of the other holiday hikers. She gave her Aunt Jen a good workout and I survived to sketch from the one photo we took as we ran by all the other hikers and decorated scrubby trees at the top.
Happy Holidays everyone.
#Arizona #Christmasday #familytime

Monday, December 21, 2015

Jackie—She's 90

My mom is a fifth generation Californian, born and raised in San Francisco. She was married to my dad for 64 years and they lived in the same house for 59 years where they raised three kids. 
She is still going strong and happily lives in Arizona enjoying the warm desert climate. She walks around the block or exercise class everyday though she would rather just read, migrating from couch to couch immersed in 10 books a week. She likes to sneak around without wearing her hearing aids…

Friday, December 18, 2015

Arizona Holidays

I saw this on my run today through the wild west suburbs of Phoenix Arizona and thought it gives a whole new meaning to the words "Christmas Cactus".
‪#‎Arizona‬ ‪#‎Christmas‬ ‪#‎familytime‬

Monday, November 23, 2015

"Little Angels"

A friend asked if I could paint his granddaughters as Christmas presents for his kids. After much angst and haggling I agreed on oils and he on a price. I got out the pliers, twisted open the paint tubes and started to paint. I had such a wonderful time with the buttery feel of the oils and the colors in the fleshtones that I couldn't resist giving them wings. After all its that time of year.

Wednesday, September 23, 2015

Thank you L.L.Bean

30 years ago a small company in Freeport Maine based on an iconic Maine Hunting Shoe gave this creative girl from California an amazing opportunity when they hired me as an art director. That began my 20 year career at L.L.Bean. 

Sadly, Leon Gorman, who transformed his grandfather's small business L.L.Bean into a premier American brand and global retailer, died recently of cancer at 80. Leon's vision, unwavering commitment to quality and a 100% guarantee on every product sold, along with his love of Maine and the outdoors made him an inspiration to all of us who were honored to work beside him, everyday. 

Thank you Leon, for all you gave to us.

Sunday, August 16, 2015

Late summer in Maine

Summer in Maine is so beautiful, but way too short. Grabbed a coffee and my favorite Energy Muffin from Scratch after my run for a sketch before the rest of a warm sunny day indoors at the gallery. Late summer rose hips ripen and the leaves start to turn yellow...and of course there are always seagulls...

Saturday, August 1, 2015

Doodle dogs...everywhere...

Stopped in at Scratch for coffee and a bagel on my way back from my run on the beach. There were "doodles" of every shape and size bounding up and down the beach in "doodle dog heaven". A beautiful summer day in Maine and I am inside working....

Monday, June 8, 2015


Lawrence and Winston—proof that owners and their dogs do look alike.

Saturday, May 30, 2015

Every Day in May #30 and Catching Up

Every Day in May #30—a bird feeder
I continue to feed and enjoy my birds, but have developed a system that works for all of us. The feeder stays empty for a few days while we all take a break. When it is finally refilled they are back. Fascinating and hungry as ever...and they are everywhere.

Every Day in May—Catching Up 
Falling behind, I managed to fill a page of challenges last night after recovering on the couch from a long one year anniversary 15 mile Camino walk around Portland. 
With sketch book on my lap looking around the living room:
#10 Something I turn on and off 
#17 Something used for measuring 
#21 A place I sit to read 
#22 Something attached to a wall in my home  
#23 An interesting detail of a building (still on couch)....and of course my BIRDS!!!!

Friday, May 22, 2015

Every Day in May #20—my wallet

I decided to buy a bird feeder a few days ago not knowing I would end up feeding the neighborhood. So many beautiful colorful birds, fascinating to watch and they are very hungry. I realized I was filling the feeder every other day so now a 40 pound bag of bird seed is taking up valuable closet space...
Several days behind, again...

Wednesday, May 20, 2015

Every Day in May #19

Every Day in May #19—a cupcake
Delicious Gluten-Free chocolate coconut cupcakes for my wonderful Gluten-Free friend Elizabeth from the delectable Gluten-Free Bam Bam Bakery in Portland Maine.

Tuesday, May 19, 2015

Every Day in May—#14, #15 & #18

Every Day in May #18—Lipstick
I never leave the house without wearing lipstick. I even brought lipstick on the 500 mile "Camino de Santiago" walk across Spain. Every morning, for 32 days, I would pull on my boots, hoist a pack on my back, apply my bright red lipstick and set forth on another days adventure. It truly was a Buen Camino!

Every day in May #15—Something I would give/throw away
I bought these shoes for an event a year ago. I keep them because the are so darn cute, but frankly I can’t even get beyond the front door. Extremely high heel, extremely pointy toe and extremely painful.
I have been dragging this bracelet around since sometime in the nineties. Big gaudy rhinestones on a big fake gold band. Did I really wear this…
They are both—OUT!

Every Day in May #14—Something I use everyday
My keys with the "carabiner organizing system" that makes perfect me...

Friday, May 15, 2015

Every Day in May #9, #11 and #13

Every Day in May #13—The last thing I bought
Beautiful bracelets handmade in Maine by "The Ropes".
Colorful and fun to wear especially with my grandmother's gold chain bracelet. Each piece is made from elements of the working waterfront—authentic marine ropes, dock line and hardware. I love them!!!

Every Day in May #11—A hat, cap or headgear

This fabric scrunchie is "running headgear". It is made from brightly colored 1/2" fabric strips knotted onto an elastic band which took hours to make. I twist it around my hair and wear it when I run.

Every Day in May #9—something with an interesting label
Neighbors Meghan Tippit Gaven and her husband own the The Honey Exchange in Portland Maine. Their business is like a “ Honey Bee Hub” supporting local beekeepers who sell their honey, beeswax products, and other products of the hive and educating all of us about the importance of honey bees for the planet. We have hives here in Willard Beach tucked into fruitful “ bee friendly” backyards around the hood. I was given a precious jar of “Ocean Breeze Honey Bees” honey. Raw and unfiltered it crystallized in my honey bear container, but as the jars says, just heat it up and it is delicious!!!

Thursday, May 7, 2015

Every Day in May #7—an envelope

It is not easy keeping up with a daily challenge even though there is a list. What about when you can’t figure out how to draw the seemingly uninteresting subject for that day…