Thursday, March 22, 2012

Portland Maine—March 22, 2012—Sunny 78°

March in Maine is usually cold, snowy, rainy, sleety and gray and this relentless dreary weather usually lasts through most of April. Spring is a long time coming to northern New England, but not this week. Warm, sunny, dry weather has decended upon us and though it is not normal and probably wreaking havoc with the balance of things, it is so lovely to see clear blue sky and feel the warmth of the sun.

A quick sketch of the coastline. Though the landscape is still mostly brown, some trees are starting to bud and the grass is just starting to turn green, well brownish green...

Monday, March 19, 2012

California family visit

My dear old dad hasn't been very well lately, so off I went to California to help my family get him back on his feet.
My parenst have been married for 60 years and have live in the same house for 56 years. A California ranch house built in 1956 in the scruffy hills near Palo Alto in the San Francisco Bay Area. I often marvel how we all fit in that house, but two adults and three kids is far different than five adults. Not to mention all the strong personalities.
It was teamwork as my mom, my sister, my brother and I shared in making my dad comfortable as he recooperated.

A drawing I did of my mom at Christmas—a much happier time.

A quick sketch when I went outside one night to see the moon rising next to one of the redwood trees in my parents yard.

The good news is my dad is doing much better.

The amazing Cathy Johnson was kind enough to interview me for her blog The Artist Journal Workshop. If you have a chance here is the link to my interview and the interviews and work of so many other talented artists: