Thursday, April 30, 2009

The Race Packet

Just got home and took a picture: that's what was in the bag.
We are 3 running this Sunday: Steve, Emily and franswazz (humble author of this blog)

Monday, April 27, 2009

An Artist Who Lives Not Far From Me

I totally love this artist's work, quick go
take a peek
Tell me what you think....I want one of his pieces!

Saturday, April 25, 2009

Race This Morning

A view of the event....

One of my fierce competitors

Oh, that felt good, right after the finish

Waiting for the medals

This one was taken back home, happy!
This race was for a very good cause, the New Mexico Autism Society, their first annual race event. A very pleasant one, beautiful morning. Steve chose not to do it in favor of the Run for the Zoo next weekend.
By the way, I think I was the only "skort" around! I have come to like running in one, very smooth, free running. I read somewhere that some guys really hate to be passed by a skirt! Yeah! I was hoping for 29' (after these long months recovering from injury) and so I was happy with my time of 28'13"!

Wednesday, April 22, 2009

Our Girls

Zsa Zsa is a top American hen, a white Leghorn
Kocotte is French, a Marans
Maggie is Dutch, a Welsummer
Swazikette is American, a Rhode Island Red
And Bleuette is an Ameraucana (origin South America)
Zizou the little rooster is a bantam Belgian D'Uccle

Sunday, April 19, 2009

One Very Strange Egg

A wrinkled egg....that is, an egg laid without its shell....don't know which one of the girls laid it.
They are getting plenty of calcium so that is just a freak:)

Saturday, April 18, 2009

My Favorite Quote...

Yes, madam, I am drunk. But in the morning I will be sober and you will still be ugly.

Winston Churchill

or at least one of my favorites !

Friday, April 17, 2009

Work in Studio

I could not make any progress on the large painting from Jesse's workshop (utter frustration...I could have screamed...) so I went back to old pieces and reworked that one, what a difference!
The colors of the finished one are softer than shown however.
I went back to look at this picture and noticed that she seems to have a tear ....

Wednesday, April 15, 2009

A Quote for a Wednesday

Aerodynamically, the bumble bee shouldn't be able to fly, but the bumble bee doesn't know it so it goes on flying anyway.

(Mary Kay Ash)

Wednesday, April 8, 2009

Battle in the Studio

It does not appear as if I have worked much but these changes are the results of hours of utter frustration....and some work!
What I like best are the detail shots:(

Tuesday, April 7, 2009

Monday, April 6, 2009

Progress on the Small Painting...and End

It is not as vivid a blue as this. I still need to work on this one a little longer (more work on background and on the right area) and.......done!
Colors are somewhat softer.... The whitish areas above and to the right are actually mostly pale blue with a bit of white.
So I reworked some areas the next morning (April 7) and added some things.....done! I removed the picture posted yesterday and replaced it with this one.
12" x 12" or about 30cms x 30 cms.
Mixed media on board.
Acrylics, oil pastels, collage

Sunday, April 5, 2009

My First Race.....of The Year!

It was a hard race in terms of terrain, basically a cross country type.......something I did not expect but I ran well with a time of 30'1". Awards to the first 8 runners so we went back home , no point in waiting in the cold and the wind! This is my first race in 11 months and I am so very happy: thank you Lord!
Next race is May 3rd, "Run For The Zoo", a race I have never missed since I have been racing and one I definitively belong in, as you will, undoubtedly agree....:)

Saturday, April 4, 2009

Quote for Saturday

There are good days and there are bad days, and this is one of them.

Lawrence Welk

Thursday, April 2, 2009


Yes I love yellow even when someone splashed a bit of orange on it....and at least at the very beginning of spring, even the naughty dandelion!