To Alex -

To Alex...who is far away in person, but never far from my heart. I miss you. Enjoy these snippets of everyday family life here in the states.

Tuesday, May 1, 2012


Back in January I posted about taking art classes this year so I could learn how to work with different media and I've been steady about taking them. First I took a watercolor class, then a drawing class and now I'm back to watercolor. I think I've learned a thing or two since I started but it's been not so much what to do, but what not to do that I'm seems to be working.
Favorite youngest son (FYS) called me Easter morning to ask if I wanted to go hiking with him. Of course I said yes and we ended up at Hemlock Crossing where I had hiked earlier with a girlfriend and Sir S. FYS loved it, took the lead and I followed along with my camera. How lucky for me to have taken pictures because his birthday was a few days ago and wouldn't you know, I needed a card for him; feeling quite brave and sure of myself, I ventured a painting of one of the photos I took. I see mistakes and areas that could use improvement, but I also see that this painting gives a definite air of hiking in the woods. He recognized it instantly and was astonished that I had painted this. I'm rather astonished myself. ~grins~

Want to see the original?
Pretty cool, yes? Love that I'm learning this media and that it's finally startling to click in my head.

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