It’s summer here in the northern hemisphere, but a few months ago this scene was occurring in my aunt’s backyard in New York. It’s called Sheep TV because every morning the sheep line up along the fence near the house and look into the windows of the house. My aunt said the way they line … More Sheep TV and Tyrants
June in our family is filled with birthdays. And many of our neighbors’ gardens are filled with cheery poppies. While planning out my summer, I decided to illuminate my calendar with poppies. Today, I’ll show you the fruit of that, which in turn was the fruit of observing both some good friends’ poppies and my … More Poppies and Birthdays
Last weekend after a hike in the great outdoors, I met up with a friend at a local brewery in Manhattan. We ended up being the last two people under the umbrellas, chatting with the waiter while he locked up. The week before I had been at the brewery to test it out, and that’s … More A Minute at a Brewery
Driving through the midwest on a summer road trip, you might get a glimpse of a church rising above our small town. If you keep reading, I’ll tell you where I glimpsed this scene, and show you a few other shots of the picture.
We productive people write down our to do list each day, and from time to time look at a calender. I discovered that writing out the daily plan and checking the calendar is always better when it looks nice. Painted nice. Having an esthetically pleasing calendar or planner really increases the quality of your life. … More Watercolor your Planner
This Memorial Day, you may find yourself out on the road. It’s nearly summer, the time for graduations, cookouts, traveling to lakes, or visiting loved ones. If you’re traveling through St. Marys, KS on Highway 24, in the Flint Hills of Eastern Kansas, you’d be passing this arch. It’s tall, imposing, but solid, still and … More How to Remember the Fallen
“Traveling” on local errands and pausing to capture some particular spots of beauty can make you look at your home in a whole new light. While running an errand in Downtown Topeka, I made time to go walking around and to paint my favorite piece of architecture there: The Capitol. In this post I’ll share … More Capturing Urban Adventures
That is the question. How about both? Right now in this part of midwest is morel season! Have you found any while out on your daily hikes or excursions? One of my students was telling me he and his family found over 30! THIRTY! My mouth waters. I should have asked him if I could … More Morels: to Paint or to Eat?
Do you have little things in your day that lift your spirits? Little visual moments of beauty, joy, or just simple satisfaction? I’ll show you how to capture those perks through three little adventures last Thursday. First, after finishing some work, I met my mom and sisters at a baker in Lawrence, KS, about an … More How to Capture Everyday Perks
This old building in a small town just off Highway 24 in Eastern Kansas was recently restored to much of its former glory. The project was desired by a Mr. Store Owner who had plans for a neat country store there. It made possible by a Mr. Uplifter of the community. I asked the Mr. … More Resurrecting Old Buildings