November 29, 2013

2 more...

Between cooking, drinking wine, cooking and eating, I found time to start something new...

I hope everyone enjoyed a blessed and Happy Thanksgiving!

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November 26, 2013

Small Gifts...2

I love making gifts for the special people in my life.  Creating small things out of "nothing" is very satisfying.

Each ornament measures approximate 5" high x 3" wide.

"Music Chart" texture courtesy of Kim Klassen.

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November 19, 2013

Trunk Show...

I have been invited to show my art dolls at the Marco Island Art Gallery.  I have been up to my elbows in clay, paint and...for weeks now.

A trunk show is planned for December 11, 2013 from 5:30PM-7:00PM. If you are in the area, please come by for a visit. I'd love to meet you!

These two dolls are almost finished...hah!  Who am I kidding - there's still a ton to be done here.  I have a couple more ideas - not sure I'll have the time...

"Chapters" texture courtesy of Kim Klassen.

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November 15, 2013

Plein Air...

I love watching artists doing their thing outdoors.  While I spend many hours everyday in my studio, I rarely go outside to create art except for my photography, of course.

There were quite a few painters out on the boardwalk.  It was very interesting to see how each artist set up their easel and paints.

Original photo taken just outside of Charleston SC.

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November 12, 2013

A Slice of Life...

Walking down the street in Savannah GA, I saw this gentlemen sitting inside a coffee shop.  The door was open - an invitation to take a photo!

"Extreme Grunge" texture courtesy of Kim Klassen

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November 11, 2013

Thank You!

A huge thank you to our military veterans.  Because of you we celebrate our freedom.  Also, Happy Birthday to the U.S. Marines!

Original photo taken in Charleston SC watching the Veteran's Day parade.
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November 8, 2013

Door Bells

I always enjoy hearing the sound of bells when I walk through a door - it's a great way to announce oneself.

Original photo taken in Beaufort SC.

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November 5, 2013

One Last Look...

We started the day downtown looking for Rainbow Row.  We'd heard about it and actually walked passed it yesterday without realizing it.  Rainbow Row is the name for a series of 13 colorful historic houses on East Bay Street.  According to some tales, the houses were painted in the various colors such that drunken sailors coming in from port could remember which houses there were to bunk in.

There are many shrimp boats in Shem Creek - just outside Charleston.  We found a large number of plein air painters there getting ready for an exhibit which opens on Friday - too bad we'll be gone by then.  It was really interesting seeing the different perspectives these artists had for the same scene.

Topaz filter added to original photo of these shrimp boats

This is the Angel Oak tree.  It is magnificent!  65 feet high; 25.5 feet circumference; 17,000 sq. feet of shade; largest limb has a circumference of 11.25 feet and length of 89 feet.  It is estimated to be between 300 and 400 years old.

Richard is so lucky.  He can eat sweets every day and not gain an ounce  I wish I could say the same for moi!!!!

"Finale" texture courtesy of Kim Klassen - very appropriate since this our last day in Charleston.  Tomorrow we head for home.

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November 4, 2013

South of Broad

Roamed the streets of Charleston on this fine November morning.  The weather is crisp and sunny - perfect!

Plein Air Artists

Both clocks found on Broad Street.  How do sundials know about daylight savings time?

An example of the historic homes here

Ah, yes, Life IS Good!

November 3, 2013

Farewell to Beaufort

There is so much more to see in Beaufort, but alas we leave today for Charleston.  We'll just have to come back one day to see what we missed here.

This morning found us wandering around town map in hand photographing homes in the historic district.

The original owners of this historic home sitting on the front swing!

If you have seen the movie "The Big Chill," you will recognize this house.

 Drive over to Hunting Island State Park for a walk on the beach.  This is one of the tallest lighthouses I have ever seen.

On to Charleston :-)

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November 2, 2013

Beautiful Beaufort

We will spend one night in this gem of a small town in South Carolina.  The skies have been overcast most of the day.  The temperatures are mild and there is a breeze.

View across the street from our B&B.

The North Street B&B where we are staying
There many large antebellum homes in this area, but many smaller homes too.  I just love seeing laundry out on a line.

Fountain and garden behind a huge house overlooking the water

View from the park located in the center of town.  We'll explore where that bridge leads tomorrow. The center part swings open and revolves to the side to let large vessels pass.

Beautiful people live here too!

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November 1, 2013

Halloween in Savannah

Like everywhere else in the US, there will be a lot of partying going on in town tonight.  We may be brave and hit some of the bars on River Street - dressed up as tourists!

Pretty pumpkins on the steps

There were a number of ghouls and goblins running around early today.  (Can you guess which one of these characters is my husband?)
The students at SCAD (Savannah College of Art and Design) do not have classes on Fridays...I'm sure they will stay up late tonight having a good time!

Artist, Sue Nichols, in her gallery - she took her angel wings off because they were getting into the paint she was mixing.

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