My Father’s Garden

This is a painting I did in Germany, and I posted in on my Parisdreamtime blog already. Nevertheless I think the people who come here do not necessarily go there, so here it is. This is really about how I FEEL this garden and what it represents for me. Snuggling up in it, I feel safe. Back in Paris now, we finally have a fine summer, too. Have a wonderful day, enjoy nature and the fleeting moment, greetings from me to you, Andrea. AHdP

Ink and oil on paper (Canson 24 x 32 cm – 250)



I have taken an unfinished sketchbook, with drawings that I did 4 years ago. How time flies. The drawings in there looked naked, I drew them in the countryside, around cows.

Cows and Colors – Ink drawing, oil pastel, water-color


I decided to put some more ink drawings on top of the old ones, and play with color and ideas.

Sketching recipe: Ingredients: sketchbook, pencil, pen, ink color, things you like, and a sprinkle of fun.

Allow yourself being intuitive, you sketchbook doesn’t have any expectations….draw anything you feel attracted to, cats, laundry, food, trees, flowers, faces. You’ll thank me later when you look into your sketchbook, after a few weeks, and there they are, your drawings, sparkling little souvenirs!

Summer, then and now – ink drawing, watercolor, oil pastel

Derecho Storm



I said to Lesley, who writes the Glitz Art Glass blog, about one of her earlier comments; Andrea and I try to sketch each day.  Andrea is much better at doing that than I am, but I try.  Last week when the “derecho storm” hit our area things were really thrown off.  We lost power (and many poor souls still do not have it returned to them), internet, cell/mobile and land line phones, emergency contact phone (911) and we were even boiling our drinking water for a bit.  In a moment our lives were turned topsy-turvy, as we had very little warning about the destructive power of this thing.  During the event, I completely forgot about sketching as I was trying to keep myself cool and after that there were far too many other things happening like checking on people who still did not have power, etc.  I finally got around to making this sketch while looking out my front window, because going outside in this heat was not going to happen! Okay, so Andrea prodded me along to make it, too!

The frequency of these amazing storms really befuddles me.  You think of hurricanes and earthquakes doing tons of damage, but who had heard of “derecho”, well maybe weather people, but not so much artists!  Lesley also reminded me it was last year this time when New Zealand was suffering with the wrath of nature with mud slides and terrible flooding not to mention that being on the heels of two devastating earthquakes.  The wildfire in Colorado Springs has also had its way with a heavily populated area.  Sometimes I wonder if the earth is trying to tell us something.  In the end, she will win!

Happy 4th of July, Americans!

It was so very hot in Washington, DC this Fourth of July!  We had tickets to a baseball game and I tried to take my mind off the heat with a bit of doodling, but it did not work all that well.  It has been a tough week here in the north eastern part of the United States (as well as in Colorado).  I will tell you more about that later.  I just wanted to say Happy 4th of July to our American readers!

Plastic Nemesis


One might normally say they have a love/hate relationship with something, but I am not finding a great deal of “love” in my relationship with plastics!  They are bad for the environment, they are bad for your health and they have caused so many issues it is hard to name them all.  Of course, it is nearly impossible to live a life in the western world without plastic, too.  It is everywhere, in our homes, in our cars, in my studio, etc.  I can’t get away from it, but I can limit it in my kitchen and recycle as much as possible.  What our recycling company will not take, we try to find a way to get it reused.  Do you return your plastic bags to the store?  That is an important thing to do.  I shop at a grocery store that has stopped using plastic carrier bags, although I always carry reusable bags with me – they are attached to my set of keys!  In my kitchen, I now use glass and aluminum where I used to use plastic!  I am sure many of you already know about BPA (Bisphenol A) in plastics, so I will not even go into that here on an art blog!  I just want to encourage you to remember to be thoughtful when you make purchases.

This particular non-dominate hand sketch is of a satchel I found when we lived in England.  I love it so much and it is made from recycled plastic bags!  When you can’t recycle the plastic you have at home, think of another use for the item.  The environment will thank you and your health will reward you!

Have a Wonderful Weekend!