Romantic Seashells

Think upon the life of a seashell....
......its uniqueness of design, shape, color and dimension...
..... its life and occupants...
..... its petrified history...
...... each day as an amazing journey...

Wait, WE are no different.
Except that WE, you and me,  know Love, Compassion and Wisdom.

Sharing a few recent pencil, pen, watercolor sketches that have a similar feeling.

1. Cherish/Soft Light   2.  Dream It/Soft Light; Organic/Soft Light  3.  Book Rest/gray filter--
Kim's Textures


Perpetual Student

 When I was a young mom, with five children close in age, I found that I needed to "get away" now and then....ANYONE RELATE?  My choice was to take a class...and so I did for years and years.

As I look back over SOOOO many years, I note a pattern as I am still taking classes. But is it a different experience today!!  Where previous classes were composed of sitting in a classroom or art studio with lots of people, today  (for me) it is "online learning" which can be done with or without communication.  

There is an explosion of online classes available: photography, illustration, painting, textiles to name a few. Believe me I have signed up for many a class.  Online versus "in person" has definite perks: don't have to get dressed up, travel, can do it at 3:00am, etc. However I have found my commitment level has not kept up.  In other words, I may sign up for a class, but not start it until it is finished, or start and stop...start and stop..and... and worse...just plain forget about it.  But it doesn't stop me from signing up for something that is totally enticing and "I am positive I will do it this time."  ANYONE RELATE?  

There are some marvelous instructors, some very intriguing subject matter... some of you might be interested in some of the best I have "hung out with."  Now and then I would love to share with you the classes, instructors and a bit of what I have done.

So lets start with something really, really, super really FUN.  
is hugely popular.
Mindy is a charming southern gal, with loads of ideas for
painting the cutest little characters....
I have taken several of her classes and actually completed a few of the projects with my own interpretations.  
This is a great place for those who are beginner, or wish to be beginner, to those with more painting experience.
The way she teaches painting and collage everyone can do. This is a huge plus...

I am taking Primitive Faces II...mine aren't as primitive as Mindy demonstrates but that is okay.  
These two I just completed this week. 

Two years ago I got the BIG idea of painting a "personalized" canvas for five or our grandchildren.  It was lots of fun and done in a bit of Mindy's artistic style. The pieces are large and framed in simple black frames. 

If you are so inclined to try a class, even if you know very little about paints and STUFF....Mindy's courses are a fantastic place to start.

Let me know what you think....or perhaps you have a suggestion of a great instructor and can add it to the comments section.

I would ask that you not print, distribute or use these images.  They are quite personal.


Moments of Still-ness

Moments of Still-ness a honey-sweet blessing when mixed with a full cup of Busy-ness.
And ├╝ber busy would describe our summer.
It is good.
I am grateful.
Entering my life for the past two days have been welcomed moments of quiet, reserve, Still-ness and reflection. This I was waiting for, this I needed.

What "stills" my heart:

Discovering a new flower that looks like a split-petal daisy.  

The wonder on a child's face in her own moment of Still-ness.

While walking discovering a huge, red mushroom. It perched like a ruby red jewel from deep in the earth.

Ripe pears with creamy brie and crackers.

Turtle-Turtle, a tiny two inch box turtle found on our patio. 
Did she drop from the sky?
Quiet fun, naming her, pondering where she came from.

For me the beauty of Still-ness comes with slowing down enough to really SEE and FEEL the little 
tender mercies around me. 

iphone photos-unedited


Pedicures at the Beach Salon

Did you hear? there is a new pedicure salon down at the beach.
Come along we have to hurry it is a very popular place, the lines are forming!

First shed your shoes....hmmmm....boots.

Grab a seat, and drop those toes into a bowl of exfoliating bliss.

Finger tip massage, ahh, that feels so GOOD! Work your magic.

Today there is a pedicure special featuring mud packs, cost: only a few shells, oops, I mean shillings. 

Isn't this divine?  I could stay here all day. I wonder when the stars will come out.  Massage at Midnight....dream on. 

The Seahorse waving a red flag just warned me that there is a long line of hermit crabs waiting impatiently for their turns. 
Gosh I wish those uppity crabs would just crawl back into their holes, 
now I have to swish off my invigorating mud pack!!!! 

Making bubbles at the last minute with their secret ingredient, Sea Flake Suds, the final swish for super soft feet. 

Sparkling waves, blushing pink toes, petal smooth skin.
I wanted to have my toenails painted a soft lavender,
but I was told they are experiencing a challenge working on 
Olivia Octopus, who was ahead of me.

I knew I should have run faster!!


Garden Sculptures

What an amazing, exhilarating, fun-loving three weeks we have had with our adult kids and 11 grand-kiddies.
Sun Up--Sun  Down we amazed ourselves with all
that there is to do, learn and explore whether paired off or in one huge moving mass of energy.
It has been fun to review the photos we have all taken with our various cameras.  
I decided to choose something calm....a beautiful, inviting botanical garden in Asheville, NC. 

I was impressed with the workmanship and uniqueness of the sculptures created from many substrates.

Sculpture enhances a garden when well placed and chosen.
It is a bit like the perfect pair of shoes or handbag to go with your best outfit.  It simply adds to the entire over all appearance and environment. 
These are my three favorite sculptures, for their placement and uniqueness. They enhance the visual experience.

I was very happy with my  SOOC camera shots but decided to add a delicate texture to each.

Kim is offering a free Lightroom course demonstrating the use of the Library for organizing photos. 
You need only to sign up.  I did. It was great!  Thank you Kim for your generosity. 


She Sells Seashells Down......

She Sells Sea Shells

She sells sea shells on the sea shore.

The shells she sells are sea shells, Im sure.

And if she sells sea shells on the sea shore,

Then l'm sure she sells seashore shells.

We are off again....22 of us.

TWENTY-TWO--Bigs and Littles

It is taking two houses to hold us all. Seabrook, SC here we come. Can't wait. Our family is scattered near and far; to get us all together is a fantastic journey.  

I suppose I will want to paint a beach scene with 22 zany-crazy characters doing "beach stuff."

My goodness, YES, more seashell photos!!!! As though I don't have one thousand or more. A 

"kid at heart" can never have enough seashells !  

smiles, sharon


Running with the Waves

Ring Around Rosie in the damp Beach Sand.
Mother and Child twirling with abandon.

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Just Because...........

JUST BECAUSE......we need Mother Earth

JUST BECAUSE......we need Open Spaces 

 JUST BECAUSE.....we need to Trust Our Inner Selves

JUST BECAUSE......we need Bouquets of Happiness


Just Because KIM is a very special lady with a caring-sharing Heart. 


Silver Linings from the Heart

Seeing how long it has been since posting, makes me a bit sad, but sometimes we don't have a great deal of control over one's more pleasurable activities.  Many happenings in our home....a daughter, husband and two loved dogs have come to live with us for the summer. Our first born granddaughter has graduated from high school and a trip to her graduation was a renewal of family bonds and love.
We visited the cemeteries where our parent are laid to rest.  We have celebrated birthdays.  And we have moved load after load of items to charitable causes to make room for our summer family.  Yes, it has been good. Yes, it has been busy.  Yes, we wouldn't have it any other way.

This week is  Photo Heart Connection hosted by Kat Sloma.  Choosing a photo to represent all that has taken place these last months is truly impossible.  But my camera wasn't in full retirement: here are a few photos to share that touch my heart.  


Smiles Upon Your Day....Sharon