Archive | August 2012

Skywatch – Sedona, Arizona

Sedona

Sedona is in the high desert of Arizona.  Absolutely beautiful place!  Even though I live in Arizona I’ve only visited Sedona once to participate in an art show.  The town is a mecca for artists.  Some of the most highly talented artists live in Sedona, and you can find art classes at the Sedona Arts Center where they give lessons in oil, pastel, sculpture, multi-media and more. Some of their classes are held outdoors, or en plein air.

If you would like to see more breath-taking skies and scenery from around the world go to Skywatch.

Freestyle – haiku

spinning twirling jump
racing along on the ice
freestyle each his own

smell icy cold air
jumping, spinning,  twirling, dance
as free as a bird

Word for this Wednesday is freestyle, so I used it in the traditional meaning of  performing free style in a competition.  The picture is composed of an assortment of clip art that came in my MS Office Publisher 2007.

Sensational Haiku Wednesday

Flowers and more flowers and a haiku

Fairy dust floating
Dancing fairies everywhere
Turning flowers blue

Sharing this with Blue Monday

 

And for Macro Monday here are some closeup views of flowers from my garden and a dragonfly who was nice enough to pose for me.

Smiling SallyMM3

What a Party!

I’m sharing my little drawing with the Sunday Sketchers.

What a Party!

Definition of discipline (one of them): train by instruction and practice; especially to teach self-control.   Example: “Parents must discipline their children”.  So I guess that is why I find it hard to pick up my sketch pad and pencil – it requires DISCIPLINE.  groan.  And yet when I start getting into it I don’t want to quit.  That’s what is so good about
Blue Chair Diary Illustrations weekly challenge of Sunday Sketchers. It’s challenging you to sit down, pick up your pencil or brush and create!

In the seventh grade, many years ago, our orientation teacher, Miss Wood, gave us a list of words that were important to succeeding in life and we were supposed to write out the definition of each word. This was a terrible task! I knew what the words meant but I couldn’t write down what they meant. I sat there through the whole class period trying to put down on paper what I knew the words meant. The definition of these words were traits important to succeeding in the world. There were about four of them, for the life of me, I couldn’t write out a definition but the words have stuck with me (up until my memory started going on me here lately). I just remembered this one, discipline, and decided to tell this story. A few of the others were determination, perseverance and adaptable.

Scavenger Hunt Sunday

School

Since I forgot to photograph  the elementary school down the street from my house, I gathered some school supplies and made a pop art photo.

Rule of Thirds

This was by far the most unusual display of clouds I’ve ever taken.  A few days ago I posted another pix from this same shoot with a big rainspout coming down.

Not quite a full profile but pretty close.  This is Sunny – or Stretch.  She has become so long (and she is still not a year old) my husband nicknamed her Stretch.   She is one sweet cat!

Small

Sparky is big.  Mandy is small.

Motion

Fan in motion

Scavenger Hunt Sunday

Sunflowers by Muriel Sigretto 1910-2010

Sunflowers
©L. Grimley

Orange you glad it’s Friday is a brand new meme, just started today and I’m  happy to be taking part in it.

What I’m sharing today is a painting my mother did in the ’70s.  Her name is Muriel Bolles Sigretto Thompson – but she always used the name Sigretto on her paintings.  She comes from a line of painters – her cousins, mother, sisters and brother, and now me, her daughter, and from what I hear, my grand-daughter, Stephanie, is very interested in drawing – mostly horses, of course, since she has two of them and loves them greatly .

Sunflowers is an oil on canvas and it has a lot of texture since mother threw in a lot of sand to build up the centers of the flowers.  Muriel passed away December 14, 2010 at the ripe old age of 100.5 years.  She was still keeping her hands busy even when she was 97!

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Paint Party Friday – Baby Llama

This is baby llama I drew on an art card several  years ago.  The camera I had at the time did not have many pixels and, being the small size it was, when I posted it on my art store the largest size print that could be made was 7″x10″.   Here’s a silly haiku (if you can call it that).   Happy Paint Party Friday!

Baby llamas spit
Just how far can their spit go
Better duck anyhow

and if you like limericks – here’s another silly one:

There was a baby llama
Who loved his sweet dear mamma
Until one day
In a quizzical way
She asked why’s your tail like a comma?

 

 

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Commit, Commit, Commit – haiku


Sneaks in the side door
Black hood pulled low covers face
Thrusts note to teller

Frayed and so afraid
Lashing out asking for help
Answer is commit

Dressed in black and white
Their fingers weaved together
Lifetime commitment

Join the fun!