Anderson Japanese Gardens

For about a week I have had it in my mind to visit Chicago. Then the night before I change it to Rockford. Although you won't really find images of Chicago on my blog, I have visited it so many times (before I began blogging). I wish to experience something new... and I discover Anderson Japanese Gardens

Take a walk with me...

Joy for Frostie Freeze in July

Janesville is the best in July, that's my opinion and I'm sticking to it! This chocolate vanilla twist cone with twinkles causes me to reminisce about an ice cream cone in Ireland, and to smile again about the ice cream cones as big as me in Krakow. Oh my gosh alllll the gelato I ate in Italy!!! It also makes me think of all the goodies and fun had from a 4th of July years ago. Maybe July is good a lot of places, I'll have to find out. :)

An Old Favorite: Fried Green Tomatoes

Homegrown green tomatoes handpicked to fry up and dig in. Here we go...

Marilyn Monroe Drawing

Natiea, a collector of Marilyn Monroe memorabilia, requests I create an 8 x 10 pencil portrait of the special lady. See the process and the final scan...

Inspirational Runner Painting for Forrest

Forrest, upon discovering I am an artist, wished to support my art by commissioning a painting. At first, he said to paint anything. That's freeing, but I wanted it to have some meaning for him. So, he seriously thought it over and came up with a very specific purpose for his painting. When he explained his idea, I replied that it was everything but a portrait which is what I have been focusing on. However, it was a good idea and I liked the challenge. So, I began the sketches and here we are three months later. See the process and the finished piece that actually has a Steve Prefontaine quote on the bottom of this 8 x 10 Gouache painting of a runner going around the bend...

D├╝sseldorf Street Art

Thanks to guest photographer, Matthias Haag, street art from D├╝sseldorf is shared here.

My Favorite German Snacks

Photo by Matthias Haag
In less than three weeks I will be back in Germany for the third time. The first time I didn't focus much on the food, my mind was heavy on the street art. I ate out and enjoyed Indian food, Thai food, Turkish fast food, and tasted Currywurst. Of course, I had some beers and then I was on to Portugal

Now, the second time I really lived there and so food was on my mind quite a bit. I ate out and enjoyed Greek, Italian, Thai again, Turkish again, Chinese, Mexican, American, and German food at festivals and at home. I searched for and indulged in Spaghetti Eis. What I did not plan for was all the snacking I would do! Oh my!!! 

So, on the eve of my third experience in Germany, I am recollecting the damage I did to myself and the joy I had in doing it. I really did myself in! This is coming from a person that generally snacks on almonds, cheese sticks, carrots, and on rare occasions potato chips with yogurt dip. Remember my U.S. snack list? Brace yourself for this grocery list of chocolates, gummy candies, and other random delights...

Pet Portraits: Angel

Although this study of Angel gives a first impression of a fox, she is an Eskimo Spitz. She is wearing this hat for real, I didn't just make that up. :) The Gouache painting is 4 x 4, not much larger than a playing card. See the portrait in progress...