Tuesday, September 12, 2017

Thank You All

Thanks to all of you who wrote me and sent good wishes.
I received mail  from everywhere even from 'across the pond.'
Jenny and I are fine.  Came close to having to put her in her crate and move both of us out of our place. 
But still here, lots of debris and large oak trees down, but that's nothing compared to others who weren't so fortunate. 
Big hugs to all of you. 
Barbra Joan 

Thursday, September 7, 2017

Trying to stay busy

Am I worried ?? Yes !! hurricane Irma is in a direct path to cover Florida.  I'm VERY worried. 
For the people, property, animals, my beautiful state is going to take a hit and not going to be a pretty sight. 
I have my cousin and my best friend near Tampa, worried for them. Stressed . I know,  when am I not ? 
No matter where it goes , it's not good. 
Ranting cause I have to.   

Sunday, August 27, 2017

Party Time !!!

A huge 30th birthday for Andrew. Lots of fun, food, people and great weather.  HOT! Well it's August and it's Florida. LOL !  A BIG waterslide and was that great. !

Saturday, July 29, 2017

Moving On

Thought it was time to get past that last post.
This is so much prettier to look at. 

Wednesday, July 26, 2017


It's finally happened.   We've been invaded by Aliens.  !!

Saturday, July 22, 2017

Alligator Point

Where else but Florida. 
A nice drive to the coast on the Gulf  let's you see 'old Florida' .. the marshes, preserves of wild life, fishing, old restaurants and lots of seafood. 
And yes, the sky is that blue.
Pelicans all resting on the roof of this dock.
Build on the water, hurricanes come and take them away, and the people come back and build again, and again.
And again.  The law is now you have to build up. And it's right on the Gulf.

 and where the old rusted trucks go to rest in peace.
    Hickory nuts growing in the wild. 

Saturday, July 1, 2017

One of my favorite images is this photo taken of a shelf in my past studio.   There's a small handmade sketchbook and inside lots of  small watercolors.   I used to collect hearts and anything in nature that looked like a heart.  The heart shaped honeycomb, and a heart made of rosebuds. Dried hydrangea petals, the original blue color. A white feather I found shortly after my Dad passed. The legend of the white feather is that someone from the other side is trying to communicate with you. It's been twenty years and that memory stays with me. I made the small flower on the chair from clay, then painted it. I think I had this notion to be a sculptor.  Oh sure, I had a lot of 'notions'.
 I had a whole collections of tiny chairs, and that is one of them.

Another part of the shelf has some of my small hand bound art journals, art, nature, Paris,  just to name a few. A small old silver thimble sitting on that little chair. How do I know it's over a hundred years old? Because it belonged to my grandmother.  A lot more have been put away, I've run out of space. 
Just small joys and I love looking at them.. All of these little mementos still touch my heart. I had to document them here on my Journey blog. As the header at the top of this says, 
"This is more of a personal blog, but you are welcome in my world."

Monday, June 26, 2017

Red Rock Canyon and more

                  Red Rock Canyon  Nevada ~1995

                   Half Moon Bay ~ Ca. 1995

                   Small Handmade sketchbook. Filled with what else??? ....  Small sketches  I did while out that way.
A blogger I started following , Candy at My Little Corner
wrote about Red Rock Canyon.  It jarred my memory .. so looked for these..

Sunday, June 25, 2017

Have you ever sold a painting and then wish you hadn't.
Well this was one of those.. And below...The first drawing I ever did in school.  OMG!  There was NO talent there !!!  He has hooves for feet, and his arms come out of his neck. 
I was 6 years old.. That's the way I saw the world.
And my mother saved it.. LOL ! She must have seen something there!  She had that sixth sense too.  So thanks for the DNA Mom.

Sunday, June 18, 2017

Just A Rant

                         I'll get over it !

Sunday, June 11, 2017

An Artsy Day

Spent a Saturday in Panama City, Fl.  The art center was hosting an exhibit by the Southern Watercolor Society.  Beautiful works by some very talented artists. Here are a few .  
 One of my favorites a Singer Featherweight sewing machine. An unbelievable realistic painting.   I have this exact one at home which I used when I was in my quilting mode. 
Came upon a sunflower field where they are commercialy grown.  I've seen many pictures like this, but first time I saw one in person.  

 Had to have one with the bee on it. ! ^^

 Acres and acres of sunflowers. 
This one was standing guard over the others. !! 
What a beautiful day to be alive.!  

Sunday, May 28, 2017

When I look at the last date I posted it's hard to believe how fast time is going.
 I've been busy and away helping a friend who's had hip surgery.   I can sympathize as I had both mine done a couple years ago.. 
 My painting station is a mild mess right now.  Working on some small pieces, very small .

Saturday, May 13, 2017

Monday, April 24, 2017


Spent Sunday here on the Gulf of Mexico about a 2 hour drive from Tallahassee.
A fishing and oyster place that's very unique.  Took a lot of pictures and will paint a few.

Saturday, April 15, 2017

Good Morning !!!
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