Well, there he is in all of his mighty sweetness. Chasing squirels by day and later licking anyone close enough for some loving. He is living a charmed life thanks to his daddy that rescued him from his previous life.

Good Morning

As the sun rises, this great blue heron is heading to breakfast.

16×20, Oil, available

In Flight

Beautiful egret flying home.

10 x 10 x 1.5, Oil on cradled board

Drying Time

Beautiful egret drying his wings.

10 x 10 x 1.5, Oil on cradled board panel

Fluffy Puppy Love

Oh my, I have fallen head of heels in love. My fluffy puppy is a bundle of joy.

10×10 gallery wrap. Oil

My Iris

A pefectly white iris blooming in my front yard. I get to see this beautiful flower every morning at least for a few days. It makes me smile. Life is good.

8×10 oil painting on cradled board.

Back in the saddle

You just never know where life will lead you. Last Fall we decided to move from our bayou home in Freeport. Between house repairs, moving and buying a new house I fell off the painting horse.

We purchased a house in Maynardville, Tennessee. The house is great but the community is amazing. We lucked into everything we could have asked for. We are truly blessed.

This is my first painting since landing in Tennessee and my first try at mountains. I was attempting to get a sense of distance and a colorful sky.

So grateful to be back in the saddle. Happy Trails to all.

Campers Don’t Sink

Well, we are vagabonds once more. Life is good. We just sold our house and are living in our camper until our next home is found.

Currently, Luke is in Tennessee, 600 miles from me, Ozzy and the trailer. After returning from an evening walk, I noticed water running out of a small locked compartment just outside of the door. YIKES! Oh, but no problem, unlike a boat, campers don’t sink. It might fill with water but it won’t kill me. Phew!

Back to the existential threat. I quickly opened the door and found no water on the camper floor. Phew.

Next, check inside of all the cabinets, still no standing water. Hmmm… where is this coming from. With the help of the manuals, I found that the water was coming from the overflow from the fresh water tank. This is odd because we supposedly do not have any water in our tanks. When you hook up to water in the campground it bypasses the tank.

I checked the meters for all of my tanks. The fresh water tank is full. Really odd since it should be empty. I flipped on the water pump to pump some of the water out. The overflow leaking stopped. I also turned off the water coming in from the campground hook up. I monitored the overflow a few times over the evening and was satisfied that the problem had at least been mitigated.

This morning, I use the toilet, then go about my morning enjoying my coffee. An hour or so later I was preparing to take Ozzy out for his morning constitutional. YIKES! I noticed that the toilet was FULL of water. How could this be? The water is turned off and there was no water in the toilet when I woke up this morning. I absolutely have to get Ozzy out for his morning walk, so I gauge the speed the water is coming the toilet and calculate that I have at least 10 minutes before it overflows. We dash out the door and do a quicky.

Upon returning, I set out to figure out what is going on. I disconnected the campground water hose and found that the water still runs a bit even when totally turned off. Back to the manuals. Long story short… I have no clue what is causing this problem. It might be some combination of very high pressure from the campground faucet and a syphon/vacuum of some sort that would pull water into the toilet. My current solution is to disconnect the campground water, drain all faucets/shower and drain the water tank. Problem temporarily solved.

Ladies, know your campers and where all valves, shutoffs are located and how they work. I literally climbed under the trailer to find the drain for the water tank. It was not located where it was shown in the manual.

Always remember…Campers may flood but they do not sink and always have very good camper insurance.

Soon, I hope to have some paintings to post.

Bye for now. Dry in Florida

Morning Waves

Peaceful morning stroll down the beach. Can you hear the gentle crashing of the waves rolling in?

11″x14″ Oil painting on canvas panel.

Paintings go thru a life-cycle like a child.  First the idea is conceived. The painting is born as the first bit of paint is slathered onto the canvas. The artist is like the mom and has high hopes for her new born. Mom guides the child thru its life to become a mature beautiful painting. When grown the painting moves on to a new life. Mom never forgets her baby and continues to have high hopes that it will always enjoy life.

The image above is the adolescent stage where nothing quite fits, the sizes and colors are a bit off, but mom still has hope and continues to encourage her child to blossom into a beautiful creation.

The process is difficult, challenging and a little scary, just like being a mom. Well worth the effort.