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Peony cards on 140# Arches coldpress

I never had allergies to anything.  Ever.  One time I had a rash on my arm which I attributed to stress but my sister dragged me to her allergy doctor anyway.

Dr. V:  What are you allergic to?

Me:  Nothing.

Dr. V:  We will test you by pricking you with all these needles in a grid pattern on your arm and see which ones you react to.

Me:  I’m not allergic to anything.

Dr. V:  Prick, prick, prick.

Me:  Ow, Ow, OW!

After the required amount of waiting time:

Dr. V:  Oh, you’re not allergic to anything.

Me:  Response cannot be printed here.

So imagine my surprise when our winter polar vortex turned the spring into a pollen vortex and I started sniffling.  Which then went right into my chest for a very acute case of asthmatic bronchitis. I’m still not all the way better and I’m still not convinced that I have allergies, but I do know this case of bronchitis knocked me for a loop.   Ugh!

New Mexico

New Mexico landscape on the Rio Grande – 15″ x 21″ watercolor on 140# Arches coldpress

The peonies are in bloom and they are one of my favorite flowers.  I needed some cards for friends so I figured I would paint a peony or two.  I also finished my New Mexico landscape which I’m happy with.

WordPress told me that this is my 300th post!  Wow!  Who knew I had that many paintings or that much to say.   Thanks for visiting, looking at my art and reading my posts.  Cheers!

And finally, here’s a picture of my dog.

Kaiya

Clearly I did not move on. I decided to work on the balloon some more.   Here’s the revised version:

Hot air baloon over ABQ  12-2013

Hot air balloon over Albuquerque, New Mexico watercolor on Arches 300 lb, rough paper 12-2013

Hot air baloon over ABQ  11-2013

Hot air balloon over Albuquerque, New Mexico watercolor on Arches 300 lb, rough paper 11-2013

Spurred on by Rick Daddario I decided to give a hot air balloon painting a try. Once again, it was done with mostly painting without drawing except for the balloon which really needed to be drawn first.  I wanted to get some of the beautiful Albuquerque landscape over the Rio Grande with the gorgeous yellow cottonwood trees, but I also didn’t want to over do it.   I think I’ll just leave it alone and move on.

Moving on…it’s Thanksgiving week here in the U.S. and while I know I am truly blessed because, unlike many people all over the world who don’t have anything to eat, I have enough.  But sadly enough is not enough.  What? Well, we also are one of the most obese countries recently surpassed by Mexico (Viva la Mexico!).  So what exactly should one eat to be healthy.  Any quick log-on to Facebook and I’m hit with websites like the ones below. There’s the Paleo diet –  eat meat all the time to the vegan – only eat plants, to the diet I’ve been on most of my life:  Eat whatever you want especially if it’s salt, fat, carb and sugar laden.  Now I must change my ways.  But oh, which way to go? I’ll figure it out starting with cutting out processed foods and sugar.  And I will be thankful that I have the ability to make that choice.

Happy Thanksgiving to all of you.  I am blessed and thankful for all of you who visit my blog, whose blogs I visit and get inspiration from and of course for the Husband, the dog, all my family and friends and you dear reader.  Thank you.

http://foodbabe.com/2012/07/18/sabotaged-at-starbucks/

http://www.trueactivist.com/top-10-most-unhealthy-cancer-causing-foods-never-eat-these-again/

http://issuccessmakingyoufat.com/

http://www.sunwarrior.com/news/natural-vs-synthetic-vitamins/

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