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red tulips wip 11-30-2014Red Tulips WIP watercolor on 1/2 sheet of 140# coldpress Arches

I hope everyone who celebrates had a wonderful Thanksgiving.  And if you read the name of this post you might be thinking “that smell” is turkey, gravy, stuffing or sweet potatoes. It’s not. I am referring to the smell of my dog’s paws.  They smell like corn chips. I had always noticed it but I recently read this article in the “Dog-ington Post” which says that smell is bacteria and yeast. Oh great.

The Husband and I were thrilled that we were able to bring along our pooch to the Thanksgiving festivities this year.   Luckily no one complained about her smell since she went to the doggie spa the day before and smelled like a nice, clean dog.   I am very thankful to have such a wonderful rescue dog. (I am the person on Thanksgiving who wants to watch the dog show instead of football.   I was out-voted.)

I’m also very thankful for all of you who read my blog.  Thank you so much for your comments.  They always make my day.   🙂

Kaiya and a ballMy dog

paws

My dog’s Frito smelling paw

The painting above is a work in progress of red tulips I had purchased & photographed in the spring. I’m working on painting more loosely and saving more of the whites of the paper.   A little more to go and then I’m done.

Finally, in keeping with the dog theme, here’s the thought for the day:

Karma

 

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/

6th Ave. Bike completed

I finished the bike and started a new painting of two raccoons I saw in Central Park when I went to see the Tatzu Nishi exhibit called Discovering Columbus.  You climb up 6 flights of stairs and end up in a “living room” in which the statue of Columbus overwhelms the space.   Interesting, odd and fun, one can walk around the statue, sit on a sofa and watch TV, read a magazine, look through the bookcase or out the windows at the views of Central Park, down Broadway or up Columbus Ave.  All with this GIANT statue in the middle of the room.  My niece Caroline and I were fixated on the flat screen TV in the room.

Me:  There’s a 13 foot statue of Columbus in the middle of this room

Caroline:   Look at that flat screen TV!  That’s the flattest flat screen TV I’ve ever seen!

Me:  Oh yeah,  wow.

We have priorities.

After we discovered Columbus we took a stroll through Central Park.  Walking over a bridge we stopped to look at the fall foliage and the ducks in the water. Suddenly we saw two raccoons pop out of a drainage pipe.  That’s the painting below.  Yes, I know it doesn’t look like anything now.  But it will.  My favorite part so far?  The orange “frisket”!  LOL!

Central Park Bandits – just started – 140# Arches cold press

I know I’m a little late, but Happy Thanksgiving to everyone.  My sister-in-law who is displaced from the storm was supposed to have Thanksgiving this year, but couldn’t, so my sister stepped in and both families had a wonderful day together.

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