The Final Chapters of a Girl and her Hammer

For those who have followed the long, long, LONG tale of this humble house renovation, you'll find it hard to believe that this project is almost done.*  A mere 16+ years of my life consumed by sawdust and drywall mud.  THAT'S TWO HUNDRED MONTHS of plans, dreams, sweat, tears, wounds, failures and regrets.  And many, … Continue reading The Final Chapters of a Girl and her Hammer

New Skills

Dovetail West - Downtown Staunton Check out my new digs! New job.  New industry.  New skills. And closest I've gotten to applying my art training to a paying job.  It just took 30 years to get here.  I am a late bloomer. It's been three weeks now, and I'm slowly getting the hang of what … Continue reading New Skills

Urban Sketching

A friend recently sent me information on this new art initiative http://www.urbansketchers.org.  Included was a postcard with a little block marked with "your sketch here".  I complied with a quick sketch of the view from my office window.  I have no idea what I'm supposed to do with said sketch.  That would require reading the … Continue reading Urban Sketching

Sunset

It's not very often that we get a spectacular sunset here in the Valley, but there was definitely something peculiar going on in the stratosphere today. Every direction you looked, there was a different cloud formation and color palette. Of course, I couldn't help but do a little sunset chasing on my way home from … Continue reading Sunset

Thornrose Cemetery

I've been grumbling a lot lately about my inability to move forward in various aspects of my life. I am a generalist by nature:  learn just enough to get by, then move on to the next thing. But that's no longer enough. I'm in a chronic state of "user error"  and I want to get  better. … Continue reading Thornrose Cemetery