Pining for a getaway on Pine Island

Back in October we attended a charity auction at The Alliance for the Arts in Ft Myers, Florida. One of our bids successfully purchased a two night getaway at the Tarpon Lodge in Pineland, Florida. This last week we thought it would be a fun way to celebrate my recent birthday so I made a reservation and off we went.

Lights Aglow in the Garden

Every year the Naples Botanical Garden has had their “Johnsonville Night Lights in The Garden” event. I had not attended for many years as it had always quickly sold out. I almost didn’t go this year but after a friend showed me a picture she had taken that was full of color and vibrancy, I managed to get a last minute opening on New Year’s Day.

Holiday in the Hammock

After focusing for the last few weeks on art marketing, working with several art organizations and somewhere in between a batik and a portrait commission, I was tired. My husband and I needed a holiday getaway. As it is snowbird season (a term local Floridians call their visiting guest tourists), I was lucky to book us a campsite at one of my favorite Florida parks and Florida’s oldest state park, Highlands Hammock.

Photos I love to crow about (Personal Best 2021)

After traveling far and wide across the US from Florida to New Mexico, Colorado, and Utah, I was busy. It was difficult for me to select my favorites but I figured I would share a few of them with you–believe me I have plenty more.

One Day Getaway

I have been really focused for the last few weeks on getting my online Basic Batik workshop ready for showtime.(see below if you are interested in joining me). In between meetings on Zoom ( one day I had five one hour plus meetings-whew!) and trying to work on my recent projects, I was exhausted.

Experiencing Miami Art Week

After a 2 year absence Art Basel Miami and some of the international satellite art fairs returned this last week. I always love attending these shows because they give me inspiration for new artwork to create. Snagging a VIP pass I attended two of the smaller but mighty fairs: Art Miami and Context. These sister fairs share a beautiful location alongside Biscayne Bay on the site of the former Miami Herald building.

Not Getting Buffaloed in North Platte

Earlier in our Summer adventure after driving past miles of cornfields and grain elevators from Sterling, Colorado, we crossed the southwest border of Nebraska and arrived in North Platte. We spent the night at an RV campsite by a lake on I 80. It was a welcome relief after two nights with no showers and no water!

Ponying Up to St. Joseph

Having left Lincoln, Nebraska and continuing southeast, we camped for two nights at Indian Cave State Park. The park is known for its large limestone cave and the remains of a 19th century ghost town called St. Deroin, that prospered before the Missouri River decided to expand and take a part of the town with it.

“Golden Gator” is Done!

Sometimes people ask me “How long did it take you to create a painting like this”? Often I would like to say a set number, but in reality this process to paint with wax and dye on silk has been a lifelong learning experience. In this painting there were over 5 hours just to get my drawing on to the silk, then another 15 hours of waxing and dying the piece; 30 minutes to remove the wax.

A Capitol Idea!

As we headed east, we traveled through the state of Nebraska passing mile upon mile of cornfields—I have never seen so many in my life! No wonder they call Nebraska “The Cornhusker State”’. After several days camping in state campgrounds in the middle of nowhere, we decided we needed to experience civilization.