weekly art wednesday: saint james’ way revisited and psalms illustration

Today’s my birthday, and it’s been so nice. Started off with birthday greetings over the phone from my parents, then waffles for breakfast with Jay and our friend Can (pronounced “Jon”) whom we met four years ago on the Saint James’ Way; he’s been visiting us these past few days. It’s been a week of catching up, reminiscing, late-night discussions, and the watching of…

weekly art wednesday: bird on branch

Earlier this summer I got inspired to join the “daily art” movement, and create some kind of sketch or painting each day. I love the idea of it! But I know that given my super-irregular work schedule (and also my personality), there’s just no way that would last longer than say 9 days. SO, I’m going for a slightly looser version, and will shoot…

paris at night

Like most people in the world, I love Paris. We live just far enough away that we don’t get up there all that often, so I still get that “Paris is so cool” feeling when I’m there. One of my favorite things that we’ve done there was renting the public bikes, and traversing the city on wheels rather than by metro…it was lovely to…

yay for community art classes!

I’ve decided to enroll in a local art class, and I’m really excited. It’s been SO long since I’ve been in the art classroom. I’m trying to decide between two different classes, and visited them both this week. The first one was an adult class at a community center,  and was really low-key and laid back…no worries about grades! There were five ladies taking…

Autumn in our Neighborhood

out and about on a bike ride to see what we could see…                                     

Happiness in the Kitchen

I recently discovered Katie’s blog, and I just love her commitment to celebrate all things happy in life. I have the tendency to be very aware of negative things… so, inspired by Katie, I’m gonna start being deliberate about being positive. Here are a few of the happy things about my weekend working in the Chateau kitchen! naming recipes after friends, dancing vegetables, knowing…

Charolais Cattle Auction

I’ve been re-reading James Herriot’s book, All Creatures Great and Small. It’s a semi-autobiographical work based on his experiences as a country veterinarian in England from 1940 on. It’s the kind of book that makes you feel cozy and happy and optimistic about life, as he warmheartedly recounts his interactions with farmers, rural folk, and their animals. the Charolais race We have a friend here…

Autumn Bike Tour

Jay’s been wanting to do a several-day bike trip for a few years now. I’d been dragging my heels a bit because every time we would go on a bike ride and hills were involved (which, in our neck of the woods is pretty much every single time) I felt like I was going to die within roughly three minutes. So I couldn’t really…

Africa Sketches

Here are some sketches I did while on our trip: Berberati Porch 1 Berberati Guest House Market Day Still Life Bangui Guest House Backyard; Mango Tree Patterns Berberati Porch 2 Cactus Silhouette Breakfast Still Life

Africa Memory Piece

This is a memory piece I did this weekend of our trip to Africa…a personal souvenir of our time there:-the beauty of the plants and trees, especially the mango trees whose leaves are shown here…also representing the gardens and agricultural work being done,-watching a bird (long-tailed widow bird or magpie shrike?) dance along the trail just ahead of us,-the pattern in the fabric of…