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This week's Fun with Watercolor (pics)

Friday, February 01, 2013

Still having fun doing small florals. These are in 4 different styles.
Playing with this type of painting is the most fun I've ever had by myself, lol. Who knew that in my old age I'd discover something that is so much FUN!









Joe put up these picture rails for me so I can prop my artwork up there and stare at it a few days to decide if I should change the color of the mat or just throw the whole thing in the trash.



They actually look better on a wall across the room than they do close up with bad photography. But no matter, it's still incredible fun for me and I'm happy to have found such a hobby in my old age, lol.

Karen

  
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DGAIL51 2/11/2013 7:36AM

    Very, very nice Karen!

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IFATFIRST77 2/4/2013 10:35AM

    Beautiful Karen, they are all really pretty and so nicely done

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ZEEDRA 2/2/2013 10:33AM

    Lovely! I like the yellow and orange best. Reason? Maybe the fullness and great drawing and also less white space.
I agree it's not a "hobby". When I hear the word hobby, I think of putting model cars together or building bird houses. Not that there's anything wrong with that!!!! Perhaps that's just my history. We had a store in Halifax called Hobby Lobby and there were no lovely paintings there.
You are expressing your artistic soul!!!

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MORTICIAADDAMS 2/1/2013 10:56PM

    I love them!! Don't throw them away!!!

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2BEHEALTHYAGAIN 2/1/2013 10:07PM

    I like the middle two the best. emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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KICK-SS 2/1/2013 8:37PM

    Wonderful pictures - and the rail on the wall is a great idea for pictures, (of any kind). You do have a real talent Karen!!

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GERIKRAGH 2/1/2013 4:15PM

    Simply beautiful! You have a real skill!

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MADAMES 2/1/2013 4:13PM

    Very pretty,and I love the chair rails!

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JEANNE229 2/1/2013 4:06PM

    So jealous of the talent. Love the art!

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PJSTIME 2/1/2013 3:53PM

    I love them all and the rails to set them on to enjoy are perfect.

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LIVINMYDREAMS 2/1/2013 12:43PM

    I think they are beautiful! Don't throw them in the trash. You could give to someone. You never know who might just love to have one!

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B-FLAT 2/1/2013 11:04AM

    They look very nice...I'm taking an oil painting class right now and it's harder than it looks! I love finding new ways to be creative; looks like you do too.

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BROWNCOFIDDLER 2/1/2013 10:56AM

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They always say that we should strive to try something new and you did!! You've done a great job on your watercolors - they're beautiful!! Thanks for sharing. emoticon

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PDSLIM 2/1/2013 10:21AM

    Pretty

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CATHY629 2/1/2013 10:20AM

    What lovely flowers,i especially like the 2nd one.
Cathy

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SOPHIEMAE2007 2/1/2013 9:41AM

    Nice job, probably better than I could do. I was thinking back a couple of months ago in trying watercolors.

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GABY1948 2/1/2013 8:34AM

    Not a Hobby at all...a showing of a TRUE talent! If you ever decide to "throw them in the trash" let me Know I will be there picking your trash! LOL...Karen, they are TRULY beautiful and you are TRULY talented! emoticon

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FCARMICH 2/1/2013 8:22AM

  thanx

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CLUMBOY 2/1/2013 8:20AM

    lovely!

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DEMETERSCO 2/1/2013 8:18AM

    Karen - they are beautiful. Thank you for sharing.
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Unlike Clinton, she DID inhale! (pics)

Thursday, January 31, 2013

When Joe comes to my house to watch tv with me, he gets "comfy" by taking off his shoes and propping his feet on the coffee table. Rosie loves it!

Sneaking out from her secret place.


Getting settled.


Ahhhhh! Deep breath!


And there she stayed for TWO hours! She only came up for air if we spoke to her; then right back into the shoe, lol (If you look closely you'll see her head is buried in that shoe, with only her ears sticking out.)

Karen

  
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2BEHEALTHYAGAIN 2/1/2013 9:37PM

    emoticon emoticon A cat with a shoe fetish!! emoticon emoticon
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VINGRAM 2/1/2013 4:40PM

    Cute, cute!

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NELLJONES 2/1/2013 9:04AM

    Did you drip food into the shoe?

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ZEEDRA 1/31/2013 9:17PM

    Huh?

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MORTICIAADDAMS 1/31/2013 8:07PM

    ROFLMBO!!!! Very strange!!!

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PJSTIME 1/31/2013 6:35PM

    What a cute cat. I guess Rosie makes Joe feel right at home with this gesture.

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ZEEDRA 1/31/2013 6:33PM

    Is Rosie aware that these pictures have been posted for public consumption? You may have a cat suit on your hands.
PS: You don't know WHO to trust these days!!!!!

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GINNAR 1/31/2013 6:26PM

    She really is a cutie. I must confess that this wasn't what I had pictured when I read your blog's title. It gave me a good laugh.

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PICKIE98 1/31/2013 5:28PM

    Is your cat holy?? I think she is looking for his "SOLE"!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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MADAMES 1/31/2013 5:23PM

   
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LIVINMYDREAMS 1/31/2013 5:14PM

    We had a "church" cat that came in to church from the neighborhood all the time. We are a very informal church and many times when we would get together in the evening some would take their shoes off. She loved to go around and stick her face in the shoes. Funny, huh?

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GABY1948 1/31/2013 5:09PM

    How cute! I almost caught myself taking that DEEP BREATH with her! What a sweet blog this was, Karen! emoticon

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Lost in Memories of Winters Past

Saturday, January 26, 2013

Snow. We don't see much of that in Texas.

My hubby and I lived on 10 acres adjacent to a large area of Army Core of Engineers property that ringed Stillhouse Hollow Lake. This is where we raised our sons. It was a wooded area, high on a hill overlooking the headwaters of the lake. We could see the "weather" coming from the other side of the lake, long before it arrived at our house.

On the rare occasions we did have snow, it truly opened up another world. Besides all the usual beauty of snow on the ground, the trees, etc., suddenly there were hundreds of tracks all over the place! What was once invisible was now a clear picture before our eyes.

Hubby was an avid hunter all his life and a Game Warden for 25 years, so identifying the tracks was not a problem. I always knew we had deer and cottontails there, but now we saw the dance they did played out all over the open expanse we called our yard.

And we saw the fox who were drawn by the rabbits, and the deadly game played out there, which we could then track to its final destination, thanks to the snow. Well, the destination was final for the rabbit, anyway.

We found one fairly large cat print, a bobcat who had come in our back gate which opened to the hills around the lake. And racoons, of course, making pawprints everywhere as they "felt" of everything, especially near the pond. We also had a couple of ringtails. In case you've never seen one: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ring-tailed_ca
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I petted a caged one once and it had fur as soft as my Rosie who gets brushed every day.

This all without leaving our place. Out in the wilder areas there was more, of course, and you could follow tracks and see a story unfold before your eyes. Sometimes a joyful dance of life. Sometimes final fearful minutes for whomever was lower on the food chain.

Wow, someone mentioned snow and I guess I got lost in snowy memories of winters past.

Karen

  
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MORTICIAADDAMS 1/28/2013 11:20AM

    We are always surprised at all of the activity in our yard too when there is snow on the ground. We expected the deer, dogs, cats, rabbits, and squirrels but were surprised that the turkeys and raccoons were so close to the house. The really fun thing is that all the animals use the path though the woods and yard that my husband made for me. LOL.

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FISHINGLADY66 1/27/2013 10:01PM

    I loved reading this blog Karen. It reminds me of our lake property. We see all the wildlife you mentioned almost every weekend, but following the tracks in November during deer season is so awesome. The past two yrs has been so warm and there were a lot more bobcats around. I am very fearful of our 20 lb dog being out there but he just loves it and refuses to come into the camper with us when we go in to eat our meals. He is always on the hunt himself. LOL Thanks for the memories.

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PURPLELVR7 1/27/2013 8:34AM

    wonderful memories

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KICK-SS 1/26/2013 6:48PM

    Awesome Karen, Makes one feel like they were there observing with you!

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MADAMES 1/26/2013 6:26PM

    What nice memories!

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PJSTIME 1/26/2013 5:41PM

    I am with the rest you painted a beautiful picture and very descriptive I will remember in the future when we have snow on the ground.

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ZEEDRA 1/26/2013 3:22PM

    Karen: I agree with Jeanne. Your writing creates clear pictures for the reader. I can see this recent story in a memoir. I have several books written by women, usually on their own. But when you're writing, it's the same as being on your own, right?

You might be interested in reading someone whose books I read quite a while back: May Sarton. She wrote memoirs and also poetry. Her memoirs usually have lovely but simple pictures of her seaside home in the New England area.

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MOTHER-NATURE 1/26/2013 3:11PM

    I love winter, summer, spring, and fall emoticon thank you for sharing your memories of winter, they were beautiful.

Hugs

Niki

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2BEHEALTHYAGAIN 1/26/2013 2:24PM

    What an awesome place you must have! emoticon for sharing.
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JEANNE229 1/26/2013 2:08PM

    You are an artist on canvas, but also on the written page. Loved getting lost with you in the descriptions of winters past.

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GABY1948 1/26/2013 1:16PM

    What a beautiful description, Karen! I'm IN the snow and you had me lookiing at it in a much different way! Thank you for taking me on such a eautiful trip, even if only for a few short minutes!

Have a wonderful and blessed weekend, dear friend! emoticon

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KINEPS 1/26/2013 10:50AM

    Karen - what a beautiful description of what snow can show you!! Our town is surrounded by forest preserves and every now and then we have a lost deer roaming down the street. It brings all the neighbors out with their cameras - lol!!

Maryann

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WOUBBIE 1/26/2013 10:39AM

    I love your description of the invisible world made visible. We have a lot of wildlife in our neighborhood, but so much of it is hidden - as it intended to be! Always a surprise when you see those unusual tracks in the snow!

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KAYYVAUGHN 1/26/2013 10:19AM

    Sounds like a wonderful place to raise a family.

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PJBONARRIGO 1/26/2013 10:18AM

    It sounds like you brought your boys up in a truly wonderful place. It is amazing what the snow reveals- sort of a hidden life. The ringtail was totally new to me. Thanks for posting this and taking us all for a walk down your memory lane. emoticon

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Last Week's Fun With Watercolor

Sunday, January 06, 2013

Small floral watercolors are a fairly new thing for me and I'm having a lot of fun with them!
Now and then I'm really happy with some of them, other times, not so much, lol.
And quite a few of them end up in the trash.
I also wish I was good at photography because these look better in person. Cheap camera, unexperienced photographer, improper lighting, and I just have no interest in taking photos.

Anyway, I had a good time. So did Rosie, who sits on the corner of my desk where I paint and, if I don't keep an eye on her, dips her paw into the wet paint. Maybe I could let her create a painting, hmm?





  
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IFATFIRST77 1/15/2013 8:12PM

    really pretty Karen! emoticon

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MORTICIAADDAMS 1/9/2013 8:01PM

    Very nice!! I'm looking forward to seeing Rosie's paintings too. LOL.

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DEMETERSCO 1/8/2013 9:37AM

    They are lovely, Karen. Almost an oriental feel to them. Keep painting!

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JENNY888 1/8/2013 2:24AM

    These paintings are beautiful as usual. You are very talented. Thanks for sharing. I always look forward to seeing your watercolors.

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GABY1948 1/7/2013 12:10PM

    They are BEAUTIFUL, Karen....now, this is ONE thing I can't follow you in...except to look at them and enjoy! emoticon

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FISHINGLADY66 1/7/2013 8:20AM

    emoticon Absolutely beautiful. I really really do Love your painting. You are so talented. Not me! emoticon

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PURPLELVR7 1/7/2013 7:35AM

    love the paintings

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ZEEDRA 1/6/2013 8:39PM

    Love your paintings, Karen. Do you do them from your imagination or from books or photographs?
Love the lonely little tree on the mountain. I'd like to sit up there some days.
You have a very steady hand for all those slim stems!
Hugs, Sandra

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--KREN 1/6/2013 5:37PM

    Thanks for all the kind words! I may sell Rosie's paintings one day, but I don't sell mine. Doubt that I ever will. Just do it for the fun of it.
Karen

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2BEHEALTHYAGAIN 1/6/2013 4:49PM

    Love them! I especially like the third one (with the butterfly). You're a very talented lady. Thanks for sharing!
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Brenda

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PJSTIME 1/6/2013 3:04PM

    THese look great to me. I am so glad you enjoying playing with your watercolors. You know sometimes animals talents like painting interesting. Maybe you can let her paint too and sell painting from both of you.

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KAYYVAUGHN 1/6/2013 1:50PM

    Those are beautiful. You need a show to display them.

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MEME102 1/6/2013 1:43PM

    Oh my -- you did a great job!!! I love the colors....

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MADAMES 1/6/2013 1:40PM

   
Beautiful! I especially love the second one and the one with the butterfly!

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LIVINMYDREAMS 1/6/2013 12:10PM

    Beautiful!

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JEANNE229 1/6/2013 12:05PM

    Karen, I LOVE these! I'm so glad you shared your talented results. Rosie's would be fun, too.

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End of year countdown - Day 58

Friday, December 28, 2012

Well, I've made it through Thanksgiving and Christmas holidays and all the baking in between with no weight gain. Just a few days to go! The solution for me to accomplish that was ATTENTION. Just staying aware of what/when/why I'm eating and spending a lot of effort to stay focused and aware.

I woke up today thinking about starting a new healthy year. I'm a little early, but it's on my mind. Last year I focused on nutrition until I found a healthy way to eat that brought all my "numbers" into really desireable, healthy ranges. My blood work verified I was on the right track.

This new year I'll be zeroing in on improving/not losing bone density. This is a challenge for me since the common most load bearing exercises result in pain for me due to a bad hip when done in any consistent, effective manner.

So I'll be searching for no or very low impact exercises that are still effective for building bone density. After an entire life of more physical activity (read that "hard labor") than your average woman, I never thought this would be an issue for me. But here I am. Not critical, but slipping some in bone density, and determined to correct that.

If you have a favorite dvd, exercise or any thoughts at all on this, feel free to pass them my way!

Karen

  
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WOUBBIE 12/28/2012 8:12PM

    Nice link to get some ideas:

http://www.thesportjo
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PJSTIME 12/28/2012 4:12PM

    I do have several Leslie Sansone DVD. Maybe you can borrow one from someone or the library and try before you buy. Maybe the library would have other things you can borrow too.

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KAYYVAUGHN 12/28/2012 2:36PM

    To me, Leslie's DVDs are very good low impact exercise. You can do 1 mile or more. She is positive and tells you to just walk when one of the moves is too much.
She also has one with wrists weights that I like. I use the 2 pound weights.

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KAYYVAUGHN 12/28/2012 2:36PM

    To me, Leslie's DVDs are very good low impact exercise. You can do 1 mile or more. She is positive and tells you to just walk when one of the moves is too much.
She also has one with wrists weights that I like. I use the 2 pound weights.

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DS9KIE 12/28/2012 11:36AM

    Leslie Sansone DVD's are great and some she has light weight lifting which is good for your bones

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CATHY629 12/28/2012 10:08AM

    Thanks karen,a timely reminder to get my bone density checked,i was 50 when i last had mine checked,gosh that was 15 years ago,how time flies.
Cathy
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NOMIS1 12/28/2012 9:40AM

    The new Jane Fonda DVDs for us "old folks" are good.

I know you can do anything you set your mind to.

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MORTICIAADDAMS 12/28/2012 9:34AM

    I think it's very prudent for all women over a certain age to do this.

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GABY1948 12/28/2012 9:28AM

    This is so funny, whenever I have something that I need help with, up you pop with information. First, the sugar abstinence...still strong and still working on not eating "too much" of anything else...but it has been such an improvement. Now, after being told 3 months ago that I have the start of "osteopenia" which is the precursor of osteoporosis, I started Calcium with D. But, I have lagged in my regular walking cardio for other things...have had a bum knee of late but get huge amounts of cardio working around and doing CHORE type things but need to walk more.

DH did buy me a Tony Little Gazelle because it basically has no impact on joints and is supposed to be good but I don't know in our cases about the bone density. And I have a hard time with getting really comfortable with it because I have always been uncoordinated!

Irene is so correct...I am so proud of you and that I even know you and call you friend! Have a WONDERFUL New Year, dear Friend! emoticon

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FISHINGLADY66 12/28/2012 8:48AM

    emoticon Karen, your doing a great job on keeping your body healthy. Congratulation on your blood work and your numbers this year. You are on your way to a healthier you. I'm proud of you. emoticon

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