My last blog post of 2013 was in August. In September my British daughter and a friend traveled with Jerry and me to Alaska. BD and friend stayed with us for a few days and then went on adventures of their own. We stayed in Alaska until the middle of October, came home for a couple of weeks and then flew to New Zealand for a 3 week trip in the South Island with my cousins Jocelyn and Albert.
I took a picture of the elk in the above painting on a frosty morning in Yukon. I took the portrait of Albert to New Zealand and gave it to Joc and Albert. It was done from a picture I had taken almost 10 years ago. The penguins I saw in Milford Sound, New Zealand.
Jerry and I got back from New Zealand on December 7 and we were off again in 10 days to England for Christmas with BD and family. The portraits of my grandduaghters Catherine and Liz I gave to their father for Christmas.
This landscape, from a picture I took on the way home from Alaska, I gave my grandson Tom as a Christmas present.
The South Island landscape I gave to Liz for Christmas.
My granddaughter Katy came for a visit while I was doing this large painting of pigs from a picture I took in New Zealand. Katy went with me to a painting workshop I often go to at Lorna Libert’s studio. She tried her hand at painting too.
Jerry and I had to go to Arizona in connection with the dispute over Bert’s will. I visited my sister Fran in San Diego on the same trip. These two young women I saw on the beach in La Jolla where Jerry and I stayed.
The painting below is from a picture I took of an affluent young Chinese woman having her picture taken by a friend at the museum in Shanghai. I visited my daughter, Clare, there a couple of years ago.
The Keas were stealing food at an eatery at Arthur’s Pass in South Island, New Zealand.
I took a photo of this balloon seller when I visited Katy in the Dominican Republic.
The chicken was photographed on the same visit. It is one of my favorite paintings.
The landscape is from our trip with Jocelyn and Albert.
I thought Arizona was an awful place — at least the part we visited where Bert used to spend his winters and where he caught valley fever. But as an art teacher I once had liked to say, “Art is everywhere.”
Clare and Jason are back from China living in San Francisco. They brought these cats from China at great expense. They are very decorative.
I specially like to paint birds. The pelicans I saw in La Jolla, the geese were from our canal trip with British Daughter a couple of years ago, and the Paradise Duck is from our trip to the South Island, New Zealand.
My current resolve is to keep painting and keep blogging. I hope I can do both, but I also, now that it is summer, must keep up my garden and I have taken up bread baking, and of course, there’s always knitting projects. Where does the time go?