Winter Gratitude Journal

Winter Gratitude Journal

I have kept a grat­i­tude jour­nal for the past sev­eral years now. The harder times get, the more I work at my prac­tice. It’s dif­fi­cult. Some days I have trou­ble doing it, but I keep try­ing. And I make it a point to find at least one event that hap­pens...
Our New Work of Art

Our New Work of Art

Johann and I decided to declare the frame project offi­cially fin­ished. We wanted to keep adding to it, but at a cer­tain point, every new item we tried to put in made another one fall out. We had to get cre­ative just to get the last few finds to stay...
Delicate Violets

Delicate Violets

Our gar­den exploded this past week. All my bleed­ing hearts are in bloom. The hostas are com­ing in. The alli­ums and bee balm have open blos­soms. The white and pur­ple vio­lets have mul­ti­plied and are cov­ered with del­i­cate flowers. Johann helped me do some weed­ing today. He knows I’ve had...
Knits for a Special Baby

Knits for a Special Baby

Dur­ing Hur­ri­cane Sandy, the UCONN Dive Safety Officer’s grand­daugh­ter was born. Eric dives and works with him and asked me to make some­thing spe­cial for the new baby. I designed these pur­ple heart baby socks for her. They turned out so well, I knit a sec­ond pair and listed them...
Beautiful Beach Day

Beautiful Beach Day

We made our yearly pil­grim­age out to Bluff Point a few weeks ago in the hopes of see­ing the mon­archs on the sea­side gold­en­rod dur­ing their south­ern migra­tion rest stop. They can num­ber into the hun­dreds when they are pass­ing through town. The day we went was the only day...
Rainbow In A Tube

Rainbow In A Tube

Over the past few years I’ve come up with numer­ous ideas for fun projects to do with Johann, but never seemed to have enough time to do them all. Time still goes on, though, and I decided this sum­mer we need to get some of these extra-curricular projects done soon...
Learning Scientific Illustration

Learning Scientific Illustration

With a lot of hem­ming and haw­ing on my part and a lot of urg­ing on Eric and Johann’s part, I started tak­ing art classes again. Eric received an email to Yale Peabody Museum mem­bers about the sci­en­tific illus­tra­tion pro­gram the museum cre­ated with Con­necti­cut Nat­ural Sci­ence Illus­tra­tors. Classes would...
Blue Coral Bells

Blue Coral Bells

I first heard the tra­di­tional song “White Coral Bells” sung by Lau­rie Berkner on one of my son’s CDs when he was little: White coral bells upon a slen­der stalk. Lil­lies of the Val­ley deck my gar­den walk. Oh, don’t you wish that you could hear them ring? That will...
The Promise of Snow Drops

The Promise of Snow Drops

  One of my favorite quotes is an anony­mous one: “When the world wea­ries and ceases to sat­isfy, there is always the gar­den.” Nature pro­vides an unlim­ited source of inspi­ra­tion for me. Win­ter has its beauty just like every other sea­son. There is noth­ing like the hushed silence hov­er­ing over...

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Do You Think You Will Get A Titanium Spine?

Do You Think You Will Get A Titanium Spine?

Life doesn’t turn out how you think it will. I was injured in a car acci­dent 18 years ago. My spine hasn’t been the same since. I still believe I was lucky. My seat belt kept me from being killed. I was in the best phys­i­cal shape I’ve ever been in at the time of the...
Winter Gratitude Journal

Winter Gratitude Journal

I have kept a grat­i­tude jour­nal for the past sev­eral years now. The harder times get, the more I work at my prac­tice. It’s dif­fi­cult. Some days I have trou­ble doing it, but I keep try­ing. And I make it a point to find at least one event that hap­pens each day for which I...
New Adventures in Scientific Illustration

New Adventures in Scientific Illustration

The slip­per snail will be get­ting some good press soon. My first bit of news is that the paper Eric, Johann, and I worked on with Dr. San­dra Shumway and Dr. Evan Ward enti­tled “Obser­va­tions on Feed­ing in the Atlantic Slip­per Limpet, Crepidula for­ni­cata L., with Spe­cial Ref­er­ence to the ‘Mucus Net’ ” will be pub­lished...
Our New Work of Art

Our New Work of Art

Johann and I decided to declare the frame project offi­cially fin­ished. We wanted to keep adding to it, but at a cer­tain point, every new item we tried to put in made another one fall out. We had to get cre­ative just to get the last few finds to stay and keep the old pieces...
Fall Foliage Sweater

Fall Foliage Sweater

Johann’s favorite color is orange. If I could find enough orange clothes, I expect he would be very happy wear­ing only orange every day. So when­ever I am shop­ping for any­thing, be it jour­nals or clothes or yarn, I keep an eye out for all things orange. When I came across Knit Picks’ Pre­ciosa Gin­ger...
Adventures in Oil Painting

Adventures in Oil Painting

Ear­lier this sum­mer I com­pleted the final project for my begin­ner oils class. I chose to paint three onions. I strug­gled with it and the shad­ows are a lit­tle dark, but I think it turned out fairly well over­all for my third oil painting. My land­scape oil paint­ing class this semes­ter has been so much...
Purple Iris

Purple Iris

I just fin­ished my first draw­ing of an iris. Most of the time that I was draw­ing I felt some­what frus­trated, because every time I got fresh flow­ers, they would open so quickly, I didn’t have time to get the line draw­ing fin­ished before the flower’s posi­tion changed. I started over sev­eral times. Even­tu­ally, I...
Volunteers

Volunteers

Our gar­den is five years old. You can see how it looked here, after we’d spent quite a bit of time sift­ing dirt, weed­ing, and clear­ing out trash, rocks, and gravel. I regret that we didn’t get any spring pic­tures of the gar­den this year, but you can see what it looks like now. The...
Nature Collage

Nature Collage

In look­ing for new ideas for fun activ­i­ties to do with Johann, I saw a wooden frame with pegs and string in Magic Cabin cat­a­log. You weave finds like pinecones and leaves in between the string wound around the pegs. When you’re done, you have your own unique nature col­lage. It made me think of...
Beginner Oil Painting

Beginner Oil Painting

Right after the Fun­da­men­tals of  Sci­en­tific Illus­tra­tion I class ended, my begin­ner oil paint­ing class began. We weren’t required to get the same level of detail with the paints as with the graphite in this class. That will be later with more advanced courses. The pur­pose of this class was just to learn the basics....
Delicate Violets

Delicate Violets

Our gar­den exploded this past week. All my bleed­ing hearts are in bloom. The hostas are com­ing in. The alli­ums and bee balm have open blos­soms. The white and pur­ple vio­lets have mul­ti­plied and are cov­ered with del­i­cate flowers. Johann helped me do some weed­ing today. He knows I’ve had a rough week. He picked...
Golden Daffodils

Golden Daffodils

The final project for my Fun­da­men­tals of Sci­en­tific Illus­tra­tion I class could be one of sev­eral options. We could do a still life of onions, gar­lic, veg­eta­bles, or fruit. We could do eas­ier flow­ers such as tulips, iris, or daf­fodils. We had to choose two or three objects, arrange them in a pleas­ing com­po­si­tion, and...