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  • A Quick Note


    Today’s message brought to you by our good buddy (and my lovely and available oil pastel painting) Charlie, the Lowland Gorilla.

    (Make sure you press play, and hang around to watch him move!)


    Macaw Painting Prints, Great recipe & Kitty progress!


    Happy Thursday everyone!

    First I want to share with you this wonderful concoction I put together lastnight! I’ve made it quite a few times, and love it. I don’t even have a name for it, so you can make one up for me. It’s really easy, very light, low cal, and yummilicious!

    Things you’ll need:
    Tri Color Rotini
    1 Can of Del Monte Italian style diced tomatoes
    Grated cheese blend (the good stuff that melts a bit!)
    Steamed zucchini slices (get these ready before hand, I use a tupperware steamer with a smidge of water in the microwave for 10 minutes.)

    Boil the pasta, drain, dump in the tomatoes, mix in the zucchini, sprinkle with desired amount of grated cheese and blend it all together. Voila!

    Hope you like my quick mom-on-the-go-painting-in-every-spare-moment recipe!

    I will be heading down to test a print of my Macaw painting. Keep your fingers crossed, I am hoping for a fabulous print! It’s tough to scan larger pieces in sections, and I found a place that has a large enough flatbed to capture all but about 1/4″ of the edges on that painting. YAY!

    I painted more on the kitty yesterday, but had to wait for it to dry enough overnight to put the lettering on the cookbook. I painted his sweet nose. I couldn’t resist. But since there’s not a lot *more* progress, I will refrain from another WIP until I at least have the lettering painted. :)

    Weight loss progress: down 18 lbs in 55 days!

    HAPPY HAPPY! Have a good one, I’ll be back later today!

    5:50 PM (CST) UPDATE
    Welp, folks, It’s official. I’ve got prints of Alex, the Macaw! I am really excited! I put a lot of work into getting them just perfect. Color correcting, trimming, adhering to foam core, they look great! Here’s a shot of my very first Limited Edition (of 5), sitting right beside the painting. You like?

    Ran errands doing this today and picking up groceries. I had a huge order arrive today from Dick Blick with 2- 18×24 canvas (one is for my remake of Vermeer’s Girl with a Pearl Earring), 2-16×20’s and 3-12×16’s. They have modified their 1-1/2″ deep gallery wrap canvas and it’s PERFECT! Also picked up a few new colors in oil; Renaissance Gold, Transparent White, Winsor Yellow and Flesh Tint. I bought those with the Vermeer piece and the new (additional) portrait of Mark I’ll be doing in mind.

    I haven’t had time yet today to work on the kitty painting. I would like to do that here in a little while. I will definitely have it finished tomorrow!

    Have a great evening!


    My feet!


    I know this probably isn’t such a big deal to many, but it’s a rare thing for me to have a pedicure! I took the girls tonight to get our “nikkernaiws” done. They painted eachothers nails while I had this fabulous full resurfacing of my winterly hard and cracked feet. Don’t you love my shiny raspberry nikkernaiws? It’s got an iridescent-metallic type finish. I lurrrrrve how they turned out. I cannot wait for Mark to see my purdy toes this weekend! :D

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