Thursday, September 20, 2012

To forget oneself is to be happy

To forget oneself is to be happy.- -Robert Louis Stevenson Hope doesn't come from calculating whether the good news is winning out over the bad. It's simply a choice to take action.- Anna Lappe Happiness gives us the energy which is the basis of health.- Henri-Frédéric Amiel College isn't the place to go for ideas.- Helen Keller Revisiting old studies and making a few changes makes a big difference
oil on gessoed board 11x14

Wednesday, September 19, 2012

Nothing’s better

Nothing’s better than the wind to your back, the sun in front of you, and your friends beside you.- Aaron Douglas Trimble

I believe that every human has a finite number of heart-beats. I don't intend to waste any of mine running around doing exercises.- Buzz Aldrin

The absence of flaw in beauty is itself a flaw.- Havelock Ellis

How much easier it is to be critical than to be correct.- Benjamin Disraeli

Behold ... another of the herbs in out herb garden...............

Pen &  Ink with water color pencils 4x10

Tuesday, September 18, 2012

Mistakes are a part of being human

I am not young enough to know everything. - Oscar Wilde

Mistakes are a part of being human. Appreciate your mistakes for what they are: precious life lessons that can only be learned the hard way. Unless it's a fatal mistake, which, at least, others can learn from. -Al Franken

I always admired atheists. I think it takes a lot of faith.- Diane Frolov and Andrew Schneider

Every day brings a chance for you to draw in a breath, kick off your shoes, and dance - Oprah Winfrey

and so we have today's oil painting

Oil on Panel 14x18

Our land is more valuable than your money

Happiness is not being pained in body nor troubled in mind.-Thomas Jefferson

The happiness of a man in this life does not consist in the absence but in the mastery of his passions. Alfred Lord Tennyson

Be still when you have nothing to say; when genuine passion moves you, say what you've got to say, and say it hot. D. H. Lawrence

Our land is more valuable than your money. As long as the sun shines and the waters flow, this land will be here to give life to men and animals; therefore, we cannot sell this land. It was put here for us by the Great Spirit and we cannot sell it because it does not belong to us. Anonymous, Blackfoot chief (c. 1880)

You probably do not eat kale but really, it is very good... and good for you. Today's sketch is of a young kale we planted.

Young Kale - Pen & Ink and watercolor pencils  6x6

Monday, September 17, 2012

The simple truth is

The simple truth is that happy people generally don't get sick.-Bernie S. Siegel,

Slow down and enjoy life. It's not only the scenery you miss by going too fast -- you also miss the sense of where you are going and why.-Eddie Cantor

We can not hold a torch to light another's path without brightening our own.-Ben Sweetland

The entire sum of existence is the magic of being needed by just one person.-Vi Putnam

I am doing a series of botanical sketches for the local food co-op. This is one of them, There may be more coming on this sight... depends if it gets too boring.

Ink and watercolor pencil 7x4.5

Sunday, September 2, 2012

Liberty and equality

Education is the best provision for old age.- Aristotle

All ambitions are lawful except those that climb upward on the miseries or credulities of mankind.- Joseph Conrad

Men are not prisoners of fate, but only prisoners of their own minds.- Franklin D. Roosevelt

If liberty and equality, as is thought by some are chiefly to be found in democracy, they will be best attained when all persons alike share in the government to the utmost.- Aristotle

Fun at the races ... the Tour de Nez..... heh heh... a big bike race in downtown Reno ... we all went down to see it ... even Stella.... she loved it

Oil on canvas Panel 11x14

Saturday, September 1, 2012

Those who live intensely in the present.

At the height of laughter the universe is flung into a kaleidoscope of new possibilities.- Jean Houston

The future belongs to those who live intensely in the present.-Anon

If you can't change your fate, change your attitude.- Amy Tan

Where we have strong emotions, we're liable to fool ourselves.- Carl Sagan

Here are 2 pictures that when hung side by side seem to go together.

2 oil on Masonite panels each 9x12