Dew kissed lilacs, hyacinths, and honeysuckle.
Baking bread, popping popcorn, and sizzling bacon.
Freshly mown grass, bed sheets hung out to dry, and rain.
Babies’ bellies, toes, and shampooed hair.
Strong coffee, brand new books, and the salty ocean.
Yesterday I took a little time to “art” on a rainy Saturday afternoon.
Drawing and sketching is not my strength at all, but I felt like doing it,
so I sketched a bottle of my favorite fragrance.
I then splashed on a little water and yellow ochre watercolor paint
as I gear up for World Watercolor Month in July.
Father and Daughter and Red Balloon Watercolor 11×14
Happy Father’s Day.
Happy Father’s Day to my Dad.
So glad we have the opportunity to make up for lost time.
Happy Father’s Day to my Hubby.
Sharing parenthood with you has been one of my life’s greatest joys.
Happy Father’s Day to my Son.
Watching you be a dad melts my heart.
Cheers & Hugs,
I painted this watercolor to create a card for my Dad for Father’s Day. I wanted to create a feeling with art that represents a bond that can’t be broken. The bond between a father and daughter. A representation of the feeling of being Daddy’s little girl – no matter age or time. Love you Dad. xoxox
Art has brought me so much joy since I discovered watercolor about three years ago that I want to be a part of sharing it, so Charlie honored me with the privilege of being a World Watercolor Month Art Ambassador.
For the month of July, I will be donating $1 from every watercolor sale (originals, prints, greeting cards) from our McKinneyX2Designs ETSY shop to Dreaming Zebra which helps support children in need around the world by providing art supplies and art education.Research has shown that art education has a tremendous impact on the developmental growth of every child and has proven to help level the learning field across socioeconomic boundaries. Unfortunately, arts education programs are too often the first to be cut when cuts are made, so more and more children each year are missing out on the important benefits of art classes.
The Dreaming Zebra Foundation is unique in that they provide an art recycling program that is free to the public. Reusable art & music supplies that would otherwise be discarded, along with new or unsold materials, are donated by individuals and businesses and matched to recipients who have requested those materials for arts education purposes in communities around the world.
The recent suicides of two very famous people last week – Kate Spade and Anthony Bourdain – have brought back a lot of memories for me and have had me thinking a lot.
Those of you who have been around here for a while may recall I lost my brother to suicide a year and a half ago. He took his life two days after Christmas on December 27, 2016 by stepping in front of a train. He left a note stating “no Clarence for me.”
There are moments – some clumped together in periods longer than others – that I dwell in the sorrow.
I want to have some magical answer…. some greatly insightful advice.
I don’t want to just talk about it. I don’t want to just be sad. I want to declare the solution. I want to shout out the answer. I want to rid the world of this grief.
But I can’t find it.
Except to say let’s love one another.
Let’s be there for one another.
Let’s support each other.
Let’s hold each other up… allow others to lean on us, and allow ourselves to lean on others.
I had a commissioned request to do a turquoisey-blue pineapple to go with a pink flamingo for a baby girl’s nursery.
Pink Flamingo Watercolor 11×14
Sweet new mommy-to-be, Sarah, reached out to me through our McKinneyX2Designs Etsy shop and asked if I could do my pineapple in blues and paint her an original pink flamingo – with a couple dabs of gold in each if possible.
I have been having so much fun pouring acrylic abstracts lately, it was a mind-shift to gently and neatly “splash” in watercolor, but it came back like riding a bike, and I truly enjoyed creating these original pieces in 11×14 for a sweet baby girl’s nursery.
I love the fun, creative ways new parents are decorating nurseries now, and this nursery is sure to be adorable.
Wishing you a day that is colored with turquoisey-blue pineapples, bright pink flamingoes, and dabs of gold!
I’ve been meaning to share this recipe for quite some time. It is my most favorite coffee cake recipe to date.
I can pass on a brownie or a chocolate chip cookie, but put a piece of coffee cake in front of me………. and forget it! I can’t resist.
This recipe was shared with me from a super sweet guy I used to work with. His aunt makes it for him every year for his birthday – at his request – and he was always kind enough to bring it to the office to share.
The recipe card Steve copied to share with me is dated March, 1969. Almost as old as me!
It’s a classic, and it’s definitely a keeper!
The crunchy ribbon of cinnamony pecans that runs through the middle of this buttery, tender cake seals the deal!
Here is the recipe Steve shared with me that I slightly adjusted: