The Iron Horse Theater Company’s mission is to provide thought-provoking and entertaining theater that will enrich the cultural life in what is now known as the “rust belt” area of southwestern Pennsylvania. The symbolic name, “Iron Horse” represents the hard-working and “iron-willed” people in this part of the world. It is in this spirit that they create theatrical experiences that celebrate the grit, determination, and strength of the human character.
I was asked to display (and/or sell) my art during their upcoming Mother’s Day Cabaret
Did you know that honey bees — wild and domestic — perform about 80 percent of all pollination worldwide. A single bee colony can pollinate 300 million flowers each day. Grains are primarily pollinated by the wind, but fruits, nuts and vegetables are pollinated by bees. Seventy out of the top 100 human food crops — which supply about 90 percent of the world’s nutrition — are pollinated by bees.
According to Greenpeace USA, bees are dying from a variety of factors—pesticides, drought, habitat destruction, nutrition deficit, air pollution, global warming and more. Many of these causes are interrelated. The bottom line is that we know humans are largely responsible for the two most prominent causes: pesticides and habitat loss.
So what can we do? Greenpeace says these three things can give us a strong start:
Ban the seven most dangerous pesticides.
Protect pollinator health by preserving wild habitat.
Restore ecological agriculture.
Just a few thoughts buzzing through my head about saving the bees as I share this recent watercolor painting.
We are expecting April showers today.
That’s okay, because they will be bringing May flowers.
The daffodils and hyacinths and forsythia are already painting a bright and beautiful Spring.
I woke up early yesterday and felt like painting, but didn’t know what to paint. Scrolling through Pinterest, I found some lovely art done by Antigoni Tziora of Greece. This artist uses oil, acrylic, and watercolor mediums to create romantic figurative work. I tried recreating one in just watercolor, and this is what resulted. I’d like to try more experimenting with this. It was a fun practice to do.
Wishing you showers of joy, love, peace, and happiness!
The daffodils in my yard are shooting up and on the verge of bursting open.
Spring is such an exciting time! It seems there is something new to see every day. Bright yellow daffodils will soon be the star of the show in our front yard leading the way for the forsythia and maple tree buds and leaves and the grass turning green.
Charlie is enjoying napping in the warm sunshine on the deck or in the grass instead of curling up in bed.
The birds are singing and the turkeys are gobbling.
What could be more enchanting and welcoming than the beginning of Spring?
Besides the turning of leaves in Autumn….
or the first snowfall in Winter….
or the first bare feet in the grass in Summer?
In honor of the daffodils, I painted this very loose and dreamy watercolor I call, “Essence of Daffodils.”
I LOVE this quote by Roald Dahl, and it sparked my enthusiasm to paint boldly and brightly and enthusiastically in watercolor recently.
“Listening to my father during those early years, I began to realize how important it was to be an enthusiast in life. He taught me that if you are interested in something, no matter what it is, go at it full speed ahead. Embrace it with both arms, hug it, love it and above all become passionate about it. Lukewarm is no good. Hot is no good, either. White hot and passionate is the only thing to be.”
Roald Dahl, My Uncle Oswald
I feel a bit out of practice as I’ve been doing other projects lately, but it was fun to splash watercolor again.
My daughter-in-law, Colleen and I are enthusiastically embracing a new project, which I’ll update you on as we go, but we are expanding our McKinneyX2Designs space at the local gift shop where we display our products, Berry Vine Gifts in Bradford Woods.
For today, however, I hope you will consider this quote, and enthusiastically embrace whatever YOU are passionate about!