A Walk in the Woods

A Walk in the Woods Watercolor - 8x10 Fabriano 140lb Cold Press

A Walk in the Woods Watercolor – 8×10 Fabriano 140lb Cold Press

A Walk in the Woods.

I took some time one evening this week
to splash some paint in a way that is a challenge to me – landscape.

Not allowing myself to get bogged down in the details,
and following the inspiration of Andrew Geeson once again,

I created this little painting I call
“A Walk in the Woods.”

One week from today, a very special couple –
our youngest son and our future daughter-in-law

will be taking a very important walk…
A walk down the aisle.

A walk into a new life.
A shared life.

A lifetime commitment
to each other.

I am so happy for them
and cannot wait to share in this walk with them.

Love you dearly
Nick and Liz!

Cheers & Hugs,

And Happy Earth Day!  A landscape painting is only fitting for #EarthDay!

The eARTh without ART is just…. “eh”

Acrylic Abstract Painting 16x20 Jodi McKinney

Acrylic Abstract Painting 16×20 Jodi McKinney

On a recent evening out with friends, we passed a little ‘hole-in-the-wall’ diner in the Bloomfield section of Pittsburgh that had a sign above it saying, “The earth without art is just ‘eh’.”  It caught our attention, and it has been in my mind ever since.

This crazy acrylic painting evolved over the course of several days.  While far from fine art, it was a fun, creative experiment.

It started out being blue and brown and white to match a recent bedroom redo.

The next day it became an ocean and sky scene… then back to an abstract the following day with drips of gold.

Around the fourth day, I decided it needed some red.  The red was too bold, so I added white to tone it down and “pink” it up a bit.

And on and on it went until I splattered white and tar gel with a toothbrush on and decided it was time to quit.

It has all kinds of crazy things going on over many layers, but there is something about it in the end that I kinda like.

Maybe because it reminds me that….
the earth without art is just “eh!”

Cheers & Hugs,


Make a Wish

Dandelion Seeds Flower Make a Wish

If only closing our eyes
and blowing fluffy white
dandelion seeds to the wind
could make our wishes come true.

The world would be filled
with buttery yellow “flowers”
instead of pesty “weeds”
and “pretty” lawns would look much different.

It’s all about

Go ahead.
Make a wish.

Cheers & Hugs,


Daily Post Weekly Photo Challenge:  Earth

Forsythia Confusion

forsythia watercolor card

Some of you may recall that Charlie mentioned yesterday how we saw Forsythia blooming right now in our little corner of the world….

in Mars, PA  –  where we are getting ready to transition from Fall to Winter in the next few weeks.

How could this be?

Forsythia blooms in the Spring!

It is one of the first signs of Spring.

Maybe we are skipping Winter this year…..

Wouldn’t that be a hoot!

Seems Mother Nature is very confused.

I do have to admit, it was quite exhilarating to see this unique and out-of-place pop of yellow Springyness amidst the stark brown Autumn branches.

So exhilarating that I felt compelled to do a little watercolor of them.

Cheers & Hugs,