“You give but little when you give of your possessions.
It is when you give of yourself that you truly give.” 
-Khalil Gibran 

I recently attended a watercolor workshop and can say it was amazing on so many levels.  Our amazing, generous, kind, hard-working and talented artist/instructor was Joyce Hicks.  I was grateful to have been able to join the Walloon Lake Art Group, so friendly, funny, welcoming, very inspiring and they too were amazing.  And if you have never been to northern Michigan.........you can't know how truly amazing and beautiful it is.  
Joyce demonstrated every morning and after lunch spent one on one time with as many as she could editing photos we brought to the workshop.  This is from one of my photos.

 Joyce has a book recently released called Painting Beautiful Watercolor Landscapes-Transform Ordinary Places into Extraordinary Scenes.  Great information and so pretty to look at.  These are a few pictures from our workshop.

    It begins..........                                                  
 we take a break........

almost finished.............


Life is like a box of chocolates......you never know what you're going to get.
-Forrest Gump

The tops of each chocolate are perfect "strings" for these zentangles.  Finished the tangling and then shaded with coffee that had gone cold as I worked on this one.


I just framed this, though it has been finished for quite some time.  It is one of those pieces that is simply special to me. 

11x14 watercolor on YUPO

He was full of wonder. This is the reference
 photo of my grandson and me on the pier
 in South Haven.


Always buy flowers!

I treated myself to these beautiful gladiolus and look forward to turning this beginning into a painting.


16 x 20 watercolor, spray webbing on 400lb cold press


" ......and I make so many beginnings there will never be an end. (Jo March)". Little Women
                                                                                             -Louisa May Alcott

Two beginnings.......I poured indigo, fr. ultramarine, burnt and raw sienna.  Then I sprayed with webbing.  Stay tuned, I don't know where they are headed.