Saturday, June 30, 2007


This is my neighbor,Aisha. She is Bosnian from a town called Bihac. It is pronounced Bi-atch and don't think for a minute that John doesn't joke about that.She and her husband don't speak a word of English.They have lived in our village for 15 years and they barely speak German.
Aisha is always making us eat something from her yard-nuts, cherries, pears, apples, and berries.Here she is trying to make me eat johannesberrries. They are very sour and she won't take no for an answer.She also likes to sit outside by my studio window and watch me paint.I am usually a little leery of her because she has grabbed my breasts more than once.Maybe it is an old Bosnian custom,I don't know......

Thursday, June 28, 2007


Okay,now it is done!

I could keep going, because I keep seeing things I could still work on.It's that time of the month. I knew I was in trouble this morning when I had to organize the cabinet where we keep the coffee cups and this was before I had made the coffee. This is also the time of the month when I am bothered by all the dog hairs on the hardwood floors. So now I must clean.

Wednesday, June 27, 2007


I think it is finshed..........
I have a confession to make- The garlic that I used was so old and shriveled I really had a hard time making it look plump. I have given up for today. I will have to work a little more tomorrow.
I am going to start a new piece in 2 weeks. I am going to Dallas next week to see my family. My mom had shoulder replacement surgery, so I am going to see her.
I am also going to see my college roommate , whom I haven't seen in about 16 years. So much has happened.
I can't wait to see her. Plus going back to the States- eating Mexican food, going to DSW Shoe Warehouse, TJ Maxx, and of course Wallgreen's.

Tuesday, June 26, 2007


second day on this painting...
i plan to finish tomorrow. the top of the bottle looks a bit wonky and i need to work more into the fabric folds. I swear it looks better in the photo.
Still yucky German weather-rain and wind...
Still no phone and internet is very sketchy.
I wanted to tell you about a book that I read the other day by Nora Ephron called I Feel Bad About My Neck.
My mom sent it to me, not because I feel bad about my neck, but because it deals with getting older and the things that start to change. It's very funny, but written for women my mother's age-60ish. Although, some of it I can relate to at my age. Katherine pointed out to me yesterday that I am 40 and a half.
It is funny to me how the German word for 40 and the German word for finished sound the same. There have been a few times that I have been asked how old I am and I have told people that I am finished.
I painted for too long today and I ache all over.

Monday, June 25, 2007


This is the beginning of a new painting. I am going to share with you each day. This is also part of the Tuscany series. We have been without phone and internet today because of a storm that happened last week. I am not going to type much,because it seems that everytime the wind blows, our connection is lost.
Hopefully,I can continue to keep you updated with this painting.

Sunday, June 24, 2007


These are my kids...
Sienna and Schatzi
John and I had dinner the other night with two other couples. It occured to me half way through the dinner that we have become one of those annoying couples that only talk about their kids. It hasn't gotten so bad that I carry this pic in my wallet, though. That maybe because the wallet I have doesn't have those plastic insert thingys.....

Saturday, June 23, 2007


My first blog entry.....
I finished this still life the other day.
The longest that I have spent on a painting - a week and half! I got this this piece of pottery in Deruta, Italy to hold olive oil. My friend, Katherine-whom I will refer to often. So I won't be putting the "my friend" always in front of her name. I always do this, even when speaking. I guess that I have to remind everyone that I have a friend. Anyways, she and I bought the same ones. We keep them in our kitchens to remind us of the cooking class we took in Tuscany-close to our heart and our close to our stove.