Vinegar, water,

Sugar, spices, red onion

Garlic, yellow squash!!

Art Prescription:  Trying my hand at some “refrigerator pickles.” I went to a demo at our local farmer’s market and it looked fun and simple.

market pepper and onion line

Red, white, and blue day

Parades, flags, dogs with ribbons

Now fire up the grill!

Art Prescription:  On this Independence Day I’m making a delicious dish from India! Home-made garam-masala! Grilled eggplant…etc. We live a rich life with an abundance of everything at our finger-tips. I am thankful!!

july 4

Cranberry salad

My grandmother’s recipe

Will add lots of love!

Art Prescription:  The best recipes come with childhood memories!!


A song for long precious life.

Holidays are here!

Art Prescription:  The iconoclastic pumpkin is…simply beautiful. I’ve painted, so far, three different variations of the pumpkin and will share in future blogs. I’m busy cutting rice paper leaves for the UNC Hospital Remembering Tree and had lots of small pieces of paper left over. Always a fan of trying a new technique, I made a tiny collage.

Love is currency

Thai soup, home-made bread, laundry!

Account status: Full!

Art Prescription:  In life there are many hours we simply cannot bill for. The major categories are house-work, yard-work, food gathering and preparing, and for mom’s with kids this list is infinity. The pay is love. Creativity comes in many forms!! What a luxury to be able to spend a day adding to life’s account with hand and heart!


Big ripe juicy peach

Drips run down my hands and fall

On bare shoeless feet.

Art Prescription:  Summer peaches…yum. I’ve been buying them by the bunch at our local farmer’s market. Eating a ripe peach is a sensual experience! First you smell it…ripe. Then take a big juicy bite into the sweet flesh. Juice explodes into your mouth and if you don’t have a paper towel, runs down your hands. Peaches like this are meant to be eaten sitting on a porch in bare feet soaking up summer sun. Bite after juicy bite drips through your hands and onto your toes. Now you have properly eaten a golden ripe peach!!

Pure lavender buds

Essential oil, good for stress

Breath in, ah, breath out.

Art Prescription:  Blooming now! beautiful tall stalks of lavender. Take a bunch and rub it in your hands to release the fragrance. Cut several stems and tie them up in cheesecloth, run hot water over it, for a delightful bath. I’m percolating a few new ideas…really like the idea of combining pen and ink with watercolor!!