I was a Brownie and Girl Scout in the 1960s and 70s. I have fond memories of the troop meetings, the crafts, earning badges, and going camping. While I could remember the Girl Scout finger sign, I couldn’t recall the Girl Scout Law. After a search on Google, I found it had been revised from my days in scouting, but the basic idea remains the same:
I will do my best to be honest and fair, friendly and helpful, considerate and caring, courageous and strong, and responsible for what I say and do, and to respect myself and others, respect authority, use resources wisely, make the world a better place, and be a sister to every Girl Scout.
If everyone lived by these simple, sound, strong words, the world would be a much happier place.
“The Girl Scout Law”–Watercolor and Ink Pen
Fall is right around the corner and students all over the country are returning to school. Taking a class or two each year not only fulfills my Florida Teaching Certificate requirements, it also motivates me. Being in a studio setting with other artists inspires me to create. Since I won’t be taking a class this fall, I will have to rely on gallery visits, long walks with Mother Nature, and my own imagination for the inspiration I crave.
“Coming Together”–Watercolor, Ink Pen, and Swarovski Crystals
“Nature’s Finest”–Watercolor, Ink Pen, and Swarovski Crystals
“Playing Dress Up”–Watercolor, Ink Pen, and Swarovski Crystals
“Circles”–Watercolor, Ink Pen, and Swarovski Crystals
I am in love with color. Whether I find it in nature, in fashion, or on the tip of my paint brush, color can incite a rush of emotions. From the deepest indigo to the palest pink, the color choices I make in my art are very deliberate. The colors I chose for ‘Joy’ came straight from the rainbow. I hope Mother Nature won’t mind that I took inspiration from her amazing color palette.
“Joy”–Watercolor, Ink Pen, and Swarovski Crystals on Arches Aquarelle
While I have journeyed outside the United States on multiple occasions, my passport remains unstamped. Its blank pages reflect a total lack of travel. When I leave the United States, it’s always by cruise ship. I’ve sailed throughout the Eastern and Western Caribbean, through the Mexican Riviera, and up into Canada. In 2008, when the cruise industry was planning to require passports for travel, I rushed out to apply for mine. That change never took place, and while I do travel with my passport for identification, it doesn’t have a single stamp. There are no official records of my destinations, but I do have the memories, the stories, and volumes of photographs. The sea turtles can surely relate, as their journeys are undocumented, too. Though they travel thousands of miles in a lifetime, there are no proud stamps to boast of their destinations. While it would be nice to have a colorful passport, it’s really all about the journey, and not a little stamp.
“World Traveler”–Watercolor on Board with Swarovski crystals–Who needs a colorful passport when you’ve got a little bling?
Florida’s hot humid summers always find me craving fruit. That all-natural, juicy goodness not only satisfies my sweet tooth, it hydrates me as well. After painting “Lemon-Lime”, my fruit craving wasn’t fully satisfied, so I indulged in “Peaches” and “Berries”, too. Delicious!
“Peach”–Watercolor on Arches Aquarelle
“Berry”–Watercolor on Arches Aquarelle
I just returned from a long weekend on the west coast of Florida. We stayed at the beautiful LaPlaya Resort on the white sugar shore of the Gulf of Mexico. It’s sea turtle nesting season, so our eco-friendly resort asked all guests to respect the nests that lined the beach, and to pull the heavy black-out drapes in our rooms each evening at sunset so the only light on the coast would be that of the moon. I felt such joy at seeing new nests each morning when my husband and I walked the shoreline. It was so inspirational to spend time in a resort that celebrated my beloved sea turtles in their décor, their conservation efforts, and in the education of their guests. This wasn’t our first stay at the LaPlaya, and it definitely won’t be our last. Their eco-friendly operation is part of the pull that keeps us coming back—much like the mysterious pull that brings sea turtles back to their home beach to nest.