why Water Lilies are twice as bright

Water Lilies appear to contain fire at their center, they glow. These flowers are so different from other flowers we normally see. It took me awhile to figure out why. I blame it on the sun…and the water the flower floats upon.┬áThe flowers are lit up by the sun, twice. Once from above and then…

“hold me closer, tiny dancer…”

via “hold me closer, tiny dancer…” This is my daughter. She used to let me play dress up with me. Alas she is 16 & far too busy to let me take more. soon though…she give in.

a memoir of the zit queen (or my cure for zits)

my brothers called me that. Zit Queen…it wasn’t as though my face looked worse than anyone else’s my age, it was that i beat them both into puberty. However, nicknames stick. My twin brother gave me a great nickname…Aimbrain. How could i be offended by that? I was smarter than he was. Although he would…

last night changed everything.

  i’ve tried, countless times, to explain what it is like to be a mom to my teenager daughters. i try to tell them what it feels like when they walk out the front door. i tell them they are taking a part of my heart with them when they walk out that door. nothing…

i share my balcony with the cats

i lost my garden when i moved out of the house. this shelf contains many of the things i kept in my art studio. there is a brown bear, a glow-in-the-dark alien, a yellow bird, Sherlock Holmes, Dr. Watson, a wild thing, spiderman birdhouse, star of David-can you see them? and tons of white rabbits…

how i won the nightly homework battle

When my oldest daughter started bringing homework home (i think it was the third grade) our school nights became a battleground. My daughter would bring out every arsenal within her power…and it was exhausting. I dreaded homework. My daughter didn’t understand homework was non-non-damn-no-negationable. She wanted me to do it. I didn’t want to. She…

water bonds with itself

perfectly captured on my Hosta (well it was mine, but i’ve moved on, quite happily) me & water made the painting above

attempting to climb Sir Isaac’s shoulders

sounds pretty arrogant…but there is something we have, that Sir Isaac Newton did not & that is the camera. The camera sees life in a way we do not. we get our photographs back, or uploaded on our computer screen, BUT they don’t look like what we saw, when we took them. in order for…

fail proof abstract painting for kids

Oil pastels base is oil, wax is the base of crayons. both refuse to accept water. the old oil & water don’t mix is proven in this wonderful fun art project. i begin the class with showing the children a cup with veggie oil & add water…kids love to watch them separate. i then explain…

love the falling focus

life seen in a different ways has always interested me…no, that isn’t correct, it has always pulled at me. the catalyst was my father’s words, “Amy, because you are blind in one eye, you do not see like everyone else” my father will be the first to say, i seldom back down from a challenge….