In any line of work to be done, it is good to see the reward. The prize or accomplishment from that hard and steady push forward. I have been creating art full time for a year now and am happy to see the fruits of the seeds sown this year.

I have had a crazy quilt piece accepted for publication in the 2017 Crazy Quilt Calendar published by Pam Kellogg of Kitty & Me Designs. The art was submitted thru a themed contest for the calendar. The theme was “My Secret Garden” which makes me think of a brick wall covered in ivy and a iron gate just open enough to see a small view of a lush flowering garden.

After chatting with a friend about this she mentioned that most people would see just that scene. This contest would select a block for each month of the year. My friend suggested that I consider a autumn or winter garden instead. Well that turned out to be a good idea my friend!

Happy to say here is the November page for the 2017 calendar.


If you want to purchase a calendar for yourself go to

I also have been accepted in another local juried show, State of the Arts 2016 in Prairie Village, Kansas at the R.G. Endres Gallery.  The show will run through the month of October with an artist reception on October 14th.

Here is the art that was accepted, one of my underwater seascapes. 


As I have done quite a few of these seascapes I have toyed with moving on to a whole different subject. Yet that shows that I am tied to the idea of always looking for something new. This can be the bane of the new world, we want instant gratification and new and shinny things each moment of the day. However with one seascape sold in June and now one in a show I do believe I will continue to work on this series. They are so different from my landscape work but I am still happy with the results.

As I celebrate my continued success I do see that I need to produce more work on a regular basis. Just as the farmer pauses with the glory of a good crop while also knowing that soon new seeds will need to be planted. I too need to get back to work so I will continue to see the fruits of my labor.

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