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"Old American" by Carol

“Old American” by Carol

As we got closer to the end of the boot camp, our wall looked like this:

2016 boot camp wall

2016 boot camp wall

We have stretched and pushed ourselves, and tried new techniques.

 

 

Waiting for sunset at the Tiki Hut

“Waiting for Sunset at the Tiki Hut” by Julie

We looked for fun reflections to paint.

"A Nesting Home" by Carol

“A Nesting Home” by Carol

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“Still Reflections” by Julie

Enjoyed observing the families and all the birds everywhere.

"Wading In" by Julie

“Wading In” by Julie

"Osprey Haven" by Julie

“Osprey Haven” by Julie

Hope you enjoyed the “camping” experience!

Julie

 

 

"First Light" by Julie

“First Light” by Julie

We have been busy getting back into our painting, as both of us are a little out of practice.  After a few stumbling beginning paintings, we finally are getting “back in the saddle”.

"Blues at Sunset" by Carol

“Blues at Sunset” by Carol

We have been sitting in the bushes by the side of the road, or on the beach trying to finish before the tide runs us out.

"Water's Edge" by Jule

“Water’s Edge” by Jule

Or painting the Christie’s Pottery house, who is also the benefactor of the local art co-op building downtown that we had a show in a couple of years ago.

"Christie's Pottery" by Carol

“Christie’s Pottery” by Carol

"Christie's Doorway" by Julie

“Christie’s Doorway” by Julie

We even plopped down by a local crab fisherman’s dock to paint his boat and view.P1010966

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"The Dylan Shane" by Carol

“The Dylan Shane” by Carol

"Back Bayou" by Julie

“Back Bayou” by Julie

We had the privilege of getting to visit during an open house at the old lighthouse at Seahorse Key, that now is used by the University of Florida for marine research.  It is strictly off limits during bird nesting season, and by permission only on other times.P1010590

The trip to the top up a very narrow winding staircase inspired me to paint this one……..

"Going Down?" by Julie

“Going Down?” by Julie

We enjoy watching all the clam boats going out to harvest their catch each day.

"Early Clammer" by Julie

“Early Clammer” by Julie

So far, we have done 18 paintings, and still going!

Hope you enjoyed it,

Julie

 

You never know where your art will take you…….

Last winter I was approached by a co-worker’s wife to do a commission.  She brought me a photo she had taken in the 60’s of a little Greek girl she took a picture of when she and her husband visited the island of Santorini.  I had never heard of or been to the island, or Greece, for that matter.

I looked up the island, and got a feel for the place, basking in the warm sun while breathing the fresh sea air…..what a great place to concentrate on during the dark winter months here at home!

Santorini

Santorini

 

  1. Santorini
    Island in the Aegean Sea
  2. Santorini, one of the Cyclades islands in the Aegean Sea, was devastated by a volcanic eruption in the 16th century B.C.E., forever shaping its rugged landscape and villages. The whitewashed, cubist houses of its 2 principal towns, Fira and Oia, cling to cliffs above an underwater caldera (crater). They overlook the clear Aegean and beaches made up of black, red and white lava pebbles.
  3. Area: 35.12 mi²
  4. Max length: 11.18 miles
  5. Max width: 7.456 miles
  6. Administrative region: South Aegean                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Interesting, the whole island isn’t much bigger than Crystal Lake!  Armed with all this information, I immersed myself into “my art visit” of Santorini!

          I began on tan sanded paper, and blocked in my shapes in pastel.

    Blocking in shapes

    Blocking in shapes

    Over the course of the next week, I slowly built up the contours and colors of the face.  Now I am ready to start to work on the hands and the daisy, and finally the background.

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    Nor for the hands and background

    I wasn’t too thrilled with the one in the picture, so I called on sunny Santorini once again to guide me.

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    “Santorini Daisy” in pastel

    She was thrilled with the commission and couldn’t even wait for the occasion to give it to her husband!

    Hope you enjoyed our brief “trip via art” to Santorini!    Julie

 

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February came and we were waiting for a baby boy. The annual trip to Florida was postponed a bit this year.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Greeting William Taylor Deiss on his second day.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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In Florida at last, enjoying lovely mornings with sun and no snow!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Dawn, and clam boats head out.

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From beautiful reflections on the bayou, to feeding the wild gulls from the balcony, we so appreciated the warmth of Florida, compared to the Michigan winter.

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April and home again — and how Will has grown!

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I’m just keeping it warm for baby . . .

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Happy baby, happy Mama.

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Four generations celebrate an April birthday.

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Where am I going? The high rooks call: “It’s awful fun to be born at all.” Where am I going? The ring-doves coo: “We do have beautiful things to do.” – A.A. Milne

"Two Dinghy's Waiting....."

“Two Dinghy’s Waiting…..”

Happy Holidays and many Happy Returns in the New Year!  Here is the Christmas card I sent out this year, although time took it’s toll, and I got about half-way through the list.  So goes the season!

Our family has a tradition, every two or three years, to make old-world fruitcake.  The recipe was handed down by my Italian grandmother, who got it from her German neighbor.  We make it around Thanksgiving so we can “anoint” it, wrapping it in bourbon or rum-soaked cheesecloth, and putting up in a plastic bag in the cellar-way so it can soak up the anointment.  It will last for several months, possibly years, you just need to re-anoint it every so often.  Grandma mailed it to Dad in the service during the Korean conflict, and he hid it under his bunk, unwrapping it and stealing a slice every time he wanted to remember the comforts of home.

We gathered in my kitchen this year the eve of Thanksgiving.  It takes every bread pan we can muster for this large batch.  We use dried, not candied fruit.  The walnuts have to be broken, not chopped, according to Grandma Bowman.  She was with us until age 96, and somehow I feel her watching and laughing at us as we keep her traditions.IMG_20141126_193916821

 

 

 

 

 

 

All hand on deck for chopping, braking and cracking of eggs.

Two dinghy's waiting...... Fixit can’t understand why no one is dropping anything on the floor.

IMG_20141126_193753025The eggs, butter, and brown sugar are creamed together, and the expectant mother gets the honors of licking the bowl!

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A very tricky and tedious lining of the pans keeps Carol and the father-to-be busy in preparation

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And now comes the mixing of all ingredients.  Grandma would recruit my dad and a friend to stir the rather dry concoction, one to hold the pan, one to stir. Over the years we have lost a few wooden spoons that broke under the strain! She would add what seemed about a half a cup of orange juice.  While her back was turned, dad and friend would dump enough of the beer they were drinking to make it actually stir-able.  This has been carried on by the next generations, in memory of Dad….

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Baked at a low temperature for 2-3 hours, then anointed a couple of times before Christmas.  MMM………shared memories and old-world goodness for the holidays20141226_140748Here is the recipe, in case you want to start your own tradition.

1.5 lbs real butter

3 lbs. dark brown sugar

6 lbs. various dried fruit, cut up

2 lbs. walnuts, broken

10 cups sifted flour

2.5 teas. baking powder

1.5 teas. baking soda

3 teas. allspice

3 teas. cinnamon

2 teas. mace

1.5 teas. nutmeg

10 eggs

2.5 teas. almond ext., optional

Fruit juice enough to make a stiff mixture

Bake at 300 degrees for 2-3 hours, check with toothpick.

Wrap cooled cakes (usually the next morning) in cheesecloth soaked in brandy or bourbon or spiced rum.  Check after a couple of weeks to see if cloth needs to be re-soaked.

 

Warmest wishes in the New Year!      Julie

 

"Early Morning Ripples" 30x30 Oil on Canvas

“Early Morning Ripples” 30×30 Oil on Canvas

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“Carol’s Warm Respite” Pastel – also in show

I am very excited as I have had 2 entries accepted this year!  They will be on display starting Sept. 5 through Oct. 4th, artist reception Friday, Sept. 5th, 5-7pm.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

It has been a CRAZY summer real estate-wise, and not much time for painting…….I did get this plein air pastel out during apple blossom  time at The Old Red Schoolhouse, a B & B on Mick Rd. near Upper Herring Lake.

"Apple Blossom Time at Old Red Schoolhouse" pastel on paper

“Apple Blossom Time at Old Red Schoolhouse” pastel on paper

Hope I see you Friday!

Julie

P.S.  Carol was afraid to look at her email to see if she had been rejected………and of course she wasn’t, silly goose!  So both Bowman Girls will be on display in the annual Juried Art Show!

Here is her painting – come see us!

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Carol has been very busy of late painting for the Beulah Art Show!

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Inspired by seasonal flowers and scenes around her, she has worked feverishly!

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So come see her at her usual spot by the pavilion, 10-4:30.

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See you there!

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