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Birds Of A Feather Flock Together (Paintings)

Birds of a feather flock together. I can’t stop painting the birds this week. I am cycling through my obsessions. Apparently, this is the season for birds. Just when I thought I couldn’t add the word birds to this paragraph one more time I managed to do it again: Look at these birds!

Birds of a feather: Bee Eater
Bee Eater Alcohol ink on Yupo paper 9×12



Birds of a feather: Hummingbird
Close-up of Hummingbird on Yupo 9×12.


So, I’ve been having a lot of trouble getting my photographs to be sharp and focused lately. I can’t decide if it’s my improper camera use or if my eyes are going to the dark side. I’ve been experimenting with different camera functions in the hopes that I can fix my problem. It hasn’t been working. My photos still have a bit of blur to them. At least they do when I look at them. Jim ordered me a camera clicker thing and a tripod so I can set up the shot, stand back, and take the picture with a remote. We’re hoping the blur comes from my unsteady hands. I feel very high-tech just thinking about it. It’s like I’ll become robotic without actually having to be a robot. Where else can you get art, birds and robot talk all in one post, but on this blog? I know, it’s like I get weirder by the month, right?

Humming Bird Painting.
The entire Humming bird painting.

Jim also made me an appointment with the ophthalmologist to get my eyes checked. Boooooooo! He knows I will put it off until I’m completely blind. I can’t help it. I don’t like to go to the doctor unless I have to. It’s expensive and they usually just tell me whatever is wrong is just in my head. It seems like I could tell myself that for free, right? Or blame my camera. Anyway, this Thursday I’ll know for sure. Sometime soon you may see me sporting reading glasses or worse. Getting old(er) is for the birds, seriously.

Anyway, I do love painting birds and I do love alcohol ink on Yupo paper. It’s so luxurious and bright. It’s quickly becoming my favorite medium to work in. Plus, it’s fast which works well with Tiny-Small and her anti-nap or I’ll nap tomorrow schedule that she has been clinging to lately. I miss the days when there were two naps sometimes, but that kid is so funny and silly that it’s nice to have her awake and getting into trouble for more hours each day. Plus, she is a fan of my bird paintings which makes me feel a little famous and inflates my dream of being known as a super-talented mom artist with a fashionista daughter on the verge of taking over the world like a dynamic duo. There, I said it. Now you know my plans. It really is important to have people who believe in you and what you are doing, even if they are only three years old. It’s also good to have a partner that demands you get your eyes checked and go to the doctor once in a while.

Also, it’s good to have birds. What will happen to the bee eaters once the bees are all gone?

Yep, birds, bees, robots, ophthalmologists, art, environmental science,  and a little gratitude all in one post. I’m not a niche blogger if you haven’t figured that out by now. I’m a bit all over the map these days. Just look at the pretty art and pretend not to notice. That’s what I do.

Happy Wednesday!




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How To Never Clean Your House Again In 5 Easy Steps

What? Never clean your house again? What madness is this, right? Well, between the two of us Jim and I have developed a fool-proof plan to keep you untidy, but still respectable.

Step 1: Become an artist. Or, just announce that you are one. People don’t have to know you are secretly an accountant. It’s a well-known fact that artists are unconventional and messy. It’s totally acceptable to have piles of chaos when you are an artist. It also means you can dress funny too (win-win!). This leads us to step 2.

Step 2: Make a sign or piece of art (or just buy one) that says you are messy and hang it by the front door. It’s like saying, “Here I am world. Love me as I am or don’t take one more step.” What can people really say? You warned them. If they seem shocked just talk a lot about being an artist until their eyes glaze over. That works every time.

never clean your house again, just hang up this sign.
Please Excuse the mess…it works every time!

Step 3: If you have an area rug that has become impossible to clean or you just don’t feel like vacuuming ever again, just flip it over. When people ask why your rug is upside down, just look at them like they are crazy and exclaim, “Burlap is all the rage right now. This is a faux-burlap look, but it gets the job done.”

Burlap carpet for the win! Never clean your house again.
Burlap carpet for the win!

Step 4: Don’t ever, ever, ever have kids. Or dogs. Don’t have kids or dogs. A stray cat or two is fine, maybe some fish, but no kids and no dogs. If you do have kids or dogs make more signs (see step 2) and blame the mess on the kids and the dogs. Just blame all of your problems on your kids and your dogs. People will just nod in agreement because nobody can make a mess like a kid or a dog…nobody. Plus, dogs and kids are cute, so they can get away with just about anything.

Step 5: If all else fails, you can always join the witness protection plan. OK, maybe not, but you could hire a cleaning lady…or move. So, never lose hope. You can be messy and still have friends. You just have to find friends who are even messier than you are. That way you look like you have a spotless house whenever they come over.


What cleaning tips and tricks do you have?