Let's (slowly) get started...

Everyone has interests, hobbies, talents, and creative ideas. It's great sharing - getting feedback and giving feedback when asked. Years ago, when I attended the Cleveland Institute of Art, we became a family with the Cleveland Institute of Music students. It was great - artists and musicians coming together and sharing thoughts.

I really miss those days of listening to others speaking about new innovations, sharing their thoughts and opinions. Sometimes, I think how sad it is that society has closed up a lot of minds - fear of sharing ideas and having open discussion.

When graphic art (fine art) totally disappears, humanities will be gone. Yes, we do have the technology of using computer software to create images. It's great having this tool - but, it's only a tool to enhance Commercial Art.

I hope the days of Picasso and other creative artists (using paint brushes and canvases) never stops or goes away.

Unfortunately, small art galleries are disappearing. Cities are attempting to save local artists by allowing us to hang our paintings in City Halls.

I am an artist. My first husband was a musician. Soul-wise, it was a beautiful relationship of communication, listening, and understanding each other. Artists and musicians are rare people (yet, we seem to be many). Creativity is rare (yet, many have the abilities).

Friday, July 20, 2012


Yahoo loves sleeping next to me as I sit at the easel and paint/sketch. 
She was on her back, sound asleep when I got up to get my camera to take a picture of her -
too late . . . . she got up to see where I went.

Originally, I began to post a Leafy Sea Dragon and a Decorator Crab; but, I couldn't resist posting Yahoo and where she stays whenver I paint or sketch.  So, below is a Leafy Sea Dragon that is found off the coast of southern Australia.  He's hard to spot when surrounded by seaweed.

Another, hard to spot sea critter is a Decorator Crab, who hides in seaweed;
some wear sponge hats to be inconspicuous.

Friday, July 13, 2012

A Few of Ohio Lighthouses - many more around Ohio

                   These are only a few of the lighthouses in Ohio -
                                          Check out other Lighthouses around Lake Erie:

          Conneaut Harbor West Breakwater Lighthouse 1936
          Ashtabula Harbor Lighthouse 1905
          Fairport Harbor West Breakwater Lighthouse 1925
          Fairport Harbor Lighthouse 1925
          Cleveland Harbor West and East Pierhead Lighthouse 1911
          Huron Harbor Lighthouse 1936
          Cedar Point Lighthouse 1867
          West Sister Island Lighthouse 1848
          Toledo Harbor Lighthouse 1904
          Marblehead Lighthouse 1921
          Port Clinton Lighthouse
          South Bass Island Lighthouse 1897
          Lorain Lighthouse 1917
          Vermilion Lighthouse 1877 (replica)
          Perry Memorial 1915

Denton, Maryland

          This is a quiet little cove where a museum sits next to the dock.  Unfortunately, the museum was closed for lunch and we didn't stay around long enough for the small building to open.  We drove around, within a 50 mile radius looking for any open museum.  Out of ten (some picked up on GPS) - half were closed and the other half didn't exist. 
             Soooooo.......I began taking pictures of the beautiful cloud formations........
              and we never saw the inside of any museum that day between Delaware and Maryland!!

                        I'm sure happy little Sea Critters live in this little quiet cove!!!!!

Watch Out for a Couple of These Guys!!!

Shark Mouth and Octopus Mouth are highly dangerous!!!
Shark Mouth bites off arms, legs, and HEADS
Octopus Mouth releases poisionous fluids from the tenacles

These Sea Critters are some GOOFY, but DANGEROUS (some of them). 

Frog Tongue and Sea Pony are joining the other Sea Critters

Meet Frog Tongue and Sea Pony who will be joining our Sea Critter friends somewhere around the Mid-Atlantic Ocean, near Massachusetts, and the Chesapeake Bay. 

There are a lot of private and public beaches along the coastline, inlets, and coves with many light houses and a lot of history. 

Light houses stand above the sandy beaches and watch over ships during storms with beacons of lights letting the ship captains know where there is land and sharp reefs. Lighthouses stand above the Sea Critters who swim below.

Little Racoon (can be vicious)......

This little Land Critter enjoys doing his own Sea Critter pickings for food - loves Sea Critters !!!!!

Thursday, July 12, 2012

Akron Zoo - Journey to the Reef Coming

This black bear lives at the Cleveland Zoo -
he gets hand fed Sea Critters!!!

Next month, I hope to be visiting the Akron Zoo and see Journey to the reef.   I'm looking forward to this visit. I'm between acrylics, water colors, and markers. Also, working on different photo paintings of many different sights and things (such as The Bear, which I'll be posting - BECAUSE BEARS EAT SEA CRITTERS!!!!!). I think, I need to apply myself more to my Sea Critter Blog - get more into the markers. I have some terrific photos of many deep water sea critters!!!

Friday, May 18, 2012

Oh yes, I forgot two turtles -
                       one, above the water on a rock -
                                    and other one, in the water below!!!

                        These two turtles - 

                                            looked like reflections in a mirror or window!!!!
                                   (I'm still into graphic art, just expanding my visions)

My Dad would have loved Techology (as he loved Nature)

Wow, now I know how my Father felt at this age.  He was growing up when the Wright Brothers just got off the ground - and the Model T had just started up on dirt roads.  Here I am (along with others who are "over the hill") working with technology - Google, YouTube, Facebook, Twitter, and all the other internet items.  Who would think bringing in a DSL Line, hooking it up to a wireless router (along with connecting computers and televisions) - and whala, we get Netflix and other internet items on LCD, plasma, or LED televisions using HD and creating wi-fi in electronics!  Don't forget all the other technology - cell phones, mp-3s, wii's, 360 boxes, ereaders, and tablets. I grew up with tubes in the television, short wave radios, and morris code!!

GETTING BACK TO NATURE - to Sea Critters and More - I like quiet beaches, the mountains, walks in the woods, sunshine, and the sounds of nature. I heard a song by Nick Zuber talking about looking at the "Windows", not the computer windows; but, actual glass panes on a house, seeing nature and real life outside his house. Check his songs out - terrific!

 I recently visited the New Greater Cleveland Aquarium at the old Power House on the Waterfront.  Beautiful inside - the fish and coral will need time to grow and expand.  I loved the overhead tunnel!!!!!!! 

  Sea Critters will love it!!!