Five Questions Friday: Ice Ice Baby

: Can you believe this week of winter storms? The third one started a couple hours ago and it’s really snowing hard! Did you ever expect to experience storms like these when we left New Hampshire?

Eric: Ahh, no. I had to use an ice scraper for the first time down here. It really feels like I’m back in New England.

Q from my Mom: How is it Global Warming with this kind of weather in southern Tennessee?
Eric: I don’t think I’m going to touch that question. I’ll wait until another 30 years when the scientists warn us of an Ice Age heading our way.
(Poor mom… she was in Chicago visiting my sister and flew here for the week before going home. She was looking to warm up from the chill in Chi-Town but she said it’s much colder here!)

Q: How sad are you that our big tree in front came crashing down from all the ice?
Eric: I’m actually more glad that it not only missed the house, but it missed my red truck by one foot! And, I can’t wait to stock-pile stove and campfire wood.

Q: Why do you put onions in practically everything even though I don’t like them?
Eric: Ah, because without onions there is no flavor. And if you keep complaining about onions, you may make my aggravated list above the many frustrations I had this week.

QWhat aggravated you this week?
Eric: Everything—From the snow and ice, to the downed tree, cancelled appointments, roads closed, store shelves empty, no power and texts from people asking why I don’t have a generator… should I go on?
No. I think we all get the gist. 

Note: Middle Tennessee, where we now live, has not seen a storm like this since 1998.

The Art-Chain: Day 5 (Delayed)

If I told you the week I had, you would understand why Day 5 of the Art-Chain I was challenged to do last week is being posted five days late. Also, have you watched the national weather? Tennessee is under a state of emergency due to a fluke winter storm. Round 1 of the storm was on Monday. Wednesday was Round 2 and tomorrow is Round 3!

But don’t misunderstand… I am not whining about our situation (well maybe a little). When we saw what happened in our old home state of New Hampshire over the last couple weeks we felt a little bad for all the family up North. They are really having a hard time with the unbelievable snowfall they’ve been having.

However, at the same time, we also were grateful to be down South experiencing a milder climate. So we thought! Lost power, frigid temperatures, everything is covered in ice and one of my favorite old trees in our front yard came crashing down. We have lots of pretty pics and will post over the weekend. But first, I need to finish out this Five-Day Art-Chain!! (If you are unfamiliar, just go back to Day 1 or Day 2 from my posts last week.)

So here’s my three samples of work for the final Day 5.


Above painting is titled “Attention” I believe and the current owners of this painting are our good friends Karen and Eric up in Maine. If I could paint in one color, it would probably be this blue-green hue.


The above painting was part of a series where I selected a group of single words and visually depicted one word from the list. This one is titled “Brilliance” and I sold it back in 2007 I believe.

day5-Triptych red blocksOne of my favorites from my group of sold works is this triptych titled “a few landscapes.”

So that’s it! I completed the 5 days. Not necessarily five days straight but at least it was 5 days within the same month! And for my final day, I nominate my sister Michelle to post 3 pieces of her artwork for 5 Days.

Thanks Cathryn Peters, a.k.a. wicker woman, for challenging me! It was fun going through all my old works. Will have to create a similar self-challenge some time in the future!

Everyone keep warm!!

The Art-Chain Day 4

I think I’m starting to like this little Art-Chain thing. At first I was very reluctant. But I promised Miss Cathryn Peters that I would do it.

So here’s my next three pieces….



The top one is a mixed media watercolor and pastel painting. It was created on heavy paper and framed. I believe it is from 2003 and I sold it to a couple from England. It was very hard to let this one go. I became attached to it. The title is “Just Passing Through” and I usually don’t reveal too much of what my abstracts are depicting since it should be left up to the viewer to interpret it however they want. But I will share it here… It is a school crossing guard, with her stop sign up and then the other figure is the “child”.

The two bottom ones are also mixed with watercolor and pastel and probably some graphite I’m thinking. Did these in 2003 and I don’t remember selling them but I’m not sure where they are in my studio either. So maybe I gave them away as a gift???

Anyways, I’ve been posting my artwork because I was nominated to participate in the 5-day Art-Chain Challenge on Facebook. Today I am nominating Mr. Basketmaker himself. He probably won’t do it but I’m nominating him anyways!