This super sunny yellow tree was in front of me when I parked at Hobby Lobby. Such a pretty shape. Like a Japanese dancer. I didn’t get it right. I’d love to do a full painting of it though.
Yesterday was a busy day. Capped off by a visit with Natasha Papousek. A longtime LYA friend. In fact I have her 2013 post card on my inspiration wall. Natasha was on her way to a class in Sedona.
She arrived later than she had planned, so we had a short time to see the sights. After a quick bite, we headed to Prescott. We caught the sunset view from the Prescott Casino and Resort on top of the hill. Thumb Butte is left of center.
Next we went to Watson Lake. In fading light, we hurried to snap some shots. Thank goodness for Photoshop and the ability to brighten things up!
There was so much more I would have liked to show her. She mentioned coming back again soon for a longer stay to explore the area more. With hiking, galleries, museums… plenty to do!
Natasha is a henna artist and she is blessed with the privilege of working in gorgeous downtown San Diego at Seaport Village. She is also well-traveled, well-educated, and even lived in Hawaii for a time. You can see the photos on her blog. Gorgeous! She is truly one of the most interesting women I have ever met!
LYA Side Swaps
Three more LYA side swaps arrived yesterday. One of them Natasha’s! From Lemon Grove, CA. I love this card, so pretty 🙂 On the back:
Creativity is inventing experimenting, growing, taking risks,
breaking rules, making mistakes and having fun.
~ Mary Lou Cook
Terry’s card is so lovely! It is an in progress “slow stitch” project. All done by hand. She has attached a worn, paper-thin vintage handkerchief to a sturdier fabric. A pink linen tablecloth. She is still creating this new piece but thought is was pretty enough to use for LYA. I agree! Very sweet and delicate, the details. From Gresham Oregon.
The birds is a wonderful watercolor from Christine Brooks in Flagstaff AZ. I love Christine’s work ! An addition to my growing Christine collection!
Thank you my friends for sharing your wonderful work with me! I love them all!
And an extra special thank you to Natasha for including me in her busy, artistic road trip! Such a pleasure to meet again after so many years!
Two Mingus starts on the table, plus the one that is bothersome.
Thanks for the virtual tour.. love the slideshow and the large images! Glad you had a great visit!
Glad you enjoyed them Carol 🙂
Fantastic, What fun to meet in person and what a tour guide. Beautiful photos. Love your style and yellow tree. Glad you got my card. Happy to be in such beautiful company.
Thanks Christine. 🙂 I was so glad to get your card. knew right off it was yours 😉
How exciting to meet with Natasha in real life. Me too, I have a couple of friends which I had the opportunity to meet in “real life”… Precious moments. Who knows, Sheila, one day we’ll meet, let’s hope. Nice set of LYA postcards and superb photos of your trip… Thanks for sharing, have a super weekend, sunny I hope…
We were trying to remember the last time we met in San Diego. Couldn’t pin it down, but I am thinking it was 2009 or 2010. Oh, I would love to visit you Louise 🙂 What a blessing that would be. Yes, let’s hope 🙂 It is sunny, after two chilly days. Hope your weekend is blissful Louise 🙂
Sheila, that sunny yellow hobby lobby tree! Will you do a full painting of it? Would you ever pop it dramatically and at large in front of a Mingus background???
Loved hearing about your time with Natasha and getting to go on the virtual tour.
W O W to those LYA cards, Natasha’s glorious one among them.
Smiling at the ‘two Mingus starts on the table’—that phrase is the new ‘the check is in the mail!’
HA ha ha ha, I did warn you that it might become a sub theme! I won’t be able to paint until this evening, but I am hoping to finish at least one of those. 😉
There’s an idea! In front of Mingus!!! I had thought of repeating the other tree I did in front of Mingus. Well, not repeating, revisiting. I was craving to paint that night, and so the tree sketch. Did not have time to add more to one of the Mingus starts. 🙂
What a wonderful post Sheila – so much good things happening! I like your sunny tree painting and yes, it looks like it is dancing. I really like the last few photos – such interesting rocks contrasting with the lake – very neat! How nice to have Natasha visit; I just ‘met’ her this year during LYA. Super post cards too. What a busy time!
Yes, good things indeed Val 🙂 Natasha is so friendly and fun. I really wish we had more time to hang out. Very glad to have the chance to show her a bit of this part of the country 😉 And she will see so much more in Sedona. We missed the late sun on those rocks, or they would have been bright orange. 🙂