Archive for March, 2012

Cormorants – Mimi tries acrylic painting

March 28th, 2012 15 comments

I took an Intro to Acrylic class last week, taught by Alicia Harvey, who I would recommend to anyone who wants to get a start with the acrylic medium. I sat side by side with my husband, a total beginner to the world of painting, and the two of us explored and went in completely different directions.

I love cormorants, they look prehistoric as they sit above the water and fish and then dry their wings. Here they are with the sunset glow surrounding them.

This painting is for sale, $100.00 if you’d like to buy it send me an email

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Homeless Joe – in my neighborhood

March 20th, 2012 12 comments

I have seen this guy sitting out by the Interstate highway off ramp in all kinds of weather. He sits so quietly you might not even see him. He looks at you, past you, through you. And of course, we try to do the same as we pass him by in our safe warm cars. He’s asking for a handout. As I pass this guy I think about WHY would someone sit outside and beg?

Can’t he just get a job? Can’t he go to the Union Gospel Mission and get 2 meals a day? Doesn’t he have family? There ought to be a law! Why, why I ask myself.

I never even saw a homeless person until I was 30 years old. I grew up in and around big cities, so it wasn’t like I was sheltered. I saw prostitutes on the street, but never homeless people begging. But over the years, I have seen more and more of them.

He’s not breaking any laws. He’s on public property, he’s not offensive, he’s not aggressive. He actually looks old and frail. Does someone know where he is? Does he have a daughter that will be heartbroken when he finally succumbs to the elements?

But I don’t get any answers. I don’t know why this man is sitting out there hoping someone will give him a dollar bill. And I avert my eyes and drive on, feeling slightly sadder, not able to solve the problem, knowing that all is NOT right in the world.

This painting is for sale $150.00. for those of you concerned, I did pay the person in the painting a standard sitting fee.

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Eccentric artist Mimi T Boothby participates in A to Z challenge which starts April 1st

March 20th, 2012 10 comments

Rachel Morgan from Rachel Morgan Writes made a video that explains it.

On April 1st I am participating in a huge social experiment called the A to Z challenge. Over 1200 bloggers including yours truly, will be blogging 26 separate days with subjects beginning with something that starts with A on April the 1st and finally ending in Z at the end of the month. Some of the other contestants are poets, some are writers, some do movie reviews, and of course, me; I promise you a painting or a drawing every day with an interesting story behind it. Some of the letters are harder than others, (E is killing me) but I promise you a colorful bit of eye candy on every single post.
Something this large in the blogosphere takes a lot of help, so I am listing (below) the team leaders. All of them have great blogs (and they’re all different) so I can’t really predict what you will find if you click on any of them. But it will be interesting for sure.

A to Z team for 2012

 Tossing It Out (Arlee Bird)
Amlokiblogs (Damyanti Biswas)
Alex J. Cavanaugh (Alex J. Cavanaugh)
Life is Good (Tina Downey)
Cruising Altitude 2.0 (DL Hammons)
Retro-Zombie (Jeremy Hawkins)
The Warrior Muse (Shannon Lawrence)
The QQQE (Matthew MacNish)
Author Elizabeth Mueller (Elizabeth Mueller)
Pearson Report (Jenny Pearson)
No Thought 2 Small (Konstanz Silverbow)
Breakthrough Blogs (Stephen Tremp)

Coming Down The Mountain (Karen Jones Gowen)

So are YOU a participant? If not, please feel free to follow some of these folks (or me) and be enriched for the whole month of April!

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Happy birthday surprise!

March 11th, 2012 29 comments

Looking for the best kind of gift? How about a portrait of you and your favorite furry friend? Since this painting is a birthday surprise, I am not mentioning any names, but the person in the picture once made me a wonderful set of curtains that still hang in my office. One good turn deserves another. And Happy Birthday to her sweetie!!

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Donald’s Dream – the Hunter

March 4th, 2012 27 comments

I don’t know about you, but when someone wants to tell me about their dream, I get uncomfortable, because most dreams are utterly boring to anyone except the dreamer. So when my husband started telling me about this dream, my initial reaction vanished as his tale unfolded. I took a deep breath and sat down because this was no ordinary dream. As he narrated the story, images filled my mind and I already knew I was going to have to paint a picture to show what he described. Here is my painting, and if you’d like to read the story/dream, it is incredibly beautiful. My husband has a blog where he imparts his wit and wisdom. Lately he has been writing about his battle with cancer, so this healing dream is particularly beautiful in that regard. Please leave a comment if you visit his website, he loves a little attention!

ps you’ll find another dog painting that goes along with the story on his blog as well.

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