Joseph is my granddaughter’s turtle. I think Joseph was purchased a few years back at a fair or carnival. I think he cost $1.50. They said Joseph would grow. At the time he was about the size of a silver dollar.

Joseph home has evolved from living in a small dish to a huge aquarium. He also shares his space with a few fish. Some of the fish have the job of keeping the aquarium clean. I’m not sure what the other fish were suppose to do. They are growing too.

Joseph lives in a tank that has a filter to help keep water clean. He has a basking area equipped with a sun lamp in case he doesn’t feel like staying in the water but doesn’t want to catch a chill.

This $1.50 pet has turned into an expensive endeavor. Since Joseph is now living a good like I had to take some pictures of him. His job as a model is the least he could do. I tried to capture Joseph in all his beauty reaching for the sprinkles of food that is floating in the tank. He knows it is all for him.

Meet Joseph…

“Joseph” watercolor 9”x12”

Mixed Media

I typically shy away from learning different art processes but this is addicting. I think it is helping me get in touch with my inner child by using glue, scissors, and paint. When I start I don’t have a clear image of my final product which is fun and scary at the same time. You see I have always been the type of person who stays within the lines. This has no lines. It does have many layers.

So I had a sketch of a bird with a touch of zen doodle. This bird I then scanned and printed onto card stock. I had the subject piece for my mixed media. More glue, mod podge and paint. I think it’s done.

“Sweet Song” 5.75” x 5.75” mixed media on wood. $25

The Perfect Gift

One thing I love to do is to give gifts to others. Especially if it is the “perfect” gift and if it’s an unexpected gift. Who doesn’t love surprises! I sure do, but that isn’t why I buy surprise gifts. I do it because it makes me feel so darn good. Plus “perfect” gifts aren’t always known ahead of time. You find “perfect” gifts when you aren’t looking. Maybe that is why I love giving these types of gifts. You see it; instantly think of someone; then you buy it.

I have been guilty of buying a gift because it is expected and doing that does not mean I don’t enjoy it. But when you see that “perfect” gift it lights up your entire day. In fact you’re dying to tell someone what you found and who you’re going to give your “perfect” gift to.

My daughter called me one day so happy and excited. I could tell from her voice that she had something great happen. She told me that she is the best daughter ever. (Yes I knew this. ) She just found the perfect gift for me. She can’t tell me because she is going to give it to me for Christmas. But mom, she said it’s so perfect for you and I had to tell you now. I know Christmas is 3 months away, but mom this is so “perfect”. Yes honey I know how that feels.

The point of this story is I was commissioned to paint a painting. He had a vision of a gift. I could tell by his words it was one of those “perfect” gifts. I painted his painting from a group of pictures and a old Christmas card. His vision came in pieces.

So I gave him some choices and he made his selection and I began to paint. Today he got his painting. He looked happy and I felt happy. Creating a “perfect” gift for someone is pretty darn awesome too.

A Lady’s Farm