Monday, April 12, 2021

John James Audubon House and Tropical Gardens

 Not all "Landmarks and Legends" are in Texas... I know that's hard to believe, but there are some other pretty cool places around this beautiful country of ours.
This one is one of my favorites!  In March 2011, my husband and I took a quick weekend trip to visit Key West!   Last summer I posted a series photos from favorite vacations on Instagram, and when I posted this from that trip, Chuck said I should paint it...  so I did!!

The Audubon House Museum and Tropical Gardens has a surprising history.
Contrary to popular belief, it was NOT the home of John James Audubon as you'd imagine.  A previous house and gardens was on this property and while on a visit to the Keys in 1832 J.J. Audubon was inspired to complete his "Birds of America" series using much of the landscaping and cuttings as backgrounds in his paintings from that property.  That house was destroyed in a hurricane and this house was built around 1846 by Captain John Huling Geiger, Key West's first harbor pilot.  He raised his kids here and continued to develop the beautiful tropical gardens.   The house was passed down through many generations and in 1960 it was restored and opened as a museum commemorating Audubon's 1932 visit to Key West and to showcase his amazing portfolio.

Prints available

Monday, April 5, 2021



Well I could call it a late April fools day joke...
or blame it on too many mimosa's at our Easter Brunch....
so let's try this again....

another drumroll please.........

check it out!

Sunday, April 4, 2021

I have exciting news to share!

 Hello Friends!

I hope you enjoyed a Happy Easter!  
Thankfully we are finally able to gather in church again and 
Praise God from whom all Blessings Flow!!

So, I have some exciting news....
I just opened my own ETSY Shop!!

The idea has been in my head for quite some time, and in the works the past few weeks, so I am happy to OFFICIALLY announce it here today, first with you!   
An e-mail is going out tomorrow so apologies up front if you're on both lists!
and on Social Media later this week.  

For over 10 years I've been doing commissioned /custom sketches, and in the past year I've added some art work that I've shared here, like the Texas Landmarks and Legends, the LOVE tree and others.   I've gathered them all into one place to share (and sell!) with listings of Custom and Original Art, Giclee Prints and Prints for Graduates.
And of course I've added a few Gifts and Goodies for fun!

drumroll please.........

I hope you'll check it out and feel free to share with friends.  
Please, Click the heart to "Like" my page and take a look around.... 
and if you see something you'd like to have, use the 
coupon code: WELCOME for a 15% OFF during the month of April.

Saturday, April 3, 2021

Rejoice! He is Risen!!

"Now after the Sabbath, toward the dawn of the first day of the week, Mary Magdalene and the other Mary went to see the tomb.  
And behold, there was a great earthquake, for an angel of the Lord descended from heaven and came and rolled back the stone and sat on it.  
His appearance was like lightning, and his clothing white as snow.  
And for fear of him the guards trembled and became like dead men.  

But the angel said to the women, "Do not be afraid, for I know that you seek Jesus who was crucified.  He is not here, for he has risen, as he said.  
Come, see the place where he lay.  Then go quickly and tell his disciples that he has risen from the dead, and behold, he is  going before you to Galilee; there you will see him.  
See, I have told you."

Matthew 28: 1-7

He is Risen!
He is Risen, Indeed!

Thursday, April 1, 2021

It is Finished

"It was now about the sixth hour and darkness fell over the whole land until the ninth hour because the sun was obscured: and the veil of the temple was torn in two.  And Jesus, crying out with a loud voice said "Father, into your hands I commit my spirit."  
Having said this, He breathed his last breath."

Luke 23: 44-46

Today we pause to remember your sacrificial love
That shone light into darkness
That bore life from such emptiness
That revealed hope out of devastation
That spike truth through incrimination
That released freedom in spite of imprisonment
And brought us forgiveness instead of punishment.

Thank you that we can now walk in the light of your life, 
Hope, truth, freedom and forgiveness,
This and everyday.


Friday, March 26, 2021

Zacchaeus was a wee little man...

Tomorrow is Palm Sunday and the beginning of Holy Week and the "triumphant entry" into Jerusalem.  Jesus had been preaching and teaching for three years and His time had come.

The city of Jericho was about 15 miles outside of Jerusalem, about an 8 hour walk, and where Jesus would stay on his last night before entering Jerusalem.  The crowds had gathered, anxious to see this Jesus they had heard so much about.  

Zacchaeus was there too... "and a wee little man was he!"  
Like me, did you sing that song about a zillion times with your kids??

This story has always intrigued me, so of course I googled it "to see what I could see!"  And this is THE tree!  Or at least believed to be THE tree that Zacchaeus climbed to get a good look!  It is in the heart of old Jericho and dates back well over 2000 years.

I have tried to imagine what that day must have felt like... the energy, the crowds, the hope for their future.  Zacchaeus climbed the tree... why?  Did he arrive late and the crowds were too large for him to see?  Did he want a birds eye view of the whole scene?  As a tax collector, maybe he was a little nervous to be found out to be a follower of Jesus.

I wonder and ask myself, where would I have been that day?  Would I have thought, that's a good idea... and climbed to sit next to Zacchaeus in the tree watching from afar, or maybe I'd be standing along the side of the road hoping to get a glimpse of the savior, perhaps reaching out for a touch of his robe?  Or would I have been one of his followers, maybe for days or weeks or months in this journey.? Or, would I be right by his side, talking with Him about this journey and faith and God.

I wonder.... 

Monday, March 22, 2021


"...If anyone hears my voice and opens the door, 
I will come in and eat with that person and they with me."
Revelation 3:20

 "Ask, and it will be given to you; 
Seek, and you will find; 
Knock, and it will be opened to you."
Matthew 7:7

One of the things that makes Christianity unique is that this door swings both ways.  
He desires more than our adoration and worship, 
He wants more than to answer our prayers and bless us beyond measure....

He desires relationship with us.

He wants to be our best friend.  
The one we run to first when the good things happen, 
and the one we we desperately want to be held by when bad things happen. 
And the one to share the day to day moments of just living.

Knock Knock.
Whose there?
Jesus who?
...  get to know your Savior, He's there waiting for you to open the door.