Sunday, November 19, 2017

It's been a while since I've blogged or even spent more than a minute on my computer! Life has been busy, as everyone's. My classes are going great at the Birmingham Community House, their annual "Our Town" art show was a success for them, and for me! And I have been doing LOTS of dog portraits! Here are a few random fun paintings, ("There's Our Ride", "Wow, I Can't Believe That", "There is a Season", and "I'm Having Carbs"), but mostly I've gone to the dogs! I will post them all after Christmas/ Holidays when most of them will be presented as gifts. I plan on new adventures with the New Year. Painting big, small, and in between. I have been very fortunate to become involved with the Detroit Artist Market, and I have my friend, Pat Riascos Goodrich to thank for introducing me! ( Her art is ALIVE with color and vitality! And I am happy to say that their current Holiday sale is awesome, and has been good for me as far as several paintings going to new homes. 
But mostly, I want to say that the biggest blessing of all is coming to our little human beings! Our daughter is having not one, but TWO! Yes, a little boy and a little girl. My head is spinning (even more than usual-haha). Through our son, we have a beautiful Grandson who is 5 and precious, and now this! First baby(s) for our daughter- she calls it an "Insta-family". Hopefully, they will stay cozy with Mom until they're ready for their grand entrance- mid to late January.
To say I am full of gratitude would be a gross understatement. 
(But I think I may try the January 30 in 30!)


  1. Congrats on the babies Laurie!!! I just spent two weeks with my good friends and their new grand babies. So delightful! I have missed seeing you here, but soooo happy for all of your good fortune! Awesome! Love these you shared today!! Look forward to the doggy reveals ;)
    Blessings to you and your family, Happy Holidays!

  2. What a super fall you have been having and what wonderful news for the future! These are such fun and colourful paintings and I am sure the portraits will be wonderful too. Good luck to you and yours in the coming months. Happy Thanksgiving!

    1. Thank you, Val! Have a great Thanksgiving, back to you!

  3. YAY!!!!!:

    1. So happy to have you pop into my inbox yesterday.
    2. Love your new banner photo.
    3. Fun to see the paintings you posted. "There's Our Ride" especially pleased my eye with its softnesses, shadows, complements, composition, simplicity, and serenity.
    4. Great to hear you've become involved with the Detroit Art Market.
    5. Thanks for the intro to Pat Riascos.
    6. OH MY GOSH—the blessing of new babies coming into your family! SO EXCITING. All happy wishes for all of you!

  4. The BEST news, Laurie! May God continue to bless your family abundantly!!

  5. Thank you, my friend! And God Bless you and your family, too.