Thursday, January 9, 2014

German Christmas

Just got back from two weeks in Germany. This festive field house sits behind my in-law's home. We ate a lot of goose, red cabbage and Klöße.  We spent New Years in Prague.

Monday, October 28, 2013

Art By Design

South Florida's International Interior Design Association had an event titled Art By Design, which showcased the creative talents of our organization's professionals.  I presented three sketches of doors from Morocco. 

Two of my pieces were purchased, which is always a thrill. 
Only this one above remains. 

 I did all three sketches on a plane ride; I had a bad head cold, only intensified by the cabin pressure. 
The constant flow of virgin bloody marys and my pen and sketchbook were my only refuge. 

I think that which you still manage to keep doing despite discomfort says a lot about its importance in your life. 

Saturday, September 7, 2013

Key West

Key West, FL 

When I sketch on site, as opposed to from pictures, I am sometimes overwhelmed by so many new and interesting elements all at once that I am not sure where to focus my attention. My new 11 x 17 watercolor paper format gives me room to allow for more than one idea at a time to be expressed. 

Saturday, July 13, 2013

Aunt Em

This post is in honor of my dear Aunt Em whose life was taken by cancer last month.

 She loved all things lovely and kept a beautiful home filled with treasured artistic creations both she and others made. My interest in art and sketching stems from her and my grandfather's amazing artistic abilities. 


I thought long about what to sketch in her honor and ended up drawing things that interested me on a recent bike ride through Coral Gables. She was on my mind the whole time and inspired this post. I know she would have loved these charming homes. 

Aunt Em would understand better than anyone when I say I wish these sketches came out better. I have so much to improve upon, and artists are always their hardest critics, but I know she would be positive and encouraging of my work. 

We miss you, Aunt Em. We treasure everything that you taught us and the joy you brought to our lives. 

"If we again ask the question: 'Why does God allow suffering to continue?' and we look at the cross of Jesus, we still do not know what the answer is. However, we now know what the answer isn't. It cant't be that he doesn't love us. It can't be that he is indifferent or detached from our condition. God takes our misery and suffering so seriously that he was willing to take it on himself". 

-Tim Keller 

Sunday, May 26, 2013

Jet Setting

Lots of visitors in and out down here. It is so nice to make memories with people we love in this pretty place. Taking one day at a time as I begin climbing the mountain of paperwork for David's green card. Recent events and unsettling news put the stress in perspective. I must live life day by day, resting my fears in the arms of the Father. 

Saturday, May 11, 2013


Celebrating the third week at my new job by sketching our office building. The work is enjoyable. The hours comfortable. The short commute canopied on both sides with lush green trees and tropical flowers. The job opening as design assistant opened for the first time in 5 years.
 Just in time for me to slip in. 
Thankful for God's perfect timing. 

Sunday, April 21, 2013


When we first moved into this apartment complex in our new home of Miami, it felt very foreign, and it was cloudy and drizzling.The sun was shining on the complex on Mapquest. The chipping paint not so visible on Mapquest. No water bottles floating in the pool on Mapquest. 

 We drove up jet-lagged from the long trip from Germany in a taxi with our four suitcases of essential belongings in high anticipation of this place that we were legally bound via our lease to call home for at least six months, never having seen it in person. 

A month later, we find it very charming here and our predominantly spanish-speaking neighbors polite and the children very well-behaved, taking out the trash and training for the soccer team on the green lawn, a caring dad on the steps looking down below calling out pre-determined drills, which they obediently follow with determination.

On a day where you can sit in under the cabana and a breeze comes in and you are drinking green tea, things have a bright perspective. We know we are right where we are supposed to be. 

Watercolor inspired by rob carey