“Raindrops on roses
and whiskers on kittens…”

For starters, the Sound of Music is one of my all time favorite movies (I just watched it again last week.) My sisters, my niece and I went to Austria and spent a few days in Salzburg; we spent one day on a Sound of Music Tour. Yes, we really did. I can still hear an entire bus of strangers singing along to all the music, and yes, I know all the lyrics to “My Favorite Things.”

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I mean, come on, who doesn’t like raindrops on roses and whiskers on kittens?


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2002 oil paint study of a raindrop on a rose

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A rose from Powerscourt Garden, Ireland

My favorite presents when I was a little girl were pretty simple – a box a crayons, a pad of paper and Reese’s Miniature Peanut Butter Cups.

Some things never change, except perhaps the price tag! Here are a few of my favorite things from this past year.

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2018 journals, sketchbooks, papers, pen, colors and Reeses!

I am looking forward to a new year of playing with pads and crayons! And, yes, one of my favorite things still is whiskers on kittens!

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Gram, my studio assistant (as a baby and now) and sketches of ‘Whiskers on kittens’; Munroe, my niece’s new kitten and Finnbar, my first cat that I got on my own, circa 1980-1981.

Happy New Year!