Tuesday, June 16, 2009

Show and Tell...

Yesterday, a package came for me from the lovely and talented Amy of Such a Wondrous Place this Faerytale Space. We had decided to trade my Taking Flight painting for her gorgeous DaVinci. His kind eyes just speak volumes to me! Imagine my surprise when I opened the package and found all of these treasures. Not only was the painting framed, but she included an altered print of a beautiful character in one of the books she is working on, a sketch of a cathedral in France, a little satchel filled with a fun paper tea rose and some other goodies, and the very pretty necklace I took pictures of below. No wonder my heart was so full yesterday!

Thank you, Amy!!

Do you remember the background I was working on here? Well, I painted over it and had a painting almost finished that wouldn't come together. So, in a fit of frustration, I painted over it and created a whole new background that I really, really like. I've already discovered the image in it that wants to be painted. Can you see what it is? (I love this process - it's like looking for images in the clouds!)
I'll start painting more on this today, so stay tuned!!

Earlier this morning, Daniel and I decided to go to the beach for a while and are we glad we did! Can you believe how empty it was on a warm and hazy summer day? We felt like we had the whole place to ourselves and when the crowds started coming, we had had enough and went back home.
I shot a quick photo of Daniel in the ocean before I joined him. The water is finally warm enough for me to go in - a wonderful 80 degrees (27 degrees Celsius)! The waves were calm and even the dolphins swam by a few times. It was magical!!

And, finally, I want to thank the super talented and sweet Julie-Ann of Heavenleigh Art for bestowing this wonderful award on me! I so appreciate it!!
Because I have such a hard time picking my favorites, I am going to leave it up to all of you to take this award and pass it on! Or simply enjoy it here!

Whew, that was a lot to tell, but there are just days when many little, very special things happen, and I find that I want to tell you about all of them! So, thank you for "listening!"


  1. Sounds as if you have had a full past couple days. What a wonderful and generous trade you received. I love getting packages in the mail. And your day at the beach. It never gets nice and warm like that in Northern CA. to enjoy the water like you did. You are so lucky.

  2. What a nice friend! I saw your "taking flight" painting..it's really good! I just read the book and painted something that was new for me.

  3. I love your new background and can't wait to see what you create on it...

    As a cold snap moves up New Zealand I am envious of your swimming photos!

  4. what a nice surprise you received in the mail....so many wonderful treasures! i can't wait to see how your artwork progresses...it's looking fabulous already! :)

  5. Wow, Silke, what a fantastic gift you received!! The new background looks great!

  6. Isn't it great to recieve treasures through the post!
    Thanks for following my blog xx

  7. Oh, I love the beach in the morning. So serene and special!

  8. I am soo glad we traded! What a beautiful piece you gave me! We are going to try to get a new modem today! Hopefully that will fix my connection issues. Thanks so much for the praise and I love to look at the art you so carefully created. It is beautiful!Blessings.

  9. . The painting background ,HMM I saw fireflies. And I love it when the ocean is sooo clam and still. It was never like that when I lived in LA and always seemed gray . But it was that way in Maui and I would swim laps every morning and then run on the beach. Well that seems a life time ago. Now I am desert dust bunny. Oh you really scored on the trade!!

  10. Nice surprise package, Silke! Good attracting! Love your new background and look forward to seeing what you do with it. Have a great afternoon!

  11. lovely surprises for you :)

    that background is stunning...can't wait to see more :)

    ahhhh...the beach....can't wait for that :)