Night version of the same paintings.....

Close up detail.......

The paintings hold their glow about 10 hours overnight. Next day they charge up again and continue.

Redreaming Antipodes

Redreaming Antipodes ….. the journey across half way around the world from one home to another to create a new sanctuary of home. There are some things that create a sense of belonging and for us the Willow Tree in both homes is representative of that and as such is represented in this painting and the wide open spaces and rolling green hills.

More photo's to come once i get the night version...... 


I rarely bother with my Sacchi Profile and just recently rediscovered it and updated my information on there....and uploaded a photograph.... I had originally kept that site paintings only. After doing so was curious about what the *Sacchi audience/viewer* would think of my photo..... *In your Hands* as a way of gauging it's appeal. So i entered it into the current Showdown....... of which there are some 5,700 or so entries...... 

So if you like the work i would appreciate a VOTE.... i rarely have asked for votes but in this instance thought it worth while..... it is entirely optional but i can say without any attention from me the piece is doing fairly well..... and i would just be happy to make it past the preliminary round..... so


To vote, you must sign up for Saatchi Online. You can sign up as a new member through Saatchi Online or connect through your Facebook account at

Preliminary Rounds

All entries will be displayed two at a time, where visitors can come and vote by clicking on the one they like most. Your artwork will go up against multiple entries and will be given an equal number of chances to be voted on during the course of the preliminary rounds. As the preliminary rounds progress and entries are whittled down to the highest ranked, Saatchi Online will announce the top 128. At this point, the Showdown Tournament begins and will become a basic single elimination bracket of the top 128 artworks. If you lose, you're out.
THIS is a direct link to my entry.

PLEASE VOTE!!!! THIS is the image! "In Your Hands

and thank you.......

Redreaming Spring..... or Winter Wondering's

So i am itching to get things in the garden.... a couple of warm days at this time of year tends to do that to you and encourages a forward thinking about growing and dirt and seeds and outside time. But being the snowbanks are still very high...... i content myself with reading and planning and organizing what i will grow and what i learned last year and the changes i will make in the garden this year.

There is always something new to learn and read about.

Here are some links to things i have been reading about this week.
The Integral Urban House.... so many good ideas here!...... and it is from 1976! BRILLIANT read.

I have ordered some seed potatoes this week too...... from HERE  and and relocating potato growing this year closer to the rain barrels for any extra water they might need.....
This is pretty much the method i will use to grow potatoes....

But will also do some hills.... I prefer to grow things a couple of different ways to make sure we get a result.... Potatoes are really pretty simple to grow and also store....and an excellent source of calories.

I can dream..... because soon the day's will lengthen and i can get my hands dirty again!

Kitty love on Valentine's Day

So raw video of two of our cat's Sky (the tabby) and Artex the blue with white paws...... both male's and both spoiled rotten (i haven't met a cat yet that wasn't to be honest)......

They want to be wherever I am..... so if I am outside they want out.....and if I am inside they too want in.... especially if the weather is nasty.... But really they are great companions and very amusing to live with. Just thought i would share a fragment of life in the fingerlakes.Sorry about the blank black spot in the middle... persevere past it.... LOL!

Nacreous clouds/ Rainbow clouds.

Click the images to see them larger.

These are fire rainbows/rainbow clouds - the rarest of all naturally occurring atmospheric phenomena.The clouds needed for these rare events have to be cirrus and at least 20,000 feet in the air, with just the right amount of ice crystals.The sun also has to hit the clouds at precisely 58 degrees.

These clouds are caused by light passing through wispy, high-altitude cirrus clouds and the ice crystals must be shaped like thick plates with their faces parallel to the ground.When light enters through a vertical side face of such an ice crystal and leaves from the bottom face, it refracts, or bends, in the same way that light passes through a prism. If a cirrus's crystals are aligned just right, the whole cloud lights up in a spectrum of colours just like it did today for me on the way home!The phenomenon is quite rare because the ice crystals must be aligned horizontally to refract the high sun.these another thing to note in these spectacular events is that they can be very short-lived, rarely surviving beyond half an hour, simply because all of the factors involved must be just so before it can happen. Just look up.

Rustling through some old papers........

 I came across a couple of my poems i shared on Redbubble..... but since to me the poetry is also all about listening to the words i decided to have a go at making a sound file and discovered a site that makes it easy here is two i created have a listen.