Sunday, September 25, 2016

Photo Friday: Downtown

Downtown
Downtown

Syracuse, 9/22/2016


Monday, July 04, 2016

Arlington R. "Arlie" Brown


Arlington R. "Arlie" Brown, 69, of Camillus, passed from this life July 3, 2016 at Francis House after a long illness. Arlie was born in Toronto, Canada on November 8, 1946 and immigrated to the US in 1963. He was a Master Auto Mechanic and worked at many local car dealerships over the years, most recently at Burdick Toyota. He also owned Brown's Performance, building his own engines, street and drag cars for himself and others. Arlie loved MOPAR and to drag race at ESTA and did so for many years. A 1967 Plymouth Barracuda was awaiting him in Heaven.


My Dad and his 1969 Plymouth Barracuda, 1980s

Arlie was predeceased by his parents, Robert A. Brown and Nina K. Brown. He is survived by his daughter, Diana Bukowski of Oswego; sister, Katherine Chambliss of Alfred; cousin, Nina Bacon of Candler, NC; several nephews and a niece. Arlie is also survived by his adopted "family" consisting of his former wife, Dawn M. Brown, her significant other, Scott E. Cole of Phoenix, and Arlie's dog, Champ, all of whom provided him love, care and comfort for the past 8 years. Also, Arlie's caring and supportive friends, Robert and Sandy Failmezger of Fulton. They will miss him.


My Daddy and me, 1972(?)

There will be no calling hours. Contributions my be made to your local ASPCA, Hospice of CNY or Francis House. Many thanks to Dr. Christiano, Dr. Oguntola, Dr. Riley, the nurses and staff at Seneca Dialysis, CNY Family Care, St. Joseph's Hospital, Hospice of CNY and Francis House for all their wonderful support, love and care of Arlie. May God bless you all.

Please express condolences to the family at cremationservicesofcny.com (Warning: There is music that auto-plays. Click the tiny music notes at the bottom right of the first box in the left-hand side-bar to shut it off.)

Friday, January 01, 2016

2016 Reading Challenge

Last year, I attempted PopSugar's 2015 Reading Challenge (and they've another one for this year). It had 52 books on it (including a trilogy), and although I read 73 books over the year, I was not able to check off 14 of the categories they listed.

I've decided that I don't really need help picking out books to read - I have a ginormous to-read list - so I've chosen a smaller reading challenge for this year, from Modern Mrs Darcy, just "read 12 books in 12 different categories in 12 months."

Friday, December 04, 2015

Photo Friday: Warm Light


My office is not only beautiful this morning, but it smells so lovely!

Tuesday, September 22, 2015

Monday, September 14, 2015

Theodore is Here!

Have you heard!? The book I've been illustrating has finally been released!

Theodore is a story about a Newfoundland retriever who keeps on shining when others tease him, follows his passions even when it's hard, and makes his dreams come true!


The story may be written for younger children, but can also be an example for older kids (and adults) about being yourself and holding tight to your dreams, not only like Theodore, but like the author and myself have done to make them reality. We are both so proud to have this book published!

If you're interested in finding out more, click here to visit the Tails & Tales website where you can read a sampling of the story and order your own copy!

Friday, January 16, 2015

Photo Friday: Sunrise

Sunrise
January 8, 2015 - Not exactly sunrise (8:30am), but shortly after it broke over the ridge...

Tuesday, November 11, 2014

INKtober 2014: Day 26 - 31

My final Inktober drawings! PLUS 2 from Day 22! Be sure to follow me on Instagram or Flickr for daily art & photos! And you can find out more about Inktober at inktober.com and check out other Inktober drawings at facebook.com/inktober.

INKtober Mosaic

INKtober Mosaic

Sunday, October 26, 2014

INKtober 2014: Day 14 - 25

Here are some more of my Inktober drawings! Be sure to follow me on Instagram or Flickr for updates as soon as I post them! And you can find out more about Inktober at inktober.com and check out other Inktober drawings at facebook.com/inktober.

INKtober 2014: Day 14 - 25

Friday, October 17, 2014

Photo Friday: Autumn Color

HA! How ironic that this should be the topic... This past week or two I have literally spammed my Instagram with pictures of mostly just my yard and the gorgeous fall trees there! XD So follow me there (or just click through to flickr) and see all the others I've posted!

This one I took special this morning just for this week's Photo Friday...

Barn
Barn
Click to view on black!

Monday, October 13, 2014

INKtober 2014: Day 1 - 13

Yep! Now that Leslie Saeta's 30 Paintings in 30 Days is over, I'm doing INKtober! I'm really pushing myself out of my comfort zone doing these, but it's fun!

INKtober 2014: Day 1 - 13

If you want to keep up with these daily, follow me on Instagram or Flickr. And you can find out more about Inktober at inktober.com and check out other Inktober drawings at facebook.com/inktober.

Thursday, October 09, 2014

Day 30 of 30 Paintings in 30 Days

Day 30. September's over. Time to wake Billie Joe Armstrong up! XD

Gods, I'm sorry... I couldn't help it...

Day 30 of 30 Paintings in 30 Days

(And in case you have no idea why this is funny, click here.)

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Day 29 of 30 Paintings in 30 Days

Another curious French sentence. One must be careful about which preposition you choose or you could be meeting in the wrong place!

Day 29 of 30 Paintings in 30 Days

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Day 28 of 30 Paintings in 30 Days

On Day 28, my_rabbit_account posted this adorable photo of her rabbit, Alwin, and I couldn't resist trying to capture that adorabibble nose! I am *not* happy about the whiskers, but I am glad I tried... More practice!

Day 28 of 30 Paintings in 30 Days

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Day 27 of 30 Paintings in 30 Days

On Day 27 I spent much of the day half-asleep fighting off a minor cold. I found this quote and thought is very appropriate. I'll be using it soon in a larger piece.

Day 27 of 30 Paintings in 30 Days

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Day 26 of 30 Paintings in 30 Days

Day 26 was the last day of what was probably my favorite job ever. I loved the people I worked with, the job was mostly fun, and the hard/boring bits weren't that hard and were few and far between. This little bunny reflects my feelings...

Day 26 of 30 Paintings in 30 Days

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Tuesday, October 07, 2014

Day 25 of 30 Paintings in 30 Days

On Day 25 I found myself on the beautiful campus of Clarkson University wandering the woods where we came across the cutest little snake. Later research determined it to be a juvenile Eastern garter snake, probably terrified by our group! It inspired this painting...

Day 25 of 30 Paintings in 30 Days

This one is the scan. Again, the colors are pretty true, but the metallic color in the eye is missing!

Day 25 of 30 Paintings in 30 Days

Which is why I include the photograph as well. I cropped it closer and the colors are darker, but you really can see that shine!

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Day 24 of 30 Paintings in 30 Days

Another angel on Day 24. This one is MUCH closer to what I was looking for; I hope my friend likes it!

This one is the scan. It shows the whole thing and the colors are pretty true, but the shimmer & shine is missing!

Day 24 of 30 Paintings in 30 Days

Which is why I include the photograph as well. I cropped it closer and the colors are darker, but you really can see that shine!

Day 24 of 30 Paintings in 30 Days

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Wednesday, October 01, 2014

Day 23 of 30 Paintings in 30 Days

On Day 23 I tried another angel for my friend. Again, it's not how I had hoped it would come out, but still pretty! The scanner made a horrible mess of it, so a photo will have to do!

Day 23 of 30 Paintings in 30 Days

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Day 22 of 30 Paintings in 30 Days

Day 22 was the first day of fall! YAY! Today's bunny is enjoying a walk in an autumn wonderland! ^_^

Day 22 of 30 Paintings in 30 Days

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