The Bear Painting

The bear painting is finally finished and hanging over our fireplace. I began this acrylic (33″ X 45″) in January. In March, the painting was almost finished when the Old Hickory
Art Center closed for 3 month so that everyone could quarantine. Last week I brought the painting home to finish details.

Broccoli Apple Pear Cashew Salad

The broccoli salad is a great summer salad which would be good for a potluck dinner.


  • 5 cups broccoli, cut into florets
  • 1 apple, cored and diced
  • 1 pear, cored and diced
  • 1/4 cup red onion, finely chopped
  • 1 cup toasted cashews
  • 1 cup dried cranberries


  • 1/2 cup mayonnaise
  • 1/2 cup Greek yogurt
  • 2 tablespoons lemon juice
  • 3 tablespoons honey
  • Kosher salt and freshly ground pepper, to taste


In a medium bowl, whisk together mayonnaise and Greek yogurt, then stir in lemon juice and honey. Season to taste with salt and pepper. In a large bowl, combine broccoli florets, diced apple and pear, red onion,, cashews and cranberries and toss together to combine. Pour dressing over broccoli mixture, then toss until everything is evenly coated. Serve immediately or refrigerate for at least 20 minutes, giving the flavors a chance to develop and build.

Latest Pottery Projects

This is the vegetable bowl that I served the Broccoli Salad in
This is a long platter which would be good for french bread. The design is the basic design of the dinnerware I created. It is fun to glaze. I paint a couple of stripes with a Chinese brush and then I sling glaze on the dinnerware. So while all of the pieces are similar, no two pieces are identical. Many times after slinging the glaze, I have as much paint on me as the dish.
Tennessee Coffee Mugs.

Other paintings and projects

This is a 12” x 16 ”oil painting of my favorite boots.
11″ x 14″ pastel. We were scheduled to go to the John Campbell Folk School the last week of June for me to take a week long pastel class. The class was cancelled because of the coronavirus pandemic. The entire school closed in March.
These are earrings I made with alcohol ink.

My new studio

Here is a “before” photo taken after we made 5 trips to the dump with car loads full of stuff. The room was so bad with clutter that it was a major undertaking just to know where to begin to dig the room out. My wonderful husband set his mind to it and got it cleared out and remodeled .This little room 7 ‘ by 26 ‘ connects to the previous garage, which is now my pottery studio.
The paneling was there already. We tiled the floor with ceramic tiles.
We. split the long room into two rooms and the door goes to an area which has shelves for storage.
We put up a wall and a new door. We changed out the florescent lights with recessed lights and put tin on the ceiling. Both the pottery studio and the new painting area have heat and air so it is a great place to work. I have a sign in the pottery studio that says: “This is my happy place.”

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