Tuesday, November 24, 2015


 I must begin this post by letting you know how touched I was by the many thoughtful posts and art regarding the tragedies of late in this world- especially in Paris - that I saw on your blogs in the last week or so. It truly brings us together.
 This post will have a bit of everything because it is a holiday week and I will be busy prepping, cooking and hosting dinner on Thursday, but will return thereafter to see what everyone's been up to:)

 For my T Stands for Tuesday group (oh, and Elizabeth our hostess would love to have you join us anytime!) Just bring along a beverage and anything else is a bonus! So, my share for this week:

 Last Sunday we went to a few antique shops not far from us -just to browse-and NO we didn't buy anything - and the place we wanted to stop in for a bite had just closed. Well, as serendipity would have it we passed by the Red Lion Inn/McCoole's which we planned on going to for the first time this past Friday to see Lorenzo play. Some of you may remember me mentioning him as we try to see him as often as we can-there's no charge in the places he plays at. We decided to check it out and had an amazing lunch!

   This is a painting that the multi-talented Lorenzo did on one of the outside walls at the inn. Sorry for the bad shot with the shadow.

   Hubby had a crab cake sandwich-no fillers in it! He also had a local IPA-pumpkin beer which I must say was the best I ever tasted!

                                          And I had a cod fish wrap with a glass of merlot.

The portions were very generous and I was so full-we both were...and yet hubby just had to go for one of the dessert offerings:
 a totally decadent and rich chocolate peanut butter cake-and it was a HUGE slice!! OMG, and he managed to eat the whole thing (minus one bite:) along with 2 cups of coffee! Good thing he works out hard and runs and bikes! We thoroughly enjoyed our dinner there Fri. too along with friends and Lorenzo to entertain us.

 This is a journal page I made inspired by Danielle Donaldson's book only this time I used materials other than watercolors:

 The background and brushes are from Gelli printed papers and I used Posca pens to embellish and write.

 In keeping with using my printed papers I created this page:

 Done in the style of Dina Wakley using a Stabilo All pencil to draw the face and then loose handwriting a quote with  a Pitt pen. You can see the quote I wrote at the end of this post.

 To all of you celebrating our American Thanksgiving Day holiday on Thursday I wish you a happy and blessed Thanksgiving!

" If we believe that tomorrow will be better, we can bear a hardship today."     Thich Nat Hanh


  1. Lovely post Linda, that looks a great place you went to. Love the lion portrait, and the food looks even better to my hungry eyes - just waiting for my soup to cook here. Love your journal page with its great quote, too. Have a a lovely T Day, and happy Thanksgiving to you and yours, hugs, Valerie

  2. Beautiful art today--I like the quotes you used in both of your pieces. They complement your paintings perfectly. Well, that was quite a wonderful lunch, and I am glad you explained how your DH stays so slim, because that huge slice of cake would have done me in! Happy Thanksgiving!

  3. Hi, and Happy (early) Thanksgiving to you!

    The restaurant you visited looks sooo good. I'm not usually fond of IPA's, but that pumpkin one sounds intriguing and definitely worth a try.

    I enjoyed seeing your art journal pages, as always. You mentioned Dina Wakely. Did you know that she is one of the guests on Paperclipping Roundtable podcast this month? She, Wilna Furstenberg, and Julie Fei-Fan Balzer talk about all different aspects of art journaling in the podcast. I haven't finished listening to it yet (I listen in 15-30 min. segments whenever I have a slice of time), but I've enjoyed what I've heard of the show so far. http://www.paperclipping.com/prt267-splatter-impaired/

  4. I love browsing antique malls. So many fascinating things! I'd like to join you for lunch. yummmm :) Happy T Tuesday!

  5. Wow, Linda, what a beautiful post. However, I was a bit concerned that the fries had something on them, like ketchup. Was that standard for this restaurant, because I can't stand ketchup. It makes me sick, even though I can eat tomatoes.

    Lovely lion, though. And of course, your beautiful painting is great. You find so, so, so many uses for your gelli prints. It still doesn't seem to change my mind about my gelli plate, though (grin).

    I agree that the coming together for Paris was so touching. It seems every art site and many music sites I visited had some reference to it.

    Thanks for sharing your wine and beer, as well as your food, and of course that lovely art with us for T this Tuesday. Loved that face. It was beautiful. Have a super Thanksgiving and enjoy your time, not just as a host, but also a participant.

  6. Wonderful inspiring art from you and also Lorenzo's lion looks great.. and how great this yummie food looks.. just delicious!
    Happy Thanksgiving to you and good luck with all the prepping for the event.

  7. The food loos a delight, specially the dessert! And the art is just as delectable.

  8. what lovely photos and a little bit of art too. That cake story was funny as last friday we went for a meal for our anniversary and they brought a huge fish n chips for me and a huge fry up for my husband..I couldnt eat for a day but not my husband as when I served my sons their food he said wheres mine!!

  9. Great posting Linda! Lion art on the wall is fantastic and thanks so much for sharing it.♥ Your art is great this week too. I bought a new Gelli plate this week and am dying to try it but haven't gotten the time yet...it's driving me crazy setting there on my art table. :)

  10. I have to say i think i would have HAD to have dessert too! My gosh that looks yummy! Happy Tday! Hugs! deb

  11. What a great post! Your journal pages are brilliant. I love the face and the quote too.
    That lion is awesome. The food looked great too. I have no idea what IPAs are but I assume it's a type of beer?
    In the last photo I recognize the little angel. I have her too and she stands by my bed.
    Thanks for visiting today,
    Have a good week,

  12. WOW!...Yum cake! Love the journal page as well! The cake almost completely distracted me. LOL

  13. Enjoyed your post and you must have enjoyed your day out. I like the art you posted, each piece different from the other.

  14. Happy Early Thanksgiving, hard to believe it's about 30 something hours away

  15. You should have a warning on this post -- Do Not Read if You Are Hungry! The food -- and dessert -- looked terrific. Happy T Day and Happy Thanksgiving to you and yours.

  16. what a wonderful Lion painting by Lorenzo... and i love your Piece with the Quote "i must..."... now i´ve gained two Pounds just by looking at your Food;) yummy!
    have a great rest of the week, linda!

  17. All that food looks so yummy. Great pages Linda. Wonderful way to make use of gelli prints.I really love your loose handwriting
    Wish you a happy Thanksgiving with your dear ones

  18. Hi Linda

    Glad I've just eaten otherwise I would be rushing to the fridge... your food looks amazing... omg especially that cake!

    Pumpkin beer sounds really unusual but appealing :)

    I enjoyed my visit :)

    Karen x

  19. Happy PPF, and a great weekend, hugs, Valerie

  20. Lovely work Linda and Happy Thanksgiving! The food photos look delish...crab cake no filler, wow.

  21. I'd like a piece of that dessert , it looks yummy. Love the journal page and sentiment. I so relate to your quote.


  22. Thank you for great photos today of your artwork, with quotes, too. The food looks wonderful as well as pretty filling and nutritious! I love that you tried some other media today.

  23. Linda, such a neat post this week! I enjoyed seeing the lovely lion painting and your wonderful lunch! I like your piece done in the style of Dina Wakley. Very nice. Hope your TG went well and you have a wonderful weekend.

  24. wow,your portrait are amazing,and your food so delicious,yummie.
    happy thanksgiving.

    hugs jenny

  25. Your art is always full of color. I hope you are having a great holiday.Happy PPF :)

  26. Phew... it's a good job I've eaten with all these foodie photos Linda,
    Great pages... I hope you had a wonderful Thanksgiving :D
    Happy PPF to you too

  27. You and your husband's lunches sound delicious, and so does his beer. I love your art journal page and that marvelous quote about art that you included. Blessings, my friend!

  28. Wow great post and what a multi talented man Lorenzo is....I enjoyed watching his interview and listening to his music.. The food looks fabulous and I love your journal page. Great face too!! Thanks for sharing...sounds like you had a marvelous time living an artful life!!

    Hugs Giggles

  29. What a lovely, happy post full of good things! I love both your art offerings this week, especially your girl on the printed paper; but the quote about painting is superb too! It's always a treat to read your posts, Linda. xx

  30. Never have room for dessert. I often say I will order dessert first then my meal but never do (why is that?). Lovey print of the lady. I like how you used a hello print as a base then drew her in. Love Stabillo pencils. Learning how to use them via Rae Missigman.

  31. I'm so full - your photos are yummy, feels like I ate all that food! :)
    Have a good week ahead!

  32. A really lovely post and a very beautiful face

    Love Chrissie xx

  33. I love that idea of doodling a face over prepared papers. She looks deep in thought.

  34. Linda this is a lovely post. Everything from the art to the food looks fantastic. Have a nice Sunday.

  35. Hello Linda, I enjoyed your post, art and food photos, what a huge cake, I'm full just looking at all of that, what a great treat. Have a beautiful week!

  36. Lovely art and thought provoking quote. The food looks totally yummy. Good thing that I saw the photos just after i finished my dinner!


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