Sunday, December 31, 2017


While walking in a nature preserve in Manatee County, FL, I came upon some brush and this little pod stood out for me.  I clipped it and took it home to draw and paint.  I haven't a clue what it is.

Read 2 books worth mentioning while on vacation:

A Piece of the World
by Christina Baker Kline
(It's a fictionalized account of the life of Christina Olson, the woman made famous in the Andrew Wyeth painting, Christina's World.  Well done and interesting with enough research put into the book to make it seem like it could have been Christina's own words.)

Sea Creatures
by Susanna Daniel
(A story with some interesting characters - two main characters have insomnia to the extent that it changes their lives.  A lovely story set in the Biscayne Bay area of Florida, with houses on stilts, living on houseboats, water, and even a hurricane.  I never got bored with it and it made me want to read more of her work but she only has one other book.)

I got a LOT of books for Christmas!!


Ginny Stiles said...

I wish your blog was set up that I could scroll down at least 3-4 posts. I don't get here every day.
I know I can go to the archive. It would just be easier to scroll down.

Jennifer Rose Phillip said...

can't go wrong getting someone a book for xmas :) I've run out of space tho, so can only get ebooks now lol

Chris Lally said...

Lovely little watercolor, Rhonda. And thanks for the book recommendations. Both sound really interesting.

RH Carpenter said...

Hi, Ginny. On my laptop and my iPad, it will scroll down several posts - not sure what you are using but I think it depends on the device. It's set up to scroll. Maybe you are using your phone?

Yep, books are great, Jennifer Rose - after I read them, I take them to my mother, so I don't keep as many as I used to keep in the house (and I buy more paperbacks and no more hardback books unless it's a special author I collect). It used to be hard for me to give a book away but I was keeping so many - I finally realized I wouldn't be reading many again they go to someone else (or to the library as donations).

Thanks, Chris :)

Studio at the Farm said...

What an exquisite work, Rhonda ... so elegant!!! I wish you a very healthy and happy New Year, full of painting!!


RH Carpenter said...

Thanks, Kathryn. Wishing you a wonderful new year, too!

Barbra Joan said...

Wish I could name this pod for you... I see them all the time here in Florida..
After living here for fifty years I can pretty much name a lot of plants, birds and natural things, but this one ?????