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Even better than déjà vu

Déjà vu is defined as a “feeling” of having experienced something before–this last weekend was even better. It was real. Wellfield Botanic Gardens in Elkhart, Indiana put on a superb version of their always superb Taste of the Gardens event … Continue reading

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Half a weekend in (or mostly near) a white tent

I suppose not just the Midwest, but most of the northern hemisphere, has been plagued with a heat wave of some sort since late spring. It was our turn here in Michigan this past Saturday, just in time for the … Continue reading

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Weekend in a Chicago white tent

This was an art festival that I was determined to be a part of even though fate seemed to think otherwise after the windstorm the weekend before crushed some paintings and twisted some tent parts. Miraculously–or so it seemed–I was … Continue reading

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Weekend in a white tent

I spent the weekend perched on a director’s chair in my vendor booth in Barrington, Illinois. This is renowned horse country, but I was not selling horse paintings. Rather, I was basking in the soft light of Sky Pads. Most … Continue reading

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I won something… and it wasn’t a raffle

Yesterday was an annual event in Elkhart, Indiana called the Taste of the Gardens. The gardens in question are the Wellfield Botanic Gardens. Lots of good food, lots of live music, and 60 artist/craft vendors including yours truly. I signed … Continue reading

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Short interruption for some swag

OK, enough about painting for a couple of minutes. I belong to two dressage GMO’s (group member organizations) and at the end of each year they give out awards for that year’s show season. So— Champion high point for Quadrille … Continue reading

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A surprise win, sort of

A while back I entered three photos in a contest called “Equine Ideal:2015 Spring Photography Contest”. There were nine categories for entries, in both professional and amateur divisions. I entered three pieces in the amateurs, one in head study, one … Continue reading

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My first dressage show–as a competitor, not a vendor!

About 4 or 5 years ago I was thinking about showing Billy, then I lost my trainer (barn politics at work here). Started up with another trainer, and then Billy fell apart. If you’ve been reading this blog for long, … Continue reading

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Cutting it close

Another short post, because as the title says, I’m cutting it close! Got one more Aquabord™ to do in the next 6 days. Hope I make it, but I also have a lot of riding to catch up on since … Continue reading

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More news from River Art

These are the other two watercolors that I entered in the River Art competition. As I mentioned in my last post, the third one, “DesPlaines River” was the winner in the watercolor category. I just received notification that it will … Continue reading

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