Cinco de Mayo

5/5/15 Tuesday in Cottonwood, AZ (Verde Valley-TT)

There was a 3.2 earthquake in Sedona this morning but we didn’t feel a thing. It’s also Nellie Bly’s 151st birthday (Kaleidoscope shop in Jerome), a feminist and journalist. Quiet morning with computer work for me, reading for John.

Ditto for our afternoon (yes, it rained a good bit, so we were glad we stayed home) except I read and John worked on his lap top. We did change things up with a couple card games of “13”. He won the first by a landslide, I won the next by the skin of my teeth.

We made tacos to “celebrate” Cinco de Mayo. I read on the Internet that this is not much of a celebration in Mexico, mostly a good excuse to sell food and fun in the US!

UPDATE: We did enjoy the Karaoke fun at the clubhouse before bedtime.

Some desert flowers for a fun visual:

desert flowers 10 desert flowers 3

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About Patricia Elser

I've always loved the loose, flowing, transparent look of watercolors, of Chinese paintings and their calligraphy, but alas, no watercolor classes were available when I was in school, so that interest remained buried until my children were grown. Even then, I was afraid that I couldn't really paint, so upon my sister's advice, I actually started to take classes. I signed up for every class available, determined to learn no matter how afraid I was. I came upon a teacher, Stan Miller, who inspired me, who opened the door to success in watercolor. I love to look at beautiful images. I want to capture them forever. All my life, photography was how I gathered images of the beauty I saw. Thanks to all that photography, I enjoy composing pictures, especially up close. Watercolors allow me to add more of me in their translation of that beauty. My paintings reflect my love for music and dance, with their rhythm and flow. I am fascinated by the play of light, so it appears in my pictures as drama for they are filled with darks and lights. Maybe it's the challenge, maybe it's the beauty, but now, when a work comes together, it fills my soul.
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