Crazy-wonderful thankfulness (with turkeys)

I'm thinking today of all I have to be grateful for and the list is long and crazy-wonderful, from great big things to fortuitous little details. There remain struggles and challenges but overall, wow, life is good.

High on my list is how thankful I am to be surrounded by a creative and supportive family of wonderful characters. Case in point: at Thanksgiving, the entire family looks forward to seeing the results of a turkey-themed watercolor tradition that my husband and stepdaughter have managed to keep alive through the years, and now, across the miles.

The turkey saga usually incorporates world or family events, particularly travel, and the potential subject matter is a much discussed topic. Last year the turkeys explored Costa Rica...

  2010 Thanksgiving WC

Thanksgiving watercolor: turkey zipline in Costa Rica. © 2010, Jim Leggitt and Gretchen Leggitt. 
The earlier series of 15 can be seen here. Or come by to see the watercolors festooned around the dining room! Can't wait to see what they'll come up with this year. An article from Jim's blog about the tradition and process is here: Thanksgiving Watercolors: A 15-year Family Tradition.

Hope you and yours will enjoy your Thanksgiving rituals and traditions, whatever they may be! 

Further whimsy... vet commission

Janice_mcdonald.dog3 Janice_mcdonald.cat3Above are the final two in a series of six pet images, each 12 x 12 x 1" collages for recent commission.I've completed the wall figures now and am in the finishing stages of cutting them out, painting edges, varnishing, attaching hangers, etc. in preparation for delivery next week. Below is a photo of one of my favorites, still on the larger board and with some test papers affixed to the margins. When cut out, these images will have a black border and be even more cartoonlike. I have a whole menagerie in my studio these days!Vet.centralfigure