A Family Adventure Story, Part II

Drawing, Illustration, Moon in Paintings, Na's class presentation, Story or Poem

The family leaves a holiday greeting on the moon.

Clink on this link Family Marshall Trip Part II  to follow the Marshall family into outer space, the moon and back again. But engine trouble detours the family to the North Pole where a jolly ole elf lets them hitch a ride home.

  • Watercolor and Ink on Moleskin Watercolor Paper
  • 3.5″ x 10″
  • In a private collection

A Family Adventure Story, Part I

Birds in Paintings, Drawing with Kids, Illustration, Mixed Media, Na's class presentation, Rivers in Paintings, Story or Poem, Watercolor

Bikes to Canoes, Page

Clink on this link Family Marshall Trip Part 1 to follow the Marshall family through the woods and down the rivers, around the Gulf and the Florida panhandle on a travel adventure. The final panel shows a NASA shuttle blasting off. Guess who is on that ship? Follow their adventures in Part II

  • Watercolor and Ink on Moleskin Watercolor Paper
  • 3.5″ x 10″
  • In a private collection

Kansas City Urban Garden

Gardens

A few weeks ago I walked through a whimsical, yet beautiful and productive community garden at 18th and Broadway in Kansas City, Missouri. I don’t know its story, but obviously some talented folks put it together. The setting is just south of Bartle Hall and the new Kaufman Performing Arts Center. A modern sculptural beehive sits above the garden on a pole. The shed is solar powered and there’s a sculptural piece that appears to be a wind turbine. The pathways meander past a large water swale with tumbling limestone(?) cubes. Vegetable plants were flourishing.  I’d love to see many more gardens in our towns and cities like this.  If touring the garden makes you hungry, there’s a lovely restaurant/antiques/boutique nearby in a beautiful old school named The Webster House.

Beehive Skyscraper

Nancy in the KC Urban Garden

Looking south from the Garden

Windmill in the Urban Garden

Hansel and Gretel Dollhouse

Birds in Paintings, Dollhouse, Illustration, Insects in Paintings, Mixed Media, Na's class presentation, Paintings, Woodworking

Hansel & Gretel Dollhouse

Hansel & Gretel interior

Hansel & Gretel Dollhouse, front and rt. side

Hansel & Gretel Dollhouse, side and rear view

Asked to paint a dollhouse for the Douglas County Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA), I was joined and benefited from the skilled help of family, John and Mindy Huston. My son suggested the theme, and two of my grandchildren modeled. The front facade of the witch lair finds Hansel reaching for a cookie shingle while the witch peeks out the cottage door. Gretel has pulled a gumdrop from the wall to eat. The back side of the house is dark and stormy. The interior has bats, spiders, black cats, a jar of eyeballs and all things creepy. Hansel has been fattened in his cage and Gretel acts to save their lives.

CASA, which benefits abused and neglected children, raises fund by selling chances to win a large dollhouse. To support their efforts, please go to the CASA website. www.dccasa.org. or visit the CASA office, 1009 N.H., Suite B.

The Hansel & Gretel dollhouse, along with other donated dollhouses, was sold in a silent auction at an annual CASA Playhouse Celebration at the Lawrence Arts Center.

Jones and McBride Show at The Gallery at Pioneer Bluffs

Art Gallery

Sculpture by Bill McBride

Scupltures by Bill McBride

"Seed" by Bill McBrideHackberry Sculpture by Bill McBride

Sculpture by Bill McBride

A new gallery has opened in Kansas called The Gallery at Pioneer Bluffs.  You’ll find it on scenic highway 177 just north of Matfield Green, Kansas, in the heart of the Flint Hills.  The arts of two citizens of Matfield Green are featured until June 28th,  Elaine Shea Jones’ insightful and lovely photographs and Bill McBride’s fun and fanciful sculptures. Combine a visit to the gallery with a walk at the Tallgrass Prairie Preserve north of Strong City and you’ll have a richer experience. Area dining options include The Grand Central Hotel and Emma Chase Cafe in Cottonwood Falls and the hamburger bar, The Hitchin’ Post, in Matfield.