Category Archives: Life

A journal of the day: posture

by cheri Annie Oakley, whom I intend to paint, could hold and shoot a shotgun while riding a horse. I can barely hold my 20 gauge shotgun for 2 minutes without feeling pressure on my back. Even in her older … Continue reading

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A journal of the day: an old dog being fed

Today, a first happened. My dog Dinah was so asleep in her lambswool bed that she did not wake up when I came down to fetch my coffee. I say “fetch” because it seems to go with the theme of … Continue reading

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The Joads in Scotland, part one

by cheri sabraw We exited Limerick, Ireland, heading to Shannon Airport to drop the VW Van off at the rental lot. We Americans are a wee bit spoiled. Why, we just assume that there will be personnel at a rental … Continue reading

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The Joads in Ireland

by cheri sabraw Pack three siblings and their spouses into one VW Van with the express purpose of driving together–on the wrong side of the road, on the wrong side of the car–and you have the basics for a good … Continue reading

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The Murray Hotel and other thoughts

We’ve stayed at the Murray in Livingston, Montana, many times. Its Art Deco sign and sparkly marquis are the jewelry that this 1904 structure wears in hopes that modern travelers on the their way to Yellowstone National Park will be … Continue reading

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Values in a painting of Lake Como

by cheri sabraw I haven’t been to Lake Como but my grandson Noah traveled there this  summer and took a lovely photo reference for his grandmother to try to paint. This is the second version. As you can tell, I … Continue reading

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Oh give me a home, where the buffalo roam…

by cheri sabraw These two girls above are back in Browning, Montana, with their calves born this past spring. Bison, be they Wood Bison or Plains Bison, look different from individual to individual, just like humans. I find them appealing, … Continue reading

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Stripes and Solids, Eccentrics and Regular Guys

    Photography by cheri sabraw Eccentricity can be marked by the pets one keeps, the ties one wears, or the hobbies one develops. Take William Randolph Hearst, for example. Not only did he collect valuables from around the globe … Continue reading

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Homage to an oatmeal cookie

by cheri sabraw Yesterday, the sky was special. I had to take off my sunglasses to make sure of it. The blue was deep and rich, which accented the vaporous bright white shapes of the clouds like a velvet curtain … Continue reading

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San Simeon to Gunnison…notes from an artist

  San Simeon School House, 1909, oil on linen 9×12 2019 by cheri sabraw My oil painting skills are maturing, a testament to instruction by self and by teacher. This small painting above sprung from a reference photo I took … Continue reading

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