Sunday, July 26, 2009


After a very productive week in Hinton, WV, sharing labors of love with the residents of Summers County. His team almost finished their job of underpinning a trailer.

More Photos from Easton

First Prize of the Quick Draw Contest

Artist at work.....wearing WHITE!!!

The children had a quick draw of their own

David and Bob

Virginia and Mary Elizabeth

Plein Air Festival - Easton, MD

Kay had a wonderful day with her friends Virginia, Mary and David, and new friends Polly and Bob, in Easton Maryland. Easton has a week long Plein Air Festival each year. Artists from all over the country come to paint outside (Plein Air) in Easton and the surrounding area. They paint for several days, frame their paintings and enter them in a juried show at the Art Academy. A gala is held on Friday evening and awards are given.

On Saturday they have a quick draw contest. They select their subject prior to 10:00 AM and paint from 10:00 AM to noon. Then they frame their paintings and display them on the street. The winning paintings in both the Plein Air and Quick Draw contests were watercolors. 90% of the paintings were oils.

Thursday, July 23, 2009

Visit with Christian

I spent Tuesday and Wednesday with my grandson, Christian Degges. We walked to, through and home from the American History and Air & Space Museums on Tuesday, and went out to dinner. Wednesday, he went to my art class at Glen Echo and then we went to the Air and Space Museum in Chantilly. That boy surely knows a lot about aircraft. It was fun having him visit. He has matured so much in the past six months. K

Monday, July 20, 2009

Kay tied in an art contest. Tee Hee

Each month the members of this group have a topic or technique to use in the contest for the month. This month I tied with Brenda in the intermediate category. You can view the write up on this link

Sunday, July 19, 2009

Bob's Mission Trip

Bob and about 15 youth and 6 adults left St. Matthews UMC around 7:30 am today. They arrived safely in Hinton, WV, around 3:00 PM. They have reviewed their assignments and will be going to the work sites after dinner tonight. I am not sure what Bob's team is going to be doing, but will let you know as soon as I get word and, hopefully, pictures from him. Please keep them in your prayers. Kay

Saturday, July 11, 2009

Elton John & Billy Joel Concert

Elisabeth and I just got back from the Elton John and Billy Joel concert. Wow, what a show. Bob was not interested in going. He missed a good one. Elton's piano had a problem and he walked off stage while they fixed it, so Billy Joel brought the house down with an hour long concert. Then Elton returned for another hour of his hits, then they did 45 minutes of duets. Awesome show and worth every cent of the ticket price.

Friday, July 10, 2009

Kenilworth Aquatic Gardens

Kay took her first adventure with the Lee Walkers today. We had a wonderful walk through the Kenilworth Aquatic Gardens in NE DC. The waterlilies and Lotus were at their peak. Here are some lotus shots. They grow much taller than the standard waterlilies. They have a large yellow seed pod in the middle that continues to grow after the petals drop.

Thursday, July 9, 2009

Another Opening New Venue

Kay's Ballet of the Birches will be part of an exhibit of award winning pieces from the CHAL shows that will be on display at The Corner Store.

Monday, July 6, 2009

July 4th at the US Capitol

Bob and I got home in time to see the concert on the west lawn of the Capitol. Our friend, Elisabeth joined us.

Hosted by Jimmy Smits, America's biggest birthday party featured appearances by Barry Manilow, Aretha Franklin, Natasha Bedingfield, the Jersey Boys cast, Michael Feinstein, Andrew von Oeyen, members of Sesame Street, and more! The fireworks were spectacular.

Bob Makes The Chautauqua Daily

Friday, July 3, 2009

Chautauqua Is Watercolor Classes

Kay has been taking watercolor classes every afternoon. The teacher, Linda Lucas, has taught her so many techniques that she had not learned in the past 4 years. Here are photos of her teacher and fellow students.