MY LIFE IN 6 WORDS: New administration…a GREATER AMERICA ahead?

Well, the Inauguration of our new President Biden and Vice President, Kamala Harris was accomplished smoothly. We’re ready to turn the page and find better, kinder times in future days.

Our lives continue on…the clock keeps ticking…and I continue to enjoy creating bits and pieces of theme-based art for my online art challenge groups. This week, DIGITALMANIA ( simply asked artists to create a triptych. I used a photo I took in China some years ago for one of my triptychs…

and a nod to who I’m becoming for the other…

SUNDAY POSTCARD ART ( wanted artists to concentrate on the theme of MUSIC…

and finally, DIGITAL WHISPER ( must have taken a look at our grey skies and asked to see an artpiece about RAIN…

That’s it for this week. Stay well and careful…hoping you’re getting your covid vaccine shot soon (if you wish to do so.) Sending prayers and big hugs…and thanks for stopping by.



MY LIFE IN 6 WORDS: Digital art…my most fun pastime

A real quickie posting…to keep up with some of my art challenge groups. Here we go… For DIGITAL WHISPER, ( I created a JOURNEY on the subway…

…and on a railroad train.

For THE THREE MUSES, ( FAMILY is their subject. My family is the little girl reading to her doll in the library…

Finally, for TAKE A WORD ( DANCE is their theme…

That’s it…thanks for checking in!

Stay Safe.

Big Hugs,



MY LIFE IN 6 WORDS: He’ll be gone in two weeks!

In two weeks, the REAL work will begin. We, the people, have a country to rebuild; respect to reclaim; COVID to fight and terminate; hatred, racism and prejudice to eradicate; a divided, violent country to bring together in peace. Can it be done? I believe in “we, the people” and our ability to accomplish these goals. But we must all do our part…small as it may seem. I want to try…will you try, too?

As Michael Jackson wrote:

Heal the world

Make it a better place

For you and for me

And the entire human race.

There are people dying

If you care enough for the living

Make it a better place

For you and for me


I’m starting with the man in the mirror

I’m asking him to change his ways

And no message could have been any clearer

If you want to make the world a better place

Take a look at yourself, and then make that change

Stepping down from my soapbox and putting on my digital artist hat, I had a stimulating time this week creating art for two of my online challenge art groups. First, for Flicker’s DIGITALMANIA ( artists were introduced to British pop artist painter, Julian St.Clair. I find his work fun, colorful and contemporary. These two are his…

and here are mine, inspired by St.Clair…

DIGITAL WHISPER ( declared their theme to be LITTLE BOYS. I had sooo much fun with this one…

Hang on…hoping that better days are ahead for “we, the people” as well as “for you and for me.” Michael Jackson had some meaningful thoughts…certainly applicable to today’s world and our part of the world…our United States. I pray for us all…for the regaining of our humanity and compassion for all. Stay safe!

Looking forward to seeing you for my next posting.

Big Hugs, abbyj

Between Christmas and New Years

MY LIFE IN 6 WORDS: Footprints encased in the fallen snow…

We’re well into the holiday season…Christmas has gone and New Years is on its way. I, for one, am looking forward to a bright, shiny 2021, with the promise of good health, through a vaccine, to chase away Covid-19! Wishing everyone the best in the year ahead.

I’ve had some fun with my digital art groups…particularly Flicker’s DIGITALMANIA and THE THREE MUSES. In DIGITALMANIA, ( we enjoyed learning (virtually) about a French artist, Stephanie LeDoux. She’s a traveler, journaler and designer whose artwork reflects the people she’s met and the world she chronicles. She has a particular style that really speaks to me. Here are some of my creations in her style, reflecting my travels and people I’ve met…

The challenge to illustrate a favorite quote was put before participating artists at THE THREE MUSES ( I couldn’t decide on just one…

Happy New Year every day of the year!

Hope to see you next posting.

Big Hugs, abbyj


MY LIFE IN 6 WORDS: It’s beginning to look like Christmas…

the true magic lies

making holiday moments

that last a life time

As we head to the zenith of the holiday season, Covid rages on… worse than ever. Are you keeping safe…masked, washing hands and avoiding crowds? We’re taking it more seriously now as the numbers hit unimaginable heights…and are predicted to climb even further. In our house, we’ve put our hopes in the soon-to-be-administered vaccine. Perhaps that, with the prescribed safety precautions, we can see an improvement. We can only hope…

I continue my experimentation with Photoshop and some new-found techniques and skills…thanks to the expert instruction and patience of my friend, Todd. Art challenges put forth by TAKE A WORD ( caught my interest with their declared theme, “Tis the Season.”

From Flicker’s DIGITALMANIA ( ,) I answered the challenge to include a map in my creations…

Wishing you good health and the spirit of cooperation for the safety of us all. Enjoy your holidays…

Much love and big holiday hugs,



AMERICAN DIRT by Jeanine Cummins

From panic to peaceful…terror to tranquil- those are the feelings I experienced over the 400 pages of AMERICAN DIRT, but it started with the first paragraph! Forced to flee from Acapulco, Mexico after the massacre of their entire family, Lydia and her eight-year-old Luca become migrants.

Fearing that she and Luca will be hunted down by the head of the cartel that slaughtered their family, they begin a harrowing journey to illegally enter the United States.

This is a timely, powerful and fictional portrayal of the plight of the migrant, but Cummins did her research. No one is to be trusted. Although, amid much cold-blooded barbarity and those out to make a quick buck at the expense of the frightened and needy migrants, there are good people who provide food, water and shelter… expecting nothing in return. Although Lydia and Luca struggled for their entire journey, they maintained a hopeful attitude about reaching a place of freedom and safety. They weren’t running for their lives or to find a better life…they were running to SAVE their lives.

I found AMERICAN DIRT riveting, informative, suspenseful and heartbreakingand I highly recommend it in the hopes that productive conversations and awareness will be generated about the issue of immigration. After all, we are a nation of immigrants!

Thanks for checking in. Hope to see you for my next posting.

Big Hugs,



MY LIFE IN 6 WORDS: We gather together to give thanks…

‘Tis the beginning of the holiday season. It started (for me) with our first real snowfall…

With Thanksgiving on its way, I’m starting to count my blessings yet again…or should I say “still?” In these very difficult and challenging times, it’s important to remember all the good in our lives. In addition to dear family and friends, both near and far, I’m grateful for my online art challenge groups.

This week, I’m particularly thankful for the always inspiring group, DIGITALMANIA ( who introduces participating artists to the styles of other artists and challenges us to create in that artist’s style. Oftentimes, it’s difficult and out of my comfort zone, but always a learning experience. This week, LOUI JOVER is our inspiration. An Australian painter and artist, he’s known for his artwork in ink wash paintings, often on vintage book or newspaper pages. Here’s what he inspired for me: the first is a wish for peace in the world, in our own United States and in our hearts.

Wishing you a holiday filled with fun, love and delicious food. Know that I’m grateful for each of you.

Big Hugs, abbyj


MY LIFE IN 6 WORDS: Election Day…VOTE U.S.A.

Good Morning, dear family and friends. Well, today’s the day that we cast our votes for the future of our country…our democratic way of life. Hope and pray for the best!

Continuing working on my favorite way to pass the time…participating in the online art blog challenges…(keeps my mind off the fate of our homeland.) Apropos of Halloween (past) and the beautiful fall season, DIGITAL WHISPER ( requested we create something SPOOKY…

THE THREE MUSES ( set their theme at AUTUMN

and TAKE A WORD ( asked to see a stairway somewhere in our creation…

That’s it for now… Thanks for checking in! Looking forward to seeing you next posting.

Stay safe!

Big (safe) virtual hugs,



MY LIFE IN 6 WORDS: There is magic in the night…

Creeping closer to All Hallow’s Eve…and SNOW at the end of the week as well! Hope to enjoy both…and you? Hope this posting finds you and yours COVID-free and doing your best to enjoy this journey through a very unusual time in our lives. I’m back to passing some of my time creating art. Here are my latest: For DIGITALMANIA, ( Stephanie Rubiano was our artist-inspiration…

Here’s HERS…
Here’s MINE…

Next is for SUNDAY POSTCARD ART ( whose theme was SKYLINE…

TAKE A WORD ( chose BRIDGES for their art topic…

Finally, THE THREE MUSES challenge blog ( requested to see SOMETHING SEPIA…

Wishing you all a Happy Halloween and time ahead, as we ease our way into winter. Hoping you’ll keep healthy…wear masks and continue washing those hands! 🙂

Big Hugs, abbyj

ARTFUL READERS CLUB: A Ladder to the Sky by John Boyne

This is the book cover I designed for THE LADDER TO THE SKY…

Maurice Swift is one of THE most devious protagonists I can ever remember in my readings. His goal is to be a great writer…to win the most prestigious literary prize. Unfortunately, he has no imagination, can’t decide on a theme or plot, and he’s unable to create interesting, believable characters. So, he uses his charm and good looks to extract stories from others, be it an author whom he admires, a wife who can write brilliantly, a son who needs his help…he’ll sell out anyone and everyone to climb that ladder of success. Maurice is an utterly amoral character and as much as I disliked him, I had to admire his cunning, ambition and his absolute dedication to achieving fame. We can see trouble ahead long before his marks do, and even get a pretty good idea of how he’s going to get what he wants…and we wonder just how long he can keep getting away with it. If you find this unrealistic, I recommend, for your consideration, the question of why Donald J. Trump has not seen the inside of a jail cell for his lifetime of criminality. Sometimes monsters walk free, regardless of what they’ve done!

A LADDER to the SKY is an exhilarating, unsettling and invigoratingly original read. It’s dazzling in its complexity, astounding in its fiendishness and astonishing in its absolute audacity!! John Boyne has given me a character that I love to hate. The book is COMPULSIVELY READABLE…I highly recommend it!