Anna and her DH (Dear Husband) are on a “once-in-a-lifetime” tour of Europe!   This blog provides a day-by-day account of the trip for family and friends.

Don’t hate us just yet — anything can happen!



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  1. Dear Anna – I came across your blog and it is so interesting — I love France, Spain . . .Europe! I am a free-lance artist and I would like to know if you would grant me permission to paint from a couple of the photos posted on your blog. When I would finally finish one of them, I could mail you a small giclee print of whichever I would choose to paint. I have a website — artbyklh.com. I will be returning to read more from your site. Thank you.
    Karen L. Haynes

  2. Thank you, Anna for permission to paint some of your photos — it might be a while since we plan to be moving in the next 2 – 3 mos. In the meantime, if you like, you can send me an email message of your address and I can send you a small print or two of some I have done of Europe before. (www.artbyklh.com) –Karen L. Haynes

      • Hi Anna! So great to hear from you again. We have been spending a lot of time daughter’s house about 2 hrs. south of us. We are hoping/planning to move sometime soon to be closer to her and her family. So I am ‘in the process’ of sorting, organizing and packing! I have worn “many hats” so I have a lot of “stuff”! My family is constantly chiding me and wanting me to get rid of more of it. I, like you, have done quilting, sewing, crocheting (no knitting), art, etc. I was also involved in teaching children for years in our church work (plus puppets) and mission work and I also taught Spanish in school for 2 years, and sewed most of my clothes in the past and those of our 3 daughters (a little for our son). Anyway, I love your blogs and I am impressed with how you are “stretching” yourself to learn so many different ways to express art. I also have a lot of “stuff” relating to art classes for children. I taught art to developmentally disabled adults for over 4 years and resigned in the fall of 2012. I am currently giving classes of one of our grandchildren and another 4-yr.-old boy. During that 4-yr. period I didn’t have time for my own art expression. Then I had a terrible fall down a flight of stairs and it has taken me several months to recover! So once we are moved and unpacked, I will hopefully have a room for my studio and can paint to my heart’s content! I am self-taught and haven’t had the opportunity to learn in a college setting. So I am finding some of your comments helpful and intriguing. I had Adobe Photoshop for years (older version) which I have used a lot to correct the scans and photos I’ve taken of my artwork. However, I finally got a new computer and the older version is no longer compatible with my new computer. So, because of the expense of Adobe, we are thinking about getting the Corel program. I have never learned everything about Adobe and I will be re-reading some of your comments in hopes of learning something new! I have written (rough-draft) 4 children’s stories and I need to set aside time to first illustrate and finish one to begin with and I know that using the right kind of software and tools can add much. But the trick is to learn how to use it! I love your quilted art and my favorites of your watercolors are the door and the tulips. Very well done! I am amazed at your digital artwork also. I never seem to find time for all the art that is inside me and is trying to get out! I find it to be very therapeutic and I can be very tired, but still find energy to paint. Well, I will close and write more later — I do hope we keep in touch from time to time and I’ll be sending you a sample pix or two of my artwork. Once I get some of my art photos “tweaked”, I am thinking about first uploading them to FineArtAmerica.com. Those I won’t be able to retouch paint and so what they produce of my uploads is what the customer will receive. I still haven’t gotten around to putting in the search words for my website — so I am not very visible on the internet. Everything takes time! Thank you so much for photos, digital “lessons”, etc. and your friendship — and don’t worry, I won’t be painting you or “DH”.

      • Karen,

        You have a studio? I would love a studio…..

        So glad you like my other blog too. Now that one more person has seen it, I should probably look at it myself. I need to post more and I have a couple of dolls, painting, and drawings to show.

        Wow, you have a lot of stuff going on in your life! My DH and I are childless, although our dog Zoey is pretty darn close to being a child. My DH is an only child and parents died a few years back, he is originally from Boston. I am one of eight children of a dairy farm family. My mother died two years ago and my father and seven other siblings still live in Wisconsin — far, far, far, away from California. I would like to be closer to them but unfortunately we are a dysfunctional bunch. My visits home are sometimes seen as interference since I am the one that went off to college and “left” everyone. I can see their point but I try to maintain a friendly relationship with everyone none the less.

        As you may have learned from my blog, I am a retired computer engineer here in Silicon Valley. I quit my high-tech job because I know that there is something else I should be doing with my life, although whatever that is still escapes me. Only thing I can say for sure is that I like to create things. I am trying out different creative fields including digital illustration and web design. I like them all! Still, I have not found my niche and this is very dis-heartening to me. I was raised to be productive and to contribute to something greater than myself, so the fact that you like my blogs is very, very, very encouraging to me — thank you tons!

        Yes, yes, yes — let us stay in touch! Feel free to email me at artbyanna001@yahoo.com — I monitor that email address more often. I would love to hear from you!


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