Oak tree with Spanish Moss

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Cynthia Maniglia ~ 2017 ~ sketchbook

Quick sketch in my journal ~ watercolor and Signo Uniball pen

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Delicate Cacti Bud

Hurricane Irma displaced a large, prickly pear cacti that was growing next to our driveway. The other day, we broke off pieces that were obfuscating a nearby bougainvillea bush, and we placed the broken cacti branches and pods along a fence where we would like to have more privacy. I found a cute little cacti bud on the ground and scooped it up to put in my pocket and so I could draw it later. I cut it in half with an Exacto(R) knife and was delighted to see the delicate inside of the bud, which reminded me of the heart of lettuce or celery. I’m thinking of filling this page with little delicacies from the garden … in a serendipitous botanical style.

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After the storm

Hi, friends! This is my first art post since Hurricane  Irma came to town. We were fortunate to escape without damage to our home and property, as well as no power outage, but so many did not. Counting blessings.

I started this floral page in my sketchbook with one single flower, while we hunkered down as the storm passed over us but was too exhausted and on edge to go further. Yesterday, we took the boards off the window in the artist’s loft, my work area, and I finished the page I started.

Thanks to everyone for your prayers, thoughts, comments, and messages. Take nothing for granted.

Keeping in mind that “it’s not all about us, we were blessed – we need to give back.” – have made a donation online, and I’m learning about new ways to give during this time of need for so many people in our state.

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