Grapevine the Sequel

I’m back! Grapevine is one of my favorite places. The quaint old town area, the lake, and the trails. I had lunch at my favorite place in Grapevine, Big Fish Grill and Bar. Today I had the Lemon Pepper Salmon, with hush puppies and mixed veggies, and of course (Forgive me my transgressions), Pecan (pronounced PEEEcan) Pie. Delish!

After lunch, I headed over to Grapevine Lake. It was a beautiful blustery day with the sun shining brightly. I watched sailboats, people parasailing, and people flying kites. I picked up a couple of interesting rocks for a mixed media project (more to come). All in all this has been an inspiring day. And, (a TRUE bonus), there were Mallard Ducks! With their majestic green iridescent heads, they swam lazily in the water, close to the shore. See the pictures below.

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Inspiration Revisited

Back in March I took a couple of mini-adventures. For this trip I did not go quite so far a field. I headed over to one of my favorite towns, Grapevine TX. I drove around awhile near the lake, Lake Grapevine, and then decided to go to the historic old town. Since it was lunch time I immediately headed over to one of my favorite restaurants Big Fish Grill & Bar. This place has wonderful entrees from “Cajun” dishes to more traditional type seafood. I had the Pecan Crusted Trout with Chipotle Honey Cream Sauce. Oh My Goodness it was awesome! I then indulged in some Pecan Pie for dessert. Now, I consider myself a Pecan Pie connoisseur and this was one of the best I’ve ever eaten. If that’s not inspiration, I don’t know what is. I didn’t take any pictures this time, but that just means I’ll have to go back and take some. Yay! I will surely find even more to love about Grapevine. I am planning to head over there for tomorrow so I will post some photos tomorrow. So, come back to my blog and see them.


Many things inspire me, but sometimes when getting caught up in the daily grind, the wonderful ideas get lost in the muck and mire. When this happens I finding taking little adventures helps to rejuvenate my creative spirit.

The past several weekends I’ve taken a couple of quick adventures to jumpstart my waning motivation. Talking to new people, seeing fresh sites, and immersing myself in cool places seems to work every time. Last weekend I took an over night trip to Grandbury, Texas. Grandbury is a cute little town a bit southwest of Fort Worth. It’s on a lake and close to the Brazos River. The town has a nostalgic feel to it, with it’s quaint town square surrounding the old Court House. There are a variety of shops and restaurants and a wonderful Bed and Breakfast called The Nutt House. This is where I stayed. The building dates from the 1800’s and is purported to be haunted. The trip was a spur of the moment idea, which are always the best! A sense of excitement overcame me as I decided Saturday morning to get in the car and drive west. Well southwest. I quickly decided on Grandbury after looking up day trips from Dallas and haunted historic hotels. They had one room left so I booked it and set out on my way. When I arrived, I went to my room. After reading about the hotel and my room in particular, I discovered that it was supposed to be the haunted room. Cool! I hoped I see or hear something interesting. Alas, no such luck. I actually slept very comfortably in a beautiful bed. The room was decked out with antique looking furniture, transporting me to the late 1800’s. I enjoyed the trip a lot, and plan on taking more mini-adventures in the future.


Welcome to!

In this blog I will experiment with different artistic skills. Skills such as drawing, painting, cooking, and writing. But also skills such as thinking and perceiving in new ways.

I am fascinated with creativity and the creative process, and will explore these topics in this blog as well.


“The use of the imagination or original ideas, especially in the production of an artistic work.”   – Wikipedia

The plan is to learn these various skills and then see if I can apply them to create something new and unique to me. I will try different teaching methods and report back to you what does and does not work for me.

This for entertainment purposes only as I do not claim to be an expert, in fact just the opposite.

This is where you come in. Follow along with me and try the skills out for yourselves. I encourage you to explore your own creativity and I hope you will comment on your experiences.

I would like to create a community of people who like the idea of learning something new and then talking about it.

So, stay tuned, the first creative endeavor is in the works!