Friday, August 3, 2012


Always borrow money from a pessimist.
He won't expect it back

You have a cough?  Go home tonite and eat a
whole box of Ex-Lax.  Tomorrow you'll be afraid to cough.

I wonder if other dogs think poodles are 
members of a weird religious cult.
Rita Rudner

When choosing between two evils
I always like to pick the one
I've never tried before.
Mae West

Blessed are the young for they shall inherit
the national debit.
Herbert Hoover

What if Pinocchio said, "My nose will not grow"?

What if this weren't a hypothetical question?

What do you do if you see an endangered animal
eating an endangered plant?

Everybody has a photographic memory.
Some of us just don't have a memory chip.

Tuesday, July 31, 2012


so much depends

a red wheel

glazed with rain

beside the white

The above poem is by the American poet, William Carlos Williams --(1883-1963)
It's the inspiration for my watercolor painting below.

"A Red Wheelbarrow" 
8x10 transparent watercolor by Leenie

Mr. Williams' poem is simple and yet elegant with plenty of room for the reader
to provide their own interpretation for the rest of the story.  
I like how he breaks the single sentence up into fragments so each word 
can be examined like images in a painting.

For me the visual picture provided is a perfect contrast of darks and lights 
plus the direct compliments of green grass and red wheelbarrow. 
I used photographs of an antique wheelbarrow that I took at a 
ghost town in Montana and combined them with pictures of my
neighbor's white chickens.

The painting is for sale along with fifty or so others on my Etsy site 
which you can find by clicking on the red "Watercolors by Leenie" box
in the upper left of this blog.

"Bangkok Street Vender"
for the Thailand version of Virtual Paintout

This one is done from a Google Streetview of downtown Bangkok.
As I virtually "traveled" through the streets of this city in Thailand I was 
impressed by the profusion of venders selling everything from food to
clothes to stuff I could never come close to recognizing or naming.
You can see this entry in The Virtual Paintout for July 2012.
  I'm excited to see the next place chosen to explore