16 September 2014

The Grand Tour + Charleston Watercolors

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NEW eBooks!

Together, these eBooks include most of the travel paintings I made throughout my European and South Carolina touring years as a performing songwriter morphing into a full time painter and teacher of drawing and watercolor with a downloadable song in each.

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Complete set of eBooks

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See above descriptions for the first two eBooks, click here for more about The Age of Flowers, Walden Pond Watercolors is a personal study of Thoreau's legendary site with related excerpts from Walden.

Click here for a description of Basic Drawing Lessons, and Creative Wake Up is an inspirational approach to starting each day of your life from the inside out.

08 September 2014

Suzanne 6.0



0 to 60

Here's what it looks like.

Me (2 weeks shy of 60) and Miss Lorelei Frances Flowers (5 weeks new.)

It's common to say that it all goes by so fast but, honestly, for me... it feels like I've lived at least a dozen lifetimes in one (and I do believe there's still quite a bit in store!)

In fact, I had an annual physical this morning and when I talked about another 20 years, the doctor said, let's talk about another 40 years or more. For real? I have at least that much more work to do. (That man is my new physician.)

Happy Birthday to Me

Ain't Life Grand?

I'm not going to write about what it's like to turn 60. I don't know what it's like. It hasn't happened quite yet but... any day now!

Every moment is a gift. The good times. The bad times. The wide open vistas of a clear day road. The scary dark places on the crooked trails.

None of us know how long we have on this beautiful planet so I, personally, like to make the best of things even when the chips are down.

It's the full harvest moon. A perfect time for completion. And I've just completed two books I've been wanting to complete for ages. The Grand Tour and Charleston Watercolors with most of my paintings from my touring years and stories that go along with them plus a song to download in each.

You may download both of these by clicking on the images and links below or the entire set of my eBooks including the new ones.

If you don't take these milestones, whatever they may be, as opportunities for intentions for new directions, change, expansions, and allowing new ideas and purpose to arise, you may be missing the boat. But that's not for me to say. That's for you to examine within your own heart and soul.

I hope that you've enjoyed these posts over the last nine years and that they've brought you inspiration, acknowledgement and some transformations in perception.

Love you. Mean it.

What she said
“I no longer have patience for certain things, not because I’ve become arrogant, but simply because I reached a point in my life where I do not want to waste more time with what displeases me or hurts me. I have no patience for cynicism, excessive criticism and demands of any nature. I lost the will to please those who do not like me, to love those who do not love me and to smile at those who do not want to smile at me. I no longer spend a single minute on those who lie or want to manipulate. I decided not to coexist anymore with pretense, hypocrisy, dishonesty and cheap praise. I do not tolerate selective erudition nor academic arrogance. I do not adjust either to popular gossiping. I hate conflict and comparisons. I believe in a world of opposites and that’s why I avoid people with rigid and inflexible personalities. In friendship I dislike the lack of loyalty and betrayal. I do not get along with those who do not know how to give a compliment or a word of encouragement. Exaggerations bore me and I have difficulty accepting those who do not like animals. And on top of everything I have no patience for anyone who does not deserve my patience.”
Meryl Streep
The Grand Tour + Charleston Watercolors

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Together, these eBooks include most of the travel paintings I made throughout my European and South Carolina touring years as a performing songwriter morphing into a full time painter and teacher of drawing and watercolor with a downloadable song in each.

Complete set of eBooks

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Click here for more about The Age of Flowers, Walden Pond Watercolors is a personal study of Thoreau's legendary site, click here for a description of Basic Drawing Lessons, and Creative Wake Up is an approach to starting each day of your life that you may already have but can share with a friend.

26 August 2014

Lavender: A Universal Panacea

Lavender Field, 5 x 7 inches, graphite + watercolor, Suzanne McDermott

I cannot imagine life without Lavender

By now all the Lavender in Provence has been harvested.

I once visited the Lavender capital of the world. That's Digne, or Digne-les-Bains, also the capital of Alpes-de-Haute-Provence. Their annual Lavender Festival ended yesterday. I'd wanted to visit Digne for many years.

When I finally got the chance, it was November. I boarded the Chemin de Fer and chugged up the side of the Maritime Alps on what started as a beautiful day on the coast. As we climbed into the mountains, the first snow of the season began to fall. Lovely.

By the time we reached Digne, the air was chilled and everything was wet. Lavender season had long passed. No lavender to be found. Everything but a small café was closed and I'll remember that café for having the single most expensive cup of tea I've ever purchased.

Still, I slogged through the slush and rain in search of an historic house I never found and eventually worked my way back to the station for the ride down the mountain with my sopping socks slung over the radiator.

It was a wet adventure but at least I can say that I've been there. Several days later, I did find great Lavender oil at the market in Antibes so all was not lost.

Somewhere in between Twiggy and Jean Shrimpton, Yardley of London put Lavender on my pre-teen radar. I have not lived without it since. It was a large presence in Guerlain's far more sophisticated Jicky which is why I must have loved that perfume so. For years, I used the Crabtree + Evelyn Lavender Water but that formula was retired in 2012.

No worries. Now, I take my Lavender straight, no filler, no alcohol, no additives. Just the purest essential oil.

If my ashes can't be scattered at sea, a field of Lavender will do.
‘As Rosemary is to the Spirit, so Lavender is to the Soul.‘
— Anonymous
What? No Lavender plants?

I keep a little bottle of Lavender oil at my desk and in my purse at all times. And by my bedside, too.

I had a terrible burn last week and part of my treatment is aloe vera mixed with Lavender and Melaleuca oils. Melaleuca (Tea Tree) Oil is antibacterial and Lavender is analgesic, antiseptic and a skin regenerator.

Lavender is also a great sedative which is why a little bottle lives by my bedside. It helps me fall to sleep when I need a little nudge.

Some people make wonderful food with Lavender. That would not be me but whenever people do this, whatever the food is tends to look and taste particularly lovely.

Lavender makes my clothes smell great (I add it to my detergent and put drops of oil on cloth in the dryer. Lavender also keeps moths away.

But the very best thing about Lavender (for me) is that it smells so good and makes me feel so happy! Oh, did I mention that Lavender is an anti-depressent? It's that, too.

There are plenty more uses, but that's enough for now.

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