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Tuesday, August 4, 2009

Sunshine, Sketches and Strong Women

Sunshine
Last week was our family vacation at the beach. Vacations with teenagers are fun; we went para sailing, go-cart racing (Is my family really that competitive? They actually ran me off the track!) and walking the boardwalk. I did some reading, a little bit of painting and even got a hint of a tan (sort of, if you look real close).







Jake buried up to his neck, and Stephen doing the honors.













The view from our front door, Yves taking a stroll.

Sketches
I didn't get much time to paint on vacation but I did pull off a few quickies of beach people.










Strong Women
Two books I read recently. One was "This Child Will be Great" by Ellen Sirleaf Johnson, the first woman president of Liberia.

The other one I am still reading, "In No Uncertain Terms" by Helen Suzman, who was in the South African Parliament for 35 years and an outspoken advocate against apartheid. If you like biographies, particulary those about amazing women, you may be inspired by these stories.

Now...back to work!

7 comments:

Manon Doyle said...

Hi Peggi,

Love the pics at the beach...lol! Teenagers are a riot!
The colors in your "quickies" are terrific..... warm and sunny!

Whitemist said...

The beach people are great, I feel the heat!

Robin Maria Pedrero said...

The beach people's skin is just amazing! Excellent work for such quickies too!

I am going to come back again for your reading suggestions, they sound great! I relish a great biography, as I am reading deKooning now but women biographies especially do give us strength!

Nancy Van Blaricom said...

Peggy looks like a great time was had by all. Love your beach scene. Great sketches.

redchair said...

Good to hear you've got away and had a great vacation. Have missed hearing from you. I still have your beautiful little cards - would never actually send them to anyone! They're mine to keep!
Vikki

Peggi Habets said...

Thanks all. I got home and realized that I have one photo of the family and about 2000 of strangers. When I die, people are going to go through my stuff and wonder who the heck these people are!

Karine said...

I love those "beach people" sketches. What interests me is that they have such a simple, almost abstract quality to them. Such a departure from your usual paintings. Wonderful!