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Tuesday, April 16, 2013

Thinking on good things--painting with grandchildren

After yesterday's tragedy in Boston, I'm at a loss for words, and then I began looking through my photographs, of stories unwritten. And there, waiting to be shared, were photographs from my trip to Germany last month to visit son Vance, daughter-in-law Kerin, and granddaughters Katherine, Sarah Beth, and Neysa. Good stories and memories which also put life in perspective.

Sizing up the subject
One of my highlights was getting to go watercolor painting with Katherine, who is quite the artist, at her request. So Vance and family drove us to the castle at Lichtenberg, which has the largest "keep" in Europe. It was cold, but we bundled up, and found a good place to sit on a stone trough, and painted. Little sister Neysa joined us briefly. I drew the castle and we both painted on it and signed it, while the rest of the Clarks toured the castle. I don't know about her, but I'll remember this forever.

Little sister looks on

Artist Katherine with the castle in background
Later that week, we attended the art extravaganza
Artists
at Katherine's school, to see her art and we took photos there too. 


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