Archive for June, 2014

24 Moose and a Trip of a Lifetime!

Trip 21 to the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness with my sister, Nancy J. Spiegel Rosman, was truly the trip of a lifetime.  We survived the worst (and I’m not kidding) bugs EVER as well as what can best be described as variable weather while experiencing the best of what Nature offers in wilderness areas and a whole lot of FUN!


This was one of the nicer portages in and this was before many days of rain.  On the way out long stretches of the portages were basically lakes with running water.


We were overjoyed to find our FAV campsite open – a miracle! This was a base-camp trip as Nancy had knee surgery 10 days before we left.


First order of biz after the tent is up is Nancy’s tarp and bug hut engineering. Note cleverness in putting tarp above bug hut.


Nancy made our custom bug hut and it saved the trip as our cooking/dining hall. This is hash browns with onions and cheese and scrambled eggs for breakfast during a lovely storm. We heard many other paddlers gave it up after a day or two this year because of the bug swarms and rain. I think that’s why it’s so much fun to go adventuring with Nancy; it’s always a great day to be in the BWCA in our world.


We spent many happy hours out canoeing and, despite a few days in camp due to high winds, paddled about 40 miles. The water was so high that no worries about grinders.


Oh, did I mention seeing 24 moose?  Moose and twins, moose with calf, moose charging other moose in the lily pad area, four moose at a time, etc., etc.  This was not just see a moose disappear into the bush; the cows were hungry and in hot competition for the best lily pads.  We would sit and eat dinner with a show of moose coming and going for an hour or more. And it wasn’t just the moose.  We saw otters playing, beaver, eagles, loons, and so much more. (Update:  How could I have forgotten?  I saw a bear.  It and I rapidly retreated in opposite directions from the latrine path!)


We had a five-photo challenge every day with different themes.  This is one of my photos for the theme, “Diagonal Lines.”  Birch is always beautiful.


I am still thinking about the inspiration provided by rocks with moss and engraved ice lines and,


as always, water, water, water. Trip #21 was an amazing ten days of great paddling, sisterly fun, and Nature in all her glory. We felt honored to be able to experience it all once again.



06 2014

A Wall of Java Art!

The Intentional Printing Java Art Exchange based on Lynn Krawczyk’s new book was a ton of fun (shown above are my artworks).  If you remember, we swapped 6″ square artworks using Lynn’s coffee cup graphic in Intentional Printing in any size plus three printing techniques from the book.


I first painted the 6″ canvas squares from Dick Blick starting with turquoise paint, then adding ultramarine to the turquoise, and finally adding green to the mixture.  Every canvas is in the same color family, but different. I purposely left the paint streak-y, so the variations would show. Artwork shown at the top of the stacked canvases is by Eileen Hallock (left) and Jay Dodds (right).

I adhered the artwork to the canvases with gel medium, brayered over them carefully, and left them to dry under weights.


Here is my java art wall (yes, it is painted espresso brown) with its 12 new additions.



06 2014

Celebrating the Publication of Two New Articles


It’s here! The Summer 2014 issue of Art Quilting Studio is out with two articles about my Boundary Waters series. The wonderful photography is by Deidre Adams.


The issue is available from the publisher and the usual outlets.


06 2014