Big Charlotte

Big Charlotte

 Our granddaughter, Charlotte, says: “That’s not me. It’s too BIG!”

Here is the larger than life painting that she inspired..


“Big Charlotte”

Watercolor, Art 27×19
Framed, 36×28
painted June 2021

“Big Charlotte” is making her debut in the

Impressions Art Show 2022

November 21 – December 16
Viewing Times: Monday – Friday 8:00-4:30
Paducah City Hall, Paducah KY

Sponsored by the Ice House Gallery
(Mayfield/Graves County Art Guild)

Mouse Power

Mouse Power

Where did the name come from?

John says,I love grays and muted tones. Grays emphasize the colors nearby. Jeanne Dobie refers to this as ‘mouse power’. The ‘mouse’ colors are the supporting cast for the jewel-like colors.”

Cindy asks (to herself) “So the gray tones are dominating this painting?”


“Mouse Power”

debuted at the 85th Annual Paducah Woman’s Club Art Show in the Spring of this year.

“Mouse Power”

Watercolor, Art 14×19
April 2022

Find out more about mouse power and how to make your own neutral tones with watercolor on John’s Blog topic,

teaksouls Adventure Blog ( a Sailing Diary)

teaksouls Adventure Blog ( a Sailing Diary)

‘teaksouls’ website (and our nickname) began as a way to share what life was like aboard our sailboat, Alexandra. We both love teak, this boat had it, and had a lot of solid qualities to offer. We dreamed of living on a boat ever since we first met, and even though things didn’t go quite the same way the vision first inspired, we set some goals, changed them a bit, and found a way to make the dream happen.

We are happy that we had these ten years living aboard our heavy, double-ender. She’s now enjoying other happy adventures with her new owners on the west coast. 

Upon our permanent return to our Kentucky home in Murray, we kept our ‘nickname’, built a studio in the back yard (Two Doves Studio), and started doing art together. I guess that could be another story.  embarassed

Galley View

Main Salon

The Galley

Launch day at Jennings Boat Yard

The Reedville Stack marks our home port

Foggy morning on Alligator River

Sugar Beach, Great Harbour Cay Bahamas

At the Coconut Festival, Pelican Point, Grand Bahamas

At Until Then, Great Harbour Cay Bahamas

Before the enclosure!