Monday, March 27, 2017


The sun be warm and kind
To you,
The darkest night, some star
Shine through,
The dullest morn
A radiance brew,
And when dusk comes –
God’s hand
To you.

published in Good Housekeeping magazine, 1932


Benediction  ©2017 Karen Mathison Schmidt
12 x 12 x 1½ inches • acrylic on 1½" deep cradled Gessobord

After doing a little gardening first thing this morning, with Jo’s invaluable assistance ...

I spent a wonderfully quiet day at the easel finishing today’s painting, which was inspired by a photo I took at sunset on the first day of spring.

Tuesday, March 14, 2017

Mishaps before coffee

A cheerful heart is good medicine ...


My husband wanted spaghetti for breakfast today (I know; we’ve never had a very strict definition for the term “breakfast food”) and I started making it before my coffee. I picked up the almost-new three-pound box by the wrong end and the entire contents slid out onto the floor. 

I stood frozen for a split second, empty spaghetti box in hand, looking down at the resulting sculpture (which brought to mind a game of Pick Up Sticks with approximately four million sticks) and just couldn’t help busting out laughing. Demonstrating almost unbelievable presence of mind since I hadn’t had a drop of coffee yet, and before the dogs realized what they were missing, I quickly and gingerly scooped up the whole sculpture – which was surprisingly cohesive – out of their reach. 

Took a lot longer getting it back into the box than it did getting it out.