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      1. Melissa, I love your work — I just now realized that you and I are both friends with Linda Curtis — and that you’ve sent the egret drawing to her. I would love to have one of your photos grace the cover of the journal I edit called Meadowlark. All the best, Sheryl

      2. Hi Sheryl, Thank you for stopping by, and for your kind comment! Yes, it’s fun that we are both connected through Linda. I’d be delighted to have you use my image for the journal you edit. I’d love to read it, too. I don’t know whether I ever told you this, but waaaaay back in the early 80’s you were my judge for flute solo contest 🙂 Isn’t that neat? Your comments were kind, then, too. I discovered this when going through an old box.
        Warm Regards, Melissa
        ps perhaps we can connect in the real world too?

  1. As Andrew commented, I too love the way you paint, Melissa. The soft colors and soft light always complement your subject perfectly. There is a gentle energy in this that is buoying and very pleasurable.

      1. Very nice.  I would not have known the distant bird was also a kingfisher.  I have a great fondness for them~ hopefully I’ll be able to sketch one one of these days.  Also have a great fondness for your fog photos.  I want them all! 🙂

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    1. Awesome, Jim, thank you! When I’m painting I’m having so much fun, and then I can’t wait to share the image with all of you. But then I agonize whether it was good enough or should I have tweaked it here or there…
      It means a great deal to me to have such good friends to encourage me.

  2. I’m surrounded by these beauties day in, day out. You’ve captured their flight so well. The only thing as graceful are the blue herons on their own way home at the end of the day. The great, slow wingbeats are purposeful and calming, all at the same time.

  3. Yes, I like that. This was a commission for a dear friend of mine~my botany teacher, in fact. She is always looking up (well, when not contorting herself for a good shot of a rare carex, her specialty) with a glint in her eye. I held her in my thoughts as I painted the egret and when she saw it, she declared it a likeness. Boy, was I delighted 🙂

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