Monthly Archives: June 2016


Standpoint by Karen Gadient, 2016

Standpoint. Pastel, ink, and watercolor on mixed media board.

My mother used to make paintings like this one and I wanted to try my hand at it, using nearly-primary colors. I like the way it came out!

The aim of argument, or of discussion, should not be victory, but progress.
― Joseph Joubert

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Filed under Art, Color, Ink, Mixed Media, Painting, Pastel, Quotes, Watercolor

Glasgow Botanic Gardens

Glasgow Botanic Gardens by David Gadient, 2016

We spent most of our second day in Glasgow at the Botanic Gardens. It was perfect sunny weather and lots of people had come out to enjoy the day. If we lived in Glasgow, this is a place we’d go to every week. I love our Desert Botanical Garden, but the high temperatures in Phoenix make it difficult to enjoy a walk there in summer. So this was a real pleasure. Plus: so much green!

Glasgow Botanic Flowers by David Gadient, 2016

We explored all of the buildings too, which were free to enter. We really enjoyed The Kibble Palace (nifty 360° views at that link), and we nearly had it to ourselves, probably due to the humidity inside―which, while heavy, was a pleasant change for us, with so little humidity back home.

Kibble Palace by David Gadient, 2016

The variety of plants inside the buildings is amazing. There’s even a section of desert plants―a bit of Arizona in Scotland. Of course, we didn’t take pictures of those, since we have heaps of them here, but David snapped quite a few shots of other, less familiar-to-us, plants.

Glasgow Botanic Plants by David Gadient, 2016

Elsewhere in the Gardens, we found the abandoned railway station. We could look down to the platform area below, but the beauty was at our level.

Abandoned Underground by David Gadient, 2016

There was also part of the West End Festival on display: The Ideal Hut Show. Colorful and clever sheds by artists and designers. This isn’t even all of them. Kids and adults alike were having fun examining these little pieces of architecture―such a fun outdoor installation!

Ideal Hut Show by David Gadient, 2016

We took a wide walk to cover the entire Garden, and were greeted by plenty of pigeons and squirrels. The squirrels were particularly gregarious; David made friends with one while we stopped at a bench.

Squirrel by David Gadient, 2016

If you’re ever in Glasgow, be sure to check out the Botanic Gardens. It’s an oasis in the West End and a wonderful way to spend some hours.


Filed under Animals, Holiday, Journal, Life, Nature, Scotland, Travel, Vacation

TGIF: Thwack of Blue

Thwack of Blue by Karen Gadient, 2015

Once again, it’s “FingerPaintingFriday”!
Watercolor on watercolor paper–two layers combined digitally.

Enjoy your weekend, friends. 🙂

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Filed under Art, Color, Fingerpainting, Painting, Prompts, Watercolor

Our First Day in Glasgow

Airplane Wing by David Gadient, 2016

For the first day in Scotland, we didn’t take many photos, due to being utterly exhausted. We’d been on three different planes and had gotten no sleep; the longest flight had several very unhappy babies directly behind us, and not even earplugs and Bose headsets could drown out the noise.

Oh. And I had been struggling with the flu for the week before the trip and was still a bit sick with congestion. I pretty much lived on cough drops and pain killers to get through the flights. You do whatcha gotta, right?

So! We arrived in Glasgow around noon, having been awake for a long time―and the plan was to remain awake to adapt to the time difference. The day of arrival was David’s birthday. I had made a reservation months earlier at the Red Onion and, despite being tired (and, for me, somewhat sick)… we went. Of course!

Sadly, I was too out of it to more deeply appreciate the amazing three-course meal. No pictures (apologies to my dear Tanya for not letting the camera “eat first” for so many meals of this trip). But, trust me―if you’re in Glasgow and have a chance to go to the Red Onion: GO. Whether you’re vegan like us, flexitarian, or full-on carnivore, you’ll love the place. Next time we visit, we’ll make our reservation for later in the trip, so we’re more alert!

Our hotel―Grand Central Hotel―gave us a wonderful room and had the most awesome of staircases, complete with the most awesome of chandeliers.

Grand Staircase by David Gadient by David Gadient, 2016

Room service breakfast was glorious and just the thing for us to start our day.

Grand Breakfast by Karen Gadient, 2016

The second day, we were still tired―but ready to take on some serious walking. My next blog entry will have more photos, because we spent a perfect day at the Botanic Gardens, happily basking in the warm sun with the locals.


Filed under Food, Holiday, Journal, Life, Scotland, Travel, Vacation

Turbulent Shores

Turbulent Shores by Karen Gadient, 2016

Turbulent Shores. Watercolor, ink, and digital mixed media.

Moody, mountainous shoreline. Created while experimenting primarily with colored ink. Layered scans of inks and watercolor.

Night’s black mantle covers all alike. ― Guillaume de Salluste Du Bartas

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Filed under Art, Color, Ink, Landscape, Mixed Media, Nature, Ocean, Painting, Quotes, Sea, Seascape, Sketchbook, Watercolor

Iceland’s Keflavík International Airport

Reykjavik Sink by Karen Gadient, 2016

Before I get to our time in Scotland, I want to mention Reykjavík, since we had a stop there both coming and going. It’s a strange but kinda nifty airport, and definitely different than any other I’ve been to so far.

It’s got free wifi and a large self-service cafe (that actually had food for us, and as vegans, we were impressed and grateful). When you get off a flight, it can get confusing if the place is crowded. We almost stood in a long line we didn’t need to get in; seems the long line upstairs is only for those needing to get through customs. Or something. Took us a while to decide we could move.

There’s a good chance you’ll be standing-bused from the airport to your plane, then climb mobile airstairs to get onto the plane. Also, they hold flights until all passengers are on: which, for us, meant an extra hour waiting on the runway for three other flights to send passengers over. Can’t say we loved that, but it’s the right thing to do. Icelanders are pleasant people, so that helped.

BUT the real thing I wanted to post about was the toilets. They were like Ikea’s secret bunker, equipped by Dyson. Individual rooms (toilet and sink) for stalls, and these crazy faucet-dryers. The faucet-dryers seemed awesome at first glance, but got wacky when you tried to use them, especially if you wanted to wash your face or brush your teeth.

You can rinse a lather or gargle and end up somehow getting soap or toothpaste all over the walls, ceiling, and yourself. Which caused a lot of ladies and kids in the place to scream and giggle. Honestly, it was hilarious. Smart design, yet… well, not that practical. But hilarious to listen to everyone go mad over them.

So, if you’re in Reykjavík: go wash your face and dry your hands. It’s memorable.

We should return one day to see volcanos, glaciers, and auroras (none of which, sadly, you can see from the airport). 🙂


Filed under Holiday, Iceland, Journal, Life, Travel, Vacation

TGIF: Meanderings

Meanderings by Karen Gadient, 2015

It’s “FingerPaintingFriday”!
Watercolor on cold press watercolor paper.

Enjoy your weekend, friends. 🙂

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