Wednesday, October 30, 2013

Toothy Grin

Gus finally has a top tooth. 
Do you see it?

Let me get you closer... 

 Oh wait, his tongue is in the way.
How about now? 

 It's there, I promise.
I'm so smitten with that two-toothy grin that it's going to be hard to get used to another pearly white joining the pair.

Okay, maybe not that hard.

I hope to be back with Halloween pics soon. We've had quite a few setbacks this month with all of us being sick on and off again for six weeks now. Poor baby Gus had the worst of it last week. He's feeling much better now, but three out of the five of us are still fighting colds. We had to put all of our Halloween activities on hold, so we've yet to get costumes together, decorate pumpkins, and buy candy. We're cutting it close, but I work best under pressure.
nessa dee

Sunday, October 27, 2013

Tuesday, October 22, 2013

Waiting for Daddy

Patience is hard...

especially when Daddy won't be home for another 8 hours.
nessa dee

Wednesday, October 16, 2013

More Prints at Gallery Direct!

Gallery Direct  has added more prints from Nessa Dee, including this one, to their site!

nessa dee

Tuesday, October 15, 2013

Puppy Finds a Friend

The puppy sat alone, longing for someone to call a friend.

She started searching for a companion. She looked near and far, high and low, until...
she spotted something in the distance.

Could this be her friend?
She decided to approach with caution.

Slowly she inched her way forward, watching and sniffing.
He looked sticky.
He smelled like cookies.
 He seemed...


Gus and Puppy became fast friends.
They did everything together.
They played together.

 They ate together.

They even slept together.

They were the best of friends...

for that one special day.
And then puppy went back home.

nessa dee

Thursday, October 10, 2013

The Lookout

Here's one of a series of paintings I'm working on:

 [The canvas behind the giraffe is the background for a companion piece]
I've been trying to loosen up my style and give it a sketchy quality. It's hard to tell much from this Instagram pic, but I'm getting there. I'm constantly fighting with the perfectionist in me, who wants to make everything smooth and polished. But I really like the results when my messy side wins out.

I hope to have a rhino, elephant, and zebra completed soon to keep these two guys company. And hopefully, I'll have my technological roadblocks fixed and can post quality pictures by then.

nessa dee

Monday, October 7, 2013


[picture taken by Audrie]

We are learning about adaptation in school this week. We are learning how specific creatures adapt to survive in their environment. Take this dragonfly, for example. My daughter stumbled upon this creature in our backyard. She thought she found a broken wing that had become caught on a twig. Upon closer examination, though, she realized that the twig was actually the body of the bug. This adaptation, this clever camouflage, enables this creature to hide from its predators, greatly increasing its chance of survival.

We are also learning to adapt in our everyday life. As humans, we become very familiar with this routine of adjusting and changing to face whatever is put in our path. We learn how to welcome new life, or cope with loss; we grow accustomed to the familiar, and are challenged by the unknown; we embrace the successes and trudge through failures, all the while changing, growing, adapting.

At this time in my life, adaptation is a daily necessity. With one child on the brink of becoming a teenager, one child fearlessly learning how to be a little human, and one right in between the two, we are all learning how to make our lives coexist harmoniously, which isn't always easy. My ideas of a daily routine are constantly changing, and structure is falling victim to the unbridled whims of a one year old. It's physically and emotionally exhausting trying to be available for the oldest, attentive to the needs of the middle, while keeping a close eye on the little. But everyday we adapt, and somehow, for that day, we make it work. It's not perfect, or even pretty, but each day has its moments of perfect and pretty. It's those moments that I soak in at the day's end.

And tomorrow we'll adapt and do it all again.

nessa dee

Wednesday, October 2, 2013

Tuesday, October 1, 2013

Life lately...

There's never a dull moment around here.
Kids are fun.

nessa dee