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The process of painting the  portrait and capturing the personalities  explained and shown here.

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Posted by Anita Brett on December 1, 2011 at 1:25 PM Comments comments (0)

The chill off of this leaf. .

The sun giving images never seen in the shade

The biting nose of Frost

The cackling mouth

The BITE of Winter

The Mask

Posted by Anita Brett on November 28, 2011 at 1:20 PM Comments comments (0)


The sun strongly shown in my studio

casting a glorious warmth and shadow.

The lower right tip of the leaf gave my mask an nose.

His lips- the lower right side.

Imagination and Creation



Dancing Duck

Posted by Anita Brett on November 25, 2011 at 1:10 PM Comments comments (0)

One fo the reasons I started watercolor paintings

Is that I wanted to  publish a children's book on

the personalities of leaves.

I have many but have never published , printed or framed them until now.

I present to you

Dancing Duck!

faceless - homeless - in Mexico

Posted by Anita Brett on November 23, 2011 at 12:40 PM Comments comments (0)



The radio played a song

the singer lamented that his world only included himself


both his heart and eyes saw

a homeless woman whose face stayed in his mind.

His world grew


""population two""

This painting has many faceless people

the boy in the center

almost has a face

I wanted the viewer to decide how they would handle the boy in the middle.

I wanted to challenge people to consider

the homeless




Posted by Anita Brett on November 18, 2011 at 1:25 PM Comments comments (0)

Is he a clown


Kung fu Panda

with a Matrix hand bidding forward pasage?

I think he is ready to do cart wheels off the page


break the machines. . .

One in One hundred forty-eight Million

Posted by Anita Brett on November 18, 2011 at 12:25 PM Comments comments (0)

My daughter and I went to Montterey Mexico this summer.

Most people who go to Monterrey have business ties,


drug ties.

We went because we had Orphan ties,

well, at least we went to build orphan ties.

We went on a mission trip with our church,

Riverview Church in Holt, MI.

We teamed up with


 an International Ministry whose focus is on the orphans of the world.

We met so many children

abandoned by their parents

in need of lovin'

(not to mention food, clothing, and shelter.) 

We were charged to stay involved upon our return.

We sponsored some of the children. . .

We send clothes. . .

We will send my husband and son in March. . .

My husband and I cancelled our trip to Italy

in exchange for a trip to Monterrey together,

to visit the orphans.

While here, I paint.


here is 1 in 148,000,000

It's All Too Much!

Posted by Anita Brett on March 20, 2011 at 10:36 AM Comments comments (1)

I'm American

so I have THINGS


My gift to my husband this year

is to de-clutter


It's All Too Much!

This is also the title of a great book

on de-cluttering.

But then

I look at the news

this week

or last week,


It's  All Too Much Too!

I turn off the radio

because I'm certain

that I don't need to



the pain and tragedy

of the world.

Internalizing the pain and tragedy of the people around me,

the people that I can help

Is quite enough for today.

I will pray for my missionary friend

who has been in Japan for 20 years.

I will continue to send finacial help to Haiti and elsewhere.

But today

I will

turn off the radio

and look around and offer help and the touch of a friend

because today

It's All Too Much!

March Madness or Sunshine

Posted by Anita Brett on March 8, 2011 at 11:53 AM Comments comments (0)

When you live in Michigan

March can have madness because of the Universities Basketball teams,

but also the weather!


 the sun is shining, the birds are singing and there has been

snow on the ground for all but

four days

since December 12.

Rejoicing in today!

Posted by Anita Brett on February 10, 2011 at 8:44 PM Comments comments (0)

It is -10F outside tonight with the wind chill.

I was at the Spartan Basketball game with my husband.

We were ahead by 20 points at half time.


The small community here in East Lansing  is refreshing.

Who you are when you are alone, is who you are  to every one.

How freeing is that, , ,


I have lived in big cities,

 then we moved here.

Well, Austin wasn't huge...


Finally, I love it here!

The people are genuine

and kind. 


 The status that I thought defined people

when I lived in Southern California 

Is non-existant here,


This is where

I breath

a "cleansing breath"

Gesture of Line

Posted by Anita Brett on October 5, 2010 at 11:54 AM Comments comments (0)

Kresge Art museum has Life Drawing.

I had Life drawing in New York City

But never imagined East Lansing to have such an option.

I love the colors


and lines


and quiet pose.

Gesture of Line is the title

because I am

not one

 to commonly have this as my

subject matter