A Global Hello …

Good Morning/Afternoon/Evening/Night Everyone!

It’s a beautiful day today. I love summer! Enjoy the rest of your weekend, or the beginning of embarking on a new week, depending where you are, in this wonderful world of ours!

Good Morning Sunshine the world says hello!

“To see the Summer Sky
is poetry, though never in a book it lie –
true poems flee.”
~ Emily Dickinson


“A perfect summer day
is when the sun is shining,
the breeze is blowing,
the birds are singing,
and the lawn mower is broken.”  
~James Dent


Thank you for dropping by,

~ Penny


For the Love of Art – A Sketch

My friend Lisa, at ZEEBRA DESIGNS & DESTINATIONS (& PLAYAMART!) (an excellent artist) invited myself along with others, to sketch images in pencil and then post them on Thursdays. For those of you who love to draw, today is a good day to join in the fun. Just be sure and let Lisa know so we can all come to view your pencil drawing.

I decided to sketch a dandelion with a bee on it, tucked in the corner of the yard. He posed long enough on the yellow flower while I quickly sketched in the outlines and then flew off. While I did get the basic outline and shading done, unfortunately I did not complete it in time for today’s post. So instead …


Adam Hurst by Penny L Howe

Adam with Gypsy Cello – a sketch


I am showing a sketch I did some time back of one of my favorite musicians Adam Hurst, with his Gypsy Cello (Hand made by him btw – one of a kind). This is an informal sketch rather than a portrait as I only had his videos to work from, however Adam liked it, so that’s something. And it was fun to draw!

~ Penny

Penny L Howe


Smiling vs. Frowning



~ A brief study of contrasts by P.L. Howe

Ah, The Nefarious Frown, worshiped and overused by the bad guys (and bad actors), utilized frequently by government officials to make a “serious” point and  always getting a bad rap. (btw – did you know that the OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAterm “a bad rap”, historically speaking, evolved from the original meaning of the word “rap”, which first popped up around the 14th century meaning “strike or blow”?

Who knew a frown could be so disturbing.

“It takes 42 muscles to frown, and only 4 muscles to reach out and smack you!”

Seriously, although those often times elusive “experts” can’t seem to agree on the actual count of muscles being used for a smile or a frown, it does seem that smiling usually comes up using fewer muscles.

Some additional studies have shown that people are more apt to smile when they see other people smiling and frown when they see other people frowning. Not good news given the “happenings” around the world today.

In the final analysis, according to extremely reliable experts (children) it only takes a nano-second to do either one (smile or frown) but the room is a much”funner” place when everyone is smiling at them.

My favorite smile ever!

My favorite smile ever!


So a thumbs up from me on the “Smile” of things.

Have an excellent day, and smile your way to tomorrow (well not constantly of course, they may come to take you away ha, ha, ho, ho, hee, hee … to the funny farm where life is beautiful and …) on second thought keep smiling!



Music to look forward to!

Josh Groban is one of my favorite inspirational singers. This is the official album/trailer, for his latest album – All That Echoes  coming out on February 5th! It’s also just great fun to watch creative and talented people behind the scenes working to bring all the musical magic together. As always Josh Groban is great. Enjoy the ride!

Hope you enjoyed,

~ Penny


The Music of Us … Listen!

Sound, Soul, Muse and Life…Isn’t it wonderful?


My joy, my love, my great pleasure to listen and embrace the creative moment where all comes together.




Enjoy …

… Isn’t life wonderful?


Street Music!


I love the countryside and feeling close to the earth, but I also enjoy the nature of city life. I used to have a studio loft in downtown Portland, Oregon. It was on Main street in the heart of the city.

The creative energy that can be found at night in the city can be awesome.  Frequently I’d leave my windows open to listen to late night city sounds. and sometimes, something magical could be heard.

Thank you for visiting,

~ Penny