Tuesday, August 28, 2012


Gladys Mary Spurll, 1920-2012
Know that you are loved, Mom, and rest in peace.

Monday, July 30, 2012

You're not your body...

You're not your body, you have one.  It's your job to nourish it, rest it, exercise it 
and fluff it up and make it feel good.  
You're not your mind, you have one.  It's your job to quiet it down and keep it
 in good company.
You're not your feelings, you have feelings.  It's your job to become aware 
of what is this I'm feeling or how am I going to express it in a way 
that won't wound myself or anyone else.
So that from here on in, we can anchor our sense of self in consciousness, 
in our awareness and in our spirit, and from that place take responsibility, 
which is our ability to respond to the fact that we are immeshed in the physical.  

-Petrea King

Friday, June 22, 2012

Do it anyway.

This wonderful quotation was said to have been carried with Mother Theresa for years and even on the day of her death. There is a fabled dispute whether Mother Theresa or Kent Keith wrote it. But the truth is universal and so is this...

People are often unreasonable, illogical, and self-centered: Forgive them anyway.
If you are kind, people may accuse you of selfish, ulterior motives: Be kind anyway.
If you are successful you will win some false friends and true enemies: Succeed anyway.
If you are honest and frank people will try to cheat you: Be honest anyway.
What you spend years building, someone could destroy overnight: Build anyway.
If you find serenity and happiness, they may be jealous of you: Be happy anyway.
The good you do today, will often be forgotten by tomorrow: Do good anyway.
Give the world the best you have, and it may never be enough: Give your best anyway.
You see, in the final analysis, it is between you and God. It was never between you and them anyway.

Friday, June 15, 2012


Funky Blue Tutu




All images copyright Barbara Spurll

Thursday, June 14, 2012

Friday, June 8, 2012


Mood, original watercolour, 5 3/4 x 9 inches
copyright Barbara Spurll

Friday, April 27, 2012

The paradox of our time.

The paradox of our time in history is that we have taller buildings but shorter tempers,
wider freeways, but narrower viewpoints.
We spend more, but have less, we buy more, but enjoy less.
We have bigger houses and smaller families, more conveniences, but less time.
We have more degrees but less sense, more knowledge, but less judgment, more experts,
yet more problems, more medicine, but less wellness.
We drink too much, smoke too much, spend too recklessly, laugh too little,
drive too fast, get too angry, stay up too late, get up too tired, read too little,
watch TV too much, and pray too seldom.
We have multiplied our possessions, but reduced our values.
We talk too much, love too seldom, and hate too often.
We've learned how to make a living, but not a life.
We’ve added years to life not life to years.
We've been all the way to the moon and back, but have trouble crossing the street
to meet a new neighbor.
We conquered outer space but not inner space.
We've done larger things, but not better things.
We've cleaned up the air, but polluted the soul.
We've conquered the atom, but not our prejudice.
We write more, but learn less.
We plan more, but accomplish less.
We've learned to rush, but not to wait.
We build more computers to hold more information, to produce more copies than ever,
but we communicate less and less.
These are the times of fast foods and slow digestion, big men and small character,
steep profits and shallow relationships.
These are the days of two incomes but more divorce, fancier houses, but broken homes.
These are days of quick trips, disposable diapers, throwaway morality, one-night stands, overweight bodies, and pills that do everything from cheer, to quiet, to kill.
It is a time when there is much in the showroom window and nothing in the stockroom.
A time when technology can bring this letter to you, and a time when you can choose
either to share this insight, or to just hit delete.
Remember; spend some time with your loved ones, because they are not going to be around forever. Remember, say a kind word to someone who looks up to you in awe,
because that little person soon will grow up and leave your side.
Remember, to give a warm hug to the one next to you, because that is the only treasure
you can give with your heart and it doesn't cost a cent.
Remember, to say, “I love you” to your partner and your loved ones, but most of all mean it.
A kiss and an embrace will mend hurt when it comes from deep inside of you.
Remember to hold hands and cherish the moment for someday that person will not be there again. Give time to love, give time to speak, and give time to share
the precious thoughts in your mind.
George Carlin

Thursday, March 15, 2012

In the Distance.

Apart from standing for hours and hours, this lovely model had excellent focus. I'm sure 
I've drawn her a dozen times before in various classes. A real professional, 
she found something to focus on in the distance.
Image copyright Barbara Spurll

Tuesday, March 6, 2012

Monday, February 13, 2012


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Yesterday's painting session.
Image copyright Barbara Spurll