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Jean Dixon Sanders

Jean Dixon Sanders has been a painter and graphic designer for 30 years. A graduate of Washington College, where she majored in fine art, She lives in Florida. She contributes several weekly illustrations to The Chestertown Spy. Her blog, Fine Art Daily, can be seen at www.jeandsanders.blogspot.com

Every day I try to paint & share a bit of my world & work. This is life with Best Beloved, the Pouting Princess, Tall Boy, cats, the weedy garden and the dust bunny-ridden house. I also offer friendly and professional illustration & design services. Please email me at fineartdaily@gmail.com. Visit http://www.chestertownspy.com, too!

Blog entries from Fine Art Daily for August 2010

Kreuger Creek, Stuart, Florida

Fine Art Daily - August 2, 2010

Posted: August 02, 2010 05:15 Last Updated: | Jean Dixon Sanders

August 2, 2010 We are back home - temporarily - here is a Stuart sight. I love this super secret pocket park at the east end of Osceola Street. I never see a soul here except for some fat, chattering squirrels and moody, introspective waterbirds. This is Kreuger Creek. You can sit on the bench and watch the tree rats scamper about, or you can walk down to the water's edge and peer through the mangroves at this little flotilla of sail boats. Bring your lunch.


Concy Joes, Indian River Drive, Jensen Beach FL

Fine Art Daily - August 3, 2010

Posted: August 03, 2010 05:50 Last Updated: | Jean Dixon Sanders

August 3, 2010 An iconic eatery on the Indian River. Forget Rick's - everyone comes to Conchy Joe's. Even the Red Hots have had a memorable dinner here. This is where you bring out-of-town guests so they can get a snapshot of old Florida - with the demise of Kodachrome you had best stock up some colorful memories. Conchy Joe's drips with atmosphere and signs, fish nets, floats - and then there was the poster in the men's room that opened the Tall One's eyes! This is also a nice place for the locals - there is nothing like a tall cold beer while the little ones toss bread to the cat...


Juicy Plums

Fine Art Daily - August 4, 2010

Posted: August 04, 2010 07:00 Last Updated: | Jean Dixon Sanders

August 4, 2010 The Good Cooks at Food52 are exploring plums this week. A perfect summertime snack. I can remember times in my childhood, sitting with a book in the wicker chairs on the front porch contemplating plums. It was probably easier to use a knife to cut one in half to remove the stone, but where would the fun be in that? There was lots of time on hand, and efficiency needn't always rule the day. And would one be ladylike about the disposal of the pit? Hardly. There is and unwritten front porch challenge about pit projectiles - points if you cleared the porch, extra points i...


Lady Abundance, Stuart, FL

Fine Art Daily - August 5, 2010

Posted: August 05, 2010 05:42 Last Updated: | Jean Dixon Sanders

August 5, 2010 Our Lady Abundance. In all her glory. She does not smile coyly, but rather goes about her business of pouring water in the middle of Historic Downtown Stuart in her skimpy little outfit with singlemineded determination. Brava! Don't forget about Hot Summer Nights tonight at Harbour Bay Plaza in Sewall's Point. It's your chance to mingle with some of the area's coolest artists, photographers and sculptors. Who knows who will be sitting at the Prawnbroker's outside bar? For more info visit www.martinarts.org.


Fine Art Daily, Bellini in Edinburgh

Fine Art Daily - August 6, 2010

Posted: August 06, 2010 05:53 Last Updated: | Jean Dixon Sanders

August 6, 2010 It's All Request Cocktail Recipe Friday with thanks to Nancy Taylor Robson. "Mine is a Pear Bellini I had in Edinburgh last year with one of my longest-term (not oldest) dearest friends, Anna. Anna, who is Welsh, and I were roommates in a big old house of flats in London before either of us was married. I was Anna's only bridesmaid and she would have been mine the following year, except she was too pregnant to fly. I went over last October to spend a week and we made a foray into Scotland's capital to buy books and visit her daughter, who was about to deliver Anna's first ...


Pippi Longstocking House in Fernandina Beach, FL

Fine Art Daily - August 16, 2010

Posted: August 16, 2010 05:30 Last Updated: | Jean Dixon Sanders

August 16, 2010 Back from vacay - but it will be a light week - we will be taking the Tall One away to college later this week. We slipped away to Fernandina Beach on Amelia Island last week. What a delightful place! We stayed away from the beachy scene and found a nice quiet corner in Old Town, right across the street from this Victorian pile which was used in the filming of "The New Adventures of Pippi Longstocking". It looks like Miss Haversham could have been happy here so I don't know how the mischievous Pippi and her horse and her monkey were contained. We were told it was pa...


Fine Art Daily, Fishing Fleet in Fernandina Beach

Fine Art Daily - August 17, 2010

Posted: August 17, 2010 04:50 Last Updated: | Jean Dixon Sanders

August 17, 2010 This is part of the fishing fleet in Fernandina Beach. This was the view from our porch last week. It was an extraordinary place to sit and watch the world go by. The unionized dolphin showed up just before the sunset show every night, while murmurations of roseate spoonbills flocked to perches on nearby Rattlesnake Island. Sometimes we would turn around to look at the water only to see a city-block-sized cargo freighter gliding by! Just amazing.


Fernandina's Fantastic Fudge

Fine Art Daily - August 18, 2010

Posted: August 18, 2010 05:26 Last Updated: | Jean Dixon Sanders

August 18, 2010 One of the windows at Fernandina's Fantastic Fudge. The shops in downtown are mostly housed in historic and architecturally pleasing buildings. There are a couple of independent bookstores, ice cream parlors, the usual T-shirt shops and lots of restaurants. It was a pleasant place which we ambled about while doing our best for the economy: several lunches, four ferry tickets, books, post cards, ice cream, a sun dress, scented soap...


Fine Art Daily, odd bananas

Fine Art Daily - August 23, 2010

Posted: August 23, 2010 05:04 Last Updated: | Jean Dixon Sanders

August 23, 2010 In our part of the world this is the first day of school! Hoooray! I have just heard the high school bus chug past, probably loaded with one or two freshmen who haven't figured out the system yet... I though this would be an excellent week to explore the odd and peculiar - things that have just stuck out and looked weird. This being Florida means I have a lot of material with which to work! I was hunting and gathering at Publix the other day when I saw these weird bananas. I don't think the illo gives an accurate sense of their size - but in the background on the le...


Fine Art Daily, odd fruit, Dragon Fruit

Fine Art Daily - August 24, 2010

Posted: August 24, 2010 04:51 Last Updated: | Jean Dixon Sanders

August 24, 2010 More mysteries! These are Dragon Fruit, which retail at Publix for $3.99 each. I am sure my friends at Food 52 and Crimes Against Food would have all sorts of recipe ideas at their fingertips (or at least in their extensive data bases), but to an ordinary cook like me they look much too exotic and off-putting. The skin of the dragon fruit is a thin rind and the center of the fruit is made up of a red or white, sweet-tasting pulp. Thought to come to South America, it traveled to Viet Nam with the French and now is cultivated in tropical regions all around the world. Ap...


Fine Art Daily, National Whiskey Sours Day, John Cheever

Fine Art Daily - August 25, 2010

Posted: August 25, 2010 05:32 Last Updated: | Jean Dixon Sanders

August 25, 2010 No oddities today because the stars would not align properly - today we are having an All Request Summer Cocktail submission because August 25 is National Whiskey Sour Day! Thanks to a Gentle Reader from Sewall's Point, for whom Whiskey Sours will forever be known as John Cheevers. John Cheever Whiskey Sour 2 parts blended Irish Whiskey 1 part fresh lemon juice 1 part simple syrup 2 dashes bitters Shake all the ingredients vigorously over ice in a cocktail shaker. Strain and pour into a rocks glass filled with ice. Garnish with a maraschino cherry and an orange sl...


Fine Art Daily, odd gifts, Mr.  Mole

Fine Art Daily - August 26, 2010

Posted: August 26, 2010 04:55 Last Updated: | Jean Dixon Sanders

August 26, 2010 Today we are back on track with the week's theme of oddities. We think the cats have noticed that the human head count has gone down - and maybe they are feeling a little insecure. For the past few nights both of them have corralled us in bed - and these are animals who loathe and avoid each other who are suddenly working in tandem. Given the suddenly cramped nature of the bed now, I prefer the love tokens that they have started to bring home. Mr. Mole was deposited in the driveway the other day; dead, fluffy and intact. (One of our gift givers usually vivisects ...


Renegade dog - off the leash - Sewall's Point

Fine Art Daily - August 31, 2010

Posted: August 31, 2010 04:46 Last Updated: | Jean Dixon Sanders

August 31, 2010 I warned you that this was going to be my cranky week, so if you are expecting a light-hearted dog tale - push on to your next blog... This is an open letter to the woman out walking two dogs in Sewall's Point on Saturday morning - and you know who you are. You let go of the leash on your German Shepherd and thought it was perfectly acceptable to let it chase our aged cat, who was napping in the sun on his own front porch. You thought it was the neighborly thing to do when your one hundred-pound dog ran onto our porch, chased old Hoover through the front garden, wh...