While I was down in CA for Jen's baby shower, I picked up this 30 x 40 painting from my former co-worker, Sheila. Sheila and I were hired at the PD on the same day -- in addition to her other duties, she was also the forensic artist at the pd, creating sketches of bad guys from victims or witnesses. The colors are even more magnificent than this photo shows and I love, love, love that swirling sky.
Now that she is also retired, she's moved From Forensic to Fine Art. That's a link to her blog and where I first saw the painting pictured above. Sheila is a fine artist and regularly posts her work at her blog, which is on my daily must reads.
She told me when I picked up the painting of Las Trampas (a regional park) that if anyone mentioned my name, they would get a discount on any of her work. Go check out her stuff -- tis mighty fine eye candy. I'm thrilled to have this piece by her hanging on my wall.
From Jen's email with Baby Julianna's size descriptor for week 30:
Your baby's about 15.7 inches long now, and she weighs almost 3 pounds (like a head of cabbage). A pint and a half of amniotic fluid surrounds her, but that volume will decrease as she gets bigger and takes up more room in your uterus. Her eyesight continues to develop, though it's not very keen; even after she's born, she'll keep her eyes closed for a good part of the day. When she does open them, she'll respond to changes in light but will have 20/400 vision – which means she can only make out objects a few inches from her face. (Normal adult vision is 20/20.)Jen closed her email with 10 weeks to go, on the home stretch!