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No maybe about it, May rocks!

May is proving to be a very successful month on many fronts.I weighed myself the other day, and I have lost 3 pounds. Husband asked me if I knew what that meant? My reply was that we’d been having lots of vegetables and salads recently. Nodding sagely he agreed but added “Not just more vegetables and salads but THAI style vegetables and salads!!” My answer to his claim is that if I always cook Thai food, then it won’t be special anymore. He isn’t buying my line of reasoning.

On the creative side, not that cooking isn’t creative, my painting class is going very well. Remember way back in January when I first started painting? I did a post titled Planning a painting, then reality intervened and I put off the painting of Laxshimi until my painting ability caught up with drawing skills.
It took me three weeks but I finished it! This is my largest painting to date.

Today in class, I decided to do something different. I chose a very limited palette of colors, mostly blues. I love this painting. I call it Girl with Attitude.  She just may be my best thing to date.

About Theresa Diaz Gray

Born in New York City, I grew up in California, and have lived in 3 countries and 6 states. I'm a first generation Cuban-American who lives in Merida, Yucatan, Mexico. I'm committed to living an abundant and creative life and helping others do so too through DIY!


  1. Brenda,you started from scratch and already had art training. I am no good at pastels. It’s a great journey, just enjoy it!

    Contessa, I don’t cook every day. So if I cooked Thai 2 or 3 times a week that would pretty much mean that every day I cooked it would be Thai! LOL


  2. Adios 3 lbs!! I vote to continue with like food but give the Thai stuff a break, maybe 2-3 times per week. Love, love the girl in blue, in particular the joie de vivre & the movement the painting shows! We have been to India twice and just loved it!

  3. I think you are doing great with your painting, I wish I was advancing as fast lol. I do see an improvement in my work; but yours is fantastic.
    Keep it up and please keep posting it, I love to see what others are doing.

  4. Krisla. I think it’s a combination of things. Watching the carbs really helps and it’s easiest. I will post more in detail about it today.
    India is so fascinating, so is Thailand, I would love to visit those places.

    Brenda, I worked long and hard on the Laxshimi portrait, I am glad to hear that the work is appreciated.
    I wanted to do something different with “girl” less detail and more movement.
    You do make a point about juxtaposition. It’s like the news,someone caught embezzling on the same day Osama got it, won’t be front page news on another day, he would be over the fold!
    I am really finding my place as a painter and I am really happy with my progress over the last 6 months.


  5. I love the one of Laxshimi, the colours, the depth, the lotus? flower, lovely.
    The girl with an attitude is pretty and I like her, blue is my favourite colour; but posted along with the picture of Lax. she doesn’t shine as much as she would on her own.
    Great work.

  6. So..am curious…are the good results due to the lo carb diet, & can you recommend? still wavering on that…
    great if you are having success.
    & LOVE the Thai/Indian painting.(I have an adopted Indian daughter) cute!

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