Tuesday, July 04, 2017

From Sea to Shining Sea

"New England Charm"
8x10 oil on linen panel

New England Charm was painted last November 'en plein air' in lovely Bennington Vermont.
One thing that impressed me when I was visiting there was the number of American Flags that were flying outside so many homes.  

I am very thankful for our freedom which maybe we take for granted too often perhaps??...Freedom to attend the church of our choice, freedom to speak our minds-and to publish it.  I think along with Freedom comes Responsibility tho.  Responsibility means being respectful when we speak our minds and how we take advantage of our freedom.  It doesn't give us an open door to say exactly everything that comes into our heads-things that can destroy another person's spirit.  In my heart and mind it means remembering what the Bible says about the tongue-and how it can injure beyond compare. Proverbs 12:18
"Some people make cutting remarks, but the words of the wise bring healing."
God Bless and Happy 4th!


Monday, July 03, 2017

Bluebonnet Country

"Bluebonnet Country"  16x20
oil on canvas

A couple of years ago, before we moved to our more northern locale, I loved to go out and see and paint the bluebonnets.  In Texas, bluebonnet season is usually around March - April...but only lasts two weeks sometime during those months.  I used to drive about an hour to Brenham, Chapel Hill, Bellville, Texas and beyond.  The bluebonnets stretch from Houston west and in years where there was abundant rainfall the year before, it can be a glorious sight to see.  The year I took this photo was one of those years.  I painted a lot plein air that year but this one was actually done from a photo-something I don't really care to do but I was happy with the result of this one.  Usually I overwork studio landscapes (particularly bluebonnets-it's so easy to get soo picky with these).  I hope you enjoy and thanks for looking!


Friday, June 23, 2017

Country Cable Guy

The Country Cable Guy 
10x12 Oil on linen panel
sold


 We live in the country and one day last fall I was driving down our country road and this cowboy fellow was out working on the cable lines...The sun was just right and I fortunately had my camera with me...

A bit later, our phone service went out. I called the phone company and then as I was leaving my husband and I saw this gentleman again...out working on our line.  I said to my husband "that's my country cable guy!"  He stopped to talk to them and invited him up to the house to see the painting...and the rest is history.  Now they own this small painting and they love it!  Yeah!  

Wednesday, June 21, 2017

Hello Again

"Spring's Harmony of Color"
24x30 oil on linen



June 21, 2017


Friends~Hello Again
If you are still out there...wow...thank you.  My last post was November of 2015.  I have been painting but I have had a lot of other things in my life as well.  I hope those of you that are still out there and are still subscribed to my blog will take a look once again and let me know too.  I plan on posting again at the urging of my daughter who is working my social media for me.  Thank you Jill.  I had forgotten how much I enjoyed writing.  

So much has been going on.  My stepmother recently passed-I was her guardian.  Not enough time when life gets in the way sometimes.  I miss her but I am grateful I will be able to get back into the swing of my everyday life.  For those of you who have been caretakers, you will understand.

In the coming weeks, I'll be posting new work so I hope that you will let me know what you like-or don't.  Also will be posted are paintings in stages and perhaps even some videos.  I'll be posting on other artists works as well and insights that I have had over the years about materials, color and things learned from others that I hope will be helpful and useful to you.  I hope you will join me!  

Take care!