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!