Wednesday, December 24, 2008

Merry Christmas

Merry Christmas every one....
I have been so very busy with work, painting and Christmas... so have not been able to visit you here... I miss that.... and hopefully be back in January.
I pray the Peace of Christ will rule in your hearts this Year...and you will be filled with the Peace that passes all understanding that is found in only one source
JESUS CHRIST

Sunday, October 26, 2008

Autumn friends


I was outside again today...just enjoying the fall weather, the golden leaves and picking the last of the cherry tomatoes... took a walk with my dog and Emily... .. We just have to catch these last gorgeous days of color... and enjoy it to the fullest!!! Meanwhile our little furry friends are busy as ever collecting nuts and burying them as fast as they can.... or they are trying to get to my bird feeders and gorge themselves before the day ends.... I located a feeder very near my kitchen window... to enjoy the birds... but always I have a squirrel on the windowsill peeking in at me .... I hope to get a picture of him this winter.... but this painting is close to what he looks like :).... wish they could talk...:)

I really enjoy watching them... so I just had to try and paint one...or two.... the one below was a memory sketch of the one I saw this week.... huddled under his tail... it was a cold rainy day... This was an attempt at tracing the leaves , and getting a layered effect, like we see them on the ground... .. I have so enjoyed the fall... as I always do.. each year I never get tired of the colors...

It is a challenge for an artist to really catch it on paper... but it is fun to try... enjoy your week... remember to catch the beauty around you... it is fleeting...


stop and enjoy it!!!

Friday, October 24, 2008

Change

Today I spent most of the morning putting things away for winter outside and getting ready to bring in geraniums , filling up bird feeders, throwing away things I thought I would use, but didn't... It is a rainy cold fall day... leaves coming down, wet and shiny. I took the dog for a walk just to look at the leaves left on the trees... and say goodbye to their beauty. I noticed a squirrel sitting all hunched over with it's tail curled over it's back like a warm coat.. I think he was taking a nap... or thinking about how winter will be... I must do a painting of that squirrel.
I love the change of seasons... this one brings a mellow deep feeling, fall... all things go to sleep and the earth becomes grey and shades of deep purple. But underneath spring is forming and that is a wonderful thought... in 6 mos. we will burst into life again... and beauty will be all around. We live in a world of change.... but one thing that never changes... God's incredible Love, His ever present loveliness is with us forever... In Christ we have this hope all the way through every change... wonderful thought... it makes everyday a wonder and a exciting event.... because He made it. "Every good and perfect gift comes down from the Father of the Heavenly lights, who does not change like shifting shadows..".. James 1:17
These are my newest paintings, done on charcoal paper... I love brown texture things... like pinecones, acorns , feathers... and sparrows , so I put them together.... I find when I take walks in the fall I am forever picking up acorns and bringing them home... pincones also... they decorate my shelves... such sweet little round things.:)
My most fun thing this past summer was taking care of that humming bird... what a joy it was... so that is why I just had to paint another hummer...
I hope you are enjoying the change outside as it slowly and quietly moves into winter... catch every lovely thing... It is God doing his work... creating and giving and causing all things to work for His Glory and our Good! ...

Tuesday, October 14, 2008

A Day at Home

Well.... when cars break down.... we stay home... :)... I will surely miss seeing my grand kids....but after doing all the important things.... like laundry... and packing lunches... and signing bills..... off to the the studio with a pot of tea... and some good music..... and this is what I came up with :)
I turned my pie pumpkin over... and painted it with some acorns.. and a leaf...and then decided to perch my favorite sparrow on it.... basking in the fall sunshine.... :)
Here is my pond picture.... my boss gave me the great idea to put a deer in the picture.... so I put two....it reminds me of Psalm 42..." As the deer pants for the streams of water, so my soul pants for you, O God."... that was a great idea.... thanks Debby....:)

This was my last bouquet from the garden this year.... and the new apples have been so delicious, so I thought they would work together... and of course my friendly monarch.... all signs that say end of summer.... It was a good day.....back to work tomorrow....

Thursday, October 9, 2008

Amazing Monarch

I will miss these gorgeous insects decorating my garden... they are headed south. On a pilgrimage. One they make twice. Each year at the end of October they all end up right near the border of Mexico. This is a unique and amazing display of color, I hear... and you probably could find a picture of it on the web. They travel in groups of 20 million!, and they arrive in forests to mate and to hibernate. Their trip is 3,100 miles long and they only weigh 1 gram..... wow.... I can only think how Great Is Our God.... to create such a lovely tiny creature.... with a big agenda!!!
These are my favorites.... the house wren...they have been visiting my garden all summer, with their lovely melodious song in the early morning and the evening. I love the way they flit about and are very curious... I also love their color :) maybe because my hair is the same color :)
These two pictures remind me of my favorite Psalm...
Psalm 84
How lovely is your dwelling place, O LORD Almighty!
My soul yearns, even faints for the courts of the LORD;
my heart and my flesh cry out for the living God.
Even a sparrow has found a home, and the swallow a nest for herself where she may have her young a place near your altar.....
..... (and the Monarch)
Blessed are those whose strength is in you, who have set their hearts on pilgrimage, .......they go from strength to strength......
Good bye Monarch...
we will trumpet your return next summer.....

Sunday, October 5, 2008

Autumn Glow

The Palette outside of gold, amber and burgundy, dried seed pods and slow bees, crisp apples and pumpkins and gourds, have excited me to paint something fallish. This Still life was set up just to get me started....then I use my stored up visions of the fall I know.
Did you see my real bee stuck on the pin... oh I did not kill him... found him gone... but kept him... he is my model :)...
Everywhere I go... everyone is excited about the fall... how nice it is to live where the seasons change... The best is yet to come :)

This is a painting of I did for Rachel...my granddaughter...

I really enjoyed the Zinnia painting this summer...but now onto Fall... and all the rich warm colors...


Friday, September 19, 2008

Just For Nina

This past weekend I got to see my favorite cousin, Nina.... we grew up together and just had the best times. She lives in Maine on a farm, so I do not get to see her often... maybe every 4 years... that stinks..... cause she is also so talented and loves all the things I love and we see life's beauty the same way.....

Nina told me all about her Echinacea flowers , or cone flower, that grow in her garden, and how she makes them into "Echinacea tea".... she described her garden full of flowers and then those yellow birds that come.... so this painting is for Nina....

In Memory of our fun weekend. Hopefully someday I can get to see her farm in Maine... I love you Nin.....

This is another Pond painting.... I am thinking that I need to put a fisherman in this ... somewhere on the far bank..... will have to find a picture of someone fishing..... I like ponds....they give you a feeling of rest and stillness.... I feel we all need that in this fast pace world..... find a pond and sit....:)

Wednesday, September 17, 2008

Some Favorite Things

Do you Remember the hand carved birds I was painting?.. I sent them all back to the dear man that carved them, except for two he gave me.... :).. this is a Carolina Wren.....

He surprised me with a gorgeous tea tray... that he made.... not a nail in it... isn't it lovely?!... It is used everyday... several times a day...and I love it!!! thank you Don Forsyth!!!
I took a walk around a beautiful Pond the other day... and decided I wanted to try and paint it... here are my two sketches... I will continue to work at it... Here is the last bouquet of the summer... sad to see it all fade away.... but I am enjoying the tomatoes.... Maybe I will paint them .....

Birds, Tea Trays and Fowers with bugs.... a few of my favorite things.... :)

Monday, August 25, 2008

Mrs Buzz

I inserted Mrs. Buzz today.... you can see her better... she is buzzing in for a sweet taste. :)
I don't know how to tell a female bee from a male... but I thought it sounded nice to have these two together in one picture.....
Mr & Mrs. Buzz... just doin what God made them to do and hummin all the way...
Maybe we should learn a lesson from these little guys....
enjoy

Sunday, August 24, 2008

Mr. Buzz

I have been studying bumble bees, how to paint them, and discovered many different kinds. This dear little guy does a great deal for mankind.

The honey bee, and bumble bee is responsible for pollinating one third of all the food we eat!!! Just think ... if he and she were not around... what would happen to all those lovely plants that provide food???? you think about it. :)

when I sit in my garden I am so fascinated with the little bumble bee... so busy at his task... his little legs and body filled with pollen and around he goes... studying each flower and getting all he can..... here is my small effort to remember this tireless worker...Can you see him on the zinnia?? wish I had sound effects....but the zzzzzzzzzzzz sound of the bee is not made with his wings... it is made in his throat... it is his little voice...humming as he works.... love it!!!!!

I discovered that yellow and black are the danger colors in the insect world, and bumble bees have to be a certain temperature to fly, that is why they are covered with little fuzzy bodies that keep them warm on cold mornings.:)

It was fun to try and paint them on my flowers.... and learn more about the amazing world of bees... our friends.


Monday, August 18, 2008

More Monarchs

There is nothing more beautiful than those graceful Monarchs that are visiting our gardens this month... painting them is so fun... to try to catch that delicate wing, and intricate patterns on their wings.
Putting them in my flower bouquets always makes the bouquet come alive. I now want to try flowers with a bee.... that should be fun :)
Are you enjoying the hummers...?. they are very busy at my feeder....
enjoy each day.... it will soon be fall... and all the color will fade away.
Look for a Monarch today.

Sunday, August 10, 2008

August Glory

The weather has been Awesome... here,I Love sitting in the garden and watching the butterflies...and hummingbirds... and listening to the bugs in the trees.... everything is in its peak.... and singing for Joy!!!!!
I had to paint... Zinnias are hard to do, so many petals...and Queen Anns lace is another tuffy...but to try is fun... and exciting. I will try again...
enjoy the day

Saturday, August 2, 2008

Inspired by Zinnias

OK... this blog was to be after the last one.... when I got home from the market, I tried some quick watercolors of the flowers that I saw today.....




It was really fun to try... now maybe from these I can do a finished painting....
Great to have the day to paint...
and visit the Farmer's market... can't wait to go again...

Inspiring day

This was my first Saturday off in a long time, and I couldn't wait to go to the Farmer's Market, I knew I would be inspired. :)After collecting some delicious veggies, I found my treasure
The booth with buckets of flowers, my favorite, ZINNIAS. Just enjoy the pictures....

each one perfect... and the colors were so brilliant
Row after row, my camera and I just had to take it all in....
and I could not wait to try and capture them in watercolor
I can only try...:)

Sunday, July 6, 2008

A Great Job

I have a fun job. I work in the floral dept. of a large store. Each week we get two shipments of flowers. Here is a photo of the boxes ready to be opened.. That is my boss hiding behind the boxes. She is a great boss, and we have lots of fun.
The flowers come from South America, I often try to imagine the place where they grew. We get all kinds . Each week it is a joy to see their glorious faces.
These are orange and yellow roses...
These are the Gerber's, everyone loves them, and they are first to go.... just look at the colors.... wow
the boxes are unpacked and now we put them out on the floor for customers to take them home and enjoy. We also do arrangements, and help customers put together bouquets for their loved ones, and those in the hospital... In the next Post I will add more flower pictures...
The flowers always inspire me to paint.

There is an old Dutch saying:
"If you have but two guilder, spend one on a loaf of bread to feed the body, but spend the second on a hyacinth to feed the soul. "

My Great Job

Here we are again.... boxes unpacked and flowers ready for display
This is my boss, making a really nice 4th of July arrangement for our floor display...
Here are all the flowers ready for you when you walk in the door. It is hard not to pick some up and take them home :)....
These are two sketches in watercolor I did from photos of the flowers... they inspire me each week.
When I look into the faces of flowers I am reminded always of What Jesus said, looking at flowers:
"Consider how the Lillie's grow. They do not labor or spin. Yet I tell you , not even Solomon in all his splendor was dressed like one of these. If that is how God clothes the grass of the field, which is here today, and tomorrow is thrown into the fire, how much more will he clothe you, O you of little faith!"
So these gorgeous flowers remind me not to worry....
but to trust Him, the one that created such beauty for us to enjoy.

The Great Job

These are pictures from where I work, the floral dept of a big store. the next two posts have more pictures..... This was my boss, she was making a bridal bouquet, how fun :)
We always have stargazers for sale, aren't they terrific!!?
and of course, we have the red roses for those sweathearts out there :)
and just all kinds of wonderful colors, shapes and sizes of flowers.
what a job!