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...