Sunday, December 27, 2009

Inspired by snow

I finally took a picture of the snow we have been having .... the first snows are so beautiful..
I love the texture it makes as the white falls against the dark branches... so many shades of browns


and deep sepia that contrast against the white...and then there is the purple grey sky...
It all just begs to paint it..and so I did...
Hope you all had a wonderful Christmas with friends and family..and now we settle in for a long winter... but don't miss its beauty....


Saturday, December 19, 2009

Busy Brush

With Christmas just next week... I finally got time to sit and do some small gifts...
Listening to Christmas music,,, or a Dickens Christmas story on line while painting makes for a fun evening.

I stepped outside and there is just a light snow falling... so had to add that to a few of the pictures...
I still have more to do...but will have to be another night... off to bed with a good book...







Monday, December 7, 2009

Christmas flowers

I thought you would enjoy seeing the flowers that are coming into the shop these days
The dept. is loaded...and it does look so festive. I am so blessed to work in a place that is constantly changing its beauty...


We are busy right now making tons of big bows to attach to the Pointsettas that decorate everywhere. Did you now there are several ways to pronounce that word...

Amaryllis is popular also...we have this one blooming in the shop, we have waited two months for it to bloom!!! worth the wait...



Get yourself some fresh flowers and bring them home to enjoy
guaranteed to make you smile :)





Saturday, December 5, 2009

The Best Gift of all

December is here...and the pace gets exciting.... I have been so busy with work, and Christmas lists and Birthdays... I just don't have time to blog...


So this might be it for the month... I want to wish you all a wonderful Christmas , and I pray that you will have special times with family and friends

Times to reflect on the Real meaning of Christmas , The Gift God has given us in His Son Jesus Christ... to have this gift is to have life....


"For God so loved the world, that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life. "
John 3:16
and again He said.
"I am the light of the world, Whoever follows me will never walk in darkness, but will have the light of life...."
John 8:12
I hope you open This Gift , this Christmas

Merry Christmas



Tuesday, November 17, 2009

Cold Rainy Day

I had off of work today... it was cold and rainy, a good day to paint, and that I did. I
decided to make a few cards. While I painted I listened to an audio book, Christmas Carol , by Charles Dickens.... what a delightful morning that was..... but the best was yet to come....

Christina and lil John stopped by for a cup of tea, and that was perfect


for a cold rainy day....

A Day well spent!





Now it is all about texture

So now that the color is gone, the trees are bare and the grasses have changed to a rainbow of browns... Texture is the dominant theme...and I love texture.....
I see it everywhere now, weeds, trees grasses, birds nests... even the berries that decorate the dark branches....

Texture is one of the main elements in design... and now our landscape seems to be full of it .


You now can see the bare bones of trees and their wonderful shapes, I love the evergreens that seem to add lovely dark green to the gray landscape...

Take a walk and enjoy the textures, the variety is endless....




Wednesday, October 21, 2009

It is all about the Color!

Today was probably the last gorgeous day of color here, they say tomorrow will be rainy and cold.... the color this week has been spectacular... just makes you want to paint!

or capture every orange tree in a picture... so we can remember the glow all winter...

We never get tired of this last unified spectacular display of color, texture and variety


It just makes me want to stretch my hands upward and sing praises to my God for His unbelievable talent of beauty :)...



I hope you are enjoying it also... the next big show of color will be in the skies...
we will be enjoying it all winter.... the earth will rest in greys and purples and the sky will take the show ....
God is truly the greatest Artist !!!




Sunday, October 11, 2009

Go For a Walk

It was a beautiful Fall day.... after doing what had to be done today... I set out for a walk to clear my head...and enjoy God's art work in this new season .




I came upon this little guy crawling on a lovely oak leaf.... .... How small he is...yet he was on a mission... and his world was just as important as mine....





He turned and we had a little conversation... I took his picture... I am sure he smiled...:)

I then found a rare beauty...a pink Queen Ann's Lace.... I have always wanted to find one... and here it is... really a soft pink... just amazing.... and then I found many colors on leaves...and they looked just like God had used He own watercolors to make the combinations... just wonderful...



With all that inspiration... I sat down to paint... He always inspires me... When life gets too busy and too full..... get out and take a walk... it sure is humbling...and rewarding ...

"How many are your works , O LORD! In Wisdom you made them all; the earth is full of your creatures.
psalm 104:24

Sunday, October 4, 2009

Painting

Somewhere I read that An Artist does not put paint on canvas... he puts himself on canvas....


Here is a part of me.... I really need to paint everyday....so putting some sketches on the blog..


will help me do that....






there is something about putting color and shapes and texture on paper that is so rewarding...
and satisfying...
Enjoy the color outside ... the subtle changes... God is amazing with His palette, His light, and His wonderful creation... don't miss it... everyday is special...
enjoy



Thursday, October 1, 2009

Back to work




After a long time off the drawing board.... I am back to work... I must catch the last of summer before it is gone...and with these sketches I can do my finished paintings....


While I was at my cousins, who lives on a farm in Maine, we chopped up Echanacia flowers and put them in jars, then filled the jars with vodka... in several months it would be tincture... used by many to ward of colds.... my cousin uses it all the time... I thought it was a bit nasty.... but she get a lot of money for it.....:)....



have you noticed the squirrels are really busy.... I wonder what kind of winter it will be?
a few shore birds... they are going to CT. gallery
and my favorite, the red knot... it will always remind me of my brother...he was the one that told me their story...
it feels good to paint again....

Tuesday, September 29, 2009

Happy Birthday James

James turned 5 last Sat. and we all enjoyed a perfect little birthday party, with cake and Ice Cream, presents, games and of course tea.It had to be only 1706... because that is what we had the day James was born in the little apt. in Airdrie Scotland 5years ago...


Wow... does time fly.... and we are so glad that God gave us James.... he is a bright light in our family....

James learned how to ride his two wheel bike on his birthday...
go James!!!!
Grandma loves you!!!
Happy Birthday