Sunday, March 30, 2014
These two shared a valuable lesson with me today. Even though the calendar says spring we are still receiving snow. Sarge and Shelby showed me that instead of moping around one needs to enjoy it.
Too often one can allow certain circumstances to steal the joy of the moment. So glad my two friends did not.
"The Lord has done it...let us rejoice today and be glad." Psalm 118:24 (NIV)
Wednesday, March 26, 2014
There are ceilings, walls, closet interiors that have been clamoring for a coat of paint.
May be away for a few days taking care of spring projects and such. In the meantime all of you have a great week!
See ya soon!
Sunday, March 23, 2014
Wednesday, March 19, 2014
Last spring we entertained for a short while a little bird that I came to identify as a warbler. In searching through some of my reference books found there are several types that visit us in Ohio.
They have a lovely song that lets you know they are close by. Resembles the female finch a bit but smaller and more rotund. Looking forward to their return. Hope it won't be long.
Speaking of spring at last the snowdrops are starting to bloom.
The colder temperatures have kept them sleeping a bit longer than normal.
What a welcome sight...a promise that warmer weather will soon be arriving.
In the meantime will stay busy in the studio painting a few of my favorite things.
Would love to hear what you are doing while waiting for spring's arrival.
Take care and God Bless!
Sunday, March 16, 2014
Warm golden cornbread topped with a bit of honey...
a creative endeavor...
and to finish...
a spine chilling thriller with sassafras tea on the side.
Hope your Sunday had some pleasures too.
Take care and God Bless!
Wednesday, March 12, 2014
Stephen Quiller's book "Watermedia Painting" includes a special exercise to help teach one to see more abstractly. He suggests painting 1/2 hr. each day for two weeks the shapes that surround common objects found in your home. For example chairs, teapots, plants, etc. It is a way to show how these spaces are important in defining the positive ones.
As I worked on teaching my eyes to see those odd shapes that surround an object I found myself correlating it to a page of life. Often times we believe that the not so good situations or the unexciting ones keep us from reaching our dreams. When we take time to look we come to see those quiet days, weeks and even years were formulating a lovely backdrop. They were necessary for what was truly meaningful. It is as if what we considered negative was busy creating something positive. Seems like it takes both to make a great painting and also a great life.
May all of you find those negative shapes forming positives in your art and in your lives. God Bless!
"And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love Him, who have been called according to His purpose." Romans 8:28 (NIV)
Saturday, March 8, 2014
Wednesday, March 5, 2014
I haven't caught him reading. Maybe he does when no one is around.
|Pen & Ink Sketch with Watercolor Wash|
Did a quick sunflower sketch today. These cheery flowers always make me think of sunshine and bees buzzing about.
Well it looks like you know who is getting ready for an afternoon nap.
So glad you took a moment to visit with us. Hope all of you are enjoying a favorite winter spot.
Sunday, March 2, 2014
|Pen and Ink with Watercolor Wash|
Their properties seem to blend and glaze well making them wonderful neighbors. A certain softness gives them a gentle glow.
One doesn't get a rich dark when using these three. They remain light or in the mid-tone range making them a great trio for those early blooms.
|Watercolor with ink embellishment|