Saturday, September 20, 2014

Oklahoma Farmstead

What happened here?
  • Maybe a momma cat named Daisy gave birth to three yellow kittens under that front porch...
  • Maybe a young dad planted that tree for his newborn daughter...
  • Maybe a 10-year old boy who knew better than to climb up the windmill fell and broke his left arm...
  • Maybe the there's a cellar in the back yard where shelves were lined with jars of pickles, beans, and tomato juice and where the anxious family waited out tornado season weather...
  • Maybe there was a huge garden in the field where tassels waved from the rows of corn and sunflowers grew on the far edge just because the momma thought they were pretty...
  • Maybe a big Sears catalog was delivered to that mailbox every year, then everybody took turns leafing through its pages...
  • Maybe Rex, the most loyal family dog ever, was buried under that second little tree in the side yard...
  • Maybe peas were shelled and beans were snapped under that awning on the back side...
  • Maybe sheets were sometimes hung out to dry on the bars of the windmill...
  • Maybe there was a disagreement after the hailstorm on whether the new roof should be green or brown...
  • Maybe there was a long table inside where the best roast beef, potatoes, and carrots were served to family and friends every Sunday after church...
  • Maybe a couple waved good bye as their last child drove away to college then held hands and gave thanks for a good life...
Farm life happened here...

Thank you to Cheri Wollenberg for taking the reference photograph.  
The farmstead house stands close to Pocasset, Oklahoma.  
I painted this for her Month #1 Challenge on Pinterest.


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Monday, September 1, 2014

Acorns & Autumn Leaf

How long has it been?


It's been over a month since I've painted.  August is just hard for a teacher.  Taking that last family reunion trip, getting the classroom ready, all the before-school inservice meetings, parent night, beginning-of-the-year paperwork, getting to know new kids, and sound sleep to get ready to go again.

I've been aching to paint, but every minute in August, seems to be claimed for some other purpose.
I do have one really big project that I've worked on here and there, but I really wanted to paint something that I could finish. This little still life was just right.

Our house is surrounded by trees that put on a fabulous show in Autumn.  Last year, I picked up a variety of leaves and nuts and laid them out to snap some photos.  The were so beautiful, that they honestly looked fake... All of these came from my yard.   
 
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click "Acorns & Autumn Leaf."