Saturday, June 8, 2024

Stargazer Lily on a Stem x 7 (OLLI Class Lesson)

Why so many?!?!
1 because I wanted to paint it... 
1 to pretend I was a new painter to see if it would be good for a class... 
1 using only the materials the students would have... 
1 to see see how quickly it could be done...
1 the night before  as a practice...
1 as the model example for the first class...
1 as the model example for the second class...


Original oil paintings done on 6"x 8" Wrapped Canvas, 6"x 12" Wrapped Canvas, 5"x 7" Canvas Board
Click HERE if you'd like to purchase the 6"x 8 or HEREHERE if you'd like to purchase the 6"x 12". Just contact me if you'd like one of the 5"x7" Canvas Board ones.

Thursday, June 6, 2024

I Like Thursday 6/24

    Thank you to Leeanne of Not Afraid of Color for reminding me to notice things I like. 

I like the row of irises that put on their best show in May.

I like Pete.

I like growing my own salad right on the porch rail.
(The deer like it too... so the chicken wire protection.)
I like having tiny chicks in spring. 
These began to hatch for Fancy-like on Mother's Day.
My grandkids named them Marie, Merida, & Maisy.
I like my art room.

I like the new windchime I got for Mother's Day. 
It makes the most wonderful deep soothing sound.
I like squash blossoms.

I like early morning visits to the blueberry farm.
I like our forest friends...  But sometimes... 
This guy has enjoyed sneaking chicken food
even with a lid on it, a board over it, and the bin lid closed.
I hope he enjoys his new home on a friend's forest land in the next county!
I like having a garden!
The May weather has been perfect for it!

LeeAnne's  get-to-know-you writing topics this month:

In honor of Memorial Day culture... not the actual meaning mind you... Memorial Day is the opening of pools, summer and wearing white pants do you look forward to wearing white pants?
Short answer: No. Do you own any? Short answer: No.  Shorts?  Shorts? Yes, of course when it's hot.  Capris? Yes, it seems like the longer I live, the longer my shorts become. Dress Pants?  All the time when I was teaching school. Retiring from teaching was also retiring from dress pants as much as possible! (The COVID years were another good excuse to wear dress pants 0% of the time. Jeans?  I love wearing jeans, except when it's hot.  Did you ever have a favorite style? Hip hugger? No.  frayed cut offs? Weren't frayed cut offs the only kind of shorts when we were kids? What about bell bottoms? Loved those! Balloon jeans? I had those in high school! The skinny jeans of these days... goodness, they weren't meant for gals shaped like me.  And, the holes-in-the-knees jeans... I cannot imagine how that became a style! And how about pajama pants! Was there really any other thing to wear in 2020 and 2021? Last thing... what about yoga pants?!? I discovered those when I retired and started Pilates.  They probably don't look good in public, but they sure are comfortable.

When you have free time, do you feel the need to constantly "DO" something? Yes, I have to admit that I am that person.  Is rest considered wasting time?  I'm feeling that I'll be shamed, but I have to answer yes.  How do you spend or would you like to spend free time?   What free time? Okay, okay... ummm... I like playing Double FreeCell on the computer. I like scrolling through Instagram.  I like scrolling through Facebook.  Do you wish you were more moderate or different?  I feel like I'm supposed to answer yes, but I like accomplishing things.  I like being productive.  

Remember the last day of the school year?  Clearing out your desk in elementary school or your locker in high school... 12 years of school, 4 years of college, 32 years of teaching... I've had 48 last days of school to remember. I think the question, though, is about being a kid.  I remember that the bus driver would stop at the Dairy Queen and buy everykid on the bus an ice cream cone. Remember how you felt and what the first days of freedom were like? How did you spend an average childhood day when school was out.  I lived in the country, so I only had one house that was in walking distance.  Those two kids and I rode bikes, picked blackberries, played all kinds of made-up games... all outside... all day, everyday... outside. I did watch some television too.  We only got one channel, but I knew exactly when the good shows came on.

Did you ever go to camp as a youth?  Sure!  I went to band camp every summer in junior high and high school.  Getting to stay in a college dorm room! Having very little supervision! Hanging with other band kids all day and night! Yes!   I also went to church camp every summer.  Cabins, activities, friends all day and night! Yes!

As a retired adult, do you change your routine for the summer? My garden dictates how many summer hours are spent.  It's time consuming, but a joy. I will say this, after 48 years of life being dictated by the school calendar, I love that we can travel in times other than summer.

Wednesday, June 5, 2024

Just a Tree in a Field (#700)

Painting #700

It just looks like a storybook tree in a field, doesn't it. Well, that's exactly what it is.  
It's a tree that I see every single day when I leave my driveway or walk up to the mailbox. True, I did use my artistic license a bit, but not much.  It's a fabulous view and a fabulous tree.

I try to do something special at each #Hundred, so when my friend and art mentor said that our next Weekly-ish challenge was "Summer Landscape," I knew this was the one.  You see, a tree in a field has some history for me.

  My very first painting ever, February 22, 2007.
It was just a tree in a field, but I was so very proud of it!
Painting #001
 I did this painting on my 10th Paint-iversary, February 22, 2017
It was just a tree in a field, and it was exactly what I wanted it to be.
Painting #346.

It's kind of perfect, isn't it.  Oh, I know, there's a power line and a paved road, but I feel the need to snap a photo of it all the time.  
If you zoom in and look closely at this one, you'll see a difference.  Someone started building a new home back in that field behind the tree.  Sigh... oh, well, maybe they'll be great neighbors. I have plenty of "before" photos of that tree, and that's what an artistic license is for anyway.  I hope the new owners are lazy about mowing the Queen Anne's Lace and other wildflowers that grow in the ditch outside the fence.  The butterflies and I love it.

Original Oil Painting on 9"x 12" Wrapped Canvas
[Not for Sale at this time... I think I need to enjoy it on my own wall.]

Saturday, June 1, 2024

Cookies & Milk

An Oreo is just about perfectly perfect just the way it is. They don't need all the fancy versions... double stuffed, thin, peanut butter, lemon... just stick with the original... on second thought, the golden ones are pretty great too.

My WordSpark group challenge this month was "Sweet." 
I realized after starting that I'd made my job much harder than necessary by choosing a cookie that has to be perfectly round, that has a little design stamped on each one, and that anybody would recognize and know if I got it wrong. I think it did come together nicely anyway.  
My connection piece was just plain fun to do.  I painted Cookie Monster with acrylic, used some old stickers from scrapbooking supplies, and a program called Word Art

Original Oil Painting on 8"x 10" Wrapped Canvas
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Thursday, May 9, 2024

Colorful Row of Irises

When do you know you have too many irises? Never!

I just adore a flower that doesn't ask me to do anything for it.  They just come back prettier and thicker every year.

I just Original Palette Knife Oil Painting on 6"x 12" Wrapped Canvas
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Saturday, May 4, 2024

The Road Home

Poor Mr. Frost... He had to choose.
Lucky me... I'll take both!

If you find yourself in this exact spot, you're almost here!  If I know you're coming, I'll be on the porch waiting for you! When you get to the fork in the road, turn right.  It's hidden by the trees, but my house will be right there.

As it turns out, however, this painting isn't about turning right. 
Come for a stroll with me down the other way. We'll pass the garden... laugh at the chickens... walk around the pond where we'll avoid (or crunch) pinecones... count the deer in the meadow and watch them scatter... snap a photo of the favorite dogwood (no matter what season)... turn onto the next country road and continue ambling along until reaching the bend in the road where we'll turn back. It takes about 500 steps there and 500 back.
Original Oil Painting on 10"x 20" Wrapped Canvas.