This is the 13th year of my blog, and I'm going to give it a complete overhaul. There were many pages of old posts which I'll condense, keeping only what I consider to be my favorites. I left up the plight of the honey bees because I'm passionate about such issues. I believe that in New Jersey both Bruce Springsteen and Jon Bonjovi have honey bee farms. Good for them. ; )
The last time we went to the opera, we were a few min late and they would not let us in until the second act........... once again we were barely making it and decided to jump into a cab to make sure we wouldn't be kept out of the first act again.......... I'm so incredibly glad we did that and got to share in this along with every other singer and attendee.
You know I love to photograph and post heart shapes found in unusual and unexpected places. In my pack of huge stuffing mushrooms, there was this heart.
The heart in the coffee cup was a pleasant surprise when I about to rinse for the dishwasher.
this was a pleasant surprise i found while i was groaning over why my petunias were not blooming, they had been so magnificent. can't believe that leaves are already beginning to fall.
i watched as it fluttered away,that was another treat.... to watch those huge wings softly flutter off into the next yard.
check it out ! we planted these among the veggies so i could paint them.......soooooo beautiful.
the eggplants are also so beautiful, they look like hanging chandeliers or earings..... i'll have to take some pics of them as well.
don't forget to click the picture to get a close up.
I've been a little lazy for taking and posting pictures of my paintings, but this amazing tomato forced my camera into action. How adorable is this ? I feel like I find the heart shape in so many unusual things, and for those who believe in such things.......... it's no coincidence.
Only love interests me, and I am only in contact with things that revolve around love.
The painting is by Marc Chagall
I thought it was a good choice for yesterdays quote as well.
(I've been painting hearts, but cannot find the wire that takes the photos from the camera to the computer. Unfortunately, I'm quite unorganized.)
My precious company from the past ten days has gone now, and it's time to turn the guest bed back into a horizontal surface for my oversize painting papers, foam boards, supports etc. It's time to enjoy the Christmas lights for the last time, and replace the cookie cutters with the juicer. The distractions of the beautiful Christmas season are over and I'm starting to recognize the familiar signs of that slippery slope of the January slump. If I don't fight it, I'll end up spending the entire month wondering when I'm going to start painting again, and when I'm going back to the gym.
Hopefully.............. I'll be posting a painting tomorrow, and the next day, and the next. I'm wondering if posting this to my blog will do for me what it did two years ago when I started it......accountability and establishing a routine. Self discipline is not one of my strong points.
I wish you the most wonderful new year full of love, good health, peace and God's blessings.
LOVED that trip. i LOVE places chocked full with history, and you don't get better than this in America. It was actually in Dec when they arrived, I can't imagine how they stayed warm. brrr it was cold there today, even my wool beret didn't keep out the cold, but flat Stanley was an excellent 'model'.
As far as inspiration for a painting, it's so incredibly funny how (for me at least) inspiration always seems to come from the strangest places, rarely where you would expect.........like this trip, as fantastic as Plymouth was, there was nothing that inspired me to do a painting. Maybe on some level I knew it would not happen because on the way I saw my inspiration on the highway. A huge flatbed truck filled with colorful lobster traps........yellow, green, and orange. I felt that 'hit' of desire to record what I was seeing in paint with whatever interpretation would come at the time. and that was that.
Anyway here's some pics
oil paint applied with palette knife on canvas paper, black beveled mat 5 x 7
had to photograph on angle, paint is not completely dry and causes glare.
I'm constantly trying to improve my camera skills so I can post better pics to the websites I sell on. Setting up an area with the tripod, and using NO flash have made a huge difference. Right up there with the day I learned to 'crop' out the background.
I have a new Sony digital camera, which takes amazing close ups but I haven't taken the time to study the user booklet. I'm just so comfortable with my old Nikon. Here's a shot of a Rose of Sharon with the 'micro'.
Scroll down to the Degas ballerina ATC;s and see the diff with the zoom with and without the tripod. If you need to take good pics for posting, you need to do it with a tripod.
Yesterday I painted the bunch of carrots I bought this week while looking in the produce dept for good soup ingredients, and good painting subjects, I just didn't get to post them because I got a new camera and have to get used to it. Today I'm painting the bunch of radishes I bought the other day and had them propped up on a little table with the lamp on them to give me good highlights and shadows. I left the room for a bit, came back, and the radishes were gone. The dog jumped up and stole them from the display, and ate at least 6 of them. There were 9 in the painting, there were 3 left of the floor, and the little bugger would not look me in the eye.
I mentioned we were selling the house, my cousin came to help me clean for the open house, when I went to the store she asked for some green apples. We like the sweeter ones so when she went back home and hadn't eaten them ....... I set them up and immortalized the week we had by painting them in oils. I love my cousin Mary.