Tuesday, October 30, 2007
While a pretty basic antique washer, I love how they've nicely placed seasonal flowers in the basin ....!
Monday, October 29, 2007
Sunday, October 28, 2007
Several of us sat at this particular spot, overlooking a farmhouse and pond with a backdrop of just-turning fall trees. I sat bundled up in my coat watching the shade turn to sun, the darkish valley lighten up. The day turned out to be one of autumn's best - a bit chill, warm sun, beautiful color.
I find painting Plein Air so very challenging, as most folks do -- changing light, temperature variations, insects, cold or heat -- but fun nonetheless to find ways to work with those challenges ....
My great challenge yesterday was to put paint to paper -- and again - leave it alone. I'm always impatient to correct before the paint dries, dabble and adjust just a bit more.
But I suppose that's why we keep doing what we're doing -- each sketch, each painting contains its own lessons... and bit by bit, day by day, HOPEFULLY, we learn.
Saturday, October 27, 2007
Friday, October 26, 2007
Our well, rather shallow, is showing signs of water shortages in smaller water flow and pressure. We're collecting water, using bottled water, and very short showers.
Still the rain is so so welcome!
Thursday, October 25, 2007
Marie-Dom (http://doodleaddict.blogspot.com/) tagged me the other day; but with my computer dying at work and my one at home also giving me internet trouble, I had to wait a bit to respond.
So many folks are doing wonderful self-portraits in response to this challenge -- well, let's say, I'm still working on my people-drawing skills! LOL So instead, I offer a photo of me, aglow with joy, from a photo two years ago when C and I were in Italy. I offer seven tidbits about myself:
1. The bags under my eyes are deeping in color and depth as I grow older .... I've always had a 'raccoon' look to my eyes ... I just hope to avoid the tail! LOL
2. I've shrunk half an inch ... and so I'm now not much taller than my mom .... aging is the pits! LOL
3. I have the best grandchildren in the world!
4. My sweet husband does the majority of cooking
5. And he grocery shops -- And yes, he's TAKEN! LOL
6. I prefer a quiet home and workplace
7. I listen to 'Books on Tape' in preference to watching TV
I will pass along this 'tag' to anyone reading this blog who'd like to play along ...!
Though it won't break the drought, it will contribute much needed water to the wildlife, lakes, and the stressed plants that are barely hanging on.
We are all grateful for every drop that falls!!
Wednesday, October 24, 2007
IT tells me I should have my computer back by tomorrow -- my fingers are crossed!
Tuesday, October 23, 2007
I am on a borrowed computer with little access to files, favorite sites, etc. So I'll be absent for a while until I get 'connected'' again.
I wonder if my electro-magnetic field has gone awry......
The vase and flowers is my way of trying to de-stress from computer woes -- sketching and painting really help ... only wish they could fix my computers!! LOL
Monday, October 22, 2007
Despite the lack of rain, we have an amazing amount of color and I'm hung up on trying to capture it!
Sunday, October 21, 2007
Saturday, October 20, 2007
Still, I'm grateful for the bit of rain that settled the dust and gave a drop of water to the wildlife.
Friday, October 19, 2007
With the drought we are experiencing, I have yet to find a persimmon in the grocery store, and my generous student whose family raises them, saddens me as he reports there are no persimmons -- due to a late frost, high heat, no rain. SIGH!
Undeterred, I decide to find a photo to drool over and wish from, and try, yet another fall, to capture these persimmons in a more 'painterly' fashion.
This is my third attempt, and one I'm fairly pleased with, and a bit better, in my humble opinion, of my attempts last year (see viewfromtheoak.blogspot.com -- and search for 'persimmon'). When I did this same search and rediscovered the bounty I had last year, well, I just had to sigh!
Guess I'll have to be happy with an improving persimmon PAINTING instead of a persimmon pudding! LOL
Thursday, October 18, 2007
I like to compare the two to see how my style or painting might have improved, where I"m still weak, what areas I need to improve.
Seems on yesterday's, I forgot the highlights! SIGH!
Wednesday, October 17, 2007
I really like the way this has turned out, and so does Rebecca. I cut and pasted the name of her B&B in the sign area to insure that her logo is recognized when she uses the cards I'll make her.
I also will use this as my response to EDM 137 'Draw Something that you can Turn On and Off." This lamp post is often turned 'on' anticipating my arrival each evening, and yet gets turned 'off' by my morning's leaving.
Tuesday, October 16, 2007
I can't tell you how much we are enjoying the delightful the sound of splashing water as we're greeted each early morning and leaving late each evening!
Monday, October 15, 2007
Fire engine and gear to dress in, boats and fishing poles, water play, shopping carts, a microphone for singing that was occupied by so many children!, school bus, ambulance, doctor's office, and more. This museum's 'toys' were scaled to the younger child than the Children's Museum in Columbia, SC. Vehicles and toys were mostly made of wood or plastic rather than metal, scale of things smaller, fewer -- the museum done with less money, but equal vision. Emily and Nick had a blast and all I can say is PawPaw and I returned home very very -- VERY tired! LOL
Still, and with a ton of internet problems as we still continue to search for any semblance of high speed and wind up knocking out the Internet with all our trials, I did manage to paint a couple of very quick apples -- trying and tryping to keep those reds pure against a possible green addition -- needed for apples -- but prone to make mud. I kept the leaves light (though they're darker in real life) to keep a 'lighter' feel to the piece.
Now it's off to work ... already ---!
Sunday, October 14, 2007
Saturday, October 13, 2007
What I like about this kind of painting is the combination of 'loose and control' -- for the 'throwing part' certainly helps me to loosen up my expectations and work with the spatters, splatters and colors that land on the paper rather than my tendency to keep 'fiddling' with the paint to make it do as I want! LOL But I do get a chance to 'control' a bit with the shaping and shadows on the trees -- so for me, a good combination of methods and a terrific exercise in loosening up and working WITH the inherent properties of watercolors.
Besides -- I LOVE fall and its vibrant colors -- and if I can't have them in my poor, dry woodlands, what a gift it is to be able to create them on my paper!
Friday, October 12, 2007
I think I captured more of a 'coppery' feel here -- but don't know why --- perhaps the shine?
Thursday, October 11, 2007
I have been so overwhelmed at work these last few weeks, that I simply ran out of time to acknowledge another of Karen's generous deeds -- to award me the "Thinking Blogger Award." (Though after spending so much time unable to think of anything but work and family related obligations, I don't know if I deserve this award!! ) ...
Thank YOU ever so much, Karen! I don't know how awards are created or the like -- but if there is such an award as "MOST GENEROUS AND KIND" -- Karen, THIS award would be YOURS!
Many many thanks!
While in Hillsborough two weeks ago, I snapped some photos of the wonderful pots of flowers that decorate many of the storefronts of the town. This copper pot attracted my attention! And I have its 'twin' to attempt today.
I'm not sure I fully captured the 'copper' look to it -- but I'll keep trying.
Meantime, it just feels so good to be HOME!
Wednesday, October 10, 2007
I truly LOVE pots of flowers!!! Here is a wonderful washtub of flowers that I saw during the Paint Out in HIllsborough, NC. The bit of rust on it just makes the 'pot' a bit more authentic, don't you think?
The Appreciation Tea went so well last night -- and I am ever grateful for all the hands who made it so successful. The college president, my Dean plus guests from three area garden clubs toured the facilities, ate some scrumptious food, enjoyed the music, lights, flowers and moon glow. I am so so thankful!
And another gift -- a bit of rain this morning!!!!
I'll be heading back to Oxford later today with a few days off. I'm pretty darned tired ...! LOL
Tuesday, October 09, 2007
It's also the night of our Appreciation Tea, so today will be very busy preparing our foods, tables, decorations, presentations and the like.
Hope everyone has a great day!
Monday, October 08, 2007
It'll be a busy week for me with a very important "Appreciation Tea' for some of the folks who've donated to the Arboretum. My dd's family is already relaxing and planning a few trips, and we get the grands next weekend.
It's still unseasonably hot -- over 90F ... and little rain. But Joey is home, I have a short work week ....and another paint out next Saturday and time with the grands!
Sunday, October 07, 2007
We head back to Smithfield today to give this tired soldier and family a chance to reacquaint, talk, share, and build a few private memories before it's time for him to leave again.
A heartfelt THANK YOU from all of us!
Saturday, October 06, 2007
I'll be among the many welcoming him back -- as well as enjoying my daughter and granddaughter ... my only wish is that he didn't have to leave again and face the terrors of war.
Drought here continues to be severe ... and I'm surprised that with so little rain there is any leaf color at all. I found a few maples and sweetgum trees changing colors, but the brilliant reds, oranges and yellows won't be seen in our parts this year.
Fall is melancholy for some of us -- for me as well. It reminds me, especially today, of all the changes that are part of life and how often it is difficult to accept these changes.
But today I'll rejoice in the time my son-in-law will be able to spend with his wife and daughter, home safe and loved. And I'll relish the bits of color that has blessed this browned and dry state.... as I continue to pray for rain and mostly, for peace.
Friday, October 05, 2007
Several weeks ago, Rebecca asked me to sketch his doll for a special 'giving away' ceremony she will do at her church in Ken's memory. I was honored! (and VERY nervous!!) There is so much sybolism, love and memories in this one piece -- just as in Precious herself -- as Ken was still with us when I first started sketching.
I finally finished Precious -- the first doll I've ever sketched. Rebecca was pretty pleased with my efforts and I am grateful and honored to be a part of this ceremony.
(BTW, the scan doesn't do this justice, I'm afraid!)