Tuesday, May 27, 2014
This is one of the outbuildings we've been privileged to paint during my 'Barn' class. According to the property owner, it's a smokehouse - with a few additions since they moved onto the property.
The weather during this month's sessions has been sensational! Mild, sunshiney, and filled with the sweet sounds of farm life - chickens, cows, birdsong. We've also been blessed with the sweet scent of honeysuckle, the kindness of shaded, ancient oaks.
One more class to go - another set of barns and outbuildings to visit.
It's been such a joy!
Friday, May 23, 2014
I cannot pass a lilac shrub without thinking of my mom ... she grew only a few fragrant flowers - roses and lilacs among her favorites. She'd clip a few branches, bring them indoors, and the entire house would smell like heaven.
My own lilac bush, a mere 3 feet tall, has a long way to go before I will ever see these delightful purple blooms. But I wait in eager anticipation for this floral link to my dearest mom.
Saturday, May 17, 2014
Our regional Senior Games took place these last two months. I entered 4 paintings, and I am thrilled to say that each won a prize in our region:
Italian Farmstead - Gold - watercolor
Oxford Barn - Silver - watercolor
Fall Leaves Duo - Gold - Mixed Media (alcohol ink)
Fall Leaves - Bronze - Mixed Media (alcohol ink)
These paintings will now move up to compete in the North Carolina State Games.
Sunday, May 11, 2014
Wednesday, May 07, 2014
11" x 15" Watercolor
The watercolor class I'm teaching this month is all about barns. From perspective to contrasts to aging and weathered wood. In the county where I live, we are blessed with so many aging tobacco barns along with wooden sheds, log homes, and more.
A friend of mine showed me this particular barn on Saturday. It was filled with all kinds of abandoned remnants of farm life - and a wonder to see! I knew I would have to do some much needed 'yard work' to focus the painting on the barn alone!I I took tons of photos while the chickens, ducks, rooster, cats, and all white peacock swirled around my legs looking for handouts.
I came back home inspired -- and finished this barn as a tribute to a time too quickly disappearing.