Sorry I haven't posted in a while but we've had our lives flipped upside down recently. My father in law, Jim, has had a stroke and is in need of prayer. He is going through rehab this week and must keep improving in order to get to stay on the rehab floor. We've seen improvement over the last 2-3 days and don't know what the future holds for recovery. Our hope is that he will be able to go home with family until he is able to return home in Rockaway Beach, MO. He is in the Branson hospital where he is getting some of the best care that I've ever seen. They have such a loving staff of people ready to help in anyway they can. We also need prayer for the safety of family members who are taking turns driving 4 hours from Kansas City to Branson to be with Jim. He does not want to be left alone and I don't blame him. His improvement in the last 2-3 days has been an answer to prayer but we continue to need prayer through his recovery. Jim is a man who loves to fish and rides a Harley. I'm sure the Harley is now in his past, but we definitely hope fishing is still in his future.
Now on a lighter note, this is what we saw when we came out from eating breakfast at the Farmhouse Restaurant in downtown Branson:
How can you not smile at a horse who thinks he is Dr. Suess!
I had so much fun painting today! This funny cupcake was such a change from the tedious, precise painting that I just finished (my last and final commission piece) that I wanted to jump for joy!
If you are interested in this Halloween painting, it's available on eBay now.
Hilda, the witch, has landed smack dab in the middle of swirled purple frosting piled high on top of a pumpkin flavored cupcake. Her feet dangle high above this treat exposing her favorite red and white striped stockings. A black and white checked ribbon is wrapped around the edges of the canvas and is tied in a bow at the top.
I will be painting like crazy and having a grand time next week with new designs for my online stores.
Just a quick note to let you know that the winner of the giveaway "Mocha Cupcake Painting" is Heather #46. Please visit her at her blog "Audrey Eclectic". Heather is also an artist and I'm sure you will love her artwork. I've been taking weekends away from the computer so that is why I haven't posted this information until today. Congratulations Heather! I promise to be back soon with a new update, but for now I'm finishing up my final commission piece. I've decided to stop taking commission work and to start painting what's swirling around in my head. I long to sit and paint the scenes I used to do during the holiday seasons. My hands are itching to get started. Enjoy this nice cooler weather!