Thursday, March 14, 2019

Memories of Our Sweet Dog, Jersey

 I've been putting off this post for a few days because it simply hurt too much.  Last Saturday morning we found out from our vet that Jersey was in kidney failure and it was so bad that we had to do the humane thing.


Jersey was my constant companion who was always by my side.  She sat beside me everyday in my paint room, following me every time I got up or went downstairs.  At the end, we were packing her up and down the stairs.  She suffered with an enlarged heart for several years and took several medications twice a day to keep her heart going and the fluid off.  Her will to live was amazing.  Several times through the last couple years we thought we were at the end when she would quit eating and then she would always amaze us like the energizer bunny.  
She was always very camera shy and would generally run when she saw someone aiming a camera or a cell phone her way.  


Jersey has been depicted in my artwork over the years.  In this painting she's being walked by a lady in a red polka dot dress.


Our other dog, Lady, stands at the bottom of the steps barking for her to come down and it breaks our hearts.  Lady can no longer climb the stairs.  They were very close companions and are the same age.  Lady is a little too big to pack up and down the stairs, but Rick still does it occasionally.


I can't believe she let me put this hat on her, but she knew her momma loved buffalo plaid.


Jersey is also the dog I'm walking in my blog header and at the end of each blog post.  
Missing her so much!



Wednesday, March 6, 2019

Village of Winterset Christmas Folk Art Painting

I started this painting well before Christmas and it came to a halt for several weeks. 



In February I forced myself to sit down at my art table and hoped that it would start to flow.  I've been in a state of creative block and finally after I painted this stone house, it started to come together.  It felt really great to be back painting and visualizing this Christmas village.  


After Christmas, I slowly began to pick up my brushes and push myself.  Please excuse these two photos from my phone.  I didn't take the time to get out my camera to take pictures while I was working. As the weeks went by, I found myself slowly getting back to enjoying myself and just letting it happen.


"Village of Winterset"

In the rolling hills of Winterset family, friends, and neighbors are busy getting ready for Christmas.  The welcomed snow blanketed the earth putting everyone in the spirit of the holiday.  Snowmen appeared out of the glistening snow, evergreen boughs and trees decked the village houses, and snowball fights erupted cheerfully.  Smoke flows from chimneys and snowflakes gently fall reminding us that:  "Snowflakes fall from heaven above, sprinkling us with our Father's Love".















Thursday, January 31, 2019

Valentine Cupcake Mugs

I hope everyone is surviving this freezing weather!  I'm a little weird, but if it's not windy, I love the feel of cold crisp air.  I'm not going out when it's below 0 though!  We got down to -8 but by Saturday it's supposed to be in the 50's.  Welcome to Missouri winters.  
Recently, I started working with a company to produce some of my artwork on mugs.  I'm so excited about their white camp mugs!  Valentine's Day is coming soon and these mugs would be a great gift filled with some sweet treats.  



These are available in my Etsy store here.  
It takes 3-5 business days from the time you place your order until they are shipped, so get your orders in now to assure delivery in time for Valaentine's Day!  
They come direct from the company that makes them and they package them beautifully.
They are dishwasher safe too!    






 

Stay warm!!

Just an update to add that if you would prefer ceramic, over this metal camp mug, I can make that happen too!  I just listed one for the "Be My Valentine" design and would be happy to do the others if anyone is interested.





Monday, October 1, 2018

Pumpkin and Maple Folk Art Cats Original Painting


This past weekend we went to the Roots N Blues N BBQ in Columbia, Missouri.  We've gone the last three years and it's become a family tradition.  The weather was wonderful and we felt like autumn had finally arrived!  I love spending time doing the things we love with family and friends.

This morning I finally got my act together and listed this brand new painting in my Etsy store.  Just click on the title at the top of this post to go directly to the listing.  I can't believe how long it's been since I've actually finished a painting.  Life takes on all kinds of changes and challenges, but I was finally able to slip in a few days of painting and have to admit how wonderful it felt to actually pick up a paint brush again!

Pumpkin and Maple love resting in the brisk cool air on the porch every day as brightly colored leaves seem to magically fall from the sky. They roll and toss themselves into these irresistible crunchy piles scattering them in all directions. What a heavenly time of year to play outside!



Thursday, September 20, 2018

Autumn Folk Art Painting Challenge

I've been busy this week working on a 12" x 12" painting that I started last year.  It was the middle of winter at the time and I decided to paint a summer scene.  Now that I've gotten back to it and the temperatures are still in the 90's in September, I'm trying to figure out if I can change this to a fall scene?  Summer or fall,  what do you think?  




Friday, August 31, 2018

Dreaming of Autumn

I should have titled this Surviving the Summer of 2018!  I started off by fracturing the radial head in my left arm during a stiff armed fall in my garden.  This is the part of the long bone that allows your arm to bend, straighten and rotate.   This is supposed to rotate next to the elbow.  I'm not great at explaining, but needless to say my gardening days this summer were quickly ended.  Along with an attack of Japanese Beetles and a drought, I lost a lot of plants and grass this year.  I spent several weeks in physical therapy and now I'm feeling great once again.  I can't complain because I wasn't in a lot of pain, but could not use my arm.  I should have tried painting with one arm, but I always hold my canvas with my left hand.  It was sort of a challenge to see how much I could do with one arm.


We left the heat behind a few weeks ago and headed for Colorado with our family.  It was a dream vacation for sure!  We always go to Rainbow Lake in Buena Vista, but also took several day trips. Our kids were our good luck charm because we got to see our first moose along with her baby in the lake in front of our cabin.  There were always plenty of deer roaming through town, chipmunks, and also a baby bear running down the sidewalk.    


Now that I'm rested, healed and refreshed from all that mountain air, I'm ready to pick up those brushes and get back to work. 


It felt so good to start a new painting!  How was your summer?  I'm so ready for autumn and some cooler weather.  




Tuesday, April 3, 2018

Original Folk Art Painting Thanksgiving at the Parker Farm



Yes!!  It's finally finished!  I've been working on this painting for so long.  Maybe not working, but putting off finishing it because I just wasn't feeling it until recently.  I was beginning to think I would just have to resort to starting a different painting all together.  This is what happens when I haven't painted something this involved for over a year.

Generally when I start a painting I finish it.  I'm not the type to have unfinished projects sitting around.  Canvas is also my surface of choice and this was a flat masonite panel.  I haven't painted on a flat surface in years.  Let me just say that canvas is STILL my preferred choice.  


When I first started this painting last year the barn was gray and I finally realized that was the problem.  It stuck out like a sore thumb.  Gray is all the rage right now, but not for this fall scene.  Once I got that corrected the painting started coming to life with a story to tell.


My husband's family had a farm with a dinner bell like this one.  His dad moved it to his home and last year when no one was around, someone stole it.  It was heartbreaking!  I added this to the painting for my hubby.


Follow the winding country road through the Village of Redfield and you’ll eventually end up passing by the Parker Farm. Guests are guided by the aroma of a home-style Thanksgiving dinner around the bend to the driveway of Ed and Nancy’s home where dinner is laid out picnic style and the family will be eating by moonlight. There’s always plenty of food for extras who might stop by to visit. The scent of chimney smoke and freshly fallen leaves lingers in the air as Lady, the family dog, checks out the new litter of kittens roaming the farm. 


This painting is listed in my Etsy Shop and does not include a frame.

Thursday, March 22, 2018

My little corner of the world where I sew, knit, crochet and dream up new projects.

I've been working on this little corner of my bedroom for a while now.  There used to be a big chair and ottoman here that I never used and I decided to make some changes.  I had this old table that my dad made for me many years ago for my art room and it is well used.  It has been moved from room to room for many years and I couldn't decided it's true purpose until now.  Yes, it has heart cutouts on the side of the legs and I've tried to come up with ideas to cover those up, but have decided to leave well enough alone.  The table was built with love and it's very special to me.


This will now become my sewing/quilting, all things yarn, and a corner to dream up new projects.  Most of my really good yarn is in my art room, but these large skeins fit better in large baskets. I must confess that I have a trunk full of hand dyed yarns too.  This corner will probably continue to evolve because I'm not sure that this is the most comfortable chair but for now it works.  The biggest advantage to this corner is that I can look out the window onto my flower garden if spring ever truly arrives!  

Monday, February 26, 2018

Kiss Me I'm Irish Original Cupcake Painting


This original is now available in my Etsy store.  


I wanted to paint something the other day so I sat down to finish a fall scene that has been sitting there waiting for me.  This is what happened instead.  Ha! 


A rich, deep, dark, chocolate cupcake is topped with green ombre frosting piled high. This gentle reminder to kiss the Irish cook is perfect for your cozy kitchen on Saint Patrick's Day or year round.





Tuesday, February 20, 2018

A New Original Folk Art Winter / Christmas Painting

I've been secretly painting a gift for my neighbor and haven't been able to post about it.  Betty and her husband, Bill have been great friends and neighbors since we moved here 17 years ago.  My husband and I have known Bill since he was one of our high school teachers way back when.  Betty and I have shared interests in quilting and quickly became good friends.  She also makes some of the best fried chicken I've ever had!  Betty has taken care of our dogs numerous times when we've been away from home and we watched her dog "Cooper".   This is my gift to her for all the times she's watched our animals for us over the years.



"Cooper Takes a Walk On Christmas Eve"

Cooper was one of the most beautiful, loving dogs I've ever known and this is the way I remember him.  Whenever, I would exit my backyard gate, he was so excited to greet me.  Betty walked him daily and he would drag her by the leash to get some loving pats from me.  All the neighborhood children had to run to him as he walked by with Betty.  Cooper was so very gentle and loving and we all miss this gorgeous creature!  




I love Bill and Betty's adorable cottage.  I found an old picture that I took of it several years ago with the old fashioned colorful lights that hang in the arched porch area and knew that I would have to paint it as a Christmas scene.  I paint Christmas year round because I can't help myself!  Ha!
Thanks for being such great neighbors!  We are truly blessed to live in a neighborhood surrounded by good friends!


Monday, January 15, 2018

Chalk One Up for Pancake Recipe Gluten Free



This is what I had on my chalk board in my kitchen during Christmas and really if I'm being truthful, I didn't erase it until today.  The decorations were down but the chalk board still loadly proclaimed, "Have a Holly Jolly Christmas".  The chalkboard on my kitchen basement door still had the "Mistletoe Cafe" on it too!  I have a hard time erasing these because I put all that work in and then have to erase it every year.  I did however, clean them off.


This Better Homes and Gardens Cookbook was a wedding gift back in 1973 and has been very much used and abused.  I've used this recipe for pancakes so many times that the page falls out.  One would think that after 45 years of making a recipe over and over, I'd have it memorized.  So once I clean off the chalkboard, I usually revert back to putting this recipe back on the chalkboard.  It's saves me from having to look this up every week.  I have gone gluten free for over a year now so I added that to the recipe.  I use Bob's Red Mill Cup For Cup Gluten Free Flour.  
I also use this cookbook everytime I boil eggs. Ha!  It's true!  The recipes keeps the peeling from sticking to the eggs.  


We had these this morning with bacon.  Who loves bacon dipped in a little syrup?

Tuesday, January 9, 2018

Art Room Organization

I was so excited to find these little fabric organizers that came as a set at Ikea and they fit perfectly into my Ikea cabinet drawers.  Yes, that's my chocolate stash in the upper right bin!    This set comes in a flat package.  You can kind of see the white zipper in the bottom of each container that runs diagonally.   When they are unzipped you can fold them and lay them flat.

I've been trying to decide what to use my bike and basket for, and went with this look for now.  


Sorry about this poor image from my phone, but this is a new painting that I started this week.  I'll get back to the autumn painting I started later on.


.....and yes my Christmas decorations and tree are still up!  How about you?