Saturday, October 17, 2020

Halloween 2020

"Halloween 2020"

I wish I had a new Halloween painting for 2020, but this year being what it is, I haven't had much inspiration to paint.  Instead, my husband and I have spent alot of time camping and getting away from everything.  It's been great for us and our dog, Daisy, and I hope at some point I get some inspiration to get back to work.  For now, I'm just going to sit near a camp fire by a lake somewhere.  

These are my two nonspooky Halloween prints that are my best sellers in my Etsy Store.  If you would like to check them out click here.  Once you arrive at my store, click on "Halloween Prints" in the top left column and you will see all the prints I have available in that category.  What are you doing for Halloween this year?  

"Pirate's Cove" 

"Echoes of Trick or Treat"

Thursday, August 20, 2020

Jack O' Lantern Lane Original Halloween Folk Art Painting


I just finished this little 6" x 6" painting and listed it in my Etsy Store.  Halloween will be here before you know it.  I'm sure the candy sales will be way down during this pandemic or all of us adults will be eating it as we work from home!  I'll miss the kids coming by in their costumes.

Ethel and Fred built a house when they got married 45 years ago. Connie and Horace built their house next door and a deep friendship between the neighbors blossomed and they became family. They loved the little trick or treaters who visited every year on Halloween and both couples placed carved pumpkins on the fences posts. That's how their little road became known as Jack-O'Lantern Lane.

We don't get as many trick or treaters as we used to because they go to the nursing homes and churches, which I'm sure is a lot safer.  They won't be going to the nursing homes this year though.  How sad.  My mother loved handing out candy last year to all the little ones coming through the nursing home.  What are you doing different this year?

Monday, July 27, 2020

Personalized Original Christmas Painting

This week the heat was getting to me so I decided to paint a Christmas scene that can be personalized.  I wanted to paint something small for a change and haven't done that in quite some time.  It was so fun to work on and now I'm ready to start another small painting this week.  
This Christmas Painting is now available in my Etsy Shop.

 The painting measures 6" x 6" and looks so cute sitting on a table or shelf.  The name will be painted in a light blue with touches of white snow on each letter.

The depth of this canvas, 1.5 inches, makes it stand easily or it would also look nice hanging on a wall.

How's the weather where you are?  Are you ready for fall?

Thursday, June 18, 2020

Sweet Water Stables Folk Art Painting

I can't believe it's finally finished!  I got caught up in gardening and kept putting off working on this painting.  Yesterday it finally clicked and I got on a roll to complete this summer scene "Sweet Water Stables".  I'm ready to do some camping this summer and relaxing!  
This painting is now for sale in my Etsy Shop.

Summer is always full of activity at Sweet Water Stables.  Peggy is busy with the horses and giving riding lessons while Dave drives into town for supplies. 

The Jones children know how to have a good time at Sweet Water Stables.  Once chores are done they head for the pond to cool off.  April, Tommy, and their neighbor Danny jump right in.   Mary reads and dreams in her favorite spot up in the tree while John sways from the tire swing.  Little Billy is giving Lady and her two new pups a tour of the farm from the red wagon.   Life on the farm is never boring!

Have you been able to do any gardening or outdoor activity this summer?  This has been a summer we won't soon forget!

Thursday, May 28, 2020

Summer Folk Art Painting and How to Have Fun on a Farm

What have you been doing during this time of isolation?  I did finally work on trying to finish my painting yesterday.  Who would love to live on a farm right now if we have to be at home and make our own fun?  

I'm tired of everyone criticizing everyone online and the media pitting us against each other.  No one is right because this is new and no one knows whats best.  This I do know about myself, if I had children to feed and no income coming in, I would be going back to work.  No, that doesn't mean I want more people to die.  It means I want to feed my family so they don't go hungry.  I have a mother who I miss dearly who is in a nursing home.    That's what I miss the most, my mother.  We are Americans and need to pray for and love each other and do what we have to do to get back to normal and not make this the "new normal".  What do you miss?

Wednesday, April 29, 2020

New Folk Art Painting Progression

 Yes,  I'm still plugging along on this new painting.  The farmhouse was finished and flowers were planted below the picket fence.  A horse drinking from the creek was added in the background and I began the lower area of the painting.

I started painting the pond and the large tree with boards nailed on for climbing.  

A young girl nestled into the lower branch reading a book while her brother swings lazily from a tire swing.

Our terrorist terrier, Daisy did a little mole digging and had to be hosed down.  What's new at your house?

Friday, April 17, 2020

New Summer Folk Art Painting

I've put this off long enough and it's time to get down to business!  While a lot of you have been busy spring cleaning and reorganizing, I've been busy working on a new painting.  I have done enough cleaning and organizing to last me for a while now after having the floors refinished and the countertops replaced.  

It's always hard for me to get started painting once I've been away from it for a while.  My sister and I used to take turns visiting our mother in the nursing home every other day.  Since we aren't allowed to do that now, I've decided to try to get my mind off of it for a few hours each day.  I painted this on a fireplace screen years ago that I sold to a dear friend and thought this might just be the perfect way to get going again.  I really don't like painting the same thing twice, but this has been fun for some reason.

Winter and fall scenes always sell the best, but due to the Corona Virus, I needed to paint a summer scene with some sunshine.  I'm seriously ready to get out in my yard again to do some planting once this dreary weather clears up.  I haven't seen any flowers for sell locally except for pansies so I got online to order some flower seeds.  We'll see how well that works for me.  Have you been able to buys plants?

I'll keep you posted on how this painting is coming along!  Let me know how you're doing and how you're keeping yourself busy.

Wednesday, April 15, 2020

Sunlight Patterns

The sun shining through the windows on the front of our house in the mornings brightens my day even if the high for today is only in the 40's.

Loving the light shining in the entry on my newly refinished floors.  I can't make myself put a rug down because they tend to darken the floors.  Most people come to our back door anyway.  I may eventually add a rug.  It's kind of like hammering nails into newly painted walls.  

Lovely dappled light shines through my lace curtain.

Bright light always streams through my art room window on the second floor and spills onto whatever I'm painting.  It feels good to paint!
Are you a morning person?

Thursday, April 9, 2020

A Man and His Dog, Daisy

I'm not sure how or when this happed, but Daisy has become Rick's constant companion.  I'm not quite sure how to feel about this.  She listens to his every word and gives him goo goo eyes.  She gives me occasional attention if she's not getting it from him, but she truly adores Rick.

I need to figure out how to get some of this lovin'.  

Thursday, April 2, 2020

New Summer Folk Art Painting

I started a new painting and it feels great.  I can tell I'm a little rusty when it comes to ideas, but it's been fun.  My Christmas and autumn paintings are my best sellers, but I need some sunshine in my life right now and I'm sure others feel the same way.  This is a remake of a scene I had painted on a  fireplace screen I did many years ago.  It's a horse farm and will have children playing in a pond so I'm looking forward to getting to the fun part.

Rick and I have spent a couple days out in the sun with Daisy cleaning up the yard.  Is the sun shining where you are?  I hope there will be flowers to put in pots this year.   I love gardening and I need flowers!  I have little violas popping their heads up and I may move some of those around.

We are homebodies normally and I'm fine with staying home.  I just wish I'd been prepared with mulch and annuals.   Missing my kids too!  I pray each of you are doing well.  Get creative;  it really helps.  How are you staying busy?

Tuesday, March 31, 2020

A Kitchen Makeover Before and After

 After having our floors refinished in January, we decided to go ahead and put in new countertops.  We've lived with pink countertops for 20 years and they honestly didn't bother me too much because I'm the tightwad in the family.  They were here when we moved in back in 2001.  Rick's been wanting to do this for a while and I finally gave in.  After it was all finished, I told him he was right.   So, we proceeded to box up everything from the open shelves, items on the counters, and everything in the lower cabinets.  

On March 10th, before we started self isolating due to the virus, the guys arrived to install the new quartz countertops.  It was quite an ordeal to do considering the hutch top that sits on the counter.  They did a beautiful job and installed our new faucet and the farmhouse sink.  

I can't seem to get away from the pink!  See that stripe above the countertop where the backsplash was removed?  I have subway tile propped up there.  Once this self isolation is over we are having the tiles installed.  My daughter, Amber, and I took a class at Home Depot and walked away saying, "No way are we attempting that."  
The kitchen is now a light gray that I painted several months ago.  I made new kitchen curtains since we were "staying home" now and  I ordered my fabric online through an Etsy store.  Glad to help out fellow Etsy shop businesses!  

I love painting walls.  I know that's kind of weird, but with the white countertops I can now paint the walls whatever color I want.  Paint is a cheap way to decorate.

The kitchen is "Daisy" approved too!  

This was the before.
Can't wait to have farmily and friends over for dinner!

Sunday, March 29, 2020

Refinishing Our Hardwood Floors

 Life has changed so much this year.  Back in the middle of January we had our floors refinished in the dining room, entry, and living room.  We lived like hoarders for a little over a week with all our furniture piled up in the kitchen and the family room.  It was crazy trying to watch our KC Chiefs win the Super Bowl over the piled up mess.  We rearranged everything so that we had full view of the  television screen.  What an amazing game!

I must say that I'm so happy we went through this ordeal and that it's over!  It's an amazing difference.  I will never let them get this bad again.  It was practically dust free!  The only dust we really had were from the boards that had to be pulled up and replaced.  

This is what Daisy thought about it.    We found a wonderful dog sitter just down the road from us and she stayed there for a few days while they were applying the varnish.  Thanks Marianna!  

Have you gone through this process before?  I must say I was amazed we were able to stay in our house every night and just left during the day to help work on our daughter and son in law's new home.  

Wednesday, March 25, 2020

It's Mom's Fault

This happened last night.

I had moved my yarn basket to my art room because Daisy is obsessed with yarn.  I keep the door closed.  If I leave it open while I'm painting, she sneaks in quickly and grabs a skein while I'm painting.  Apparently after cleaning up my brushes last night, I forgot to close the door.  Rick is telling her that this is not acceptable and she listens to him intently.  She also loves to tear up all the yarn labels.  I do keep my expensive yarn in a box that she can't get into.

Daisy told Rick, "In all fairness, it's Mom's fault.  She left the door open!"  She's your basic two year old.  
How's your self isolation going?