Friday, January 23, 2009

Sisterly Love

I am very lucky to have three sisters and three brothers. I love them all and am a sort of memory-keeper for them all, but keep up with some more than others. My blogging sister is ten years younger than me and she was the maid of honor at my wedding. I left home at 18 and she was only 8! We have always been close even when distances were great! She, I must admit, has made more of an effort at crossing those distances and I love her for it! Being the eldest, I take my huge flock of brothers and sisters for granted sometimes. But she never fails to reach out and tend the flock, even from afar! Here she is as a child, tending our precious Snoopy! In her recent post, "Beloved Moses", she turns her artistic talent to sketching friends and their loyal pets! Maybe it's time for a self-portrait sis!!!!

October's Terrace

We added a new stone terrace to our yard last summer in time to plant yellow roses and lavendar petunias. The sun dial was our old neighbor's. She spent many happy hours in her garden and wanted us to have this when her health forced her to move. I thought of her as I painted this last October. She has been gone many years now but she still lives in my garden and my heart and now on this canvas. I finished the lovely gilded frame for this piece yesterday. After a light coat of varnish, this painting will also be show ready, if I can part with it.

Friday, January 16, 2009

Getting ready for the show

Here are two I am completing for our Spring Show. This pair was painted on location at Hopscotch House off Wolf Pen Branch Road in Louisville, KY. "The Heaven Trees" was painted on a morning in early May and "Fork In the Road" on a sunny afternoon in June.