Wednesday, March 4, 2015

Is it Spring, Yet?

I've decided it is time for Spring. 

So I made the flowers bloom! 

I painted all of these this week....

I tore some ligaments in my knee when I went skiing a couple of weeks ago, and am trying to make the best of my time off my feet while at home. So glad it was only my knee, so that I can still paint!

Some of these pieces are available in my Etsy store.

Happy (almost) Spring to you!

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Monday, January 26, 2015

Random Art Around My House

I like to pick up unique art in unexpected places. Like in flea markets or on Ebay. 
My only rules are that it must be something I like and something I can afford (more or less).

I recently bought this oil painting (the weeping red barn, on the right) at a little antique store in Brunswick Georgia. $15.  I couldn't think of a home for it, at the time, but bought it anyway and decided it fit perfectly on my piano with the other painting. If you are ever in Brunswick, Georgia, or heading to St. Simons or Jekyll Island, swing by Victorian Antiques in Brunswick. Lots of fun items! 

A friend and "regular-purchaser-of-my-art" (I'm making that a word) gave me the painting on the left with the red-headed man in it. I love it. The two compliment each other because so many of the colors are similar. 

Here is another piece I found for $15 at the same great store, two feet away from the weeping barn painting. It's actually a Maurice Utrille print, not an original painting, but I simply couldn't pass up the fun colors. The frame and mat are a nice change from my own canvas pieces. Plus, I am dying to go back to Paris. Am hoping this will suffice.

And one more find from this same great store...

It's hanging in my powder room (that's the hand-towel holder knob in the picture) 

This original color pencil drawing was $6, already framed. And I like the age on the frame. (I'm not "into" having everything in my home being recently manufactured, that is for sure.) 

I also bought this little church oil painting a few months ago on Ebay. It came with the frame. The jury is still out regarding the frame. Should I keep it in that frame, or replace it?

The frame is a bit ostentatious and old lady-like. But vintage, for sure.

That one was $20 including shipping. 

The frame is growing on me. Some days. 
Yes, that is a jump rope hanging on the stair banister. 

That church painting is next to the piano near another little piece of church art...

That one is obviously a print and I've had it for years.

My husband bought this oil painting for me a few years ago for Christmas....

It is still one of my favorites. Ignore the brick on the furniture. That brick was an award for one of my kids and hasn't found a home.

I found these little guys in yet another flea market. I love the crewel work.

Here are two of my favorites....

That was one of my first paintings back in 2009. 

And this one I painted within the last year...

Bored, yet? 

Here is a shot of some of the art in my dining room...

I wrote about my neutral gallery wall art in my dining room here, if you are interested! 

Have a great day!

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Friday, January 16, 2015

Dog Probs

This is actually not allowed in our house. Especially not on my grandparents' sofa!
They stayed really, really still, hoping I wouldn't see them. 
I shoo-ed them out the door and placed some books on the sofa. Hope the books work!

He that lies down with dogs shall rise up with fleas” -Benjamin Franklin
or maybe a better quote - We've gone to the dogs!

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Wednesday, January 14, 2015

Christmas Gifts

I forgot to share some of the art I created for others at Christmas...

All four of those were special order gifts, so I could not share them prior to Christmas!

This was another special order....

I also created these....

And loads of ornaments and Christmas art....

Have a great day!

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Tuesday, January 13, 2015

Not a Regular

Blogging is second fiddle, these days. I had a birthday last week, though, and took a business trip and even painted. Busy, busy. 

Have a great day!

Whoever dwells in the shelter of the Most High will rest in the shadow of the Almighty. I will say of the Lord, “He is my refuge and my fortress, my God, in whom I trust.” Psalm 91: 1-2

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Monday, January 12, 2015

Greenville Alabama

I mentioned that I found a great art gallery in Greenville, Alabama, last week. 

I wanted to share a few of the pretty and historic homes I saw as I buzzed through this cute town off I-65, on my way to Foley. This is the Butler County courthouse....

circa 1903 

The copper dome is a replacement, courtesy of Hurricane Opal in 1995.

This cute Greek Revival caught my eye...

As did this one...

This Gothic Revival is captivating. I love the overgrown bushes begging to be cut.  Keeps it mysterious. 

I also like the telephone wires. I know, that is crazy. But, they aren't all that common, anymore - only in older neighborhoods. We have overhead power lines in our historic neighborhood and I'll admit I am not so fond of them when we have storms and lose our power.  

This Greek Revival is next door to that Gothic Revival. Do you see the old-fashioned traffic light?

I should have zoomed in on those gorgeous camellia bushes blooming along the left of the front walk. However, the sun was setting and this was a busy intersection and it was actually quite chilly. So, -not enough patience.

This is the side view of that house. Cute profile.

Another Greek Revival...

Greenville also has it's share of Victorian architecture, but I tend to favor the older homes, so I arrived home with no photos of other styles.

Cute downtown.

And I captured these last two from the car at 40 mph...

Love that side addition.

And that is your tour of Greenville, Alabama!

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Friday, January 9, 2015

High Horse Gallery

This past week, I traveled through southern Alabama for my "real" job. As I swung off the highway in search of history and a bottled water, I stumbled across an art gallery in Greenville, Alabama. 

High Horse Gallery is not something you would expect in this small, impoverished Southern town. (If you are wondering, it's okay for me to refer to a place as a "small, impoverished Southern town" because I grew up in one, per my own rules.

(High Horse Gallery occupies the two buildings with black awnings, on the right.) 

This cute town and gallery are only a couple of miles from I-65. A perfect stop between Mobile and Montgomery. 

The owner, Mary McKinley is a true southern belle - very hospitable.

I love, love, love these dogs in charcoal.....

I believe Mary said an art teacher in Foley, Alabama painted those. 

The collection is mostly from Southeastern artists. However, a few international ones are thrown in for interest....

I like this piece by Pam Padgett....

High Horse Gallery also carries original paintings by Charlie Lucas, "The Tin Man."

I wish I'd thought to take a photo of the cypress knees a local woman in her 70's turns into Santas!  

Follow High Horse Gallery on facebook, for updates and better photos.  

Here is a list of the artists currently in the gallery.

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