Wednesday, December 8, 2010
I have not been keeping up my blog lately, but will try to improve in the future. It has been a busy year this year. Mostly I visited with my friends at the two senior groups I belong to: Kyle Seniors (KASZ) and Buda Seniors (Onion Creek Senior Citizens). We play games and have many activities such as a poker night, a bingo night, exercise classes, movie night and line dancing. Keeps me busy. I also particapated in the Buda Fine Arts Festival where I showed my work with 4 other artists from the Artists of the South Corridor group.
Monday, June 7, 2010
Tuesday, May 4, 2010
Monday, March 29, 2010
Sunday, March 14, 2010
Tuesday, March 9, 2010
On the beach at Grand Cayman Island
Chicken on Grand Cayman
Trees on Grand Cayman
More photos of our cruise. These are of Grand Cayman Island. The top one is a small look at the beach though twisted trees, then a photo of one of the chickens. There are chickens running loose all over the island. They are wild and very pretty. There is lots of dense tree growth. The island is very warm and it rains alot. Really enjoyed this adventure.
We ended our tour at this local brewery and had samples. Very tasty dark beer.
This is the oldest house on the island, made with mud and sticks. Seems the little pigs had the right idea afterall. This house has withstood many hurricanes that have wiped out more modern houses.
Saturday, February 20, 2010
The boat really interested me and was a joy to paint. This is the first time I painted men and it was a challenge.
We are all packed and ready. We leave in the morning on our Carribean cruise and I am very excited. Hope to send lots of beautiful photos back to everyone. Be watching for them.
Sunday, February 7, 2010
Sunlight on Palms
20x16 Oil $250 available
I had a great time painting this palm tree trunk with the overlapping fronds and shadows in a close-up. A slightly different view from paintings of the tops of a palm or side views. The many palms in Texas gives me lots of opportunity to paint them. We have a small palm in our yard, but it is not the one I painted here as it is only about 6 feet and suffered greatly in the drought last summer and now the freezes this winter. If our palm comes back from the weather distress, maybe someday it will be the subject of one of my paintings. Besides palm trees, I especially like painting our great live oak trees. The live oaks are dark green all winter adding green to an otherwise drab winter scene, then in the spring they turn brown and lose their leaves only to put on new leaves before summer. The live oaks are a staple subject of Texas Hill Country painters along with Bluebonnets and other wildflowers.
Friday, February 5, 2010
Irises and Lemons
Oil 20x16 available $250
I really love painting Irises. This painting hangs in my kitchen so I have some flowers while I'm cooking. The jar the flowers are in was especially fun to paint. Welcome to my kitchen, one of my favorite places. Besides painting, I love to cook.
Wednesday, February 3, 2010
On February 21 my husband, Richard, and I will be leaving from Galveston on a Carribean Cruse. Going to Jamaica, the Caymon Islands, and Cozemel, Mexico. We are going with a group of 110 seniors, from Kyle and Buda, Texas, who are mostly friends of ours from the area. We are planning many sessions of 42 and Mexican Train dominios games. I will be taking many photos to share and to paint from when we return. It should be a great adventure and lots of fun. Richard is going deep sea fishing in Cozemel while I have a Swedish massage. I don't know the difference between a Swedish and an American massage, but will find out I'm sure. I will keep everyone informed from the ship as to how the cruise is going and send some photos as I take them.
Tuesday, February 2, 2010
Sunday, January 31, 2010
We were in the greenhouse business for years and I owned a florist shop, my favorite job ever. I do so love flowers and love to paint them. Here is example of my flower paintings. As we no longer are in the flower business, I have been raising orchids for a few years with mixed success.
Thursday, January 28, 2010
Wednesday, January 27, 2010
Reflections (oil on canvas)I am starting again. Hope to be more successful with this blog. I painted this from a friend's photo. My son, Mike on seeing this painting said he was reminded of a poem he had written. The poem follows:
One lone bird flies close to the sun, thirsty,
Below, a river with hardly a threatening wave.
This bird slowly descends, giving its flight
to the current.
The bird's reflection ascends
There above the surface of the water, the bird's flight
With the tip of its beak, the bird touches the river's surface
Bird and reflection drink water and body.
Leave the posture there, in motion, not flying away.
The effort in the bird's wings,
poised in that kiss, drinking each other in balance.