So Good


Finishing my #AutumnArtChallenge hosted by Miriam Schulman with another child painting.  Today’s theme was food.

Continuing with the story theme, an apple would have sufficed.  People and children, especially, are not my normal subjects.  That’s why I gave them a go.  This is a challenge, correct.  Once again, I am grateful to Paint My Photo and Allanka for generously allowing us artists to use their photos.

Not my favorite all time painting.  But again, this was a challenge.

My last surgery for the lymph node sampling was done with DaVinci robotics.  I was hoping that his inspiration would have magically appeared in my paintings, since we’ve now had such an intimate relationship!

Oh well.  I’ve been contacted for a commission this morning, so I will hopefully, be continuing my painting once again.

Feels “So Good”.

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Love ’em or Hate ’em


IMG_1496Day 4 of the #AutumnArtChallenge sponsored by Miriam Schulman.  Today’s theme was woodland creatures.

They’re everywhere.  My husband hates them.  In NJ, they would steal bird food from the feeders, gnaw on our shed, and just make a general pain of themselves.  Here in Florida, they will scamper across the top of the lanai screen as though they were tree tops.  Almost like flipping the bird to my husband!

I’m pretty ambivalent about them.  Always interested in how people find them cute versus their cousins, the rats.  Guess that fuzzy tail is the grab.  I’ve seen them figure out how to open trash cans, hang on a guaranteed squirrel proof feeder that spins them like a merry-go-round until the battery wore down.  Watched them climb up the legs and back of people who used to feed them in South Lido Park in Florida.  Clever little things that have adapted and survived.

But finding this picture on Paint My Photo by Sandy Scott, really made me want to paint one.  For this challenge I have been thinking about the story aspect of art.  We can all paint a squirrel, but what story does it tell?  My two paintings this week of the child with the pumpkin and the child throwing leaves have universally brought comments of memories or grandchildren.  They told a story.

What story do you see here?  One content squirrel is the story I see.


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Raking Leaves?

IMG_1493Day 3 of the Autumn Art Challenge hosted by Miriam Schulman.  Our prompt today was trees and leaves.

There are few leaves falling here in Florida.  Leaves are in fact one of the many reasons we moved from New Jersey.  Our beautiful home sat on a heavily wooded lot.  The yearly shedding of the little devils would consume our weekends, clog our gutters and make the hot tub work harder than it needed to, soothing sore and aching muscles.

Once again I am reminded of the beauty of being an artist.  Pulling out some bad pictures of Jim’s grandkids visiting us one weekend we were raking.  Remembering the day down to the earthy smell.  Every kid has jumped into a pile of leaves, rolled around and made a mess.  While my reference photo was kind of blurry with a pile of dull brown leaves, my photoshop paintbrush can make those leaves whatever color I want.  Oh the magic of painting.

Timing on this challenge couldn’t have been better.  Life is blessedly getting back to normal.  To quote a dear friend, “Retirement everyday.”  Reminding me also of the many  reasons I paint.  To be in the moment, to live, breathe and capture the joy that life can bring.

Have a joyful Autumn day my friends.

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