Wednesday, January 8, 2014

Olentangy River at Highbanks Metro Park in central OH.

I walk on a regular basis in our lovely Metro Parks throughout the year.  Early this fall, I walked at Highbanks along the east side of the Olentangy River and stopped to take a number of photos to eventually paint.  This was my favorite, as I was able to get close to the shore.  The sky was blue and the sun was shining brightly.  I took the liberty to make the water more blue than it usually is. 

Monday, October 21, 2013

Early Artwork

Here is a drawing I did of our little darlings in 1974.  Trista is two and Jenaye is one.  Cutest little girls!!!!

Thursday, October 3, 2013

The White Sands, NM

I have been observing cloud formations all summer long ...longing to put some of what I have both seen and photographed on canvas.  Sorting through photos of past vacations, I came across pics of a trip to White Sands, NM in the mid 1990's.  Lynn and I (along with our son) were visiting Lynn's brother and family in Albuquerque .  We extended our trip in order to visit the Carlsbad Caverns and the White Sands.  It was a rather stormy day.......clouds moving fast and furious.  Sand blowing everywhere.  This was the second time I had been to the White Sands.  The first time was in the early 70's with my husband and his good friend Charlie Carruthers.  The three of us were there in the evening as the sun was setting....each taking our own private seat upon the dunes.  As I sat there in the stillness (no storms.....just calm), I had my first amazing spiritual experience. I truly connected with The Source at that time.  It was amazing, to say the least.  Wasn't quite the same the second time around, but I was happy to share this wonderful place with our son.  This painting is a combination of the calm and the storm.............the yin and the yang.  Balance is the key.  This is a place that will always be very near and dear to me.

If you have a bucket list, and have not visited this amazing place, I encourage you to add it to the list.  As with the Grand Canyon, neither photographs nor paintings can depict the experience of "being there". 



Monday, August 19, 2013

A Star is Born

This painting was commissioned and created as a gift for our resigning church music director, Karla Wright, as she moves on to share her musical talent with the masses.  I personally have had the privilege of singing with her on occasion.  She teaches private voice lessons, and is music director for the Village Singers (German Village, OH).  She performs with the Columbus Horns' and she blesses all with her amazing voice, guitar skills and winning personality as she performs around the Central Ohio area at various venues. She plans to expand her horizons by writing her own music, increasing her performances and record her own CD's.

She has a wonderful whimsical side to her, being especially fond of fairies.  So I elected to use that as the theme for this painting.  She is the Fairy here, reaching for the Star that she will surely become.  We will miss her, but she promises to grace us as a visiting musician from time to time.  This was a fun project for me, as I too, have a whimsical side.

Thursday, July 11, 2013

Kerr Home


Our long-time friends/neighbors (John and Libbie Kerr) just sold this lovely house and have moved out of the county.  This painting is a labor of love.  It isn't really labor though....it has been quite enjoyable.  I know this home so well.  Our son spent many hours here hanging out with his friends.  Our daughters spent time here babysitting.  We have attended many events in this home........birthdays, graduations, OSU football and Kentucky Derby parties.  Wedding and baby showers, meditation groups, retreats, etc.  Our friends are some of the best hosts around!  Such amazing memories that span some 30 years.

This house sits on a hillside (in the middle of over 5 acres) with a walkout basement in the back.  Incredible tiered landscaping (pond, patios, decking, etc) /that they did all themselves.  There is a barn on the property as well.  This is the front view.....wish I could have painted the entire place. 

Monday, February 18, 2013

Work in progress.  This isn't the best photo, but I have been quite happy working on this one.  I thought about titling it "Serenity", because that is what it says to me.  I am not always good with perspective.  Perhaps that is why I gravitate toward perspective art.  Something I need to work on?  Perspective is all about life and living.

I always ask my spouse for help with perspective.  I appreciate his input.  He thought it looked good.  Also asked him what else I should provide.  I had been thinking about animals.  We talked about it and decided that since there are no fences, goats might be the answer.  You see the beginning of a doe with her babe near the pond.  More or less to come, depending on my mood!

Music and books have sparked my inspiration to paint in the past few years.  Currently, I am learning "What A Wonderful World".  This painting signifies the Wonderful World we live in.  "I see leaves of green..................skies of blue..........!"  How about you?