Saturday, August 22, 2015

Sailing by moonlight

From the way-back machine comes sailing by moonlight.  I wanted to do a painting in funky colors and this is about as funky as I get.  Peace, love, and sailboats.

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I can't change the direction of the wind, but I can adjust my sails to always reach my destination.

Tuesday, August 18, 2015

Flowers From The Heart

Erin bought these flowers for me for my birthday. I love them so much that they were calling me to paint them. 

I've also included my paint set up, although when I painted the flowers I didn't have the clear saucer under them.

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“Even if you’re on the right track, you’ll get run over if you just sit there.”Will Rogers

Saturday, August 15, 2015

Are you looking at me??

Thought I would take a stab at animal painting starting with a horse. I love the angle of the horse as it attempts to look behind.  I found this photo on the internet and fell in love.

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“We can complain because rose bushes have thorns, or rejoice because thorn bushes have roses.”

Abraham Lincoln

Friday, August 14, 2015

Let's Do The Wave

This was from a online course I took. I wanted to learn more about painting sea foam and of course, the sea foam part was skipped over. Argh!

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 This is way bigger than the ones I usually paint, but I like using the bigger size now and then.

Did I offer peace today? Did I bring a smile to someone's face? Did I say words of healing? Did I let go of my anger and resentment? Did I forgive? Did I love? 
These are the real questions. I must trust that the little bit of love that I sow now will bear many fruits, here in this world and the life to come.

~Henri Nouwen

Thursday, August 13, 2015

I'll hide where no one can find me

I painted this little painting during my time off from Facebook. It was one of the few I was able to complete. Thank goodness painting doesn't hurt my hands as much as typing because I'd be in trouble because I love daily painting. It soothes the soul.

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Your destiny is to fulfill those things upon which you focus most intently.  So choose to keep your focus on that which is truly magnificent, beautiful, uplifting, and joyful.  Your life is always moving toward something.

Ralph Marston

Wednesday, August 12, 2015

This painting was from a photo that was posted on Facebook. I wish I knew who posted it but for some reason I didn't mark this one. I love water; the ripples, the reflections, how the wind affects the water, everything! 

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I did an underpainting in burnt umber to bring out some of the warmth of the water. I'm glad to see it worked.

But I have found that in the simple act of living with hope, and in the daily effort to have a positive impact in the world, the days I do have are made all the more meaningful and precious. And for that I am grateful.

-Elizabeth Edwards

Tuesday, August 11, 2015

Angie's Trip

This is from a photo from a trip a friend made to Maligne Lake in Jasper National Park, Alberta Canada. There are some gorgeous photos that were taken and I may revisit them for more paintings. The area is beautiful!! 

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The road to happiness:

“You’ll learn, as you get older, that rules are made to be broken. Be bold enough to live life on your terms, and never, ever apologize for it. Go against the grain, refuse to conform, take the road less traveled instead of the well-beaten path. Laugh in the face of adversity, and leap before you look. Dance as though EVERYBODY is watching. March to the beat of your own drummer. And stubbornly refuse to fit in.”

― Mandy Hale, The Single Woman: Life, Love, and a Dash of Sass

Saturday, August 1, 2015

An apple study I painted today:

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“Don’t worry about failures, worry about the chances you miss when you don’t even try.”– Jack Canfield