As a child you want to be liked and included. But then you grow up, and wanting to be liked isn't as important as it used to be. Or maybe that is just something we tell ourselves. Social media is filled with like buttons. Perhaps at the heart of it is that desire to still know "Will You Like Me?"
Borrowed Memories, 5x5 in, acrylic on gessobord click here to buy "Keep all special thoughts and memories for lifetimes to come. Share these keepsakes with others to inspire hope and build from the past, which can bridge to the future." -Mattie Stepanek
The Dog Days Of Summer, 5x7 inches, acrylic on gessobord
“The first week of August hangs at the very top of the summer, the top of the live-long year, like the highest seat of a Ferris wheel when it pauses in its turning. The weeks that come before are only a climb from balmy spring, and those that follow a drop to the chill of autumn, but the first week of August is motionless, and hot. It is curiously silent, too, with blank white dawns and glaring noons, and sunsets smeared with too much color. Often at night there is lightning, but it quivers all alone. There is no thunder, no relieving rain. These are strange and breathless days, the dog days...” ― Natalie Babbitt, Tuck Everlasting
It seemed like such a good idea at first - that is until my shoulder and back begin to ache. How could I go to Paris and not carry my fantastic, but incredibly huge and heavy camera everywhere. As I was sitting, thinking that perhaps I could have left it at home, I looked up and there she was. I simply had to paint her. Light, colors, everything perfect - not to mention that she was "In Paris" and so was I, with a camera that was suddenly not nearly as heavy!
Handle With Care - 4x4 inches, acrylic on gessobord
Walking into a department store, I have often seen the stickers on fragile merchandise. I cannot help but wonder what life would be like if "Handle With Care" stickers were placed on every living thing - in my mind, they already are!
The email should have never been opened. It began 'Dear Daughter, I am writing this to tell you what a disappointment you have been, you who were our pride and joy when you were born.' It was nothing new - a lifetime of trying to please without success. But true love makes a stronger "Impression" and gives the power to overcome.
I love seeing the progression of a painting- from the excitement of the first stroke up until the satisfaction of the last. It is a journey unlike any other. The best part- I get to start it all over again!
Open your eyes and you will see beauty all around - butterflies coming and going; sweet and fragrant grass; flowers lifting heads toward the sun. There is no better time than this to "Explore With Me."
This was not the painting I intended on doing. The image planned in my mind did not match up with the image on the surface in front of me. All at once I knew that "Expectations Unraveled" had turned out to indeed be a good thing.
Pleasing, agreeable, delightful, amiable, kind, gracious, dear, and beloved. Whatever word one chooses, life is made beautiful by those that introduce "Sweetness" into it. They are perfume to the soul!