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rocks; painted and otherwise

Monday, July 15, 2013

rocks I love rocks. I have found painting on them to be therapuetic. It’s a quiet, tedious past-time and sometimes, just what the doctor ordered.

 

 

 

 

 

 

rock paper weights I’ve also done this with rocks. I used terra cotta clay and majolica glaze. Equally therapuetic.

I love rocks.

mr and mrs

Tuesday, July 9, 2013

cardinals painting

Cardinals are one of the bright spots of summer and winter for us. More than other birds, they seem to always be in pairs, together, at the feeder, in a tree or on the fence. I discovered a nest with three eggs in a small tree in the creek-bed. When I checked later, only one baby bird survived. I like to think he or she is now one of our regulars.The other Mr and Mrs (David and I) have been on the road. We went to  Rhinebeck NY for the Country Living Fair and had a great time. What a beautiful area. We were able to do a little sight-seeing along with working and look forward to going back. Atlanta Market is next up, then several shows in the fall.

Happy Summer! Go swimming!

mary gregory studio at the pecan street festival in austin

Thursday, May 2, 2013

pecan street I will be here, The Pecan Street Festival (now known as 6th St), in Austin Tx this weekend, May 4th and 5th. I’ve never been before, as either a shopper or vendor, but it’s Austin, for Pete’s sake, the weather is expected to be lovely, live music, good food…how could it be anything but fun! Admission is free…come see us!

my road

Monday, April 29, 2013

I am not athletic. At all. But I know the value (priceless) of exercise. I love to be outside so my very favorite forms of exercise are walking, riding my bike and swimming. It delights my soul beyond words to be out on this road, or taking a detour through the pasture, seeing and hearing God’s glory at every turn. The road is hilly and long – it’s about 4.5 miles to the hwy and back. I walk as fast as I can and run some. I push myself to stay on my bike and not get off to walk it up the hills. I come home tired, but in a very good mood and I sleep well at night. I can tell you that without exercise the opposite is true: bad mood, anxiety and bad sleep. Exercise is good medicine!

bike on road  This may not look like much of a hill, but it is! And, it’s l o n g . There are days I don’t feel like trying to make it to the top, but these are the days that, when I do, I feel like I can do anything! shoes  

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

I do a lot of stopping along the way to admire the scenery and the little things…orange flowers to match my shoes!

I’ve learned what it takes, for me, to function and do the work I need to do: exercise, eating healthy and juicing, very little sugar, water, some supplements, and sleep. I guess I’m pretty high maintenance, but I lived a lot of years without heeding what my body was telling me and it is so worth the effort. So…get outside and get moving :)  

 

 

reclaimed wood shadow box prints

6in reclaimed wood shadow box

New product! We are all the time dreaming up new ways to frame and display my art. I’m pretty lucky because whatever I dream up, my husband can build. He comes up with some really good ideas, too. I think this one was his. He makes these frames out of old wood that is headed for the landfill. The images are printed on natural canvas and the combination, I think, is great! We sell them individually for $25 each or in sets (because they look so good in a group). You get to pick your favorites : 3-8 $23 each, 9 or more $21 each. These aren’t on the site yet, so email me if you’re interested. Any image you see on the site is available in this format.

{Sorry about the bad lighting/photograph. This was taken at a show and snapped with my phone. Very handy, but not very good.}

Outer Dimensions: 7.5 inches. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

feathers

Sunday, March 24, 2013

feather, nature, painting

feather, nature, painting feather, painting, nature

This was a fun painting session with my friend, Roxanne. She had painted a feather that I really liked, we went for a walk and found a blue jay feather, so it was decided…we’d paint three different feathers. The first one took most of our time so we set a timer for the other two. It was a great exercise in just going for it and not letting fear or dread of failure stand in our (actually, my) way. I will use the timer-trick more often.

High Cotton Art Camp!

Monday, July 9, 2012

My friend, Roxanne, and I are planning a one-day workshop at her lovely home in Temple, Texas. I am leaving for Atlanta in the morning and am in my usual rush, so I’ve copied and pasted the details below from her blog. There are cute pictures on her post, but I couldn’t get them to show up here, so…just the info, but it is guaranteed to be a good time!!!

 

 

Hey girls! Are you in need of an creative adventure?

Have you’ve ever wanted to learn to oil paint?

If so, I’d like to invite you to join me and my friend Mary Gregory, for a fun day of art!

Mary will teach in the morning. I’ll teach in the afternoon. We’ll take a break at noon and visit over lunch. We are really excited and plan to make it special!

Our class will be small and cozy. If you are interested email us at http://roxannespradlin@gmail.com or mgregorystudio@gmail.com or leave a comment below. 

 

ART CAMP:

 

DATE: July 26th, 2012

WHERE: Temple Texas

TIME: 8:30 – 4:30

ABOUT: Two, 3- hour oil painting lessons plus lunch….$75

                 Availability is on a first come, first serve basis.

We can’t wait!

painted painted bunting

Wednesday, June 27, 2012

Since this bird I painted is called a painted bunting, the blog post title seems right. These birds live in our area from April through August and never cease to amaze us with their brilliant colors and pretty song. We have at least two pairs coming to the feeder this year and I take lots of pictures, but since I can’t even come close to the talent and skill of wildlife photographer, Ray Downs, I painted this one of his, with permission. If you love birds and other beauties of nature, you will want to visit his site.

 

gift wrap

Monday, April 16, 2012

When you live 30 miles from everywhere, you learn to use what you’ve got. I had an emergency gift-wrapping situation and not much time to come up with something special. Small kraft envelopes, burlap, my tiny prints on twill, and twine were laying around from other projects and just fit the bill. You could achieve the same look using your own images on cloth or paper. I hope whatever’s inside is as cute as the outside. It’s been a while and I can’t remember! Shoud I be worried???