Island Slice Pizzeria 12×9 $350
This is the pizza place on Mackinac Island. It’s a great place to drop in and have mouth watering pizza! As soon as the frame arrives, it will be shipped to Lilacs & Lace. If you have interest, you can contact Barb@lilacsandlace.com. It will be in a wide, distressed gold frame.
We had a visit from Joachim, our Exchange Student that stayed with us for 10 months last year. He and his dad came and had dinner and we caught up on life. It was so wonderful to see him again! He’s from Denmark and he lives and breathes American football. He’s a big guy to our standards… 6′ 4″ and he is such a blessing to know. He’s training at various college football camps. You may hear of him in the near future… attending one of the colleges on a football scholarship! Good luck Joachim!
I hope you all are staying cool out there! Boy, is it ever hot here! I just filled up Jack’s pool (my greyhound) so I think it’s time for us to take a dip…
Feed your passions!
Spring is in the Air 40×30
My dad and I rode our bikes to the Algonac State Park last week. This is the road leading to the Wagon Wheel section of the park. Although it was closed, I did get some photos so it was a worthwhile trip after all.
Currently, I’m working on a downtown scene of Charleston, SC. I was a bit fearful of getting out of my comfort zone, but said a prayer and went for it. I’m glad I did… I’ll post it when it’s complete.
This is one day that I had (still have) a long list of chores to do. This happens all the time. My husband tells me to treat painting like a job and put in 8 hours. I warned him I would have to ignore all the household buzzers and the phone and wave at the dust bunnies as I pass them by (okay, I do that already… I refuse to have my life dictated by dust) and I must say I was successful at it. So much so that I’m going to do it again tomorrow. What about the list? Not sure what to do about the list… The important thing is to stick to my priorities and that is painting! Feed your passions!
Woods XI 6×8 $250
Woods XII 8×6 $250
These are the two little woodsy scenes from my Mackinac Island photos. They’re framed in wide, distressed gold frames.
I had a great day today with my mom. We ran errands and had lunch. I promised myself I wasn’t going to eat pancakes… I ate pancakes. I suspect willpower issues. I’m on the verge of starting Weight Watchers again. It was a success last year. I know what I should and shouldn’t eat. It’s simple. It’s just that tomorrow is for some reason the best day to start. I just bought the special scale that will measure a fraction of a pound… so you feel successful even if you only lost, I don’t know, what 3 ounces? I think that’s like 3 hours of sleep. I did notice that you weigh considerably less in the morning. Morning is good. I have to make sure I get a good 8 hours in tonight… that’s like, what… a pound? Pardon my math…
Midnight at The Grand Hotel 16x20
This is the walk way leading up to The Grand Hotel. It’s up a pretty steep hill, which is a blast to come down on a bike. This is one of my three entries into the 2012 Mackinac Island Art Exhibition. The Grand Hotel lives up to its name. It is very much grand. It can be difficult to get different views of the Grand because of its size… I wanted to paint it in a different light… I hope I’ve accomplished that. Nothing like a moonlit night with stars in the sky to make your trip up the hill magical. It’s a very interesting hotel with loads of history. At my last visit with my sister and mom, we took the elevator to the 4th floor and then a staircase up another flight to the Cupola Bar. At the very top of Grand Hotel, the Cupola Bar offers a panoramic view of the Straits of Mackinac and the Mackinac Bridge. I wasn’t sure if we were allowed to be there or not. We weren’t guests in the hotel just visitors having lunch. It felt sneaky and that made it more fun. I know, I’m an adult I swear. Check it out at http:www.grandhotel.com
Me and my sister (Barbara Stroud) in Mt. Pleasant, SC
I didn’t want to start this painting blog out by an excuse the very second day… BUT, I’m actually visiting my sister and so my painting time won’t begin until early next week. Then, I’m hot on it! No excuses (unless it’s a very, very good one) and no holds barred! I’m serious, I’m really committed to this and I’m not the sort of person to commit. But I can do this. This will be a piece of cake for me. I like to talk the talk for a bit before I walk the walk… gets me in the right frame of mind to follow through. I plan to explore the importance of getting and staying inspired enough to paint to your full potential. I’m very inspired as I am visiting my sister in Charleston, SC and viewing all the beautiful paintings in this incredible city. I hope to bottle this painting energy and stay focused enough to apply it when I get home next week! Wish me luck!