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!
I’m shipping this to Lilacs & Lace Gallery on Mackinac Island as soon as it’s dry. The Windermere Hotel is on my bucket list… one of many. Such a beautiful, peaceful getaway.
I can’t believe school is wrapping up for summer already! Crazy schedules these last 2 weeks trying to fit everything in before the big count down of summer begins. It seems like a nice and lazy season but after July 4th it’s gone in a flash! We’re lucky to live in an area with all 4 seasons. If only one of them… not mentioning any names (WINTER) wouldn’t over stay it’s welcome… I know, I know, count my blessings. Happy to do it.
I want to pass on a couple of things art related. First is the Rosemary Brush Co. A fellow painter recommended them and I went whole hog and trusted him and got a bunch of brushes… and I love them! They were inexpensive too… quality is all good… they hold their shape nicely. I highly recommend them… you can contact them for a catalog at http://www.rosemaryandco.com/. They are from the UK so count on a bit of extra shipping time.
I also got some good feedback from Carol Marine’s blog. She’s a fantastic painter and is highly successful in not only galleries but also an online gallery she and her husband run called http://www.DailyPaintWorks.com This tip is about saving paint left on your palette. I use an air tight container and it still goes bad after a couple of days of non use. Here’s an excellent solution: They’re called “paint savers” and they’re little suction cups that keep your paint wet for weeks. Here’s a photo and a link to the website: http://www.paintsavers.org.
My goal was to do something different… this ought to about do it. This is my favorite spot in Charleston. It’s right outside Smith Killian Fine Art gallery, which is a place I could spend most of my time. The main artists are Betty Anglin Smith (mother) and her 2 daughters, Shannon & Jennifer and a son, Trip who does photography. Triplets actually. I can get lost in their work. Check it out http://www.smithkillian.com
My trip to Mackinac was a huge success. I delivered 13 paintings to Lilacs & Lace and I’m ready for summer to begin! It’s under new ownership and I’m happy to be working with Barb & Kathy this year. It was a whirlwind trip… I usually mix business with pleasure and stay for several days, but the schedule just didn’t permit this year. My husband had a tooth pulled the day before so he was in a good bit of pain and discomfort the whole time. We did manage to get in a movie (Dark Shadows with Johnny Depp) which was great… except for the scary parts. It’s a comedy I know… I can’t force myself to look at the scary parts. Never have been able to… I prefer to spend time admiring my lap. To each his own.
My next painting will be of Velvet’s Fudge Shop. I just started it (the easiest part and the most important). It’s roughed in and I’m ready to commit some serious paint… Feed your passions!
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 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…
This is another shrimp boat I came across at Shem Creek in Charleston, SC. just relaxing at the dock. I love painting boats… they’re so interesting to me. I remember that day because it was sunny and warm and breezy and lots of people were out on the long pier that runs along Shem Creek. It’s breathtaking and such a wonderful place for folks to go. The sun sets at the end of the pier and it’s magical!