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!
Pink Pony Windows 11×14 $500
This is a restaurant/bar in the Chippewa Hotel on Mackinac Island. Although I’ve not yet stayed in the hotel, the food is super great. If you’re in the area of northern Michigan, check it out! http://www.chippewahotel.com/pink-pony-patio.cfm
This painting will be at Lilacs & Lace on Mackinac Island by next week. You can contact Barb@lilacsandlace.com.
I drove myself nuts today deciding on what to paint next. It’s a simple thing… jeez. I finally decided on another store front since I have some ideas I want to try to add more depth. More paint. More layers. I look back at my older work and now it seems to lack varying tones to me. It’s okay, I’m on it.
Heading out to pick up a friend to have a nice dinner and then go to our new school fundraiser meeting. Looking forward to meeting the new folks! (I guess I”m the new folk… I didn’t want to call them old folks… that would be starting out on the wrong foot.)
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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 X 40x30
Woods X is another painting that I’ve enjoyed so much. It’s a journey and I feel like I’m walking through the trees and stumping my toes on the roots seeking something… not exactly sure what it is. In the process I’m discovering all sorts of things. It’s so awesome. It’s spiritual and wonderful. Maybe at my young age of 36 (okay, not 36. Maybe a bit more…. 42? Nope. Not that either. Anyway, no matter…) the point is I’m getting deep. No nose plugs. Finally. It’s about time.
What’s next? You tell me and we’ll both know… Feed your passions!
Shem Creek Reflections 16x20 $900
This is the painting I did just because I felt like it. When I was visiting my sister in SC I took some great photos of the area. The reflections were so cool that day on the dock at Shem Creek in Mt. Pleasant, SC you could get lost in them. Can you see the difference from a carefully planned and executed painting to a free will painting? I like the free painting better myself.
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
Woods V 40×30 $1,800
Here’s an updated photo of the painting I posted last time. I knew it looked dark and dreary but I didn’t know how to fix it. I have a bad habit of giving up on computer issues when I get frustrated (which happens about 10 minutes into a problem). I put Photoshop on my new computer and it helped. At least it’s something I’m vaguely familiar with. Photo quality is so important!
Woods VI 40×30 $1,800
I’m so into these woodsy paths! I started something new and totally different today and hopefully I can make a go of it. It’s imperative for me to be “into” my subject or I just don’t paint well. Sometimes I can concentrate and put myself in the right frame of mind and sometimes it’s a no go. I sure wish I could completely control that. Girl Scout cookies help immensely. If I’m not at my best painting and getting frustrated… I can eat one and it erases the negative feelings I’ve been having about my current piece… I can start fresh with a more positive attitude. OMG. I have issues. But for the record, ice cream works too. Just trying to provide useful tools for you all out there… 🙂