Alright Folks! One more photo before I put this away...I did not get much farther but you can see what has been done since last post. I hope this is appreciated for the countless hours I have put in so far, and the countless hours yet to go!
There is no way I will be finished with this before Christmas...so I will wrap it up and present it and tell the recipient that I will take it back home with me and complete it! Hopefully before I wrap it at the last minute I will take one more snapshot to share here. Wish me success please! :)
This is probably my most ambitious project to date...
I am trying to paint a picture of a deer in some blackjack oak leaves...
I may have bitten off more than I bargained for!
I will be attempting to finish this before Christmas...for certain reasons :)
I had to travel around a bit to take a live picture of a blackjack in the area...on our side of the county they don't seem to grow...and of course I had waited too long to get a photo of good fall color, so I printed off some reference shots from online. I had to flip my photo to get the branch going the way I needed it.
I just finished another handpainted birthday card...this time for my aunt who has a December birthday! My reference photo was one I got online, of either hot apple cider or cinnamon-apple tea. I think my photo came from Pinterest...or maybe it was tumblr...
Here it is on my worktable, while it was still a "work in progress"
And here is the completed project!
If you follow me elsewhere online, you may notice that I had said in another post that this was for my pastor's wife...but my aunt's birthday came first, so I sent it on to her-family first you know! Now I will have to do something else for Sister Sylvia...I will probably use a copy of this teacup and alter it somehow with my photo- editing software.
Here is a shoot of my worktable with my newest project- still a long ways from completion...
I was looking online for a good picture of a strawberry to paint, and stumbled on this photo of a strawberry with a teacup. I found this on Pinterest and tried to follow the thread to whoever created the original, but could not find the end. If YOU happen to know the "author" please let me know...I like to ask permission before painting from a picture someone else has taken.
This is certainly a "discipline"- I guess I am coming from a more "painterly" approach than a traditional "watercolorist" approach. I find the details fascinating but so very time-consuming! I am having to discipline myself to slow down in my execution. I know some watercolor experts don't go by this method, but this is the way I am working for now :) I find myself wanting to hurry up and complete each project- I guess I came to this part of my life too advanced in age HAHAHA
This photograph really appeals to me because I have a rather large teacup collection. Most of mine have flowers though, and I liked the challenge of painting a solid color teacup.
I have finally got back into my watercolor painting...
Here is my latest finished project- a birthday card for my sister-in-law. Her birthday is today! Hope our National Election results are not a bummer for her- and me too! I'm anxious to know the final results.
Time keeps flowing on and there's no stopping it, from the human standpoint...We just buried my father-in-law a few weeks ago- He left us all too quickly...
Here is something I copied from Mike Huckabee, the former governor of Arkansas, on Facebook. We don't have a Chick Fil-A locally, but we just might drive the distance to participate in this Appreciation Day!
I have been incensed at the vitriolic assaults on the Chick Fil-A company because the CEO, Dan Cathy, made comments recently in which he affirmed his view that the Biblical view of marriage should be upheld. The Cathy family, led by Chick Fil-A founder Truett Cathy, are a wonderful Christian family who are committed to operating the company with Biblical principles and whose story is the true American success story. Starting at age 46 Truett Cathy built Chick Fil-A into a $4 billion a year enterprise with over 1600 stores. At 91, he is still active in the company, but his son Dan runs it day to day as CEO.It's a great American story that is being smeared by vicious hate speech and intolerant bigotry from the left.
The Chick Fil-A company refuses to open on Sundays so that their employees can go to church if they wish. Despite the pressure from malls, airports, and the business world to open on Sundays, they still don't. They treat customers and employees with respect and dignity.
I ask you to join me in speaking out on Wednesday, August 1 "Chick Fil-A Appreciation Day.” No one is being asked to make signs, speeches, or openly demonstrate. The goal is simple: Let's affirm a business that operates on Christian principles and whose executives are willing to take a stand for the Godly values we espouse by simply showing up and eating at Chick Fil-A on Wednesday, August 1. Too often, those on the left make corporate statements to show support for same sex marriage, abortion, or profanity, but if Christians affirm traditional values, we're considered homophobic, fundamentalists, hate-mongers, and intolerant. This effort is not being launched by the Chick Fil-A company and no one from the company or family is involved in proposing or promoting it.
There's no need for anyone to be angry or engage in a verbal battle. Simply affirm appreciation for a company run by Christian principles by showing up on Wednesday, August 1 or by participating online – tweeting your support or sending a message on Facebook.
Here's a beautiful picture and a luscious-sounding recipe from my friend in Kentucky! Thought my blog readers would enjoy both...My friend sent it in an email to me about a month ago.She takes lovely photos! This will make a great summer treat or dessert! Happy July, everyone!
1 3/4 Cups unbleached white flour1 Cup milk
1/4 Cup wheat germ1 egg or 2 egg whites, lightly beaten
1 TBS baking powder1/4 Cup melted butter
1/2 tsp. salt2 TBS lemon juice
1 TBS lemon zest1/4 tsp. each, vanilla and almond flavoring
1/3 Cup sugar, honey, or maple syrup1 Cup blueberries
(I use maple syrup, add 1/8 tsp.
stevia powder, and decrease
milk to 2/3 Cup.)
Combine flour, wheat germ, sugar (if using granulated sugar), baking powder, salt, and lemon zest in a medium bowl.
If using honey or maple syrup, measure 1/3 Cup in liquid measure, and add milk to make 1 Cup. Stir milk/syrup mixture,
beaten egg, melted butter, lemon juice, vanilla and almond flavoring together in small bowl until well blended, then add to
dry ingredients. Stir just until dry ingredients are moistened. Fold in blueberries. Fill greased or lined muffin cups 2/3 full.
Bake at 400 degrees for 20 to 25 minutes or until muffins are golden brown. Yield: about 12 muffins, with enough batter left in bowl for a few delicious licks! :)
My daughter and her ***husband*** have made it to their new home now, and she uploaded this photo to Facebook where I picked it up for my blog. This was taken at the end of the day, and my Daughter-in-law and son had already left, so Diana was not in this picture, although she was a bridesmaid also. The setting is one of the MANY MANY sets of stone steps at the Marland Mansion in Ponca City. Seated around the bride are Karissa, Shelese, Holly, and Anna. Oh my, I'm sure once they sat down they did not want to get up again! LOL
I will post more pictures as they become available- still waiting to hear from the pros!
Hello all my bloggy friends! Here are Just Two pictures taken by friends/family from our Big Event- Alison's wedding on June 10th! Anxious to get the photos from the pros so we can proudly share them. We had a beautiful day! More later...
Julia, Kody, Alison, me, David, Galen, Diana, Benjamin
First off, let's all congratulate Julia for placing FIRST in the statewide piano competition held this past Saturday! We were so excited that she won! I surely didn't expect her to be first in the STATE! But she has a great teacher, and she is a very thorough little person herself. Let's hear a round of applause for JULIA!!!
Last night, Sunday night, we received LOADS of rain, for which we are thankful, but we sure did not expect so much at once! Media is reporting 9 inches for our area...our rain gauge registered 6 inches. Several roads in our vicinity are water-covered...my husband had to make several detours on his morning route today. Our own road is impassible in at least one place. Right down from our house, the Bois d'Arc creek is out of its bounds and running across the road. Me and the kids went down to look at it this morning...while we were there a pickup came up and decided to turn around for safety's sake. I'm glad the driver did not attempt to make a crossing.
David and Julia wanted to wade into the water-
of course I said no...
not knowing how deep a cut has been made into
the rock road at this point.
By the way, our house/property is one of the last on our road
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I love the portrayal of King Theoden in The Lord of The Rings. It inspires me to be a "valiant warrior" in the battle against the darkness of this world. "Arise, Riders! Forth! and fear no darkness! Spears shall be shaken, shields shall be splintered. A sword day- a red day- Ride now! Ride for ruin and the world's ending! Forth! " Link this with this passage from the Bible, "Stand fast in one spirit, with one mind striving together for the faith of the gospel, AND IN NOTHING TERRIFIED BY YOUR ADVERSARIES, which is an evident token of salvation of God." Philippians 1:27,28 (I love it when King Theoden answers the one who says they can not possibly win against the might of Mordor, "But We Will Meet Them In Battle Nonetheless.")
I have found such joy in simple things; a plain clean room, a nut-brown loaf of bread, a kettle as it sings; a leaf-laced square along a floor where yellow sunlight glimmers through a door. I have found such joy in things that fill my quiet days: a curtain's blowing grace, a potted plant upon my windowsill, a rose fresh-cut and placed within a vase. A table cleared, a lamp beside a chair, and books I long have loved beside me there. -Grace Noll Crowell