Catching Up

Postcard for Weed

Sold this gorgeous waterfront home the first part of December and just sent out “Sold Postcards” yesterday with the hope someone out there would love for me to list their home.

Fred's New Home

Sold this home on two acres to my youngest son last month too.  Has a water and mountain view.  1934 home with lots of land to build a new home someday in the future.  So proud of my sons.  All of them are now home owners.

 

repeat Flowers

Did another version of the flower painting shown below, as the first one sold and a second one was requested by another client. Similar but different.

Flower Buddies

Happy New Years to everyone.  Hope every year is better than the last year!

Catching Up

Abstracting Flowers

Flower Buddies

It is so nice to have the time to paint once again.  I think as you go through life you have to make choices of what is really important to you at that point in time.  I went back into real estate a few months ago, to supplement our income a little.  I didn’t have to make a lot to be happy, just a little.  I missed the interaction with people since I retired and thought this would be a great way to interact, help people and add a little more interest to my life.  I chose a company that found many of the clients by “chasing” lead generation.  So a person signs on to look at a home, and immediately you were to call them.  It seemed a little like “Big Brother” is watching you, if you remember the movie from the book “1984”, and could not be comfortable disturbing peoples’ privacy, so decided to just work on my own.  That being said, I now have time to also do the things I love.

My garden is flourishing, by art is growing, and my life is much more relaxed and happy.  Find what you love and do it.  Don’t think about doing it, just go do it.

Yesterday I bought a second 12 foot kayak too, so my husband could enjoy the relaxing pleasure of being out on the water.  I did not want to order one, wait another week or two, miss another weaker two of this glorious summer.   I wanted it yesterday and I found a beautiful yellow one and they delivered and we kayaked at sunset.

Glorious!

Life is not about what you are going to do tomorrow, it is what you are doing to day.

Abstracting Flowers

The Choice of Direction is always yours.

Looking up to Pink

Picked up my paint brushes for the first time in six months.  It felt glorious.  This painting has been sitting on the canvas half done for over six months.  Life got in the way, and that should never happen to an artist.  I truly enjoy selling real estate, but was with a team that wanted you to work 7/24 and cold call people whenever they signed online to look at houses.  It made me feel like I was “Big Brother” watching what people were doing.  I don’t like it when I get email for months when I was interested for a short amount of time, or now on Facebook anything that you have viewed online or in Amazon shows up on the side bar, till your next choice of searches.

Pink & White FriendsWhen I finished this painting tonight and photographed it, I could not decide which I liked it best.  Horizontal or Vertical.  That is when I started thinking we all have choices to make every day of our life.  Today I chose to paint after having a wonderful lunch with my beautiful God daughter.  She inspired me to get back to what I love doing.

Not that I am not going to help people buy and sell houses, I am just going to take some time for me to do the things I love.

So you choose, which way do you like it better?  Vertical or Horizontal? Life is so full of wonderful choices, just take one and get on with it.

The Choice of Direction is always yours.

T-Shirt Dress with Flower Applique

Today I worked on three T-shirt dress and this was my last one and now I have to take a little break as I attempted to cut off the end of my finger with a rotary cutter.  Time for a glass of wine!   But I did photograph my hats using my drawing head.  Pretty funny use for it.  T-Shirt dress with flowers

T-Shirt Dress with Flower Applique

There is a War in my Garden

There is a War in my Garden

Todays count is 124 less slugs living in my garden. Eight were on one plant the other night. No wonder my beautiful plants were having such a bad time. They were breakfast, dinner, lunch and a midnight snack for a large population of slugs.

I have declared a War Zone in my yard, and have gone through two big containers from Costco of salt.

I never loved Salt this much, but am finding a whole new admiration for it.

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Heronswood Gardens

Heronswood Gardens

Inspiration can come from so many things. Heronswood Gardens was opened for the day after seven years of neglect. Our local Native American Tribe bought the gardens and with the help of many volunteers they brought it back to life.

Gardens always inspire me. Unfortunately they more inspire me to work in my garden than to paint the gardens.

These stone balls sat quietly on the side of the walk, but the moss formation and color was so beautiful!

What inspires you?

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Tulips, like lovers don’t always return ?

Tulips, like lovers don't always return

Taking a class on collage got me thinking, how can you use your art to get a point across, have some fun with it and bring it to a slightly larger audience.

In the next few days, I will be taking paintings I have done in the past or drawings and will try to add interesting quotes to them.

Would love your ideas or suggestions if you so desire!

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