My son's senior year is winding down quickly. I can't believe how time flies. He has always been very involved in music and I am going to miss seeing him in all his concerts and performances with school. It seems like just yesterday he was a first grader playing the piano in his elementary school talent show and now he is graduating. Over the weekend he was in his high school's Battle of the Bands contest. He and a couple of buddies threw a band together in a few weeks and were surprised when they actually won the competition! The first photo is them singing "That Thing You Do" from the movie, and in the second photo they are performing a more serious song. No heavy metal here...The third and fourth photos are his last performance with his high school jazz band. They just returned from a trip to Nashville where they took first place in a big contest. They sound wonderful. I will sure miss all of this, just like "sports Mommies" must miss seeing their kids play on the "home team" after they grow up. I guess it is time for the next stage in our lives, not better or worse, just different! Have a great week, and if you have little ones at home--give them a hug and enjoy their "littleness", before you know it, they will be all grown up!
I guess you could say that I am stuck in a tree groove here! In my preschool class we have been talking about signs of spring and the kids made trees with construction paper trunks and waded tissue paper for leaves and blossoms. They turned out very "abstract", but they are beautiful covering the wall in the classroom!
This painting is my third tree in this series and it is called "In the Oak Tree". The little girl and her kitty stole away in the night to gaze upon the moon from the limbs of the mighty oak tree. Kitty wasn't banking on sharing the tree with another creature! I will be posting this on Ebay tonight.
Well I finally finished a few pendants. Like I said, it was trial and error. I messed up a few, but I think these turned out nice. I used a small print of one of my original paintings and glued them inside a tray type pendant. Then I filled them with crystal clear resin. They are kind of hard to photograph because the resin is almost like glass! I am listing them on Ebay now with an introductory starting bid of ONLY 99 CENTS! Just in time for Mother's Day! Have a great week~
I have been in a "tree painting" mood this week. I suppose it's because I've been studying the trees in my yard and noticing what works of art they are! Some are so symmetrical and some are doing anything they can to reach the sunlight, resulting in some very abstract shapes. I'll do anything to take a break from yard work! hee hee
There were several Dogwood trees in the yard of my childhood home. From a distance it was hard to tell where one tree ended and the next one began--it was just a sea of white blossoms every April. This painting is called "In the Dogwood Tree" and I am listing it on Ebay tonight. The link is at the top of this page.
I just wanted to share a photo of my beautiful wisteria vine in bloom. When you get near it you can hear the steady hum of the bumble bees enjoying it. My mail box is right under it, so it is kind of scary to get the mail this week!
Also, I just finished some cute little aprons, using iron on transfers of my original paintings. A running stitch of green embroidery floss accents the perimeter of the picture. I will be listing these on Ebay later. Come take a look!
I am hoping to show you some special pendants I made tomorrow. It has been a bit of trial and error because I never worked with resin before, but I think this batch is turning out nice. Have a wonderful evening!
The Redbud trees are so beautiful right now if you live in my part of the country! I have been enjoying the pinkish glow they give my yard. My husband and I planted them as tiny saplings many years ago. I love the gnarled pattern of the branches and how the limbs are like arms reaching almost horizontally to feel the warm spring sunshine.
I was inspired to paint "In the Redbud Tree" because my children always loved to sit in them since their sprawling limbs made it easy to do. I will list it on Ebay tonight. The link is at the top of the page.
Yesterday was my son's prom. I snapped this quick photo as he was rushing down the sidewalk to his car to pick up his date. I was working in the yard and he came out with his tux on and said, "I'm leaving!" Wow...after having two daughters attend the prom--I can tell you boys are MUCH easier for this sort of thing!!
My latest paintings are in honor of mothers everywhere...all colors, shapes, and sizes...even the mothers of "furry" children! The first painting was inspired by a memory I have when my daughters were little. I spent a sunny afternoon fashioning wreaths and crowns of flowers for them to wear on their heads. Before I knew it, I was making them for all the little neighborhood girls! My poor Bridal Wreath bush hardly had any blooms left by the end of the day. The painting is called "Flower Momma".
The second painting is called "Momma's Arms". I never tire of my sweet Momma's arms even though I have been grown up a very long time. I wrote an old Jewish proverb on this painting.
Both of these are available on Ebay now. The link is at the top of this page. Have a nice weekend!
Have a blessed Easter everyone! Here is a photo of Easter in 1964. My momma is looking like Jackie Kennedy in her yellow "get up". In front of her are my sisters Kerry and Susan, and the taller knocked kneed one is me. My little sister, Jennifer (Tamale Cat Art) wasn't born until about 8 years later. I'm pretty sure my momma made all of our dresses, she usually did. Check out the 60's decor! The sofa is "Danish Modern" and all the rage then! I remember the lamp being kind of gray with copper metallic accents that matched the copper metallic painted plaster baby hand print plaques on the wall...Just a little bit of History for you "youngins" out there~ Enjoy your day!
I am a self taught artist who has always enjoyed creating anything from a flower garden to the perfect meal. Now that my children, (ages 23, 26, and 27) are all grown up, I have more time to create! I also work 4 days a week during the school year with special needs preschoolers--which I dearly love! The children in my life inspire many of my paintings.