Monday, September 28, 2009
This painting is a small tribute to friendship. One of my very dear friends gave me a birthday card with the words "a good friend is one who brings out the best in me". Just recently we celebrated my friend's 65th birthday, we started with tea and ended with belly dancing. Another dear friend just recently went through surgery, malignant tumors were removed from her neck, she is waiting to hear from the results. I am so blessed to have so many good friends. I celebrate their friendship with this little painting of two friendly fish swimming around together.
By the way, this is one of the small inspirational paintings that will be in the upcoming "Leapin Lizards" show. The show will be at the First Presbyterian Church, 1002 N. Chestnut Street in Lumberton, NC. This annual arts and crafts show will be held Friday, October 16th, from 5-7 pm and Saturday, October 17th from 9am-2 pm. All work in the show is designed and handcrafted by the exhibitors-no manufactured or imported items! What a wonderful weekend to start your Christmas shopping!
Tuesday, September 22, 2009
"Ginny's Kids" is a lakescape that includes a brother and sister walking down the pier where they grew up. White Lake is full of amusement, whether it be tubing, swimming, skiing, wakeboarding or just soaking up the rays and reading a book. We have a lot of activities to pass the time while we're young or young at heart at our beautiful lake.
I hope that one day Ginny's children will look back at this painting and it will help them remember the sweet days of summertime at the lake.
Wednesday, September 9, 2009
Fall is indeed in the air, as I step outside in the morning and feel the gentle coolness I am taken to a different mood and time. Twenty-two years ago, my mother died, she lived to only 58 years old and today is her birthdate, she would have been 81 today. I often am saddened when I think that she never got to hug my two sons, there will always be a hole in my heart because I know she would have loved to do all those wonderful grandmother things. Oh, she would have spoiled them rotten!
Fall sometimes brings a gentle bittersweet sadness as I long for the soft touch of my mother's skin, she had the softest and smoothest skin I've ever felt (except for my Aunt Nell). I remember the nights and days before my mother died, we would laugh and watch "Golden Girls" together. I remember the visits by friends, family and Hospice. I remember how I would wash and curl her hair, she always wanted it to look natural-no teased bouffant do for Hazel!
Last week my youngest son celebrated his 19th birthday, two months ago my oldest celebrated his 20th birthday. They never knew their Granny, and that my friends is a difficult pill to swallow.
I painted this cardinal to celebrate my mother's birthday, Happy Birthday Hazel! Love you and miss you!