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“Painting has to get back to its original goal, examining the inner lives of human beings.”

— Pierre Bonnard, French. Painter


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The Spirit of Giving

 

via “It doesn’t make much difference how the paint is put on as long as something has been said.” — Art of Quotation

Hello everyone!

I found this beautiful painting on my friend Douglas’s website Art of Quotation.  He always finds and publishes such great art and quotes!  Thanks Doug!

I think Jackson Pollock was a painter who did something a bit revolutionary.  Isn’t coming up with something no one has ever tried a challenge and then being brave enough to put it “out there” for others to see and judge?  I sure think so.

However, I believe that even if one traces their photograph or someone else’s so that it will be the right proportions (which I do most of the time) and then applies their medium of choice to enhance it, their originality will still shine through.  I hope my “signature” comes through anyway!

Most artists who enjoy what they do and don’t worry too much about what they do coming out “perfect” are usually happy with their outcomes especially if the end result blesses someone else.  After all when someone is happy with a gift that is unexpected, what more joy could a person ask for?

I think I have come to the place in my artistic endeavors where I just want God to bless others through what He has given me the desire and ability to do.   It is sad though that many artists, writers, etc. may end up doing what they love and giving it away instead of getting to a place where it can become an income someday, but really, I think life is all about being a blessing and loving who you can love while you’re here.  Sure there is the “earning a living doing what you love” thing, but I think that is becoming more and more possible these days.

However, in the meantime try not to let “someday I’ll be successful” be your way of thinking.  Say to yourself, “I can be successful in whatever I do today by loving what I do and giving what I love to create to others.”

Here is hoping the spirit of giving is in your heart every day as well as on Christmas day.

Merry Christmas to all and to all a good night! (a little early)

Love always,

Patsy

 

Maximum Maxine

I LOVE these Maxine comics! This is a pretty great blog I was led to also because the writer of this one visited mine! Thank you. My favorite color is purple also by the way! Merry Christmas. 🙂

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Okay, here it is the last Monday before Christmas!!  Are all the cookies made??  And eaten??  Check at my house!!     All the presents wrapped and under the tree??        No??    Are they still at the store??        Jesus’ birthday party all organized??      Outside lights up??       Mine neither!        Tree up??      Check.       Decorated?    Well..   depends on what you call decorated! lol         Enough with the 3rd degree there, Melinda!!

Anyway, on to Maxine, Maximum version! 

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I’m pretty sure I’ve reached the legal limit of maximum number of Maxine memes in one post!

Annnnnddd, not Maxine, but too funny to miss!!

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Inspiration Is All Around Us

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Hello friends.  I saw the following wonderful video on the blog called Art of Quotation just now, and it inspired me…again.  This link takes you to Doug’s great blog!

First of all, I have shared this song “Vincent” by Don McLean on my blog before.  The song plays while Vincent van Gogh’s paintings are shown in the background.  However, I had never seen one of Don singing and playing the song.  I am sharing it because it is lovely.

I have always loved his voice especially the way he sings this song in particular.  When it came out in the ’70’s, when I was a whole lot younger, I didn’t really know it was about Vincent van Gogh, because I wasn’t interested in art back then nor did I know who van Gogh was!  I don’t remember ever learning about artists in school to tell you the truth.  I remember doing art in first grade and later in Jr. high, but I never had any good experiences with it back then.

I do have vague memories of painting at an easel in Kindergarten which are good.  These came back to me when I was taking classes for pre-school teaching 24 years ago and was working in the college’s child study center as a student aide.   That job was the best one I ever had!  The smell of the paint we mixed for the kids brought back my memories of painting at an easel in Kindergarten!  I even remembered the crinkly sound of the paper when my teacher took down our unique creations after they had dried.  Believe it or not, she didn’t make us all paint the exact same thing!  I don’t remember a whole lot about Kindergarten except a few kids who were in my class.  I have a few pictures of them around here somewhere.

Isn’t it funny how strong our senses are connected to our memories?  For instance, whenever I smell the spice of rosemary cooking on chicken, I remember the first time I ever cooked with it.  I was just about eight weeks pregnant, I think, and I had just put the chicken with rosemary and butter on it in the oven.  A little bit later I started feeling very nauseated so much so in fact, that I almost got sick.  (Sorry)  I just lay on the couch and felt like dying.  I went outside and walked around a little bit, though, yet  I remember how I suffered through the cooking of that chicken!  I felt stuck, because I couldn’t go off and leave it cooking in the oven when no one else was home.  My husband was at work, and we were living literally paycheck-to-paycheck, so I couldn’t just chuck it in the garbage either!   So I just waited for it to finish cooking as I moaned and groaned.  My husband said it tasted really great, but I wouldn’t know…I felt too sick to even look at it much less eat it! It’s funny because rosemary is my very favorite thing to put on chicken when I bake it now.  Strange, but true.

So what does any of this have to do with the song “Vincent?”  Nothing much really except to say that whenever I hear the song now, I see van Gogh’s beautiful work in my head.  I feel inspired.  I feel like someone who lived so very long ago understood where I am at right now even though he had no clue what really may have been causing his troubles.

Lately, I have not had any kind of plans for drawing or painting except to paint Sherri’s fox which was a pleasure to do.  As soon as I learned of her father’s death and saw the fox on my calendar (which is where it came from, but I have not photographer’s name to credit) I knew I wanted to paint it just for her.  Perhaps my own motivation comes when I want to bless others with something meaningful instead of just painting for the heck of it.  Not to say by any means that what I do for myself or for fun or for experimentation isn’t meaningful because it is.  Time spent on art is never a waste of time.  It’s just that when someone (in this case, Sherri) tells me that she cried when she opened her package, that is what made it all worth it.  I did have fun doing it, but knowing it touched her heart so deeply is what made it even more worthwhile for me.

Vincent van Gogh was an emotionally frustrated man, tortured really, by what people think may have been bi-polar disease.  I have a right-brained way of thinking myself….creative and packed full of feelings, plus clinical depression to boot, which I take medication for.  So I suppose this is why I love van Gogh and his work so much.

In the last couple of years I have been reading his personal letters to his brother Theo which I have posted about before, and they do reveal a very sensitive and loving man who just wanted and needed the validation from others for who he was and the work he did.  He desperately wanted to be taken seriously!  Isn’t that what all of us crave for the work we do?  Well, I know I do, so that is why I want to say THANK YOU from the bottom of my heart for all the wonderful compliments to my work that I have received in the last few days (and years) here on WordPress and on my Facebook page.

Let your friends and family inspire you.  You’ll be glad you did!

Have a wonderful day, and give someone you love a big hug!  🙂

 

 

“This world was never meant for one as beautiful as you.” For they could not love you But still your love was true And when no hope was left in sight On that starry, starry night You took your life, as lovers often do But I could’ve told you, Vincent This world was never meant […]

via “This world was never meant for one as beautiful as you.” — Art of Quotation

Sherri’s Red Fox

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Hello everyone!  Today I learned that my friend Sherri Matthews finally received this 8×10 painting I did for her in honor of memories she has of her dad who recently passed away.  She loves foxes and the colors of Fall and it reminded her of all the times her dad used to take her and her brother out in the woods to explore when they were children.  So those were the things I was thinking about as I painted it for her.  (The picture will become bigger if you click on it.)

It was truly an honor to do something that meant so much to a good friend.  Sherri and I met here on WordPress a few years ago.  She lives in the UK with her lovely family whom she clearly loves with all of her heart.  She has been a really great friend to me even though we have never gotten to meet in person…..maybe someday!!  😉

I always feel encouraged whenever I receive a message from her on Facebook.  We became friends on there as well so that is how we communicate.  It is great to be able to make such a meaningful connection with someone so far away.  The only downside is not being able to sit down and talk over coffee or give each other hugs.  However, just being able to keep in touch across the miles is a really great gift.  I am so glad to have met Sherri here.  She has a beautiful blog here on WordPress called A View From My Summerhouse.  Here is a link to the story she wrote which inspired me to do the painting for her.   https://sherrimatthewsblog.com/a-walk-in-the-woods/

I hope you enjoy it as much as I did.  She has many great stories, and she works hard as a writer.  I am thankful she is in my friend and in my life.

Have a wonderful day, and give someone you love a big hug!  🙂

(I love you, Sherri!  Big hugs to you!)

Wicked Witch Fun

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Hello friends.  Yes, here I am again in costume (after Halloween!)   You may wonder what is going on with me these days…or not.  Either way, the day after Halloween the kids and I and my son’s girlfriend went to the local Halloween store to browse around for bargains.  Well, as you can see, I found some green tights, a cape, a black skirt with bats on it, a witch hat and green face makeup.  I wish I had gotten a better close-up of the skirt, but I still may do that at some point.  Anyway…..

Perhaps you hate the character of the Wicked Witch of the West, but I have always loved the way the actress Margaret Hamilton played her.  I grew up watching The Wizard of Oz every year on television.  It was the one movie I looked forward to every year and made sure I never missed.  However, my kids never took a liking to it, so needless to say I haven’t seen it that much in the last twenty years, but I do pop in the DVD my husband gave me several years ago for a gift every now and then.

What do I love about this character?  Well, she is one of the best antagonists I have seen portrayed in the movies.  Dorothy has something she wants, and she is bound and determined to get those ruby slippers (even though they aren’t ruby in the book.)  I think most antagonists seem to have the attitude that someone has something they want and have convinced themselves they are entitled to it more than the protagonist is!   She does this well, and of course she tries to hurt Dorothy’s little dog and her friends in order to have some leverage over her.

Also, Margaret Hamilton does such a great witch voice!  “I’ll get you my pretty, and your little dog, too!!”  That is one of my all-time favorite lines of hers.  In fact, for some reason, I remember most of HER lines more than any other characters in the movie.  I used to be able to talk and sing along with everyone in the movie and might still be able to do that even now!

So….since I am an avid reader and had never read the book growing up, I decided to buy it a few years ago and read it.  Oh how different it is…but you may have already known that.  I have to say that I like the movie much better and have no desire to ever read the book again or any of the other books in the Oz series.  I like all the changes they made with the characters for the movie adaptation!  I guess I am just too attached to how these great actors portrayed these characters so differently than L. Frank Baum wrote them!  But that is just me!!

Well, I am planning on experimenting with doing more makeup and possibly costuming soon.  It’s another way to try and express myself artistically I think.  I used to always want to do backstage help with plays but never pursued it.  I think it would be a lot of fun.  So it is something I am thinking about for the future once my daughter is done with her senior year.  There are a couple of local theater groups but for use they are still a 45 minute drive away and their schedules just don’t fit in with mine yet.  So in the meantime I will play around on my own!

Have a wonderful day, and give someone you love a big hug!  🙂

Halloween Laughs!

Hello and Happy Halloween!

I have just started on preparing for my next painting today that will be a gift for someone special.  I can’t say who until I send it to her and that may be a while from now.  I have been doing so much reading lately that I just hadn’t been able to get back into the swing of drawing and/or painting.  I have missed it, but hope to get back into it a lot more now that the holidays are approaching.

I hope everyone has a safe and happy Halloween this year!

Have a wonderful day and a spooky fun evening, and give someone you love a big hug!  In the meantime, have a few laughs, too!  🙂

P. S.  Here I am monkeying around!

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“Sorry, Charlie!”

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Hello everyone!  Yesterday, before I did the Moose drawing I traced Charlie, the Tuna fish (some of you older folks may remember those commercials) onto some watercolor paper and painted him.  I have always loved tuna; my mom used to make the best tuna fish sandwiches I have ever eaten.  She put sweet pickle relish, Miracle Whip, and chopped up boiled egg in it.  I realize that may sound gross to some people, but we never had mayo in our house.  For some reason, we were a Miracle Whip family.  My family I have now has both in our house.  One to satisfy the Southern born girl (me) and the other to satisfy my Illinois raised husband and my daughter who has decided she likes mayo and dill pickles better in her tuna or chicken salad.

I don’t know what made me want to draw Charlie.  Maybe it was the fact that his glasses are same kind my dad used to have and my son has now.  Maybe nostalgia.  Or maybe just for the halibut! HA!  All I know is it was fun.

However, my background wasn’t planned and could be better so who knows maybe I will do him again in a different part of the ocean.

Have a wonderful day, (what’s left of it)  and give someone you love a big hug.  🙂

p.s. It is evening where I am right now, but all I know is it is 5:00 somewhere!

p.s.s. Here’s one of the Starkist Tuna commercials I remember being on television when I was a kid!

 

Moose Pencil Drawing

Happy Monday!  Meet Maurice the Moose!  My friend, Jill, named him!  🙂

 

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Have a wonderful day, and give someone you love a big hug!  🙂

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