Thursday, February 14, 2019

Wednesday, February 13, 2019

Traces of Past Lives

A student once gave me a set of very old books. They were worn and tattered, just barely hanging together.

Recently I moved them to a different spot and paid attention to the drawings and signatures within them. I like to wonder about the individuals who once touched and used these volumes. What were their life stories?

 This car drawing is on the inside cover flap of the Idylls book.

The Julius Caesar volume had pencil doodles and this one drawing on the introduction page.

Other volumes belonged to Emma and Joseph.

I am a fan of cursive writing and believe it should be part of the school curriculum.
A person's writing style is as unique as one's personality.

Tuesday, February 12, 2019

Keeping the Blues Away

Painting helps me escape from negative thoughts and down moods. I tend to go back to colorful flowers in order to lift my spirits.

I am a messy painter. I use my hands as much as paintbrushes and sponges.

I would love to be able to do portraits, but it's beyond my ability.

I tried an abstract without success. 
Some attempts are total failures.
But I keep trying because I have found the pleasure of painting.

Monday, February 4, 2019

Watching and Waiting

There are times when it's best to just watch and wait. The winter months provide ample hours for rest and reflection. Thankfulness includes spouse, children, grandchildren, relatives, friends, health, home, and hobbies.

Inspiration for the angel painting came from another artist who creates and sells beautiful art. I wanted an angel for this guest bedroom. I didn't like one of my recent flower paintings so I painted over it and started this one of an angel.

  Watching Over Me

Monday, January 28, 2019

Winter Scene

The paints came out one day last week, and this was the result.

Passing along an idea I clipped from a Country Home Feb 2007 issue. Take an old sweater, cut off cuffs, and slide onto glass candle jars for a wintry look.

I have used the jars on the tiered tray for a winter theme.

 New issue of Flea Market style has lots of ideas. 
Makes me want to get out and treasure hunt once this Arctic blast has come and gone.
 Stay warm, cozy, and well.

Monday, January 21, 2019


In January I like to change things up a bit so I spend time rearranging.

Tassel left the lamp arm for the hall tree hook. 
Globes came out of the utility "schoolroom."
Man in chair painting moved from den to living room wall.

Happy to display DeAnn art canvas on bookcase 

brass dog on top of book stack

This arrangement is back in place.

Years ago I bought the boy bookend at Bojo's Antique Mall in Memphis. I had started a collection of figurines reading books. Last month I came across the matching girl at Outside the Box in Ripley, TN. Nice to have this pair of bookends after all this time.  

Saturday, January 19, 2019


You have heard that saying " The Quest Is The Best," and it's certainly what I enjoy. Friday afternoon before shopping for grocery essentials like bread, milk, and eggs I went browsing and took my time looking at booth after booth. Here are a few items that caught my eye.

This J was part of the name sign to a booth.

I really liked this narrow architectural piece.
But I talked myself out of it.

This garden angel made me think of spring. 

I picked up two small brass owls and was about to call it a day. Then I went back to one booth I had stopped by earlier. I noticed a basket on the floor with some picture frames. I looked through them and found a piece of art. I recognized the signature and wondered could it be for real. 

The $7.95 price tag encouraged me to buy it.  

When I got home I checked on DeAnn Hebert's Instagram page to review her artwork. For a long time I have loved her depiction of churches, barns, dancers, and cottonfields. I've even tried to copy her style in a few of my amateur paintings. I love the way she uses blues, browns, grays, and golds.

I found the print listed and this information:
10x10 Mini "clarabelle & dolly" gallery wrapped canvas print $95
April 27, 2015

Needless to say, I was thrilled with my bargain find.

So you just never know what you will find as you take part in the quest.


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