Thursday, February 28, 2013

An Old Acquaintance


"I frequently tramped eight or ten miles
through the deepest snow to keep
an appointment with a beech tree,
a yellow birch or an old acquaintance
among the pines."
~Henry David Thoreau



An Old Acquaintance

5.5" x 7.5" original watercolor on Yupo paper, matted  - $85.
Quotes will be laminated to the back of the painting's matting.
mats -(acid-free/white core) with foam core backing, in an acetate sleeve
ready to fit into a standard 8" x 10" frame

 

An Old Acquaintance is #8 of my 30 Paintings in 30 Days 
January 2013 Challenge
inspired by quotes about trees.


X ♥  O

Sunday, January 13, 2013

Trees Are Sanctuaries


"Trees are sanctuaries. 
Whoever knows how to speak to them,
and whoever knows how to listen to them,
can learn the truth.
They do not preach learning and precepts,
they preach, undeterred by particulars,
the ancient law of life."
~ Hermann Hesse




Trees are Sanctuaries
SOLD
#11 of 30 - "Paintings Inspired by Quotes About Trees".

One of my earliest recollections was of climbing a huge Weeping Willow tree in my neighbors' backyard. Because of the placement of the branches, it was easy for a young child to climb up to the top, which seemed at the time, extremely high. I remember, just sitting there and looking down at the earth and up into the sky. Feeling the branches sway in the wind, I felt even smaller. Yes, maybe I was a little scared too, but it was oh so, exhilarating and such an amazingly magical hideaway. I continued visiting the tree regularly until the sap was flowing and I had to go home all sticky. Shortly there after, the neighbors cut the lower branches off which put an end to my lovely retreat.

Do you have any fond childhood or adult memories of your favorite trees?
I'd love to hear your stories.

X ♥  O

Thursday, January 10, 2013

Ancient Sequoia Trees


"Death is a low chemical trick,
played on everybody except sequoia trees."
J.J. Furnas



Ancient Sequoia Trees

5.5" x 7.5" original watercolor on Yupo paper, double matted to 8" x 10" - $85.
Quotes will be hand lettered and laminated to the back of the painting's matting.
mats -(acid-free/white core) with foam core backing, in an acetate sleeve
ready to fit into a standard 8" x 10" frame


 


Ancient Sequoia Trees is #9 of my 30 Paintings in 30 Days Challenge
inspired by quotes about trees.

Thanks again to everyone for your feedback and enthusiasm for these small watercolors on Yupo paper! I am enjoying working on this synthetic paper, because I never really know how it will turn out. I put my marks down in ink first and then just try to go with the flow, letting happy accidents happen as they may.  Yupo pushes me beyond my comfort zone and makes me constantly stretch my skills.  Iim excited knowing that I'll be learning something new each and every day during this 30 in 30 journey.

And YOU help keep me focused.
You've given me the feeling that I'm on a good course with these
little trees and for that, I am truly grateful.

Thank you for stopping by!

X ♥  O

Tuesday, January 8, 2013

I Like Trees


"I like trees because they seem more resigned
to the way they have to live
than other things do."
~ Willa Cather



I Like Trees
5.5" x 7.5" original watercolor on Yupo paper, double matted to 8" x 10" - $85.
Quotes will be hand lettered and laminated to the back of the painting's matting.
mats -(acid-free/white core) with foam core backing, in an acetate sleeve
ready to fit into a standard 8" x 10" frame

 


I Like Trees is #7 of my 30 Paintings in 30 Days Challenge
inspired by quotes about trees.

Thanks to everyone for your feedback. Your comments help me to
grow as an artist and are most appreciated!

X ♥  O

Monday, January 7, 2013

The Loner

It's been months since I posted here! Sorry about that if anybody missed me.
I guess I just needed a break.Since January 3rd, I've been participating in Leslie Saeta's thirty paintings in thirty days challenge. I'm giving it a shot along with over two hundred other participants. My theme for the series is paintings that are derived from inspirational quotes. I decided today to post the next 24 pieces here as well as on my other blog, where you can see the trees and quotes I've already completed this week. 



"Trees are much like human beings 
and enjoy each other's company.
Only a few love to be alone."  
~ Jens Jensen

YAY!!



The Loner
5.5" x 7.5" original watercolor on Yupo paper, double matted to 8" x 10" - $85.
Quotes will be hand lettered and laminated to the back of the painting's matting.
mats -(acid-free/white core) with foam core backing, in an acetate sleeve
ready to fit into a standard 8" x 10" frame

 

The Loner is #6 of my 30 Paintings in 30 Days Challenge. My personal theme is paintings inspired by quotes and so far I've done all trees because I love them and all the great things about them. This piece evolved into a "Tuscany Inspired" tree theme through the comments and feedback of friends on facebook. Although I've never been there, or painted it before, I've seen many photos and hear from everyone that it is simply one of the most magnificent places on the planet. It is most definitely on my bucket list! I did a lot of pre-painting planning on this little gem. It kind of came out with a Van Gogh influence, don't you think? How do you think I did with the colors?

Thanks to everyone on facebook that helped me with these "Tuscany Colors". Your comments and feedback help me to grow and is most appreciated!

X ♥  O 




Friday, October 5, 2012

Finish What You Start

"My therapist told me the way to achieve true inner peace is to finish what I start. So far today, I have finished 2 bags of M&M's and a chocolate cake. I feel better already." - Dave Barry

Wednesday, October 3, 2012

No Metaphysics


"Look, there's no metaphysics on earth like chocolates."  ~ Fernando Pessoa

Tuesday, October 2, 2012

Feeling Godlike


"After eating chocolate you feel godlike, as though you can conquer enemies, lead armies, entice lovers."  ~ Emily Luchetti

Monday, October 1, 2012

Forget Love


"Forget love - I'd rather fall in chocolate!"  ~ Attributed to Sandra J. Dykes

Friday, September 28, 2012

A Mosaic


"Winter is an etching, spring a watercolor, summer an oil painting and autumn a mosaic of them all."  ~ Stanley Horowitz

Thursday, September 27, 2012

Their Last Days


"How beautifully leaves grow old.  How full of light and color are their last days." ~ John Burroughs

Wednesday, September 26, 2012

October's Party


"October gave a party;
The leaves by hundreds came-
The Chestnuts, Oaks, and Maples,
And leaves of every name.
The Sunshine spread a carpet,
And everything was grand,
Miss Weather led the dancing,
Professor Wind the band."
-   George Cooper, October's Party

Tuesday, September 25, 2012

Like the First Gray Hair


"The foliage has been losing its freshness through the month of August, and here and there a yellow leaf shows itself like the first gray hair amidst the locks of a beauty who has seen one season too many."  ~ Oliver Wendell Holmes

Monday, September 24, 2012

Open Air


"I cannot endure to waste anything as precious as autumn sunshine by staying in the house.   So I spend almost all the daylight hours in the open air.-  Nathaniel Hawthorne

Friday, September 21, 2012

Intelligence


"The intelligent man is one who has successfully fulfilled many accomplishments, and is yet willing to learn more." ~ Ed Parker

Thursday, September 20, 2012

A Flaming Heart


"Nothing splendid was ever created in cold blood. Heat is required to forge anything. Every great accomplishment is the story of a flaming heart." ~ Arnold H. Glasow 

Wednesday, September 19, 2012

I Can't Do It


"'I can't do it' never yet accomplished anything; 'I will try' has performed wonders." ~ George P.Burnham

Tuesday, September 18, 2012

Tiresome Labor


"Having once decided to achieve a certain task, achieve it at all costs of tedium and distaste. The gain in self-confidence of having accomplished a tiresome labor is immense." ~ Thomas A. Bennett

Monday, September 17, 2012

Friday, September 14, 2012

Perfect Day


"It was one of those perfect autumnal days which occur more frequently in memory than in life."  ~ P.D. James