Still Painting


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Clint and I are going to hit the river (Barefootin’) for 4 days, taking the dogs along with us. I will get back to painting next Thursday if all goes as planned. (you know how that goes…)

Thanks so much for hanging in there with me. Smiles to ya!


Rome Wasn’t Built in a Day

Dropping by today just to let my readers know that I am busy painting.  I started a scene from Brookgreen Gardens, just south of Myrtle Beach, yesterday.  This one will take a bit more than a day, therefore “Rome wasn’t built in a day.”  Three friends and I went to Brookgreen this fall, we went to the Gardens 2 days in a row and could have gone more – beautiful place with so much to see.  The painting is from a friend’s photo taken while we were there.

Top – Chatting about the gardens, Bottom – The Gardens have sculptures galore, realistic/whimsical/you name it, if you love gardens, history, sculptures, and/or animals/butterflies (they have a small zoo and butterfly house too), you’ll want to visit Brookgreen Gardens

Today I’ve got to focus on homework and study for a boat piloting class (this class is provided by Chattanooga Sail and Power Squadron, along with many other great classes) that I am taking.  (not exactly under duress, but, honestly, I would prefer focusing on my painting).  With that comment out, I will admit to loving the articulate nature of this course and I am enjoying the math/algebra/geometry (whatever) that’s involved.  Stirs the brain a bit and that’s always welcomed at this age.  (which reminds me, I did finally turn 60 this month).

With a little luck, I will have another painting for you to see by Thursday evening.  Hold me accountable!

I hope this note finds you working on making your dreams come true, the large or the small.  The size doesn’t matter, just that yo

u are working daily towards something that really matters to you.  It might be a goal that you reach with no one else even noticing, and who cares.  You are the one in control of your life and dreams…keep plugging!



Happy New Year!

Well, I’m finally back at it.  It felt so good to head back down to the studio and paint again.  : )

Today’s my big 6-0 birthday, we’re headed to my parents to celebrate this evening.   I had to cut my studio time short, but I did get another painting under my belt.

Today’s painting:

Sunset – Oil on Canvas

I hope each of you have plans to make 2011 special.  This is a great year to push ourselves to accomplish something new in our lives.  Wishing each of you great success this year.



Can You Believe It?

Can you believe it?  I have actually made up for my slackness with 3 posts for the day.  As the Marines say, oh so well, “Ooo-rah!”  (A salute to all you Marines out there!)

Today was a fun day, having a friend to paint with in the studio.  We did our painting and our girly talk and had a productive day in both areas.  I got out of my comfort zone and painted a landscape.  Gail did a beach figurative scene.  This was our first time to ever paint on a 6×6 canvas and we were both a little nervous about it.  But, as with most of life, we fret over things only to find out that we can survive and all our worry is usually for naught.

6×6 Autumn’s Creek – Oil on Canvas

Well, I pooped out and tomorrow’s a big day.  I hope to paint in the morning and one of our son-in-laws is coming for the weekend.  He’s a South Carolina grad and we’re watching the Auburn/South Carolina game with him…we’ll both be nervous and cheering, just for different teams.  No matter what, we’ll have fun and that’s what it’s all about.

Here’s wishing you a fabulous weekend!





I was going through photos to find some good reference material for some paintings and came across some more of my older paintings.  Here they are:

10×12  Oil on Canvas

14×16 Oil on Canvas

24×28 Oil on Canvas

10×14 Acrylic

12×16 Oil on Canvas

12×16 Oil

6×6 – Pen and Ink

16×20 Watercolor

Up and Running

It’s hard to believe that I haven’t written a post (or painted) in a week.  That’s more of a Thanksgiving break than I should have given myself.  Still, we did have a wonderful Thanksgiving with some of my family here at the farm.

I had said I would post a pic of my Thanksgiving table.  After looking at the photos I decided you wouldn’t be all that impressed, so I’ll spare you.  I will, instead, show you a photo of the cheese ball/pumpkin that I made.

I hope you all enjoyed your Thanksgiving as much as we did here.  We played Jenga with my 3 /12 year old grand-niece after dinner, dessert and a long hike.  She is really, really good at it!  She’s inspired me to get a Jenga game for our two smallest grandchildren for Christmas.

I spent the days after Thanksgiving pushing myself to workout and trying to get back on some kind of “fitness” routine.  I titled today’s blog “Up and Running,” to inspire myself.  So far, the “Running” is only figurative.  The “Up” is working out pretty well though.  It’s not the easiest time of year to decide to do this, but I really need it, so I’m not giving myself any excuses.  – Clint also booked a cruise for January 30th…oh my, by then I will be 60, so one more reason I am pushing myself now.  Two months to get a 60 year old beach body.   – wondering what kinds of pictures that is conjuring up in your heads??  eeek!

Okay, onto discussing art and creativity as I am supposed to do.  Since I have a way of being honest, I will tell you that I woke up this morning knowing that I had  to go down to the studio and paint.  I knew I couldn’t make any excuses.  I’ve done that now for over 2 years and I’m done with excuses.  There was only one problem that still presented itself as I headed for the coffee pot.  What to paint?  I hadn’t a clue.

For all of you who do have the great pleasure of knowing my husband, you know that he will kindly vouch for the fact that Leigh never has a plan.  It just a fact of life, like that grass is green and the ocean holds fish.  I try, I really do.  And, there are those special moments when I am forced to plot and plan. Those dutiful moments when someone might be depending on me.  Yes, then, I can and will rise to the occasion.  But, it most certainly is not in my nature to plan.

So, as I slowly drank my coffee, and pondered my predicament, I remembered that a painting has hung for over 2 years in our laundry room.  It’s not just a painting, it’s an unfinished painting.  Tah dah, that would be my first project on this overcast windy day.

I called an arty friend, we chatted about some arty plans.  I wolfed down some raisin bran, grabbed the painting off the wall, called the dogs and we were off to the studio.  The clouds were grey and the wind was whipping as we walked down the drive.  I hadn’t heard the weather today, but no doubt, from the look of things, we’d be getting rain.

I got to the studio/old farmhouse, set up the painting, searched for my oil paints and all that goes with them.  In glancing around, I spotted the other painting that I had begun, in acrylics, last week.  I smiled, that would be my second project of the day.  (see how things fall together, even for us ridiculously spontaneous types?)

 – 2013 comment here, dang, I ramble way too much…I have deleted loads of this post and still it just goes on and on.  Note: 2014 – don’t ramble Leigh, just get to the point, share a painting, or something of interest then – stop writing!!

Thanks for dropping in.  With Christmas/holiday season upon us, I know we are all going to be busy with parties, planning, baking and cooking, shopping, family, friends, decorating and maybe even a Salvation Army bell or two to ring.  There’s still loads to do here at the farm, so far the tree is up and that’s it.  But, what a great time of year!

If you like arty gifts, do check out Etsy.  Loads of wonderful artists post their creations there.  A great place to shop!  One day I dream of having some creations there myself.

Wishing you a Wow-Kinda week!



A Busy Day for You and Me

It’s hard to believe that Thanksgiving is almost here.  And, more amazing, Christmas season is here.  Oh, my!   Today, there’s “making a list and checking it twice,” but, it’s my Thanksgiving grocery list, rather than Santa’s Christmas list.

We’re discussing putting the tree up before our Thanksgiving company arrives.  Is yours up yet?  That’ll mean one more thing to do.  Funny, I thought I’d be spending the day’s before Thanksgiving setting up my studio, making it “workable.”  But, when this morning arrived, it didn’t take long for lots of Thanksgiving projects to start bouncing around in my head.  The next few days will be plenty busy, but not so sure part of that will be time spent in the old farmhouse, working on my studio.

I’d get a kick out of seeing all your Christmas trees, or your decorated Thanksgiving table.  Post them in your comment, we can all be inspired by them.  I am planning to post my Thanksgiving table once it’s all set.  I love seeing all the different and unique ways we all decorate and celebrate all the different special days in our lives.

Oh, and to report on this weekend and our fun with our company.  We had a blast, a very laidback group and we ate too much, but did do our share of exercising.  Aren’t you proud?    We took a long hike around the farm and up on the ridge, no easy climb to the top.

Four of us heading up the ridge, taking the lead.  (Laura and Mackie, both on the right, made it up first, Betsy and I dropped behind with the rest, ugh)

Here’s the group (we’ve named ourselves “Hales Bar Yacht Club”) at Jack Daniels Distillery, before our tour.

As the holiday season moves quickly into our lives, the days will fill up and time will fly by.  Recognizing and enjoying each special moment will be up to us as individuals.  Each friend, each family member so precious, so unique.  We’re all actors and actresses in each other’s play.  I hope our lines are sincere, straight from the heart.  Let’s never forget those urges to share, to give the love, respect, appreciation that we feel for those in our lives.  Life is so short.  Love from the heart, dream big, be brave, do great things, you’ve got it in you!

And remember, your love, your dreams, and your success motivate all who are watching you!