Alive and Ticking in 2013

Oil, 11x14 - $300

Mingo Road Farm – Oil, 11×14 $300

Mingo Road Farm which was completed in 2012 along with more that I have got to post. I promised to get things moving again soon. I’m afraid winter tries to turn me into a gloomy old goat and I soooo need to be better at not giving in. Shame on me! Seems like I should be more productive on inside things when it’s cold and gloomy out and yet, no, I just want to sulk instead.

Does winter bug you? Have you figured out how to beat the blues? If so, give us your pointers for overcoming the winter blahs.

It’s truly good to be back. Now to get to creating once again.

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Back At It, Yeehah!

Clint, the dogs and I are back from our trip downstream on the Tennessee River and it’s time to pick up the paintbrush again.  : )  I’m actually working on two paintings which are mixed media and about to begin another one, a commissioned piece.

I’m afraid my studio had no trouble letting me know that I’d been away too long.  Besides the dried up paint on palettes, I had a maze of spider webs of all sorts to dodge and clean up.  I’d say that’s pretty pitiful, wouldn’t you?  I get mad at myself easily enough, so rather than focus on what I haven’t done, I am determined to press forward.  Kicking myself in the booty is only going to be counter-productive at this point.

I also have a glass panel in the works, and will have to get to that soon too.  As I am sure you have already noted, I am a procrastinator of the worst sort.  I can only tell you that my heart is in the right place and I do so mean to do better.  And, I do have some wonderful and interesting and sorted excuses as to my low production of art, but I will leave all that to your imagination.

Right now I am pondering methods of motivation, struggling to understand what makes me “move it, move it!”  You see, it’s like this, I’m a people person (I’ve probably told you this before).  I am motivated by laughter, talk, seeing other’s creation, just being with other creative people.  I guess that’s ridiculous, but, dang it, it’s true.  A lousy excuse, but it is mine.  Therefore, I have got to find ways to be around these other creative people and I’m quessing that there are other creative sorts who feel just the same as I do.  Those are the people I need.

Now, if you’re like my husband, who, were he to be on a deserted island for a year, he’d still mow and groom everything to perfection, he’d cook actual meals, he’d have everything just so-so.  If you are like Clint, you are NOT going to understand my predicament at all.  Oh, well.  But, if you are slightly grinning and shaking your head slowly up and down, then you DO understand me and, feel my frustration.

I either need to find some “competition,” like you paint and I’ll paint (not a “who’s better”), or get others to set up shop in the farmhouse studio along with my studio, or meet someone or two to paint somewhere REGULARLY.  (…please don’t laugh at me using that word, I am trying to think positively here…)

Okay, Oz (me) has spoken, now to get my rear end into gear.  Since my three paintings that are in the works are not completed, I will leave you with one I haven’t posted.

Alexis and Ken, "The Kiss" 2005, oil on canvas

Don’t forget to visit my Etsy Shop, just click on the Etsy Shop info to the right on this page.

Okay, Oz (me), has spoken.  I’m back at it, yeehah!

“Oops, I Did It Again…”

Feeling Quite Overwhelmed With My Inadequacies

Well, as much as I may hate having to take a quote from Britney Spears, it just so states the fact.  I have procrastinated, fallen off the horse, lost my vision, piddled, done everything but…, YET AGAIN!  And, where are you guys who are supposed to hold me accountable…though I realize it’s pretty much an impossible job.  May I say, I NEED YOU!!!!

If I could make money piddlin’, I’d be a rich woman.  (and, I’m not proud of this at all)

Okay, I’m heading down to the studio and I will paint today.  I have two commissions to get done, a pen and ink and a glass panel.  I am so ADDH or whatever those initials should be for one who can focus here and there and over yonder and under there and do it all in the span of 5 minutes and yet can’t focus on just one thing for any amount of time.  I drive Clint nuts, and little does he know that I drive myself nuts!!  Seriously!!!!

I did update our boating blog this morning (I’m only a year behind…ask Jim Kuemmel), but I am trying to catch up.  And, I am on here because I know if I stick my neck out and blog, someone will read it and remind me of what I’ve said here…

A round of applause to all of you who are so focused.  I pray I will get there.

Still I smile…I love life.

Leigh

My Etsy Shop

Well, after much contemplating (too much contemplating), I have now opened an Etsy Shop.  I will be listing paintings, stained glass panels and other creations through the coming months.  Sometimes we have to take a plunge and this is my plunge for the year.  The water is deep but I am a good swimmer so I’ll be fine.  If you are the curious type, you can view my shop by clicking HERE.

Since I have last posted, which has been way too long ago, I have begun doing a few more stained glass panels.  One, already sold, will be used in an antique door, replacing it’s top panel with this piece.

Cross and Tulips - Sold

My oldest daughter is having a formal wedding celebration (they did not have one 6 years ago when they were married).  So, deciding that I wanted to do something a bit unique, I created 43 little Brides and Grooms to be place above the floral arrangements on each table at the reception.  Here are a few photos of these little guys and dolls:

A Bride and Groom

Dancing Brides and Grooms

All in all, I have been busy, but having fun none the less.  With spring’s arrival, we have climbed aboard Barefootin’ again and have a few small trips under our belt thus far.   It’s wonderful to see the flowers blooming, the hummingbirds back at the feeders and all the wildlife around the farm busy building spots for their newborn.  Spring is such a wonderful time of the year.

It is one of my goals to begin posting more regularly and to share friends’ creations with you as I receive their photos.

Wishing you a wonderful weekend to soak in the newness of spring with all its many delights!

Smiling,

Leigh

I Declare!

I declare, this “doing a painting a day” is harder work than one might think.  But, I am determined to do this and I WILL PREVAIL some way, somehow.  I just want you, my accountability partners, to know this, I AM NOT GIVING UP!  If I only get one painting done a week, it’s a painting and it’s progress. There are 2 more “buts” here, and those are – (1.)but, I still plan to paint EVERY day.  True, I’m falling on my face so far in making this consistently happen, and I know I’ll “fail” some more (I do have a life outside the studio), (2.)but, I am determined to do my best to really turn out some work.

Today I am heading down to the studio, and a long time friend is meeting me down there.  So-o-o, today the plan is that we BOTH will put out a painting by the end of the day.  I’m figuring there will be plenty of laughter along the way to that end.  Gail, my friend, and I used to own an arty little shop together back in our younger days.  It was in an old smokehouse on my property.  We always hung bunches of rosemary with ribbons from the rafters and to this day, the smell of rosemary holds the fondest of memories for us both.  Our little shop began when we decided to get together one evening at Gail’s to make a few Christmas ornaments…by the time the night was over, we had created a dream that we would work to make come true and did.  Never underestimate your dreams.

Take the steps to make your dreams come true!

The Artist Is Human

No artwork today, I am a female, and I do have to get my hair done.  Then, it was off to grocery shopping for the weekend.  Boat friends are coming to spend the weekend with us.  Yikes, I have to cook!

Even though we are anxiously looking forward to friends coming this weekend, I was missing friends in general this afternoon as I put groceries away.  The phone rang and it was Mick.   I was thrilled to hear his voice, now we’re joining he and Cindy for dinner tonight.  I am so looking forward to spending some time with great friends.

Today, I am so thankful for my friends.  Clint and I have been so blessed with a beautiful variety of special people.  Life would not be the same without them.

This is an oil painting of a special friend of ours.  He was a Marine in WWII with the War Dog Platoon during the invasion of Guam, and later was on Iwo Jima for that bloody battle.  He has been a wonderful friend that we love dearly.  I took a photo of him in Hawaii when we were driving around exploring the island one day.  This painting is from that photo.

24×28

Tomorrow I’m baking a rum cake, making brownies, fixing white chili and cleaning and straightening for company.  If you’re bored, come on over and help.

Hoping you’ve got great weekend plans.  As Thanksgiving gets closer, we can enjoy thinking of all that we have been blessed with, family, friends, health, so much.  It brings back memories of a song I can remember singing, “Count your blessings, name them one by one.  Count your blessings, see what God has done.  Count your blessings, name them one by one. Count your many blessings, see what God has done.”

I hope you have more blessings than you can count.

Smiling,

Leigh

 

More Important Things

Since I turned in two pieces partially done yesterday and my husband has just arrived back home from a trip, I’m doing “art planning,” but no painting today.

But, today, more important things, I need to say HAPPY BIRTHDAY to all Marines, both old and young.  Thank you so much for your service.

And, to ALL VETERANS and MILITARY, thank you so much for your service! We are proud of you all.

 

My husband’s father. He was a battalion commander on Iwo Jima, where he lost his life. He gave the ultimate sacrifice, leaving behind a young wife and 4 small children. He never saw his youngest, my husband.
My oldest (center) when she was in Basic Training. She is now out and a mother of two beautiful little boys. Her husband is still serving. Thank you both for your service.

Also, a big shout out to my two other son-in-laws, my husband, his two brothers, a  brother-in-law, and my dad for their service.

If you are proud of someone’s service to our country, I’d love to hear about it.  : )

Smiling,

Leigh