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!


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!



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!