A Pop of Pink

I love the barns that have a quilt block attached to them. In fact there is a brochure you can get from Wisconsin tourism that maps out where quilted barns can be found by county. I have found many in Rock and Monroe Counties but not all are identified on a map.

My husband and I were on STH 33 heading east towards West Bend when I saw this quilted barn. We had to stop. The quilt design looked pretty new. It was definitely newer then the barn. I loved it. The bright pink rose popping out against the weathered wood of this old barn. I thought it was so pretty.

I painted that barn but I had to add some sheep and snow. Sheep always makes a painting look better. ❤️ Snow is coming. The temperatures are dropping and I already miss the fall days.

I think it’s going to be a long winter, but next year has got to be better then 2020. So find someone you love and hunker down. Be sure to have plenty of hot chocolate on hand. Before you know it spring us here and it will be garage sale season again.

“Winter is Here“. 11×14 acrylic $100

My Golden Comet

So when you see a photo of a baby chick and know nothing about it’s breed that doesn’t keep me from falling in love. This cute chick looks like she’s making her first adventure out of the henhouse. I remember my first time adventuring out on my own for the first time. I was 18.

It’s a right of passage to leave the family home and go out into the world not knowing if you have enough money, furniture or smarts to make it on your own. I had furniture but food mainly consisted of frozen peas cooked with a lot of butter. (I still love that.)

I managed money poorly and trusted others who I should not have trusted. I stumbled and got back up. I make dumb decisions that I learned from. My lack of understanding the adult world never physically harmed me or others. I am so thankful for that simple fact.

This baby chick doesn’t know where danger lurks and it will take a little luck and the other hens to keep her safe. I love her looks of determination. She’s going to be just fine.

Special thanks to “littlefarminthewoods” on Instagram for giving me permission to paint from their photo.

Stepping Out

9”x20”x2.5” acrylic canvas – $100 plus real cost of shipping

Time to Reflect

With the many worries that come with living in a pandemic I wonder how are we all spending our days. I find I keep wishing that I would wake up from this nightmare, but every day is a repeat of the day before. I am not alone I have my husband but there is a cloak of uncertainty that hangs over us. When will this be over? The challenge during this difficult time is to find joy in whatever you do.

My heart swells when I think of my family and friends. As hard as this pandemic is the best thing that has happened is from the many phone calls and zoom meetings that I have been part of. We talk more; we check in with each other; we share our hearts.

Where would we be without technology? To talk and see each others faces is an amazing thing. In fact I have learned you can play Pictionary and “Grandma Guess What Room I’m In” on the Zoom App. Who knew.

But not knowing when I will see and spend time with sons, daughters, grandkids, aunts, cousins and friends is the hardest part. Whether they are a few miles away or thousands of miles the lack of the physical embrace can bring tears to my eyes. I just miss them.

I’m blessed to have a circle of friends where someone calls or texts each day. We each feel the emptiness of not being together. A band of women who have becomes sisters instead of friends. We share our blessings and our fears. In our circle new grand babies are born, new illnesses develop and life itself never slows down. So it’s important to keep moving forward.

I stop and start when it comes to my painting. I wonder what will I do with all this art that I have created. I simply do not know, but painting gives me joy so I continue to paint. I just did this little painting only because little pieces are easier; less canvas to fill. I enjoy painting chickens but those who know me know my favorite animal is sheep.

No sheep today just a couple of chickens walking on a cold Wisconsin winter morning.