Art in the Backyard

We noticed on Pinterest that pinecones can be turned into flowers! We thought this was a cool idea and we decided to try it. So off we went walking and gathering our supplies. We did need to make a pit stop at Michaels for some craft paint and now we have what we need.

Sometimes all you need is a spark of an idea. That described my granddaughter and I, we had a brilliant idea. We decided to make art from pieces that we found in the neighborhood. In her neighborhood there are a lot of pinecones, acorns, leaves and sticks. Surely we could make something creative with that. I know my granddaughter has a glue gun so anything is possible. We went hunting and gathering.

Painting and glueing was the fun and easy part. The challenge came when we started to cut the pinecones. We wanted to turn pinecones into flowers using only the bottom portion of the cone Has anyone ever tried to cut a pinecone? It isn’t too easy; in fact it’s almost impossible.

Here’s what we did and here’s what we learned: *craft scissors don’t work * mom’s scissors from the kitchen drawer doesn’t work and we knew we would be in BIG trouble if we used the sewing scissors* dad’s saw didn’t work but it did get the feeling you might actually be making progress-not *tried a saw with deep teeth which only scared us at the thought of losing a finger….*we then tried wire clippers which only cut the pinecone petals like toe nails which now were flying everywhere in the garage * finally we learned that clipping the petals and twisting the core with pliers finally got us a pinecone that looked like a flower!!!

We painted and glued and glued some more. In the end we liked what we created. Each backyard is full of possibilities so go and be creative. Make something that has never existed before and have fun.❤️

Painting for Others

It’s a challenge to be hired to paint a painting for another. Sometimes its down right scary. Am I meeting their expectations? Is this the right color green? Often times I’m given an old photo that’s not clear or a series of photos to turn into one painting. I love a challenge but sometimes I scare myself. I ask myself why did I say yes or why didn’t I ask more questions about what they wanted. It’s hard but I hate to say no.

When I was asked to paint a flower, a very big arrangement of flowers on a very big 48”x48” canvas, you know I had to say yes. This is the third time I’ve ever painted something so large. The canvas always looks bigger once it’s on my easel.

This one turned out to be a lot of fun. Took about five weeks. I start painting, let paint dry, more painting, and repeat. Everything I’ve ever painted always teaches me something new. One coat on a canvas is never enough- ever! So don’t be tempted to put the paint on thick. You will regret it, trust me.

So today my large painting went home. I asked to see how it looked in the room once she took it home. I got to say I love it. I hope you do too.

Flower Elegance- 48”x48” acrylic

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 is here and it will be garage sale season again.

“Winter is Here“. 11×14 acrylic $100