The Perfect Gift

One thing I love to do is to give gifts to others. Especially if it is the “perfect” gift and if it’s an unexpected gift. Who doesn’t love surprises! I sure do, but that isn’t why I buy surprise gifts. I do it because it makes me feel so darn good. Plus “perfect” gifts aren’t always known ahead of time. You find “perfect” gifts when you aren’t looking. Maybe that is why I love giving these types of gifts. You see it; instantly think of someone; then you buy it.

I have been guilty of buying a gift because it is expected and doing that does not mean I don’t enjoy it. But when you see that “perfect” gift it lights up your entire day. In fact you’re dying to tell someone what you found and who you’re going to give your “perfect” gift to.

My daughter called me one day so happy and excited. I could tell from her voice that she had something great happen. She told me that she is the best daughter ever. (Yes I knew this. ) She just found the perfect gift for me. She can’t tell me because she is going to give it to me for Christmas. But mom, she said it’s so perfect for you and I had to tell you now. I know Christmas is 3 months away, but mom this is so “perfect”. Yes honey I know how that feels.

The point of this story is I was commissioned to paint a painting. He had a vision of a gift. I could tell by his words it was one of those “perfect” gifts. I painted his painting from a group of pictures and a old Christmas card. His vision came in pieces.

So I gave him some choices and he made his selection and I began to paint. Today he got his painting. He looked happy and I felt happy. Creating a “perfect” gift for someone is pretty darn awesome too.

A Lady’s Farm

For the Love of Sheep

I never get tired of painting sheep. The challenge is finding the right picture. I follow Leatherwood Creek Farms from Pulaski, Tennessee on Instagram. With the photographer Julie Refer’s permission I paint from her photos.

This is a sample of what I’ve painted. It is 12”x12” acrylic on canvas. It is for sale for $75.

Sheep in the Meadow

Capturing a Memory

Whenever we travel I always hope to get one good picture from which will be an inspiration for a painting. It doesn’t always turn out to be the case. Sometimes I think I have the perfect photo and then when I get ready to paint it…let’s just say the picture in my head is much better then what my eyes are seeing when I look at the canvas.

This year we went to St. Louis for our anniversary. Every anniversary is special and we always try to do something fun. My husband wanted to go to the botanical gardens. Which we did and I truly enjoyed it.

It was a warm and sunny day. There were kids on field trips, artists painting in the garden and there were people on private tours. It was a very busy place. We also had an amazing chowder soup and sour dough bread at the cafeteria. Excellent service and very attentive. Who knew a place like this could serve this kind of fabulous food. We skipped the wine but it was nice to have that option.

So here is my memory of our visit. The butterfly was a very cooperative subject and I took many photos until I got the right one.

”Morning Feast”. 8”x10” acrylic