When they Believe

It’s wonderful to have others love what I paint. It is especially heart felt when my granddaughters think I’m so awesome of an artist I could get rich selling what I create. The life of an artist is never about the money. Each piece created is a journey. I’m asking myself if this looks right or should I start over. I know the more I paint the better I become. I am teaching my young granddaughters the joy of creating and I’m always saying “perfect is boring”. In their minds if it isn’t perfect it’s ugly. I hope they are listening when I tell them not to worry about bring perfect.

Recently we went to see the movie Cruella. We all enjoyed the film. There was a collective love of these little black and white puppies not knowing how anyone could hurt them. My granddaughters are big animal lovers especially for dogs.

We are packing up to drive our youngest granddaughter home the next day. It will be an all day trip. My granddaughter turns and asks “Grandma can you paint me a Dalmatian puppy before we go?” Honey, there’s no time we leave tomorrow. This grandma has a hard time denying such a simple request. I told her I would try.

So I always have a ton of art supplies handy for any of the kids that want to create. I had a canvas board from the Dollar Tree and a frame from St. Vincent. Let’s do this.

She was all smiles when we hit the road. Grandma you are amazing. This is why I paint.

The Wisdom of Children

I love talking with my granddaughter’s. Yesterday we were talking about gross food we have eaten and gross food we would never eat like frog legs, fish heads and cow feet. This morphed into discussing the mounting of dead animal heads onto a wall. When they died their animal spirit is still stuck to this wall grandma!!!!

So she then wanted to tell me a story about a store she stopped at while on spring break. She said this store was selling the tip of a fox’s tail. Not the entire tail just the end. It was very soft. She was going to buy it, but when she grabbed it she felt something hard. It was toe nails. “Grandma” she said, “it wasn’t a fox tail it was a bunny’s foot. There were like 20 bunny feet on a chain in that store!! All those bunnies died because someone wanted their foot!!!!!”

I didn’t have the heart to tell her that a rabbit’s foot is suppose to bring you luck. It sure doesn’t give the bunny luck now did it.

So in memory of all the bunnies who lost their feet this chart explains where it’s ok to pet a bunny. Note: nothing here says it’s ok to cut their little feet off.

For the love of bunny.

Winter’s Beauty

I think one of the prettiest birds that really pop against the white snow is the cardinal. I am often commissioned to paint the cardinal the most. I love the many shades of red and orange that goes into their feathers. It is not just solid red but many vibrant shades blended together.

This painting is at the request of a friend who wanted the bird painted against a green background instead of the typical snowy white. I like this choice. With so much snow surrounding me when I go outside this brings me a little bit of early spring.

Spring will be here before you know it. I hope when this year draws to an end that everyone who wants a vaccine has gotten a vaccine. I hope that we are once again able to come together.

It has been a challenging year where I’ve learned about Zoom, what restaurants delivers and the value of a phone call instead of a text.

Think spring but remember the beauty still visible in all the snow that surrounds us these days.