Saturday, January 31, 2015

Saturday's Critters . . .


Joining Saturday's Critters,
 I have just a couple for you.
We have many black squirrels around here this year
and this one is a very dark coal color. 
The male Cardinal is
as handsome as can be in his signature red coat.

I am sure many of you think
 that fluffy black squirrel
is sweet and adorable.
He and the rest of the squirrel population visiting the feeders
are fun to watch, but they sure are messy. 
I put a food mixture out for them
but that isn't enough,
the more I feed them,
the more they want!
They attack all the feeders with a vengeance.
tossing seeds all over place.
You can see what a mess I will have when
springtime cleanup arrives
I really don't mind,
I enjoy my critter families.
Each day there is something different going on.
I put fresh suet out today
and the woodpeckers were the first ones to notice.
Thanks Eileen, for sponsoring
I am sorry I am so late joining in.
Until next time,
Love,  Lynne


Thursday, January 29, 2015

Good Fences . . .

This is a Winter View of a fence I showed you 
this past summer. 

This is the Summer View.
I tried to count the pillars as we drove along on the road.
Each time I counted I got a different number.
Let's just say, I think there are around 75-80 of the
stone pillar fence posts. 

 A very interesting fence line indeed.
No Trespassing
signs surround the property.
Mister IGH is still trying to find out
 what this large parcel of land protects.
Knowing him, eventually he will find out.
Good Fences
happens each Thursday.
Why not join along with me and others
to view fence lines and gates
from around the world.

Thank you for visiting me and
thanks to Theresa for sponsoring Good Fences.
Love, Lynne 

Sunday, January 25, 2015

Hosting Paint Night . . .

A few nights ago, four of us met together at my house,
for a night of painting.  No instruction, just us.
There were two others that planned to be with us
but they ended up having conflicts.
It was a night to paint whatever we wanted to.
We each had a plan and off we went.

I planned some eats and others brought things too.
As you will see, some wine bottles
found their way onto the make shift kitchen island studio.
Donna and I painted Birch Trees.
I really like Donna's painting intent, style and touch.

Marie arrived late at our event
and decided not to paint
and instead
this silly girl showed us her empty canvas, new brushes and paints
(Next time she promises us she will paint!).

 Barbie surprised us all. 
She knew just what she wanted to paint and set off to do so.
The funny part was when she walked through the door with her seven foot easel.
She named her painting, 
Dandelions in the Dark
Barbie was on a dynamo roll.   
 Donna's final Birch Tree painting was wonderful,
like I said, I like her touch!
Donna and I were following the same picture as a guide.
We had similar, but slightly different interpretations. 
 I grew up in a family where my brother and mother were considered the artists.
Venturing out this past year to give my hand at a try in painting
has surprised me as much as it has surprised others. 
I must say,
I haven't enjoyed anything else this much in a long, long time.
The best part has been in the trying and doing, very relaxing,
You may have heard about Paint Nights
that are happening in many cities and in various settings.
I have been participating with a local artist
and her
Art Uncork'd Paint Nites
(click on her name and it will take you to see her exceptional art)
There are six to eight of us painting each paint night.
Sharon has a painting that she has completed
for us to look at and ponder and then she leads
us into painting our own.
There is a charge for the classes
which include the paints, brushes, canvas and the artists guidance.
Paint Nights can be found in many cities near me
I just checked and found many within a half hour to hour drive,  
so I am sure you can find them too.
I encourage you to give it a try,
it is really very enjoyable.
In addition, there are many videos available on line
that give you step to step visual instruction
in oils, acrylics and watercolor.
I'll be back again soon,
Love, Lynne