Wednesday, October 30, 2013

You could have heard a pin drop...

Have you ever watched something so intriguing that you forgot about the time? Have you been in a room full of people where everyone shared the same point of interest? and you all forgot the time?

Well, yes on all of those for me! You could have heard a pin drop during Robert Knudson's painting demonstration at The Frame and I during Prescott's last art walk. Wow! As one person said - "it's quieter than the library!"

Robert had prepared an oil sketch as the reference for his painting.

He began painting - one very deliberate stroke after another - and that's when the entire room became quiet...

Knudson’s approach to painting is representational, and often interpretive. “A painting should reveal the distillation of something in the spirit of the artist,” he says, “Not just what I see, but what I feel about what I see. Not just to report in an artistic way, but to interpret creatively what most moves me about a moment and place in time.”
Robert and his easel have been all over the world for more than sixty years. He has mastered pastel, watercolors, acrylic, and oil painting and is quick to share his experience. Watching him paint in oils was just as fascinating as watching him do a pastel painting. Check out my blog post, "In the hands of a master...", for details about his pastel painting demonstration that I saw. Wow!
At the end of the demonstration, voila! A beautiful painting!


 Robert’s talent is well portrayed in his quality of light. Light defines drama and contrast in his paintings. Knudson states, “To me it parallels life, highlights many thoughts about principles of change, survival, eternality. Light sets the mood, the dynamic to any moment on the landscape and suggests a grand theme.”
Are you inspired? I am! That's one of Robert Knudson's goals - to inspire. He also teaches painting and will begin a new class soon. If you are in the Prescott, AZ, area check with The Art Store for details.
Don't paint in oils? Well, take this inspiring nudge and go explore another class in something that calls to the creative artist in you!
Happy new adventure!

Sunday, October 27, 2013


Sometimes it takes an example of the obvious for me to "get it".

This week I have been working on this small sunflower painting...

So far there's a little masking fluid (the green dots and lines) to preserve some white paper and a little bit of paint on the petals.

But something isn't quite right. Time to take a close look at my reference photograph (one my watercolor teacher, Caroline Linscott, loaned me).

Ummm. What's wrong with this picture?

Could I please be excused from this blog post? Really. I do not want to confess that I seriously did not notice *ahem* the placement *cough* of the... stems.  Oops...

Upon turning the painting right side up, I did noticed two things.

  • The placement of the shadows that I had deleted from my sketch now made perfect sense.
  • And, the basic sketch was in major need of a drawing overhaul.

My own words came back to haunt me: "Your painting will only be as good as your drawing." "Your sketch is the foundation to your painting." "Make sure your 'map' is accurate before you pick up a brush."

Never mind that I have said that many times. Never mind that I have had instructors tell me the same thing. Never mind that, in the back of my mind, I hear that when I start a painting. Never mind that I have previously regretted putting brush to paper before pencil had finished it's job.

Never mind that it will take way longer to fix my hasty painting start that it would have taken for me to do a good sketch in the first place.

How embarrassing.

I repeat: Sometimes it takes an example of the obvious for me to "get it".

To do something right, I have to start right. I have to follow my reference photo and make sure that I am accurately recording not only where each petal is, but where each highlight and shadow is on each petal.

And I'm pretty sure that it helps to have the stems heading towards the ground, too. Obviously!

Oh, and I'm also pretty sure that life is a lot like that, too.

My sheep hear My voice, and I know them, and they follow Me;
and I give eternal life to them, and they will never perish;
and no one will snatch then out of My hand.
John 10:27-28

Following the Lord Jesus,

Friday, October 25, 2013

Eye Spy - Funtry Friday!

I spy kitty eyes! Pal is in her favorite spot - strolling between my legs and keeping a close watch on me!

She has eyes that are two different colors - one is mostly green and the other has a lot more brown. Pretty kitty and pretty kitty eyes!

I had my eye on this little bird hiding in the grass weeds...

I'm not sure what kind of bird this little guy is, but he sure is cute and he had lots of company. I think they were just passing through. We do get a lot of migratory birds traveling through this area in the fall and spring.

Like these little guys...

Ummm... Well, not the big brown one, the little black ones. Those are Brewers Black Birds and this year we have another huge flock taking up residence for a while. Billie Jane doesn't seem to mind them flying all around her - she just keeps on eating.

Dinner is a favorite time with her and with Hershey. Here is Hershey's "hurry up!" look.

Speaking of "hurry up" - I had better hurry up and look at all the fall colors around here because the leaves are falling fast!

There are all kinds of beautiful colors showing up around here right now. Time to grab my paints and catch them while I can!

Hope you have some fun things to see in your neck of the woods, too. Happy Funtry Friday!


Sunday, October 20, 2013

Just when you think it is over... there's a surprise!

Look what greeted me this morning!

In spite of the freezing temperatures. In spite of the frozen vine. In spite of all the other flowers being withered.
Look what I saw!
Just when I thought there would be no more blooms this year, there it was - right in the middle of all the dry brittle broken vines - one more glorious Morning Glory!
The joy of the Lord is my strength.
Nehemiah 8:10
For some it is a humpback whale, for others a beach full of starfish... For me, it was one beautiful morning glory that defied the winter cold!*
*If you have read Captivating by John and Staci Eldredge, then you know what I mean.

Friday, October 18, 2013

A little here and there this Funtry Friday!

Well, look who is here to sing up the sun, today! Hello, guinea birds - how are you this morning?

Care to wander around with me this Funtry Friday? How about a stop at the grocery store. Can you buy these at your Safeway grocery store?

Nope, I didn't buy any prickly pear fruit or leaves - there are some growing in my yard for free...

I did buy some yummy bell peppers, though, and look what I found when I cut one open!

A little tiny pepper sprouted from one of the seeds! I never saw this before - maybe it happened because these are organic peppers. Who knows - but it was really funny to find it inside.

It was down right fun to find these pansies when I went to buy hay at the feed store!

There were lots of them in all different colors. What a fun Fall splash for the garden!

Speaking of colorful splashes, how about a little sunset glow?

This time you get to see one of the pilots out for an evening (brrrr cold!) fun flight!

Well, the critters and I are all "hunkered down" for the night. Hope you enjoyed strolling around our neck of the woods today! Happy Funtry Friday!

Kathy and the Zoo

Sunday, October 13, 2013

What's so hard about this list thing?

It's Fall already and some of the projects I began in January are still just a beginning. Now that the "frost is on the pumpkin", I feel more than a little bit behind.

I had this list… a long list, kind of left over from last year and added to in January… But then things happened along the way. A lot of things – too many to mention right here. Just take my word for it… or wander through my past blog posts this year. Things that made me put aside my list and just stamp it “later”.

Last week my pastor said “Life is full of distractions.” (Yes, I am a week behind in digesting the sermon, but that may make me ahead of schedule with the way this year has gone.) Distractions seem to be the “new normal” for me these days, but I did drag out my list and a few dozen assorted scraps of paper with general and specific scribbles (some faintly legible) and (deep breath) I rewrote my list.

Now what?

I was inspired to “put it in writing” when I read a series of blog posts by a friend of mine. wait and listen: 31 days from chaos to quiet… But a list is just words on paper if you don’t do anything with it.
So what’s so hard about this list making thing? I mean really. You just make a list. Do something. And cross it off the list. Right?

It’s when something hard to do is on the list that I look for distractions. Oh, I can handle “pay bills” and “clean the bathroom” okay, but “get ready to move”*?


(deep breath) Yes. There. I said it. Get ready to move. Look, it’s in writing.

And oh how I love (dripping sarcasm) change. But it is time to move.** So, while I go check my list again, here are some answers to the questions that I am asked every time someone finds out that I am moving.
  • Where are you moving? Generally, closer to my daughter and son-in-law – specifically, I don’t know.
  • What are you going to do with your animals? (seriously – this is how it is usually worded… I am running out of duct tape...***) Lord willing, I will take them all with me – right down to the antique chicken.
  • When are you moving? When the house (which is not listed yet) sells.
So, now that I have crossed “blog about moving” off my list, I guess I had better go take inventory of available boxes and resume sorting and packing – and crossing more things off my list!

Yet those who wait for the Lord
Will gain new strength;
They will mount up with wings like eagles,
They will run and not get tired,
They will walk and not become weary.
Isaiah 40:31


*For some time, I have felt the Lord impressing this on me - but, oh, those distractions!
**Gah! see * and watch me don His "armor" and smoosh the distractions!
***because what I want to say is "mmmfft mffft mmmttfff"... Next time I'm buying wild colored duct tape... or maybe zebra print...

Friday, October 11, 2013

Funtry Friday - here and there!

It's been a busy week with some fun all around the country. I saw a purple bee at my sister's house! Seriously!

The light must have hit the wings on this big bumble bee just right to make them show off the iridescent color. Awesome!

I had a nice little rain, too. Also awesome because it did not come with six inches of mud and/or a ton of water coursing through the wash. It did present me with a beautiful cloudy view, though!

Nothing I like much better than enjoying a pretty view while I'm out with the horses.

I also got to see a great watercolor demonstration by an awesome artist. Caroline Linscott visited the Prescott Valley Art Guild and shared her talent with us. Very fun!

I'm looking forward to a class with her next week. Yay!

I had another creative venture this week, too - a little sewing project. This dress is for my oldest granddaughter who wants to dress up like Nancy Drew this year. Here's our version of a 1930s Nancy Drew dress!

It was an adventure since I didn't have a pattern, though there was a dress to copy. And, of course! there were some changes to be made along the way... I think it came out cute - love the blue buttons on the green dress.

Speaking of lovely colors - look what the clouds brought us!

Another gloriously awesome country sunset!

Hope you had some fun this week in your neck of the woods! Thanks for dropping by for some Funtry Friday fun!


The Blogging Business Artisans offer this challenge for October:
October- LeAnn / pasqueflower Prelude to the Holidays October! It is time to start thinking ahead to the holidays -- Halloween, Thanksgiving, Hanukkah, Christmas and New Year. They will be here before we know it!
This month, I challenge you to create a holiday-themed item. It could be a new listing for your Etsy shop, a holiday decoration for your home, a costume or special accessory for a holiday gathering, or a gift you intend to give to a friend or loved one.

The dress here will outfit Miss M as sleuth Nancy Drew for her costume adventures this year!

Sunday, October 6, 2013

Abundance doesn't come easily.

It is not only knowing there is beauty all around us, but opening our eyes to see it that makes it real.

It is not only open eyes, but open hearts that change the world.

Sacred Intersections

It is not only trying, but trying again and again that succeeds.

wait and listen... 31 days from chaos to quiet

It is not only thinking "it", but doing "it" that makes our lives rich and full.

The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy; I (Jesus) come that they may have life, and have it abundantly.
John 10:10

Have a blessed week,

Wednesday, October 2, 2013

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