Friday, January 30, 2009
Since everyone has been so kind to let me into their home, I will let you into mine. Next week I will start posting some "befores and durings", and some possible "afters". I don't know if I really will ever have an "after", as I am always redecorating. It feels good knowing that I am in company with so many others out there!
I took this photo as my mother in law was driving the car. She stopped in the middle of the road so I could quickly jump out and take a snapshot. This piece is called "I See What You Mean" by artist Lawrence Argent. It is a 40 foot, 10,000 pound bear peering into the Colorado Convention Center. It is so whimsical. I love it.
Thursday, January 29, 2009
Tuesday, January 27, 2009
I am not much of a laying out in the sun kinda gal, so I am ready to explore the area! If anyone has any names of good places to shop, places to eat, things to do, please leave a comment! Are there any showhome tours nearby?
Monday, January 26, 2009
Friday, January 23, 2009
Butchart Gardens on Vancouver Island has glorious rose gardens. The entire place, in fact, takes my breath away. There is so much inspiration for painters there. I see how Monet drew so much inspiration from his own garden. Here is one painting I did that reflects one of the rose "rooms".
This one below is available on Etsy.
Here is the photo I took for inspiration:
Here is another variation I did of the above about a year ago. It is in warmer tones:
Wednesday, January 21, 2009
Yesterday was a 70 degree day. Today is predicted to be even a little warmer. January in Colorado from years of experience is usually mild. Usually that means there will be a blizzard here in the next few weeks. I'm exaggerting, of course, kinda.... In the meantime, I dream of Spring that will come sometime in the next few months - of looking out my laundry room window to see the cherry blossoms on my little cherry tree. I painted the above a few weeks ago when it was cold out. You probably recognize it, I posted it here on my blog right after it was done. It is called "Reach". Aren't we always reaching for something? Reaching for a goal, as these blossoms reach toward the sun? It is now on Etsy.
Monday, January 19, 2009
But then the walls would have to be painted. (This color looks so different on my mac than it does on my pc!):
Sunday, January 18, 2009
Thursday, January 15, 2009
Tuesday, January 13, 2009
Monday, January 12, 2009
Perfect for a teenager!
Friday, January 9, 2009
This painting is titled "Group Picture". You know when you take a picture with a group of people, and everyone is squeezed together and you smile your best waiting for the photographer to be finished? There's always someone squeezed in on the side, taller people in the back.... I'm always in front. I'm short.
Anyway, this painting is my first original to be posted onto my etsy shop. It took me a while to get my originals together. (I was having varnishing issues - I ran out, and was having a hard time ordering more, then I had to wait for it to dry and cure....etc.) It is an 11x14 on a flat panel. It does need to be framed, or leaned against a wall, or set on a picture stand. Click here to see it in my shop.
Thursday, January 8, 2009
When I first entered into the blogging world almost two months ago, I had no idea what a close community it was! It is filled with kind, supportive people. I am humbled to be given the above award by Charmaine. Thanks Charmaine for all your kindness; you have no idea what it means to me. Please visit her - she truly has a beautiful site.
Olive (I'm addidng this 1/15)
Monday, January 5, 2009
Inside, it is a buzz of activity. The lobby is filled with people relaxing after a day of skiing, and waiting for the New Years Eve festivities to begin. It was such great ambiance! Look at the antler chandelier!