Monday, August 15, 2011

I will remember you...

A week ago, I lost my wonderful dad. To say that he will be missed every day is an understatement.

Ever since we lost my Mom in 1996, Dad would come to our house every night for supper. It was a given that as soon as it warmed up enough to eat outside, every meal would be served on the deck. All through the summer, until the chilly New England autumn drove us inside, this would be the place we would gather. How I love that man.

This photo was taken last summer. Dad was here for lunch and, of course, it was served out on the deck. This particular day, Dad and I had company. One of our many tame "Chips" decided to join us and Dad delighted in feeding him.

This is dad's favorite seat at the table. I don't think it has entirely sunk in yet that he will never join us again out on the deck. What wonderful memories have been made in this spot. If you look just beyond the railing, you will see a very special addition to our yard.

I am so grateful for, and touched by, the kindness we have felt from family and friends since losing Dad. Do you see the gorgeous wind chimes hanging from the oak tree next to the deck? They were sent last week from my wonderful publisher, Penny Lane Publishing, along with the sweetest sentiment, "To Donna and Family, This wind chime is sent to you in memory of your dad. As you hear the chimes, may you think of a lifetime of treasured memories with him."

What a lovely gift and sentiment. The chimes are gorgeous. I hung them right next to the deck, where so many of our wonderful memories were made. I had no sooner hung them when the most heavenly breeze came through, gently swaying the branches of the trees. The wind chimes immediately started making their beautiful melody and I felt dad right there with me.

Thank you, my friends at Penny Lane. You have no idea how much your sweet words and generous gift have meant to me and my family. I will think of Dad every time I hear these beautiful chimes.

I plan to dedicate another post to my dad so I will be back soon.

I love you Dad,

Donna Doo, Ducky, Little Girl

Friday, July 8, 2011

A New Print and Two New E-Patterns Coming Soon...

I just completed two swan paintings and Penny Lane, my publisher, combined the two designs into one 8" x 30" print (shown below in a computer generated black frame). As soon as I receive the prints I will add them to my ETSY shop.

The two original designs, shown below, feature a black swan/penny rug still life and a white swan/penny rug still life, and they are being offered as "Print on Demand" prints through Penny Lane. In addition, I will be offering these individual swan/penny rug designs as painting packets in the very near future (hopefully within the next week).

"Bliss," a black swan on top of a country cottage green dresser.

"Nest," a white swan on top of a distressed black dresser.

Both designs feature penny rug runners, books, dried flowers, distressed wood, and 'stitched' wall hangings. The packets will be available for purchase in my ETSY shop and through The Pattern Mart.

I hope you're all enjoying a wonderful summer :)


Monday, May 16, 2011

Thank you...

Lyn, I will be writing to you, but I wanted to thank you immediately for the stunning tag you created and sent to me. I agree, this image is just beautiful - so serene... And the lace trim, rhinestone design, flowers, and silk ribbon you added are just perfect....
As you know, I love my Blessed Virgin Mary statues, busts, and planters, and your tag is such a beautiful addition to my collection.
Not only that, this tag arrived just when I needed a little lift. It's been very stressful to see all the changes my dad has been going through lately, and your sweet gift could not have arrived at a more perfect time.

Thank you so very much... I feel so blessed.


Tuesday, May 10, 2011

My Mind's Eye...

Here is little Baby, looking oh-so-innocent... But believe me, when I go into my office to paint I have to shut the door behind me or this little darling insists on:  a) plunking down on everything I'm trying to paint, b) trying to drink from my dirty paint water, c) attacking my graphite or tracing paper and shredding it to pieces, d) trotting through puddles of paint on my foam plates, or e) all of the above!  I'm sure any of you who have kitties know exactly what I'm talking about!!

So once I've locked Baby out, art should burst forth, according to plan, with no interruptions, right? Ummmm, not so much.

Right now I'm in the beginning stages of my latest project for Penny Lane...

In my mind's eye, I know exactly how I want the finished pieces to look. Whether my mind's eye cooperates with me is another story. Most times when I come up with an idea, I envision exactly what the finished project will look like. And once in a while, the finished project actually does turn out exactly as I had imagined it would (dare I say once in a blue moon it even turns out better than planned!). But more often than not, I'm afraid, my pieces fall far short of what I hoped they would look like when finished.

This is a snippet of the very beginning phase of a different project I just turned in. Thankfully, this was an instance where I didn't cringe at the finished piece. In fact, I quite liked it. 

Ditto for its mate. I just love it when that happens!

Wishing you all a lovely, creative week!!!


Saturday, April 2, 2011

Depending Upon the Nature of the Beast

Last night we had the most wonderful time at the opening of Amanda's solo art exhibit.

It was held at the beautiful Three Graces gallery in historic Portsmouth, NH.

I'll share the evening through some of the photos I took last night.

Amanda's gorgeous art was displayed beautifully...

...throughout the gallery...

..which was filled with friends...

...and family.

There were lovely little touches everywhere you looked.

The gallery has the most gorgeous windows and exposed brick walls!

The women in Amanda's paintings are all so lovely with their vintage attire and hairstyles.

The vintage frames were the perfect finishing touch.

It was such a wonderful evening.

One of my favorite photos - Amanda and Court sharing a laugh in front of Amanda's installation, created to look like the background in so many of her paintings...

I loved the birch trees throughout the gallery!

And after the exhibit closed...

...several of us headed to The Friendly Toast for a bite to eat.

The perfect end to a perfect evening!

Congratulations, Amanda! We love you and we're so proud of you!

Love, Mummy

Monday, March 7, 2011

And it takes this long because...

I am ashamed to say that it's been FOUR months since I posted anything on my art blog! We've had a lot going on lately, and I definitely get sidetracked (way too easily!) But it's time to check in and say "hi" to everyone! We survived a LONG New England winter, but the end is finally in sight! This is Baby, the newest member of our family. We adopted her back in August when she was six months old.
It's been a l-o-n-g time since we've had babies in our house. I forgot how they are into everything!
Here she is, "helping" me paint my latest submission.
To say that everything takes ten times longer with her helping is an understatement! But it sure adds to the fun! haha
These two pieces were too big to work on simultaneously in my little studio, so I brought them out to the dining room, which is where I worked when I first started painting (same table, too!). I could never get rid of this old trestle table. It is covered with my spattered and spilled paints, with paint and glitter from the girls' crafts and school projects when they were little, the indentations of letters and numbers from long ago when Amanda learned to print with a death grip on the pencil (thank goodness for soft pine), the little tooth marks from Courtney when she would lean forward in her high chair and try teething on the edge, and even her initials carved underneath the table. Of course I didn't know about that until many years later when Courtney told me, figuring there was no longer a chance of getting in trouble over it! Yeah, I'd say our family history is written all over, and under, this sweet table.

So if Baby will ever let me get back to work, I might just get these paintings done one of these days!!

Hopefully it won't be 4 months before I post again!

Have a wonderful week, everyone. After all, spring is just around the corner!!!