I painted this several years ago for an entry in an art show. It has been sitting, tucked away in the corner of my studio. This past summer my husband and I traveled the roads through 10 states and often passed over the old Oregon trail. As we stopped at several points of historical interest, I was reminded of this painting. At the time I painted it, I had wanted to portray a strong, yet gentle woman, who had the courage to leave her home and trek west for a new life. She is a courageous woman, a woman of strong faith, and a woman who toiled and worked hard to provide the basic necessities for her family. Along her journey she endured many hardships, the death of a child or loved ones, hunger and fatigue, caring for others who are ill, old, and sickly, even when she is also suffering. She greets each day with prayer and gratitude for her blessings, never complaining of the hardships or giving up hope for the future. In her eyes, the windows of her soul, I tried to convey the message of weariness, yet resilience, of her determination to put on her best bonnet (even though it is worn and dusty), and with her sadness tucked deep in her heart she faces the trail with new found joy of all the possibilities.
Friday, September 8, 2017
Thursday, August 10, 2017
On August 23rd and 24th, I have been invited to set up camp at Rockin Robin's vintage store in Vernal. I will be there giving tours of my remodeled 1965 Vintage Avion Trailer and selling unique vintage items, my hand-made gypsy bags, one of a kind gypsy style clothing, and my original oil paintings.
Hours are 10:00 a.m. til 6:00 p.m.
This is a before picture after we had gutted all the worn out cabinets and walls.
The bathroom before:
Y'ALL come by and see us!
August 23rd and 24th
10:00 til 6:00
at ROCKIN' ROBIN'S
west hwy. 40
located just east of the movie theater
Thursday, July 13, 2017
While hunting for treasures in an old dusty thrift store, I found this vintage kitchen prayer plaque. It imediately brought back so many happy memories of my Grandmother's kitchen.
One just like this hung on my grandmother's wall, so all who entered into her kitchen could read it. My Grandma was a wonderful baker. The smell of donuts rising, and fresh bread baking are some of my fondest memories. Grandma would give us a call and say she had just pulled the bread from the oven. She lived just through the lot and we would scamper over immediately. Instead of cutting the bread the traditional way, she would slice the bread along the long edge, giving me the 10 inch piece of crust (my favorite). I would smother it in real butter and drizzle dark, rich molasses over-top. MUMMMMM, a favorite memory that money couldn't buy.
My kitchen prayer sits in a south window above the sink, as I don't have any wall space in my current kitchen. Each day while doing the dishes, I can read it's timeless message, recall fond memories, and hopefully create some that my family will remember years from now. Yes, when I bake bread, the loaves are cut the long, length-wise, slathered with real butter and drizzled with rich, dark molasses. I just wish the grand kids didn't live so very, very, far away.
Tuesday, March 28, 2017
A journal can be filled with thoughts, goals, art, moments in time to remember and cherish.
A journal captures the small everyday happenings that can easily be forgotten if they
are not written or recorded in some way.
I made myself a large stack of journals, each one is different and unique.
The generic, lined journals I had purchased to write in, sat unfilled on the shelf.
I needed something that would draw me to it, enticing me to fill the pages.
This journal has a peacock theme running through out.
I chose to use papers that reflect the beautiful colors of a peacock, blues, greens, purple,
Torn pages from old calendars can be added.
Note cards, glued in and embellished, add interest.
Loose papers can be held in with craft-sized clothes pins, or large paper clips.
It is bound together by punching 5 equal distanced holes, and threading cotton twine through the holes. I will fill the journal with thoughts, things I am grateful for, hopes, dreams, doodles, recipes, and moments in times that will someday be a treasured memory.
One of the journals I made into my 2017 calendar
Simply draw in the months of the year.
Extra papers for notes or lists of things to do. Envelopes are glued in, slip in important receipts or mementos.
Use a unique, hand-made journal to record your travels and wanderings.
Sunday, March 19, 2017
Over the past year I have acquired a few second-hand, thrift store finds
to go in our 1965 Avion camp trailer.
A water pitcher and bowl for washing hands.
I also needed a table in the trailer. and when I found a matching pair of drop-leaf end tables, I purchased them hoping one would fit in the space between the counter and the bed. It fit perfectly! The table is easily moved outside when camping for several days, or moved over in front of the bench when we are eating inside.
Utensils will be stored in the drawer.
This glass pitcher with a copper handle and lid, holds my drinking water.
I can add a lighted candle underneath and warm water for tea if desired.
Here is my favorite find, an antique, early 1900's seal skin suitcase.
The interior is in pristine condition.
A perfect place to store my favorite vintage western shirt and fringed jacket.
I purchased it from OldRedHenVintage.etsy.com
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Monday, March 13, 2017
Quickly painted this little vignette this morning. I have made a goal to make a painting 5 days a week for the next 6 months.
Hopefully I will......well maybe........if I don't get side tracked.,,,,
I have a new art studio. A room just off the kitchen in our rental. A space to create, tucked away from the hub-bub of every day life. Hopefully I can escape there for several hours each day and make or paint something wonderful.
I am currently working on a portrait of my daughter. I am debating if she will be holding a chicken or flowers in her arms. What do you think?
A school ceramic project signed by the artist holds extra brushes.
A vintage desk lamp was a great find!
Captured these flowers in the yard before the weather changed.
I have a note book and quickly sketch people as they as sitting quietly in church. It is good practice to try to capture the essence of an individual in just a few short minutes. Also doodling helps me retain what the speakers are saying.
I also take notes.
I like to paint flowers!
A PAINTING A DAY,,,,,,,,,,,,,I'M GOING TO TRY!
Wednesday, February 15, 2017
My son came home from college the end of July. He planned to spent the next five months living at home and working to save money for his next year of schooling. At college he had been dating a beautiful, sweet gal from Indiana. By October he had decided to ask her for her hand in marriage, but he needed a special, cost efficient way to do so.
He decided that the small green house that sits on the west side of the house could be just the perfect place.
Cedar 4x4's were placed on the dirt for support. He then purchased pine planks to screw down on the cedar posts making a sturdy walk-way and an area big enough for a small table and chairs.
After the floor was stained and dry, he and his younger brother raided my stash of vintage linens and hung them strategically, creating a romantic spot for a proposal.
He spent a couple of hours sanding and repainting the old vintage metal patio chairs. Then rummaged through my material stash to find the right fabric to cover the original, old, ripped, blue vinyl chair seats.
Wanting to hang one of my vintage brass and crystal chandeliers, but deciding the roof wouldn't hold the weight, he attached this wall sconce instead.
A wonderful dinner was cooked and served by his younger brother all decked out in a tuxedo, and a sparkly silver sash and bow tie.
By the way she said, "YES" and we are so excited to add her to our family!
This summer we will hook on our 1965 Vintage Avion camp trailer and head cross country to Indiana for a wedding reception. I can hardly wait!