30 8 / 2014

I feel as though I’ve fallen behind on the fifty bird challenge. That’s OK. Slow and steady wins the race. Right?

Iowa’s state bird is the goldfinch. I painted the less vibrant female. 

I feel as though I’ve fallen behind on the fifty bird challenge. That’s OK. Slow and steady wins the race. Right?

Iowa’s state bird is the goldfinch. I painted the less vibrant female. 

28 8 / 2014

Indiana’s state bird is also the cardinal. 

Indiana’s state bird is also the cardinal. 

24 8 / 2014

Lawrence is my neighbor. He is a great man. I painted his house today. I will be framing it and giving it to him this evening. I don’t usually type a lot in my tumbler. I also don’t often give away paintings. Consider this a special occasion.
Last year, my kidney ruptured. I was seven months pregnant. As a result, my son was born two months early, and I spent the majority of 1.5 years in the hospital and on bed rest. This catastrophic event took place three days after we moved into our new home. My husband had to take care of me, a newborn baby, and a house. 
Lawrence didn’t know any of that. All he knew was his new neighbor’s lawn wasn’t getting mowed. He mowed our lawn all last summer without asking for anything in return. He took no payment. If you asked him why he was doing so much for a family he had just met he’d have answered “I try to be a good neighbor.”
He’ll never know how much his kindness meant in our time of need. If I was a better chef I’d bake him a cake. He’s never indicated to me that he has a fondest for fine art, but painting is what I do best. So today I made this house portrait. I hope he likes it. I hope someday I can be a good neighbor, too. 

Lawrence is my neighbor. He is a great man. I painted his house today. I will be framing it and giving it to him this evening. I don’t usually type a lot in my tumbler. I also don’t often give away paintings. Consider this a special occasion.

Last year, my kidney ruptured. I was seven months pregnant. As a result, my son was born two months early, and I spent the majority of 1.5 years in the hospital and on bed rest. This catastrophic event took place three days after we moved into our new home. My husband had to take care of me, a newborn baby, and a house. 

Lawrence didn’t know any of that. All he knew was his new neighbor’s lawn wasn’t getting mowed. He mowed our lawn all last summer without asking for anything in return. He took no payment. If you asked him why he was doing so much for a family he had just met he’d have answered “I try to be a good neighbor.”

He’ll never know how much his kindness meant in our time of need. If I was a better chef I’d bake him a cake. He’s never indicated to me that he has a fondest for fine art, but painting is what I do best. So today I made this house portrait. I hope he likes it. I hope someday I can be a good neighbor, too. 

23 8 / 2014

I spent the day painting at the annual Cumberland County Plein Air Riverfest event hosted by Gallery 50 in Bridgeton, NJ. I painted two pieces on site. Each took about three hours. Both works are watercolor and feature the beautiful Cohansey River. Both works are available for purchase at Gallery 50 until September 27th.

22 8 / 2014

One bird. Two bird. Red bird. Blue Bird. Idaho bird. Illinois bird. 

22 8 / 2014

Watercolor and Ink study of Cinderella’s castle in Disney World, Florida. This original painting is available in my Etsy shop. 

Watercolor and Ink study of Cinderella’s castle in Disney World, Florida. This original painting is available in my Etsy shop

19 8 / 2014

Hawaii’s state bird is the nene goose. 

Hawaii’s state bird is the nene goose. 

18 8 / 2014

The state bird of Georgia is the brown thrasher. I lived in GA for all of my college years. I don’t remember seeing this little firecracker even once. 

The state bird of Georgia is the brown thrasher. I lived in GA for all of my college years. I don’t remember seeing this little firecracker even once. 

16 8 / 2014

Interrupting your regularly scheduled state bird with a self portrait. 

Interrupting your regularly scheduled state bird with a self portrait. 

15 8 / 2014

Delaware’s chicken. Florida’s mockingbird.