Friday, January 16, 2015

Dog Probs

This is actually not allowed in our house. Especially not on my grandparents' sofa!
They stayed really, really still, hoping I wouldn't see them. 
I shoo-ed them out the door and placed some books on the sofa. Hope the books work!

He that lies down with dogs shall rise up with fleas” -Benjamin Franklin
or maybe a better quote - We've gone to the dogs!

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Wednesday, January 14, 2015

Christmas Gifts

I forgot to share some of the art I created for others at Christmas...

All four of those were special order gifts, so I could not share them prior to Christmas!

This was another special order....

I also created these....

And loads of ornaments and Christmas art....

Have a great day!

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Tuesday, January 13, 2015

Not a Regular

Blogging is second fiddle, these days. I had a birthday last week, though, and took a business trip and even painted. Busy, busy. 

Have a great day!

Whoever dwells in the shelter of the Most High will rest in the shadow of the Almighty. I will say of the Lord, “He is my refuge and my fortress, my God, in whom I trust.” Psalm 91: 1-2

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Monday, January 12, 2015

Greenville Alabama

I mentioned that I found a great art gallery in Greenville, Alabama, last week. 

I wanted to share a few of the pretty and historic homes I saw as I buzzed through this cute town off I-65, on my way to Foley. This is the Butler County courthouse....

circa 1903 

The copper dome is a replacement, courtesy of Hurricane Opal in 1995.

This cute Greek Revival caught my eye...

As did this one...

This Gothic Revival is captivating. I love the overgrown bushes begging to be cut.  Keeps it mysterious. 

I also like the telephone wires. I know, that is crazy. But, they aren't all that common, anymore - only in older neighborhoods. We have overhead power lines in our historic neighborhood and I'll admit I am not so fond of them when we have storms and lose our power.  

This Greek Revival is next door to that Gothic Revival. Do you see the old-fashioned traffic light?

I should have zoomed in on those gorgeous camellia bushes blooming along the left of the front walk. However, the sun was setting and this was a busy intersection and it was actually quite chilly. So, -not enough patience.

This is the side view of that house. Cute profile.

Another Greek Revival...

Greenville also has it's share of Victorian architecture, but I tend to favor the older homes, so I arrived home with no photos of other styles.

Cute downtown.

And I captured these last two from the car at 40 mph...

Love that side addition.

And that is your tour of Greenville, Alabama!

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Friday, January 9, 2015

High Horse Gallery

This past week, I traveled through southern Alabama for my "real" job. As I swung off the highway in search of history and a bottled water, I stumbled across an art gallery in Greenville, Alabama. 

High Horse Gallery is not something you would expect in this small, impoverished Southern town. (If you are wondering, it's okay for me to refer to a place as a "small, impoverished Southern town" because I grew up in one, per my own rules.

(High Horse Gallery occupies the two buildings with black awnings, on the right.) 

This cute town and gallery are only a couple of miles from I-65. A perfect stop between Mobile and Montgomery. 

The owner, Mary McKinley is a true southern belle - very hospitable.

I love, love, love these dogs in charcoal.....

I believe Mary said an art teacher in Foley, Alabama painted those. 

The collection is mostly from Southeastern artists. However, a few international ones are thrown in for interest....

I like this piece by Pam Padgett....

High Horse Gallery also carries original paintings by Charlie Lucas, "The Tin Man."

I wish I'd thought to take a photo of the cypress knees a local woman in her 70's turns into Santas!  

Follow High Horse Gallery on facebook, for updates and better photos.  

Here is a list of the artists currently in the gallery.

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Sunday, December 21, 2014


Luke 2  -20
And it came to pass in those days that there went out a decree from Caesar Augustus that all the world should be taxed. (And this taxing was first made when Cyrenius was governor of Syria.) And all went to be taxed, every one into his own city.

And Joseph also went up from Galilee out of the city of Nazareth into Judea, unto the City of David which is called Bethlehem (because he was of the house and lineage of David) to be taxed with Mary, his espoused wife, who was great with child. And so it was that while they were there, the days were accomplished that she should be delivered.

And she brought forth her firstborn Son, and wrapped Him in swaddling clothes and laid Him in a manger, because there was no room for them in the inn. And there were in the same country shepherds abiding in the field, keeping watch over their flock by night.

And lo, the angel of the Lord came upon them, and the glory of the Lord shone round about them, and they were sore afraid. And the angel said unto them, “Fear not, for behold, I bring you good tidings of great joy, which shall be to all people.

For unto you is born this day in the City of David a Savior, who is Christ the Lord.

And this shall be a sign unto you: Ye shall find the Babe wrapped in swaddling clothes, lying in a manger.” And suddenly there was with the angel a multitude of the heavenly host praising God and saying, “Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace, good will toward men!”

And it came to pass, when the angels were gone away from them into heaven, the shepherds said one to another, “Let us now go even unto Bethlehem and see this thing which has come to pass, which the Lord hath made known unto us.”  And they came with haste and found Mary and Joseph, and the Babe lying in a manger.  And when they had seen it, they made known abroad the saying which was told them concerning this Child. And all those who heard it wondered at those things which were told them by the shepherds.

But Mary kept all these things and pondered them in her heart.

And the shepherds returned, glorifying and praising God for all the things that they had heard and seen, as it was told unto them.

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Tuesday, December 9, 2014

Kitchen Problem

I love this kitchen from Architectural Digest.....

Especially now that it is winter.  That is a really cozy kitchen. 

This would be the problem that I would have with that kitchen, though...

I would spend all of my time feeling "cozy" rather than working to make meals!

Have a great day!

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