Wednesday, May 16, 2018

Early Vacay this Year

As my adult kids get older, it is harder to plan a vacation where all five of us can be present. This year our summer beach vacation occurred in early May! I can only imagine how difficult scheduling will be with spouses and grandchildren included! 


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We originally planned to go to Sanibel Island (where my husband grew up), but red tide has been a problem there this Spring and we did not want to worry about our daughter who has asthma (red tide is hard on people with breathing problems). So, we went to another favorite beach: Amelia Island (town of Fernandina Beach).  (And let me just add: my life is not all vacations, fun times, rainbows, and unicorns, however, this past week was wonderful! Now, I am back to work and returning to the "normal" life.)

The nice thing about May beach travel is the discounted rates for lodging!  

This was the view from our family room/kitchen area. 


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(poor quality photo, but I wanted you to see the view across the back wall of the family room).

We simply could not get enough of the colors and natural beauty of this view. 

When we visit Fernandina Beach, we like to take the boat over to Cumberland Island for a few hours.  


We did not rent bikes this time. 



This visit we saw lots of wild horses, a turkey, and a raccoon. 

(View from our boat towards the Old Town of Fernandina.) 

We also tried fishing for about an hour. No luck.)

If you are visiting Amelia Island/Fernandina Beach, let me suggest some of our favorite restaurants:
Timoti's Seafood Shack (great quality and prices - very casual- blackened fish taco is my fave), 
Amelia Tavern (my 18 yo son's "best burger in 2018"), 
Cafe Karibo (crab cakes!), and 
The Salty Pelican (sunset view if you wait for a table on the upper deck).   

I hope your May is going well and I sincerely hope you get to take a vacation this summer!

Have a great day!






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Thursday, May 3, 2018

Wedding Gift - Original Painting of Wedding Venue

One friend of mine received five butter dishes as wedding gifts. I married the next year and did not receive a single one! Wedding gifts vary, that is for sure. One idea that I think plenty of newlyweds would enjoy is a painting of the church where they were married! Most of you know I love a pretty church and have been painting them for a while. Here is the latest one I painted. 



I used a photo of the church where this couple was married. We attended this wedding for a cousin and his new bride in Savannah back in February (note that February is the PERFECT time to visit Savannah!).

Here are some more churches that I captured this past year. 





If you are in need of a wedding gift, and are pretty sure the couple needs a butter dish, then by all means go ahead and get them one! If you want a painting of the church where they married or maybe their first home, please visit my online store to order one!

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Monday, April 30, 2018

Happy Day!

I had a wonderful time at the Wesleyan Artist Market in Norcross! I love to see kids appreciate art. I snapped this photo of a 7th grader taking a picture of my sheep..



It was a successful show and I always love meeting some of my collectors and followers! So cool to put a face and personality with a name! I am a complete introvert. I am content to spend days and days by myself and not interact much with others. That being said, the introverted me actually ENJOYS art shows. Crazy-- I know. I enjoy meeting buyers and browsers and also the other artists. I learn so much at each show from my fellow artists. 

Sharing your work with the world at a show can be a bit scary, at first, especially for an introvert. However, I just have to remember that not everyone is going to like my style of art. As long as I enjoy creating it and sharing it, then I can overlook those who don't like my pieces. Realizing that I personally like my own art and enjoy creating it, makes "putting myself out there" a little easier.

Here are a few of the pieces I said "good bye" to this past weekend.  








Happy to see those and others go to new homes!

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Wednesday, April 25, 2018

Wesleyan Artists Market

I am busy tagging and signing paintings as I prep for the Wesleyan Artists Market this weekend! I can't wait! 






I will have my new notecards there, along with lots of original art. Stop by and say "Hi" if you are there! 





New Notecards!! (pictured in this group below)



Hope to see you, there!  If you blog readers are wondering where I have been, I am constantly on Facebook and Instagram with short posts and LOTS of photos. Follow me! 

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Friday, March 16, 2018

Quilt Series

Am I the only one who has a nostalgic, calm, pleasant feeling when I see a stack of quilts? Pretty quilts make me want to learn how to actually quilt. But, I do not have time for that! So, I just create paintings of quilts, instead!

Here is a new Quilt Series I just listed in my store (Art By Trish Jones.com).



If I close my eyes, I can smell fresh laundry detergent and the soft fabric!




Have a great weekend!



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Tuesday, December 5, 2017

Christmas Card Sale!

Whew! Christmas is pretty much here! How in the world did this year pass by so quickly? I visited my daughter in NYC this past weekend. Although I thoroughly enjoyed the visit, I did not take many pictures. I guess I was too busy? 

I love NYC at Christmas. I know I am not alone in this. It is so cheerful. I went into John Derian's store which was very cheerful and "Christmasy". No photographs taken by me, though. I was too busy shopping!! 

We saw the Rockettes and ate way too much at several delicious places! Two restaurants we enjoyed were Alta in Greenwich Village (tapas) and Emmy Squared in Williamsburg (pizza). 

I sincerely hope you are having a wonderful December! I will be in Washington, Georgia, this Saturday for the Historic Washington-Wilkes Christmas Tour of Homes. An old mule barn one block from the town square is where the art show is held. (That sounds interesting, doesn't it?) I will have ornaments, cards, as well as small and large paintings. I also have a few calendars still available. Please stop by and say "Hi" if you are planning to be in beautiful Washington, Georgia this Saturday! 

Oh, and also, all Christmas Cards (10 packs, only) in my Etsy store are 20% off right now!













Hope you are having a wonderful December!


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Thursday, August 24, 2017

Art Crush by Kim Smith Fine Art

Happy "End of August" to everyone! It has been a hectic summer for me. 
We moved. 
Completely up and changed houses in a three month span. 

We bought our 1850's home in Madison Georgia in 2000 when my kids were 7, 4, and 1. It was bittersweet leaving that old house, but we all felt that God wanted us to make a change. After all, how often do you have someone contact you to buy your house when it isn't even on the market? That seemed like quite a burning bush. We signed the contract the week our baby boy graduated from high school, which is pretty good timing. Except for the chaos of moving and high school graduation and packing for college, not to mention finding a place to live. 

So, we find ourselves as new empty-nesters and sort of in limbo. I am still trying to locate things in our boxes, and we are not in a permanent home, just a rental for now. Life is good and God is great. We are eager to see what the next step will be. 

I continue to be amazed at the kindness of others. Not only the sweet goodbyes we received from neighbors, but the nice blog post Kim Smith Fine Art shared, today! What a blessing. Thank you, Kim! I adore your art, too! 

If you want to read her article, please click below

Have a great day!





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