Wednesday, January 30, 2008

Chance Encounter Watercolor Painting


Chance Encounter
Watercolor
This was inspired from one of my walks this past September on Block Island.

Thought for today:

"Each day is God's gift. It's all you get in exchange
For the hard work of staying alive.
Make the most of each one!
Whatever turns up, grab it and do it. And heartily!
This is your last and only chance at it....."
-- Ecclesiastes, Chapter 9

Monday, January 28, 2008

The Blue Dorey Inn Watercolor Painting



The Blue Dorey Inn
Block Island, R.I.
(sold)
The thing I love about this island is that it is so unspoiled....no big chain hotels....no McDonald's....just ocean, fields, rock walls, bluffs, crashing waves, little coves, and lots of hidden away places to discover. I sold this painting just before Christmas at the Watercolor Society's small picture show.

Once a year I go to Block Island for the week --one year I went for 2 weeks! -- and paint plein air with my instructor from a Tuesday watercolor class. There's a small group that go every year. One lady comes with her husband in their boat and docks at New Harbor. It's a place for long walks, or bike rides...a little hilly, though. In the mornings you can do whatever you want, and the afternoons are painting from 1 p.m. until the sun goes down, if you want. Most of us stay at the same bed and breakfast, share a kitchen.

In the following days I think I will post some pictures done from Block Island. May be a nice break from looking at ice and snow!

More thoughts on failure:

"I've missed over 9,000 shots in my career.
I've lost over 300 games. Twenty-six times I
have been trusted to take the game-winning
shot and missed. I've failed in my life over
and over; that's why I succeed."
------Michael Jordan

Something I didn't know: Michael Jordan failed to make his high school basketball team! Failure can spur us on to achieve greater things.

So.... if you think you're a failure today, you're in good company! The one thing most successful people have in common is failure!


Sunday, January 27, 2008

Red Cardinal Watercolor Painting


Red Cardinal watercolor painting is actually something I started, like the previous painting, as a 2 hour challenge. But, last weekend I decided that a green background was better around him. I actually think it could be cropped more and probably will do that.

I live in the downstairs of a raised ranch, so I can catch these guys especially in the bushes near my windows. Sometimes I spy them cocking their head and looking at me.

Thought for today:
Then Jesus said to his disciples:
"Therefore I tell you, do not worry about your life,
what you will eat;
or about your body, what you will wear.
Life is more than food, and the body more than clothes.
Consider the ravens: They do not sow or reap, they have no storeroom or barn;
yet God feeds them.
And how much more valuable you are than birds!
Who of you by worrying can add a single hour to his life?
Since you cannot do this very little thing, why do you worry about the rest?"
Luke 12:22-26




Friday, January 25, 2008

Brit Watercolor Painting


Brit watercolor painting....
I love the expression on this dog's face....that look of expectancy.

Some thoughts on failure.... excerpted from "Failure is Written in Pencil" by David Ireland. He says there are seven benefits of failure. I'll just name the first here---it positions you for personal change.

"Average people become great achievers by properly processing their failures. One of Thomas Edison's assistants questioned him about his bewildering number of failures---fifty thousand failed experiments---before he succeeded with a new storage battery. Edison exclaimed, 'Results! Why man, I have gotten a lot of results. I know fifty thousand things that won't work.'"
"....It's easy to simply work harder; anyone can do it. However, great achievers learn from their failures so they can work smarter and more effectively."

Muffy Watercolor Painting




Muffy
Watercolor Painting
.... She is a Himalayan cat...a mix between a Siamese and a Persian, but now a breed in their own......and she is the most intelligent, sweetest cat I have ever owned. She is 17 years old, but in good health. May she live many more years.....

Thought for the day....

"This above all:
to thine own self be true,
and it must follow, as the night the day,
thou canst not then be false to any man."
---William Shakespeare

"Of all the judgments that we pass in life, none is as important as the one we pass on ourselves, for that judgment touches the very center of our existence.
....No significant aspect of our thinking, motivation, feelings,or behavior is unaffected by our self-evaluation.".... Nathaniel Branden, excerpt from "Honoring the Self"


Wednesday, January 23, 2008

A Walk In The Park Watercolor Painting

"A walk in the Park", Roger Williams Park, near the carousel.
A walk with my 2 grandsons....such a beautiful day, I couldn't believe we were the only ones--besides the geese--- there to enjoy this scenery. This is from a photograph I took that day -- Autumn, of course -- but just recently completed. Wherever I go the camera goes with me and I have a pretty big collection of photos to get some inspiration from.
If only life were a walk in the park. We need to appreciate the times when it is.
Today's Reminder:
"At the start of each day I can make a decision to turn my will and my life over to the care of God. This way I begin my day with a strong assertion that I choose to accept the reality of my life. I am moving in a healthy direction, growing ever more able to live a good life and to love those I meet along the way." ....from "The Courage to Change".
"Decision is a risk rooted in the courage of being free."
Paul Tillich

Tuesday, January 22, 2008

Snowbirds Watercolor Painting

Snowbirds watercolor painting.
As promised, better late than never, despite computer problems.... here is the second entry for the Winter Around The World show at the watercolor society. This is Florida last February, so it is definitely winter.



Monday, January 21, 2008

Winter Gathering Watercolor Painting


Winter Gathering watercolor painting inspired by the fowl at a pond near my house. It's a nice place to walk because you can circle the pond...I haven't measured the distance, but you can easily go around twice for a nice walk. And I always take my camera with me wherever I go. This painting is called "Winter Gathering"....I debated whether to call it "Please don't feed the waterfowl"....I'm not sure if these geese and ducks are supposed to be here at this time of year and I know there's a man who feeds them pretty regularly, right under the "Do Not Feed the Waterfowl" sign.

This is one of two paintings being entered in the "Winter Around the World" juried show at the Rhode Island Watercolor Society , February 17 through March 6th. [Acceptance notices on February 14th - so I'll know then which of the two - maybe both!] I will take a photo and post the other painting tomorrow.

Speaking of the Watercolor Society....this Saturday we will be hanging the new members show....the new show opens this Sunday -- the annual new member's show, so it should be a good one. And of course, the opening always has goodies to eat. (Last year at this time I was a new member!) If you've never gone there, it's tucked away in Slater Park, across from the carousel. Besides the paintings on the walls, they have a bin with unframed original pieces and another with prints. They're open every day except Mondays until 4 p.m. and on the weekends 10 a.m until 4 p.m., I believe. You can always take a nice walk in the park as well.

And speaking of walks in the park, although there are no flowers now....my thought for the day...

"The longer we walk in the garden,
the more likely we are to smell like flowers.
The more we immerse ourselves in grace, the more
likely we are to give grace." --Max Lucado "In the Grip of Grace"


Sunday, January 20, 2008

Slide Show of Older Work

Day at the Beach Watercolor Painting



Day at the Beach watercolor Painting was inspsired by the Sundays here in Rhode Island in the summer that we usually spend at the beach, and this recent painting done of my 2 grandsons is pretty typical.....

"Do not worry about anything, but pray and ask God for everything you need." Philippians 4:6

Some of us have postgraduate degrees from the University of Anxiety.....wouldn't it be nice to just stop worrying?

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