Wednesday, March 21, 2018

I know, I know it's been two months since I've posted. I've been extremely busy, which is a good thing, but on the other hand, time to spend on my blog suffers.

I have been working on two painting projects for friends. One is a watercolor the other is a painting project on driftwood. This project is fun but challenges my imagination. Each piece of driftwood is different and beckons a specific idea. For example, this thin arced piece looked like mountains so that's what I painted.

This second piece looked to me like it should hang over or beside a cabin door or over an entryway so I painted "Welcome" on it, inviting anyone needing rest and friendship to enter in through the door to sit down and feel at home and comfortable!


I am having fun doing this project and seeing all the wonderful pieces of driftwood turn into unique works of art for someone special.

The watercolor I'm working on is also fun. It will be a gift for a special couple so I'm not going to post it yet. You'll have to wait until after the wedding then I will post it for you to see.

Until my next post, which I hope is in a couple weeks, may each of your days be filled with blessings!

Monday, January 22, 2018

Happy New Year!

We can finally say we are settled in our new home after two and half months. Wow I feel like I've been through a whirlwind. This has been the hardest move on me physically, more than I ever expected. We sorted, packed and moved 26 years of stuff, on top of that spent time looking for a new home all in less than 30 days! I can tell you it really took a toll on both my husband and me. Very glad all the hard work is done and we have free time to get to know our neighbors and surroundings.

We have had so much fun exploring the areas around us. Our house is about one minute from Tellico Lake, which is great for me as a kayaker. I love the water! Shopping is within 20 to 30 minutes away. Turkey Creek Mall with many great stores including a Super Walmart, Super Target a fabulous Amish furniture shop, and one of my favorites Fresh Market (similar to Whole Foods). There's also an Amish Farm Market about a thirty minute drive from us that is huge, but not open until early spring. I'm looking forward to heading there.

My next excursion will be with my camera, there is lots of beautiful scenery and wildlife surrounding our home. I mainly take photos for painting. Right now I'm working on a painting project for a close friend, painting scenes on driftwood. It's a tricky project but fun. So I'm looking at being busy with this project for at least three months.

The other morning we had some special guests for breakfast! They really enjoyed the food! LOL

Thanks for all your support and hopefully I'll have some additional photos to post for you of the area.

Saturday, November 18, 2017

My dear blogger friends,

Much has happen since I last posted in August. We put our house up for sale toward the end of September and two days later had an offer we accepted. That started the process of sorting and packing and stress to get our home of 26 years emptied out in 36 days! YIKES! We did it but were very frazzled right up to the closing on October 31st.

As soon as we walked out the door of the realtor's on October 31st we hopped in our truck and headed for Tennessee knowing we would be living out of our suitcases for four or more days. Although the closing on our new home was two days later on November 2, our home still had some last minute installations and the movers wouldn't be at the house until Friday the fourth. We scrambled after the movers left to get just our much needed items set up to get rested for the following day of unpacking.

After a few hours of unpacking the next morning we headed for Home Depot for a washer and dryer which we found out they wouldn't be delivered for a week later. Bummer! :(  After living out of our suitcases we needed to do laundry and it piled up. Finally the washer and dryer came only to find the dryer didn't heat. You can imagine I wasn't too pleased which added another week before we would get a replacement. I am all caught up now on all the laundry. YAY!
Livingroom

There were other minor things that went wrong like waiting two weeks for Dish and cable for internet service. I had to run to the realtor's office so I could pay bills which is 25 minutes from the house. I do appreciate their generosity in allowing me to use their wi fi. Of course after doing all of this running I found out that the Welcome Center had wi fi and I could have gone there a minute drive away, which I did the second week.

As of today we are winding down and pretty much everything is unpacked with the exception of my studio and art supplies. I'll be working on that this coming week. I've posted some pictures of our new home below. Thanks to all who have been keeping us in prayer! You are much loved and appreciated!
Kitchen area




Saturday, August 26, 2017

Hi Blogging Friends!
I know its been quite awhile since I've posted on my blog and I'm sorry for that. I retired May 5th and have been traveling between three states trying to decide where we want to move. Both my husband and I want to be warmer all year long not just during the Spring and Summer months. We've narrowed it down to either North Carolina or South Carolina. So stay tuned for our final decision.

I was also inspired by an article I read to challenge myself to paint every day for 30 days. And so I did, two paintings which I've included in this post.







I am now into my third 30-day challenge where I am working on some European store fronts, vegetable carts and other interesting subjects. Hopefully I'll get them posted toward the end of September.

Sunday, February 5, 2017

Oh my gosh where has the time gone! I can't believe I haven't posted since November, so sorry! I have been pretty busy teaching watercolor classes throughout the winter months at a local shop. This has been quite an enjoyable but scary adventure! I haven't taught for many years and have become rusty with those skills. Even so, I'm working out the kinks and having a lot of fun in the process.

I started my students out with the very basics of transparency, brush strokes and techniques. So far so good. My plan is to introduce each student to a hands on workshop where they will bring a pre sketched item on a 5" x 7" sheet of watercolor paper to class. Each student will work on his or her project and I'll be available to help and work with each individually guiding them with any problems they may be having. The second purpose of the workshop is to connect the students in hopes they will form artist relationships.

Here is the schedule of classes being offered. If interested, you can sign up for any one of these on my website. wwwwhiteoakstudioandgallery.com.

Sunday, November 6, 2016

Good morning friends!
It is a beautiful and crisp Sunday morning. The sun is shining. One thing I love about being semi retired is the freedom of time to work on my blog. Although decisions haven't been made whether or not to move I am still painting, still teaching and enjoying it all.

Here is a little tidbit of painting info for you. I try to keep my watercolors intricate and detailed but simple. For example, a single flower such as this Texas bluebonnet shown here that I completed in 2015 doesn't have a lot going on around it. Notice there are hints of bluebonnets lightly painted in the background and only the single detailed one in the front. This is where the eye is drawn. Simplicity does have force. Your painting doesn't have to be elaborate. Simplicity is both desirable and affordable.

I have a couple of intricate but simple paintings I'm working on that I will share with you in stages over the next couple of weeks. Until then have a bless week!

Wednesday, October 26, 2016

Good morning my friends! It is a beautiful Fall day here in Western Pennsylvania. The leaves have begun to change into brilliant yellows, oranges and reds; the woods are ablaze with color and the air is crisp!

I felt my blog needed a change, a "Refreshed Perspective" so to speak! Sometimes we need to take a fresh look from a different angle and work from there. In September, at the urging from friend, I began carrying around a journal and a few art supplies with me in our car (I talked about this in a previous post). When I'm in a doctor's office or having to wait for a length of time I would sketch in the journal about what I was seeing, doing or not doing—you get the picture. By doing this, I not only exercise and improve my drawing skills I am making a diary of my thoughts and daily excursions to hand down to a family member. My reason for this is two-fold, to bless the receiver with something intriguing and fun, and I want to share a part of me and my life's insights and wisdom with others.

I'm standing at a crossroads in my life. Part of me is totally ready to retire, the other part not so sure. I feel like I'm hanging in limbo trying to decide whether or not to move, to be a winter bird or just stay put. Lots of decisions to make and down sizing to do. We've been researching different areas of the country, looking at costs of living, taxes etc. I'm a little overwhelmed. No matter what decisions we make I will still be painting and sharing those techniques and insights on my blog and website.