Parting Shot

Heron at GSMNP for web-Martindale Artworks

Thought I would wish everyone a safe and blessed weekend with this photo I took of a Great Blue Heron in an icy river in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park a couple of years ago.  Stay warm!

All photos and artwork ©2018 Denny Martindale, All Rights Reserved


Great quote by Monet:

Waterlillies by Claude Monet 1906“I would like to paint the way a bird sings”  I saw this quote on Lori Mcnee’s website and just had to share it with you.   I love the thought of being able to be so fluid and have the painting just flow out with ease!

Little Signs with Big Meanings

The other day I was dwelling a bit on life situations, such as work, bills, is my artwork good, etc.  like most folks do at some point or another. I went out to do the chores, and as I walked into the garage, I noticed a bird up at the ceiling of the garage.  It was dark out, and she did not want to fly outside through the doors.  I took the push broom (the bristles are green) and held it up near where she was perched.  After a couple of minutes, she perched on the broom.  I then proceeded to move the broom toward the open door at a snail’s pace.  She sat there without any concern.  Finally we were out the door.  I then pulled the broom toward me for a closer look.   It was a female sparrow, and she actually hopped closer to me as well.  We looked each other in the eye for a couple of seconds, and I asked her if she had a home nearby.  She tilted her head a bit, looked around, then flew off to the nearest tree. 

This experience brought to mind Matthew 6:26 and 27 which states, (26) “Look at the birds of the air, for they neither sow nor reap, nor gather into barns, yet your heavenly Father feeds them.  Are you not of more value than they?   (27) Which of you by worrying can add one cubit to his stature?” (NKJV) It was so comforting thinking of this verse while watching this small frail creature go off into the darkness of the night alone.  They don’t call it the Good Book for nothing!