Freedom, Independence, and Happy 4th of July!

Happy 4th of July, or, Independence Day, whichever you prefer!  In honor of this wonderful holiday, I thought I would share with you the milk can that I painted late last summer titled ‘Freedom Can’.  This full sized milk can features Old Glory as the background, with an eagle on one side and a horse on the other, then is topped off with 7 stars. It is painted with latex house paint (even the antiqued effect on the top rim, handles, upper band and bottom) then protected with two coats of spar urethane.  I hope you all have a safe, happy and blessed 4th of July!

The Big Move, and why I haven’t posted for a while

I truly cannot believe it is post Labor Day already!  This summer has flown by, and as some would say, it goes faster the older you get.  Well, if that is true then I must have aged a lot and quickly!  So, just to bring everyone up to speed, here is a synopsis of the past few months:

For the past few years my husband and I  have been thinking of selling our place.  This was a very difficult decision:  on one hand we loved where we lived, the neighbors, location, the barn we built with my father, uncle, and a good friend, plus the sheer beauty of our property.  On the other hand, life was changing for us, and we had some goals we wanted to meet:  closer to family, a set studio space for my art as my business has been growing and it was taking over the house, garage and barn. So, we decided in 2013 to list our small farm.  We had numerous showings and then in May we did sell.  After nearly a month of rigorous house hunting, we finally found a wonderful place.  It is a little less acreage, is much closer to my folks, brother, and aunt and uncle, the drive for my husband’s work is the same, plus it has a room that is my new studio! 

Barn we built
Barn we built

 

However, we did leave some wonderful friends and neighbors, but we are only in the next county over, so it is not that bad.  We are boarding the horse until we get a barn built here, and there is a wonderful canvas for future flower and vegetable gardens.  I am really looking forward to getting the raspberry canes in again! 

Since moving in during late June, I have painted 4 full sized whiskey barrels, 4 new fox cutouts, a toilet seat lid, plus a huge mural.  My aunt from Michigan was here for two weeks, my cousin from Texas and his son were here for one week, plus we helped put on a surprise anniversary party for my aunt and uncle.  We had to replace the motherboard in the computer, but outside of that the move went quite smooth over all, thanks to our Lord and Savior Jesus!  I believe we are at a place where we are catching our breath once again and moving forward. 

View 1 of studio
View 1 of studio                                                                                                                  
View 2 of studio
View 2 of studio

I have a lot to do to get the studio ready, and I really need to catch up on computer work!  I will post photos and info about the aforementioned art pieces soon.  I hope you and yours have had a fun, safe and memorable summer! 

 

Horse trough #3 side A

Here are a few photos of side A of horse trough #3:

horse trough full view
Full view of side A

This is a 3/4 shot of side A.  The light was glaring bad even with the doors shut in the barn/studio.

detail on horse trough
Smaller horse and rider on side A

Here I am blocking in the horse, the rider is almost finished.

horse trough acrylic painting
“All I need is a good horse”

Beginning second horse and rider.

SnOMG!

TN pasture, winter
TN pasture, winter II

Wow, another snow in TN!  January has been mostly snow here in mid TN in 2011, and it has been beautiful.  The globull warming folks can say what they want, but we had winters like this back in the ’70s and ’80s, and the weather folks say, “we haven’t had snow like this since___” meaning this has happened before!  Call it globull warming, climate change, whatever you like, but God is in control and if he wants to change the climate, He will!  And it doesn’t mean we will like the change, but it will change.  My grandfather always said, “If you don’t like the weather we’re havin’ here, wait five minutes, it’ll change for ya!” 

So, sit back, have a cup of hot chocolate, and enjoy the pics!

End of a TN winter day

More Ice, snow, and cabin fever

If you like winter weather, this past weekend was for you.  It started out Friday morning.  Within a half an hour, Columbia, Tn had been dumped on.  The roads immediately had over 4″ of snow, then it started sleeting with a touch of freezing rain.  Schools had already closed, and everything else closed quickly.  It took people an average of three hours or more to get from one end of town to the other.  It snowed all day, then turned to freezing rain again that evening.  Needless to say, everyone was snowed in. 

Some areas were without power, most not lasting a full day.  We had five inches or more of snow on the ground and about 1/2″ of ice on top of it.  The horse stayed in for three days, as the ice was sharp and cracked terribly.  The noise of the ice cracking did not impress him at all.  Cabin fever built up quickly in everyone, including the animals.  Upon opening the barn door each morning, the cat would run out the door and stand, mesmerized for a moment that with each day conditions had not improved.  Soon, a grimmace covered his face and back into the barn he went.  The ice and snow were tough on the dog’s arthritis, but we shoveled a few paths for her, making life tolerable again. 

Finally, the temps bumped up into the 30’s.  Melting had begun.  This did not make the cat’s day, as his highness does not like to get his toes wet.  More days in the barn.  The dog enjoyed each hour of sunlight, warming her dark coat and exposing more of her kingdom called the grassy yard around the house and barn.  The horse was finally turned out again.  Freedom!  He ran through the pasture kicking and bucking like a mad man.  It is at this time one has to be especailly cautious.  Do not get in his way! 

Even at the restaurant I work at families came in looking as though they could not take one more day cooped up with the kids.  Adults chit-chatted while the children around or talked and laughed.  Finally, some sense of normal life was beginning to return!

God’s Little Miracle

     The Lord loves to show us miracles.  Last Sunday morning was just that.  We received a phone call from a neighbor about 6 am.  His wife and daughter were at a horse show, so caretaker of the 5 or so horses at the farm.  One of their boarders had a Quarter Horse mare in foal in the back pasture.  She wasn’t due for another month.  He awoke to their dog frantically wanting outside, so he let her out and went to get the morning chores in motion.  He noticed the mare down the fence at the back of the pasture, where it meets the woods then drops down into a ravine.  He walked out as she was pacing and calling out, as if there was another horse in the woods.  He arrived to find she had given birth right at the fence, which happens to seven strands of high tensile wire, not barbed or electric.  Suddenly, the foal cried out.  It was out there someplace in the woods!

      He phoned us to see if we could help find the foal.  We drove over and he called out from behind the house in the woods.  We met him and he had a beautiful brown filly in his arms.  Apparrently, after she was born she rolled under the fence.  When she stood up, she was on the wrong side, which also slopes heavily to the bottom of the ravine.  The ligh was probably not good at the time, and in her struggle to get out she crawled up the other side and ended up behind the house.  We started to carry her, but it was going to be quite a distance to get around the ravine, down the drive to the barn.  We decided to guide her, so the neighbor guided her back while I gently held and rubbed her neck.  My husband worked gates and moved branches.  Finally, we were back in the pasture.  She called to Mom, who came running full speed.  Miraculously, she did not have a scratch on her!  Thank you Lord!  The vet came out and did all the checks and there is now a new, healthy subject to paint.  Some photos have already been taken, more on the way, I’m sure.  Drawing, pastels, or should I try acrylics?