May 28, 2016

Spring Catch Up

Still Life with Fantin's Roses,  5"x7" Oil on linen Panel
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Still Life with Fantin's Roses,  5"x7" Oil on linen Panel
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Cherries from Linda's Garden,  5"x7" Oil on linen Panel
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My heart is filled with all your inspirational words. Thank you for the happy e-mails, the wonderful advice and sharing of resources, and your kindness and support all around.

I've found that simplifying my life can be complicated and messy at first, but I am getting into the swing of things and finding my way around raising chickens, keeping bees, organic gardening and teaching art.

During winter break, I started my coop plans--all the things coops had to have and the best way to build it so that that it would not be something my neighbors would mind seeing as they step outside their houses. I must add that I have the BEST neighbors in the world.

I bought chickens in March and by April, they were ready to be outside of the brooder I had built them. So, the coop started to go up. About three weeks (most of it during Spring break and then a couple of weekends following), half of a pinkie nail, and five hundred dollars later, my coop was finished and the chickens seemed to have made themselves at home quickly, swing and all. Yes, they love the swing and it's fun to watch them sway themselves in the attempt to getting to moving again when it has stopped.


I cannot tell Coco and Chanel apart.
So, right now they are both Coco Chanel



Chrysamthem and Sweetpea have to be in almost every photo. They are such a photo bombers.       
I bet if I gave her the camera, I'd end up with a gazillion of selfies of her. 


So far, we have Sweetpea, a buff orphinton who greets us every time we go outside and thinks that she is supposed to be held when we go in the coop; two chocolate orphintons--Coco and Chanel; Frida Kahlo, a welsummer; Chrysanthemum, who was supposed to be a mauve orphington but ended up with the pretties of snow white feathers ever; two cuckoo marans, who do not have names because they may be boys; the same is the case for two Americaunas that have to be touching at ALL times; and last but not least two blue lace Wyandottes, who are also too small to name. So, the plan of having four chickens has lead to having to think twice about adding a silver-laced Wyandotte, but if one just happens to appear when I am purchasing feed, I may just have to bring it home.

The bees, well, they also have a mind of their own. I started the Spring with one very strong hive and I purchased a new one. My strong hive looked like it was going to swarm, so I hurried up and put together another hive and split it. Well, it decided to split itself right afterwards and took its only queen with it, which I thought they weren't supposed to do. The new hive had four capped queen cells, but I didn't get to them in time to put one in the first hive. However, Linda Daxton, one of our bee experts in town sold me a full nuc of beautiful, healthy, friendly bees. (The cherry painting is of cherries from Linda's garden.) Now, all three hives are buzzing, making honey with a queen that is laying a gorgeous pattern of brood. I can't wait to get honey this June.

Thank you for sharing your stories with me. I love to hear them. They inspire me and give me energy and hope. THANK YOU with all my heart.
Hugs,
Carolina

Mar 19, 2016

Inspiration: Fixer Upper

Scissors and twine, 5"x7" Oil on linen Panel
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One of my favorite shows, specially now that Downton Abbey is over (weep quietly), is Fixer Upper with Jo and Chip Gains. I am so thankful for all the inspiration in grays and the texture of things new in old that they incorporate in the homes they design. The Scissors with ball of twine, is one that I purchased from their website. I've already used it to tie my roses that are spreading in my front porch (I hope those roses are to become subjects for May paintings--crossing my fingers).

The eggs below were gifts from a friend. She has the most beautiful collection of chickens that I have ever seen. The eggs represent the gorgeous variety. 
Fresh Eggs,  5"x7" Oil on linen Panel
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Garlic Still Life, 4"x6" Oil on linen Panel
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Meyer Lemon Still Life, 6"x6" Oil on linen Panel
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Radish Still Life, 5"x7" Oil on linen Panel
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Mar 12, 2016

Spring is HERE!!!.... almost

Blue and White Hydrangeas in Mint Julep Cup, 5"x7" Oil on linen Panel
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Shell Still LIfe, 6"x6" Oil on linen Panel
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Two Pomegranates Still Life, 5"x7" Oil on linen Panel
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Still Life with Figs, 4"x6" Oil on linen Panel
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Jan 10, 2016

Are Resolutions Still In?

Raspberries in Bowl with Gold Foot, 6"x6" Oil on linen Panel
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White Hydrangeas in Glass Vase6"x6" Oil on linen Panel
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BoxWood Wreath, 5"x7" Oil on linen Panel
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Honey Bees on Capped Frame, 5"x7" Oil on linen Panel
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Darth Vader Pez (Robert's Collection of Pez), 5"x7" Oil on linen Panel
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Dec 29, 2015

Happy Holidays!

Pale Pink Roses in Glass Vase II
6"x8" Oil on linen Panel
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Bees on Capped Honey, 6"x6" Oil on linen Panel
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 Bartlett Pear Still Life, 5"x7" Oil on linen Panel
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Nov 26, 2015

Happy Thanksgiving

Latour and Chanel, 6"x8" Oil on linen Panel
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I am grateful for family and friends, both near and far, those who I've had the fortune to know in person and those who have touched my heart from afar. Thank you for all your kindness, support, and your inspiration. I wish all of you the best and hope that you have many things for which to be thankful also. 
 The painting above was inspired by a book about the work of Henri Fantin-Latour that my daughter gave me for my birthday. The painting took a while, but it's been in my head for a while. It's nice to see in face to face. :)
Sunflowers in Glass Jar, 5"x7" Oil on linen Panel
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Tiffany Box with Pink Rose, 4"x6" Oil on linen Panel
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Aug 18, 2015

First Day of School

Chanel with Mint Julep Cup and a Rose, 6"x8" Oil on linen Panel
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The first day of school and I have butterflies in my stomach---I thought I was over that. Yikes. It's exciting to be going back and feels as though a new adventure has beginning. My only fear is that I will not be painting as much, making the experience feel a bit bitter-sweet.                                    
Bees on Honey Frame, 5"x7" Oil on linen Panel
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Aug 9, 2015

Last of Summer Paintings

Antler with Rose Still Life, 5"x7" Oil on linen Panel
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Private Collection in Solano, NM
Honeybees, 5"x7" Oil on linen Panel
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Private Collection Tigard, OR 
Papaya Still Life, 5"x7" Oil on linen Panel
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Private Collection Tigard, OR 

Aug 1, 2015

Summer Paintings

Chanel Book with Roses, 6"x8" Oil on linen Panel
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Private Collection in Pearland, TX
Raspberries in Blue and White Bowl, 6"x6" Oil on linen Panel
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Seashell with Blue Feather, 5"x7" Oil on linen Panel
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Private Collection in College Station, TX 

Jul 27, 2015

Continue to be Inspired by the Rose Master-- Henri Fantin-Latour

Pink Roses with Green, 5"x7" Oil on linen Panel
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Private Collection in Lebanon, IN
Nest with Robin's Egg, 6"x6" Oil on linen Panel
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Private Collection in Tacoma, WA
Berries in a Teacup, 6"x6" Oil on linen Panel
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Private Collector in Doddinghurst, UK
Tiffany Bag, 6"x6" Oil on linen Panel
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Private Collection in Lebanon, IN

Jul 21, 2015

A Winter Quinceañera in June

My beautiful quinceañera. She was really born in December, but with all the icy winters we have had in the last few years, we thought it best to wait until summer to celebrate. One of the first posts I ever did was of my oldest's quinceañera. It seems like just a few months ago. But five years later, this is where we are.

Nautilus Seashell Still Life, 6"x6" Oil on Linen
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Private Collection in Windham, NH
Raspberries in a Teacup, 6"x6" Oil on linen Panel
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Private Collection in Chelmsford, MA 
Ezri and her dad. I'm hoping he doesn't catch me posting that photo, but I love it so much.
We were thrilled to find beautiful Italian lace in the perfect shade of pink to make her dress. I spent two days. I'll have to take a photo of the back. It had a big satin bow with crystals sewn on the center. 
Ezri and her damas and flower girls.
My nephew and nieces.
My two wonderful girls who I love with all my being.