Aug 15, 2016

Summer Slowing Down

Pink Roses in Glass5"x 7" Oil on linen Panel
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Roses in Porcelain4"x 6" Oil on linen Panel
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The fig trees finally decided to give fruit... and did they ever!!! The loveliest of blues, purples and reds.... absolutely in love.
Fresh Figs4"x 6" Oil on linen Panel
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Aug 8, 2016

Goodbye, summer. Hello, class.

Chanel Book with Pink Peonies5"x 7" Oil on linen Panel
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Pink Roses in Silver5"x 7" Oil on linen Panel
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 I'm excited to share photos of my new classroom. I thought I'd go a bit Jungalow and it turned out to look so happy. I love it and hope the kiddos will also. 




Jul 26, 2016

Introducing the Honey Label and Celebrating Ribbons

I finally finished the label design for my honey jars. The bees have been busy bringing in the honey. I only harvested a frame to taste and my dad said that "it tastes better than any honey" he's ever tasted. That's a dad for ya.
Now for a bit of a confession. I have a ribbon obsession.. the older the better.. velvet, silk, satin, cotton, plaid.. you name it, I love it. So, to celebrate this wonderful obsession, I painted Chanel ribbon, one of my favorites. 


Roses with Chanel Ribbon8"x 6" Oil on linen Panel
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Silver with Grapes8"x 6" Oil on linen Panel
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Oh, my chickens are now starting to lay eggs. My Sweetpea lead by example--so proud of them. Hmmm we must have photos.. for another day.

Jul 20, 2016

A Bit of Blush : Sweetpea's First Egg as Inspiration


Pink Roses in Glass5"x 7" Oil on linen Panel
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Sea Shell with Oil Jar, 8"x 6" Oil on linen Panel
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Sweetpea's First Egg4"x 6" Oil on linen Panel
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My dear Sweetpea has laid her first egg and it is such a gorgeous blush. She's the best, but don't tell the other chickens.

Pale Pink Lisianthus, 6"x 6" Oil on linen Panel
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Jun 28, 2016

On Gold and Silver

Peonies in Gold Vase,  6"x 8" Oil on linen Panel
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Flow Blue Cup with Pear,  6"x 8" Oil on linen Panel
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Fig with Mint Julep Cup,  4"x 6" Oil on linen Panel
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Roses and Gold on Marble,  6"x 8" Oil on linen Panel
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Jun 20, 2016

Inspiration: Sherrie McGraw and David Leffel- Prix de West

Still Life with Chanel's Little Black Book,  6"x6" Oil on linen Panel
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It's so very exciting to see the arts grow in access in Oklahoma. This past week I had the opportunity to see some the artwork of some of my heroes at the National Cowboy and Western Heritage Museum. It was such a dream to stand so close to the paintings and take in all those details that are missed when artwork is photographed- the layers of paint, the subtle textures and true colors. 

Roses in Glass Vase,  5"x7" Oil on linen Panel
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Still Life with Antique Jar and Onions,  5"x7" Oil on linen Panel
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Jun 10, 2016

Like Water and Oil

Still Life Chanel Books with Roses,  
6" X 9" Watercolor on Paper
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Chanel Book with Peonies,  
5  1/2" x  7 1/2 "  Watercolor on Paper
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Still Life with Chanel No5 Bottle,
5  1/2" x  7 1/2 "  Watercolor on Paper
Still Life with Chanel No5 Bottle,  
5"x7" Watercolor on Paper
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Mango on Wooden Block,  6"x6" Oil on linen Panel
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Candle on Brass Holder,  5"x7" Oil on linen Panel
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Cherries with Bee,  6"x6" Oil on linen Panel
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May 28, 2016

Roses, Chickens, and Bees

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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