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Ode to Summer, Landscapes and Books

Pink Crepe Myrtle with Bee,  Oil on 6"x6" Linen Panel
Private Collection in Norfolk, MA
Cream Color Snapdragons,  Oil on 5"x7" Linen Panel
Private Collection in Columbus, OH
Summer has come and gone.
My to-do list was lost early in the summer, so I  painted several still lifes and landscapes, instead of painting the picnic tables, adding molding to the columns on the front porch, or upholstering the wing-back chair for the sitting room. However, there are no regrets. This just means it will be a very busy weekend.

Aside from painting, I had the chance to read a bit. My girls and I read The Secret Life of Bees, which made for interesting talks with them. My youngest is 14 years old, like the main character, making it a bit more special. The Crepe Myrtle and Bee painting is in remembrance of our little reading adventure together. 

It wasn't until I was writing the title of the painting that it brought to mind some of the first books we read together--the Harry Potter collection. We would stay up late reading and on the days the new books came out, we would stay up even later to wait in line for our copy.
Moaning Myrtle has popped in my head a time or two when discussing crepe myrtles, showing how books stay with you for a long long time.

I am in love with the Kate Spade and Lennox vase. I purchased two different sizes, the one in the first painting and one that is a bit bigger and more of a tear drop shape. They make the most wonderful still life props. LOVE. LOVE. LOVE.

This summer, we also took a little trip to Table Rock Lake, in Missouri of which more landscapes are to come.
The last landscape, was one of those mornings when I stepped outside to drink coffee and noticed the sunrise. I ran inside, gathered all my paints and tools and threw them in the car to head in search for a good spot to paint.

Moon Over Table Rock Lake,  Oil on 4"x6" Linen Panel
Private Collection in Hackettstown NJ
Landscape No.5 ,  Oil on 5"x7" Linen Panel
Private Collection in Hackettstown NJ


  1. You are so gifted and talented - each painting is incredibly beautiful! Have a wonderful weekend. Hugs!


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