Wednesday, January 29, 2014

Snow Jam In Atlanta, GA 2014

Snow just starting...


Later in the backyard...
I just made snow ice cream, vanilla.  I'm wondering if I can eat it or if the pollution will kill me. But it is organic so maybe that makes it okay.  LOL.  That, and the beauty, the awesome, Godly beauty, represent some of the gifts from this over-the-top snow storm we have in Atlanta right now.  It's not that we have that much snow...only 3 inches.  It's just that it came hard and fast and not exactly where they thought it would come.  So preparations were a little off.  "Everyone", meaning all 6 million people in Atlanta, left work and school for home at the same time and, just like too much TP clogging up your commode, our interstates were clogged!  People sat and sat, unable to move, totally congested like a nose that just won't blow.  Some even spent the night there, in 15 degree weather.  Whoa.  Think old people, babies, and just regular people like you and me...stuck in a car all night.  Can't even go there. 

We must look for the gifts though.  People are helping people.  All over the place.  Strangers bunked in with others who opened their homes last night, and so far there have been no reported stabbings, rapes, or pillage. Adults who live near big road are taking hot chocolate and bottled water out to stuck drivers.  Heroes pushing cars to get them moving.  Churches on main thoroughfares quickly opened their doors, served coffee, provided blankets and shelter.  School teachers stayed all night, ALL NIGHT, with students who couldn't go home. They played basketball, had a warm meal, called parents, watched a movie, and napped...all safe and sound.  The stories go on and on.   Oh, and a baby was born in a car on the interstate.  Can't even imagine that one.

  And now, it is gorgeous outside.  Photographers who can get out are having a field day.  Most families, by today, are home together, warm, having quality time, eating at home, talking, reading, playing with pets and just enjoying time with one another.  And schools and many businesses are still closed tomorrow.  Yay!

So, not to minimize this catastrophe, but I think the worst of this awful day in Atlanta is over.  Inner strength has reigned.  Atlanta and it's people are tired, but strong.  And I know Channel 11, 11Alive as we call it, is tired.  But they have done an amazing job keeping us informed.  Thank you to the behind-the-scenes people, the anchors, the reporters, the meteorologists, and the "trafficologists".  I, personally, have been mesmerized by your coverage of  this beautiful, ugly, white, frozen train wreck of a weather event.

Tuesday, January 14, 2014

Lighthouse Painting Day 14

This is another product of the "30 Paintings In 30 Days Challenge" by Leslie Saeta....Day 14.
 
It is very unique and quite a happy accident.  I "messed up" to start with, but, lo and behold, the final result pleases me.
 
The lighthouse is always there to show the way to those at sea, and to delight and enchant the land lubbers.  This lighthouse actually looks like it is itself lost in the sea.  It isn't though.  The Light can never be lost.  It is always there.
 
 
8 x 10
Oils
 



Thursday, January 9, 2014

Posting Several 30 Day Challenge Paintings


The 30 Day Challenge continues.  Here are 3 recent ones.  Wonder what tomorrow will bring?




Graphic Bag
Acrylic
8x10"



Marshmellow Mountains
Oils
6x6"



Polar Vortex
Oils
8 x 10






Monday, January 6, 2014

Day 5 Leslie Saeta 30 Paintings In 30 Days Challenge

 
Snowy Night
9 x 12"
Acrylic On Canvas Board
$50
 
 
New Year's Eve I was at home (thank goodness) and I joined Leslie Saeta's 30 Day Challenge.  It was an impulse that only took one click. Yikes!  Not only are we challenged to produce a painting every day, we are also challenged to post it for sale with a price.  It's a huge step for me but you don't get very far if you don't take a single step.
 
I really struggle with my art.  As  a relatively new artist...in my retirement...I am finally pursuing a life long interest that stayed on the back shelf way too long.  It is somewhat "embarrassing" to be so vulnerable to put stuff out there that you've created....when what you see is everything that is wrong with it.  That is why it is such a big step for me.
 
Now, for balance and encouragement, I will share this too.  It was flat-out shocking to me but I sold a painting over Christmas!  My Olive Tree oil painting hung in our local county fine arts holiday show the month of December.  When I picked up my four entries this week, I found that one had sold.  You could have knocked me over with a feather.  Really?  Best news of all...it was bought by someone I did not know.  Not a sympathy purchase at all.  And, I hear, she would have paid whatever I'd asked. Said she 'had to have it'.   She wanted it that badly.  Again I say, "Really"?  Here is a photo of it. 
 
 
 
Is there anything you really want to do?  Like sing or dance or paint or cook or call someone or apply for a job or go back to school or learn calculus or say 'I'm sorry' or 'I love you'....or whatever...go ahead and do it.  It sounds trite but it does start with a small step. 
 
Sandra Meek Wilkes
Canton, GA
It is snowing here in the deep south just a little. 




Friday, January 3, 2014

My Whole Year In One Word? Really?



http://christinajones-writing.blogspot.com/
Borrowed from Christina Jones Writing

Many motivational authors suggest we choose one word to focus upon for our new year instead of a long list of resolutions.  What do you think about that?  I mean, if you picked one word, like maybe

JOY or
 
HEALTH or
 
FRIENDSHIP or
 
PROSPERITY or
 
GROWTH or......
 
would that work for you?  Or do you like working with that long list that usually is down to half by the end of January?  I like both.  Picking a word can give us a home base.  If we forget everything else, surely we won't forget that main word.  So I am choosing the word
 
.........TWIRL........
 
My friend described a favorite day using that word. She said she felt like a "little girl in a pink tutu twirling around in bliss with a magic wand".  Isn't that a great visual?  That's why I chose that for my word.  Now about that list.  Here's the list that means TWIRL to me.  And I like having a list.
 
1.  Spend more time having fun.  However, whenever, whomever.
2.  Do my part to be healthy.  As in "eat right", move more.  Get those preventive checkups.
3.  Explode my art career.
4.  Travel.
5.  Meet my financial goals.
6.  Love on my family and friends.
7.  'Think' on purpose.
8.  Be better friends with my God.
9.  Delight in my memories.
10.Wait.  Be patient.

Re-reading my list I think it sounds very narcissitic.  It sounds like my new year is going to be all about me.  But I AM my own home base.  If that isn't solid and well, I can be of no good, no use to anyone else.  From this home base of wholeness and wellness I can better serve and comfort and encourage and support and provide for and give to others. Healthy roots grow healthy fruit.  That is really the goal.
 
Do you have a list, a word, neither?