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Friday, December 12, 2014

Artsy Fartsy Friday~Real or Not


Sixteen years ago I created one of my most realistic paintings ever.

           A close friend of mine was married on a tropical island and a picture was taken with the lovely bride and groom on the beach. He held her in his arms and as they kissed the beautiful beach and water surrounded them in a perfect image of brand new love.

Since the picture was so tiny I decided to paint them an exact copy (just a tad bigger)  I painstakingly sketched then painted , shaded and mixed the exact shades of color depicted in the picture. To my delight it turned out beautifully.

Before I gave it to my friend I showed it to others and they couldn't believe how realistic it seemed. It was indeed one of my finest works.

I was never able to recreate the same level of realism.

When I gave them the painting they really seemed to love it and I was pleased. 

Years later they separated and eventually divorced and down came the painting along with all the other wedding pictures they were so proud of.  Even though it's been five years the sting of the result of their marriage breakup is still fresh on her heart so I have never asked what she did with the painting or even if it still exists...

I have always been fascinated with artists that could take pen, pencil, and paint and turn it into something that looks so real that it is difficult to tell if it's photography or not.
...let's see if you can tell....

                            Posted to You Tube By: BuzzFeedVideo

I hope you have a beautiful weekend!
                                      Blessings, Joanne

Saturday, November 29, 2014

Artsy Fartsy Friday~ Decorative Candles

       I used to love lighting candles (BC- before Children).  In fact when we had people over I used to make sure I had candles lit in almost every room in the house. My Father-in law would go around blowing them out because he thought we were going to burn the house down! 

Anyhoo, Recently I started to buy them again and I came across this video on how decorative candles are made. I find it fascinating and rather artistic....so please enjoy. 

                            Posted to You Tube by: Moe Sal

               Wasn't that just awesome?! Now this year it's our turn to host for Christmas...hey wanna make a bet on how many candles my Father-in-law will blow out before I catch him red handed?

                Have a sweet weekend!
                                             Blessings, Joanne

Saturday, November 08, 2014

Artsy Fartsy.....Simple things...and Leaf Art


     Feeling kind of blah lately.

            It could be the cooler weather.

                 It  could be the anticipation of a stressful situations on the horizon.

                                   I have never been a big sharer of woes.

                                   except when I write of course.

                                   There in those blank pages I write about everything that worries me, saddens me and  angers me. I even have a prayer journal where I thank God first for his blessings in my life. Writing is my escape.

                               Simple things make me smile. I am happiest when I am with my family. I breathe easier when we are all together. I know that soon will change. College-age kids will be off sooner than I think... So I treasure every moment with them. We all know that our love for each other is unconditional~ I will never ever stop loving them...no matter how messy their rooms are! Together we have experienced enough to fill books that may be titled  what the heck is going on now!?!  ..how to survive this and that    and I'm OK you're OK too right?


                                     Simple things...

                                               Quiet time....

                       and when troubles come my way...

                               I simply push them aside so that I can see the light behind the darkness. It keeps me up and ever present in "Hope"                                          

                                                 It's all good.

        I found this artist and his name is Norman Paper and in this video he makes beautiful art with leaves. He creates and before you know it...its gone. Life is like that too.  Go with the flow, don't stress the petty stuff and look forward for the next moment that will make you smile. This is what I keep telling myself~



Enjoy the moment~Blessings, Joanne

Wednesday, November 05, 2014

Here comes the cold weather...Yuck Yuck Pooey Pooey!

                           Well, here it is again.

                                                        The Fall.

                                                                      I promised I wouldn't cry...but

                                                                       Crying sad reaction gifs

I can't help it. I don't want to be a party pooper but whats so great about Fall and winter?


     He's saying...  

"OK, they looked pretty at first...but now I'm over it"
                                            Animals Autumn animated GIF

   and once all the leaves are finally bagged...then we can look forward to this?
                                                   cameron diaz slips and falls on ice

       and no mater how small the patch is...someone is bound to slip on that ice
                                              baby walks on ice for the first time

I have to admit that it takes me a WHOLE LOTTA effort to appreciate Fall and Winter.

Sooo...I'm going to start with a nice cup of hot chocolate

Yep, that's what I need to get me in the groove of this not so groovy weather

a nice hot cup of sugar coma inducing yumminess 

and while I am in that sugar coma......I'll dream of this.....

Bye Bye butterfly bush, see ya next year


Wednesday, October 29, 2014

'Til The Cows Come Home.....

Hi all,
          I found this video and I just had to share it with my bloggy buddies...

I Just love this Guy. His name is Farmer Derek Klingenberg and he has the most awesome videos. In this one he plays the Lorde song "Royals" and watch who comes home to listen....

and as if it couldn't get any cuter...toward the end they respond by singing a bit too!

Enjoy...and I hope this made you smile!

                 Blessings, Joanne

                       Video Posted to You Tube by: Farmer Derek Klingenberg