Monday, May 30, 2011

Memorial Day Mist 2011

"Any man who can drive safely while kissing a pretty girl is simply not giving the kiss the attention it deserves."
-Albert Einstein

6"x6" oil on gessoed masonite archival panel

This morning I set out to paint my annual 'Memorial Day' painting, with the bunting on my front fence....when thunder started rolling. The skies were already dark, but I thought I could get a small painting in before anything blew through. Well, the wind picked up, too. So I picked up my gear & headed to the front porch where I could just paint another section of the garden. Glad I did, I wasn't painting very long before a light rain started falling.

The day did redeem itself, the sun came out in late afternoon, and I am getting ready to cook for some good friends who are coming over this evening.

Yes, I've been away for almost two weeks now, no blogging or painting happening here. Like Einstein says in the quote above, there are things you just need to give full attention to. I've been down at my mom's house in Florida, helping her move to a smaller place. She's moved to smaller digs in a retirement community, and the house she's leaving is where we grew up, she'd been there for forty-three years. It felt so strange to say good-bye to the place. But mom is ready, and chose the place where her new apartment is, saying she wished she had done this last year. And as one dear friend reminded me, "Home is where your mom is" (thanks Norma!).

Looks like it will be a very busy week. Tuesday, I'm headed to a plein-air paint out in Danbury, CT at Tarrywile Park and Mansion. Hoping to get some good painting time in this week! More about the show and sale in my upcoming blog-notes!

This painting is available in my gallery. (will show up Tuesday morning)

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Blogger Norma Wilson said...

So happy to have you back to your easel! I love your Memorial Day painting!

June 1, 2011 at 5:41 AM  
Blogger Roxanne Steed said...

Thanks Norma! It feels so good to be back painting again! :-)
Love your new profile picture, it's like you're looking into my studio up here!

June 1, 2011 at 7:17 AM  
Blogger Diane Hoeptner (hep-ner) said...

So true about home being where your Mum is!! She's lucky to have a daughter like you Roxanne! I love this little painting--especially the nice value range and general arrangement.

June 3, 2011 at 3:51 PM  
Blogger Roxanne Steed said...

aww- thanks Diane! Glad you like the painting, too- it's up by my front porch & is such a peaceful little oasis to hang out!

June 3, 2011 at 6:48 PM  

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