Let There Be Love and Laughter!

I am so ready to do a little high-stepping after such a long period of couch-sitting. People are smiling again. I thought it would be fun to share a little bit of happy that hopefully might make you smile.

Everyone has a “thing” or two that draws them in and maybe says “oh, I must have it” – roosters, watermelon, sunflowers, cookbooks… (I don’t paint cookbooks~) but you know what I mean. For me, it is something I can paint. At the end of my post you will see my most recent painting, but below are some that were plain just fun for me to do. The umbrella painting is a street in Passau, Germany that had these adorable handpainted umbrellas hanging over Artist’s Alley. It happened to be raining, so we had our own umbrellas streetside! The high heeled shoe was for my granddaughter. I hoped it might make her smile as opposed to some of the other things I paint. 🎨The rooster. Well, he did make me smile.

This is Stubby the Cat, painted for my friend, Robin Johnson, who created a childrens’ book about a brave and special cat. I look forward to the release of this book because her audience will love hearing about the adventures of a busy 3-legged, one-eyed cat with a crooked tail.

Several years ago I had the privilege of illustrating a very clever children’s counting book written in both English and Spanish. Created and self published by Trudy VanderKnoop, it was my first venture into children’s books. I’m hopeful her charming storybook will be published again soon!

Today is a day to enjoy, not be too serious. Everywhere we look we have to choose between responses. Are we going to disagree, are we going to listen and acknowledge the feelings of others – even if we disagree? Are we going to look for JOY or are we going to look for discouragement? Today I choose joy. I want to be known for my love not for my opinions…and maybe a little bit for my paintings as well~ What do you think? Can you tell I love the great ourdoors?

I invite you to shop my Gallery. And here are some of MY favorite paintings:

And this is what I painted today. Just because. Maybe because Mother’s Day is coming up and it reminded me of kitchen tables and vases with fresh flowers. Celebrating family and the precious women in our life. Celebrating you, my friends! I hope it makes you smile. Delight yourself in the Lord, and He will give you the desires of your heart. Psalm 37:4

Magnolias for Mom