Spectacular Sunset

gray red skyWhen I was in college, I took an oil painting course. The professor told us that, when we painted a sky, we could paint it any crazy way we wanted to, because at some time, in some place, nature would make a sky that looked just like that.

I’m not sure I believed him then but, after years of paying attention and watching the sky, I believe him now. I don’t paint much any more but it is very easy to take a great photo, when nature does all the work!

Many Hands at Home: The Family Gallery

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Remember the thrill when your mom taped your drawing to the refrigerator, for all the world to see? Has you work been on display anywhere since? It’s still exciting, right?

If you’ve been reading along, you know that I love the full range of human made, from the most skilled to the most  . . . shall we say, inexpert. I just like the idea that people are creating and making and doing, rather than watching others create and make and do.

So, it seems fitting that we have, in our home, a gallery to show off the artwork of family. All of the family. Whether they like it or not.

We have mostly paintings and some needlework. The artists are: my grandmother, my grandfather, my mother, my husband, my mother’s husband, my husband’s mother, my mother’s husband’s mother (getting confused yet?!), my sister, my niece and me!

Some of the artists have a lot of experience and some never created a single work before they made one for this gallery. I love every single piece of art. Not to mention the artists!

Here’s to the artist in all of us, and our busy hands at home! Keep what you make on display!

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