Monday, June 27, 2011

Bowl of Peas

oil on artist panel 6x6 inches
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Hello — I finally found a tiny amount of time to do a painting — I've been busy busy with other life stuff, but have been THINKING about painting every day... does that count?  No, it does not.  The clone thing hasn't panned out yet, so I guess I'll just have to make the time!!  But how??  Stay up later than 8:30 p.m.?  Give up doing the dishes?  The laundry?  Hmmm... looks like I might have some options!  ;^)

Saturday, June 11, 2011

Apricot Roses

oil on artist panel 6x6 inches
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I have a very large climbing David Austin rose in my garden called "Teasing Georgia" which is LOADED with buds — I found a couple that were open, snipped them, and brought them in my studio to paint.  I really like this variety — they have a beautiful orangy-yellow color and smell soooooo gooooood!

Friday, June 10, 2011

Crazy Mix


oil on artist panel 6x6 inches
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Peonies... honeysuckle... roses... echinacea... what was I thinking?  Too many different flowers to capture in one painting session for me.  Of course I didn't realize this until I was well into it... and it was too late to turn back.  Maybe tomorrow I'll paint an apple... ONE nice apple...  :^)

Monday, June 6, 2011

Japanese Irises


oil on artist panel 6x6 inches
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Hello — here's my painting for today.  Everything in my yard is blooming at the same time — how will I be able to paint it all?  Ahhhh — I need a clone!!
In other news — very good news — I heard that the power is back on on all the homes that are habitable here in Brimfield.  Hurray!  And all the kids went back to school today too — I think it was good for them to be with their friends and to get back to their routine.
Donations are still needed though — here's another link I found with contact information if you'd like to help out:  https://www.facebook.com/pages/Western-Mass-Tornado-Relief/215374308496830 

Sunday, June 5, 2011

On the Porch

oil on artist panel 6x6 inches
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I cut some pink rhododendron blooms... then spent a very pleasant couple of hours on our front porch painting them.  I'm happy with this one — what do you think?

Saturday, June 4, 2011

Lucky


oil on artist panel 6x6 inches
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"Lucky" — that is how I feel.  All of us in this area who weren't devastated by the extreme weather this past Wednesday night feel incredibly lucky.  For those of you who don't know, Western Massachusetts was hit by a series of tornadoes (one incredibly large and powerful) this past Wednesday.  My town of Brimfield was hit very hard.  Neighboring Monson, Mass. has lost their beautiful downtown.  The city of Springfield has extensive damage.  It's hard to process.

A smallish tornado hit the road that we live on — the house next to us had a big tree snap in half and left them without power for a couple of days.  The house next to them had a few large trees come down — one landed on their (thankfully empty) above-ground pool, one landed on their house — amazingly, there wasn't any serious damage done.  The twister then jumped across the street and uprooted a few trees on that property — a car was damaged, but no damage to their home.  Most important of all, no one was hurt.  We Malones just had a lot of leaves and branches to clean up — we were incredibly lucky.

My son and I took a drive the next day to see what we could see — we had heard there was extensive damage on Haynes Hill Road, but nothing could prepare us for what we saw.  The area was unrecognizable.  Haynes Hill Road is (was?  I'm having trouble leaving that word "was" there...) a heavily wooded road with beautiful homes.  The section that the (very large —1/2-mile across) tornado hit is no longer wooded and most of the homes have been destroyed or need extensive work before the families can move back in.  ALL of the trees have either been snapped in half or uprooted.  Some of the houses came completely off their foundations, others lost their roofs...

This morning, two major roadways that had been shut down were reopened.  Route 20 heading east out of the town center... I can't even think of a description!  It's too much to process.

If anyone would like to help out the families that have been displaced, the Congregational Church here in Brimfield is organizing relief efforts.  Non-perishable items, baked goods, hot meals (the church began serving hot lunch and dinner meals last night and plan to continue until everyone has their power back on)... here is a link to an article the Worcester Telegram & Gazette published with information for those who would like to help.

The painting I did today was of my yard and the trees in the woods behind my house — undamaged by Wednesday's storm. 

Tornado Images

our driveway — the day after

two houses down from us — luckily no major
damage to their home and most importantly, no one was hurt

Haynes Hill Road, Brimfield

another view of Haynes Hill Road — this was a heavily wooded street!

Haynes Hill Road home completely destroyed

another decimated home on Haynes Hill — in case you can't
tell from this picture, that is just the top half of that house
on the ground.