Welcome, Friends!

A garden is a friend you can visit anytime, declares a large stone in a well tended  garden.  And that’s my hope for this blog, that Autumn’s Garden will be like a friend you can visit anytime in these uncertain times that are today.  

 

gardening

Gardening & Housekeeping

I love gardening – especially in an autumn garden – my enthusiasm is not matched by ability. Both are excellent tutors . . . and here are the lessons I am learning.

painting

painting & writing

I may not yet be a Grandma Moses, or a Eudora Welty, but while there’s life, there’s HOPE. And every day I can paint or write is a good day!

age and stage

understanding the times

The men of Issachar understood the times — understanding ours is no less crucial. (1 Chronicles 12:32)

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pandemic paintings

Paintings From the Porch

In March of 2020, our sun porch became my favorite room in our home as Doug and I began a new season in our marriage — the  COVID pandemic season.  The season continues and so do the challenges. And, the porch is a place where we both “do” art. 

 Painting on the porch is my sanity saver! There, painting helps me find designs and colors that say how I feel: hopeful and nervous, and old. (Cute, though) I have a spirit that says, YES!  Alas, the old body says . . . maybe not.

 In the words of  Vincent van Gogh: “In painting I want to say something comforting in the way that music is comforting.”

 Communication matters in these uncertain times.  And I hope the messages I have painted brighten your day!

 Often in styles inspired by other artists, here are some of my creations I am offering.  In order to keep painting, I need to clear some room and keep my supplies full. So I’m offering some paintings for sale.

 

From the Blog

Three Small Paintings

Three Small Paintings

Last week I occupied myself with three small paintings. Two were disasters, requiring immediate Gesso interventions....

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Readers Who Write Me

Readers Who Write Me

Readers who write me after reading my blog  often point me to answers to prayers I hadn’t realized I prayed. Case in...

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Tension

Tension

Tension builds and wanes daily as I chase down shots – COVID Vaccine shots, specifically. The luck of the draw is not...

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Today

Today

I wondered aloud if today would be the day, I would take the Christmas tree down. Then, I went on to wonder other...

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Don’t Look Back

Don’t Look Back

Don’t Look Back my owl meme counsels: You aren’t going that way. But I still look back over last year’s journal...

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Sometimes

Sometimes

Let me honest . . . Sometimes the paint just won’t go where I want it to go; I have had  a couple disasters, recently....

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“O Lord that lends me life, Lend me a heart replete with thankfulness.” William Shakespeare

Who am I? I am a wife, mother, mother-in-law, and grandmother, aunt, sister and cousin, and friend. And I am a recovering English major. I enjoy writing, painting, and reading – which when combined with all the wonderful people God has permitted in my life, I have much for which I am thankful. And I am grateful for the freedom to express my thanks.

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