Friday, April 16, 2010

Garden Home


This is an acrylic painting of a birdhouse which hangs next to the fence in my garden. This is a joint venture. My youngest daughter first sketched it in pencil, then I painted. If you notice, the detailing was done in pen and ink.
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One of my favorite things to draw is wood grain. There's something so graceful and beautiful about the grains found in wood and I love to recreate the effect.
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The original painting was auctioned off in a fund-raiser for a local charter school. I felt honored to be a part of helping the school to become successful.

DADDY UPDATE: Dad's appointment with the neck brace folks was disappointing. The brace they had did not fit. There's another they want to try. If that doesn't work, the VA will make another appointment to fit a custom brace. After that, the only option is a risky surgery. Without surgery the muscles in his neck will continue to weaken which, with the broken bones in his neck, will give no support. Eventually without the brace, his head would flop to one side. This is a very scary time for my family. We would appreciate your prayers for Dad and for our family.

11 comments:

Lois said...

I love it!

maiaT said...

This is a fairy tale painting, what a lovely subject!
Wish success with the neck brace for Dad.
My payers are with you.

maiaT said...

I was really happy to meet another artist.
You didn't misdirect me, I've found your reflection photo too but thank you for being so thoughtful.
I hope everything goes well with Dad.
Happy weekend for the whole family!

Clytie said...

It looks like a photograph! Wonderful collaboration!

Xavi said...

Thank you for your words,Beth. I think I read a book of your mother, Michelle, perhaps? for many years. Tell your friend to watch your wallet. There are many pickpockets in Barcelona of other European countries.
Have a nice weekend.

Elisabeth said...

I love the idea of work done together, a shared project, two minds at work. Thanks Beth.

Icy BC said...

Beautiful painting, and very intricate!

Hope things work out the best for your dad.

mypixelsblog said...

I hope your father gets his neck brace on soon. And all works out for him and the family.

~Cheryl said...

What a very precious work of art; you two make a great combo! I admire wood grains, too, but would never have the patience to draw it!

What a predicament your dad is in, and how scary for all of you. Sending mega-prayers your way!

Thank you for gifting me with your highest praise -- it's both humbling and thrilling! ♥

A Dancing Mango said...

Hi Beth!
How are you?.. I am so happy to be here to read and see your
beautiful artwork again. sigh**
The painting you did is great!
Your father will be in my prayers. I understand "neck" pain and surgery more then I wish.
Missing you too! Hugs, Darlene xo

miruspeg said...

I really LOVE this birdhouse Beth!
And how fantastic that it is a joint venture with your daughter.
You both rock!!
Hugs
Peggy xxx