Red White & Black

Have you noticed how drab the house looks when all the Christmas decorations come down? It’s sad to me to see all the pretty red and green things long gone. While my decor has some color to it and isn’t drab, I think it’s those pops of color that really keep the winter season from becoming drab.

For this very reason, I’ve expanded my Valentine’s Day decor to add some beautiful red and white…and even a little black…to my home. I created a Valentine’s Day initial flag a few years ago and am always so excited to pull it out. They are available in my etsy shop here  if this is something you might like to add to your holiday decorations.

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Then, I made a wreath for the carport door using white mesh, different ribbons, pipe cleaners and a heart wire wreath form.

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These things make me so happy and I think the touch of black is unexpected yet it adds some unexpected boldness to the pieces. What do you think? Let me know if you try it out! 🙂

Passion Note

Musical paintings are special to me and there are several different musically dedicated works within my lifelong portfolio. I use music when painting and it sets a tone; be it frenzied, methodical, lazy, earthy, or whatever mood I feel I want to evoke for the idea I envision for a piece. This one evolved from some 80s music – Lionel Richie, Madonna, Hall & Oates, and such. I call it “Passion Note”:

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ACEO miniature 2.5 by 3.5 inches, currently available by clicking here.

Through any of my work, no matter what it is, it comes from my soul of which the depths cannot be brought to light with words. What may appear to be simple is actually complex. A fevered desire to explain with paint rather than words.

Outside My Comfort Zone

In my life, I admit that I am an adventurous person. I like to try new things, step outside my comfort zone if you will. My art is no different.

For a while I’ve had a wonderfully large set of Prismacolor Pencils. I dabbled around with them some, though nothing too serious. The past few days, I’ve really worked with them more and have some exciting new pieces coming up.

The picture above is my first one and they should continue to improve from there. I titled her Hypnotic. I love the way her hair turned out and I was oh-so-pleased with it. Though I’m not as happy with the rest of her, I am still overall satisfied with the end result.  I love her mystery and wonder what thoughts are in her head…her eyes are a little bloodshot and with the iris being red…hmmmm…the stories she could tell!

xoxoxo,

Rhonda

Knock Out Roses

Last year, we came across a coupon for Buy One, Get One Plants at Home Depot. Needless to say, we did some shopping! Among the things we purchased were two beautiful rose bushes called “The Knock Out Rose”. Right now, there are buds and blooms galore on them and I just had to share a few photos:

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and another:

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These literally have DOZENS of buds on them and I’m completely amazed by them. According to the tag, this variety is tough and hardy, as well as excellently disease resistant. It boasts that it blooms from early spring until hard frost and needs no special care. Now, I don’t know about you, but this is my kind of plant!

Berries – Yummy!

We had the first fruit of our labor yesterday! HOW EXCITING!! We ate our first strawberry from our Cardinal Strawberry plant. Oh why oh why didn’t I take a picture of it for you to see? I did take one a few days ago, though and you can see that here:

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It is the one on the right. That photo was taken several days ago, so imagine it the most beautiful red color ever and so very, very good. I brought it in and washed it, then cut it in half so Charles and I could both share in our very first edible from our garden.

This particular strawberry plant, at the time of this photo:

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had 14 berries on it! Well, now that we have eaten one, it has 13 currently.

Amazing, isn’t it? How nice it will be to feel a little hungry and then be able to walk outside to our back yard and gather some things to eat. I am so loving this and highly recommend it to everyone!

Kitchen Accent Piece

There is no secret that I am “into” painting owls these days, for some reason. I love them. I love their booksmart, studious appearances. I love that they say so little, yet make such an impact. And, I love the many different qualities and characteristics I can give them.

Today, I finished a little side project for our constantly-in-progress kitchen remodel. (See this post for an idea of the area shown below in reference to our entire kitchen.) Since I finally decided that I want this kitchen to be all white with touches of red, I have been able to start thinking of small decorative touches for the room. This is one of those that has finally come to be: a white owl on a red toned background with tiny red hearts on the wings, a heart dangling from the tree and a sweet pink butterfly flying by to say hello…

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and a close-up:

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It fits perfectly in the open shelf nook that we have in our kitchen.

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I will be selling a very limited edition of prints of this artwork in my etsy shop. Grab one while you can!!