Tuesday, January 7, 2014

Summer Sun

Summer Sun
Oil on cradled panel  12" x 12"
$295.00 + $10. s/h
Day 7 in the 30 in 30 Challenge
Our summer garden has different kinds of tall sunflowers.  I'm sure they each have names which I don't know.  This one, which we have more of, reminds me of large daisies.  Whereas the one I posted yesterday seems more like the typical sunflower.  Because this one has smaller seeds it attracts more of the smaller birds.

I love this quote:  "The good life is lived best by those with gardens."  I guess I have a good life!  This quote came from one of the books our son gave me for Christmas:  An Absorbing Errand, How Artists and Craftsmen Make Their Way To Mastery by Janna Malamud Smith.  One of the chapters talks about the similarity of gardening and art.  She talks about how life is better when you have a continuous practice that "holds your desire, demands your attention and requires effort" like gardening.  What a great chapter.  I grew up in a family of gardeners.  Long before I painted I planted and nurtured gardens.  It was something that was so easy to do while our kids played in the yard.  No one plays in our yard now, the garden gets less nurturing, most of my attention and effort goes toward my painting.  But my life is still good because as she says "The good life is lived by those with gardens!"

9 comments:

Lorraine Shirkus said...

Lovely, Pam! Both sunflower paintings have so much life and light . . . cheering me up on this raw cold day in Texas. Happy New Year!

Anne Winthrop Cordin said...

Ditto! Thanks for bringing the sun in. Beautiful painting.

Linda Popple said...

Love both sunflower paintings and your post. I agree with the author of your new book!

Татьяна Савченко said...

Like your blue and yellow. So nice. You can see my art piece here https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=579826285429644&set=a.501975859881354.1073741829.500403066705300&type=1&theater

Algodão Tão Doce said...

Amei conhecer o seu blog,achei maravilhoso.Visite-me:http://algodaotaodoce.blogspot.com.br/
Siga-me e pegue o meu selinho!!!

Obrigada.

Beijos Marie.

Nancy B. Hartley said...

Pam, Beautiful! Just what we need to see in the middle of dark and cold days!

Melanie Thompson said...

What a great sense of light and warmth! Nice work!

Pam Holnback said...

Thanks so much Lorraine, I think the whole country is suffering from the cold!

Anne, Thank you. It is finally a bit warmer here in Colorado.

Linda, The book is so interesting. Each chapter is a bit different. Thank you.

Thank you Tatiana for visiting.

Algodao, I think that this is Portugese. Our daughter is studying Portugese as she works sometimes in Rio De J.

Nancy, Thank you for all of your ongoing support!

Thanks so much Melanie.

sue gardner said...

Such pure, beautiful colours, I love this!