Out with the Connecticut Plein Air Painters on a Thursday in late March. It was foggy and incredibly overcast. Sarah, Bill, Doug, Candace and Jill joined in -
this piece was painted on a linen panel. This piece is available in the online shop or contact me directly by email - email@example.com
Our next CT plein Air Show will be in Newtown CT, in a Barn at residential home. June 18-19, 2021 , more details to come -
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Painted en plein air with the Fairfield County Painters on Thursday May 6, 2021. Location: Lee Memorial Garden, New Canaan, CT. It was a small group of painters about 5 of us.
When Elizabeth posted the location for our weekly paint out I was so curious about the place because I never heard of it and I grew up in New Canaan. I did a quick search on my phone for the location and discovered it was close to where a high school friend lived but I had never been there before.
Driving down the windy residential road I was surprised to find large black gates open and a small lot for cars to park. It's hard to describe in words how unique this garden is and every photo I took doesn't do it justice. Faith, the garden curator said they are just entering peak season for the spring blooms with pink, peach and purple azaleas and many other flowering plants. What's unexpected is that the design of the garden is very organic with a very limited amount of man made structures, just enough to know someone is meticulously caring for this garden. Looking forward to return again in a few weeks!
As we close the chapter on 2020 and look ahead to 2021 wouldn't it be nice to share a gift of hope to someone you care about?
In this year's A Fresh Perspective Art Calendar, each month features a new painting and inspirational quote to brighten not just your day but your whole year.
Why not share that hope with a friend?
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Today I'd like to share one of my calendar pages with you.
It's the month of April 2021.
This year I decided to add inspirational quotes to each calendar page so I gathered all the quotes I've been saving and searched for more.
After changing the quote and image for April a few times, I settled on the painting of the pink spring blossoms in Branford. I love this painting because it brings back memories of sitting in my car with the easel resting against the steering wheel. It was just too cold to paint outside that April day but I didn't want to miss this moment. Be faithful in the small things, or should I say the small moments.
"Be faithful in the small things because it is in them that your strength lies." - Mother Teresa
I love this quote by Mother Teresa as well as many other words of wisdom from such a remarkable wise woman.
This morning I was reading a blog post by Mark Batterson. Author of the Circle Makers and Pastor at National Community Church in Washington DC..
The title of the blog post is "Find your Calcutta".
I knew right then I had to read this one. I knew it would be about Mother Teresa.
Mark Batterson has a wonderful way of linking ideas together to paint a beautiful picture with words. He tells the story of Mother Teresa, and how she started the orphanage in Calcutta.
Her superiors said, “You can’t build an orphanage with three pennies. With three pennies you can’t do anything.”
Agnes smiled and said, “I know. But with God and three pennies I can do anything.”
For fifty years Agnes worked among the poor in the slums of Calcutta, India. In 1979 the woman we know as Mother Teresa won the Nobel Peace Prize. Listen, it is a long way from three pennies to a Nobel Peace Prize. And my question is, how did a woman with so little do so much? The answer is simple. Never underestimate someone who has the courage to come out of the cage and pursue a Godordained passion.
Toward the end of her ministry, Mother Teresa was often asked by her admirers how they could make a difference with their lives the way she had with hers. Mother Teresa’s oft-repeated response was four words long: “Find your own Calcutta.”
What an inspiring story!! I love it! And so worth sharing and passing it along. This is exactly what I needed to get the engine reeved up and face another day! I hope it inspires you too.
Mr. Batterson also ends his post with this last line which I think is worth sharing too.
"You don’t need wealth or position or power to make a difference. You just need to do the best you can with what you have where you are. And if you are faithful in Babylon, God will bless you in Jerusalem." - Mark Batterson
Be the Light! Keep shining -Be faithful in the little things -
I'm happy to share that my latest 2021 A Fresh Perspective Art Calendar is at the printers now and will be ready to ship soon!
Each year I love to gather together my latest collection into a 12 month wall calendar. It's such a joy to see it call come together in one pretty package.
This year I decided to add some of my favorite quotes to illuminate the images each month. The quotes vary from unknown to well -known, like Mother Teresa, Desmond Tutu, Maya Angelou and Martin Luther King Jr.
In December the quote is from Desmond Tutu - " Hope is being able to see that there is light despite all of the darkness."
In February the quote is from Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. ' " Take the first step in faith. You don't have to see the whole staircase: just take the first step."
and in September the quote is Maya Angelou "Nothing can dim the light that shines from within."
I selected these quotes so that we may be encouraged and challenged to see what's before us in a whole new light - A Fresh Perspective!
These calendars are wrapped individually in make great gifts!
Here are a few sample pages:
Each year the calendars
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Branford, CT 06405
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