Water Lilies – No Filter…

I took a photo of some Water Lilies while visiting a local garden center/nursery. Ah, they have beautiful flowers and plants. There is usually someone directing traffic in and out it’s that crazy. It was a very bright day, so no filter was used on this photo, the flowers don’t look real. The lily pads do, but not the flowers. It was stunning!

Happy Saturday!


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Horton Hayes Fine Art – Charleston, SC!

Horton Hayes Fine Art – 12 State Street, Charleston, SC. The gallery is now located at this location as well as 27 1/2 State Street (the studio is in this location). Both locations are fabulous. I have always loved this building – it’s so classy with the black trim. All the textures in the building are stunning…  Check out the artists… top notch – and most recently added: Rhett Thurman! A perfect addition!


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The Sunapee Cottage by Yankee Barn Homes!

This is the Sunapee Cottage by Yankee Barn Homes. This plan is 2,481 square feet with 3 bedrooms and 2.5 bathrooms. It boasts an exceptional front/side screened porch, so perfect for entertaining or just living the good life! This is one beautiful plan!

The Sunapee plan also has the master suite downstairs, which is convenient. This is an open concept plan with an open kitchen, dining, great room. You enter from the right side of the porch, which is nice – it keeps the entire expanse of the front porch clear – beautiful! Also downstairs is the laundry room and coveted pantry! Wonderful!

The upstairs area has two bedrooms and a bathroom as well as an office and storage area. STORAGE, did you hear that? The one thing most of us are short on, woohoo!

Be sure to check out their website for stunning photos of the interior!

All images via YankeeBarnHomes.com, used with permission…

Images are not for construction or reproduction, they are property of the design firm.

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Featured Artist: Ingrid Christensen!

Peach Bowl by Ingrid Christensen  24×20″  Oil

Ingrid Christensen, a wonderful artist from British Columbia, Canada. She has a wonderful looseness to her work. Beautifully portrayed subjects in wonderful color and light.

I think these peaches are stunning, I can almost smell them! Time to go find a peach cobbler recipe, hee hee.

Links to Ingrid Christensen’s work:

Website  |  Blog 

Read a bit about Ingrid, from her website:

Award winning artist, Ingrid Christensen, was born and raised in Golden, a small town in British Columbia, Canada.  She studied art and English at UBC in Vancouver and received an Education degree from Queen’s University in Kingston, Ontario, and, for a time, taught in the public school system. But art was always Ingrid’s primary passion, and she quit teaching in order to pursue it wholeheartedly.

After studying silversmithing in Thailand, and jewelry making and ceramics in Calgary, Ingrid finally settling on painting when she discovered that it was all that she had been searching for.  She taught herself to paint, first in watercolour, and then in oils, by reading artists’ biographies, art history books, and every how-to book in the library system. 

Ingrid is inspired by the Impressionists because of their fascination with the effect of light on colour.  Her favourite subjects are figures and  landscapes, with a special interest in images of figures in water.  This last subject allows her to explore the complexity of light, both direct and reflected, as well as the bravura brushwork that has become her signature.  Her bold and colourful paintings have won honours and awards in both international and national exhibitions.

Ingrid teaches oil painting at the Calgary School of Art in Calgary, Alberta and workshops in Alberta, British Columbia, and Mexico.  Continue reading HERE

All images via IngridChristensen.visualserver.com, used with permission…

Images are not for reproduction, they are property of the artist.

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Quick and Easy Fruit Salad!

This is a good little fruit salad. Quick to throw together and so good for you!

Use whatever quantities that you like. I used organic strawberries, navel oranges and kiwi (super star fruit)!

ORANGE: sliced the ends off then peeled with a knife. Then cut the wedges out.

STRAWBERRIES: cut into bite size piece

KIWI: peel first then slice – it’s so pretty!

Tip: I take the ends of the oranges that I cut off and squeeze the juice over the fruit salad. Mix together and refrigerate!

If you want it a little sweeter (I don’t add sugar) and a little different you could toast some coconut until it’s fragrant and light brown and sprinkle over top.

Often times I will also add a banana to our individual servings (so it doesn’t turn brown), that adds a creaminess. This is so refreshing!


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Featured Artist: Christopher Burk!

Indigo and Yellow Nocturne by Christopher Burk   12×12″   Oil

Christopher Burk. Very cool paintings! Be sure to check out his website as well as his social media (links below). This painting is available at BrandtRobertsGalleries.com! Don’t you just love the sky? Christopher is a master with the power lines – they look amazing and give you a feel for the area – great light!

Read a bit about Christopher, from his website:

 The quest for something new, distinctive forms and compositions, found in our exterior environments are the themes that are consistently sought after as the major contributors to my work. The main emphasis showcases the mundane within the landscape, for example, the poetry that happens in the sweeping utility lines along the backdrop of a morning or evening sky with the pinnacles of structures, treetops, telephone poles, and how each interacts with one another within the composition. Taking something so utilitarian for example, like that of a telephone pole with all of its components, on average would be, and usually are, looked upon as something that is less than visually desirable, yet when presented in a unique way this provides one with the tools needed to visually tune into not only their personal environments but also that of the world — therefore, giving viewers the capabilities to find beauty in the simplest of things. Read more here

Check out Christopher Burk via the following links:

Website  |  Instagram  |  Facebook

Images via BrandtRobertsGalleries.com – Info via ChristopherBurk.com, used with permission…

Images are not for reproduction, they are property of the artist.

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To Mothers Everywhere – And To Those Who Aren’t…

HAPPY MOTHER’S DAY to all the mother’s out there! Fred and I are beyond blessed to still have our parents, and we know that. Many of my friends do not and that’s tough… especially on a day like Mother’s Day, where we celebrate the moms in the world!

Happy Mothers Day to those of you who are mothers. This is your day… enjoy it, I’m sure you’ve earned it! 🌸

Happy Mothers Day to those of you who are not mothers, and aren’t going to be… whether by the ways of the universe or by your own plans and beliefs – be there for other children that come into your life. Help them be good kids – this world needs good kids and sometimes it takes a village. 🐾… and if your kids happen to have four legs, give them an extra special hug! 🐕

Happy Mothers Day to those of you who have lost your mother. Truly, holidays like this can be miserable. If you are in that place, try to remember the good times, do something today to make your remember your mom even more, whether it be cooking a favorite recipe of hers or spending time doing something she loved. I bet you will feel closer to her when you do… Remember, she’s never truly gone – she’ll be by your side forever… Hugs to you – this sucks and is not easy, my thoughts and prayers are with you today. 🙏

Happy Mother’s Day to both of our Moms – Love you to the moon and back! xo


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