American Flower Pot

We had a wonderful Memorial Day weekend here.  Warm weather has finally arrived!  The trees  just about have all of their leaves and the world is glorious.  Our little town of Antioch, IL (pop. 8500 or so) has put up American flags on all the light posts downtown.  It’s a little slice of midwest Americana.  That’s probably what inspired this  piece.  Flowers and flags put a smile on my face!

ImageThis is just one of several paintings I have added new to my Etsy shop today.

 

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Sweet Home with Dog

Be it ever so lovely, there’s no place like home.  Home, sweet, sweet home–especially if a dog lives there!

Previously, I have added a few kitties to my pics for you cat lovers out there.  But I can’t leave the dog lovers out.

I have never been a cat owner, but have had a couple of dogs.  So therefore I must place myself in the dog lovers camp.  We had a little black dachshund when I was growing up.  His name was Sparky.    I became convinced he was the best dog in the world.   I had already  married and moved away by the time he died.    I was glad I wasn’t there.  Sad.  For years my boys wanted a dog.  We finally gave in when I thought they were old enough to do the work it takes.  (Well they were old enough, but of course it was Mom and Dad still did everything).  Beau was a large, lovable golden retriever.   He became our 3rd child.   When Beau died after 11 years, it left a big hole.  Sometimes I have thought about getting another dog, but I think better about it.   Dogs are a lot of work and it’s so sad when they die.  Don’t want to go through that again.   I do pet every dog I meet on the street, though.

Whether you are a dog or cat lover, their companionship is one of life’s simple pleasures.  Enjoy!

Image  Sweet Home with Dog 5 x 5 inches watercolor on Etsy

 

I opened my Etsy shop!

You haven’t heard from me for awhile because I was busy setting up my Etsy shop.  I recently came across the phrase  “done is better than perfect”.  Well that’s how I feel.  The shop doesn’t have everything I want (like international shipping that I have yet to investigate) but at least it is DONE!  Not everything is in the shop yet.  I will continue to add items every day–so keep checking.  The name of my shop is Blue Pumpkin Studio  (don’t ask–I just like the name).  I would appreciate it if you would at least check it out and “like” my shop.  Here is a new painting I haven’t shown before.  It’s called “Home with Kitty” and is available in my shop.

ImageHome with Kitty 5 x 5 inches with easel on Etsy