Renovation, Reflections And Roco

During the past two weeks, my home has begun the process of renovation. While the hammering, ripping up of floors, adding floors and more is just the signs of renovation, in the long term hopefully it will just be seen as the birth pains of something more positive.

Reflection on the past eight months, I lost my mother and was beginning to pick up the pieces of my life when the PANDEMIC hit. While I have tried to remain positive in my faith, the reality of confinement and losing my identity to a face mask has taken its toll on me both mentally and physically. Like the renovation in my home, I now have to find a way to cope better with reality.

Even my poor dog Roco is suffering. Fighting the battle of fleas, he cannot wear a flea collar or have any exposure to the toxic chemicals of flea treatment because of his allergies. Trying and mixing all natural treatments is our only recourse. He too with age and more health problems is on an uncertain path.

I guess my whole point in relaying these thoughts is not for sympathy or criticism but more of my way of coping with daily changes in our lives. We know at some point the renovations will be complete, I will become stronger emotionally and even Roco will find a way to deal with his daily struggles.

Thank you for your support.

My favorite place…

In The Gallery

As an artist I guess I am more critical of my work than anyone else. I have been very hesitant to put my work up for sale for that reason but here goes…

Freedom

I think I have posted this piece to show before. This work is acrylic on canvas board. Unframed it is $75 + shipping. This is a 16×20 canvas size.

Mill Reflections

This work is acrylic on canvas. Canvas size is 16×20. Unframed it is $100 + shipping.

While I don’t consider myself to be a perfect painter, I do put a lot of effort into a painting. You can also go to my facebook page, Sue G. Heath Gallery. Come back often to see what I am working on.

Have a great day.

Folkways Creations

As an artist I appreciate most types of art. Today’s topic is Folk Art. Primative or Folk Art may not be appreciated by some people but I can tell you it is not always as easy to do as it may appear. Created in a different time, materials were hard to come by, canvas almost non existant, so most things were painted on either tin or wood. The simplicity of the art existed even in their paint which in most cases they also made.

As the music of the Appalachian mountains, there was self-created from life itself. There were no photos to work from, it came to them to represent who they were. Below is a sample of Folk Art that I just painted.

Garden Angel

As you can see, this Garden Angel is simple in appearance but represents the Folk Art style. I chose here because I am learning to garden and I am a spiritual person. In her hands is a nest of eggs and she shows off her flowers at the bottom of her dress.

Hopefully, I will be able to work in a little more Folk Art for you. Thanks for visiting.

Photography – Shooting The Beach

While doing some pre-fall cleaning, I have found more beach photos. As I have gotten older, I really am not a beach person. There are a few things at the beach that can make shooting interesting. The piers, the dunes, the sunrise and sunsets and more….

Not only are you looking at sand but snow on the dunes!

The first lesson of photography, don’t shoot just to be shooting! When I shot the pier I was not just thinking “Oh that would make a cute pic” but how interesting the geometrics were of the cross beams underneath the pier. The more complex your picture is the more interesting to the viewer. It’s the “WOW” effect that you are after.

In the second picture, I didn’t just want to get the beach but to capture the whole experience. Even the sea oats seem to make a statement. Make the uninteresting interesting. It was important not to just capture the beach but the snow on the beach. Not just the dunes, but capture the holes and footprints on the dunes. Don’t settle for less than perfect pictures. If you are not there yet, keep practicing you will be there soon.

Have a great day shooting!

Surviving The Storm

While we survived another hurricane, more importantly, we are reminded of God’s power and love. Gratefully, we suffered no damage, we lost no power, and we awakened to another beautiful day.

While some people fear the storms, they may have far worse storms in their own lives. We cannot give into fear. While certainly there are times when we all experience fear but it is important not to let fear overwhelm us.

The Bible repeatedly tells us DO NO FEAR. Regardless of your chosen faith, it is important to know that we can take control of most situations and those that we cannot control we have to be willing to give to a higher power.

In the song “Standing In The Storm”, the Sharps relay this point that we are not alone during these times of fear and helplessness. Whatever your personal situation is like last night’s storm and the following pictures shows…the sun will come up again and life will continue!

Dawn on the river…

The Beach

For thousands of people, the beach is not just a place to plant your feet in the sand, but a place to depart from their busy lives. It’s like taking a bath and washing off all of the dirt in the ocean. Here are some shots to remind you of your beach experience.

Sand Dunes
Ocean at dawn…
The Beach
The Waves

While Covid-19 may have limited our access to the beach over the past few months, we will always have the memories!

Barn Mania

Tobacco Barn

Like most baby boomers, these structures covered in ivy green were once a vivid part of our youth! Since my grandfather owned a large farm, there were quite a few of these. They were tall and sturdy. They housed large burners that curred the tobacco. The guys would stand on the tier poles that ran horizontally across the barn to hang the tobacco sticks on the pole above them. The girls would loop the tobacco onto the stick and hand the sticks up to the first guy. While it was hard work, we still had fun.

There were several 🚜s on the farm. I learned to drive one at an early age. At that time I did not realize how beneficial that would be but proved to be when I started driving a car.

Prior to those nice tractors were the old mule and the old wooden wagon with rough hewn wheels that I could have sworn were square from the rough ride.

Here are more different types of barns:

This is the barn on my grandfather’s land. His old truck still sits there.
This is another barn on the same land.
This is one of the oldest I have found and it happens to be on the Quilt Trail.

Needlecraft Lesson

Daisy Granny Square

Ok ladies. If you like to crochet, here is my version of the Daisy Granny Square. Actually, I probably should call it a sunflower because it has 12 points, not 8. With an H hook ch 3 and slip stitch into 1st stitch to form loop. Work 12 hdc into loop and slip stitch into beginning dc ch 3. 2. In top of first hdc dc + 2 more dc in same stitch, cross over and slip stitch into stitch prior to the ch3 then go forward to the stitch after the 3rd dc was made and slip stitch and then repeat (ch 3 2dc in same stitch cross over and slip stitch into stitch prior to ch3 then go forward to the stitch after the 3rd dc was made and slip stitch) petal made. Repeat until there are 12 petals. For next row, slip stitch into center of the first petal ch 3 and repeat around. Slip stitch into last petal. Next row, to form corner 3dc in loop between petals ch3 3dc all in same loop, ch1 3dc in next loop. Continue in pattern around. You should now have 4 corners with 2 sets of 3dc in between, slip stitch into top of beginning ch, ch1 and sc around. Your block should now look like the one above.

Hope you enjoy.