Monday, August 11, 2014

Lemon-aid Jar

oil on canvas 6x8

Summer is still here... time for fresh lemon-aid. Actually mine is always just lemon juice and filtered water ... forget the sugary stuff.

The greatest wealth is health.  ~Virgil

Life expectancy would grow by leaps and bounds if green vegetables smelled as good as bacon.  ~Doug Larson

A sad soul can kill you quicker than a germ.  ~John Steinbeck

Red meat is not bad for you.  Now blue-green meat, that's bad for you!  ~Tommy Smothers

 Be careful about reading health books.  You may die of a misprint.  ~Mark Twain ... wow! they even had health nuts back in those days.

 Eat right, exercise regularly, die anyway.  ~Author Unknown  Ask my mother. She's 103.

Sunshine, water, rest, and air exercise and diet... just pay attention to these... the only variable is the diet, the food we eat, that's the challange, especially in this age of GMO's, PCB's , flourides, pesticides, x-rays, emt's and all the other word substances out there.
Eat well. Stay healthy. Live long. Enjoy what you have now.

Cherries & a Wine Bottle

Oil on canvas 6x8

The wine is gone... the cherries are gone ... I'm happy :-)

The happiest people don't necessarily have the best of everything; they just make the best of everything they have.

Do more, Spend less..... enjoy life to the fullest.

Those who can laugh without cause have either found the true meaning of happiness or have gone stark raving mad. ~Norm Papernick

 Happiness often sneaks in through a door you didn’t know you left open. ~John Barrymore

It’s pretty hard to tell what does bring happiness. Poverty and wealth have both failed. ~Frank McKinney "Kin" Hubbard

So with that in mind look around you .... see the good... be happy. 

Monday, August 4, 2014

Portrait of a "Saint"

Santos oil on canvas 6x8

Santos is a local character who comes to pose for us occasionally.  Yes, Santos is his real name. Always in costume..... always refreshing and always funny. 6x8 portraits are always a challenge and may or may not look like the person.... but we have fun painting them.

Reality is merely an illusion, albeit a very persistent one. ~Albert Einstein

How many legs does a dog have if you call the tail a leg? Four. Calling a tail a leg doesn't make it a leg. ~Abraham Lincoln

There is an objective reality out there, but we view it through the spectacles of our beliefs, attitudes, and values. ~David G. Myers, Social Psychology

 There are no facts, only interpretations. ~Friedrich Nietzsche

 What is a face, really? Its own photo? Its make-up? Or is it a face as painted by such or such painter? That which is in front? Inside? Behind? And the rest? Doesn't everyone look at himself in his own particular way? Deformations simply do not exist. ~Pablo Picasso

 Reality leaves a lot to the imagination. ~John Lennon

 It must be hard to be a model, because you'd want to be like the photograph of you, and you can't ever look that way. ~Andy Warhol

 Everything you can imagine is real. ~Pablo Picasso

'nuf said

Sunday, August 3, 2014

Across the Lake

Summit Lake oil on canvas 6x8

Took a trip up to the top of Donner Pass to meet with the other plein air painters... missed them all. Never did find them so I hiked on in by myself/ It was a nice refreshing hike. Met a few people on the way out ... and their dogs. Hikers are always a good group of people to meet.Never know what I will paint and I always take home lots of fotos to work with later.

Try to get out today ... even if it's just a walk around the block.