Open My Eyes... that I may see
.......Oh the beauty that surrounds you and me!

Notes from Teresa J


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Saturday

10000 Reasons

The sun comes up, its a new day dawning
Its time to sing your song again
whatever may pass, whatever falls before me
Let me be singing when the evening comes......

What awesome lyrics to the song 10,000 Reasons (Bless the Lord oh my soul) written by Matt Redman and Jonas Myrin.  I always hope that I can live those words. When we stop and realize how many blessings through the good and bad times God provides, I hope I am always singing when the evening comes!


Friday

Never Say Never

I remember a time when I first started painting... I said "Why would anyone want to paint fruit, I never would".So guess what, I  found in pursuing my studies that painting fruit is really fascinating, to the point  that now when I go to the grocery store, I look for beautiful fruit just in case I want to paint it.
Isn't that just like so many things in life if we have our minds closed instead of open?  If we open up a  tiny bit , we may find an interesting opportunity,.

 This is a painting I finished last year, but I have not published it on line really. It was purchased by a very dear friend.  The pitcher with the bird always reminded me of summer , so I set this up with some lemons as a still life. I never thought I would enjoy painting fruit, but its such an awesome way to learn form and I really enjoyed painting this. As with many things in life I have learned , never say never!

And this painting I did of a couple of my favorite art books. One being a book written by Kevin MacPherson, whom I studied under for a year in 2012.  His book is awesome for painting education, its called Landscape Painting  Inside & Out.  So while practicing, I set this book and an Edgar Payne book I have, as a still life and had fun painting them.
We each are individual and have unique experiences, which allow us to respond to our world around us in such different ways. I love that in finding subjects to paint, its not the subject that matters, but the excitement I have in trying to capture my response to the subject.  Do I always succeed.. no most of the time I do not but I have fun trying anyway!

Painting tip of the day.... Keep on pursuing your dreams.. no matter your age. Learning keeps us young at heart and mind! and Never say Never!