Thursday, October 19, 2017

The Pleasing Peony

“The Pleasing Peony”          Oil              6” x 6”           $75        © Sharon Lewis
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Some fun facts about peonies: The name apparently comes from Paeon, a student of the Greek god of medicine and healing, Asclepius. Zeus saved Paeon from Asclepius (who had become jealous) by turning the student into the peony flower. Long ago, the Chinese used certain varieties of the peony to flavor food and in the Middle Ages, Europeans grew them for medicine and drank an infusion of the petals. The peony petals also have been used in teas in China and the root has been used in traditional medicine by Korea, China, and Japan. Finally,  the peony is the state flower of Indiana.
I just think peonies look beautiful and smell heavenly.

Thursday, October 12, 2017

Autumn Heralds

“Autumn Heralds”           Pastel             8” x 10”       $75    © Sharon Lewis
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             We’ve been having swamp-like weather in the Atlanta area…very warm temperatures and air so humid it feels like you’re breathing soup. So, as I find myself longing for cooler, drier, if no less sunny, days, I’ve been looking for signs of fall. I’ve noticed that a few of the trees have started to change color, some have leaves already falling, and apples of all different colors and sizes are in the markets. These three apples proclaim to me that maybe, just maybe, fall is here.
            Hoping you’re enjoying the best of fall weather!

Friday, October 6, 2017

Mellow Fruitfulness

“Mellow Fruitfulness”        Pastel             8.5” x 11”       $90    © Sharon Lewis
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            I’ve borrowed my title from a poem by John Keats, called “To Autumn.” I painted these apples just hanging out together, basking in the warm sunlight with the bright colors of autumn  on their surface as well as in the background.  If you’re interested in reading the full poem by Keats, click here.
            Happy Weekend!

Thursday, September 28, 2017

Summer Bluffs

 “Summer Bluffs”        Pastel        12” x 9”      $100    © Sharon Lewis
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            We’ve had summer weather all week so maybe that explains why I’ve been drawn to painting a place that can be sunny but is often cool even in the summer. I love Maine in the summer!
            Here’s hoping that Maine sends us some cool temps this weekend!

Friday, September 22, 2017

Subtle Finale

“Subtle Finale”         Pastel          9” x 12.25”      $100    © Sharon Lewis
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            The end of summer is here and in the Atlanta area we are looking at temperatures possibly in the 90’s, not exactly the cool, crisp days I look forward to every year. What I will miss about summer however is the less hurried pace of my life, more opportunities to paint interesting lands, and the long, wonderful days of light.
            Happy End of Summer!

Friday, September 15, 2017

Blue Skies Return

“Blue Skies Return”      Pastel        9.5” x 11.5”       $100    © Sharon Lewis
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            The blue skies have returned and the sun is slowly drying up the muddy, saturated ground. There are signs everywhere that strong tropical storm winds moved through here and left the trees with some drastic haircuts. Family members, friends, and neighbors are reaching out to check on one another. Those who lost little are reaching out to share with those who lost so much. It’s a good time to remember our shared humanity and to be grateful for kindness and generosity.
            Wishing you a Happy Weekend!

Friday, September 8, 2017

Return of Blue Skies

“Return of Blue Skies”              Pastel             5” x 7”       $50    © Sharon Lewis
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            For all of my family and friends in the path of Hurricane Irma, my thoughts are with you and here’s hoping that blue skies return soon.