Thursday, November 16, 2017

When the Frost is on the Pumpkin


“When the Frost is on the Pumpkin”             Oil              6" x 6"         $75              © Sharon Lewis
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I borrowed this painting’s title from a poem by James Whitcomb Riley called, When the Frost is on the Punkin. If you can get past the dialect he writes in, he paints pictures with words of beautiful fall mornings. For example:
They’s something kindo’ harty-like about the atmusfere
When the heat of summer’s over and the coolin’ fall is here—
Of course we miss the flowers, and the blossums on the trees,
And the mumble of the hummin’-birds and buzzin’ of the bees;
But the air’s so appetizin’; and the landscape through the haze
Of a crisp and sunny morning of the airly autumn days
Is a pictur’ that no painter has the colorin’ to mock—
When the frost is on the punkin and the fodder’s in the shock.
                  Happy Weekend!

Thursday, November 9, 2017

When Life Gives You Lemons


“When Life Gives You Lemons”          Pastel         4" x 4"                 $30              © Sharon Lewis
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When life gives you lemons, otherwise known as days of rain, I think of more pleasing arrangements of water, namely waves….and the peaceful, soothing sounds of the beach.
             Happy Almost Weekend!

Thursday, November 2, 2017

When Apples Party


“When Apples Party”         Pastel             6” x 6”              $40          © Sharon Lewis
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            I wanted to try a slightly different composition for this apple painting. When I finished, I couldn’t help thinking of those parties where too many people gather in one small room….maybe because that’s where the life of the party is holding court….or maybe it’s where you and everyone else has migrated to in order to escape the guy in the other room telling the terrible jokes…..or maybe it’s just a really good party and everyone showed up. Whatever the explanation, I think these apples are having a great time!
            Happy Almost Weekend!

Thursday, October 26, 2017

Imagining

“Imagining”                Pastel                  11” x 14”              $150           © Sharon Lewis
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Imagine that instead of hearing the sounds of angry people clashing with one another, you hear instead the call of gulls, the sound of waves ebbing and flowing, the wind singing through the trees. Imagine instead of seeing in the news descriptions of conflicts between people and nations you see instead, how the sun illuminates the rocks and the ocean revealing all the beautiful colors contained within.
           Happy Almost Weekend!
   

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!