Tuesday, May 26, 2015

Central Park

     “Central Park”       Pastel         2.5” x 3.5”       $20       © Sharon Lewis
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          I had to travel to New York recently for a conference and I did what I love doing when here which is to walk through Central Park. It seemed everyone was eager to be outside with the beautiful spring weather.  There were families picnicking, young kids playing soccer, dogs of all sorts and sizes, and an amazingly talented a cappella group performing; everything that makes Central Park so interesting to me. I just had a few minutes to do a quick study from one of my photos. I hope to paint some larger pieces of this gorgeous oasis in the middle of this great, vibrant city.  


Tuesday, May 19, 2015

In a Far Away Glen

“In a Far Away Glen”        Pastel         9” x 12”       $100       © Sharon Lewis
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         It’s been non-stop running around for the last several months and I think how peaceful and beautiful a place like this looks. It is the kind of place that you can hike to, spread out your picnic lunch on those golden grasses, and have a view of quiet water and majestic mountains all around. Your only visitors might be a few curious sheep. Ahhhh…..

Thursday, May 14, 2015

After the Rain

“After the Rain”            Pastel            9” x 12”          $100          © Sharon Lewis
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            I’ve been enjoying the return of my hummingbirds and the joyous sound of birds chirping. The goldfinches and other winter bird visitors are gone leaving the old standards, the titmouse, chickadee, and cardinal.
            I know it’s not even summer yet but it’s already becoming warm and humid in north Georgia. I find myself dreaming of cooler, drier places like Scotland. Today’s painting is based on photos I took from the car as we drove towards Glen Coe, Scotland. The area before you get to the glen includes a beautiful river that flows through rolling hills. It’s a less dramatic but nonetheless beautiful area.

Friday, May 8, 2015

A Sky Serene and Fair

“A Sky Serene and Fair”        Pastel         9” x 12”       $100      © Sharon Lewis
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           The end of the academic year is a time when it’s easy to lose oneself  in the long work hours and stress. This spring it’s been particularly challenging as we had a tree hit the house, punching holes in my ceiling and causing it to rain inside for awhile.  Then a repair person, while pulling out wet insulation, disturbed a nest of hundreds of carpenter ants hidden within that wall.  I just had to laugh; I kept telling friends that for a while it was like being in the middle of a badly written horror film.
            At times like this, I often find it’s a struggle for me to remember what truly matters to me so I have developed a practice of repeating a simple phrase, "Be patient, be compassionate".  It reminds me to focus not on my own difficulties but on what others are experiencing. I find that this keeps me more attuned to what truly matters in the long run rather than what I want to whine about (a truly boring, fruitless practice).
            Today’s painting is a larger version of one I did while staying near this coastal area. I really found myself missing that painting when it sold a few weeks ago and so decided to do another larger, and slightly different version.
            Happy Weekend and Happy Mother's Day!

Friday, May 1, 2015

Happy May Day!

“Heavenly Hollyhocks”    Pastel      12” x 9”       $100      © Sharon Lewis
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            Apparently, celebrating May Day is an ancient tradition, dating back to pre-Christian times and associated with the Roman goddess Flora (goddess of flowers). It is also now, in many cultures, a holiday that includes dancing, singing, and cake! I ask you, what’s not to like about a holiday like this?
            Happy May Day and Happy Weekend!