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We Went In Search of Color

Good Morning

BRRRRRR it no longer feels like summer but late fall I may step outside and find all my annuals have succumbed to frost as we have had no hard freeze here on the seacoast as of yet.

My swamp maples had their gorgeous reds along the river and some rain and wind has taken some of the leaves down in preparation to their winter slumber and a long one it will be.

Parts of our country have either been under fire or water for far too long some with no power for weeks to come and ocean water so filthy all species have washed ashore 😦 I pray for this world we call home.

So what do I do as fall takes hold well of course I charge my camera and we go for a ride yes we got ready rain and all and grabbed JT for her annual foliage ride.

It had not yet hit peak in the 300 mile day trip we took but the clouds and rain made it look spectacular.  Thursday I will try again this time I will head into VT for photos of Barns and Cows always sought after shots.

Hope you enjoy the few snaps I decided to poke my camera out into the rain for 🙂
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This last one I will try to capture with my Watercolor.

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Trying My Hand At What I See

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Taken from a quick sketch I did in Exeter NH along the Swazy Parkway downtown.
Actually just before I added the final glazes and popped it into a frame not sure if I will show it or not.

Here is a bad photo and it is not in the right Mat or Frame but just to show you I finished it.

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Too much of the painting covered and lousy photo

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NH Grown

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It’s September now the fields are full with Sunflowers in these parts they make it a tourist destination actually along with corn mazes.

Today our garden club passes out the mums and cabbages supporters bought as well as plant the 8 large self watering containers throughout our town.

Since I was up just 3 1/2 hr after going to sleep I think I will take a nap out on the swing.

Have a great day!

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September and the Heat Continues

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August made it onto the top 10 list for the hottest of all time here in NH and September continues to look the same here on Labor Day, we are in the mid 90’s.

One good thing about the 12 inches of rain that swamped up this summer is all of the gorgeous garden flowers we have.

I took this a a friends home where a fellow garden club member lives. He decided upon moving into the new house he did not want a lawn so soil was roughed up and seeds purchased from  Vermont Wildflowers with whom I am getting ready to place an order with as well.

https://www.vermontwildflowerfarm.com/

His sea of yellows and oranges were offset with pink, purple and white Cosmos like these beauties above. I could spend days in a meadow like this and never get tired of trying to capture their beauty.

Happy Labor Day to all of you from the States hope you had the day off and cooked on the BBQ.

Eunice

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Making Giclee

I have decided since the theft the best way to sell my watercolors for now is as a signed and numbered Giclee print.  I will make some of my original pieces available in runs of just 250.

So my shop on Etsy is open with the first 5 being offered.  FolsomMillStudio

Now that the printing process has been completed by a local couple and I can offer exact images for my art I feel so much better. I am offering them for $35 each.

I am working each day on my space here mowing, weeding, planting and dreaming of what is to come.  My knee pain is just about gone with this new diet so slow and steady I will work to get strong again.

You poor people with fires pushing you out we seem to be getting your rain and trust me we do not need it.  Some of our local fire fighters have been sent to help so yes we all know about you being in harms way.  We are so sorry please stay safe.

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Working Hard On My Dream

Still working hard on my land and what a warm summer it has been to do so.  During breaks I find time to wet my brush and get lost on my white piece of paper.

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July What A Month You Have Been

July started with a new way of eating, actually a 28 day plan that ended today.  For a scale that had stopped moving long ago I was tired of the madness and told the right person, a new friend who had an idea and ordered me a book titled “The Fast Metabolism Diet” by Haylie Pomroy

I have never been a reader of self help books though with the world wide web I could seek out anything I wanted to know more about.

Well I read this book, as I shopped for the essentials I would need for the first week and began.  First two days I went to bed early so I did not have to eat anymore food, yes this is the truth it may have been 3 days.  On this third day a funny thing happened I actually heard my stomach growl for the first time in 20 years.

You see I would wake at 5 am have 2 cups of coffee no sugar and not eat anything until maybe noon then dinner at 6 or 7 pm then bed by 10 or 11.  On occasion I would snack before bed or have a dessert. I was so out of whack not drinking water, burning the candle at both ends never giving my body the nutrients it needed to function properly.

When I was trucking I ate better, I guess it was when I got hurt and could not afford lots of different foods and depression took hold from it and being poor for really the first time that I began this journey.  It was time to live again!

So the deal is you must give up white flower that many have already as well as pasta, rice and rolls as well as baked goods.  I also gave up all sugar and quit drinking coffee after 45+years it was not even hard to do so.

I began to drink my water all day long, eat within 30 minutes of waking and having a snack then lunch then later a snack then finally supper.  Most meals consisted of 3 or 4 cups of salad which is easy as this time of the year I grow my own.

Well I must say I was shocked to see the scale move when I felt I like was eating like a pig 🙂 Imagine that!  Inches more noticeable, skin better and sleep was wonderful which I am grateful for because in this period of time I was under so much stress as you see a person I trusted with my art, a neighbor with a consignment store, had closed up shop and took all the vendors goods and never told us.

I searched and searched for her and finally she popped up 2 towns away.  I showed up after having my boyfriend go in as a shopper first and when he got back to the car he said “None of your art is in there.”  I was sick and mad and headed inside by myself.

She told me for 14 min. she had nothing of mine so I reminded her when I sell items I get 60% as I put out my hand.  Then she remembered something she had and went out back and came in with 5 pieces of my work really?  I asked her if this was really how she wanted to start a new business then asked where this painting was

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She said “I do not have it and I reminded her it was $180 and told her to give me cash for it and the check she bounced back in May.  Long story short I did what I could to help others get what they could, as she stole theirs and wrote more bad checks to boot.  It will be hard for me to trust another but all I can say is I stayed on my plan even with all this stress and continued to lose.

The moral of this long story is eat to be healthy and drop weight give up the crap food that is no good for you and always I mean always really know who you are dealing with when you let things you love out of sight.

I will now just sell cards and prints locally as I do online and the originals will be here beside me safe and sound.

She should have named her new shop BAD KARMA after what she took from the 20 of us.

I am blessed to have lived the life I have lived, always full of lessons to be sure.

Come on August I need to do something fun!

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Happy Fourth of July

So much life happening at the moment it is hard to fit it all in.

I lost my cat on Monday and after 17 years together it is hard though I know she was so very sick 😦 I still wish she filled our space with her beauty xo

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JT misses her as do we.

Phase one of my Artist retreat was slow with knee but it is in and mulched to protect is from this heatwave that is consuming so much of the United States I am not complaining mind you, as you all know I despise winter 🙂  I love a week and a half of high 90’s which is better than the same below 0 degrees F.

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If you follow me on Facebook or Instagram you know I am also painting but with pain till my brace arrives I will vary my sitting and walking but soon hope to ride a bike no not another Harley but a pedal bike with a baskets so I can go off and sketch and paint in different places as well as my yard.  I think in Aug. I signed up for a week long Plein Air
right here close by with an amazing teacher. I hope I get the hang of it 🙂

I stepped out of my comfort zone a couple of weeks ago and painted live as a Featured Artist during a Farmers Market.  Met some very nice people and sold some cards.

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Have a wonderful day and stay safe.

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Seven Years With You

Thanks to those who started this journey with me and to the followers who popped in along the way wow seven years.

Plant Sales and planting have been keeping me busy this spring and of course watching my forest grow.

Here is a Iris I dug up from our family home before mom passed isn’t it the prettiest color.

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How mom loved her huge variety wish I had taken more but if the new owners like them maybe they will be loved there.

Here is a shot of my tiny forest as it begins, it is even taller now.

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This is the area I am concentrating on.

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Wild flowers to the right of this mound as well as perennials that spread.  This mound is a holding spot of rich organic soil to help them on their way and it runs 200 foot to the gate and on the other side of the drive as well as under the mature trees for shade loving beauties.  One more weekend full of local plant sales supporting those who give their time volunteering for their towns garden club as I do here.  I bring along a neighbor and boy do we find so many beauties for our places for $1 to $5 each trust me we are bargain shoppers and fill my tiny car to the gills 🙂 as a side note the horrific pain has let up 70% and with all that I push this body to do I am grateful 🙂

Have a wonderful day everyone.

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Some Days We Just Need To Rest

Memorial Day here in the US can be confusing what with everyone saying “Happy Memorial Day” when in fact it is to remember those we lost on battlefields not so happy at all in fact a rather sad day to reflect upon.

Here most enjoy a parade and a cookout and who knows maybe as we gather more can turn their thoughts over to the family members who never came home from war it is wear to start in my opinion.  Now Veterans Day is to celebrate all who have served and no parties for that day as most work it to get the day after Thanksgiving off truly confusing.

Now to confuse you I have a shot of one of my visiting squirrels contemplating the day before him or her and maybe reflecting upon life while atop of my carved Cardinal.

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Planting and More Planting

I must have gone off the deep end trying to do it all in phase 1.

So many trees and bushes and now starting this weekend looking for Perennials till 1st weekend in June.  I will attend all the local garden club plant sales within 50 mile radius to my place to show my support we all must stick together in our mission to make our towns as pretty as we can.

I have been icing the knee and in between wearing an old brace I have to get it all done.  I can not wait to get back to painting with leg up. It does help for me to rest it so I grab my camera and wait for the action to come to me.

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Knee Elevated Ice On

We have so many 2 and 4 legged visitors to watch what is beginning to occur slowly but surely here. Arbor Day says my 17 specimens should arrive next week 🙂 and I am making the rest of my raised vegetable beds on Mother’s Day.   I was going to ride down to Bourne MA where my parents were laid to rest at the Veterans Cemetery on Cape Cod but I know both of them would prefer I continue with my vision and to smile, they liked to see me smile.  Happy Mother’s Day to all you Mom’s. Miss you Mom xo

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Follow me on Facebook(Folsom Mill Studio)  for more adventure 🙂 till I learn to size these right as I do not know all there is about photography 🙂 just know it is a pure delight to interact with these wild ones daily.

Have a wonderful weekend HAPPY MOTHER’s Day

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Almost 200 In The Landcape

Boy am I getting some fresh air.

I bought bare root plants for my piece of property from the State of NH on Thursday yes it is only Monday, lol.  I used my tractor bucket to haul them fresh water and saved my knees many hours of back and forth time.  Then it rained a nice gentle rain all night I think.

These trees and bushes were ready to plant as many had their leaf buds all swollen I hope at least 1/2 take though my real hope is that each will thrive here on the seacoast of NH.  The wildlife will love this place even more and there will be so much greenery and blossoms for painting inspiration.

I bought a Song Bird package with 25 plants, 5 each. Such as Elderberry, Hazelnut and Cranberry.  The next package came with 10 Ninebark, then a bag full of 25 Dogwoods Red, Silky, Yellow, Gray as well as alternate leaf variety.  Another has my Deciduous  beauties Red and White Oak 5 each, Silver and Sugar Maples 5 each, Black Walnut and White Cedar too I also ordered 10 extra White Cedar for screening. I also got 10 Spiceberry Bushes.  Then a Christmas Tree package of 5 different varieties for another 25 trees yes I know I should have paced myself doing some in spring and fall but you have to get them when available as most years they sell out.  They ran out of White Birch which I wanted ten of for the rear of my piece of land I will hunt for babies in my yard 🙂

With the trees and bushes in place and my tractor and pile of compost and loom still large I will add shade loving perennials under my grown trees and sun lovers at the bases of others.  I will hit all the local garden club plant sales as I always do being a member of our towns club it is good to support others making this state as pretty as they can.

I have just one more drawing class tomorrow and then I can get back to my watercolors as I sit outside with my girls(cat and dog)and take in all the new scenes this place will have to get inspiration from.

Have a wonderful week!

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Changing The Scene

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Trucks now long gone now to find a new home for the Antique RV.

As I contemplate what my space can be I work hard to lay out a design for gardens, privacy screen and structures to dine under as well as paint at.

You saw my workhorse and soon you will see my pathways and many new trees and bushes for the wildlife to nest in as well as many varieties of berries to sustain them naturally all the while setting a scene for others to paint. I have 200 bare root specimens
to get into the ground this weekend daunting but exciting as well as garden club plant sales for more perennials.

New roof and new slider going on the studio hoping to get a wild paint job by that artistic son of mine. Maybe I will add a deck to the front as well.  I will keep the place rustic but when visiting artists come to learn from teachers they follow I can get them to the mountains, sea as well as lakes and streams we have it all here in New England.  I will have my own organic garden as usual but will be able to offer nice midday meals to the class attendees.

Having a dream is worth all the hard work though many say to me you can do it now your place is so quiet and welcoming but I want it to be a sanctuary for wildlife all the while gardening and painting my way through what is left of my life.

Thanks for stopping by to see the before photo lol

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Partake In The Sunshine

The daily post prompt Partake

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Partake in some sunshine if you are here in New England as tomorrow rain will once again fall.

With so many brush fires and even more warmth headed our way rain will be needed even after all the snow that fell this season.

I am about to partake in a bunch of planting as the compost arrives, yes totally organic
and I will add lettuce and peas to my NH garden. Soon the Baltimore Orioles and Hummingbirds will replace my Juncos and Snowy Owls.

Hope you all get the weather you so desire so you can also partake in what you enjoy doing.

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Drawing Class Don’t Laugh No Go Ahead

Yes I finally signed up to learn how to draw again.  Taking classes with a great artist at the same gallery where I try to enter the monthly Theme Shows.

I know my problem with a pen I hurry too much! I am excited to learn but scared at times to fail but really who am I actually failing as you already know I am screwy and unique lol trucking, photography, watercolor now drawing it is all who I am time to embrace me and let go.

You can laugh when you take a gander of these first attempts as I know I do but the journey to a better painting will keep me laughing, practicing and practicing some more.
These are done blind well the hand and binoculars and the other students I did fast and blind to start then we moved on to grid work now I can see the possibilities ahead.

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Pen to paper look at object and draw never look down to see what you are doing.

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My poor teacher done by me FAST SKETCHING and I mean fast!  30 seconds to get then down on paper or really their essence.  They were all female but in mine they appeared to be men 😦 try and try again.

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Another Blind Drawing I did here at home for homework

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Worked on Bob Dylan using a grid but drawing it while it was upside down.

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Now Showing In Chichester NH

I dropped of two watercolors matted and ready for hanging at the Wild Women’s Wellness Center in Chichester NH where the art of many hope to raise funds much needed for the animals of all sizes and shapes up the road called Live and Let Live Farm.

They give homes to animals with life to live but no home to live at.  They need food and care never mind love.  They open the farm up on Sundays at 2:30 PM for tours to see all the animals if you are in the area vacationing or if we have too much snow on our slopes 🙂 take a spin and a walk around the place.

So the particulars on the Artist Reception are go to RTE 4 and pop into the lower level of the brick building where Wild Woman Wellness is. Plenty of parking  around back as well.  We will be there from 5-7 PM  Saturday there will also be raffles, food laughter and fun as they hope to sell all the art to bring in money for the farm.  I have donated these two watercolors and am donating 100% of my personal sales.

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Both of mine are framed and ready to hang as are the beautiful works of art that have also been hung up for the show.  There may be bins with cards or prints I left before it was set up but will be there Friday night but I teach a class on Sat. so I will have to miss that and then run up to get them if they do not sell.

http://liveandletlivefarm.org/

Stay warm we hear we may have another 3 to 8 inches of snow due Wednesday night OH JOY

Come on Spring!

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Many Thanks To RESA

Many Thanks to RESA for sharing my Watercolors with her followers.  Resa was so kind to do this for me so please go and check out her blog if you have yet to follow her or be introduced.

https://graffitiluxandmurals.com/

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Skyler Was A Nasty Winter Storm

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Just relentless it was and our almost 30″ was not the worst hit area the coast of Massachusetts has been destroyed storm after storm with protection gone the flood gates remain open.  It was just before 2 storms ago I was shooting photos of buds and bulbs with a t shirt on no wonder I am sick tonight 🙂

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Doodlewash Have Your Heard Of It?

I was approached by Charlie O’Shields from Doodlewash and asked if I would like to be Featured on his blog and website. I told him I was new to this and not sure I was ready as his site is gorgeous and has professional artists on there I look up to .  He assured me it was time and asked me to send him some photos and words.  Looking back at the should have, could have, would have, I wish I had shot a few works in progress to show my style lol who knew I had one.

I wanted to thank all of you who knew my story and watched this journey and yes I am so very happy and working on my future back when I started this blog I was not even sure I would have one so thank you.

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Please if you paint with Watercolor and do not know Charlie stop in and say hello and tell him Eunice at Folsom Mill sent you 🙂

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A New About Page

26678684_10212716363158664_5792194805692809999_oI have updated my About page with news of what is happening around here.  This should keep me busy and smiling 🙂 Thanks everyone!

Time for a bit of an update I would say it has been awhile.

I began my blog as a way to connect to others as life for me was so different as the hustle and bustle of trucking was over after 3 million miles. Not bad for a female and I must say there was never a moment in the 30 years I held that commercial drivers licence that I was sexually harassed. I never had to lower myself to get work I am proud to say my work ethic was all anyone had to see to know I was up for the run.

I went from sharing lousy photos to then honing my skills to actually selling many each month on the different platforms out there. I then shared stories with you about life and it’s struggles and victories I must say what a ride it has been.  I took a Watercolor class one night, 2 hours and my world changed.  I once again shared with you all my early attempts and for those who stopped by to encourage me Thank You.  I have just begun my 4th year of painting and learning all I could about play.  Before my mom died last year she asked me to retire from trucking and to keep painting. Doors have begun to open and I no longer fear stepping through them.  I enter shows and never worry about what others think of my pieces you see I love each one.  They come from within and pour out onto that wet piece of white paper, each a piece of me and the life I have led.

I have set up a website here at  https://uni356.wixsite.com/folsom-mill-studio  with all the links for getting a print or card of anything be it photography or watercolor. I have joined Instagram as well under Folsommill where I will post videos, works in progress and shots from here in New England.  I am bad about putting down the brush and adding to stores never mind blogging to you all I am sorry, I am caught up in creating more than sharing I will try harder because I love connecting with you.  If you see me post something that speaks to you send me an email and tell me which store you want me to add it to. Zazzle has items FAA doesn’t sell I make a $1 or $2 for most items some just 10 cents it all helps to keep me in paint and paper.

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This link above has a drop down menu so you can find me.  I appreciate each and every one of you who has bought something I have made, you have helped me greatly.

Now for some better news I am trying to conserve my property here in NH for the Arts and will in time look for Artists to hold workshops here where their followers can come and learn.  First I conserve and do all the legal things and then I build a place for the teacher to stay and there will be a motel minutes from here for the students to book their rooms.  I will cook for the teachers and provide lunches for the workshop attendees and a ride to and from the motel if they do not want to rent cars though most will as New England is such an amazing part of the United States they will want to take it all in and maybe even setup trips for Plein Air excursions. It is an exciting time for me and I will blog as changes begin here on the property and I start booking their stays.  Do you create? Do you have favorite teachers you want to learn from? Yes it is hard work but nothing like trucking 🙂  Stay tuned!

 

 

 

 

Eunice

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Tend To The Ice

We had a very bad 2 week stretch of frigid cold here in New England this January but really just one or two snow events this winter but the ice, we must tend to the ice.

The yard was treacherous before yesterday’s snow and freezing rain arrived now not sure it will move until we have a week in the 40’s to warm the earth so she can begin to percolate and suck all of it in.

This photo is from 2 days ago when I cleared the whole walkway this morning it is covered again by thick ice once again.  Our Boston Bruins could practice out in the yard there is that much ice.

Temps. have to be above 32 F for some products to break it up and with my dog and concrete in between these red bricks it makes it also impossible to use chemicals and besides my yard is totally organic and I like it that way except when we could easily fall and break a bone, it is really that bad out there 😦WP_20180205_12_31_51_Pro  Stay safe with whatever you may have under foot. New England weather if you hate it wait a minute and it will change. via Daily Prompt: Tend

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I Finished My New Website

Wet into Wet Watercolor by E. Miller
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You can find it here with a drop down menu of all the places you can find me at I am also giving lessons on the magic aspect of wet into wet watercolor here in the seacoast area of NH.

https://uni356.wixsite.com/folsom-mill-studio

I will try harder to BLOG here on WP and update my website with new artwork I will be offering for sale.

Here on Living and Lovin I will share photos and art but not bombard my posts with them as I create too much.  I am having so much fun, FINALLY I hear some of you saying 🙂

Have a wonderful day.
#gopats #letsgooo

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Stifle The Noise

via Daily Prompt: Stifle

Our team boarded their plane after saying goodbye to their rabid fans. With so much of the country having an opinion on our team and its players as well as coaches it is no wonder why we show up, fill the seats and parking lots for each and every home game.

We are aware there are idiots among us as you may have heard.  A talking head for WEEI Radio Station in Boston is now on vacation after voicing his opinion on our quarterbacks 5 year old little girl.  You know if he said it outloud and was recorded there  is even more of this mentality within him.  The GOAT will have all he can do to STIFLE THE NOISE.

GO PATS!

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My Instagram Is Back Up

Instagram is Follsommill and my Wix Blog is functional at Folsom Mill Studio man this creativity is hard work never mind Zazzle at Eunice356 and RedBubble etc.  I work hard to make pretty art worthy of a print or a simple card and with 5 sales this week I am so blessed.

We are covered with snow and ice I mean rock hard and slippery ice so I stay in and keep my bones safe as well as my dogs and  I paint then upload images onto products you have all seen, as you have followed me from the start.

Today out of the blue someone from Boston bought a B&W photos I took of sailboats moored here on the coast of New England.  I love that photo but adore Boston.

By now you all know we will once again play in the Super Bowl.  From what I hear 60 % of those who watch football or say they do hate our team and want to see us lose. I get it I do, same old same old right,  lol  NO!   Who wins games like our team we either make it look like the other team never showed up or they come back in the last quarter and make the others cry as they leave the field.

Our team is fired up they want it bad who knows maybe Philly will this year but my heart is with the GOAT. Yes I am a rabid fan.

Here is a few new pieces I have been playing with as I watch them boys come from behind.

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Happy New Year

It has been so crazy cold here.  I am so sick of listening to the furnace and space heater run but grateful I have them and a roof over my head.

Since our last 10″ storm the cold set in, record breaking cold I need my January Thaw but nope we are going to be under a blizzard warning tomorrow and through the weekend. They say we may see 4″ to 20″ hello after 8 it is horrid unless you ski or snowboard which I can assure you I don’t 🙂

Today it will be in the 20’s F and will feel like spring this better not be my thaw but I will use it to buy more bird food and suet, dog and cat food and I will make a cabbage/veggie packed soup I can heat by lighting a match on my kitchen stove as power outages are always likely here even though it is 2018.  All those beautiful and frozen trees just will not withstand the 40+ mph wind and wires will come down.  Stay safe as as there will be ice from the deep south all the way to Canada.

When I am not shoveling and snow blowing it away I will paint. I will sit in the quiet and let my creator guide my heart and hand and see what shows up on my wet piece of paper.  This is what my place looks like now before this coming storm and what I did to rest my aching back.  I am so happy to have Watercolor in my life.  I am in 2 new shows
though I will not sell mine, they will just be for show as I grow.

Stay safe everyone.

 

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Practising and Shoveling

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I forgot I am not supposed to paint boring scenes with everything the same height I will rectify that in the future.  🙂

Pats won again I am a happy lady.

It is now Christmas Eve here in NH and places are closing up early for workers to have time with their own families which is nice to see.  Besides sending out cards I did nothing for this holiday since mom died last Thanksgiving I really just spend the holidays here at home with boyfriend and the dog and cat.  I like having no extra stress as it is a sad time already.  I did keep the wild birds fed during our ice storm and today before the snow begins to fall.  They say we will have 4 to 8 inches I hope for 0  🙂

Less than 90 days left till spring I will keep reminding myself.

I will spend time cleaning out old paperwork, donating clothes/coats and giving away many items I no longer have the need for as it is a good time to purge and I have a whole week to make a dent it in before the New Year.

I am trying to decide if I should build a new home(without stairs) or redo this home so it flows better and a large storage room can replace where the bathroom now sits 4 stairs down. My knee is good but I know I will need replacements down the road so why not plan now.  Also have to lose weight and remain focused so I can do more as I get older.

I will continue to paint and take photos and in January I also begin to teach watercolor basics.  I can not wait to share the magic.

Wishing you all a Very Merry Christmas can not wait to hear what you all did.

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We Had Snow Then Ice

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So once the hard work of moving it and staying off it was complete of course I painted again.  This time I framed it, even a shock to me as I hate framing unless it is to remain mine.  Maybe it will be.

Stay safe out there as you hustle through the last 2 weekends for all you want to complete before Christmas.

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Shop Is Now Back Open

I have reopened my Etsy shop at:

https://www.etsy.com/shop/FolsomMillStudio

If you see any paintings that you would like to buy one or more cards of let me know in an email at:  folsommillstudio@gmail.com  and I will add image in store then send to printer. I will also offer mixed boxes of notecards say 5 images 4 each for a total of 20 cards if you are one who loves to add a card to gifts you give be it for this holiday or Mother’s Day, birthdays etc. They will sell for $3.95 each and when you buy multiples I can offer deals.

Thanks again for all your support.
Eunice(nutsfortreasure)
on my FAA site you can buy cards and add your own words inside soon I will offer mine here on Etsy with quotes from nature inspired writers 🙂

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As We Move Into December

Just wanted to say hello. Sorry I have not been around but besides being busy I blew my knee.  Finally surgery is now just a week away!  It has been a long miserable month but I kept it full with a Scarecrow Contest, Plant Sale and not one but 3 craft fairs the last of which will be Saturday in Rye, NH.

I never put my garden truly to bed as it is now just getting cold at night with warm days and a gimpy gait lol I decided to just let it be I have to laugh as last night I asked him to see if he could get any of my carrots out of the ground as I made a cabbage soup for my week worth of meals.  THEY WERE HUGE!  I had a full warm belly last night.

I have been painting up a storm as I find myself resting a lot more and trying to stay out of pain.  Having lost my mom a year ago the holidays no longer hold family importance. I know it maybe sadness from loss which is normal but I continue to paint as she asked me to.  I will make some hats for men and women in the military and add to our towns tree.
I am also in search of an attorney to help me conserve my place for the arts when I am gone.  Staying focused helps me continue on the path best for me.

Hope all is well in your world this is a new computer so unless you reply I will not find you again though I will see what the Reader comes up with.

Here are a few of my latest attempts of Watercolor.  So many now available as cards.

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With that last image let me wish you a safe and wonderful holiday season of fun get togethers with your family and friends.  Travel safely as you shop and try to buy a few things from starving artists,  as I am one who appreciates it greatly.

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Still Hard at Play

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Fluidity is what I am going for in this my 3rd year of painting.  Lay it down on a wet piece of paper and walk away.  One on left is on it’s way to being a card for my fall displays and the one to its right I am not sure yet.

Hope you are all doing something you love if even just one hour a day.  Happy September.

To those in TX and now all in the path of these hurricanes lining up one after another know we are praying for all of you.

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Lesson Learned

I actually signed up to take another lesson this time Plein Air.

I packed my bag with water for me and my paper on what was to be a beautiful but hot day at my first attempt.  I had the hat but no umbrella.  I had my Easel and actually, even in the wind, it stayed up!  I added sunscreen to my face all day but tanned my arms.  I took out my sketchbook and tried to draw the scene I wanted to try and capture but even though it looked easy it was not.  I also had to set the easel up with my back to the scene I wanted as the white paper in that bright sun would have done my eyes in fast.  Seems there is a lot to this painting a scene outdoors.  I have the equipment, water and the most glorious scene of a Hampton Beach Marsh with a nest of Osprey what more did I need lol LOTS.

I sketched and then added water to my paper lots of it and mixed my pretty blues for an amazing sky then I laid in all my light washes for the scene I do not paint this way but I was going to try.  I saved all month for the $85 fee which included lunch and a critique worth every penny with Doris Rice and her experienced group who will follow her across the world I just personally like her as we are members of SAA in Exeter.

I loved my initial washes lite and pretty it was after all early am along the water’s edge surrounded by a high tide in this tidal area were grassy sections going from yellows to greens to darks I really thought it would be so easy SURPRISE it was NOT!   The next class will be drawing!   I am determined to learn all I can.

I will do it again soon very soon hey maybe down beside my river it is a pretty spot too and how bad can I mess up greens lol if you know painting you know what I face.

Thanks for listening.
Have a great week!

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It’s Saturday

Well, I chickened out in the 90+ degree weather to try to attempt a watercolor masterpiece in downtown Portsmouth.  Maybe tomorrow at 5 AM 🙂

I have been getting this place together for many years of future use by the local artists as well as ones from far away.  Think retreat.  I do get pulled away easily by the visitors here.

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Shooting for Fabric and Fun

It is a given I love the outdoors as well as trying my best to capture it in photos.  I will begin tomorrow trying to capture what I see with my watercolors.  I am hoping for loose works that are pleasing enough for the judges at NHAA here in Portsmouth who are holding a Paint Out this weekend.  Never having painted a scene from outside or photos well except for that one of my dog the border collie,  it has all poured out from within now some time for fun!  It will be in the 90’s so I will bring squirt bottles to keep my paper wet.  Some for me too.  I will probably find a garden with shade but paint the tree 🙂

Photography is another thing I challenge myself with like getting up close with a totally wrong lens and never using a tripod maybe I should start using one and work towards getting lenses to do what I want.

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Have a great weekend

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Another Week In The Garden

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It has been hot and very humid but not like our poor west has been enduring.

I have lots of dragonflies here in the yard all posing for me and watching my every move.  Maybe I am blessed with so many beautiful things wild included, because I spend time watching out for them.  I pick up and move turtles from roadways I also throw on my hazards(4 way flashes) when a mother bird is walking her babies across a roadway yes I do it for humans too 🙂  even in my rig for endless mile after mile I tried to always look out for others.  Being aware is all I know are you that way do you really see?

Cooler temps. are on their way they say for 2 days with periods of rain so I will continue to work at the pile of dirt with my hoe and shovel and yes a wheelbarrow we need muscles bad.  I get so out of shape painting but making new friends in the art world now and have even said I will join in on a local “Wet Paint Out” this month and yesterday I taught 17 others at my local library a few things about Watercolor, all fun but I need to put my yard first 4 days a week.  My hope is to offer a place for visiting artists to come and teach.  We have a motel 10 miles away for the students and the instructor could stay here and I would provide meals and bed and bath.  It is early in the process but it is my desire to leave my place for the arts.  I will need an attorney and a business plan to set it in motion but it is the way I intend to leave this space if I can. So time to continue planting pretty spots for them to find inspiration while visiting.

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Growing these in a pot. Cardinal Flowers grow along my river here now they will have new ones in a place where they will make an impact on my lower yard.

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My Yucca blooms each year around the 4th of July

I always have loads of Annuals for splashes of bold color close to the house with my veggies.

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Have a wonderful day.  After I am done outside I shall paint after all it is #WorldWatercolorMonth  #watercolorchallenge

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Painting Challenges

#watercolorsummerchallenge #summerskies#worldwatercolormonthgiveaway

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Painting with the rest of them and doing my best to follow the prompt.

I am looking forward to trying my first Paintout coming up soon in Portsmouth NH
not sure anyone will see it never mind offer it for sale but I have to try Plein Air and keep trying to get it right, it is how I can grow as a painter.

I now have art hanging in Epping, Exeter and Portsmouth not mind blowing art mind you but putting myself out there to be judged even though this is my third year of painting if I push myself it is only then that I will excell.

I have met so many really nice people out there.  A few so full of themselves which is good as they will end up keeping themselves company, just wish they could see what could be.  I will stay open to possibilities and not close myself off to the world outside my door.

I will teach a group my love of Watercolor on Tuesday wish me luck as I thought I was teaching children 🙂  I have made up 60 blank bookmarks out of wc paper and even punched a hole for them to take home and add ribbons too.  I will teach them about a wet into wet wash then add salt for texture and then when dry have them finish a scene from their own mind which we all know is limitless.  I just hope I can make them happy for an hour and a half or two.

After I spend time in the library I pack up and go to my own class to make the next attempts on this one yes very blurry but was giving my Facebook followers a sneak peak 🙂  (Folsom Mill Studio)  can not wait to drop in the next layer.

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Thanks for stopping by I am trying to get back into my reader and blogging.  Have a great week!

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Stormy Days and Gorgeous Evenings

One storm after another races through New England some leaving watered lawns and gardens others wiping out trees and roadways.  Yesterday and today was crazy we got some good rain yesterday nearly a drop today but others can’t get home with severe flooding and roads washed away by the torrents of rain that hammered the VT Border all the way to Maine.  Stay safe if you live up here during this 4th of July to remember.

Here is what we are left with after wild weather.

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Create(creating everyday)

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I seem to create things every day. I think that is what we are supposed to do and no NOT DRAMA 🙂 well unless it is in our art or in my plantings as you can see I am wild about color yes ALL OF THEM 🙂

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Have a wonderful weekend and Happy Father’s Day!

via Daily Prompt: Create

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NH and Heat Waves in June

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This has been one of those years so far and it is only June when it comes to weather in New England.

During January and February, we were spoiled many times with not so much a winter feel.  I should have started plants in March and added seed to my garden in April but there was still frozen ground.  Almost the whole month of May it rained so I hope the seed and plants I put in will give me bounty to live on like last year.  My Sugar Snap Peas are only 8″ tall so far.  Yes, so far not the norm.

The flower above is one of many different takes on my “Starry Nights” Petunia.  I will be making cards for sale for this falls Craft Fairs.  You see them all but not many others do I usually only share to Facebook, do you?

Stay safe out there even if we can not get the weather we want we can do all we can to stay safe.  I learned a long time not to push my luck 🙂

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Still painting but taking photos too

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Held our plant sale (garden club) we had a few different types of plants for summer.  I also went to 6 other garden club plant sales to show my support as well.

We were hired by 900 Degrees to complete their outside dining area.
I had placed Pansies there on Mother’s Day and in June hanging baskets and pots of fresh herbs of all types were added for scent and maybe their kitchen staff to use.

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Such a pretty spot to watch the sun go down on a gorgeous evening in New Hampshire.

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My First Show

My small local library opened up their walls for 55 pieces of my Original Watercolors and laid out a spread of yummy finger foods.  I made some punch and dessert and added a few snacks like Salsa as it was Cinco de Mayo.

They told me I had had the highest attendance at the library for a show and it was so nasty out I thought no one would show.  Grateful for friends and strangers that filled the space and had a good time relaxing and chatting with each other.

I painted some bookmarks and passed them out to those who would like one.  Not masterpieces just simple washes that show the way pigments mingle and settle in with each other.

I may do a Photography show down the road here as it was fun to see what ones they gravitated to in this show.  I also sold 14 originals yes I am very grateful for them coming and now as I am almost half way through my 3rd year I will learn even more about this medium I am fascinated with. Thanks for coming along with me on this journey.

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May

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The Hummers and Orioles have returned to my back yard to join all my fulltime feathered friends also blossoms have begun to open as well.  I refuse to complain about cold rainy days when one of our states is under horrific flooding, just is not fair, so much loss in the stat of Missouri.

Signs are up all over town here telling of my Watercolor show.  Not sure I am ready then would I ever be.  Maybe 15 people will show up and we can just have fun.
Photos later I am sure.

Have a wonderful weekend everyone!

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My Willow trying to hold on.

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My Watercolor Show Is Up

On the start of my 3rd year of painting I am about to have my own reception, at our local library.  Scary but exciting.

Ron and I hung over 50 of my pieces and I have 5 more framed pieces, they will go in this week before Friday night’s party.

I will make the punch and something decadent as they will have a cheese board and other snacks laid out for those who come to check out my art.

Good thing I am thick skinned lol I hope to see a lot of strangers stop in that will soon become fast friends.

Thanks for always cheering me on it means the world as I will try to take giant steps in watercolor this year.

Goodbye April

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