Cushion Bushing

Have any of you heard of a cushion bush? When I saw a photo my daughters brought back from their trip to Australia, I couldn’t resist trying to paint it. She told me that you could actually sit in these bushes and relax, and that they are really comfortable. 🙂

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12″ x 12″ oil on gallery wrapped canvas

Leucophyta brownii (also known as Cushion Bush).

Leucophyta brownii is a small, rounded shrub with tangled tomentose branchlets that give it a silvery appearance. It commonly occurs on the exposed faces of cliffs and dunes on the south coast of Australia. Although it can grow up to 1 metre high, it is more usually 0.2 to 0.7 metres high. It produces flowers during summer (December to February in Australia). These are white – yellow globular heads and about 1 cm in diameter. ~ Wikipedia

Incoming Storm ~ Bay of Fires

I didn’t participate in the 30 Paintings in 30 Days Challenge for January 2017, but I did get a few paintings done in January. This one is for one of my daughters who took a trip to Tasmania in October. She loved this storm coming in over the Bay of Fires, so I tried to capture it for her in this painting.

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18″ x  24″ oil on canvas

Oklahoma Snow

Snow is a rare event in Oklahoma. A couple of weeks ago we had a really good 3 inches and cold enough temperatures that it stuck for a while. I love being the first one out of the house when it snows…making the first foot prints…listening to that crunching sound under my boots. Here is what it looked like from our front gate…my impression anyway…

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12″ x 12″ oil on canvas

Bay of Fires

My daughters brought some beautiful photos home from their trip to Australia and Tasmania, and now I get to paint them…

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18″ x 24″ oil on canvas

$860

This one is of the Bay of Fires in Tasmania. I love the colors of the ocean and the big granite boulders. At first I thought the name came from the color of the lichen on the rocks, but it was actually named back in the 1700’s by a ship captain who saw the fires of Aboriginal people on the beaches.

I’m working on two more paintings that I’ll share soon. I can’t decide whether or not to do the 30 in 30 Challenge this time around… I guess I only have a couple of days to make up my mind. 🙂

1804 Coffee Haiti and the Hurricane

I painted a landscape of the coffee farms in Haiti for Eric at 1804 Coffee. While I was painting with a small brush each tiny coffee plant, I thought a lot about what a wonderful opportunity Eric is offering these farmers by helping them grow their coffee plants and giving them a place to sell their coffee beans. I really admire Eric for what he is doing to help these people get on their feet. Take a moment to look over these hills… Do you see the little man resting near the coffee plants?

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Before I was able to send this painting to Eric… Haiti was devastated once again, this time by Hurricane Matthew. Eric has written an update as to what he has heard happened pertaining to these coffee farmers… You can read it here… 1804 Coffee Blog

If you find it in your heart to help these farmers, you can buy their coffee beans or donate by contacting Eric on his website. I love these coffee beans and I love what 1804 Coffee is doing to help these people.