Monday, November 1, 2010

Welcome November...

Wow, can today be the first of November?  Finally we are getting some cooler weather.  It has been in the 80's here all Fall.  Kind of hard to get ready for Autumn when the air conditioner is still humming along. 

I have two more paintings to share.  This first one is based on the photograph taken by my friend Karin at Countryfolk Keepsakes.  In addition to being a very creative primitive fabric sculptor and doll maker, she is Mom to several furbabies and often we read about their antics.  Anyway when I saw one of her photos, I had to paint it.

My version of it...

And then I decided to play "what if" and added some large pine trees and came up with another version

 Karen suggested I add her little busy friend "Stan the Beaver" who resides very nearby. Maybe next time.

As I mentioned last week, I was going on a bus ride to view the leaves and to take pictures of some covered bridges.  We had a lovely time and even got to ride up the mountain and have lunch at the famous Mountain Lake Resort.  Here is a shot of the view from the bus.

 Not bad for a moving vehicle, huh?

Here is one of the bridges that we saw

and we even got to see bovine

So, as the old folks used to say..."a good time was had by all".
Well, I have decided to start hitting the gym, so I expect I may not be quite so prolific in the art department.  Last week in addition to my swim classes, I used the stationary bike, walked the indoor track and took a water aerobics class.  This is the last week of my swimming lessons, so I am signing up for Zumba Gold that starts tomorrow.  It's the easier version of Zumba, aimed at true beginning exercisers and those that might need to go a bit slower.  Hey, I'm not too proud to admit that I fall into that category.  Let's hope that's all I fall into.

Remember if I don't talk to you before Tuesday, get out there and vote.  All states have elections and I really feel that our voices can be heard. Your vote does count.

So that's it for now, hope everyone has a great week, being creative and loving life.  Do something fun and if anyone asks why...tell then Susan said to!


Tina said...

I always enjoy seeing Karin's photos and work and your version of her photo is wonderful.

zumba? interesting. I need something like that. I'll have to see whos teaching in my area.

The running is not a long term solution for exercise for me.


Crafty Gal Linda said...

Zumba sounds fun! I am loving your paintings as well.

Nezzy said...

I just adore the pine trees ya added to the already beautiful shot that ya painted.

You go girl, sounds like your havin' a blast movin' in all the right places!!! Heeehehehe!

Yep, I'll always vote. Like I told my kiddos while raisin' them...people gave their lives so we have the privilege to vote.

God bless ya and have a magnificent day sweetie!!!

Sea Gypsy said...

You are my inspiration taking on all these new things! I love all the work you have been doing also. It makes me want to get out my paints. Beautiful work!

vivian said...

susan, you did a great job on that painting and your trip looks like it was fun. I've never seen a covered bridge like that in person. .maybe someday.. somewhere! Where did you go anyways?
have a great week

Artgalcrafts said...

Hi Susan, yes it is now November, the year has gone like mad. We dont realise it because we are so busy doing things.
I have one great passion at the moment, to finish all my UFO''s by end of year. LOL and HA HA wonder if I will do.
Not likely, but will try,
Love your new paintings and the versions you made of the photographs, just lovely.
The gym classes and the Zumba seem what you need after a day Sitting in your studio. Good Luck with that.

Peri said...

Like the paintings...both. Favor the second one. Karin takes nice pictures but the ones you took on your trip were great as well.
Sounds like the exercise has latched onto you really tightly...what is Zumba, (for those who , like me,live in caves and don't know)?

Countryfolk Keepsakes said...

I have to tell you your painting is even more wonderful in person!! You are a talented painter. ♥
Someday, we will get down there to those mountains and all four of us will take that bus trip!

Lisa Lectura Creations said...

Hi Susan! What a great painting! I can see why her photo inspired you to create it. Beautiful work! :)

Peri said...

Nothing new to comment on regarding the art except that I like your new id picture...Happy Halloween. By the way, the stores in CA are already decorated for Christmas.

Kristen said...

Fun pictures, Susan. Very good for taking it from the car.
I am enjoying your travels through working out and all the different exercises you are trying. I am starting to get inspired myself.

Hope you are having a great week!!!
I actually have a mini-vacation this week from school, I don't have to be back until Monday... so I am going to be playing in my art room!!!! YAY!