FAMILY TIES...A HAPPY VISIT!

Well, the past three days have been a whirlwind!  Our little family of three came and we played and today they are on their way home!  Family is SO important to me...I just had to share!
Paxton is nearly three...and loved helping Nana water every morning!
We had an early birthday celebration while they were here...Paxton is STILL in love with the alphabet...so, of course there was cake!
Every day we played letters!

We played with bubbles!
We went hiking!
We picked wild raspberries and ATE them!


we went to the beach!
me and my girl!
we played golf IN THE HOUSE!

We watched cartoons and played balloons!
The only thing that was left was a message on the fridge...that Paxton SPELLED himself!
It was a grand visit and was over all too soon!
I love you my little family!

"POLAR B" A BEAR; ORIGINAL 4X4" OIL ON TEXTURED PANEL © SAUNDRA LANE GALLOWAY

"Polar B" a bear
4x4" oil on textured panel
$30

"Polar B" is a serious dude, but with a happy attitude about life. He lives just waiting to come home to you! As is he is 4"x4" oil on slightly textured panel, and can sit on an easel, or in a 4x4" frame of your choice. (remember 1/2" is taken on sides when framing). OR, for .50 more I can mount him on either a black or off white 5x5" backer board so he can be framed in your 5x5" frame with all sides showing. As is demonstrated in the two framed versions. Frames are not included, but you can find a black one like this at Michael's arts and crafts and the off white can be found in ETSY at Rustic and Refined Design! "Polar B" will be ready to ship on July 30, 2014 when he is dry! 

HAPPY CREATING!

"WREN" ORIGINAL 4X4" OIL ON TEXTURED PANEL © SAUNDRA LANE GALLOWAY

"Wren"
4x4" oil on textured panel
$30 without backer

Wren is a cute little momma bird that has been posing for me of late. Always busy about life, but had time to say hello! She is perfect as is, to set on a small easel or framed in a 4x4" frame (remember framing takes 1/2" on all sides). OR, for just .50 more I can mount her on either a black or off white 5x5" backer board so you can frame her in your 5x5" frame so all her sides can show! Shown are examples of either the black or off white frame, but frames are not included. You can find the black frame at Michaels art store, or the off white in ETSY at Rustic and Refined design! "Wren" will be ready to ship on July 28, 2014 when she is dry.
 Sunday was a busy day here on the mountain.  I was able to meet my 2nd grandson ETHAN for the very first time!  He is 8 months old, and we made all we could out of the hour or so I got to see him!  He's a happy, smiley little sweetheart...and this nana played and played with him!  They live so far away, but I am grateful for the time!
Yep, we had to have a family pic as well!!

AND NOW!!  I am also thrilled and excited beyond that my nearly 3 year old PAXTON and his wonderful mommy and daddy will be coming to visit tomorrow!!  We are going to have a ball!  Two days of bliss!!  SO, after tomorrow's post I will be taking a few days off from painting so I can PLAY!

 HAPPY CREATING!

"PAXTON'S ALPHABET" © SAUNDRA LANE GALLOWAY

2'x2'
Mixed media on cradled panel
Private Collection
My sweet little grandson is turning 3 years old in a few weeks.  He is still a treasure for my soul.  He's smart, he's funny, he's loving, he's the whole package as far as this nana is concerned!  I ADORE this boy!



OK...you get my drift!  SO, he is STILL totally in love with numbers and letters...he spells; DID spell WAY early...he's a genius in my view!  I know, I KNOW...all nana's think that...but, I have EVIDENCE! OH JOY!
SO, I wanted to paint him something that honored his love and immersion in the alphabet and with numbers, before he gets to an age where those things aren't important anymore...I have a small window of just a couple of years, so I painted his "Ode" from me.
The family is all very much Huskers fans, so I know my little guy will be too...I started with that...
I knew I wanted to add words and such that reflected his love of the alphabet, so I put a piece of Nonsense Alphabet by Edward Lear as part of the abstract background.
  I then added a bit of a definition of genius as I believe my grandson is BRILLIANT!
Blocking in color was next.  I put in the yellowish color to bring warmth but ended up changing it after discussing with my daughter...oh...ps...the hand you see up there is a copy of a wonderful present Paxton sent me...I HAD to put that in there...
SO...here is the first version with the yellowish color...
It was OK, but note how the helmet sort of seems disjointed...so I asked my daughter to be HONEST, and make suggestions...and she made a great one...use red to tie it in...so I did...and the final version came out...I LOVE it tons better! What do you think?
so, we shall see if they love it in person...if not nana can always do another one!


HAPPY CREATING!

"MR. BIG" 6"X4" OIL ON TEXTURED CANVAS PANEL © SAUNDRA LANE GALLOWAY

"Mr. Big" a Bassett
6x4" oil on textured panel
$52 unframed; $75 framed

This soulful fellow stopped by my art tent to visit one day and posed for me. I love his casual elegance! "Mr. Big" is painted in oil on a 4x6" slightly textured panel. He can come home to you as is to sit on an easel or you can frame him in your own 4x6" frame (keep in mind that 1/2" is taken on each side when framed). OR you can order him in the frame shown. Frame is 9"x11" finished size. "Mr. Big" will be ready to ship on July 22, 2014 when he is dry. Shipping and handling is set for the framed version, but if you just order the painting as is I will refund a portion to reflect the lighter weight. 
 HAPPY CREATING!

"SUNNY D" A SUNFLOWER 4X4" OIL ON TEXTURED PANEL © SAUNDRA LANE GALLOWAY

"Sunny D" a sunflower
4x4" oil on textured panel
$30 unframed; $40 framed

What a cheery flower; the sunflower! It is TRULY a Sunny Delight...thus the name given! "Sunny D" is painted in oil on a 4x4" slightly textured panel. Alone it can sit on an easel, or can be framed in your favorite 4x4" frame. (remember 1/2" is taken on all sides), OR for .50 more I can mount it on a 5x5" off white matt so you can frame it in your own 5x5" frame, OR I can send it matted in the off white backer board and in the gold leaf wood 5x5" frame as shown. Any way you choose it, that special spot will be sunnier just to have it there! "Sunny D" will be ready to ship on July 21, 2014 when it is dry! Shipping is set for the framed version, but if you purchase just the painting and or the matt backer I will adjust the shipping accordingly!
Yesterday was a wildlife party around here.  I've got baby birds, so mom and dad have posed LOTS for me...here is one...I think this is a wren...any thoughts?
 We've also had a big young buck hanging around the property of late.  He doesn't much care for my hubby...snorts and paws at the ground, but for me, he just seems curious...
I highly suspect both these will end up in paintings at one time or another...! FUN DOINS!

HAPPY CREATING!

"FUZZY P" A PUP 4X4" OIL ON TEXTURED PANEL © SAUNDRA LANE GALLOWAY

"Fuzzy P" a pup
4x4" oil on textured panel
$30 unframed; 37 framed

(Fluffy P is another of the visitors I had at Summer Art Market this year.  He stopped just long enough to get a drink and say hello!)

"Fluffy P" is a wiry little ball of joy. He stopped by to visit and I was taken immediately by his big blue eyes....well, maybe not the eyes; cuz you can't see them, but his charm makes up for it! A sweetheart for sure, he will be ready to come home to you on July 19, 2014 when he is dry. You can take him as is in all his 4x4" glory, to frame in your own 4x4 frame (remember 1/2" is taken on all sides), or sit on an easel as is. OR, for .50 more I can put a 5x5" black or off white backer board for you to frame him in your own 5x5" frame so all sides show. OR you can choose the black or off white framing choices. Shipping is set for the framed version, but if you choose the matt backing or just the painting, I will adjust the shipping accordingly! PS. the black frame is a hard plastic, and the off white is distressed wood. 
 My flowers in pots are doing well this year.  I thought the daisies were specially happy!  At my house we can't PLANT flowers in our flower beds as the deer will eat them, so my color that isn't an established deer hated plant is in pots on my deck!
HAPPY CREATING!

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