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Sunday, February 15, 2009

Cottages and Roses Paintings #1

Before the main event below begins, let me say one thing.

For quite a while now I've wanted to do a tutorial on photography. I've made notes and note of things and narrowed it down to a few very simple points that might help other women on their road to taking excellent photos. I didn't do this with an air of superiority because the Lord knows how lacking I am in anything "superior" but I truly did it with the intent of helping women achieve beautiful photos for blogging and/or ebay or whatever your intent is with your photos. With that intent in mind I've finished it after several months of note taking and thinking and about a week of actual "working" on it intensely and came up with it yesterday. With that being said, you'll now find it on the right sidebar just below my laundry room. It is not meant to criticize! It is truly intended as a help to those of us who struggle through this relatively new experience of blogging, selling, digital cameras and all things 21st century. I say go forward, chicks, and conquer this one because there will be a new one by a new entrepreneur any day now. How wonderful it is to live in these times of new inventions!! As Charles Dicken said and it is certainly true in our times today: "It was the worst of times and the best of times, it was the age of wisdom, it was the age of foolishness, it was the epoch of belief, it was the epoch of incredulity, it was the season of light, it was the season of darkness." I don't know about you gals, but I have a bright future ahead for me. I'm positively loving living at this time of the world. Be of good cheer, be happy, be kind, be prayerful, be a friend, be a doer. We have much waiting for us if we get through with the help of our Lord. I don't fear because I know he is in charge - no one else.

I was searching the web a couple of weeks ago for some cottage or roses prints and came across this artist and just adored her work. In some of her paintings she seems to replicate the old masters, but in some she's just as froufrou-y as the rest of us. She even has a few "country" or "primitive" paintings. Those aren't my favorites so I didn't include any of those in here. So take a look at the first of many I'll be displaying in the next week or two. I think you'll love her as much as I do. Her name is Barbara Mock if you'd like to "google" her paintings.

A lovely white picket fence with a rose arbor along a stone path.

A bouquet of dusky pale pink roses.

Some victorian women on a lake watching a regatta through a garden gate nearby.

A country shelf with pansies, tulips, a gardening sign and a bird nest.

The quintessential garden shed.

Potted flowers.

Another "old masters" looking painting of lush flowers.

A garden spot most of us dream about from time to time.

A spot to repose inside a potting shed.

A tablescape vignette.
More to follow soon...........


  1. Hi Connie I'm going to visit your tutorial now. I know it will be great because of all the tut's you've done in the group. Thank you

  2. Those are beautiful !! I love her teapot paintings, I used to have a few. Hope you are feeling better and having a great weekend Chipper Chick !! :) Happy Valentines day and Happy Pink Saturday !! :)

  3. Lovely Connie...just lovely!! Hope you had a sweet Valentine's Day!

  4. I am heading over to this great read!!!

    If I may add, before reading, that if anyone is contemplating a computer or laptop....a mac is the greatest tool for editing. Not only is there an art to taking the picture, but then editing is just as favorite feature in iphoto is the "straighten" button...a beautiful picture that is a bit crooked can be made perfectly straight with the click of your hand.

  5. I loved the garden photos. I took the garden shed to put it my dreaming of my yard looking like this file. I will go read your tips as I could use all the help I can get. Thank you so much.

    Roberta Anne

  6. Connie, great art! And such pretties you recieved in your seap! Now to put away our pinks and reds and get ready for Easter! Yummy pastels! Lori

  7. Hi COnnie, beautiful artwork, I love them all. So pretty!
    Bless you, Shirl
    Shirls Rose COttage

  8. Thanks for introducing me to this fantastic artist....I'll be googling her for sure. I especially love the first & the last pictures!!

    Love you,
    Angelic Accents

  9. Hi Connie,
    Lovely paintings. Thank you for sharing the wonderful pictures of this great and talented artist.
    Hope you had a nice Valentine's weekend.
    Hugs, Celestina Marie

  10. I really like the dusty pink roses.All are beautiful though.


  11. Hi Connie,

    Beautiful art. Cottages and roses, what could be better? When I have a little more time I will visit your tutorial. O.k, I may just sign off and visit right now.

    love ya,

  12. so pretty. thanks for sharing, connie!

  13. Thanks connie, for the photo tutorial. I'll be looking at it later. So sweet of you to do this!

  14. Ah, the tutorial! I'll have to take a peek when I can see straight... it's been a long day at the computer and I think I'm going cross-eyed!


  15. My favorite of the pictures your posted was the one with the flowers in the blue and white planters and vases!

  16. Hello Connie; I just love all those beautiful prints. And Dear Connie any one who knows you would never think that of you. :} What a caring heart you have...


  17. I have always loved her paintings.Laurie

  18. I just read through you camera tutorial...very good!! Laurie

  19. Wow, love all the prints. The tablescape vignette, is just stunning. By the way, thanks for visiting me at my blog and making me feel welcome. I'm really excited to be here. I'll be back to visit you soon.

  20. Miss Connie~ It was so wonderful to have you visit.
    These pictures are beautiful! I adore roses. I may have mentioned we have 140 and counting. I 'm trying to convince my hubby to paint roses for me again. He hasn't had the desire since his moms passing a couple years back. He's starting to show glimmers of hope.
    Meanwhile he works in our yard creating a retreat like the one in your pictures.

    I have to mention the exquisite ribbon embroidery hearts you received from your swap partner. I can see how thrilled you would be to have them!

    Sweet Wishes,

  21. Happy belated pink saturday! great post , loved seeing all the beautiful pictures

  22. Altho I am not a shabby chic, foo-foo type, I do like these paintings. Oh how I wish I could paint like that!!
    Hope you are feeling good now...
    Gonna go look at your tutorial now...
    xo bj

  23. If I remember correctly back to my sophomore literature class, you quoted from A Tale of Two Cities. The paintings are exquisite. I visited your blogging tutorial some time ago. I'm looking forward to visiting your new tutorial.

  24. Hi Connieness! I love these little pieces of art! I really love her style. Hope you and Love Bunny are doing well.
    Be a sweetie,
    Shelia ;)

  25. Hi Connie I am off to visit your tutorial

  26. These paintings are gorgeous! I love the garden shed, the flowers, the victorian lady - my goodness - beautiful, beautiful work. I'll have to check out her work. Amazing! Thanks so much for sharing!


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