As God sends spring at winter’s end and Birds return to build again – as dark woods quicken into green beneath the kiss of April’s rain, so shall I wake one happy day and feel the pulse of life anew, looking out with fearless eyes towards a broader brighter view – discovering forgotten dreams and happiness long denied – learning how to live again, by many sorrows purified. As new sap rises in the bough and bursts the folded buds apart, so will hope bring forth her flowers and joy return unto my heart. -Strong
New 4×4″ oil on canvas. In the spirit of Easter – from Friday’s work.
No race can prosper until he learns that there is as much dignity in tilling a field as in writing a poem. – Booker T. Washington
New 4×6″ oil on canvas here: https://www.etsy.com/listing/503590469/oil-painting-barn-countryside-rural-life
These are the moments in our lives, there are moments in the day,when we seem to see beyond the usual. Such are the moments of our greatest happiness. Such are the moments of our greatest wisdom. It was in this hope that the arts were invented. – Henri
4×6″ oil painting in my shop.
The happiness of life is made up of minute fractions – the little soon forgot charities of a kiss or smile, a kind look, a heartfelt compliment,and the countless infinitesimals of pleasurable and genial feeling. -Coleridge
New oil on canvas
Title: Silo – Sunrise March 2017 I love to paint outdoors when the weather lets me. I live in Kansas so the weather and wind is well known for being very harsh in every season. Sometimes I paint what it feels like outside to me rather than what a scene may actually look like. 👇🏻 Example below.
4×4″ oil on canvas
This year Im focusing on painting the landscape or things found around home or in nature exclusively through plein air or my photography. I hope you will follow along or join me on this year long journey. I am a daily painter and crave new challenges to incorporate into my sessions as each daily painting is a new exercise in learning.
Most of us love vintage/antique items and I’m blessed to have a steady abundance in those things. I’m a person of simple means and most of the things I have accumulated were given to me or handed down through the generations from my family or friends and are in one way or another meaningful to me. The things I have are not particularly valuable monetarily but to me they hold memories and nostalgia which make them symbols usually about ; faith, love, a life event, struggle or hardship, birth or even death . My family as well as many of your families immigrated to this country. Mine from Scotland in the 1800’s. Many of my ancestors died during wartime. It is a miracle I am even here at all so I try to make the best of what I have and do what I can do to connect with people and share good thoughts and art. 🌿
Anyway, besides all of that..this is a discipline challenge for me through painting and in renewing my appreciation for the things I have. Also for the record , I love the people in my life also – I’m just a terrible portrait painter. 😁 We cant have it all can we?!
I hope you come back and check my progress and/or share your thoughts.
-Michele Bruce Carter
Time is infinitely long and each day is a vessel into which a great deal may be poured,if one will actually fill it up.
New 8×8″ Late Afternoon Shadows / Pole Barn : oil on canvas.
Only a wise man draws from life and from every stage of it, its true savour, because only he feels the beauty, the dignity and the value of life. The flower of youth may fade but the summer,the autumn,and even the winter of human existence have their majestic grandeur,which the wise man recognizes and glorifies. – Amiel
Wilfred Funk,poet,lexicographer and president of Funk & Wagnalls,once listed what he considered the ten most beautiful word in the English language- “beautifully in meaning and in the musical arrangement of their letters.”
His list: dawn, hush, lullaby, murmuring, tranquil, Mist, luminous, chimes, golden and melody.
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