Wednesday, March 16, 2011

The Day with Ginny, Part II

Some of Ginny's "color work", she
is also a talented hair stylist. 

Today I am continuing my story of a day I spent visiting an artist friend, Ginny.  It was the first time I had been to her home and in yesterday's blog I wrote about her amazing artwork.  Today I am going to introduce you to some of her husband's work. Some of Dan's works were photographed behind glass, please try to disregard the reflections. :-)  I was so impressed with Dan's work and I think you will be too.


Another masterpiece in progress in Dan's studio ... I have to also say I admire
Dan's organization.  

My favorite landscape of Dan's! 

Clint has been "onto" me for some time, telling me that I need to paint some Texas
blue bonnets.  We were discussing this topic this morning,  I realize I have
not "lived intimately" with these beautiful flowers.  (I'm a Tennessee native)

Dogwoods, yes, I can paint a dogwood blossom because I have "lived intimately"
with them for many years in Tennessee.  I could not do justice to paint blue bonnets solely
from photographs.

All the work on this dining room wall has been painted by Ginny, Dan, their children
or other close family members.  Talent runs in this family.

Ginny's grandmother sketched and painted these birds.

A beautiful bathroom, the entire design of the
bathroom was designed around the sink!

Ginny's son is a geologist and gave her this fossil he found.  Have you ever
 seen anything like it?  A giant beetle?  When Ginny asked me if I
liked rocks, I had to laugh a little when I told her
I had given fossils for Christmas gifts.  (My dad and
brother appreciated gifts like this :-))  I like rocks.

Ginny's great-grandmother brought a cutting of this
plant with her from China approximately 100 years ago.

Her grandmother hid the cutting inside her bra.

Dan built this "tool shed" for Ginny, she has a green thumb.
I love the "storybook" door and would have never
guessed the front window had a former
life as a patio door.

This is one magnificent bird feeder!  Ginny has about 13 turtles
in this area of her yard.  They are still in hibernation. 
Last year she saw a parliament of owls in some trees
just to the left of the bird feeder.

Yesterday she sent me some photos of the owls ...
I consider it special when anyone can have an owl
sighting and especially it they can photograph it!

Thanks again, Ginny and Dan, for sharing your home and talents with me. 


Clint said...

Wow! What a fantastic day you two had together! Isn't it terrific to know such talented people and be able to count them as your friends?

Shady Del Knight said...

I am astonished by all of this, Cindy! I can't believe that there is so much artistic ability in one family. Landscapes are my favorite and Dan's are superb. After my mother died my father studied art to fill the void and painted a number of pleasing landscapes. I love the tomato soup red in that bathroom along with the decoration and detailing. And that tool shed! Is there no end to Dan and Ginny's talents? I'm still learning how to wave bye-bye! It's wonderful how a plant can survive a hundred years. It is essentially a family heirloom. There are owls in my neck of the woods here in Central Florida and I enjoy watching the cardinals, blue jays, woodpeckers, sand cranes and other species that come to my feeding station. This is another outstanding post, Cindy, packed with marvelous pictures and fascinating tidbits, proving once again that yours is indeed a Blog With Substance.

Sabine said...

very talented. I love this post. Thank you for sharing.
Greetings Sabine

Len♥reNeverM♥re said...

Amazing artworks, Cindy!
I'm always fascinated by artist workspace & studio! Thanks for sharing these photos!


Anonymous said...

wow! I sure wish I was talented.... i would LOVE to be able to even draw stick-figures... what awesome art work!
So glad you had a fun-filled day, my friend


Cindy Ellison said...

Shady~ So many older people don't seem to have many interests, your dad taking painting lessons was such a postive influence on his life. You will always treasure his landscapes. "Tomato soup red", I like that color description. We love bird watching, you must live in a bird watchers paradise! Your comments were appreciated, thank you!

Sabine~ It was so nice to hear from you, thank you so much for stopping by and commenting ♥

Len♥reNeverM♥re, I appreciate your kind words, thank you! I love your blog title, I am a big Poe fan as you must be.

Patti~ Hi there! This morning I have already read some of your writing, it was moving and beautiful as ever. I know that writing is one of your talents! Thank you so much for taking the time to read my blog and comment! "See" you later on FaceBook. :~)