Saturday, April 23, 2011

Egg Producer's Conspiracy

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(Mom, CLICK on the arrow in the lower left hand side of the above image to view video.)
I have always suspected that the tradition of hunting for Easter Eggs was something lobbied for by the egg producers in America. (Like Hallmark lobbying for Mother's Day, Father's Day and all the other assorted "holidays" requiring the sending of a sappy card). It would make sense for them to lobby for a tradition that requires the use of something that is in great over-abundance right now - EGGS! A family can eat only so many eggs- I am learning that right now. All nine hens (except for the setting one) are in full production which means I am getting about 3 to 4 dozen eggs a week. No way Mike and I can eat them all. I know - let's color them, hide them and then hunt for them. Most will get broken (or lost) and/or get eaten by the assorted varmints that frequent the yard. Georgia still gets her egg one-a-day. I have learned to freeze them as well (in case of egg shortage - another coyote massacre). But I also have powdered eggs in the pantry (what WAS I thinkin'????)
What is that diet where you eat only protein and no carbs? Atkins, that's it. I guess it's time to go on Atkins - but I cannot CONCEIVE of giving up bread. OK maybe it's time to start an "Egg Recipe Blog".
I await your thoughts....
I pray ya''ll have a blessed Easter and remember the reason we celebrate. Sunday is not the end - it is the glorious beginning - the EGG! The beginning of a new life
2 John 1:6
And this is love: that we walk in obedience to his commands. As you have heard from the beginning, his command is that you walk in love. 
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Friday, April 22, 2011

Well, I'll be a Spotted Donkey's ......

This is not yet a painting, but I couldn't resist posting this photo I took today. My neighbor's spotted donkey had a foal recently and this little filly is the result - isn't she adorable!? Look for her in a future painting...
On this Good Friday, I am reminded of the events of last weekend - Palm Sunday - when our Lord rode through a welcoming throng of people, humbly on an ass - not as a warrior king, but as a gentle man offering something far more valuable than release from the tyranny of Rome. Instead he offered eternal life and peace and joy by his side. And all he asked in return was to believe in him - and have faith that the advice he offered for every aspect of our day-to-day lives was worth following.
Try it - you just may like it.
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Matthew 21:5
“Say to Daughter Zion, ‘See, your king comes to you, gentle and riding on a donkey, and on a colt, the foal of a donkey.’”

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Thursday, April 21, 2011

Not Dancing Yet 2

FRAMED Oil on canvas 12 X 24 
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The sun is setting and the fight continues. Neither party is willing to give up - both are guilty of placing their own personal needs and entitlements before those who put them where they are.
The sun is setting and soon there will be no more light to illuminate our way. And still they fight.
The sun is setting. I hope you have stocked up on candles - the night may be long and starless.
I made the mistake of varnishing this painting before I photographed it, so it's nearly impossible to get a good image without glare. I have included an angled shot with flash to help show the colors.
This wood frame is a custom "floater" and really looks great on it.
Job 30:26
Yet when I hoped for good, evil came; when I looked for light, then came darkness.

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Tuesday, April 19, 2011

larger version of "Experienced Rider Only"

16 X 20 Oil on Stretched Canvas $465
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I just had to paint this again in a larger size - this time using mostly a palette knife and lots of paint.
Texas is in the throes of wildfires - some not too far from me. I just stepped outside to photo this painting, and the odor of smoke is heavy in the air - the wind is still high and coming from the direction of the worst fires. Dallas is getting rain right now, but it is as if there is a giant umbrella over this part of Central Texas. And the irony of all this is that since we had such a nice, wet summer last year, all that lush vegetation is now a tinder box of fuel in these winds. Please pray for Texas - and the rest of the world suffering from climate catastrophes. We are all surely being tested.
Psalm 66:10
For you, God, tested us; you refined us like silver.

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Tuesday, April 12, 2011

Experienced Rider Only

9 X 12 Oil on Stretched Canvas $125
SOLD to a collector in Oklahoma
I attended a calf working last weekend - YES, it's that time again! - and this fella was one of the cowboys roping and dragging calves. He was new to me, so I watched him intently to see how well he and his horse worked together. They caught their fair share of calves, and the horse SEEMED to be cooperative. While I was momentarily distracted by another roper, a sudden "WHOOP-EE" errupted from the mouths of the others watching. I turned quickly and frantically focused my camera on the lanky cowboy on the sorrell gelding - we had us a rodeo!
He lost his stirrups on the first hop, but didn't pull leather until buck number 5 or 6 and even then didn't hold on tight. Instead he waved one arm in the air, held on to his rope (but he did lose is calf0 and spurred that gelding until he quit bucking. And yes, he made his 8 and then some!
A round of applause was given by the spectators, and the cowboy went back to work as if nothing had happened. The horse didn't act up for the rest of the day, as far as I could tell.
I asked him later if the horse was a regular bucker, and he replied, "Well, Mam, I just bought him yesterday, and they told me he did buck some". I have a feeling that this cowboy has done some time riding broncs in competitions and it won't be long before "Bucky" finds out that he has finally met his match!
Proverbs 28:19
Those who work their land will have abundant food, but those who chase fantasies will have their fill of poverty.
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Monday, April 11, 2011

Sportaloosa Fun Time

8 X 10 Oil on Canvas panel $110
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To quote the Sportaloosa Website: The Sportaloosa is a unique modern spotted sport horse bred to be user friendly and competitive in the Olympic disciplines of jumping, dressage and eventing as well as cattle classes, reining, rodeo and endurance. 
I found this image by accident on Facebook and received permission of his owner (who lives in New South Wales) to paint him.
I have always been intrigued by the Appaloosa coloring and have even owned two in my distant past.  In fact, the first GOOD horse I owned was an ap mare named Cocoa. I purchased her (unknowingly) bred and her colt became our first foal and the first horse I actually trained. Both my kids rode him and he eventually became a member of a dude ranch string of horses. THAT was 30 years ago...I imagine Nipper is probably waiting for me in Heaven by now....
Job 25:2
“Dominion and awe belong to God; he establishes order in the heights of heaven. 

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