Brushed Beauty

The painter brushes the canvas

Paint streaking into form

The basic outline done first

He begins the detail of the face

Stroke after stroke

Creating a wonder on canvas

So many details

It is so realistic

And finally he is done

Her essence captured

A portrait of a woman

Created with love


Written for Fandango’s One Word Challenge (FOWC) – portrait

Cowboy (FOWC)

She was notorious for her paintings of poverty. She painted compassionately the families and children she saw sleeping in boxes, the adults left with nothing, and the forgotten elderly. She was so excited when she had her first showing because she could give the profits back to the community. The night of the art show a reporter asked her why she painted the homeless.

“A dear friend of mine became homeless. It is the way I can give back while honoring his memory” she explained. “He was the encouragement for me to pursue my art. I wouldn’t be here without him.”

The reporter asked what happened to him. She looked at him sadly and said, “He was jumped by two men for the twenty dollars he had just earned. He was so weak from lack of food he barely fought back.” She added, “He didn’t survive the attack.”

The reporter asked for his name. She smiled and said, “I always called him cowboy and that is why in each painting I paint a pair of cowboy boots somewhere so he is always with me.”

The following day the paper told of the turn-out at the art show and how much had been raised for the homeless shelter. There was no mention of her inspiration from cowboy. She shrugged it off and went back to painting a pair of cowboy boots on top of a full shopping cart.


Written for Fandango’s One-Word Challenge (FOWC) – notorious

Happy and Grateful – Day 15

I have undertaken a challenge this year.  I am trying to find the good in every day by writing about happiness and gratitude that I feel.  No matter how small there is always something to bring a smile or make you grateful, if just for a moment.  Follow along with me as I dig deep as necessary and find the peace of the day.  Join in if you are feeling happy and grateful too – in the comments or on your own blog.  Let’s find some fun!

I still am somehow a day behind.. one of these nights I am going to have the energy to stay awake long enough to get caught up on both days and the daily prompt.  I hope you all forgive me.

This day was really fun.  I may have a creative mind, but my daughter is the one with the artistic talent so I was a little nervous.  A friend of mine was going to a paint studio to make a gift for her daughter and wanted me to come along to the class.  I have thought about these classes before but have never gone.

This was a SMALL class and because of my anxiety I am glad about that.  There were only two other people there besides my friend and I.  The instructor took us step by step through the process and it was easier than I thought.  I was favorably impressed with the way the painting turned out.  Don’t look at it too closely though as the fine detail is NOT there, my hands shake too much.  But for a fun little Valentine’s Day gift for my boyfriend it is ok.


Now that I have done the class once, I would not be afraid to go again for another project that would be appealing to me.  They offer several each month.  I would love to have my daughter go to a class with me as she has the artistic talent in the family.  It was a fun day and I was happy to have accomplished my first painting (even though I see things wrong with the painting).  And I am very grateful to have had the time with my friend.