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Wednesday, March 14, 2012

Four of My Paintings


Just thought that I would post 
a few of my paintings.
 I have not painted for a while due to an injury to my right hand, but just lately I have started back and I'm so enjoying the process.  It's a huge part of my life that has been missing in the last four years. 




I still cannot make a fist with my right hand and never will get it fully back, but I finally got enough strength to hold a brush firmly again.  This was one of life's lemons . . . and I'm ready to start making some lemonade again.  I need to give thanks to the Lord and to the great physical therapists that He lead me to.  They worked with me for a year and then sent me home with exercises that I have continued. We can not stop,believing in our dreams and we can not stop living them out to the best of our ability. My husband always believed that I would start painting again, but I have to admit that I was skeptical.  


 This painting was selected for the cover of 
The Columbia Basin Allied Arts 
yearly catalog 2002-2003 
(it was my first published work, other than newspaper write-ups).  
This one is my tribute to the strength of America 
(40X30 canvas) the last painting before my injury.
"American Pride"
These are some of my past paintings.  
I hope you like them.



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36 comments:

  1. Oh I'm so glad you posted these beautiful paintings - they are gorgeous!!!
    mary x

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    1. Thank you, I am glad that your like them. These were all done before my right hand injury, but I have started back painting and so glad that I can still control the brushes. Your lovely comment is greatly appreciated.

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  2. Connie, thank you for visiting my blog today. I wish you the best of luck with your paintings and your injured hand. I've only had carpal tunnel from time-to-time and have always wondered what I would do if I couldn't paint. Thank the Good Lord. Broken bones in my foot and knee and left hand and breast cancer have been the worst. And the breast cancer wasn't even the worst thing that ever happened to me. Keep the spirit you are showing! God bless you!
    XO Diane

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    1. Diane, thank you for the visit. Life is full of misfortunes, but we that grow, while walking through them are the blessed. I have learned more in life and in faith because of the hard times. It's not fun, but it's worth it. God uses all things for good to those who love Him. Have an incredible day. Come back again, and I hope you decide to follow. Your newest follower, Connie

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  3. I love your beautiful paintings. Thank you for sharing.
    ~Clara

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    1. And thank you for the compliment. It always feels good when someone like your work. Connie

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  4. Awesome Paintings.. it is always good to hear when a fellow Artist makes a come back..Keep up the great work!!

    Blessings
    Tonya

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    1. Thank you. I thought that I might not paint or play guitar again, but yes now I'm starting to paint again and although I will never be great on the guitar (all I have that moves at every joint) is my pointer finger, but I can strum a pretty good tune. Life goes on and we make the most of it. Have a great day, thanks for the visit. Connie.

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  5. you're a very talented woman and i'm so glad that you're able to start painting again. your spirit is inspiring. best wishes, lisa

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    1. Thank you Lisa, I feel blessed to be able to start painting again.

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  6. Dear Connie, thanks for visiting my blog - your paintings are great - hope the hand heals and you can get back at it again. Have a great day - spring is coming :)
    Axx

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    1. Thank you for visiting. My hand is better and I have my first after injury painting done. I'm just waiting for a little time to past before sealing. Love your post on the color yellow, the photo with the fishing boats is so alluring. Wishing you a day filled with creative joy, Connie

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  7. I am so very proud of you. I love you! Steve

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    1. Wow! I was logged on to my husband's computer and when he posted this comment, I guess my email was still logged in. Looks like I'm having a very self loving day. LOL Connie

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  8. How wonderful that you can paint again!

    Thank you for your kind words!

    ♥ Franka

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    1. It's hard to put into words, how good it feels to be painting. I had my fears that I would never have enough control in my right hand again to ever get back to painting. God is good!

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  9. Hi Connie, Thanks so much for visiting my blog:) I have enjoyed visiting yours. I love your art. Your Garden is so pretty and love the garden journal. Such and awesome idea! I look forward to visiting again.

    Have a great day and happy creating!!!

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    1. Thanks for your visit. My welcome mat is always out. I feel blessed by all the creative people I have had the good fortune to meet through this cyber medium. Your blog is very inspiring and best wishes with the success of your garden shop. Have a lovely day, Connie

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  10. Dear Connie, thank you for your visit and kind comments. Your art is very very special, and I so hope that you will regain all of your mobility again in your injured hand, you are very talented. Your blog is delightful and so from the heart, the bloggers I love to read. I will look forward to many visits now that I am your follower! N.xo

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    1. Hi Nella, I just got back from viewing your latest post. I love the green china and the depression glass is wonderful. It brings back childhood memories of my mother's table when I was very young. Who knows what became of her dishes? I do hope they found a loving home. I have one small depression glass sugar bowl that I picked up at some secondhand store and I use it as a small candy dish, to hold hard sugar free candy, on my desk. Have a wonderful time in Florida and watch out for the alligators! Your new blogging friend, Connie

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  11. Wow connie these paintings are truly stunning, I so hope you can gain some mobility in your hand.

    Thank you so much for the lovely comment on my blog always appreciated. One thing I know is to always follow your dream and never get side tracked.

    Take Care
    Caroline

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    1. Caroline, thank you for the sweet comment and the good wishes. I will never stopping following any of my dreams . . . but I know that I am exactly where God wants me to be and that I learn and grow each and everyday. What's the say? "Grow where you are planted". That's me . . . sometimes the best thing for a little flower is a good shovel full of manure. I'm thriving each and every day. Wishing you a great day, your blogging friend, Connie

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    1. Will I ever stop posting my replies in the comment box? LOL I'm glad I can still laugh at myself.

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  13. Thanks for stopping by my blog to say hi and for sharing your lovely paintings. Glad your hand is getting better so you can paint again. Have a fun St. Patty's Day!

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    1. Thanks for dropping in, I love company.

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  14. Hi Connie,
    I just wanted to stop by and say hello. Thank you for your visit, sweet comment and becoming a follower. I do hope you come and visit again soon. I enjoyed looking are your paintings. You are very talented. Thanks for sharing. Wishing you a wonderful weekend.

    Blessings,
    ♥Ana

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    1. Ana, thank you for stopping by and thank you for deciding to become a follower. This blog has been a blessing, in the fact that I have met so many warm and friendly creative souls. Getting a compliment on my work from other artists mean a lot. Thank you again. My welcome mat is always out, so come back . . . I know I'll be visiting your lovely blog, many, many times again. Connie

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  15. Connie, your paintings are wonderful. I am so glad that you have been able to take your love of painting back up again. Hopefully, the inability to paint for awhile was just a bump in the road, a time to allow you to gather your creative processes. You definitely have a God given talent.
    Laura

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    1. Thank you for your sweet comment. I've found that I'm out of practice . . . there is a true value in painting often, because with each painting you learn a little bit more about your medium. You know what they say about "use it or lose it". Well, getting back on the horse has it's trials, but with the good Lord's help, I can be back to my old self in no time. Thanks for your visit and please come back . . . I wish there were some way I could put out tea and cookies for my visitors, I so appreciate each and every new friend. Connie

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  16. Wow..wow..wow.. Your work is amazing!
    Love it ♥
    Hugs Anne from Norway

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    1. Thank you!!!! He is pretty amazing. Come visit again . . .I adore company, Connie

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  17. Hey Connie, four years is a long time to be away from your painting......there must be loads of paintings waiting to be put onto canvas after all that time.

    Your talent is amazing, I do envy people who can paint. I have had a go and am very hit and miss more on the miss side actually, hehe.......

    So glad to read things are improving with the movement in your hand and no doubt will continue to do so....what a wonderful blessing.
    Claire :}

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    1. Hi Claire, Thank you for stopping in. I love company. The fact is I'm pretty rusty after not painting for four years, but it is a passion of mine, so I will never give up. My dear husband has always had faith in me getting back at it, and with him cheering me on, how can I miss. Do come visit again, my door is always open. Connie

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  18. Connie, you´re such a talented artist! I loved your paintings, and wish you will go on that way; it´s never too late for returning to our truly passions... Thanks for following my blog, now I´m a follower of yours too!!!
    Hugs,
    Kass

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    1. Kassandra, thank you so much for the lovely compliment; I'm very happy that you like my paintings. have a wonderful day, Connie

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