Undying Love for Life

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It is great to know you are alive.  I can feel your breath and hear you breathe.  Your breath is like a feathery touch as it blows gently against my skin.  The slow back and forth sway of the thin branches creak with each inhale and exhale of your breath.

Your eyes open slowly.  A beam of white light spreads above the darkness on the horizon.  Patches of light fog filters the white glow.  As the sun rises and the fog lifts, a bright, clear, new day begins.   It’s like you are smiling and happy to see me.

The sweet smell of life is all around.  The potpourri of pines, persimmons and the musty scent of rich soil permeates the area.   Drips of morning dew glisten on the patches of grass like a gentle mist sprinkled down from heaven.

The choir of birds sing their chorus of melodies of joy as their day opens.  It is like angels singing praise and worship as you watch over your children.  Thank you Lord for my life, it is a pleasure to serve you and do your will.

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Painting & Blog  by:  1kayaker  (Richard Smith)

 

How my prayer was answered

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My friend and I volunteer to paint murals on the walls through out the hallways of the Veterans Administration hospital. The hallways were painted an institutional drab tan. Now, with painted murals, it brings life, joy, and contentment for the patients, staff and visitors as they pass through the halls.

One particular morning, I asked God for His blessing on a mural my friend and I were to paint. I prayed for direction, help and assistance to paint this mural.

Unlike my friend who is a professional artist, I am a novice painter. As like most novices we don’t see our mistakes and faults as well as others see them. Throughout the painting, my friend Stan found fault. He’d say your lines are not smooth, you need more value, use more water, or you’re holding your brush wrong. This was one of those days, he was not himself. I was ready to give it up and hand the brush over to him telling him, “if you can do it better, then you do it.” But I didn’t.

I just stood aside and watched him paint. Inside me, I pouted and I started to put myself down. I was thinking I’ll never be a good artist.

When I got home, I realized that Satan was telling me all those negative things. But, God answered my prayer from this morning. I asked Him for direction, help and to assist me. He did it through my friend Stan who told me my problems and showed me how fix them.

It was then I realized God was there the whole time as I painted. I seemed to have given up not only in myself, but in my faith, trust and belief.

God was there the whole time. My lesson is to focus on God not on myself. I pray this story may help others.

Below are a few murals we painted at the Veterans Hospital

 

Old Point Comfort Lighthouse

18th century, American revolution, art, colonial, history, Lighthouse, outdoor painting, Outdoors, painting, Paintings, revolution, Virginia

I painted this picture from the water side near the causeways that protect the land from the slamming waves of the Chesapeake Bay.  The light of Point Comfort peeks through the luscious colorful tops of the trees.  At the foreground is an open field surrounded with a variety of old oak, maple and poplar trees.  For many decades, these trees survived the harsh element of mother nature.

Old Point Comfort Light House is located on the grounds of Fort Monroe in the Virginia portion of the Chesapeake Bay at Hampton, Virginia.  It was first lit in 1802, stands 54 feet tall, and played an important part in the War of 1812.  The light house is listed as a Virginia landmark.

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Blue Bird Gap Farm

barnes, farms, history, Outdoors, Paintings, Virginia

This is a plein air painting I did at Blue Bird Gap Farm.

The first known owner of the property on which Blue Bird Gap Farm now stands was Captain William Tucker. Captain Tucker bought the property in 1622.  Since then it has changed hands several times through out the centuries.  In 1969, the City of Hampton, Virginia acquired the property and opened Blue Gap Farm.

The 60-acre farm has around 150 domestic and wild animals; such as the typical farm animals, also it is the home to birds of prey, whitetail deer, llamas, alpacas, tortoises, peacocks, rabbits, and waterfowl.

On the property is a petting zoo, for the young and the young at heart.

Although this setting is surrounded by the interstate and the urban communities, it is a peaceful, quiet, and tranquil place. The atmosphere and environment mesmerizes you to the deep country life of days gone by.

 

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Fort Monroe, Hampton VA

American revolution, colonial, Colonies, history, Paintings, Virginia

 

This is a plein air painting I did with acrylic paints on a 11 x 14 x .50 inch stretch canvas.  Inside Fort Monroe a moat surrounds the casemate, this is where I sat up my easel.

Built in 1834, Fort Monroe is the largest stone fort in the country.  It was a military installation located in Hampton Roads, Virginia, overlooking the Chesapeake Bay.  Fort Monroe was decommissioned on September 11, 2011.  It now is a National Monument.

 

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Symbol of Spring

Birding, Birds, Outdoors, Paintings, Virginia

Symbol of Spring
This is an 8 x 10 x .50 inch acrylic/oil painting done on a stretch canvas board.
A robin is a symbol of spring in the United States. This bird is the state bird for Connecticut, Michigan, and Wisconsin. America’s popular songs featured this bird; such as “Rock’in Robin”, and “When the red red robin comes bob, bob, bobbin along”.

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Home Sweet Home

American revolution, barnes, Colonies, corn house, farms, history, log cabins, Outdoors, slavery, smokehouse, tobacco house18th century

home-sweet-home-richard-smithThis is a re-creation of a family farm during the 18th century. The farm buildings include a kitchen, smokehouse, corn house,to tobacco house. The log house and sheds were built out of uncut logs and a mixture of mud and manure filled in the cracks. The 900 square foot log cabin that housed the workers was home for as many as 12 men, women and children.

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Richard

Works of Nature

Outdoors, Trees, woods, forest

Could this be nature’s artistic wood sculpting or is it a reincarnated face that emerges from within the trunk of tree?

When I walk through the woods, at times strange faces and figures appear to emerge from within the trunk of trees. This face with its eyes popping out looks like it wants to escape from the clutches of the pine bark. During this photo capture, I could hear a distinct sound calling out WHO! WHO!! Only to my surprise it was a barred owl standing on a branch a few feet above this tree mirage.

Be cautious as you journey through the woods, you never know who or what is peeking out from within a tree.

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How does an artist capture the audience?

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What is an artist? The dictionary defines an artist, as a person skilled in one of the fine arts. We all know to get skilled; it takes practice to get better at what we do. How do I capture an audience with my skilled talent? The way I try to do that is to stimulate the senses and emotions of the audience. 

As an artist, I want to make a statement in what I present to the viewer. A creative writer may use descriptive words that will show and not tell. Photographers will capture the moment that may inspire others to live each moment. A painter can bring life to a blank canvas. If I can capture most of the senses, if not all (taste, feel, see, hear, smell) and the emotions that may play on the feelings of the people that view my art; I feel I have accomplished what I intended. 

This is not a scientific study; it is just my thoughts. 

Richard Smith