oil portraits

Posted on February 8th, 2018 by mountain girl  |  4 Comments »

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I’m finally posting the oil portraits I finished in January. Karl is the trucker who moved us from Colorado, and he commissioned this portrait of his mom from her passport photo, and also a painting of his grandparents from the photo below.

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Here is the painting of the grandparents.

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This one came first, and took me nine months. It was a labor of blood, sweat, and tears (well, sweat and tears, anyway!) as I wrestled to create skin tones from a black and white photo. I can’t say I’m exactly good at it yet, but I learned quite a bit in the process.

Once I finished the grandparents, the portrait of Karl’s mom was a breeze. I whipped it up in a couple of weeks, bouffant and all. Actually, I’m just now realizing that I may have skimped on the bouffant a little…it was probably my brain screaming to make her hair just a little more natural, hehe.

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Looking forward to painting more portraits! Hopefully from color next time. :)

halloo from the snowy south

Posted on January 20th, 2018 by mountain girl  |  4 Comments »

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It’s feeling a lot like home on our new farm–especially with the blanket of snow we got Wednesday. It was over 12″ here, and people are saying it is more than NC has had in a decade or so. When I ran out to take pictures in the morning, it was 11 degrees and so cold my camera shut down. Just a little reminder of Colorado, ha.

Our three painters were snowed in with us, and they made soup, pulled out sleeping bags, and finished painting our rooms. Everything is white, in case you couldn’t tell (you can see the old beige color in the photo above, through the doorway).

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We picked Benjamin Moore Mountain Peak White for the entire house, and we’re so happy we did. Walls, trim, and ceilings are the same color, just different finishes. These first two pics show our southeast-facing living room, which is flooded with light in the mornings. Mountain Peak White feels perfect–the warm undertones really help the room not to feel too stark. Besides, it has a such a great name.

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This is the dining room. MPW also feels good in this north-facing light–it warms it up and brings it to life. The old color was Wool Skein by Sherwin Williams, and I couldn’t help feeling a little dismal in this room. No more abysmal dismal now.

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I took all the old pots that were left on the front porch and washed them and painted them white. I re-potted all my plants, which were too big for their old pots anyway. These jades are just a few of the ones I’ve raised from branches and stems that broke off. When Cash was younger, he knew how much I loved my jade plant, and would break a piece off whenever he was mad at me. Now he just punches me.

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My friend Linda worked all day a couple of weeks ago to help me make a slip cover for this couch. It took me another whole day to make more adjustments. Slip covers are trickier than I thought!

Poor Cashy hasn’t been feeling well and took a nap in the middle of the day, which is unheard of for him. It was a nice break from the punches.

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I made a slip cover for our chair and one for the ottoman. They’re not exactly perfect, but I’m happy with them.

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I’ll finish up with a few pics of the farm at sunrise after the snow. I really love this land, and the snow gives it a whole new dimension.

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Stay cozy!

reckless love farm

Posted on January 9th, 2018 by mountain girl  |  2 Comments »

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Just reposting (from my Instagram) some pics I really love of our farm, and adding a few new ones. We spent our first nights at the farm this weekend, cooked some meals there, and I made a pot of bone broth and a batch of yogurt. It feels more like home every time we go.

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The weather has been fluxing from warm to freeeezing, and now we’re thawing nicely again. Here are some warm and cold views of the farm. I’ll try hard to make it past the outdoors next time and post some pics of the inside of the house:)

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(The pot of potatoes at the end of the rainbow.)

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We named it Reckless Love Farm, after Cory Asbury’s song. God sure has given us an amazing dose of reckless love!

like a dream

Posted on December 18th, 2017 by mountain girl  |  3 Comments »

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One year ago, we were snug as bugs in a rug in our snowy Colorado mountain home. We had no intention of moving, ever. But in March adventure came knocking, and we sold our house and moved east. Ever since then, we’ve been telling ourselves it will be worth it, we’ll find a place that feels like home where we can have a garden and goats and everything we love.

Today, we bought a farm.

We’re overwhelmed, a little dazed, and so happy. Over the next couple of months we’ll be moving little by little into our new place. Our kids are excited–they’ll have their own rooms, we’ll get some animals, and there is lots of room to run and play.  There are fields, a big garden, blueberry bushes, a pond, and even our own little forest. It’s like a dream:)

More pics to come!

thanksgiving

Posted on November 28th, 2017 by mountain girl  |  3 Comments »

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Happy Thanksgiving! Here are some pics of the 3 days we spent at my brother Seth’s house in SC.  Mama and Papa came down from NY, and and five of my brothers were there. 

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Mama and Papa

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David, Jed, Hans

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Seth, Papa, and Jed

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Cash and Beppo

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Kirke, our little baby brother. LOL

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Kirke, Papa, Mama, Kit, and Zia’s hair

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Kirke, Hans, Kit, and Zia

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Jed and his baby girl, Aria

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Mama and Aria

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Seth and Cash.