Tuesday, January 19, 2016

Perk-you-up





Just some color and cheer for you to enjoy today, especially if you're experiencing the January blahs.

These flower photos were taken by the Bear this fall, on a walk around our neighborhood. He was helping the GB's teacher with an art project. The class was learning about the flower paintings of Georgia O'Keeffe (see this lovely video for some examples if you aren't familiar with her work). O'Keeffe is dear to our hearts here in New Mexico. The teacher had asked parents to contribute photos of flowers that the children could try to use in their own O'Keeffe-inspired pastel drawings. Most of the photos came from the Bear. Miss GB was so proud to have her classmates creating their artwork from his photos.

We thoroughly enjoyed seeing all of the beautiful pastel drawings at the school's annual art exhibition night just before Christmas. I'd share the GB's, but hers is still hanging with the others in the classroom. She drew Russian sage flowers (as seen in the top left corner of the second collage from the top in my post). I thought these were particularly challenging flowers to draw, being so small and delicate, but she made them stand out very nicely against a solid green background. She's my artsy bear-girl.

Thanks for your lovely comments lately. I really appreciate them, along with your good thoughts for the LB. He's doing well, and seems to be fully recovered from last summer's operation. Modesty hasn't really kicked in for him yet; he happily shows off his scar whenever I ask to check it (it's almost invisible now!). He's proud of his scar and rightly so. For a kid his age, he's tough as nails. The best part of his surgery is that it alleviated pain he'd always lived with. He feels better than ever and it shows. He's becoming a bit wild, actually, now that he feels good. I never dreamed I'd be so happy to see him reprimanded for jumping off the table in school.

I'd like to say hello and welcome to new readers and followers! I'm really glad you're here.

36 comments:

  1. Gosh how lovely to see flowers :) I miss them.

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  2. Your last paragraph has made me smile, I'm so very happy that your little bear's pain has been alleviated, that is such good news. You must all be so very relieved. I can't tell you how glad I am. Gorgeous flower photos, they are nice to look at in the depths of winter. CJ xx

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  3. Hi Jennifer! Flowers are just the ticket! What a wonderful art lesson!
    I opened the window in my office/sewing room/messy place today while ironing. I love the January sunbeams!

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  4. Georgia O'Keefe's flower paintings are dear to me too. I would love to see the GB's painting when it comes home. It has been the most beautiful day here in the south east of the UK - really cold and frosty but with sunshine all day and a fantastic sunset. That is truly wonderful news about your boy, I am so happy and relieved for you all.

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  5. Your flower photos did the trick for me.. perked me right up after a day of grey rain! I love the O'Keefe paintings I've seen. I need to look at more of them. I'm so glad to hear your son is feeling so much better! Woohoo! ((hugs)), Teresa :-)

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  6. Those are just what I need to see, as it's snowing yet again here!
    Glad to hear the progress report on LB!

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  7. Oh... thank you for the lovely reminder that spring will come again. We are on the edge of a big Nor'Easter due to hit on Saturday!

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  8. It's all ice and frost here at the moment, so your flower photos have given me the little pop of colour that I needed. I'm so glad that your son is healing well and feeling better than ever; it must be such a relief for you. Have a happy week. xx

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  9. so funny! I was just the same when E had surgery for his appendix, he was rushing around the house 4 weeks later and being a maniac, and it was so nice to see after the weeks of pain x

    thanks for the flowers, in need of those this week x

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  10. That's fab news about the difference in your son now. Lovely flower photos - apart from a rogue geranium my garden is a little too green at the moment x

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  11. I smiled at the last paragraph, jumping off a table! Such wonderful news I am thrilled he is doing so much better. Beautiful flowers.

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  12. How lovely to hear that LB is doing so well after surgery. I know that it gave you much anxiety but it sounds like it has been worth it. The flowers are a lovely perk up, thank you.

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  13. Such beautiful flowers already. That's great news about your son.

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  14. I'm so glad that LB is being a "bit wild"! The flowers are all lovely and a great reminder that spring can't be that far away!

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  15. What beautiful photos, GB must have been so happy to have her Daddy take all those lovely pics for her school project. That flower looks like it would have been so hard to draw in pastels. Clever Girl!!
    So happy for LB. Jumping off tables? Such fun haha.
    Hope you are well too x

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  16. Beautiful pictures, especially in this cold dreary weather. How lovely to see your son soaking up life to the full xx

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  17. Your flower photos have really cheered me up, it's amazing what a bit of colour or sunshine can do for your mood in the depths of winter. Great news about the LB. It does make me sad when I hear of any child in pain so it's fantastic that the op has been such a success. May he go from strength to strength (and jump from lots more tables).

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  18. Thank you Jennifer, I needed a bit of picking up today. Have a lovely rest of the week. x

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  19. Hey Jennifer,
    Much perking up for me too! We have Daffs, Gorse and Catkins. But I ling for the blues and purples in the garden. I'm glad your little bear is jumping off tables too!
    Leanne x

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  20. These are beautiful photos of beautiful flowers. Such variety and colour. They're perfect pick-me-ups on a cold, grey January day. Thanks for showing them to us.

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  21. Beautiful flowers. I visited the Georgia O'Keefe Museum in Santa Fe summer before last and bought a postcard collection of her artwork. I bet the kids' artwork turned out great.

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  22. Such cheerful pics, thanks for sharing. So glad to hear of the difference the op has made to LB. x

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  23. It's strange (but also very nice!) to see so many flowers in a blog post in the middle of January. A reminder that spring will come, and what perfect inspiration for a project based on Georgia O'Keefe's work. x

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  24. What a lovely selection for us to look at and enjoy ... a big thank you from me

    All the best Jan

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  25. Thank you for the photo bouquet of flowers, Jennifer...it did perk me up :) I have long admired Georgia O'Keefe's work and really enjoyed exploring the links you put in this post. It is funny...I claim I don't like abstract art, but her abstract work draws me into it until I just have to tell you why I admire it! It is wonderful that GB enjoys art, and LB is feeling so much better! xx

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  26. What a welcome splash of colour on this grey, frosty and misty morning here in Wales. :pve;y photos. I'm so glad to hear that the LB is thriving now. :)

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  27. Beautiful pictures Jennifer thank you for sharing spring seems like a long time away. So glad to hear LB is feeling so much better and is now pain free. :) xx

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  28. I can't wait to see real flowers again! We have Russian Sage here in IL - quite common, actually. I have a huge bush of it in my backyard. I'm surprised your daughter chose that one to draw, too - seems like it would be especially hard. I hope you'll show us her drawing when you're able.
    I chuckled when I read about your son jumping off the table, sorry! Having raised two boys myself, I can so picture your son - or any "normal" little boy, really - doing that. ;-)

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  29. Ah, beautiful flowers! Roll on spring :)

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  30. Gorgeous flowers, a real cheerer upper! So pleased to hear that LB is doing so well and getting over his surgery....jumping off the table is such a great sign!
    Thank you for your very kind comments recently dear Jennifer x
    Wishing you all a very happy weekend.
    Helen xox

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  31. Boys are so fun and active, well not all the time! Lovely signs of color my friend.
    Hugs,
    Meredith

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  32. O'Keefe is one of my favorite artists. I've never gotten to go to her musem, but I did see a very large exhibit with some of her most known work at the DC National Gallery a few years back.

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  33. Beautiful ohoto's. How marvellous that your son is pain free now, what a difference that must make for all of you, most of all him! X

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