Thursday, April 29, 2010

Title the Untitled #4 -sold!

"Untitled #4"
watercolor (6" x 18")
 Well it's the end of the month...time to pay the bills, time to reflect on our accomplishments, time to organize for a fresh new month ....and time to "Title the Untitled".  Remember, the best title gets announced in the J. Hill Newsletter, so if you are curious as to who wins these challenges (it just may be you!) then be sure to sign up for the newsletter (click here). There is still time to title the last one "Title the Untitled #3"  which will be announced in Mays newsletter coming out next week. Good luck everyone!

Tuesday, April 27, 2010

Tuscan Farm

"Tuscan Farm"
watercolor (5" x 7")

This sweet lil' gem once again comes from my stock photos of our Tuscany trip. Can't seem to get enough of Tuscany, Italy. What is it? the culture? the lighting? the colors? the architecture? the rolling hills? the wines? the fresh breads? the simpler way of life? or simply the memories of lovely times with good friends?

Sunday, April 25, 2010

Through the Clearing

"Through the Clearing"
watercolor (9" x12")

Sometimes things are so clear, sometimes things are obscured, sometimes things have a little fence or pathway to lead you to it...sometimes you just need to open your eyes...look in the distance and see what is meant for you to see. Today, I need to stop searching for the signs or complaining that "things aren't clear" and just open my eyes to see what is exactly through the clearing.

Thursday, April 22, 2010

Because I looked down

"Happy Isle, Yosemite"
watercolor (22" x 30")
$1,000 now $800

It seemed simple goodness, it was my idea...all we had to do was cross the river...preferably without getting wet (it was a cool morning and really didn't feel like getting my feet soaked).  We scouted the river's edge for the narrowest and shallowest place to cross.  "Ah ha!  there!" I said pointing..."we can hop and skip to that boulder.  Climb atop the bolder (which is in the middle of the stream/river)  then jump to the other side of the river." Well, we got to that perfectly placed boulder, my husband agilely and limberly jumped off it onto dry ground across the river.  Me? well once a top the boulder, I looked was pretty high up there? I looked down...the water looked deep?  I looked was wider than it looked originally from the scouting point?  I looked down.....well the landing ground was full of large unstable rocks (definitely ankle twisting material).  All of a sudden my perspective changed.  All of a sudden my confidence floated down stream.  All of a sudden I was frozen. All of a sudden I was full of doubt and could only imagine the worse outcomes.  Why? because I looked down. Well, suffice it to say a lot of major self talking occurred and I took the leap...but I had to do it without looking down, I had to look at where I wanted to land. Today, let's try not to "look down" but rather where we want to land.

Tuesday, April 20, 2010

You and Your Boat

"Boat Ashore"
watercolor  (6" x 8")

Life brings seasons for us.  A time to be in the boat. A time to continue rowing along.  A time to just float with the current. A time to row your boat ashore. A time to bail out!  Or a time, when He calls, to step out. Where are you and your boat?

Saturday, April 17, 2010

100th post

"In the Canal"
watercolor (20" x 14")

There are moments when God puts a pause, or event, or milestone in your life...that cause you to sit back and reflect. I love when those moments happen. Today I had a little one.  Today is my 100th post on my daily painting blog.  One hundred paintings, one hundred writings, one hundred.....doesn't that sound cool? Can't wait to see what the next hundred brings.

Thursday, April 15, 2010

I choose... -sold!

"Colorado Bridge II"
watercolor   (4" x 9")

Here in the U.S., there is a saying that goes something like this: "Death and taxes...the only two things you can be sure of (or that you have to do)".  April 15th is tax day. Ughh.......Well for today, yes I have to file my income taxes....but I have a choice in how I "file" my day.  Today I choose to be thankful that we have an income to be taxed on.  Today I choose to love instead of just tolerate.  Today I choose to wait....wait patiently in the line at the post office.  Today I choose to forgive and forget...yet remember how the Lord has forgiven me.  Today I choose to say yes...even if I am tired, frustrated, and thick in my "control issue".  Today I choose to find the humor in the little things.  Today I choose to find God in the big things.  Today I choose to find the joy in the fact that I have a choice.

Monday, April 12, 2010


So you see the new tabs up on the top of the blog page? The first one is announcing that J Hill Paintings Note Cards are now available online. (4.25" x 5.5" - blank inside). Set of 5 for $10.00 plus S/H. Just click on the PayPal "buy now" button (no PayPal account needed).

The other tab is for the "Perfect Wedding Gift".  Do you know anyone getting married or celebrating an anniversary?  Or maybe you have your own magical moment that you want artistically captured. Imagine a personalized artistic rendering of that precious day...a piece of artistry that will last a lifetime. Contact me...I would love to discuss all your options.

Saturday, April 10, 2010

A Kiss

"A Kiss Under the Eiffel Tour"
watercolor  (14" x 18.5")

When is a kiss more than a kiss?...does it depend on the environment? So if you are in the most romantic place on earth...does it make it more? Does it depend on the time in your life....So your very first kiss in life, or the first kisses in the relationship are always "more" than the later ones?  Does it depend on who you are kissing?  So a passing fling is "less" than kissing your new found soul mate? Or what about that kiss when you re-discover your mate.... and you get all tingly inside cause you realize you still got it?  For me, that's when a kiss is more than a kiss.

Tuesday, April 6, 2010

The good fruit

watercolor   (9" x 12")

It's a biblical can't grow good fruit off a bad vine... make a tree good and it's fruit will be good. Hmm...really makes you think, huh?  I like vineyards...I like the way they look.  I like the way they are organized. I like the way some of the year they are tightly pruned and barren, and that some of the year they are growing wildly about and vividly green, and then the best part of the year comes, they are decorated with beautiful and bountiful fruit. So in order to have good fruit, one needs the order, the pruning, the wildness and free growth stages. But I also imagine good fruit also comes from good soil, nurturing and protection.  Makes me think about my "fruit" is my "vineyard"? can I make sure that my vines are "good" so that I yield the "good fruit"?

Friday, April 2, 2010

Cruisin' on PCH- Sold!

"Cruisin' on PCH"
watercolor (11" x 30")

Do you like taking road trips? Do you like seeing the road just expand in front of you? or do you enjoy the twisting turns of not seeing what's around the bend?  I think sometimes our preferences in life show us really "where we are".  For example, me? I like a nice combination of both.  The straight-aways of just comforting as that may be to "know and see where I am going" (I have huge control issues that still haven't been resolved), I also get bored very easily (in my family we call that A.D.D.).  Yet, I equally love the curvy, twists and turns...always anticipating the new view around the bend....BUT, one can get a bit exhausted (and a tad carsick too) sitting on the edge of your seat seeing what's next (especially if you have unresolved control issues!)....Ahhh but the Pacific Coast Highway, or as we SoCal locals call it- "the PCH" just perfect for me.  A beautiful blend of straight-aways and lovely bends in the roads....and for that moment I don't have to work out my unresolved "control issues"...well it is a road trip after all...I'm on holiday.