Hi All Artists Hearts, Promised UPDATE:  Final painting released today!  I am very excited to be able to show the final photo for "The Last Rose of Summer." I received Tony's enthusiastic approval and permission to show it publicly this morning.  Tony writes, "I am glad I gave you permission to paint this.  You did a wonderful job and I love it.  Thank you".    Wow! What a wonderful endorsement.  Tony was also the first to post my painting on his own Face Book page... you may need to scroll down a ways but you can read what he wrote there.  If you like it be sure to hit the like button here on this post and on Tony's page as well.   It was a joy to paint and a great challenge in many ways. I hope you enjoy the final product.  The Scripture verse that accompanies this picture is Psalm 138:7 "Though I walk in the midst of trouble, You will revive me..." What a comfort. Until next time, Keep inspired.  Blessings, Jan.

Just a quick update to bring you up to speed on the delay in posting the final stage of The Last Rose of Summer.  I need to wait for final approval as agreed upon with the photographer who gave me permission to use his wonderful picture for my painting. Once I receive word I will post the final painting here in this specific posting (no.8) and will notify everyone at that time.

In the meantime, I will start a new series called "Home Sweet Home-Finch's Garden."  The first post will appear later this week.  It is a slight departure from photo realistic, but not entirely.  It is somewhat whimsical as well.  It is a fun painting and I hope you enjoy it as much as I am in painting it and telling the story of a moment in the life of a little Purple Finch enjoying his own little beauty-filled haven.

This sweet little composition in an oval format was created to celebrate my Mother's 90th birthday being celebrated this month.  It features a number of textures.... old wood timber, feathers, atmospheric perspective and the delicacy of rose petals and sunlight.  Watch for it and follow along. 

Until later have a great week and stay inspired.