Weekly Photo Challenge: Rare Beauty is so Common

Sometimes we look but never see,

Enlightenment is a rarity!

More fun in the Cranbrook Gardens!

McCourtie Park, More Than Meets The Eye

Po' Girl Shines

I took another way home from Hidden Lake Gardens in Tipton Michigan because I wanted to swing by Meckleys Flavor Fruit Farm which is packed with cider donuts and cider and everything else you can imagine. I think of it as a cider mill, but there is a petting zoo, gift shop and other things to see and do besides roasting hot dogs on sticks over fire pits.

Upon leaving I noticed the cutest bridge to my right as I drove back down S Jackson Rd to US12 from the farm.  I have been in this area before and had never noticed Bridge Park, or McCourtie Park it’s actual name.  It was created from what was left of “Aiden Lair,” the nickname of the estate owned by wealthy oil and cement tycoon William H L McCourtie.  The home itself no longer stands but the bridgework was renovated and turned into a park located on…

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Weekly Photo Challenge: Fun in the Garden

Please enjoy the the beautiful art sculpture found in lovely Cranbrook Garden in Bloomfield Hills Michigan.

These fun photos were taken in 2015 and admission is free for the rest of the 2016 season.

Discover Challenge: Portraits

Did a pastel portrait from my younger days.

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Close, but no cigar with this attempt.

My pastel work has much better control than my attempt with acrylics.

acrylic - dries too fast to do fine work

acrylic – dries too fast to do fine work

Daily Prompt: So Paint Already!

Fear of failure?

Fear of Success?

Lazy?  Probably.  I always was one of those people that waited til the last minute to kick something out.  I was one of those kids that sat up all night before a report was due before I buckled down.  I admit to feeling very stifled living in this thin walled apartment.  I am easily distracted and if it’s too noisy, that’s my excust not to try.  It’s hard to turn out anything decent if your heart’s not in it and sadly I have lost my passion.

I began to feel this way after I got computer software that creates similar results with a push of a few buttons instead of hours with various art mediums.  Only fooled around the last few years experimenting and doing some collages but have not done anything Gallery or Show worthy.  Used to love oil painting but gave it up due to the turps and then tried the so called oils you can mix with water.  Better than acrylic, which I don’t care for in fine art painting, but still not the same.  I have never studied watercolor with anyone and I will do that soon for the heck of it.  I understand the basics of watercolor from taking it while still in high school but I will see if I can find an artist in the area who gives lessons if I like their style.

Weekly Photo Challenge: Morning, Good

Good Morning from Mill Pond in Tecumseh, home of the Tecumseh Paddling Company.

Weekly Photo Challenge: Narrow

Matthew 7:13    Enter ye in at the strait gate: for wide is the gate, and broad is the way, that leadeth to destruction, and many there be which go in thereat:

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Matthew 7:14     Because strait is the gate, and narrow is the way, which leadeth unto life, and few there be that find it.

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