Archive for October, 2012

I have been wanting to add shelves to my kitchen.  My kitchen is small with limited cabinet space so when I was up at Allen’s warehouse where I have some furniture stored and remembered that this piece was there, I was thrilled.  We moved it to the house on Sunday before the storm.  And it was a pain to move because it weighs a ton!  Yesterday I started painting, and painting, and painting.  Shelves like this are hard to paint…and take forever.  Plus I used an oil-based cabinet paint so it was extremely messy.  But it’s almost done.  Needs a little more paint in a couple of spots and I need to sand the top of the doors down to get them to close properly but  it’s almost done.  I like it.

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Jed and Lincoln hunkered down in the bed to weather the storm yesterday and last night.  We had lots of wind and rain but luckily we didn’t lose power.

So Mamie hung out with me in the living room.  I watched tv while she watched her toy.  You never know when a “boy” might come along and try to take it while you are distracted with the weather.  🙂

We are grateful that we are safe here at home.  Praying for those who got “Sandy”  much worse than we did.

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It’s not even Halloween yet and with Sandy headed our way we are hearing that we may have snow…and almost certainly power outages.

We are hunkered down here with plenty of supplies for the pups and me just waiting to see what happens.  At least I’ll get early snow reference photos this year.  🙂

The Tree Out Front, oil on canvas, 6″x8″, available for $75.  Contact kwalker@kellywalkerstudios.com

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I grew up in Southeast Georgia.  It’s really low and flat there and our falls never had colors like we see here in Virginia.  My mother loved the colors so we always traveled to the “mountains” in the fall to enjoy the season.  We usually went to the Great Smokey Mountains.  The colors there are a lot like here. 

Several years ago Allen and I took his 90-year-old aunt, Honnie,  over to West Virginia to visit her other nephew at his mountain house.  This is the view from their deck.  Honnie called this painting “Scattered Rugs” (oil on canvas, 18″x24″).  And she wrote a poem about it.  I’ve searched everywhere for where I put the poem and when I find it I’ll post it here for you all to see.

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A few weeks ago I painted outdoors at Glen Manor Winery.  You can read about that here.  When painting in plein-air I generally get a painting to a point where it is about 85-90% complete.  Then I take it back to the studio where I put on the finishing details.

This photo shows the completed painting still on the easel with the reference photo. 

View of Glen Manor Winery, oil on canvas, 8″x16″, available for purchase by contacting kwalker@kellywalkerstudios.com

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A Halloween Painting

The Young Painters class did this Halloween painting yesterday.  Great job guys!  Boo!

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Pat has been painting with me on Wednesdays for several years now and she does a terrific job!  Here she is with a Santa painting she just completed.  Then she started right away on a beautiful fall scene with a covered bridge.  Way to go Pat!  Keep making beautiful art.


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MeMaw, oil on canvas, 6″x6″.

This is MeMaw.  She showed up at Allen’s warehouse about 3 years ago with three little yellow kittens.  She was tiny and thin and, of course, Allen took them in and started feeding her and eventually the three boys as they got bigger.  They were wild but he spent time working with them and now they all are tame with him.  They have a good life at the warehouse with Allen.  This little painting was Allen’s birthday present. (You can see Bob, one of the yellow kittens all grown up here.)

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Happy Birthday Allen

Today is Allen’s birthday.  He treats his birthday as just another day.  We keep telling him that it is his special day and we should celebrate.  We want to celebrate all the things that makes him so special – his caring ways, his fun personality, his dry sense of humor, his love and caring for me and the dogs, his love for his cats (all 6 of them!).  He’s a good, good man and we are lucky to have him in our lives. 

So Happy Birthday Allen!  We love you!

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A Great Celebration

Yesterday afternoon we held the “Celebration of Dogs”, a grand opening event for our dog park.  There were well over 200 people and who knows how many dogs there!  It was great.  The marvelous vendors had great give-aways for everyone.  We got a whole tote bag full of goodies. 


And Mamie got a new stuffed toy to de-stuff!

It was a fun, fun afternoon!

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