Be Still and Know.....

It was a very quiet day at my house--

Linking this picture with Texture Tuesday
I flattened my picture before I remembered to write down the texture I used--
I think it was Yesteryear--I tried several but finally decided on just one--
and as almost always used softlight and went down a little on opacity--

The morning started cold and cloudy,

snow and sleet descended mid-morning,

But it wasn't here to stay--

Thank goodness because I was not looking forward

to the prospect of more power outages.

My husband left really early to go to Renewal Ranch

and is going to be gone til late this evening--

I spent a long time in Bible study..........

It was good--Hosea, the Psalms, the story of Abigail and David--


I was very bad--

I fixed (yes, we say fixed in the south) me some

instant mashed potatoes for lunch and they were to die for--

It helped that I added butter, dry Hidden Valley ranch dressing mix,

cream cheese, garlic powder and pepper, oh, and how could

I forget that heavy cream--yum, they were incredible!

I braved the freezing weather for 5 minutes or less

and went outside to take pictures of my beautiful camellia bush--

Here it is--

and then I did some still-life photography,
(at the top of this post)

took it to Photoshop

and added some texture and text--

and I tried to paint a watercolor rooster--

wow! that was hard and will be another project for another day--

I'm thinking about finishing him in Photoshop.

I need to do some research on roosters--

I can't remember how their tail feathers hook on to their body--

Not that I am trying to paint a realistic rooster

but he does need to have something about him that looks like it is 

where it is supposed to be.

That was part of my goal this year is to paint one watercolor per week,

except I am painting an average of almost one a day so far--

So it seems to me that I will HAVE TO improve--

Surely you learn something along the way even if you're not

taking lessons--I'm through with the online lessons I was taking-- 

Hope your week started off great!

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