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Wednesday, October 9, 2013

barn board, a tool box and my first painting



My first painting???   You didn't know I was an artist?  {I didn't either and it's still debatable!}  Wait for it.  It's near the end but I want you to see my centrepiece first.



I finally dug in the back of the shed and got out some old barn boards.  I set up this little centrepiece just for fun with a barn board as the base on top of an old baby quilt.  The box is one I use in the garage for my garden tools.


I love the oranges, golds and yellows with the weathered grey wood.

Isn't this a great piece of barn wood?

When we bought our house 36 years ago there was one room in the basement that had a wall of barn boards.  Little did we know how cool that would be 36 years later so, we removed the boards and gave them away and made the wall gyproc instead.  We covered the electrical panel with barn wood doors which we removed a few years ago as they weren't up to code.  These doors ended up in the shed.  I dug out a few pieces and am hoping Murray will make me a longer, wider box for the table.  Hoping.  :)





I don't know what this pattern is but I'm sure my quilting friend, Linda does.  Can you help me Linda?

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When we were in Camden, Maine I found this beautiful gold leaf garland that is perfect for fall.  I added it to my berry vine over the dining room window.


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Now I'm no artist, okay?  But, one day as I was at the computer at the dining room table I got the urge to paint a painting.  Where did this come from anyway!?  I saw the pumpkin on the china cupboard and knew I had a canvas and some old craft paints so I got them all out and this is what I did.  It took all of 20 minutes.
 {please don't laugh}




I guess you could call it a 'primitive' painting.  Ha!  

Here's the subject.  I only had gold and parchment colours for the pumpkin so I mixed the two a bit to get a soft orange.


So there you go.  Some October decorations which I have moved to the family room minus the barn board, and my first painting.

Are you a crafty person?  I used to do cross stitch and embroidery but got so I couldn't hold a needle any more due to thumb joint problems, so I had to give it up.  Maybe I'll become a painter.
{no, I don't think I have much talent there}  


It's a beautiful sunny day here today again and the temperature will be 18C.  Our weather is fantastic lately.  
Thank you for all your kind comments on my Kings Landing posts.  I'll be doing another one soon but I thought you deserved a break today.  

Enjoy the day, my friends.

I'm linking today with Sandi's HOME meme.

Blessings,

Pamela


38 comments:

  1. Pamela
    You are on your way, girl. Everyone has to start somewhere and I think you did a good job on your pumpkin!
    The whole room looks good with all your Fall décor.
    I especially love the barn wood table board and the story behind it.
    Happy Wednesday!

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  2. I bet you have one fabulous closet of seasonal decorations to look through! You have such a lovely way of decorating your home.

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  3. You are quite crafty, I would say - nice!!!

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  4. Your first attempt at art is beautiful. Love those pics of your table.

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  5. You did a great job with your pumpkin! You really should do more art! And I love the centerpiece and the garland. The small gold leaf looks so perfect with the berries! I need more leaves and garlands! Enjoy your day! Buy some more paints my friend!

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  6. Love the colors of the centerpiece and the garland! You did a great job on the pumpkin! Especially since you had such limited colors. You should do more painting. I'm struggling to learn watercolor.

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  7. Omigosh! Don't show that yellow pumpkin to Jane at Blondie's Journal. She loves yellow pumpkins and has one on her mantel. (I had never seen one before, but they do exist. Course, you knew that!) Anytime we stretch ourselves to try something new is wonderful. I am very impressed with your first painting and you had fun and created a really cute work of art.

    Love the centerpiece and all the elements that you used to create it. Very inspiring! And I also like the gold leaf garland. It adds something quite special to the berries.

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  8. You did a great job on the painting AND the decorating! I've done a lot of needlework over the years, but not so much now. Up close eyesight isn't the best and I've got arthritis in my left thumb joint. I've also done beading and quilting.

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  9. I like the use of the barn board on the table and your choices for a centerpiece. Nice...
    How fun to try your hand at painting!

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  10. We had a kitchen paneled in barn board back in 1984 - I hated it, but I wish I had that barn board!
    I like your pumpkin and I think you should keep on painting. Your pumpkin inspires smiles!

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  11. I have an old fence board that I use on my dining room table. I love it with candles and flowers. I'm hoping to get my husband to make a box like yours for me soon.
    Your pumpkin painting is so charming. I love the way it sits so contentedly. Keep painting. If you love it, who cares what anyone thinks?

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  12. Love the re-purposing of old barn boards! It's looking most fallish and lovely at your place. How fun to include a pumpkin painting where you know the artist so personally (LOL). It's great! Keep painting...have fun. I have a few canvases in the closet...but don't think I dare put my own brush to them!

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  13. Great centrepiece! You've excelled yourself! Your weather always seems similar to ours. I guess living near the coast makes the difference. We've had unusually high temps too but strong winds are forecast tomorrow and cold weather from the north.

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  14. Love your fall centrepiece. And great use of the quilt and the barn board!! I think the quilt pattern is a pinwheel, although it looks like the blocks are set together slightly differently. I'd have to see a shot of the whole quilt, or at least a larger area... Happy Autumn! Looks like you're all ready!!

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  15. I love your fall decorating, it is making me want to get a crack on of at least doing our dining room table. Your painting looks just like your original subject. I don't do crafts anymore, I used to make leather wallets years ago when that was all the trend. It was fun to take out any aggression by pounding the leather.
    Cheri

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  16. You are sharing a whole bunch of fall today! You should be so proud of yourself for your darling pumpkin painting! LOVE the barn board with the toolbox on it. It must be toolbox centerpiece day!

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  17. Pamela, I think you did a great job of your painting! And your tool box centerpiece is lovely sitting on the barn board. You should share this at my HOME. Would love to have you. Wishing you and your family a Very Happy Thanksgiving weekend and thank you for your visit!

    Blessings,
    Sandi

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  18. All looks wonderful Pam I love it ! Great work . I am not a crafter but have put together the odd cute decor indoors and out. We here love barn board Papa collects it for wood working projects last year he made some photo frames out of it . He works with a lot of guys that have farms or at least some family members do and he got a whack load of barn boards from one of them for free . Awesome post and photos . Thanks for sharing . Have a great day !

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  19. I love all your pretty decor, Pamela. My dear hubby made me a box out of old barnwood, last December. I treasure it and keep it on my DR table. I love your painting and you should be proud.
    Thank you for your sweet words on my blog about my revelation. What a gift it was from God! xo

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  20. What a great idea to repurpose Pam! Love your centerpiece and your painting -- :)

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  21. You did a great job on the painting Pam! Your table centre piece looks lovely too! Thank you for the comment today on my Blog. Take care.

    Wanda

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  22. Pam, your fall decor is beautiful - love the centrepiece. Your painting is excellent, I think I might have to get me one before they become a high-end collector's piece! ha

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  23. Hi Pam,
    Your Fall centerpiece is wonderful and yes that is a nice barn board, and quilt!
    Thanks for visiting my Fall Historic Homes Tour. In order to keep the candy pumpkins in their place I have to keep the candy dish in the living room full, and then I don't have a problem. The kids prefer candy corn anyway.
    Have a great week,
    Gina

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  24. Your barn boards are so nice...as you say the colors are lovely. I think they do make a good base for a fall arrangement.

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  25. Oh,I also love your Fall centerpiece and you are so talented ,I love your painting; besides being such a wonderful photographer, dear Pam! I love the barn board and the quilt....I adore quilts! Thank you for your sweet and kind comment you left me hon and you did make my day!
    Hugs,
    FABBY

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  26. Beautiful photos and the Quilt is also beautiful!
    Greetings, RW & SK

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  27. Hello dear Pamela, I really like your table centerpiece. It is so perfect and it looks like it is the perfect fit for your table. The colors look delightful, too. Great job on your first painting. I want you to follow through and paint something else soon.. Maybe that really is "your thing" and we all have to start somewhere. There are a few things that you are quite the expert at and those are decorating your home, setting up the greatest scenes" for your camera and you definitely are a photographer!!! Me? Pamela, I used to have so many things that I loved to do. I thought I was pretty good at them, too... - making quilts (large and small), sewing, hand work, making wreaths for my front door and my daughter's, decorating and more. But since I have this Fibromyalgia ...I find my good days are spent doing the things I have to do...not the fun crafts that I loved so much. But, I am really enjoying my camera and learning a lot about it so I guess I am dabbling in that now. I hope your week is turning out to be a wonderful one.

    Blessed be,
    Susannah

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  28. Pamela, I think you are a perfectly wonderful artist. I could never look at something and paint it. If I have a picture in a book, and I can trace it and put it on canvas, then I can paint it by just following how the original was, but with the naked eye, no way. I love the old barn wood. Aren't we sorry for all the great things we got rid of long ago? Your table centerpiece is lovely with beautiful colors..Happy Wednesday..Judy

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  29. I think the quilt is called a pinwheel quilt.
    Like the painting-definitely can fall in the primitive category.

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  30. Wonderful post Pamela . . . Love that barn wood! Lucky you . . .
    I like your Great Pumpkin too . . .

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  31. I love your centerpiece and the quilt! ( Quilt fan here! :)

    As to painting it looks like fun. Primitive, lol....I think I shall call most of my sewing projects that as well! :)

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  32. Hi Pamela. I found you via Elaine at Arctic View. I thought I'd pop over and check out your blog. I LIKE it! I love that you just came up with a notion to do a painting and then DID it! Turned out quite well! I enjoyed visiting your blog and I believe I'll sign up to follow. I invite you over to my blog as well, and to follow along if you like.
    Mona

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  33. Hi Pam
    The pumpkin centrepiece is nice and if Murray reads your blog like my husband does, maybe the wished for box will appear sometime soon?
    Great painting, nice to express one's self in some sort of medium, isn't it? I used to draw with pastels (kinda like crayons) many years ago but haven't tried it recently. Perhaps you'll be inspired to take up a new hobby.
    Happy Thanksgiving.
    Judith

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  34. Your Fall table center piece is wonderful. Great job on your first painting. My mother in law didn't start to paint till well into her 60's and she did some amazing paintings, in fact, all but 1 or 2 paintings in our house were done by her.

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  35. That's a beautiful fall centerpiece! I had no idea you painted. Coming from someone who is completely untalented, I think it awesome!

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  36. Hello Pamela, Your fall decorations are beautifully arranged and your home will be so welcoming for your Thanksgiving guests. Hope you have a very happy Thanksgiving!

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  37. Too much fun, painting or waiting for it. I think you did a pretty good job, the likeness shines through. I like your leaf garland you found in Maine, the berries are a good add.

    Let me know how you convinced the table box to get built. I love the one you have now and it really sets off on the barn board. Who would have thought 36 years later, no kidding, and you gave it all away, have a look on etsy at the cost of barn board, lol. I think I saw it there once for sale.

    I have to ask if those are walnuts?

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  38. Gorgeous centrepiece, some of the colours in those leaves are just breathtaking. Your painting is far better than anything I could manage, and surely by calling it 'primitive' you could stick a hefty price tag on it!

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