The Weekly Bleat: Speaking Through Art

As someone who has worked with children who have a diagnosis of autism, I was especially moved and inspired by Blake Henkel’s story.  Blake is a young man from High Point, North Carolina.  While he has limited communication due to an autism diagnosis, he expresses himself beautifully and powerfully through his artwork.  Not only does Blake Henkel enjoy painting, but he is also a prolific and successful artist.  I hope you’ll take a few minutes to listen to his story, appreciate his lovely, vibrant art…and be inspired. 🙂 See Henkel’s story in this edition of Roy’s Folks.  The link is below.    http://myfox8.com/2018/01/24/local-man-with-autism-a-prolific-painter/

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Tuesday Tunes: Good Vibrations

I don’t know what it’s like where you live, but it’s 75 degrees F. and sunny here.  And, it feels a lot like springtime.  So, I thought this lovely artwork and upbeat tune would go well with the sunshine and warm breezes we’re enjoying today…and, hopefully, raise your vibration. 😉   Edward Hopper American, 1882–1967 Ground Swell 1939 Oil on […]

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Painting Inspiration

I’ve been taking art classes on and off for a couple of years. And, I really enjoy painting from my own photographs; however, my art teacher as well as others have suggested that I also paint the old masters (e.g. Claude Monet) and other works of art that I admire.  These art studies are for educational purposes only and allow […]

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It’s Never Too Late…

Farmgirl 2017 RdV Vineyards Delaplane, Virginia   If someone asked me five years ago what I’d be doing today, I really don’t think my answer would have included writing a blog, taking art classes/painting, and pursuing my WSET (Wine and Spirit Education Trust based in London) Level 3 Award in Wines and Spirits.  But, here I am. Five years ago, […]

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Tuscan Landscape

“The Creator made Italy from designs by Michelangelo.” ~Mark Twain     “Tuscan Landscape,” 14 x 18 acrylic on gallery wrapped canvas by Tonya R. Hengerer   Farmguy and I celebrated our 20th anniversary in Tuscany this year, and I believe Mark Twain’s quote is spot on, because I took over 1000 photographs during our short time there.  Everywhere I […]

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Tuesday Tunes: A Girl Like You

Birth of Venus  by Sandro Botticelli, 1486 Uffizi Gallery Florence, Italy         Liberty of Poetry by Pio Fedi, 1870 Santa Croce Florence, Italy   Atop playwright Giovanni Battista Niccolini’s tomb in the basilica of Santa Croce is a statue remarkably similar to New York’s Statue of Liberty. Both depict a woman in neoclassical robes with a crown of […]

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Aperture

  A friend recently asked me to post a black and white photo for seven days on social media.  A few of the photos here were contenders, but didn’t make the final cut.  Anyway, since I took the time to participate, I thought I would share my collection plus a few extras here as well.  

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The Weekly Bleat: Virginia Artists

I love farm animals.  So, you won’t be surprised to learn that I also appreciate artwork that features these sweet creatures.  Over the years, I’ve collected a number of beautiful, whimsical, and funky pieces from local artists.  These lovely works of art never fail to bring cheer and a smile every time I see them.  I hope they’ll make you […]

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