Friday Farm Favorites: Up, Up, Up…

Daffodils! Green Hill Farm 2018   I love this time of year as winter starts thinking about transitioning to spring.  The days are warming up, the daffodils are coming up, the pastures are greening up…and my mood starts lifting up.  I know we’re not completely done with winter, yet.  But, I sure am grateful for this wonderfully warm weather.  And, […]

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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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The Weekly Bleat: Sheep Thrills

Sheep Thrills Italian Non-Vintage Red Blend and 2016 Pinot Grigio   A couple of weeks ago, I was grocery shopping at our local Kroger when I spotted these whimsical wine labels featuring sheep attached to parachutes with the name, Sheep Thrills.  Although I didn’t know anything about the brand of wine, the bottles were too cute to pass up, so I bought […]

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Art & The Vine: La Cite du Vin & The Wines of Bordeaux

La Cité Du Vin Glass bell jars emitting aromas, interactive maps loaded with video-game technology, and sleek tasting rooms…Welcome to Bordeaux’s new Cité du Vin, which mayor Alain Juppé has proclaimed a “Guggenheim to wine.” Devoted to the history of wine civilization, the Cité du Vin is a glorious, high-tech immersion in the world’s wine cultures. There are 19 sections […]

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Tuesday Tunes: Peaceful Skies

Green Hill Farm February 2018   I often listen to Pandora’s symphonic music station while I’m in my makeshift art studio.  It’s relaxing and helps my right brain to engage while I’m working on a painting.  Last Sunday, I heard the beautiful “Flower Duet” from Lakmé—a three-act opera composed by Léo Delibes between 1881 and 1882 and based on a […]

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Tuesday Tunes: In the Valley

“Simple Gifts” written by Elder Joseph   ‘Tis the gift to be simple, ’tis the gift to be free ‘Tis the gift to come down where we ought to be, And when we find ourselves in the place just right, ‘Twill be in the valley of love and delight. When true simplicity is gained, To bow and to bend we shan’t be ashamed, To turn, turn will be our delight, Till by turning, turning we come ’round right.   Originally, a Shaker hymn, this music was mostly unknown outside Shaker communities until Aaron Copland composed its melody for the score of Martha Graham’s ballet, “Appalachian Spring” which premiered in 1944.  Copland was awarded the 1945 Pulitzer Prize for Music for his achievement; however, when he began his award winning ballet score in 1942, he couldn’t have foreseen that it would become one of the most inspiring and symbolic works of the century.              

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