Tuesday, January 22, 2013


Hi Everyone!

I'm taking a special trip soon to visit my very best friend! We are celebrating a milestone in her life of 65 years and who better to celebrate it with than family and your very best friend.  We've been friends for 38 years so that makes us family! 

 To surprise her I've been working on these little paintings.  

To Live Simply With Purpose & Gratitude
I've chosen a graphic Spoon (Knife and Fork are on the sides) to represent my friend's gourmet cooking skills. She is self taught and one of the best cooks I know! The graphics are from The Graphics Fairy.  I've included a poem written by Henry Van Dyke "A Mile With Me", you can find it here. My friend and I have walked many "miles" together in our years of friendship. And written in purple is one of my favorite quotes (so sorry, I don't know where I got this from, but if you know this quote, please let me know so I may give credit to the author).

Using the KISS (Keep It Simple Suzy) method and the Less Is More theory to paint the Live Simple design, and Yes, it is simple in design, I collaged scrap papers onto the canvas and textured the papers with random stamping and a dab or two of paint. The flowers are freehand and highlighted with Twinkling H20's to give them depth and sparkle. I love the simplicity of this canvas painting. I think my friend will like it too.  

Live Simple. 

There's a new grandson in her life too! So we are celebrating that too! I've known Brody's father since he was 4 years old and I wanted to make something special for his new baby. The inspiration for this little painting for the baby's nursery came when I saw what Ashley was doing over at Lil Blue Boo. 

You can see the multi-talented Ashley Hackshaw's adorable creations over at  http://www.lilblueboo.com/baby!   I'm also working on a quilt for baby Brody but it isn't quite done yet, I'll post pictures of it next time. 

Bee Creative,

Linking to: Paint Party Friday; lilbluebooSew Many Ways


Linda said...

These gifts are wonderful, and I'm sure your friend will love them. Have a nice day celebrating with your friend. Linda E.

Anne Payne said...

Give Bonnie a big hug for me! As always, you art is spectacular :) Love you, sis!

Suzy said...

Thank you Linda and Anne for your sweet comments and for stopping by. I'm doing a happy dance in anticipation of my weekend fun with my best friend! :-)

freckled laundry said...

You are so creative! Lovely collages. I love the little celebration gifts for your friend...and that little painting for baby is just too adorable. I hope you had a wonderful time.

A fellow follower of the KISS rule. ;)