“The Storm is Almost Over” Acrylic on Canvas 22 x 30

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“Be still, sad heart, and cease repining;
Behind the clouds is the sun still shining;
Thy fate is the common fate of all,
Into each life some rain must fall,
Some days must be dark and dreary.” ~Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

It’s a rainy, dark day here in NC.  I actually started this painting yesterday with a totally different painting and painted over it today.  I like how it seems the emerging sky is taking place (behind the clouds the sun is still shining)…Again my iphone takes sucky blurred pictures – it looks clearer in person…:-)

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Snow Day in Raleigh

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Similar to the rest of the US, we’ve experienced an usually cold and snowy winter here so the locals tell me. They aren’t prepared to handle an inch never mind the 6 or so we got on top of ice last Wednesday and Thursday. The roads were a mess – slushy and icy – with patches of black ice. Cars spun out of control all over the highways and local roads.

This painting actually started out as a spring flower arrangement! I’ll get there.

Back to Reality

Well, after 5 months of unemployment, I’m starting a new job at the beginning of the year!  I’m very happy to be getting back to work but will miss the time that I’ve had with my husband.  We would definitely be great candidates for the shuttle mission!  🙂

We will be moving to the Raleigh, North Carolina area and are already packing things up to bring down to the storage facility in MA where all of our things will be brought down once we find a new place to live.

Unfortunately, I had to pack up my paints and other painting materials yesterday and am already going through withdrawals.  I have been so lucky during this time to have discovered that I have a love and talent for abstract painting.  I plan to continue painting and have wild ideas of displaying my art in a gallery in NC somewhere 🙂

I also have an embryo of an idea to bring abstract painting into the corporate world!  I’ll be working on a training program that I believe I can weave in an abstract painting class to help people open up their creative side – many of us in the corporate world are focused on the analytical, left side of the brain and the benefits I see from tapping into the right side of the brain are endless 🙂

I will continue to post in 2014 and sharing my work but it will be a while between moving, getting settled and starting the new job.

Thanks to all of you who have decided to follow me or liked some of my paintings.  It’s encouraged me more than you can know!

All the best and have a healthy and prosperous 2014!

Sandra