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Independence Grove

Independence Grove

One of the preserves in my area was formerly a gravel pit, if I’m remembering that correctly. They shaped it and let it fill with water, and planted the hills around it with native seed. Now people walk and jog around the lake, or fish along its shoreline.

This is a large canvas, 24″x36″. As I gaze at the image here, I am remembering that a few months ago I felt I had room for some new activities in my life. Isn’t that hilarious? I should have known all I had to do was wait a bit. Sure enough, events rushed in. My husband broke his foot. It is a bad break, one that takes months to heal. No weight on it. He can’t drive. Suddenly, I’m very busy! Also my little dog needs to have surgery on his knee. I’d hoped to put that off a bit but he is limping more now so it is time. Two patients at the same time! I suppose the heat wave we have plunged into is a good thing in a way, because it is much easier to convince Pete that walking is not such a great idea right now. When this is all over the 3 of us will be hitting the trails together. In the mean time, I’ll content myself with painting the trails I long to visit.

31 thoughts on “Independence Grove

  1. Be careful not to injure yourself, too.

    1. Thanks Jim~you’re right, that would be beyond terrible!

  2. Today really is kinda muggy for a hike. Sorry for the patients, hope everyone recovers quickly, and you can all hit the trail again soon.
    It’s a beautiful painting, idyllic – – is the blue along the shore = marsh iris?

    1. It is! Yay, you could tell! πŸ™‚ I’m trying to paint more loosely and wondered whether the plants I was thinking of would still be evident. Thank you Robert!
      Yeah, it is pretty hot out there. In here, too, with our A/C out but I have a big fan and a stack of library books πŸ™‚ The furry patient is sacked out beside me and the tall one hobbled off to his office today so he must be feeling better.

  3. This is so charming and a calming, peaceful scene, Melissa. The light and vibrancy shines through in your artistry so, so beautifully!

    1. That is such a nice thing to say, Pete. Thank you for making my day!

  4. Beautiful! Sorry you are House-bound as a nurse, but very glad you have plenty to occupy yourself with. What a resource.

    1. Thank you Ali! Ha, yeah, I don’t mind it as much as I would have when I was younger. πŸ˜€

  5. Your painting is beautiful, Melissa. I hope your husband and your little dog heal quickly.

    1. Thank you so much, Val! I hope they do, too πŸ™‚

  6. The curving shoreline is beautiful – it opens up the landscape. I like everything about this painting.

    1. Thank you for your wonderful, kind comment, Tom.

  7. Beautiful colours! Life has a way of filling up those gaps – space for new activities. You end up glad of a dull life because “excitement” usually equals hassles. I hope both husband and dog heal soon, and i suspect I know who will be the better patient!

    1. Thanks, Emma!
      You are so right, and anything that forces us out of our studios isn’t welcome.

  8. Patience with the patients, as they say.

    Maybe someday we’ll get to join you at Independence Grove.

    1. For sure. I’d love that! It is a pretty manicured spot, not what you were looking for at the time, but still pretty cool.
      Paul keeps mentioning the possibility of a trip to Texas so I keep my fingers crossed that one day I can come visit you down there.

      1. Sure, any time you want. There are some good nature places we could visit.

      2. Some day!

  9. I think this one is my current favorite of all the paintings I’ve seen of yours. It’s so vibrant and cheerful and colorful. I feel some of your longing to be out there in it! Hoping your patients recover well and soon!

    1. Thank you Gunta! What a lovely compliment.
      The furry patient was up a tree this morning, crying. I’m glad he cried for help rather than jumping, this time. What a little mischief. The temps are in the 60’s today and the world looks so much better to me today!

  10. Wow, when it rains, it pours… hang in there!

    1. Haha, yeah, it sure does. But the temps have cooled, the air conditioner guy is here, and I have coffee and a little dog at my side so I’ll make it! πŸ˜€

  11. Hard to hit the like button, but the painting is lovely!

    I’m sorry about Hubby, and Pete! I hope both heal sooner than expected, and are good patients. It’s so hard to down when one to be doing for oneself, and doing normal things!

    I hope you’re taking care of you too, and resting, and painting in between patient care.

    Stay cool! It’s supposed to top 100Β°F here this week-end. I’ll be out early to beat it. Fingers crossed.

    1. Thank you for you kind comments, Deborah! Gosh, over a 100 where you are? That’s awful. I hope you are successful in beating the heat and finding great inspiration. Is that normal for where you are? We topped 100 a few days ago and are now luxuriating in 63 degrees and rain. Well. I am. I suppose most people don’t like this! πŸ™‚

      1. It’s a little early for this kind of heat. In Aug and early Sept we can get a heat wave like this.
        I can’t recall where this heatwave is coming from, but the sea breeze is due back Sunday bring relief.

        I guess this is Summer’s way of saying I’m here! Spring is gone! πŸ˜€

  12. I want to float in the water and look at the flowers and the blue sky, Melissa. Sorry to hear about your challenges. I hope the three of you will get to hike together again soon!
    Best wishes,

    1. What a lovely sentiment, Tanja! I love it when people want to be in my paintings. πŸ™‚
      As to my patients, I’ve decided not to put my dog through the surgery. I have seen many dogs hop through life with no evidence of pain, whereas I know the surgery will cause pain. I’d do it if I thought he was suffering. Hubby is healing, slow but sure.

      1. I think it is important to follow your intuition. The option to do surgery will still be there at a future date, if necessary. I wish everybody a speedy recovery.

  13. When I read about your circumstances, I remembered a saying that’s been around for a while: “Life is what happens while you’re busy making other plans.” I visited the Quote Investigator, to see if he’d explored the saying. Indeed he has, and you can read the entire post here, if you like.

    But what really amused me was the introduction to his exploration. A reader had sent in this comment and query:

    “Dear Quote Investigator:

    Recently, a medical emergency threw all my carefully constructed plans into complete disarray. I was reminded of a remarkably astute and ruefully humorous saying credited to the musical superstar John Lennon: ‘Life is what happens to you while you’re busy making other plans.’ When did he say this? Was he the first to express this idea?”

    Lennon wasn’t the first, but no matter. The truth still stands. I suppose no matter what we’re experiencing, someone else, somewhere in the world, is coping with similar circumstances. Welcome to the human condition!

    I’m just glad to see your updates — that healing is taking place, that you’ve come to a decision about the surgery, and that you’re painting visions of your future while you wait. The colors in this painting are so soothing, and I really do like the curve of the bank. When restoration work like this takes place, it’s good to have artists like you recording and interpreting what’s been done.

    1. You’ve delighted me with your thoughts this morning. Thank you! I love what you said about artists recording things. I remember being so impressed when I learned that scientists keep an eye on Venice by studying old paintings and comparing them to present conditions, and I think that is in my mind when I choose what to paint.

    2. Its fun to think that John Lennon said this. How extraordinary things turned out for those 4 boys! Life here is going along wonderfully now. I’m so happy I don’t have to put my little dog through surgery. My husband is getting very tired of requiring a chauffeur but his bone is healing nicely. Not only that, but temps are staying under 90 so I’m very happy!

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