I started this blog over 11 years ago with the intention of encouraging me to paint daily and then ultimately market the results. I had a huge desire to commit to improving my art, and that discipline of painting daily was a proven way to reach that ...

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"Now or Never" - 5 new articles

  1. I started this blog over 11 years ago wi...
  2. Tilt-a-whirl - "Of Mice and Men"
  3. Quilting - back to the Sewing Machine
  4. Mule Buddy 2 - by Debbie Grayson Lincoln
  5. Tiptoe Through the Tulips - still life by Debbie Grayson Lincoln
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I started this blog over 11 years ago wi...

I started this blog over 11 years ago with the intention of encouraging me to paint daily and then ultimately market the results. I had a huge desire to commit to improving my art, and that discipline of painting daily was a proven way to reach that goal. It evolved into an occasional social commentary, a sharing of our farm and a way to communicate with my family.  My mother loved the blogs, especially those that included reports on the cows, horses or chickens. I also quoted a Bible verse that somehow seemed appropriate for that day's report.
Sadly, my mother passed away this past June, after complications from diverticulitis. However, I still find myself thinking about writing to her in this blog and being impatient to hear what she thought of the day's commentary. She ALWAYS gave her opinion, and it was usually favorable. She was my biggest fan and rarely wasted any time before telling everyone she met about her artist daughter.
I can thank her for bringing me back to quilting.
The year before Momma died was spent on doctor visits, hospital stays and recovery at her house, home health visits and a routine of me encouraging her to eat and keep moving...with her continuing reassurance that she was fine. Not wanting to be a "burden" she became quite good at concealing her growing weakness and deterioration. She was determined to stay in her home and I promised I would do everything in my power to keep her there.
I stayed at her house frequently. I could not paint there, BUT I COULD SEW! So I set up my sewing machine snd sew I did - over 10 quilts and sampler quilts - which delighted her.
Just like painting, there are as many varied techniques and designs and materials associated with quilting and I am exploring many of them.
This little quilt is  a result of "string piecing" using a 10" paper template and a variety of scraps from other projects. And again I have free-style machine quilted it on my sewing machine. I know Momma would approve.

Nodp
    

Tilt-a-whirl - "Of Mice and Men"

I am having the absolute BEST time dyeing fabrics and trying out new techniques and patterns. Surfing images that other quilters have posted is a great way to get inspiration. I never use a pattern although I frequently doodle on graft paper with colored pencils. Often, however, the final product looks nothing like the original drawing...rather like life, I suspect.
"The best laid schemes o’ Mice an’ Men 
          Gang aft agley.."  nodp
from "to a Mouse" by Robert Burns


    

Quilting - back to the Sewing Machine

Wow. I cannot believe it's been over a year since I last posted on my blog. Time has certainly flown, and for those of you who have been concerned, let me put your kind hearts at rest. I am fine; my kids are fine; my GRANDKIDS (all 3 of them!) are WONDERFUL, and my sweet hubby is, too. 
However, one of the reasons for my lack of time to paint and post here, has joined my Daddy in Heaven. My sweet Momma, the head of the Debbie Grayson Lincoln Fan Club, passed away this past June.
You may remember that she fought and won her battle with colon and lung cancer 4 years ago. However, diverticulitis reared its ugly head and ultimately took her out. I was with her when she breathed her last and joined my Daddy. She leaves a huge hole in my heart that will never be filled, only covered up.
My Momma was one of the main reasons I kept up with this blog - she so enjoyed reading what we were up to  -  farm activities as well as my painting.
So, you may ask, "What HAVE you been doing" and I will tell you.
While I was caring for Momma in Dallas, I had my sewing machine with me. Setting up my paintings were just way to messy, but I decided to return to one of my other creative loves: QUILTING! It didn't require as much space, I could work at night after putting Momma to bed, and it was something she enjoyed watching me do.
I plan to return to painting, but for now, I thought I would devote some blogs to the quilts I have put together this past year.  This is one of the first I assembled using traditional methods and is hand quilted...I have since been learning to free style machine quilt as well as dye my own fabrics.
Stay tuned!

Nodp
    

Mule Buddy 2 - by Debbie Grayson Lincoln

8 X 8 on Gallery Wrapped Canvas - ready to hang
$150 includes shipping and insurance US

This is my first effort "post first lesson with Nancy Medina".  Here is the way I painted this mule the first time.
I liked this one, but I REALLY like this second effort.  I have several other paintings I plan to "re-paint" using Nancy's paint palette and techniques. The challenge to teach this old dog some new tricks is on...
Rain is in the forecast this week...fingers crossed. I will be painting either way. It will be too hot or wet. Both conditions will be adequate excuses to keep me in the studio!
Then the Lord said to Moses, “I will rain down bread from heaven for you. The people are to go out each day and gather enough for that day. In this way I will test them and see whether they will follow my instructions.








If you are interested in this painting, click here to send me an email. I accept checks and Paypal. I can also arrange LAYAWAY. To view my latest paintings on Daily Painters go HERE. To view a wealth of OTHER Texas Artists, enjoy THIS site!
    

Tiptoe Through the Tulips - still life by Debbie Grayson Lincoln

16 X 16 Oil on Canvas
Check with artist for availability
I don't attend many painting workshops, and when I do, it's usually with artists that like to paint the same subject matter that I enjoy painting. I have known Nancy Medina since we both started painting daily nearly 10 years ago. She paints floral sill lifes that fairly explode off the canvas with color. She recently offered an on-line painting workshop to share her "secrets" and skills. The advantage of this is that I can "paint with Nancy" any time I wish, since all the lessons are pre-recorded and available at any time over the course of the next 12 months.
This painting is the result of "Lesson 1" and I learned quite a lot - and all of it I can apply to my western paintings!  Tomorrow I will post two little paintings of a mule - one that I painted last year and one that I just completed after my first lesson. I can tell a difference...see if you can, too!
This has been an excellent time for me to be staying in the studio. It is beastly hot in Texas, the cows and their calves are grazing at night and staying in the shade during the day, and most of Texas is in the old familiar "praying for rain survival" mode.  It was 104 today. The only veggies left to pick in the garden are some unhappy, split tomatoes, bushels of butternut squash, and soy beans (edamame). One lone late blooming peach tree that escaped the last spring frost is delighting me every morning with a half dozen peaches which I eat right off the tree while watching the horses and cows. There are a few pleasures reserved for July in Texas....
We have escaped like a bird from the fowler’s snare; the snare has been broken, and we have escaped.





If you are interested in this painting, click here to send me an email. I accept checks and Paypal. I can also arrange LAYAWAY. To view my latest paintings on Daily Painters go HERE. To view a wealth of OTHER Texas Artists, enjoy THIS site!
    

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