Adirondacks in August

Winslow Homer | 1836-1910 | Adirondacks Guide
Transparent watercolor with touches of opaque watercolor, rewetting, blotting and scraping, over traces of graphite, on thick, moderately textured, ivory wove paper (top edge trimmed)
329 x 545 cms | 129 1/2 x 214 1/2 ins
Art Institute of Chicago | Chicago | United

Today, I was inspired by Whiteface Mountain Castle, completed in 1937, and the panoramic views from the summit,   which Winslow witnessed not. I ♥ New York..

Lake Placid from Whiteface Mountain in Wilmington, NY

Raquette Lake, NY | August 15, 2022

Paddle your way into the great unknown.

Dahlia pinnatas by Blue Mtn Lake, Adirondacks | photograph

Dahlia pinnatas by Blue Mtn. Lake, Adirondacks | Watercolor | August 11, 2022

Shower in the boathouse @ Raquette Lake, NY | August 10, 2022

Read me | August 9, 2022


Castle Rock | Blue Mtn Lake, NY | August 8, 2022

♪ This is My Father’s World ♪
“This is My Father’s world
and to my listening ears
all nature sings and round me rings
the music of the spheres”
// “This is My Father’s World” Maltbie D. Babcock

Moon & Fireworks over Raquette Lake, NY | August 7, 2022

♪ It took a miracle to put the stars in place
it took a miracle to hang the world in space
but when he saved my soul cleansed and made me whole
it took a miracle of love and grace ♪
// “It Took a Miracle” John W. Peterson

Raquette Lake. New York | August 4, 2022

Cloud by day and the fire by night

Blue seascape | August 3, 2022

Monochromatic color schemes use a single color with varying shades and tints to produce a consistent look and feel.

Raquette Lake, NY | August 2, 2022

A rainfall of sailboats

Sunset over Raquette Lake | August, 2022

Sunset over Racquet Lake, NY

Well July’s Here

Keller Blue 17 | Caiden Finn’s 15th birthday today

Mamaw Summers pet peacock

Mamaw Summers 90th birthday

Atlanta Braves v/s LA Angels | Truist Park, Atlanta| July 24, 2022

Moose under painting | watercolor on 300lb cold pressed paper | watercolor workshop with Dylan Pierce | 7/21-22/2022

Joaquin Sorolla y Bastida
Spanish Impressionist painter
Guitarist, Valencia
33.6 x 49.7 cms | 13 x 19 1/2 ins
Oil on canvas
Museo Sorolla
Madrid | Spain

“Well, I never heard of anybody payin’ money to hear a guitar player. “ // Elvis in Jailhouse Rock Musical, 1957

Snorkeling | Manatee Springs | Chiefland, Florida, July 11-18, 2022

Bouquet | July 7, 2022 | 5″ x 5″  | graphite on mixed media paper

4th of July Firework | 2022

    Common Milkweed Wildflower |Smells like Hyacinth flowers | Attracts Monarch Butterfly | July 2, 2022



Manatee Fountain

Manatee Springs, Florida

Manatee Springs as described by William Bartram, July 1774

Having borrowed a canoe from some Indians, I visited a very great and most beautiful fountain or spring which boils up from between the hills about 300 yards from the river.

Throwing up great quantities of white small pieces of shells and white shell rock which, glittering through the limped eliment as they rise to the surface, subside and fall again roundabout on every side.

The basin of the fountain is nearly round and about 100 yards in circumference, the banks around about of a moderate steep assent cover’d with broken white shell and the water gradually deepens to the center of the fountain, where it is many fathoms deep.

The fountain is full of fish and alegators and at great depth in the water appear as plain as if they were close at hand.

The creek that runs from this immence fountain is above 20 yards wide and runs very swift into the river, carying its sea green transparent waters near 100 yards a cross the river.

The depth of the water of the creek 10 or 12 feets – where we see a continual concourse of fish of various kinds such as garr, catfish, mallet, trout, bream of various species, silver fish and pike and the monstrous amphabious maneta: a skeleton of which I saw on the bank of the spring which the Indians had lately killed.

The hills that nearly incompassed the spring were about 15 or 20 yards in height next the river but the land falls away considerably from the top of the hills and becomes a lower flat or nearly level forest of Pine, Oak, Bay, Magnolia and Cabbage trees.

The soil of the hills a loose greyish sandy mold on shelly and limestone rocks. The water of the spring cool and agreeable to drink. The Indians and traders say this fountain vents the waters of the great Alatchua Savanah.

§tacy §weeney

garden beds

First Summer Squash Blossom | May 9, 2022

I grow squash for their beautiful squash blossoms.

Squash Blossom | May 10, 2022

Snail on the edge of the garden bed | May 13, 2022

8 of 16 Summer garden beds weeded and seedlings planted |  4’x8′  | May 31, 2022

Hybrid Miniature Rose Bush | June 6, 2022

Everything’s coming up roses

Multiple squash blossoms | June 21, 2022

Every squash blossom bears fruit.

Eastern Bluebird eggs | June 20, 2022

There was a flutter of wings coming from the stacked cinder block clothesline anchor this morning as I was pinning clothes up to dry.  The small Eastern Bluebird perched on the electric line in front of me as I admired her porcelain blue eggs.

Planetary Parade: Venus – Mars – Jupiter – Crescent Moon | June 21, 2022

Planetary Alignment

Eastern celestial sky dome | June 24, 2022

Southern celestial sky dome | June 24, 2022

Eastern celestial sky dome | June 24, 2022

Southern celestial sky dome | June 24, 2022

Simply point your device at the sky and the app will show you what object you’re looking at.

Planetary Parade

The elusive planet Mercury shone in the morning sky,
and the brilliant planet Venus was sitting nearby,
distant Uranus and Neptune, all approaching their oppositions,
were well placed for observation,
as well as the gas giants Jupiter and Saturn,
known by satellite,
even the dim dwarf planet Pluto
offered sky watchers favorable conditions for viewing

I learned a little chant from the girls at day camp, “girls go to college to get more knowledge, boys go to Jupiter to get more stupider,” but I say some of these girls are stupid because they threw two bluebird eggs out into the field.

DeSota Man Made Lake | June 24, 2022

DeSota Dam | June 24, 2022

It’s high Friday and I’m full of smiles.

Wildflower Mix: Prairie Coneflowers | June 27, 20223

 Wldflowers are tenacious. My garden beds need the sporadic baptism of rain that is in the forecast for the next 10 days. This fortunate turn of events will allow me to snooze.

Long Meadow Farm LLC | December, 2020

Nothing says farm better than a well built barn.

Long Meadow Farm LLC | June 28, 2o22

Across the road is a horse riding ring. One day I’ll ride a horse until it’s shoes fall off.

First Portrait in Oil

Jacques Barenton after Sargent | Oil on Mixed Media Paper | 9″x12″ | June 13, 2022

“You would call and I would answer, and you would yearn for me, your handiwork.”
// Job 14:15, NLT

I can’t stop looking at what I made.
I know God is going to call us out of the grave because God will want to see the things he has made; he wants to see what we’re like.

§tacy §weeney

Jacques Barenton after John Singer Sargent |9’x12′ mixed media paper | June 10, 2022

Artist have been doing it for years. If they can’t do something, they just work around it. I have not painted hair, so I make them all bald. I can’t paint a body, so I just paint a face. When I look into the face of this portrait painting, I see the image of God. It tells more about him than anything I can see.