Apple Time

Eventually you will come to realize that love heals everything, and love is all there is.
— Gary Zukav

I enjoyed painting this still life of apples. It took a while to get the values I wanted. But I think it came out great. Have a apple today. Remember, An Apple a Day Keeps the Doctor Away. Sounds good anyway : )

Happy Friday Everyone!!!!

Prints and cards of this painting are available at http://www.gracie-hampton.artistwebsites.com


Pear and Grapes

If you wish to experience peace, 
provide peace for another.
— Dalai Lama

Pears have become one of favorite fruits. When I was growing up, I didn't like them at all. We had two pear trees and my Mom would make pear jelly out of them. Now I think I would appreciate it more if I had a little pear jelly on my toast!

Prints and cards of this painting are available at http://www.gracie-hampton.artistwebsites.com.


Lively Magnolia

I painted this pretty flower from several reference photos as a watercolor. 
Magnolias always have the sweetest smells. They are very abundant in the South.

Prints and Cards can be found in various sizes at http://www.gracie-hampton.artistwebsites.com 


Your Beliefs

Stack'em Up. Watercolor 7x10.

Your belief determines your action 
and your action determines your results, 
but first you have to believe.
— Marc Victor Hansen


Worth Repeating

Pink Tulips by Gracie ©2014

Love is patient and kind. 
Love is not jealous or boastful or proud or rude. 
It does not demand its own way. 
It is not irritable, and it keeps no record of being wronged. 
It does not rejoice about injustice 
but rejoices whenever the truth wins out. 
Love never gives up, never loses faith, is always hopeful, and endures through every circumstance.


Monday's Assignment

Life is Good
Enjoy the Little Things!
Happy Monday :)



Poppy Study. Gracie ©2014. 9x11. When I see Poppies, I think of Playfulness. Always thinking in the Positive. Yesterday was my daughter birthday. She is somewhat like the Poppy ... playful and positive.

To laugh often and much; to win the respect of intelligent persons and the affections of children; to earn the approbation of honest critics and endure the betrayal of false friends; to appreciate beauty; to find the best in others; to give one's self; to leave the world a little better, whether by a healthy child, a garden patch, or a redeemed social condition; to have played and laughed with enthusiasm, and sung with exultation; to know even one life has breathed easier because you have lived ... this is to have succeeded.

                                                                                                  —Ralph Waldo Emerson


Friday's Assignment

My Poppy Study. Watercolor. Gracie ©2014. 

It's not who you are that keep's you back, 
it's who you think you're not. 
So start believing in yourself!



A watercolor painting i'm working on. I love the Lotus flower. The flower always looks so clean and pure against the background of a somewhat dirty pond. Purity and beauty is the meaning of the Lotus flower. Mysterious should be added. At night the lotus closes its flowers and sank into the water only to bloom in the morning.

Opportunities are found by those who look for them! The bee has a sting but honey too...
so look at every negative 
and make a positive out of it.