Words of late artist Frank Howell...I totally relate!


"There are few days off and no retirement from this entanglement of knowledge, passion and vision that will be molded and converted into creative expression. There are no guarantees of acceptance, understanding or reward, but...the noise inside the mind never ceases. I will paint today, tonight and for as many tomorrows as I am given..." Words of the late artist Frank Howell...

Sunday, May 25, 2014

Sunday Afternoon with Fabulous Crenshaw Farms Daylilies & Painting for Literacy

I spent a very relaxing Sunday afternoon at one of our upper Baldwin County area gems- Crenshaw Farms- THE place for daylilies. (Check them out here on facebook.)  I have always wanted to spend some time there, under the massive oak trees, with my art supplies, enjoying the flowers, and painting.  I did exactly that, and it was for a good cause.  You see, we were raising funds for our North Baldwin Literacy Council. Each artist just did their thing, and people looked over our shoulders as we painted, and then made offers on our work.  (I'm happy to report that mine sold!  I actually had a couple of people wanting it, so that was good for the fundraising effort.)  We plan to make it an annual event that will take place the last Sunday in May. I'm already making plans for next year!

Sunday was the perfect day for such an event, as the daylilies were in full bloom, and they were a glorious sight to behold!  We also enjoyed blue skies and a gentle breeze. Perfection.  I walked around with the camera a little before I sat down with the charcoal and pastels.  Here is a taste of this beautiful piece of paradise...










   
















If you get a chance to visit lower Alabama, this should be on your list of "must see places" before you leave!   Plan to spend a couple of hours- it will be hard to decide which daylilies want to come home with you!  And, after browsing the lilies in our hot Alabama summer, you will appreciate the icy cold air conditioning that greets you just inside the antiques shop, also on the premises. You can cool off inside and do a little shopping while they wrap your daylily purchase outside.... and before you hit the road again, you just might want to linger a while longer on the comfortable shaded porch, underneath those oak trees.   When you go, just be sure to tell Dianne that Judy sent you.

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Photographs of the artist's work should have been shared here also... Unfortunately, my camera batteries died as I was taking the pics of the farm and daylilies (before we started painting), and I didn't have back-up batteries.  Oops...these things happen sometimes.  Next year, I will make sure to check that little detail.


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6 comments:

  1. Looks like a place that I need to get to. Thanks for sharing it with all of us. Congrats on the sale of your painting.

    Blessings,
    Linda

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  2. I don't think I have ever seen quite that many different day-lilies all together at once. They are stunning.

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    1. That's what I thought too, Beth! There were many more, maybe hundreds. They create new hybrids there at the farm, and some of them are so exotic looking. I plan to do more artwork, using these photographs as models.
      Thank you for taking time to leave a comment!
      Judy

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  3. What a beautiful place! Gorgeous daylilies!~ I do appreciate you sharing with A Return to Loveliness,
    Kathy

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    1. ...and, thank you, Kathy, for hosting these wonderful parties so that we have great places to share!
      Judy

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  4. I would surely love to visit here! I do appreicate you sharing with Home and Garden Thursday,
    Kathy

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