Sunday, October 14, 2018

Memories of San Miguel de Allende, Acrylic 16x20 by Kelley MacDonald

20x16 Acrylic - "Memories of San Miguel"

I have had this image for a while, and was terrified to start painting it.  Well, OK, I STARTED painting it in July.  Then I had some health issues that kept me away from the easel, then when all better in September I was terrified to mess it up!  Ever do that?  Well, today, after lots and rain and other things getting in the way - I attacked it and... BOOM.  It did everything I needed it to do - seriously, I couldn't even believe it!  
Paula and I had a 'Meet and Greet" this week for our upcoming trip to San Miguel, and it made me realize how MUCH I yearned for those warm beautiful colors to paint.  We still have plenty of time so if you are interested just go to our website and let us know!

ALSO.. today... at the Hingham Community Center I will be painting a live demo with Girls Just Wanna Paint from noon - 4~  I can't tell you how much it would mean for me to have you stop by.  Meet the Girls!  Have a nibble!  I will also have some not-expensive paintings for sale for early Holiday shopping!  I simply LOVE this time of year, don't you?  
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Saturday, September 1, 2018

Hey, Neighbor! 12x6 inch acrylic by Kelley MacDonald

"Hey Neighbor!" 12x6 inch Acrylic

When I was a little girl, my Super Power was that I remembered every single jingle I heard on the radio or TV.  I proudly regaled my poor father and grandfather with one after another, getting applause (I think I see the problem here) after each one.  It seems in the 50's and early 60's everything for sale had a jingle.  Anyway, I don't even remember what the tune to this one is, but Narragansett Lager was local and it was the beer of choice (ok, there was always someone who came from 'away' and would drink Schlitz). I wonder what those men (and women) would think if they looked in the chilled beer section now!  Pumpkin beer, apple beer, lemon, every flavor you can think of with every crazy name to go along with it!
This month in Girls Just Wanna Paint our topic was 'local'.  So... here's my local beer.... the motto was 'Hey Neighbor, Have a 'Gansett!"
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Wednesday, July 4, 2018

3 Little Blue Birds, 6x12, Acrylic by Kelley Carey MacDonald

"3 Little Blue Birds", 6x12 Acrylic by Kelley MacDonald
$200 plus FREE Shipping
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I bought these 3 little porcelain birds at Brimfield Antiques Fair a few years ago.  I love the shape of sparrows, and they just make me happy.  I keep them on a window ledge, like they are looking out.  I have painted them individually and together before, and each time I feel I 'know' them better. I also bought a set for a good friend, as we are both so fond of nature, birds and, well, every other animal.  Looking at them brings me peace.  I am sending this peace out to you.  Please be careful and enjoy the 4th of July.

Artist quote: 
"Art attracts us only by what it reveals of our most secret self." - Jean-Luc Godard

And please visit our website about our open Workshop in San Miguel de Allende in late February 2019.  It is a beautiful, peaceful, inspiring place to paint and I would love to share it with you.  Simply click HERE.
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Sunday, July 1, 2018

Calm Morning In Maine, 8x6 in acrylic by Kelley Carey MacDonald

"Calm Morning In Maine" 8x6 Acrylic by Kelley Carey MacDonald
$150 Plus FREE shipping
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Our GirlsJustWannaPaint topic for this month was "CALM".  Who can't use some of THAT?  I have photographed this buoy for years at our painting retreat in Maine - something about that orange/pink buoy bobbing gently in the water just does it for me. I really enjoyed doing the 'push and pull' of the lights and darks in the water, and I intentionally abstracted the foliage on the far shore.  
As the 4th of July approaches - I wish for all of you a sense of pride, joy and CALM.  :D

Today my art quote is:
Painting is a language which cannot be replaced by another language.  I don't know what to say about what I paint, really.  - Balthus

To learn more about my upcoming painting workshop I'll be giving in San Miguel de Allende, Mexico in February, 2019, click HERE

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Sunday, June 24, 2018

Molly's Flowers, 6x12, Acrylic by Kelley Carey MacDonald

Molly's Flowers, 6x12 Acrylic.  $195 to purchase - shoot me an email at if interested. Free Shipping.

Well I am back from my annual painting trip to Maine - and what an adventure it was!  First, let me say that I REMEMBERED to pack the martini glasses, the Vodka, and the limes - but I FORGOT my painting bag!  So... misadventure after mishap got my paints mailed to me and I received them on Thursday night.  My wonderful painting buddies lent me oils, and I dared to try gouache - only I bought cheap paints because I ALREADY have a nice set of gouache (which is opaque watercolor paint) at home.  Here's a lesson - no paint at all is better than cheap paint.  This week I'll share some of the paintings I managed to do, but it was a wonderful regenerative, restorative and relaxing week with dance-till-your-legs ache friends! I sketched a lot and thought a lot and I think maybe it was IN THE CARDS that I not paint so ferociously last week.

This little painting was done on my daughter's screened in porch. It can be yours for $195 if you email me at   I was babysitting my grand dog and grand cat and was on a high from getting our tickets for the San Miguel Painting Workshop and also our room - Paula and I are having such fun planning this!  Find out about it and see if you can join us Feb. 26 - March 1, 2019 in San Miguel de Allende, Mexico.  All medium, all levels.  Check it out HERE. Pin It

Tuesday, June 5, 2018

A Couple Of Little Things....

"Gerbera & Statice" 6x6, Acrylic on Archival Board
$150 with Free Shipping

Though I'm not doing small Daily Paintings I still love to paint small every once in a while, and so infrequently these will be available here on the blog.  What I am thrilled with in this painting is the looseness of the brushwork - expressive but believable.  I was very inspired by a wonderful friend, Lisa Daria Kennedy for this, and I was teaching a class where we studied her work and then painted.  I HAVE raised my 6x6 inch prices - but I have not raised them in over 10 years and I feel my skill level and experience warrants this.  Plus, I'm offering free shipping for about 6 months, so it should help!

Today my quote that I love about art is:
"If I could say it in words, there would be no need to paint it." - Edward Hopper

For information on the February 2018 workshop I will be leading with Paula Villanova in beautiful San Miguel de Allende, Mexico, please click HERE
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Friday, June 1, 2018

"Coming Home" 20x16 Acrylic by Kelley Carey MacDonald

"Coming Home" 20x16, Acrylic  $350, email me at if interested.

So.  You know...I HATE when people start sentences with "So..."... but an update - the paintings at the North River Art In The Barn sold like wildfire.  Yay!  Which is great because I am headed north to mid-coast Maine for an annual painting trip at the end of next week!  VERY EXCITED!  Although I will miss everyone at home, it is a week of renewal, relaxing, painting and laughing.  All the artists going have been in the business for a long time and have so much to share.  And we are remote.  I mean... our phones don't work - we have to use the LAND LINE.  Good Grief~!

OK, this painting is for the GirlsJustWannaPaint post for May, the topic being:  Home.  Great topic.  HOWEVER..... I have never really had a 'home' that 'fits' me.  Fits my heart. I am happy enough that my family fits my heart and my pets fill it up too.  But though I am an architecture nut and love furniture, fabric, china, glass and carpets... my own home is not what I would paint.  So  (here I go again...)  I was in this house a while ago and I thought "I could love living here..."  and I snapped a couple of photos.  The people were waiting for the movers to move out of the country so they didn't mind. The floors, the antiques, the huge sunroom, the 2 stairways... yep... just fit me. And I didn't want this painting to be 'nudgey'... all straight lines and exact perspective.  I wanted the 'feel' I got there.  A little wonky.... like me. 

P.S. if there are typos all over this, my orange cat, Harry, kept leaping up and walking ON the keyboard.  I think I got them all.  But he would look SO great in this home....
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Monday, May 21, 2018


This coming weekend is the Festival at North River Arts Society.  I have a painting of a Purple Iris in the Juried Show in the GAR Hall, and 20 paintings in the Art In The Barn, at amazing prices, like the boots shown above.

I will be painting on site Saturday, and working at Art In The Barn Sunday morning, and painting in the afternoon.  I would love to see you - so if you do come, please stop by to say 'hi'!

Also.... on February 26- March 1, 2019, I will be teaching a workshop in San Miguel de Allende, Mexico - think about coming along!

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Friday, March 3, 2017

Shuffling Off To Mexico

It's been nine years, but finally I'm headed back to San Miguel de Allende to paint with my friend Paula Villanova. I will be posting paintings almost daily, such fun! This was a tiny painting from our very first trip there, in 2004. Laundry and flowers on s rooftop terrace. ❤️
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Wednesday, February 1, 2017

Dreamer, 20x20 acrylic by Kelley MacDonald

"Dreamer", 20x20 Acrylic

Today, once again, is Girls Just Wanna Paint blog day!  Our challenge this month was to take a quote and paint your inspiration.  So mine was "Every Great Dream Begins With A Dreamer.  Always Remember You Have Within You The Strength, The Patience And The Passion To Reach For The Stars To Change The World"  by Harriet Tubman.  
It's a quote that I tried to raise my kids by, and I think it's a good thought for everyone.
To see the rest of the responses... click HERE

Also, if you are looking for an acrylic painting class, I'm teaching at Bristol Art Museum in Bristol on Wednesdays.  Starts Feb. 8th, still room! Email me at

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Sunday, January 1, 2017

Happy New Year! "Glaciers" 8x8 Acrylic by Kelley MacDonald

"Glaciers", 8x8 Inch Acrylic

I simply cannot believe it's been a month since I posted.  Yes, we're all busy in December, but this is just wrong!

Do you do Resolutions?  I stopped a few years ago when they seemed to be just wishes.  That I would go gung-ho on for about 3 weeks (or 2, or.. let's be honest, 1week) and then I'd give up.  Well, I'm tired of giving up.  So no more Resolutions, but instead, I'm going to HELP myself be more mindful, be more in the present.  Maybe you don't know how... ummmm DRIVEN I can be, thinking always of the response to the next thing, planning of the next event, the next painting, the next meeting, the next  plan.  It really doesn't seem to serve me!  

So... about my painting life, which is really my life, I'd like to really start now to get some surprising and decent work ready for a show I'll be having (yes... a SOLO show!) in January 2018. I want to do more interiors, more domestic scenes, AND I want to experiment with acrylic paint more, like in "Glaciers", which started out inspired by the wonderful artist Tracey Talbott, in Duxbury, MA.  She brought in some canvases that had tissue paper wetted and attached with gel medium. and I tried it (it didn't come out anywhere near as nice as hers, but it got me thinking... then this topic came up and I thought about the tissue being land masses.  And I added layers and layers of deep clear blues for the 'ocean', and layers of ice-blue, silver and white for the glaciers.  It was a lot of fun!  And it got me thinking about paint another way.  So!  My 2017 hopefully will see more of me just being sunken into the process of painting, realistically AND abstractly.  💙💙💙
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Wednesday, November 30, 2016

Nantucket Dreaming, 6x8 Acrylic Painting by Kelley MacDonald

Nantucket Island.
Is this a place you love?  Isolated, yet close enough... wild, but civilized, sea breezes and cool architecture...  good food, yeah, it's got a lot going for it!
This month Girls Just Wanna Paint had a topic of "Looking Down".  I have always wanted to do some aerial paintings so maybe this will be a jumpstart! You can see the rest of the submissions HERE.

Tonight, the 30th, Wednesday, we will have a little reception for our GirlsJustWannaPaint show at the South Shore Natural Science Center, from 6-8.  And, here, a day late and a dollar short, is my announcement.  Please come by to see our work, come tonight to meet us all and have a sip and nibble 💗

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Friday, October 28, 2016

What A FUN Day!

Last Sunday was the Hingham Arts Walk.  And Girls Just Wanna Paint was there in force.  We were stationed at the Hingham Community Center with a satellite position at Talbots - could it be better?  I doubt it!  
What we did was set up a beautiful still life with gorgeous zinnias, a gift from a wonderful fellow artist, Gail Nathanson, and all of us Girls were in a circle around it, painting it.  We each had a table of our other art, for view and sale, against the walls of the room.  We had cider and delicious cookies, too.  So we got to talk about our work, our methods, our viewpoint and style with the many, many visitors.  
We also got to spread the word about our upcoming show at the South Shore Natural Science Center in Norwell, MA, which goes up November 22.  So much going on!  
My painting, entitled "Zinnia Frenzy" is 10x10 inches on canvas.  It will be at our November show.

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Saturday, October 22, 2016

Something A LITTLE Different, and Hingham Arts Walk

OK, I'll admit it... I've painted probably a hundred donuts, but NEVER a munchkin!  Whaaat? Seriously.  So as a demo in my North River Arts class (that ends this week, boo-hoo - but a new one will start next week!) we started off with a little bit of sweetness for the first class.  They were amazing students. These 3 were mine, the assignment was to paint the same objects in 3 different compositions.  I think my favorite one is the bottom one, with them all in a row.  How about you???They are on paper.  I will bring them to the Hingham ARTS walk tomorrow.

From 12-4 GirlsJustWannaPaint will be stationed at the Hingham Community Center, 70 South Street, Hingham.  We will rotate in and out of Talbots, too!  We'll have tasty sips and nibbles, and we will be painting a still life!  Come on by!  Say 'HI!'

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Wednesday, October 19, 2016

Koi, 6x6 inch Acrylic by Kelley MacDonald

Right now my cup runneth over.  I will share everything bit by bit with you, my blogosphere friends, but for today... my 3 classes are running very well.  Am I just blessed with incredible people signing up for the classes - QUITE POSSIBLY!

I think it's a combination of their talent (which they will, to a person, deny), attitude of openness to the tasks, and their just goodness.  I love the days I teach.  Sometimes my demos make me happy, sometimes not.  Today was a YES day.  As a matter of fact I was going to name this painting "Saying Yes To All the Good".

Does this mean I don't have worries?  HA!  That everything is smooth and I am not agonizing over this friend or that?  NOPE.  (we will not mention politics here, just ART and LOVE) :)  No, but I have been saying YES to a LOT of things, and am sometimes overwhelmed, but... I am receiving back a thousand fold.  So... thanks for following.

I love these little Koi, and will probably paint them BIG.  Ya Think?

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Saturday, September 17, 2016

Busy Prepping for Upcoming Classes!

Let's get our painting groove ON!
In Marshfield, at North River, you can join me for a regular acrylics painting class on Tuesday mornings, or an advanced (exploring mediums - no need to be an 'advanced' painter for this) class on Tuesday afternoons. Starts THIS Tuesday, but you can hop on the wagon for the following week.

Also in BRISTOL, RI, at the Bristol Art Museum, I'd love you to join me on Wednesday afternoons to paint acrylics. To reserve your spot, please sign up soon! :D

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Thursday, August 4, 2016

Oh, Iris, 18x18 inch Acrylic by Kelley MacDonald

This is a rather large one, compared with what I've been posting lately.  I've been allowing myself to paint larger, and more 'painterly' (expressive brushstrokes).  I did a vase of sunflowers a couple of days ago, and all afternoon worked on this - I wanted the silhouette to be strong, and I wanted the purple to be dimensional.  Then I played with the background - with white and 2 different yellows and a violet added, and thick paint.  This will be at my Art Al Fresco on Sunday - it was cancelled last week for weather.  Bristol is a beautiful little town, if you are around you should visit.  All my art will have special pricing, as I really don't have room to keep it and want people who WANT it to have it. If you are interested in purchasing this before it goes to Bristol on Sunday just email me at  and title the email "Iris Painting".  Anyway... here's the info:


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Sunday, July 17, 2016

Double Trouble, 6x6 Inch Acrylic Painting by Kelley MacDonald

"Double Trouble", 6x6 inch original acrylic painting on archival board
$100 & $12 S&H
So.... it's a warm and sunny Summer morning, and you are out and about, listening to the birds, thinking about the day, and craving a coffee.  So you pull into a coffee shop (which will remain nameless but can be found on every 4th block in Rhode Island, anyway).  And you are just going to get a coffee.  Yes.  Absolutely.  

But... the woman behind the counter brings out a rack of plump puffs of sugar coated soft-as-a baby's-belly donuts oozing jelly... and WAIT.. where is your resolve?  How many do you WANT?  (how many can you fit in your car?) .  OK.  2.  No ... 3   So... 4.  Yes, 4.  And... it kind of makes a one-of-a-kind perfect morning, with enough to share with the dog, the spouse and anyone who might drop by (or the dog, if he can reach the bag).....
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Sunday, July 3, 2016

Summer Skies, 8x10 inch Acrylic painting by Kelley MacDonald

Well, "a day late and a dollar short", as my much-missed Dad used to say!  This painting was for our GirlsJustWannaPaint post that went up Friday, and our topic this month was "Summer Skies".  Look at the rest of them HERE. I was going for a bit of a push in my brushwork, easier for me in oil than acrylic, but I wanted to try.  I'm a big advocate of putting down a stroke of paint and leaving it, and I wanted to hold myself accountable and not mush or smooth colors together.  Why?  You are probably asking (if you are not an artist) .... well, it demands a level of confidence, that you have thought about the color, and the value (darkness or lightness of that color) that can't be faked.  I wanted also to allow the colors I saw in the sky, clouds and water to be allowed to 'ripen' next to each other.

Sometimes a passerby will stop and look as I'm working outdoors and say "Do you really see those colors in the cloud?" "Yes," I reply, "and so would you if you took a moment and just looked at that one spot in the cloud."  Artists learn to really really look at everything.

Other news~ I am having an online auction at my former home, featuring a bunch of paintings - bidding starts at a dollar, you do have to register to bid, but if you are interested in a painting, rather than having to pick it up if you don't live in driving distance, I will ship, and bill you the shipping.  Honestly, I have things still sitting at $1!!!  All you have to do is email me at  Here you go, scroll through:
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Thursday, June 16, 2016

Lipstick Artists

So I spent last week in Maine, one of my favorite places, painting furiously, catching up with artist friends, and talking about, thinking about and looking at art.  My eyes are exhausted!  Last week it mainly rained in Maine - or was overcast or extremely windy.  So I only did about 7 plein air pieces.  One day there was no chance of outdoor painting and we gathered on the enclosed porch to paint form our iPads or small still lifes, and I gathered lipsticks and set out to paint them.   NOT easy!  But certainly fun.  And I posted it on Facebook and everyone seemed to be able to pick out what types of lipstick I painted! This is an 8x8 inch acrylic painting.  Email me at if interested.
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Wednesday, June 1, 2016

What Do Women Want? 11x14 Acrylic by Kelley MacDonald

"A Day At The Beach With A BFF And A Cute, Comfortable Bathing Suit (That Doesn't Make Me Look Fat)"

Happy June!  Today is the GirlsJustWannaPaint publishing day and don't you know I missed the deadline for putting up my post?  So it didn't go out with the rest of them this morning.  Oh, this painting was READY, but not till yesterday afternoon, when I was working on the water.  Then I had to dash to our GJWP meeting (which is kind of like a party sometimes, and last night was one of those... ahem... way more Cosmos than I'm used to... ) and I simply fell asleep when I got home, without putting the image in on the blog.  So... and you know what?  Many of us must have done the same thing!!!  The post that went out was missing a number of the paintings I saw at the meeting last night (we had a wonderful bartender...). 

So... I did this painting in response to the topic "What Women Want".  And what I was thinking was... really?  It's not money, cars, big houses, jewelry (although I argued with my self about this one), or what many men expect.  We want peace in our lives, girlfriends we can rely on in all circumstances, and every once in a while, a day (or half a day) without the usual commitments. No laundry, no deadlines, no thinking of what's for dinner, no negotiations, no CNN, none of that crap.  Just a really good day out with a girlfriend who you know has got your back.  Sunshine.  Waves.  Quiet.  A great book.  And if you're lucky you can follow all that up with a nice dinner and a Cosmo.  Well that's all I want, anyway! That and World Peace.  Doable, right?

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Wednesday, May 25, 2016

Wild And Crazy Martini, 8x8 Inch Acrylic Painting by Kelley MacDonald

This one's a gift ... in that it is $125 rather than the $150 I would normally charge for a canvas this size on the blog. I got about 90% of this done in class at North River.  A student/friend graciously let me use this vivid fabric and I LOVE it.   I visualize this framed in a white wood frame, in a bar area or kitchen... I love the fabric background, and MAN was it a fun challenge to see how it looks when viewed through the vodka and glass!

So here's to you. Friends, artists, art lovers and just basic great women...CHEERS!  Celebrate!

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Tuesday, May 24, 2016

Flowers And A Sweet Treat, by Kelley MacDonald

These are my very favorite Peonies from my old garden.  What do I love painting more?  The lush pink petals, the frou frou white centers?  Or..... the GLASS?  It's funny, when I start to paint these flowers I always think "CAN I do this?"  then I just stop worrying, and just do it.  And most of the time... it works.  This is a great little gift for a June birthday, anniversary or a 'just because' thing (or for yourself...).  I never get tired of looking at these flowers. 

And, we have big doings this weekend as my oldest son is getting married Saturday (so excited!), but on Sunday you can bet I'll be at the North River Arts Society's annual Festival.  Saturday and Sunday... seriously, great juried show, great crafts, photography, music, food... and a truly amazing art sale (art in the barn).  Here are a few FRAMED paintings I put in.  Really good price.  I decided a couple of years ago that I would only put things in this sale that I would buy myself, or hang on my own walls.  No clearing out of stuff that didn't sell elsewhere, or paintings that just weren't good enough.  So.... here are the candy paintings that will be there:

I guess '3' is the lucky number for me, eh?
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Friday, May 13, 2016

Double Drip, 6x6 inch Acrylic Painting by Kelley MacDonald


I've been spending all day with these two babies under the lights and the scent was killing me!   I hadn't done a donut painting in so long, and have been working on Tulips (in an 8x8 inch size, for the Festival at North River Arts Society, art in the Barn) which I have been totally loving.  The tulips, these plus more, will be at an AMAZING price (they are larger than my regular Daily Paintings, and I've discounted them for the purpose of making what I consider a donation to North River, which is a totally awesome art group).  Here are a few of them:

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Sunday, May 8, 2016

Ruby, 6x6 inch Acrylic by Kelley MacDonald


Happy Mothers' Day to all you mothers, to all of you who have lost your mothers, mothers who have lost their children, women who yearn to be mothers... all.  This, as I get older, has become such a laden day.  Of course, I think of my own mother... who, if I'm to be honest, I held at arm's length for years.  What was I afraid of?  That I wasn't a perfect child?  That she wasn't a perfect Mom?  How I wish I could get just one of those years back, because now... well, now I know.  It doesn't matter.  What matters is that she loved me, and I loved her, and what I wouldn't give to lavish her with love, affection and treats .... ach.  That is a wish I'll never get.  And I know she knows I hear her voice in my head ALL THE TIME.  When I'm impatient with someone I hear her saying "They are doing the very best that they can."  When I'm critical of someone she's saying "If they could change that about themselves they would." "Just do your best (really?  because that one always went against the sort of judgement that I needed to be the 'best'...)."  Still.  I can look back now and see her frustrations, and her sense of loss which she felt all her life, after losing her parents and ending up in an orphanage.

And what I have that endures are her real gifts.  Courage.  Strength.  Faith (which, yes, gets wobbly and even missing sometimes, but oops, there it is again!).  Stubbornness.  Drive.  And compassion.  All things which are the essentials in this world, gifts from her.  Gifts I hope I can pass on to my own 3 wonderful children.  
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Friday, May 6, 2016

Cinco De Mayo, 6x6 inch Acrylic Painting by Kelley MacDonald

How would you like it?  Straight up or frozen?  Hmmm... Maybe you like it one way and your best buddy/friend/significant other likes it the other?  Whatever way you make it or buy it, it is delish!  I like mine extra lime-y.  I remember my favorite Margarita story.. I was painting in Mexico, in San Miguel de Allende with Paula Villanova and it was Easter Week (had we realized this we may have picked another week, but the crowds were fun, too).  Paula and I were painting in the Jardin (town square) and she went for a walk.  I jokingly asked her how much I could sell her painting for, and she said some silly answer like $20.  We laughed, and don't you know I sold both paintings on our easels while she was gone!  I gave the guy a terrific price and he was thrilled, as were we.  Paula and I celebrated by spending the afternoon in a very cool, beautiful restaurant drinking the best Margaritas (straight up) I have ever had, to this day.  Don't remember too much about the rest of the day, but I'm sure it was fun. :)  I will get back to that lovely town.....  And if you enjoy Paula's paintings, you can see them as well on our Girls Just Wanna Paint blog. 
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Saturday, April 30, 2016

Man's Best Friend, 12x12 inch Acrylic Painting by Kelley MacDonald

First of the month, that always brings the Girls Just Wanna Paint piece.  This month's topic was "Man's Best Friend".  So, so many painting ideas floated through my head.  But this one, the steadfast little waggly tail tucked under his master's arm at a hard moment, this is the one that I had to paint.  I love painting dogs, and it nearly killed me to paint this painting 'from behind', as there is no little wet nose pushing it's way into your face... but plenty of time and days for that.  I find that my animals (and yes, I include my cats here) seem to just know when I feel bereft, and they insist that I take their comfort.  I'm grateful for them, and while they aren't cure-alls, they are terrific best friends! 
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