I'm daughter to Lissie, sister to Jess, wife to Brien, mom to Hannah, Lily and Eleanor. I am a stay at home mom to my girls, and my free time is dedicated to gardening (I confess I'm still a novice and look to Lissie and Jess for advice), baking and cooking, and card making. I'm doing my part to make the earth a bit greener, trying hard to avoid processed foods and HFCS, and find the "slow food" movement intriguing and inspiring. I love visits to my local farmers' market, fresh produce, reading, getting out in nature, and spending time with my family.


Catholic, homeschooler, lover of books and great wine and an amateur gardening addict.


I'm Melissa aka "Lissie", mother of Rachael and Jessica, and grandmother to a passel of the sweetest children on the planet. I'm a semi-retired public educator and professor who works from home for a small publisher. I am a lover of all things beautiful ... flowers, the mountains, nature scenes, the innocent faces of children, and my rock and fossil collection, to name a few. I enjoy shopping at the farmers' market for fresh foods and then experimenting with new recipes. Good food and good wine delight me. I love to travel so my suitcase is always packed. Like my daughters, I take pleasure in simple things ... clothes drying on the line, tomatoes so fresh they are still hot from the sun, good books, and interesting movies. I'd like to know everything before I die.
Leonid Afremov

Leonid Afremov is a Mexican painter I stumbled upon via Pinterest.  I immediately fell in love.  I like very dramatic color contrasts as I prefer bright, sharp, vivid color to muted shades.  His ability to capture glowing light with a pallet knife impresses me.

I don't know the first thing about "good" art.  I know when I go to art museums or galleries and I see "art" that I could personally make that I am unimpressed.  Four pieces of plywood painted in various shades of paint scream "The Emperor's New Clothes" to me.  But what do I know - I have no art work hanging in a professional art gallery.  I know what I like and that is that.

I first saw a painting by Leonid Afremov titled "Where Dreams Come True" and I knew immediately that if I could find a large enough print of it I would buy it.  I had no luck of finding it.  The pallet knife creating the colors in the trees is really compelling to me.  I found another painting of his called, "Stroll In the Fog" that I liked very much as well and I was able to buy a print of it in a gallery wrapped canvas.  I now have it hanging over my fireplace and I cannot express the pleasure I get seeing it every day.

"Where Dreams Come True"

"Stroll In the Fog"

On my wall

Up close

Keeping it real - this is what my family room usually looks like!




Rach said...

Well, I'm jealous. This was one of my first pins. I LOVE it!

Jess said...

Did I pin him from your board? I don't remember!

Rach said...

Actually, no you didn't. I saw it when you pinned it the other day and chuckled to myself knowing our family's history of loving the same things. :o)

jaydee said...

Jess, AWESOME. What a great acquisition. It certainly adds so much color and light to the area above the fireplace. Really fabulous!

Anonymous said...

Love all those colours! Bold and beautiful!


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