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Rustic Winter Barn Scene Painting

Rustic Winter Barn Scene PaintingI’m no artist as you can all see, but I can see something I like and replicated it. My life has been so busy and extremely stressful these last few months that I wanted to take a little “Me” time and try my hand at painting. It’s something I’ve been trying to find the time to do for over 6 months and the other night I told myself no matter what comes up I’m going to find the time to paint. I wanted something that could hang in the cabin all winter long and still fit in with my style and color scheme. So of course and old rustic barn was it! I first sketched it in pencil on the canvas and then started painting. The whole thing took me less than 30 minutes to do and I love it. It was the perfect thing to do for myself and I smile every time I walk by it. I know it’s not perfect by any means but it suits my style just fine.

I shared it on my FB page and I had someone say it wasn’t bad for my first attempt and I would get better with time. I had to tell them that my first attempt will also look like my last attempt because this is the primitive look I was going for, it’s just my jam. I wish I had more places to hang artwork around the cabin. If I could find a spot I’d be painting more often, I really enjoyed myself but what do I do with paintings and no where to put them?  

Rustic Winter Barn Scene PaintingMaybe I should do 3 others in the rest of the season and I could swap them out as need be. It’s not like I can give them all away, not everyone has my style or want’s one of my amateur paintings, lol.

For those of you who have been asking on my IG account about Grama Red, here’s the update: To back peddle just a bit for those of you who don’t know My 99 year old Grama fell and broke her back. Of all things she was moving the dining room table and chairs so she could swap out the area rug under the table and took a spill. She had a rough time after the back surgery in the hospital but was sent to a rehab for just under 3 weeks. She’s being released this Wednesday and’s thrilled to be going home. She hasn’t been fond of rehab food and with her being blind it’s just been an uncomfortable time for her. 

Shes old enough now that we no longer feel she should be left alone for any time at all. She lives with her daughter but has been home alone when my Aunt runs to the store and things but that’s no longer going to be an option for her. Our family is meeting Monday night to set up a schedule so someone is with Granny round the clock. We don’t want to take the chance of anything happening to her again. I know there’s times she’d rather be home alone but we’re afraid she’d try and rearrange the furniture or get some other crazy idea so it’s no longer an option. I guess she will be thankful she’s so love and has so much family support. She truly is the glue that holds our family together and we want to keep her around as long as we can. So thank you all for asking about her and sending your prayers. 


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  1. Crazy idea all right. I’m 78 and moving the furniture sounds just like something I’ll tackle when I’m Grama Red’s age. I bless her with a long life!
    I like your painting and I too am launching myself into this new endeavor after years of wanting to paint. One idea for hanging paper artworks that really appeals to me is to tack up heavy string and hang the artwork with small clothespins. What a colorful addition in any room.
    I’ve always wanted to know how to paint watercolor. I ordered Fast and Fun Watercolor, Painting Techniques No Drawing Required by Gina Lee Kim. I’m so excited about this book that I wake up in the middle of the night to read some more. (Amazon) Abundant Blessings and Prayers to you and your family – Jan

    1. Jan, I’m going to tell Grama Reds story one day on my blog. That lady has seen it all, let me tell you. I’m sure at 78 you have a lot of stories to tell also. Great idea for hanging the artwork, you’re so smart. I’m right there with you I’d love to do watercolors. I’ve done them in the past but I have no formal art training, I just paint what I see wether it’s right or wrong who knows. Merry Christmas.

      1. Another comment about the watercolor book . . . it describes specifically how to mix colors and bring in all sorts of mediums that I never heard of and for outstanding results. I just discovered a website for the author http://www.ginaleekim.com and there are bunches of Free videos there. Merry Christmas!

        1. Awesome Jan, thank you for thinking of me and sending me over the link. I’ll check them out today 🙂

  2. Very cute!
    I will probably want to rearrange furniture too. You’re so sweet to make time for Granny!

    1. Tammy I have no idea what makes her think at 99 she should be doing heavy work but she wanted to be helpful and get the job done.

  3. Mary Tullila says:

    Excellent idea to swap out that spot seasonally. Keep painting…I’d buy it! Rustic all the way .

  4. Dawn, I love the painting! I’m not artistic at all, but I love that little touch of color in the green wreath! If you decide to make it a printable, I’d love to print it off. Thank you for the update on Gramma Red. I hope I’m able to stay as active as she! Merry Christmas! Linda, a fellow Michigander

    1. Linda, I’ll have to see if I can make this a printable in any way. Thanks for the idea:) Merry Christmas to you also (where in MI?)

  5. Laura Harrie says:

    Dawn, you painted a wonderful barn scene! I love it, you should be very proud of your self. Glad to hear Grama Red is back home, great news. She is someone very special!

    1. Laura, Thank you for being so kind. Yes we are glad Gram is back on her feet, hopefully it will last.

  6. Your house looks lovely in its simplicity this Christmas.

    I have been following you since I began blogging in 2012. I was laughing about the changes in my style, colors and home decor in the nearly 6 years of blogging. Your home has also gone through many changes. I have enjoyed watching your style change.

    1. Carol you are right my home has went through many changes. Right now I’m liking the earthy tones but who knows when I’ll be over that and on to something new, LOL

  7. Nancy cox says:

    I could not do that pretty if it were my 1000th painting. Great job. I love it.

    1. You’re too kind Nancy thank you so much for your support.

  8. Dawn, keep on painting because I love the style that the barn is done in! Love how you’ve propped it in your kitchen. Good to know that you have plenty of nearby family to help monitor your Grama Red!

    1. Jane thank you I know the painting is primitive but I like it all the same. Going to see Grama Red tonight!

  9. Thanks for the update on Grama Red…she is a tough cookie and when you have to depend on others it is a hard thing…I am sure that your family’s love for her is such that she will never be or feel alone…hang in there Dawn…glad Grama Red is going home surrounded by the ones who love her….

    Love the painting Dawn…keep it up!!!

    1. Shirley, Thank you for being so sweet. Boy getting old sure is tough, I’m not sure why they call it the golden years??

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