Garden Sculptures

What an amazing, exhilarating, fun-loving three weeks we have had with our adult kids and 11 grand-kiddies.
Sun Up--Sun  Down we amazed ourselves with all
that there is to do, learn and explore whether paired off or in one huge moving mass of energy.
It has been fun to review the photos we have all taken with our various cameras.  
I decided to choose something calm....a beautiful, inviting botanical garden in Asheville, NC. 

I was impressed with the workmanship and uniqueness of the sculptures created from many substrates.

Sculpture enhances a garden when well placed and chosen.
It is a bit like the perfect pair of shoes or handbag to go with your best outfit.  It simply adds to the entire over all appearance and environment. 
These are my three favorite sculptures, for their placement and uniqueness. They enhance the visual experience.

I was very happy with my  SOOC camera shots but decided to add a delicate texture to each.

Kim is offering a free Lightroom course demonstrating the use of the Library for organizing photos. 
You need only to sign up.  I did. It was great!  Thank you Kim for your generosity. 


She Sells Seashells Down......

She Sells Sea Shells

She sells sea shells on the sea shore.

The shells she sells are sea shells, Im sure.

And if she sells sea shells on the sea shore,

Then l'm sure she sells seashore shells.

We are off again....22 of us.

TWENTY-TWO--Bigs and Littles

It is taking two houses to hold us all. Seabrook, SC here we come. Can't wait. Our family is scattered near and far; to get us all together is a fantastic journey.  

I suppose I will want to paint a beach scene with 22 zany-crazy characters doing "beach stuff."

My goodness, YES, more seashell photos!!!! As though I don't have one thousand or more. A 

"kid at heart" can never have enough seashells !  

smiles, sharon


Running with the Waves

Ring Around Rosie in the damp Beach Sand.
Mother and Child twirling with abandon.

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Just Because...........

JUST BECAUSE......we need Mother Earth

JUST BECAUSE......we need Open Spaces 

 JUST BECAUSE.....we need to Trust Our Inner Selves

JUST BECAUSE......we need Bouquets of Happiness


Just Because KIM is a very special lady with a caring-sharing Heart. 


Silver Linings from the Heart

Seeing how long it has been since posting, makes me a bit sad, but sometimes we don't have a great deal of control over one's more pleasurable activities.  Many happenings in our home....a daughter, husband and two loved dogs have come to live with us for the summer. Our first born granddaughter has graduated from high school and a trip to her graduation was a renewal of family bonds and love.
We visited the cemeteries where our parent are laid to rest.  We have celebrated birthdays.  And we have moved load after load of items to charitable causes to make room for our summer family.  Yes, it has been good. Yes, it has been busy.  Yes, we wouldn't have it any other way.

This week is  Photo Heart Connection hosted by Kat Sloma.  Choosing a photo to represent all that has taken place these last months is truly impossible.  But my camera wasn't in full retirement: here are a few photos to share that touch my heart.  


Smiles Upon Your Day....Sharon


Gaelic Blessing

We just returned from a spring break at the ocean.
Calm seas were replaced by a tropical storm
until our last day....then pure blessings of a beautiful azure sky.

Gaelic Blessing

May the blessings you stand in need of, be yours.

I always appreciate your visiting my blog.


Carolina Breezes

How pleasant it is to be UN-broken.
...to be whole
...to be content
...to wish for nothing more

Such are the feelings of Peace I find at the ocean
....on the hot sand
....capturing seagulls with my lens
....brushing sand off my tattered straw hat
...hearing giggles and laughter of children building sand castles
...equally cherishing the broken and unbroken shells
....being one with myself.

Today I share a new painting, inspired by such visits to
....shed the old skin
.....and live in the new
...if but for a short time.

Carolina Breezes

close up detail

This painting is 40 x 30 on gallery wrap canvas. Oil.
You may see more details at www.sharonfurner.com
click HERE

For my friends who visit my blog, there will be free shipping and 100.00 off the listed price.
You can place your order on the website and I will personally reimburse you the 100.00 after shipping. Sorry shipping only in the USA. 
This opportunity to have "a spot of the beach in your home" will expire on May 15, 2014


Collecting, Gathering, Sharing

Isn't it interesting the things that we are attracted to? I have often wondered why I love certain things when there is no context to do so.
Like green depression glass!!
 I have collected glasses, bowls, plates, pitchers, cake plates
and this special juice bowl...it was a thrill every piece I found in a rummage, garage sale....

I marvel that the depression glass was once a premium, it came with purchases of certain foods.
Today one gets coupons...even Cracker Jacks is a big disappointment.  Remember the fun toys that USED to be in a CJ box?
So glad I fell in love with this beautiful glass, the color, clarity, patterns and history.  It is a joy to hand down to my daughter and her daughter.

One wonderful way to preserve memories of things we have collected is through photography....simply taking a picture.
It was fun to pose the little juice bowl, take photographs and then apply some textures.
Some put away their special collections, but I have found great joy
in displaying and using those objects that I have been drawn to.

How many generational hands will this bowl pass through.
Will there come a time when it is discarded, like it was before I found it?  Who previously owned it...it had to have been 50-60 years old when it came to our home where it is loved.
Collecting, Gathering, Sharing


Ghost Stories from the Old Shack

The old shack stands tottering at a graceful angle. It's split-hewn wood has absorbed the grey/weathered colors of the gnarled, leafless trees that surround it.
Still, today, there is a certain regal-ness, majesty and statement;  hidden stories between the chinks in the lumber.

Railroad tracks, four meters away, once hauled a commodity desired by many world wide. 
 Money barons flourished because of it. 

What stories are closeted in this centuries old building. 

Doors are rusted shut and silent.

Perched on  beams stand carved owls acting as stewards of this building of
historical significance to Whites, Blacks and Native Americans. 

Windows reflect another time, our century filled with  
paved streets, street lights, fast cars...
all racing past this monument to the past and ancient Indian grounds.

Nailed to the weathered wood of this old building, secreted with stories and perhaps a few ghosts, 
is a sign . 
"No Smoking"

This preserved building was one of a long string of tobacco shacks, along the Waccamaw River, home to the Waccamaw Indians.

This  tobacco shack stands as a witness to another time in our history where wealth
was created through the toil of others 
in the steaming-humid heat.

A poem written by Edward Madahbee
Waccamaw Indian

The creator has only created life
It is not his duty to show us the way
We must guide ourselves through life
To truly be accepted into his arms
We should not have to ask for favors
And he should not have to provide them
What we take from our mother earth
We must give back with respect and love
Until we are able to accept who we are
We will always suffer at our own fate
We have to create our own destiny
Or does destiny create us?

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