Sunday, March 17, 2013

The Wearing (and Growing) of the Green

I enjoy St. Patrick's Day - the music, the food (I will happily seize any opportunity to eat lots of potatoes), the feeling of camaraderie with those who share ancestry common to (some of) mine; all are worth enjoying.

But my favorite part of this holiday is a concept that is beautifully simple, and yet so full of meaning:
The color green.

I happen to like green; I simply think it's pretty. But my affection for the profusion of green that accompanies St. Patrick's Day is much deeper than the appeal of a pleasing color, and broader than its association with Irish heritage. Green has lots of other connotations. Green means growth, life, a healthy earth. So I consider it perfect timing that St. Patrick's Day comes in the spring, when the appearance of new leaves and green grass are so eagerly anticipated.

With that in mind, it seems wonderfully fitting that I spent a large portion of my St. Patrick's Day this year planting flower beds and working in my vegetable garden. I often find myself too busy for gardening, but it is a hobby I very much enjoy, and it was lovely to set aside time this weekend to spend working outdoors with my husband and our little girl... Well, I say "working." My eighteen-month-old daughter was poking sticks in the dirt and making a mess of her clothes. I was doing very much the same, and having just as much fun. So it's surely wrong to call it work.

By the end of the day, I had put enough plants and seeds in the ground that a few weeks' time should see lots more green sprouting around our home. And that is definitely a good thing.

Yes, I wore green today. And I'm looking forward to seeing my gardens wearing their green soon, too!

Thanks for reading. Here's a little green to make your eyes smile:

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"Mossy Trees"- Acrylic on Canvas - © Anna Bronwyn Foley, 2012
(Original sold, prints available on Fine Art America - click image for link)

Tuesday, March 12, 2013

Hello, Springtime!

We've had lovely spring weather here in North Carolina, lately, and everywhere I look on Etsy I see items that speak beautifully of  a season I always love for its sense of growth and renewal. I put together the treasury below to highlight some of the wonderful springtime pretties Etsy has to offer. Hope you like it!

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"Glimmers of Spring" - an Etsy Treasury by Anna Bronwyn Foley

Saturday, February 23, 2013

Just for Fun!

I spent a few minutes playing with an iPhone app that is meant for small children, today. My little girl enjoys this doodling program, but she had lost interest. When she toddled off to play with some other toy, I was left with an iPhone and an electronic "blank canvas" in hand.

What to do...?

What, indeed! I did this:

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I had fun with this doodle. I'll get back to the paints and brushes soon, but sometimes, we all need a little playtime!

Wednesday, February 13, 2013

Envisioning Springtime

It feels like spring, here in North Carolina, but I know that many places are still in the midst of winter. I created this treasury of beautiful Etsy finds for those who could use a little escape from the cold and snow - if only a mental one.
Enjoy, and be sure to pay a visit to these wonderful shops to see the other wonders they have to offer!
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"A Fantasy of Springtime" - an Etsy Treasury by Anna Bronwyn Foley

Thursday, January 31, 2013

Reflecting Tranquility

I love painting reflections in water. There is something so very peaceful about the ability of calm water to reflect with glassy clarity. I just completed the painting below, of a few fair-weather clouds in a blue sky over a calm sea. It was a delightfully relaxing meditation to create this piece, and it makes me want to do many, many more calm seascapes - just so I can experience the feeling of painting them!

Wishing you happiness and peace:

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"Clouds over a Calm Sea"- Acrylic on Canvas - © Anna Bronwyn Foley, 2013

Sunday, January 27, 2013

Some Soft Sunday Finds

My latest Etsy treasury is a collection of some lovely finds in contrasting hues of cool grey and warm pink. Hope you like it!

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"Rainy Day Romance"

Saturday, January 26, 2013

Exhibit News!

I'm very excited to be participating in the National Arts Program exhibit this month at Charlotte Mecklenburg Government Center! I have two paintings entered, including the one pictured here:

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"Young Tree in an Old Forest" - Acrylic on Canvas - © Anna Bronwyn Foley, 2012

This annual exhibit showcases the work of local artists, and is open to the public. Exhibit dates are January 27 - February 22. For more information, check out the NAP website at