Unexpected

Lois's Sunflower

I painted this sunflower for our neighbor across the street a couple years ago. I was painting a different sunflower when Lois came by and said she wanted me to paint one just like it for her. It is a large 4′ x 4′ painting. She loved the colors and put it on an easel in her living room.

Sadly, we lost her to cancer a week ago. She was a beautiful person with a warm smile and welcoming spirit, just like the sunflower above. She will be missed.

Winter of life 

unexpected changes 

Seeds drop

Memories live on

Sunflowers bloom

Her spirit lives on

Painting: Dwight L. Roth

Caribbean Getaway

Carribian painting

Mid-Summer and Fourth of July

Thought I’d take time for an Island get-away

Down to the Caribbean

Enjoy the ocean and feel the palm trees

swaying it the tropical breeze

A perfect day for a virtual get-away

It was only for a few hours

No heavy traffic to contend with

No long lines or airport delays

Just peace and quiet; there alone in the heat

And all I came back with was this painting

By some unknown artist

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Painting by Unknown Artist: Dwight L. Roth

Northern Lights: Nature’s Fireworks

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In Northern Alberta where my wife grew up, Northern Lights were a common occurrence in the night sky. I have only seen photos of them, but I wanted to see if I could paint a picture that somewhat resembled them. This is a view of her home that I got from a couple of old photos. The painting is 30″ x 40″.  We had a break in the heat this past weekend, so I was able to work on this one.

Northern Lights glowing

across the cold winter sky

Nature’s best fireworks

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Dwight L. Roth

Here is one for all my blogging friends in the Southern Hemisphere! First day of winter for you!

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I realized after I finished that I had the perspective for the workshop on the left turned the wrong way. It should have been perpendicular to the house and parallel with the garden fence.  So now two months later I repainted the workshop in the right direction and added some color to the houses along with a few more tweaks. See what you think.

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Changing Perspective

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I was back to painting again this week. I got a framed canvas painting from the Habitat Restore that had a small pencil point size hole in the top center of the sky. I patched the hole with some glue, but the indention still showed after I painted over the sky. I decided to make a bird out of the hole patch. It is the one on the right in the center of the picture. You can see the tiny hole in the bottom painting.

The original painting below had a nice landscape perspective but seemed a little bland to me. I decided to add the stone bridge and a steam train. I also added more color and changed the mountain and water. I am happy with the way it came out.

Changing perspective

Keeping natures foundation

Covering defects

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~my original sketch on the Restore canvas~

Recycled Painting from the Habitat Restore – Dwight L. Roth

Allensville Crossroad

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I finished this acrylic painting today. It is set in central Pennsylavania’s Kishacoquillas Valley, near the village of Allensville. My grandparents lived on this road. When I worked on my uncle’s farm during my teen years, I rode my cousin’s bicycle down this road which is about a mile across. Lots of good memories here.

Allensville Crossroad

Sounds of Amish Buggies float

through my memories

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Jack’s Mountain in the distance

Hugs Big Valley’s rich farmland

Painting: Dwight L. Roth

Running Free

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I did this painting was for a friend of mine who gave it to her sister for Christmas in 2020. Little did we dream in 2019 that being out and running free would take on a whole new meaning in 2020. When Covid-19 arrived we all began to feel the restriction of freedom as lockdowns occurred all over the world. Many of us stayed at home and only dreamed of getting out and running free once again. We realized how important it is to be able to run free with our family and friends.

Freedom restricted

Running free holds new meaning

When life is at stake

Painting: Dwight L. Roth

 

Parting the Waves

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A few years ago I watched a PBS art show about painting waves. I wanted to try it but did not have a big canvas at that time, so I took, four 11 x 14 canvases and attached them together with a board. I painted the picture and then took the board off the back. The individual canvases can be separated a few inches and hung on the wall. It was a different way of painting that tried a few different time. I like the effect very much. I sold it to my neighbors, down the street, who liked it very much as well.

Rolling waves churning

immense power lies beneath

Parting waves calms storm

Painting of Waves: Dwight L. Roth

Call Me Superficial

Call Me Superficial

Call me superficial when seeing a picture

Causes words to escape me

When beauty take precedence over substance

And I am drawn by what my eyes behold

Call me superficial when a picture in a story

Catches my attention and sets my mind on the fire

My imagination soars and transports my soul

To realms beyond word or pen

Call me superficial when melody and harmony

Lift my spirit from the very first note

Only to be followed by words

Adding to or taking away my feeling of awe

Call me superficial when the background blurs

Seven layers deep

And the last brush stroke is the first I see

All that work labor and toil

Only to end in an accent of light against dark

Beauty against substance

Painting: Dwight L. Roth

I decided to repost one of my favorite posts from a few years ago. It describes how I feel about life, art, and people. I have heard people say first impressions are so important. For me that is true, especially in blogging. When there are so many bloggers out there hoping to get me to read their posts, presentation is very important. Photos, paintings, titles, designs, and format are what grab me. Call me lazy, but if I have to work too hard to read your blog, I move on to one that takes less effort. That is one reason why I have not left the free WP blogging page. I don’t want you to be distracted with the sidebars and extras. Thanks for reading, liking, and commenting. I appreciate all of you more than you know.

Rising From the Ashes

As we move back to our new normal, we think of so many who did not survive the pandemic or 2020. Family members and friends were included in the death toll. These blips in time have happened since the beginning of time. The human spirit always rises to meet the challenge. Sadly not all survive, but those of us who do go on, more aware than before of our fragile mortality realizing how quickly life can change.

From death’s dark ashes

Rise to live another day

Mourning those we loved

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Painting: Dwight L. Roth