Saturday, April 27, 2013

My First Painting Since the Reagan Was in Office and The Craft Barn's Challenge

Well it has been an interesting week. I have actually picked up a paint brush and tried to paint something that is recognizable.  The Craft Barn in the UK  is hosting a challenge going thru the alphabet (NOT in alphabetical order ~ to make it more fun) ~ selecting a letter and a special twist for each challenge.  Soooo since I am trying out my artsy shirt to see if the old girl (me) still can hold a brush and paint/draw something recognizable, I thought I would give it a whirl.  I mean it sounded simple ~ put together something artsy that begins with a 'W' and put some circles in the background. So here is my entry ~ a waterfall. 
 Back in the 60's, 70's and 80's my father's mother's family (the Sterlings) held family reunions. I loved to go to them and miss them terribly now. Back then one of the favorite places to hold the reunions was Noccalula Falls park up on the mountain in the edge of Gadsden, Alabama.  It was a playground for all of us kids. You could climb down to the bottom of the falls and go around  behind the falls in this huge room-like place and some of us braver (or dumb) kids would climb the rock face on the far side of the falls (no climbing gear ~ just our hand and feet in tennis shoes). It really was a dangerous venture but as the old song goes 'we were young and without a care'. Luck and the good Lord protected us.
Here are few pics of the falls:
the room behind the falls

the rock face we used to climb 

looking out thru the falls from the cave

The falls are 90 feet high. They are worth the trip to see them and the park with all their features.

Now to my entry for the challenge ~

I have to admit I am enjoying the challenges. I thought the circles would give a bubble effect. It is fun to get the paint brushes wet again. Like my sister-in-law is always saying ~Use it or lose it~ I think I will use it for a while - it can only get better.

Thanks to the Craft Barn for interesting challenges and for letting me play with ya'll.



  1. Love your waterfall, and the story that goes with it! Valerie

  2. Great painting - your waterfall is beautiful oh Southern Lady!!

  3. Beautifully done, love the bubble effect and I think it's lovely that you've picked up the brushes again ... I've been enjoying the challenges as well!!!

  4. A truly beautiful blog. I love the effect of your waterfall picture - thanks so much for stopping by my very new blog and following! It means a lot to me! Thanks for sharing. Julie Ann x.

  5. That's a beautiful waterfall and it's great to read the back story behind the chosen words. What great memories to have - thank you for sharing.

  6. Beautiful entry!
    Thanks for playing with us at the Craft Barn