A Good Place To Stop

Adele’s 30 Paintings in 30 Days Challenge

Day 6

Adele, age 12 on Buddy's bike

Adele, age 12

Houston, Texas

When my big brother, Buddy, as we called him, went off to Texas A & M, I was very unhappy. I loved my big brother a lot. I knew a good guy when I saw one…even then. He grew up to be a devoted Christian minister, serving faithfully over 50 years. However, my melancholy was lessened by the knowledge that now I had full use and possession of his room AND his bicycle. My long legs never had a problem with it being a “boy’s” bike.

If the photo was in color you would see the gaudy colors Buddy selected to paint his bike…..of all things, maroon and white. And look at those striped handlebars. And what about the bathing suit, you ask? My bathing suit was my favorite set of play clothes, whether I went swimming or not. And hey, it was a two piece..not that I cared. At that time clothes and looks meant nothing to me…only play and having fun.

Why am I telling you all this? Because my Day 6 painting has a bike in it and I was reminded of “my” one and only bike.

6-A good Place To Stop

“A Good Place To Stop”

10″ x 8″ Watercolor and ink painting on watercolor paper.

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 “A Good Place To Stop” shows yet another beautiful vacation location in Greece. Wouldn’t that be a lovely place to stay for a few days and nights? I’m told by good authority that it is indeed a lovely place to stay.

Part of my procedure in this series of paintings is the pen and ink sketch which I do first, of course. I like to keep the sketch as loose  as possible, while still depicting the scene somewhat accurately.

Ink sketch of balcony in AthensPen and ink sketch of “A Good Place To Stop”

“You have made known to me the path of life; you will fill me with joy in your presence,

with eternal pleasures at your right hand.”

Psalm 16:11

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12 thoughts on “A Good Place To Stop

  1. When one is 81 years old, 5 years does not seem like very much time at all. When I look at that picture of the precious little 12 year old girl I am astounded to think that just over 5 years later she would be walking down the isle to become my wife; what a great blessing she has been to me.

    • Thanks, Karen. A real bathing beauty…right? I had so much fun on that bike. John’s observation about the frequency of bicycles in TV commercial is interesting. Yes, they are popular. Have a good day.

  2. Another beautiful painting. John would definitely approve of the bicycle, being the cycling enthusiast that he is. John pointed out to me a few weeks ago how bicycles are in the bulk of commercials, strategically placed. There must be something in us that appreciates the freedom that a bicycle offers.

    Love you,


    • Samantha, I thought he had good color-taste, too….at the time. But I grew up and developed really good taste of my own….Hook Em, Horns”.
      Thanks. I appreciate your interest in my art. Hope all is well. By the way, your daughter is beautiful.

  3. What a cute picture and l Ioved your descriptions of your life as a 12 year old. I think we were much the same and I too remember how “melancholy” (a.k.a. VERY sad) I was when my only sister went off to college!! :>)

    • Hi Melanie, Yes, those were fun times! I remember going along to drop off my brother at the “Aggie Line” out on the Hempstead highway. It was a long line of Aggies, thumbing a ride back to campus. They had to stand in a line, and take turns trying to get someone to stop and take them back to A & M.

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