Thursday, March 26, 2015

ABANDONED

I'm working on a pastel portrait but in between I painted this barn from West Virginia.  I have so many reference photos of barns across this beautiful Country of ours that I can probably publish a book..  I used a palette knife for this painting except for the sky.  I still need to work on that... Barns was always a favorite subject for me and using the palette knife was a wonderful practice.

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  1. What a beautiful painting that brings peace and joy. The beauty of a spring day is so touching, I wish it were always spring! Portraying this barn, dear Hilda, you've already got this gift, spring ever with you.

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    1. thank you so much RITA for stopping by to comment! You are so kind! hugs.

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  2. Fabulous work Hilda ... don't think I've seen your oil work before but I think you should do more of these, they're so wonderful

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    1. I'm so glad you liked this painting, SUE! I enjoy getting my oils out... so different from my pastels. I am working on another oil landscape ...so much fun!

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  3. Oh my Hilda - simply gorgeous - certainly one of my favorite subjects. So wonderful to see these barns still exist...so many have fallen down or been replaced with more modern buildings. Beautiful friend. I can feel the sunshine just looking into this piece...just like being there! Hugs

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    1. thank you DEBBIE ...I'm glad you liked this painting. Barns have always been a favorite of mine... they're always tucked away but I manage to see them wherever they are! lol

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  4. Lovely...I like the texture the palette knife gives you. I love barns too, and the ones down south have such character. Like everywhere else they are slowly disappearing, so it is nice that we are keeping them alive this way.

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    1. thank you JOAN! You're right...they are slowly disappearing and what a shame.. I always wish that they can repair them but in most cases it would be impossible. We have so many right here on Long Island ...we just have to look.

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  5. Very peaceful and refreshing painting Hilda, you have taken me to the spot to enjoy it!

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    1. thank you PADMAJA...I'm so glad you liked this barn... I really enjoyed painting this... one of my favorite subjects!

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  6. So rich and lush, Hilda!! I think this is beautiful! I'd love to see a book of your barn paintings (hint hint)!

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    1. thank you so much SHERRY! I'm glad you liked it. The book is something to think about!
      Enjoy the rest of the day, my friend!!

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  7. Tener un tema predilecto, como los graneros, ayuda mucho. Te obliga a desarrollar sobre la especialidad escogida y que te llene.
    Hilda, es muy hermoso tanto el propio granero como la pintura que has hecho. Ánimo, que quiero ver más.
    Un abrazo.

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    1. Me gustaria pintar mas! Estoy muy contenta que ha gustado esta pintura, JOSH! Lo agradezco tu comentario muy amable!
      un abrazo!

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  8. Wow this is so tranquil - lovely! And the feeling of depth is really fabulous! You are a master with those pastels :0)

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    1. thank you so much SANDRA for stopping by to comment on my barn! you just made my day! hugs!

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  9. I love the lush greens, great texture with the palette knife! I can really breathe the fresh country air!

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    1. thank you so much CELIA for your lovely comment! I was never good with the palette knife but it does get easier with practice. I love the texture as well.

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  10. This beautiful piece could be the first of a new series of barns across our awesome country. Good one, Hilda!

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    1. thank you CHRIS for your wonderful comment. It would be a nice idea to make a series... I have SO many reference photos to choose from.

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  11. Really gorgeous Hilda, love the way you painted the trees and all the luscious green !

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    1. thank you so much JANE! At first, I had a lot of problems with greens then I started to mix colors to get that perfect green. I'm slowly learning..lol.

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    1. Muchisimas gracias OLGA por tu comentario muy generoso ...lo agradezco!
      un abrazo!

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  13. Hilda, I love it, I am in Virginia visiting my daughter and family. Enjoying the grand children. There are so many beautiful sites to paint. You have certainly captured the beauty of Virginia. see you soon.

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    1. thank you JOAN for stopping by to comment..I'm glad you liked it! I hope you had a wonderful time with your family!! See you in a few weeks...

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  14. Hilda, this is gorgeous, I love it!

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    1. You're so kind LINDA! thank you!!

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  15. Hilda, this is gorgeous, I love it!

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  16. Very nice work Hilda, I love barns and I like the greens you managed to develop. You should do more, you're good at this too! Have a lovely weekend. Hugs

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    1. thank you so much HELEN for stopping by to comment... I really appreciate your lovely words!! hugs..

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  17. Hilda, I didn't know you were this proficient with oils! This is beautiful. what a lovely, peaceful scene - can see why you were moved to paint it :)
    Kathryn XX

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    1. thank you so much KATHRYN for such generous words... I've been enjoying using my oils for a change! hugs...

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    1. thank you SO much....you just made my day!

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    1. Muchisimas gracias ANTONIO! Lo agradezco tus palabras!!!
      un saludo

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  20. Oh Hilda you have picked an inexhaustible sibject, one of many moods. Please continue this series. Palettte knife, you have so many talents as you have handled this so,well. Love how you show the boards, great color choices. Yes, this is a winner

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    1. thank you NELVIA... you just made me very happy with your comment. The palette knife leaves such a nice texture to some subjects ..

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  21. Dear Hilda) All I wanted to say has already been said! The contrast of the air without palletknife and the rest of the painting with palletknife is so beautiful. You have made a particularly beautiful painting. That you had talent, we knew already! Have a fine Sunday:) xx

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    1. Thank you RENATE!!! You're very kind. I think I would like to use my palette knife more often..especially when painting buildings and mountains... Enjoy your day!!

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  22. Hilda, this is incredible!! beautifully done!! an with a palette knife! Amazing!

    and thank you so much for your kind comment on Reflections 2! much appreciated!

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    1. thank you so much SUZANNE!!! I appreciate you stopping by and so glad you liked my barn!! Enjoy the rest of the day!

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  23. Hilda, this is so beautiful and makes me want to get in the car this instant and drive to the country to take a walk. I can't though because I have too much to do today. Really lovely work here!

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    1. thank you so much LISA for your lovely comment! I wish I lived near a farm so I can take that walk as well..lol

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  24. Hilda I love it! The limited values and varied chroma really make the barn stand out.

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    1. I'm so glad you like it MARY! thank you so much for stopping by to comment...enjoy the rest of the day!

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  25. Super mooi zo´n oude schuur knap gedaan Hilda lieve groetjes Danielle

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    1. thank you so much DANIELLE for stopping by to comment...I appreciate it!! hugs.

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  26. Wonderful subject matter, yes the States are full of wonderful farm buildings and barns just waiting to be painted, a lot, unfortunately not in use any more. Great combination of brush and palette knife work.

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    1. thank you so much DIANA... I value your comment! LOVED your last painting!!!

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  27. Dear Hilda,

    I wanted to wish you a very Happy Easter. Hugs. :)

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  28. Dear Hilda,

    I wanted to wish you a very Happy Easter. Hugs. :)

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    1. I hope you had a wonderful Easter LINDA...
      There's nothing better than family and friends getting together for the Holidays.

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  29. Hilda, I don't believe I have ever seen one of your oils (?) before. Absolutely gorgeous!! You totally captured that weather-beaten beautiful barn. Love, love.

    Hope you have a great Easter.
    xoxo

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    1. thank you so much CAROL for your generous comment! I don't paint with oils that much but when I do...I truly enjoy it! Easter was wonderful...I hope yours was wonderful as well!

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  30. Agree with a Carol. Love this scene. Great job. I am in love with the portrait of your Papi. Incredible job on the eyes.
    Happy Easter!!

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    1. Thank you so much CAROL... I loved painting my Papi and so glad my daughter wanted it...... Enjoy the rest of the day!

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  31. Wonderful painting, Hilda - I feel as if I'm actually there! It's just amazing to me that you can paint landscapes as beautifully as you paint people. Thank you for sharing - I love it!

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    1. thank you so much CONNIE ...such a nice comment.. I appreciate you stopping by.!!!

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  32. Great barn. They can be so interesting with all the little nooks and crannies.

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    1. I have always enjoyed looking at barns... and will miss them when they disappear completely! They have so many hidden stories. Glad you stopped by to comment, CAROL and glad you liked this painting.

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  33. Wonderful painting! I love the textures and play of light on the barn and grasses in the foreground. Your handling of oil paint is so different from your pastels . . . unlocking another part of you. I enjoyed catching up with all your wonderful portraits. Don't throw out Somebody's Grandchild—it is a very good head even if it doesn't look like your granddaughter.

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    1. thank you for such a generous comment, LORRAINE! I'm so happy you liked this painting. "Somebody's Grandchild" is sitting in a folder...I look at it and still wonder how I went wrong...lol but I do like it and will keep it. Maybe someday I'll see the mistake! Have a wonderful day!

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  34. It shows how versatile you are. This has such glowing colors - just like your pastel work. Lots of pastel artists tend to get muddy with oils because they are used to blending. The palette knife work adds so much. What I admire the most are your values plus your greens are fabulous - spot on for a sunny day!

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  35. Such a generous comment JULIE!! I like playing with the oils lately .... I guess we all need change! Thank you so much for the encouraging words...

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  36. just outrageously good....such lovely colors and wonderful shapes!

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  37. Thank you CELESTE for such a nice comment! It means so much to me!!!!

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  38. Oh my gosh, Hilda! This is fantastic! I hope to see more of your landscape and barn paintings! Love this!

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  39. Bonjour chère amie,

    J'aime beaucoup l'atmosphère de cette ferme abandonnée. Elle a une âme que tu as su parfaitement bien capturer. La nature généreuse qui reprend ses droits la conserve et lui apporte aussi ce petit côté sauvage que j'apprécie particulièrement.
    Ton travail au couteau est très raffiné. je ne sais pas travailler au couteau. Je suis comme un "coq" avec un couteau !! sourire...
    Très jolie peinture.

    ❀ ✺ Gros bisous ✺ ❀

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    1. thank you MARTINE...what a nice comment.
      I really enjoyed playing with the palette knife.
      It was different for me and I really loved the texture...enjoy the rest of the day...hugs...

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  40. Bonjour chère amie,

    J'aime beaucoup l'atmosphère de cette ferme abandonnée. Elle a une âme que tu as su parfaitement bien capturer. La nature généreuse qui reprend ses droits la conserve et lui apporte aussi ce petit côté sauvage que j'apprécie particulièrement.
    Ton travail au couteau est très raffiné. je ne sais pas travailler au couteau. Je suis comme un "coq" avec un couteau !! sourire...
    Très jolie peinture.

    ❀ ✺ Gros bisous ✺ ❀

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  41. The tree and grass patterns are especially beautiful, the sky looks done to me.

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  42. The tree and grass patterns are especially beautiful, the sky looks done to me.

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    1. thank you so much DIANE for stopping by to comment. I loved the texture on the trees with using the palette knife...something you don't get with pastels...lol I'm glad you liked this painting...

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  43. Looking good! You're definitely on to something with the knife.

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    1. thank you so much DIANA...I value your opinion and happy that you liked this painting.
      I really loved your last sketch!!

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  44. Oh very nice Hilda. I bet it's fun to switch off from the pastels to oils occasionally. I love barns too.

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    1. Thank you BARBARA for your comment! I really like switching mediums sometimes...it makes it more interesting... i would love to paint more barns...

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  45. A wonderful subject and I love the way you have framed the barn with the greenery. The pallet knife provides so much interesting texture!

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    1. It's amazing the texture one can achieve with the palette knife...Im enjoying using it lately especially on the trees! Glad you liked it SUSAN!

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  46. I love barns... the dilapidated ones especially... each one seems to hold a mysterious narrative... Beautiful work! A pallette knive is so much fun - obviously it respnds to the same magic in your hands as pastels do!

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    1. Such a nice comment MINNIEMIE..I have always loved barns and I'm so glad you liked this one! Enjoy the rest of the evening.

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  47. Great to see something new, Hilda.I think its nice to experiment with our mediums, subjects and techniques-- keeps things fresh!Lovely barn, beautiful ,sunny colors.

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  48. Great to see something new, Hilda.I think its nice to experiment with our mediums, subjects and techniques-- keeps things fresh!Lovely barn, beautiful ,sunny colors.

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    1. Thank you ARTI for stopping by to comment.
      You just made my day. It's always exciting when we use different mediums....using the palette knife is so different for me...

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  49. Te ha quedado precioso y muy real tanto el granero como la vegetación. Me encanta pintar con espátula, dá mucho juego y posibilidades. Besitossss.

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    1. Muchisimas gracias por tu comentario. Lo agradezco tu palabras muy amable.
      Un abrazo..

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  50. love the vibrant colors in this one. Love barns...they always remind me of my time in Vermont. a beautiful piece!

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  51. Thank you MARIA for such a nice comment. When traveling I'm always on the look out for barns. I never get enough of them...lol. Enjoy the rest of the Evening!

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  52. "Almost Heaven West Virginia!!!" Blue Ridge Mountains! Shenandoah River!"
    Hi HIlda! Love this one! I so love the way you rendered this old lovely noble barn! Great the way it is emerging from the high foliage! Nice! I think these old barns are so heroic! I love barns and the farmers who work the land! We have quite a few barns in my neck of the woods. Your wonderful painting is motivating me to get out and paint them! (As soon as my stupid shoulder is fully healed! I so miss painting and sharing so much with my art blogging buddies!) Keep on making great art my dear art friend!
    Michael Who Misses Art So Much!!!

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  53. Thank you Michael for such a nice comment. I appreciate it so much. When I was in your neighborhood a few years back, we did see a few wonderful barns. I never get tired of seeing them.!
    I'm so sorry to hear your shoulder is still bothering you! The winter snow really did you in!! Take good care of it so we can enjoy your work soon, my friend!!

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  54. Hi Hilda! I have been so negligent with keeping up with my favorite blogs. It was really nice to see what you have been working on, and I am especially loving this one - the color and textures are wonderful! We have great barns here in PA, and I always like to see them 'preserved' for posterity by artists. There have been a few that I have wanted to paint, and then found that they had been taken down or just fell down because of a storm or old age. Your beautiful painting will allow this barn to always stay 'alive'!

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    1. I'm so glad you stopped by to comment, CLAIRE...I as well find that these barns are slowly disappearing and agree that iit would be wonderful if we can all preserve them in our paintings. Pennsylvania has SO many beautiful barns!!

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  55. Dear Hilda, your work is so beautiful, showing lovely colours and the strong contrast. Super! We're getting into winter (yesterday, we had four seasons in a day : sunny, hail, snow, wind!) You, too, take care and keep up wonderful work. Best wishes, Sadami

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  56. thank you for stopping by SADAMI! You just made me smile. Winter was so very long for us here in NY and glad that we're having warmer days. I'll be looking forward to your future watercolors. Enjoy the rest of the Evening!!!

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  57. Wow Hilda! This is so charming - and such beautiful greens - I feel as if I've seen this in real life - love this painting!

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    1. Thank you so much Connie for your visit and for such a nice comment. I appreciate it!

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  58. This is a lovely work. Love the colors. Barn pics have always fascinated me. The barns here in India do not look so interesting.

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    1. Thank you so much AK for such a nice comment. We have so many barns all over the U.S...we just have to look around! Enjoy the rest of the evening!

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  59. I have already commented on this once, but it is one of my favorites of yours, so I wanted to come back and check it out again. It is just as beautiful as the first look a few weeks ago. Would love to see more of these landscapes from you

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    1. Thank you So much Carol. You're SO kind!

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  60. Hilda, I absolutely love this! It grabbed me right away! The barnwood looks weathered, and it is framed so nicely by the trees, grasses and shrubs. Gorgeous greens!! Bravo!!

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    1. Thank you so much Carol! I've been in a little rut lately with my portraits so I thought a landscape would be such a nice change! I'm so glad you liked it. Enjoy the rest of the evening!

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  61. Hello my friend.
    Fantastic. You have got to do more Landscapes, their beautiful Hilda. All the best to you.
    Vic.

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    1. Thank you so much Vic..I really appreciate you stopping by to comment. I really enjoyed painting this barn.

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  62. Hi Hilda - hope everything is okay. I have been waiting for a new paining...patiently...

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  63. Hi Hilda - hope everything is okay. I have been waiting for a new paining...patiently...

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  64. You're so sweet Julie. Everything's okay...I'm working on a portrait right now but I've been busy so I haven't been working on it like I should. Soon. Thank you so much for stopping by!!

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  65. Beautiful! I love your portraits, but also hope you will paint more landscapes because you're very good at them. :)

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  66. Beautiful! I love your portraits, but also hope you will paint more landscapes because you're very good at them. :)

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  67. Thank you so much Theresa for stopping by and for leaving me such a generous comment! I enjoy painting landscapes very much and you'll see more in the future!!!

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  68. I am so sorry I missed seeing this painting earlier! OH MY GOSH Hilda!!! It is absolutely fabulous! Probably my new favorite :) Bravo my friend!

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  69. Awww! Thank you Colette! You're very kind!!!

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