Collecting: Bakelite Flatware

bakelite flatware -- Lynn Payne

I love collecting Bakelite utensils bring a nostalgic feel to the kitchen and set a cheerful mood to the table.

New Work - "Summer Melons" - Available for Purchase

Summer Melons -- Lynn Payne

"Summer Melons" 24 x 24 oil on canvas $800

Hi everyone, As I write to you, I am packing to go on our annual summer vacation-yay!

Not only does this mean packing in preparation for 2 1/2 weeks away, it means planning to have the house plants and garden watered, the cats fed and the house checked on.

I then "close" my studio - put the caps on the paint, clean palettes and store paintings.

This brings me to my my mantra of the week... "Paint like there's no tomorrow!"

I paint throughout the year knowing that my real vacation lays ahead, where I will be soaking up sun and inspiration.

I'm taking a small sketchbook and watercolor set for daily musings which I will post on Instagram.


Little Miss Sunshine

July is the birthday month for our daughter, Georgia's sixteenth year!

Little Miss Sunshine -- Lynn Payne


Listening: The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time

"The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time" by Mark Haddon

I was excited to discover that a favorite book that I listened to was made into a Tony winning Broadway play! "The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time"  follows fifteen year old Christopher Boone as he sets out to find who killed his neighbor's dog. Christopher has Aspergers Syndrome, a condition similar to Autism. This makes a most interesting and compelling main character. The narrator convincingly gives Christopher the voice of a boy with a peculiar personality. I found this to be funny, honest and incredibly moving.

Collecting: Shells

Summer is here and soon, we'll be at the beach! Which means I'll be doing one of my favorite things, combing for shells. I like to get up early to bicycle over to the waterfront and walk along the shore to see what the ocean left on the sand. Every morning I marvel as the sun moves up the horizon and colors a huge display of cloud formations, and as I walk and pick through shells, I feel pure and utter peace...lost in the moment.

I have large glass jars filled with my collection, which bring back those warm memories when I'm home in the winter. What do you do with your shells?

A Grand Affair

I collaborated with my father on this painting which has been juried into the "Best of West Virginia" show in the David L. Dickinson Art Gallery at Tamarack.

This painting is a compilation of several of the photographs he took at a party he attended during the late 1940's. Although he is no longer living, I feel his exuberant personality whenever I look through any of the numerous photo albums he left behind. He was a real "shutterbug".

The Best of WV show runs from June 21 through August 9 at Tamarack, Beckley, WV