Friday, May 25, 2018

Memorial Weekend

This weekend we remember in memory those who died while serving in the country's armed services.  For many it is the official start of Summer too.

  I will honor my Dad tomorrow.  He served in World War II and was very proud of his service as I am of him too.

I will also spend the weekend painting and getting ready for my Summer shows.

Warmer weather has finally returned as well as sunshine and beautiful blue skies.

"Summer Dream"

Blue skies!!


Tuesday, May 1, 2018

Happy May!

Here it is the first day of May.  Spring is slowly arriving this year.  All the Magnolia trees are in bloom and tulips are first appearing.

I am busy creating in my studio and taking morning walks to enjoy the warmer weather and get inspiration!  It is wonderful to hear the birds in the morning and see all the flowers and trees in bloom.  My dogwood trees are just beginning to bud!

I will be at the Colonial Quilters Guild 2018 show on May 5 and 6, 2018 located at the Charles Chrin Community Center, Palmer Township, PA.  Please check on my website for information and directions at www.dianephalen.com.

Happy May!


"Spring Patchwork"

Apple blossoms

First tulip!

"May Baskets"

Saturday, March 31, 2018

Happy Easter!

Easter is early this year!  I have just started on a new painting celebrating Easter.  I should have it finished by the end of April!  Today is a beautiful day.  Skies are blue and sunshine is everywhere.  It is hard to believe that once again snow is in the forecast for Monday.  The daffodils in my yard are just appearing.
 I will miss celebrating Easter with my Mom this year.  I loved going to her home and having Easter dinner with her and my family.  I miss sharing all our Easter traditions and sweets.
  I have been in my studio constantly to paint and think of Mom.
  Wishing you and your family a wonderful and blessed Easter!

"EASTER PARADE"

Thursday, March 15, 2018

Spring is around the corner!

A few more days until Spring officially begins!  Winter is still hanging on here in Pennsylvania.  The temperature is cold and a few snowflakes fall outside my studio window.  I just finished a painting for St. Patrick's Day and am sketching my Easter painting.  I am having fun with my quilt border paintings!
  I setup my first show of 2018 on Tuesday, March 20.  The show is one of my favorite places in Lancaster, Pennsylvania.  I hope you get to stop by at the show if you are in the area.  I will be there the entire time to sign my art!
  Hope to see you at The Lancaster Quilt Show at The Continental Inn from March 21-24, 2018.  You can check out all the details on their website www.lancasterquiltweek.com


Sending Love!
I am still waiting to see daffodils on my daily walk
I see a few crocus peeking out!

Saturday, February 17, 2018

Spring is almost here!

I can not believe it is almost the end of February and Spring will be here in one month!  I have spent lots of February painting in my studio.  I am working on each month as the season it honors.  I just finished hearts for Valentine's Day and am painting shamrocks for...you guessed it St. Patrick's Day.  My goal is to do one painting a month.  I am excited about this series.  Last year I did a series of each season and a Adirondack chair and quilt (pictured here)  the series will compliment each other.
 I wanted to keep very busy creating since I am having a very rough time grieving for my Mom.  My Mom would have celebrated her 89th Birthday on February 4.  I have my Birthday on February 9.  It was a very sad time for me as Mom and I celebrated our Birthdays together.
  I have my very first show of the Season on March 21 to March 24, 2018.  I will be at the Lancaster Quilt Show at the Continental Inn in Lancaster, Pennsylvania.  Please check out my website at www.dianephalen.com for more information.
  Enjoy the rest of Winter and the beginning of Spring.  Here in Pennsylvania snow is expected tonight  with  temperatures to rebound to warm weather on Wednesday for 74 degree temperatures!!  Sounds pretty impossible...we shall see!

IRISH SHAMROCKS

SPRING AWAKENING!

Tuesday, January 2, 2018

Welcome 2018!

A New Year is upon us, Welcome 2018!  I was glad to see the end of 2017.  It was a very difficult year for me with the passing of my wonderful Mom.  I miss her every minute of the day.  My life is very empty without her to visit and see and talk with every day.
  I went in my studio New Year's Eve.  It is my tradition to paint through to the beginning of the New Year.  I have started with two new paintings.  I am filling my days with the return to painting once again.  The Winter snow and cold is comforting to me as I stay in my studio and begin creating.
  I went to see a Covered Bridge close to me that decorates for the Christmas Season.  Walking and taking photos was a challenge as it was 13 degrees and I had to go without gloves to take photos.  But oh so worth the beauty of seeing the lights, snow and frozen river.  I was there to see the sun set and watch a full moon rise...beautiful!  Happy New Year to all!  I hope you settle in through the next few months of Winter to create and quilt!!

Sharing some of my Covered Bridge photos from last year until I get my new ones printed.  This year there was snow on the ground, a full moon and even more lights!!

Snowy Owl and Covered Bridge
painted from my favorite Covered bridge near my home.

Covered bride all decorated for the holidays!

This photo was taken last year.
  This year there was snow on the ground which made it even more special!


Inside the Covered bridge!
Covered Bridge reflected in the water!

Saturday, December 23, 2017

Merry Christmas!

Merry Christmas!  Wishing all my relatives, friends and collectors of my art a wonderful celebration of Christmas.  May you spend the day with loved ones and remembering too the ones that are not with us this year.  It has been a very sad holiday season for me with missing my kind and gentle Mom.  I think of all we did together during the holidays.  I have her little tree decorated in my living room with all her favorite decorations.
  I wish for you holidays of creating wonderful memories of the time spent with your loved ones.  Memories will always be close in our heart.  Blessings and love to you this holiday season.
Yes, we did get snow!
  from my window!
Melted now, but more due on Christmas Eve!


Merry Christmas from my home to yours!