New Year, New Paintings

Today, a funny quote from Disney’s National Treasure came to mind as I was cleaning my paintbrushes and scrubbing my hands. In the movie scene, we just transitioned from a young Benjamin Gates solemnly swearing to “take upon [the] duty of the Templars, the Freemasons and the family Gates” to present day, in which Gates is now a grown man. He obviously upheld his duty, as he and his crew are in the middle of the Canadian Arctic in search of the Charlotte.

Upon reaching the assumed, yet very carefully researched, destination of the ship, Gates and the rest set out equipped with metal detectors on the ice. Still in search, the conversation between a good guy (Riley) and a bad guy (Powell) follows:

Powell: Look… this is a waste of time. How could a ship wind up way out here?

Riley: Well, I’m no expert but… it could be that the hydrothermic properties of this region produce hurricane-force ice storms that cause the ocean to freeze and then melt and then refreeze, resulting in a semisolid migrating land mass that would land a ship right around here. [Walks away]

Ha ha…makes me laugh every time! I guess I must have thought of this quote due to relentless scrubbing of my hands over the past few days, especially yesterday. I am no expert, nor have even taken any painting classes…but just take it from my personal experience–beware the MOD PODGE!! It gets nasty. And the Staz On permanent stains your hands for days. And wear old clothes…just saying. 😉


Besides all this, I enjoyed many hours in the basement “studio.” Here are a few finished canvases:





As I placed them in a line for the photos, I noticed that they all have flowers and the color yellow. I must be wishing for sunny, warm, spring days. 🙂 I will be posting these to Etsy by the weekend.



Filed under Books and Movies, Paintings

3 responses to “New Year, New Paintings

  1. I love the first one posted. It reminds me of reaching toward Jesus and heaven…the colors are beautiful! I’d say you had a fun filled day painting:) Stay warm and safe today Melinda. You are loved. Be sure to share a smile:)

  2. Megan

    *giggling* I like the way you have random movie quotes that relate to your life in such astounding similarities!! I’ve seen these paintings on Etsy before this post and thought, “What uniquely neat paintings!!” I really like the flowers added in and the color schemes are terrific! Oh and the thought occurred to me that we should paint together in the basement the next time I’m out in Ohio!! That’d be superific! XO:) ~Megs

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