The Neighborhood

"The Neighborhood" 
 5x7.5 oil on canvas
©2010 Carol Horzempa



Here in Wisconsin it's been so cold all week that I can walk on top of the snow without sinking in. Since I have been getting cabin fever lately I decided to paint the neighborhood with it's hard crusty snow piled up everywhere. This is the view I see from my back door.

In Memory of Holly

"In Memory of Holly"
6x7 oil on canvas
©2010 Carol Horzempa
NFS

This little Border Terrier will be truly missed by my sister. Below is a poem she has written that best described her little companion that kept her company for the past 10 years.


"Holly"

So cute you are little Border Terrier

Whether closely shorn or hairier
Rain, snow, sleet; no matter what pours
Kin from Northumberland's harsh shores


My life you fill with joy and hearty laughs

In the house; teasing, kissing, snuggling naps
Out the door; a wild predator, oh so fun
Chasing squirrels, rabbits, bugs in the sun



Roll over tricks for a doggie bone

You keep me young and not alone
You take me places I would never go
Dog companion, sniffing weeds, exploring a hole



For this little pet thank you God; I do

She depends on me for everything, and I on You


By Elaine Schneider



Great-Grandmother

"Great-Grandmother"
12x14 Conte Crayon
on paper
©2009 Carol Horzempa
NFS

Thirteen years ago I did this portrait of my mother-in-law Estelle meeting her first great-grandchild, Casey Ray. It was a moment in time that I was able to capture with my camera and later as a drawing with Conte Crayon on Bienfang paper. Casey of course is a teenager now. You can see a painting of him titled "13" done by his mom (my daughter) on her blog.

Estelle is ninety-six years young now and is able to remain independent in her own home with the help of family members taking care of her needs.

This is going to be a busy year for me but I hope to focus on doing more portraits in the near future.