Springtime is right around the corner…

Spring is always such a beautiful time of renewal. And it’s right around the corner…

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Celebrating life!

~Ana

A Bright Future Begins With You

The future is an open landscape resting at our feet. We each define it, day by day, through our perception of it and the steps we knowingly choose to take.

By perpetuating the good, we can make it a bright, shining playground for all!happy-bright-new-year-2015-ana-livingston-photography-copyrighted

~Ana

Lazy Day on the Skagit River in Mount Vernon, Washington State

I apologize for my long term absence here! There’s much updating to do, but that will have to wait for another day.  Currently I’m back up in Washington State to visit my father, family, and this time around, to attend a school reunion. It’s been a great visit so far and here’s a shot from earlier day: the Skagit River in western Washington state. More photos and stories to come!

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Hope you’ve all been well. Speak with you soon! 😀

~Ana

Day Four, Grapefruit Mural, Clearwater, Florida: Refinement

Today I feel like things are finally coming together. I still have much more refinement to do on both panels, but that might have to wait a bit. It looks like the bad weather that has been sweeping through the midlands (my sympathies) is now due here. Consequently I might not be back to the walls until next week. We’ll see…

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I hope you all are well and happy. When you have a moment, do check in and let me know how you’re treating life. 😀

Love,

~Ana
www.analivingstonfineartist.com

 

“Freedom on the Wing” – By Ana Livingston

It’s all about being at the right place at the right time.

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“Freedom on the Wing” Photography Copyright © 2014 by Ana Livingston. All Rights Reserved

~Ana

My Heart and the Last Light of Day

There’s something magical about watching the sun calmly drift across a room.

After arriving home, I’d placed my earrings on a nearby table and burrowed under a soft blanket on the couch. While the sun continued its gentle march and evening slowly consumed the last light of day, it was by chance I looked down at this moment: when my heart danced to life.

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Life truly is beautiful, isn’t it?

~Ana

Sending Warm Thoughts to My Northern Friends

I am originally from the islands in the Pacific Northwest and from there moved up into the mountains (I am adventurous that way). I lived on a plot of land that bordered the National Forest. The air was fresh, our creek’s water was pure glacial run-off, and there were firs and pines as far as the eye could see. Idyllic.

north-cascades-national-forest-ana-livingston-fine-artistAfter a wonderful first summer and beautiful fall, winter struck on the first of November. I found myself buried under snow for the next six months of my life. One quickly learns at a point such as this that you have a choice: do or die.

Needless to say I got very adept with a snow shovel (and later a snow blower) but even those tools didn’t do much in handling the constant physical (and mental) strain that arises from trying to carry on with even the simplest of daily activities.

I now reside on the Suncoast of Florida, but that does not mean I don’t have compassion and an understanding of what you folks up north are enduring. We are thinking of you down here and hope it ends very shortly.

From me to you, here’s a little something to warm your day:

dunedin-edgewater-clearwater-florida-ana-livingston-photography-copyrightedChin up!

Love,

Ana

On My Birthday this September 27th…

…I will be happily maintaining the style and decorum for which I’m known…

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Enjoying life to the very last crumb.

Happy Birthday to me. 🙂

~Ana

Mariah June and a Sherbert Sunset – Clearwater, Florida

It’s another calm and colorful late evening. Seated is my daughter, Mariah June, enjoying the few last moments of a setting sun here in Old Clearwater Bay. In the distance is one of the beautiful barriers islands to the mainland: Clearwater Beach.

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A nature woman just like her mother; my youngest, Mariah June

This sunset is a wonderful gradient of sherbert hues: yellow through to orange, pink, purple, and finally blending to blue. The tide is out, offering many treats for the seabirds and a warm breeze glides silently over the water with nary a care. It’s almost magical.

Wishing my friends an equally serene and carefree weekend.

~Ana

Poolside on the 4th of July Weekend

What a glorious weekend it is; low 90’s with a nice breeze, constant boat traffic to and fro in the Intracoastal Waterway, and I am enjoying every moment, in and out of the pool.

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I’m downwind from someone’s great smelling bbq!

Hope everyone is having a wonderful weekend. My best to you all!

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The water temperature is a little coolish. Perfect on a hot day!

~Ana

“The Grandness That Is You” by Ana Livingston

What is the value of a woman
Filled with the wonder of you?

holding-hands-true-love-ana-livingston-fine-artist-tampa-bayOne who loves you despite all
Who never sees shortcomings
Just the grandness that is you?

~Ana

Copyright © 2009 Ana Livingston. All rights reserved.

“I See Life” by Ana Livingston

Many see nothing ahead but a menacing storm.

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What do you see?

I see a gentle road through dappled hills of green; a chance to fuse myself with the swirling clouds above; to catch the sweet scent of grass and trees.

I welcome the strong, cooling winds, the torrential rain about to fall, the lightning that will enliven me. Such serendipity to be here at just the right moment.

I don’t see danger ahead. I see life.

~Ana

Copyright © 2009 Ana Livingston. All rights reserved.

A Walk Down Memory Lane: 1943 Group Photo from MGM

This is a promotional photo of many of the actors under contract with MGM at the time of the studio’s 20th birthday party:

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Recognize anyone?

1st Row: James Stewart, Margaret Sullivan, Lucille Ball, Hedy Lamarr, Katharine Hepburn, Louis B. Mayer, Greer Garson, Irene Dunne, Susan Peters, Ginny Simms, Lionel Barrymore.

2nd Row: Harry James, Brian Donlevy, Red Skelton, Mickey Rooney, William Powell, Wallace Beery, Spencer Tracy, Walter Pidgeon, Robert Taylor, Pierre Aumont, Lewis Stone, Gene Kelly, Jackie Jenkins.

3rd Row: Tommy Dorsey, George Murphy, Jean Rogers, James Craig, Donna Reed, Van Johnson, Fay Bainter, Marsha Hunt, Ruth Hussey, Marjorie Main, Robert Benchley.

4th Row: Dame May Whitty, Reginald Owen, Keenan Wynn, Diana Lewis, Marilyn Maxwell, Esther Williams, Ann Richards, Marta Linden, Lee Bowman, Richard Carlson, Mary Astor.

5th Row: Blanche Ring, Sara Haden, Fay Holden, Bert Lahr, Frances Gifford, June Allyson, Richard Whorf, Frances Rafferty, Spring Byington, Connie Gilchrist, Gladys Cooper.

6th Row: Ben Blue, Chill Wills, Keye Luke, Barry Nelson, Desi Arnaz, Henry O’Neill, Bob Crosby, Rags Ragland.

Hope this brought back some great memories.

~Ana

Another View of Clearwater Beach, Florida

This is from my sunset stroll in the Old Clearwater Bay area this evening: Clearwater Beach, which just recently was voted “Florida’s Best Beach Town 2013” by USA Today.

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Looking west from the mainland city of Clearwater out to Clearwater Beach, Florida

That’s what’s new in my world.

Hope everyone’s week got off to a calm start…

~Ana

Dinner on the Beach (Clearwater Beach, Florida)

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Clearwater Beach, Florida. The sunsets here are incredible.

To New Beginnings…from Ana

To new beginnings…

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My very best to all my friends in the coming year.  Let’s make those dreams come true.

Love,
Ana

Happy Holidays from Ana Livingston

Tis the season, my friends.  I am wishing you the very best in the coming year.

Just walked through my dining room and this was waiting for me.  Happy Holidays.

Just walked through my dining room and this was waiting for me. Happy Holidays.

~Ana

Sunset from my Patio

A friend of mine is traveling Europe and the Far East for a month or so.  I’m housesitting and loving it.  I’ve temporarily traded in my Gulf view for that of a calm lake.  No complaints here.

Sunset on the lake.  Peaceful times.

Sunset on the lake. Peaceful times.

~Ana

Backyard Bougainvillea: A Flower Within a Flower

I took a few moments this morning to idle away in my sun-filled backyard.  Amazing what you can discover with just a turn of your head.

Bougainvillea thriving in my backyard.

Bougainvillea thriving in my backyard.

~Ana

“Shadows” – A Poem by Ana Livingston

I can’t turn
or escape from
these shadows
that are me.

“Shadows”, a poem by fine artist and poet, Ana Livingston.

~Ana

Copyright © 2011 by Ana Livingston. All Rights Reserved.

Sunset in Dunedin. Florida

Sunset in Dunedin. Photograph by Ana Livingston

Sunset in Dunedin. Photograph by Ana Livingston

This Really Cuts to the Heart of the Matter…

“Love is not only something you feel. It’s something you do.”
~David Wilkerson

~Ana

She wasn’t doing a thing, that I could see…

What a wondrous statement…

Quote by J.D. Salinger

~Ana

Happy October to All, Near and Far!

Good morning one and all!  It’s October!  And that means for me, here on the Suncoast of Florida, that tolerable weather is almost upon us! 😉

Beautiful Autumn is on its way!

I hope you all had an enjoyable weekend and speak to you soon!

~Ana

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Ana Livingston, Fine Artist and Muralist: A Photograph

Last night’s classic “Don’t you take a shot of me” shot.  😀

~Ana

Candid photo of me. 🙂

My Hand-Picked Bouquet from Dunedin Edgewater Park

I hope you find this as lovely as I did.

~Ana
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Beautiful Sunset Panorama, Dunedin, FL by Ana Livingston

One of many beautiful sunset shots I took this evening in Dunedin, Florida.

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~Ana

July 4th from Dunedin Edgewater Park, FL

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Sunset at Dunedin’s Edgewater Park. Photograph by Ana Livingston. All Rights Reserved

 

~Ana