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  1. Thank your lovely neighbors for letting us have a tour of their artwork! Thank you Brenda for sharing it. I am in awe and so appreciative to you all.

  2. Thanks for sharing. Just amazing. They use their hands for art like you use your mind for writing. You are truly talented people. And how wonderful you are neighbors.

  3. WOW! Those are amazing! I was so looking forward to seeing these. I’m so glad he let you take photos to share with us. And his wife is equally talented. How lucky they have each other to share common interests. That’s important for any relationship. I wish I had that kind of talent. Please tell them thank you for letting you share their wonderful talents with us! And please let us know how your daughter is doing.

  4. Amazing talents, and quite something in this competitive day that they have supported each other’s talents all these years!!!

  5. Amazing! Thanks for posting. I was looking forward to seeing Ron’s ships!

  6. Such works of art, and such gifts they have to be able to create those wonderful art pieces for others to enjoy.

  7. Wow, I’m in awe! Such talented neighbors u have including u too Brenda! All this talent in one small community! I wonder what other talent your neighbors have? Like singing or cooking or baking their timeless recipes!

  8. Ron’s ships are really very intricate! He has an amazing talent! And his wife Pat’s paintings look fabulous. Such a talented duo! Someone mentioned miniature dollhouses. I bought a very basic one years ago, painted it, got the roof shingled and put the electricity in. And then for some reason, that’s as far as I’ve gotten. I was busy doing art shows for years and then we moved had life took over.

    1. I used to do all sorts of crafts, etc., but arthritis pretty much nixed that kind of thing for me.

  9. Their work is amazing! The ships, the painting, and the sculpture of the birds! Thank you for sharing this, Brenda.

  10. Wow!! Ron’s ships are absolutely amazing. And his wife’s painting is truly beautiful. What a talented couple. Thank you for sharing their art with us.

  11. What a talented couple! Ron’s ships are museum-worthy!

    1. I can’t imagine how he works with those tiny pieces. I sure couldn’t do it.

  12. Wow! That’s the first word that comes to mind. Just like the people on Antique Roadshow when their item is assessed at some great price. Wow! What a talented couple they are – it’s wonderful that they shared. Thank you, Brenda for showing this beautiful art and craftsmanship.
    And thanks for responding re Kendra’s scheduled outpatient appointment – will be thinking of her.
    Mary

  13. Ron’s ships are beautiful! How kind of him to allow you to show his work. My brother a former Navy man, has a half dozen or so, that he crafted years ago. Just like Ron’s work, I was in awe of all the rigging on the ships, and the detail work involved. My brother also has collections, like Ron’s, of light houses. I believe if they knew each other, they would be good friends. Alto, my brother is 89, and not into ship building any longer. Oh, and that stained glass window…To die For!!!!!

  14. I am stunned and amazed by Ron’s art!! Please tell him “Thank You!” for sharing ~

  15. What an outstanding and impressive couple. How blessed you are to have them as neighbors and can receive their kindness and friendship. As they are blessed to receive your wonderful presence in their life! The ship making makes me think of creating doll houses that women enjoy, especially if they create the furnishings. Even though there really isn’t any comparison to your neighbors talent as a ship maker. Thanks for sharing and I am so happy for you that you are enjoying where you are living.

    1. I’ve always thought it would be fun to have one of those vintage dollhouses to redo. But I have so much arthritis in my hands I couldn’t work with those little pieces.

  16. Ron and Pat are exceptionally talented people! I admire their talent! My father built an old ship in his younger days and he gave it to me! It had the cloth sails which of course disintegrated over time! My son, who works at a mariner got me some cloth and I had someone make me new sails! I have the ship on the mantle and I will always cherish it!

  17. Thank Pat and Ron for sharing such beautiful art with us. I wonder what sparked Ron to start making such detailed ships and with no blueprints or directions. Amazing!

    1. As a young boy, I built airplanes. I always thought I would like to build ship models, but I didn’t for many years. In 1988 I discovered a modeling club in Tulsa, and I started going to their meetings. They were building model ships, strictly wood, no plastic. That’s when I started building wooden models. I have built over 50 models, and it is a labor of love. I have also restored some models. My wife loves my ships so that makes it even better. I love her paintings too, and they are mostly nautical. She is also my sail maker. We have been married 69 years. Life is good!!!

  18. WOW! The ships are beyond amazing! True works of art from an exceptionally skilled craftsman! Pat’s paintings and drawings are beautiful, too. I think it’s extra nice that the couple share creativity. That makes it less likely they’d complain about “messes” left behind by the other! I say this because my husband would sometimes make comments about quilting scraps all over the dining room table when I went on a sewing binge! Another artist would understand the way time (and tidiness) flies when the crafty bug bites!

  19. Brenda, thank you for sharing this wonderful life of your new neighbors—-and I’m loving all that you’re doing in your new space—-hope you’re feeling much better—haydee

    1. I’m in and out of the boot. Neighbor John helped me repot my Japanese Maple tree into a bigger container yesterday evening.

  20. Stunning. How absolutely wonderful to have the artistic abilities these two have.

    1. And there’s more I didn’t photograph because it was late in the day and my ankle was hurting.

  21. Incredible talent – wow!!! I am in awe of them! Those ships and paintings made by true artisans.
    I wonder how much time they each spend on their ‘work’. I am speechless and searching for the right words.

    Amazing!
    Thank you for sharing, Brenda.

    1. They had family in to visit all last week. So he said he was behind on his work.

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