Family portrait gallery – an amateur wall of family portraits


My home is my castle. And you know what castles have? Family portraits. Walls full of portraits.

I think my family is no less portrait worthy. And I love to play around with paints.

I am not an artist. I am at best a hobby painter.


I am working on a family portrait project.

The finished paintings will hang on the long wall at the top of the basement stairs.

It’s almost the only wall in the house that will accommodate them, and it’s on display enough that they won’t be a waste of time gathering dust but not so on display that I’ll have to answer questions about them.


The catalyst for this particular project was a cute little picture I painted of my dog last year.

That picture of her now hangs at the top spot in the family portrait arrangement. She earned top spot. In dog years she was the senior family member. Plus since she passed away in February it puts her closer to heaven.


I’ve got a bunch done and hung in the stairway . Some of the pictures are better than others. One or two really capture their subjects well.

I accidentally set something on one of them when it was laying on my desk and punctured the canvas so I will have to try it again.


When I complete the set I may go back and attempt a couple others to see if I can make them better.

I am also still working on them. On my easel right now I have my last nefew and a picture of my siblings and I as kids.



Practice makes perfect, so maybe this will help me develop some style and some skill.

Mostly though, it’s just something else for me to dabble in. Another hobby for me.

Gavin and 3 siblings – in progress

I have many hobbies; so many hobbies in fact that I may begin telling people I am a professional hobbiest.

What do you think? Should I get business cards? Darcy L Hoover, Certified Professional Hobbiest.




Good fences make good neighbours

My last post was about the absolutely fabulous garden my husband built for me. While he was hard at work making our garden space functional, I was hard at work making it beautiful.

I wanted to create something to represent our new blended family. I decided on a family fence, and included one slat for each of us. There is even one for our dog, Tessa. When I put it together I tried to replicate our relative heights too. The short one is me. Oh, and I added a squirrel to the edge because the dog is constantly chasing squirrels.

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Then my husband attached it to spikes under some spruces trees along one side of my garden – where there was a gap in the hedge that rings the yard anyway so it added privacy. 1001552_10151869114209715_53356817_n

That was the first year. The second year, when I decided I wanted a couple more raised beds in the garden I also decided I wanted to fill one other small gap in the hedge. Over the winter some deer had wandered through the garden so I used that as inspiration.

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Again, my husband attached it to spikes – after he finished building the last long bed and the strawberry bed.

The other day while on one of my first spring garden inspections I noted there was a gap under one of the largest spruces where we had trimmed away some old branches. I think I’m going to make a small fence to fill it. Shorter. Maybe a wolf silhouette. I’ve got a few months to think about because I won’t have time until the garden is all planted and thriving.