Friday, June 25, 2010

BUDDIES, 6X8, OIL SOLD


There is nothing like the company of your dog.  They are fun, and faithful and when you are a young girl, they can add so much to your life.  I was raised as an only child and some of my best childhood memories involve my pet dogs.  This girl was sitting on a rock high over the Nantahala River at  NOC, watching the kayaks run the rapids.

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Thursday, June 24, 2010

GRAPES ON WINDOWSILL, 6X8, OIL, SOLD


Grapes are my favorites, to eat.  Black, green, red.  As long as they don't have seeds, I will eat them and enjoy every one.  I also like wine.  That is all I'm going to say about that.  So, maybe it is my fondness for grapes that makes me want to paint them.  Or maybe it's because they are so easy.  Drawing is a no brainer and who's to know if they are too big or too small or shaped a little oddly.  But, I think it's the color that attracts me; especially with green grapes.  They are so translucent and have all those yummy shades of green and blue, sometimes even purples in the shadows.  What could be better than to throw them on a white windowsill and let the light stream in over them. 

Wednesday, June 23, 2010

DRESSING FOR DINNER II, 6X8,OIL


This is one of my favorites.  I snapped this photo about 12 years ago.  I was babysitting my one and only granddaughter when she decided to play "dress up".  She is almost 16 now and learning to drive, but it really seems like only yesterday that she looked like this.  Sometimes, I miss this little one.

Tuesday, June 22, 2010

CUPCAKE DRAMA, 5X7, OIL, CAROL SCHIFF STUDIO, SOLD


Why the drama, you ask?  Well, my paint group, Pieces of Eight, is planning an exhibition later this year featuring baked goods.   I have a very bad track record painting cupcakes, so far none of my tries have survived the dreaded wipe-off.  So I decided to practice a little.  I decided to pump the colors up as much as I could (more drama) and miracle of all miracles, I liked it!  So this may be my only cupcake painting on record.  I may not push my luck and try for another. 

Monday, June 21, 2010

FLORIDA SURF, 8X10, OIL, SOLD


Florida is graced with the most amazing coastline and I am very happy to say that so far, the east coast has had no damage from the Gulf disaster.  We are enjoying the summer, while at the same time, it feels a little like having a time bomb ticking away.  To make matters worse, nobody knows what to expect if (when) a good ole tropical storm or hurricane comes blowing through.  So for the time being, we cross our fingers, pray a lot and wait to see what will be our future.


Saturday, June 19, 2010

HENS AND CHICKS II, 12X12, OIL NFS

For all you people in the Pacific NW, I am exhibiting at Lakewood Gallery, Tacoma, Washington.  I hope if you are in the area you will find time to stop by and visit between now and the end of the year.  I have sent a good selection of paintings in different sizes.  For those of you who are not in the area, the gallery has a new website and blog here.  Check it out and enjoy!

Thursday, June 17, 2010

CHOCOLATE PUDDING, 5X7, OIL


Last week a few of my painting buddies got together for an additional paint date.  Donna Vines invited us to her beautiful studio.  She had a cupcake and this yummy bowl of homemade chocolate pudding with hand whipped cream as set ups.  Naturally we rushed through the painting portion so that we could get to the eating portion.  No "starving artists" in our group!

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Tuesday, June 15, 2010

REFLECTIONS,6X8, ORIGINAL OIL


Here we have a pear sitting on a glass table top with natural light shining in behind.  It gives off a triple reflection that is really quite beautiful.  I especially like the bright aqua reflection that glass sometimes gives.

Do you ever get bored with painting?  I never do.  That is the most wonderful thing about being an artist.  Some days I have trouble getting inspired, but as soon I find a subject and get started,
I get totally involved in the project.  Right now, I am rushing to get all my little projects done so I can get back in the studio and finish a portrait of my granddaughter.  I think I could be a hermit as long as I had plenty of oil paint.

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Sunday, June 13, 2010

BOWL OF CHERRIES WITH BLUE SKIES, 6X8, OIL, SOLD


Everything we could want in life, a bowl of cherries and blue skies!  Well, technically it's the reflection of blue skies.  Hope you enjoy this as much as I did painting it.  If you have not been to our new website Daily Painter Originals yet, click here for a look at what's new.

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Thursday, June 10, 2010

GREEN GRAPES AND LEMON, 6X8, OIL, SOLD


It is sooo late and I am sooo tired, I don't have much to say about this painting.  I hope you enjoy it and I will try to do a better job next time.

Thanks to everyone who has been so kind as to leave me wonderful encouraging comments and best wishes on the new website.  I cannot tell you how important your comments are to me.  Of course, most of you are artists with your own blogs, so I guess you know exactly what I mean.

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Wednesday, June 9, 2010

LILY, 6X8, OIL, SOLD

I don't paint a lot of flowers so I thought I would give one a try.  This is from a photo I took a couple of years ago in North Carolina.  I found this beautiful plant full of blooms in a neighbor's yard.  The plant had a least 10 blooms on it and stood waist high. 

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Monday, June 7, 2010

WATERMELON, 6x8, OIL

I have some exciting news to tell you about.  Today is the unveiling of a brand new website called "Daily Painter Originals".  Carolyn Finnell, a very fine artist and computer whiz is the author and founder of this site.  We have gathered a group of 20 plus blogger artists that you would recognize.  People like Dana Cooper and Leslie Saeta, Dreama Tolle Perry and Gwen Bell, to name just a few.  Check out the new site here.  We hope it becomes one of your favorites!

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Thursday, June 3, 2010

GOLDEN MARSH II, 5X7, OIL







Just a little marsh scene.  I find it very relaxing to turn out a few of these simple paintings occasionally.  After several hours spent on a more complex painting, this feels almost as good as a massage. 

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