Wednesday, March 30, 2016

Dogwood painting, Small oil painting, daily painting, 6x8" Oil SOLD

It's dogwood time in Appalachia!  Any day now the landscape of North Carolina, Virginia etc. will burst into bloom.  If my #1 have to be in the mountains time is fall, spring runs closely as 2nd.


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If you have never been there when everything bursts into bloom....do yourself a favor and plan a trip today!




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 I tried to capture all the delicate colors.



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Sunday, March 27, 2016

Small Seascape, Wave Painting, Daily Painting, Small oil painting, "Cresting", 8x8x1.5"

For lovers of the sea!

I did a few small paintings where I focused in on a wave, instead of my usual long distance view.  I was not sure they would be successful, but they both sold quickly.  Both clients have similar reactions to them.....they felt the paintings revived wonderful memories of their times in or on the ocean.  I decided to try a few more.

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I have a few more seascapes to show you soon.  I hope you enjoy this one!

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Wednesday, March 23, 2016

Abstraction, daily painting, small oil painting, "and suddenly spring burst through", 6x8" Oil

This is my little ode to those brave first flowers of the season, that  burst through on a cold, gray spring day and brighten our lives.  Finally, proof that spring will soon be here!

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Not so much in Florida, of course, but the mountains of North Carolina have given me new respect for winter.

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Smile today and every day!



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Wednesday, March 16, 2016

Story of a commission

When I work on a painting commission, it is always with a mix of excitement and fear.  Will I produce the painting my client is expecting?

Recently  I recieved a request for a 30x40" commission.  The client had already purchased a small 8x10" and wanted a similar scene.  She especially liked the sky.

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I painted a small study of what I thought the client was asking for....focus on the sky and a more interesting marsh area.


Nix!  The sky is much to gaudy for the client, and could I please add some birds.



This had a better reception, but perhaps a few more herons?



Here we are getting closer, but the client felt the flying heron was too distracting to the sunset.



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I photo shopped the offending bird out of the composition and got the go ahead!  This is the completed 30x40" canvas which the client is totally happy with.

Most clients have sent me a photo image of exactly the scene they are looking for.  I found this trial and error system has worked well for me when there is no photo image to work from.

I would love to hear how others handle this situation.

Thanks for reading my blog today.

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Sunday, March 13, 2016

Daily Painting, Small Oil Painting, Palette Knife Painting, "Evening Show" 6x12x.75" textured art

One of my favorite places to be when the sun goes down, is Eau Gallie Yacht Club.  I have seen the most beautiful sunsets from that location.  I always have my camera ready, and I often try to capture it in paint.

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 Of course, it is impossible to capture God's beauty in paint, at least for me.  This time I tried with a palette knife, using a technique that leaves a lot of texture on the painting, and also blends the colors in a subtle way.





Locals may recognize Dragon Point, just south of the Eau Gallie Causeway.

Today I leave for another three day workshop with Elio Comacho in Fernandina Beach.  Hopefully, I will have some new techniques to show you when I return.

Thanks for reading my blog today.



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Wednesday, March 9, 2016

Daily Painting, Small Oil Painting, Colorado Wildflowers, Flower Painting, 8x10x1.5" Oil, Colorado Kansas Line

Years ago, I lived in both Colorado and Kansas, but I don't remember these wildflowers that I found growing everywhere, when I visited there last year.


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They must have been there, but a visit is different than a young woman, raising a family and working full time.  


Sorry for the glare on this image.


I added great swirls of texture to the canvas before painting, trying to capture the feel of  flowers swaying in the breeze.

Can you tell I was facing east when I took this shot?  In Colorado (at least where I was) when you face west you see the Rockies, when you face east, you see the prairie.

Thanks for reading my blog today.....and keep painting!!


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Sunday, March 6, 2016

Sunflower Painting, Daily Painting, Small Oil Painting, 14x18x.75" Oil SOLD

Last summer I visited Colorado and fell in love with the state.  The beauty is breath taking and I was trying to record it all on my camera.

Today's painting is a light hearted, laid back attempt to capture the wild sunflowers swaying in the breeze of the Colorado landscape.


 On a whim, I decided to paint over an old abstract painting, that carried lots of texture in specific areas.


That set the tone of the painting for me.  I stayed loose and free.



Much of the background is from the original painting.

I have a friend who burns her unsuccesful paintings at the end of the year.  I think that is a dangerous activity.  The fumes of the paint and mediums burning cannot be a good thing.  I much prefer to paint over a less successful painting and save a few dollars by reusing the canvas.  I am all about recycling.

Happy Painting!!


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Wednesday, March 2, 2016

You may have seen this before!

I apologize if you have seen this before.  I had a posting problem several weeks ago and two of my posts went out to some, but not all.  I decided to post them again.

Today, I wanted to post a few of my teapot lamps and something new.....dinner plate clocks.

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 This will never take the place of my art, but, it is a nice little break ......getting creative in another media.  I loved the leopard print teapot and I paired it up with a yellow and black plate that has a bumblebee on it.

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I always smile when I see this one with yellow and black polk a dots as well as black and white checks with yellow daisies.


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This clock is perfect for a country kitchen and it has a hanging attachment right on the back.
Tick tock, tick tock.

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 I love this one of several clocks on a commemorative plate.



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I little oriental touch!
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And finally, this black and white beauty, for the more sophisticated kitchen nook.

Tomorrow.....back to the easel.  I hope you  enjoyed this little break from art.






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