The Outer Banks on North Carolina have been on my mind. I was thinking of Ocracoke when I painted this little abstract seascape.
Thursday, December 31, 2020
Sunday, December 27, 2020
I enjoy a challenge....and for me, this was a challenge. I would hate to tell you how much time I spent on this little 6x8" piece.
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Sunday, December 20, 2020
Thursday, December 17, 2020
Since we are on the subject of dogs...............meet Bennett
A client sent me a photo to work with on this piece. The dog was such fun to paint. I just knew that Bennett was high energy and fun loving. Don't you agree?
The better the photo, the better the painting.
Sunday, December 13, 2020
Lately I have been doing several pet portraits. This is one of three ordered by a client.
If you would like to have a treasured oil painting of your best friend, contact me here for pricing and delivery times.
Thursday, December 10, 2020
I have been continuing to research and experiment with fluid art, and finally I feel I have made a little progress.
I was very happy with this one, that appears to be hundreds of little bubbles, but is actually hundreds of little cells.
Is this year flying bye or what? I think we will all be happy when it is gone!
Sunday, December 6, 2020
The most enjoyable experiences, I get out of painting, almost always involves a palette knife. I may start out with a brush in hand, but eventually the knife takes over.
This was my first experience. I started on a canvas with a half finished painting. One I had lost interest in ever finishing.
Friday, December 4, 2020
I picked these hydrangea from my garden and was compelled to paint them. Hydrangea are probably my very favorite flowers and I love the summer months when my home is surrounded with their massive blooms.
I wanted to keep the painting as simple as the pitcher and mug.
For me, keeping it simple usually means "palette knife".
This original painting is sold, but it can be ordered as a giclee print on canvas, paper or wood. You can find it on my Etsy link below.
Enjoy your day!
Tuesday, December 1, 2020
A client wanted a cow painting, for licensing purposes. I usually do daily painting of still life or landscape, but I have to admit I enjoyed both the horse, they originally chose, and this cow painting.
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I painted on Senso linen canvas. I had a pad of the linen around for several years but didn't really know what to do with it. I found it had a different texture than the cotton canvas I usually paint on, but once I got into the painting, it was fine.
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So, today I stretched my limits, both with the Senso canvas and the cow painting, and luckily both worked out for me!
This is a re-post, and the cow has been sold. However, if you are interested, giclee prints are available on canvas and wood planks, in the size of your choice. Check it out on my Etsy site at the link below
Sunday, November 29, 2020
Woodland Scene Oil Painting, Cabin Wall Decor, Palette Knife Painting, Small Oil Painting, Daily Painting
This is a small painting I did last fall.
I often passed this cabin, on my daily walks. I am always inspired by the beauty surrounding me during my walks. The cabin looked so charming, nestled in the trees, with spots of sunlight hitting it.
This piece is a combination of brush and palette knife.
I have gone without painting for several months due to my move. I am anxious to return to my new (small) studio, and begin this new version of my daily routine. I hope I remember how to paint!
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Thursday, November 26, 2020
A few weeks ago, my friends Carmen and Donna and I drove to Fernandina Beach, FL to attend a 4 day workshop with Elio Camacho. Elio is one of my favorite painters and my very favorite instructor and I have been lucky enough to attend with workshops twice a year for the past three years.
Here Elio met a challenge to paint without darks. He often states a painting should bring it's own light. I think this one meets that requirement
Another of his larger than life paintings.
This was a 25 minute demo he did for us on foam core. He pushed the color even more than usual and got wild and crazy.
His brushwork is very exciting...something I am hoping to bring to my work.
Elio spent a year painting blue studies, then moved on and studied yellows and reds. He likes to set up still life, to challenge his students, all in a single color. He believes red is the most difficult color to paint. If you can do a red painting, you can really see color. This was a 20 minute demo he did for us.
We hated to leave the workshop after 3.5 intense and fun days. To console ourselves, we had a final lunch of fried shrimp at our favorite eatery.
A final photo of Carmen and Donna, de-stressing with ice cream in front of Island Art Association. We thank the members for hosting us once again. Then we hop into our car for the drive home.
One last classic Elio demo that he painted in about 15 minutes, out of his head. I almost cried when he scrapped it off the next morning.
Needless to say, we are excited to return for his next Florida workshop in the spring. You can find his workshop schedule here.
Sunday, November 22, 2020
Seashore Friends, Bird Painting, Wildlife Art, Seascape Painting, Small Oil Painting, Beach House Wall Decor, Daily Painting
The canvas is 8x16x1.5, with the sides painted in a dark value, allowing it to be hung with or without a frame.
Thanks for viewing!
Wednesday, November 18, 2020
Poppy Painting, Floral Still Life, Flower Still Life Painting, Daily Painting, Small Oil Painting, Daily Painting, Palette Knife Textured Art
One of the great things about living in Asheville, are the poppies! I loved living in Florida, but it's hard to beat a great yard full of poppies, and hydrangea.
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Have a great day, and thanks for visiting my blog.
Sunday, November 15, 2020
When I started painting, I did lots of still life. These two have encouraged me, to get back in the still life mode, doing set-ups in my studio.
Sometimes we just need to shake things up a little. I think I am there, now. Let's get a little new inspiration!
Thursday, November 12, 2020
Landscape Painting, Small Oil Painting, Daily Painting, Ocracoke Island, North Carolina, Outer Banks Artwork
The residents are a special group of individuals, who fiercely defend their lifestyle.
I appreciated their dedication to this small strip of land, 40 miles from the mainland, and am thankful they were willing to share it with me.
Monday, November 9, 2020
It doesn't happen often, but this was one of those days.
Hope you have "one of those days" too.
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Thursday, November 5, 2020
One would think, that abstract painting would be so easy. My two year old can do that!
You may be right! Two year olds are fearless. They know not the meaning of failure.
Nothing is more frightening than a blank canvas when you have no plan. The idea of abstract seems to appeal to every painter, but the reality is quite something else.
This piece is one of my favorites, using the cross composition.
Thursday, October 29, 2020
Coastal Wall Decor, Beach House Painting, Florida Landscape, Daily Painting, Small Oil Painting, 6x8" Oil on Canvas Panel
I recently returned to Florida after three years living in the Asheville area. Since I am back in Florida my tropical self has come out of hiding.
We are living further south than we did in the past, and it is much more tropical here. My painting is trying to adjust to the new landscapes.
Sunday, October 25, 2020
Coastal Home Decor, Tropical Landscape Art, Palette Knife Painting, Small Oil Painting, Textured Art, 9x12", Daily Painting
Tropical Landscape Painting, Coastal Wall Decor, Palm Trees on the Shoreline, Tropical Giclee Print On Canvas
You would think that with everyone staying at home , with our activities curtailed, that time would drag. I find it to be just the opposite.
So, time flew for me, and for most of the year, I had no time or inclination to paint. Finally, I am back in the studio!
It is very reassuring for me to get back to normal activity, in at least one aspect of my life.
I hope your finding a little silver lining in your life too.
Thursday, October 22, 2020
Abstract Landscape Painting, Original Wall Decor, Daily Painting, Small Oil Painting, Palette Knife Oil Painting, Sunset Art, Textured Art, 9x12"
Some days I just want to smush paint around. I can almost understand Vincent eating it. So creamy, so smooth, so beautiful!
Sunday, October 18, 2020
Will this virus never go away? Days sometimes feel dreary. I feel that way too, and decided it was the perfect time to paint something bright and cheery.
Thursday, October 15, 2020
I have been spending so much time in the Blue Ridge Mountains, my trips to the beaches have suffered. Time to roll out of bed before the sun, grab a cup of coffee and go for a short drive to the sea.
It is so enjoyable here, cool, serene.....I feel refreshed and ready to start my day.
Do you have a happy place too?
This painting was commissioned by a client who saw a similar work on my Etsy site. The piece she wanted was already sold. I was happy to do a similar painting in the size she desired.
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Sunday, October 11, 2020
Crashing Breaker Giclee Print, Beach House Decor, Coastal Home Decor, Print on Canvas, Print on Wood, Print on Paper
Are you ready for another seascape? This is one of my favorites because of the blues, greens, lavender colors.
This painting reminds me of trips to the islands.
Although the original has been sold, giclee prints are available on paper, canvas, or wood panel.
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Thursday, October 8, 2020
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The owner of the Etsy site, Dandeliondecor gave me permission to use her image. The teapot is no longer available but I am happy to have this painting.
I was attracted by the wavy lines, the beautiful china roses and the sweet curvy handle. The painting is soft and subtle, but it catches my eye every day as I walk by it. Yes, one of the perks of being an artist, is lots or original art on your walls.
Several years ago I did lots of still life teapots and flowers and food items. I am getting in the mood to return to these subjects.
I hope you enjoy this daily painting today and I hope you will pin it.