Wednesday, October 31, 2012

Happy Halloween

Hope everyone has a spooktacular Halloween! Sorry about the moon shot...I just thought it was really funny!

Monday, October 29, 2012

Little Antique Store in Highlands, NC

This little antique store in Highlands, NC, was just about the cutest little place I have ever seen. Oh, and the darling stuff that was in the yard. Ever since I took this picture I have wanted to paint it but I knew it would be a challenge. And it was. I can see that I have trouble with perspective so I need to keep practicing that.  I almost put in the little pig but decided to crop it.

Here are some of the darling things that were for sale there. I could just slap myself for not getting one or two of those little pigs or a rooster. I could have put them here at the studio. Well, if I ever get back them maybe I will.

Saturday, October 27, 2012

Saturday Sunday Art Sale-->Prices

  These will be on sale for the weekend only. I forgot to put the prices when I posted them this this is an update. As always, Shipping is free.

"Pots of Geraniums"
This is oil on an archival panel


Here is my favorite frame from King of Frame
All you do is glue with hot glue or wood glue, etc right in the center of the frame
and it is completely ready to hand. The back is finished off
neatly with ready to hang wire.
(Frame not included)


"Ethereal Flowers"
6x8 on Canvas
Here is a little more information and also how it looks in the frame. 
(Not included)


Have a wonderful weekend!

Friday, October 26, 2012

"Breaking Through"

I named this piece "Breaking Through" because in the photo the sun was really breaking through but sometimes God's majesty is hard to catch so I just did the best I could. A more experienced artist could have captured it I am sure.
So here is another 3rd grade picture that I think the fairy tweaked also.

Here's one more drawing that I can't even remember doing but I am impressed with the line confidence. I wonder if I traced? But it's on that cheap paper that is dense so I don't know how I could have traced it. Anyway. I have another drawing of Deputy Dog that is similar but I couldn't get it down to photograph it because I am sure it would crumble and tear.
Who was this dog? Top Dog maybe? I remember I love my cartoons.

Thursday, October 25, 2012

Little Cottage

"Little Cottage" was a bear to paint because of all the lines that had to be straight in the door and all the details.  What I am mainly trying to do in my painting pursuit is to simplify the photograph and don't give too much detailed information. This one was just really complicated with a whole lot going on. I had such high hopes for this one but it's not a failure by any means because every painting I do gets me a little closer to being a confident oil painter.
I actually didn't mean to post this today---it was suppose to be for tomorrow but it's ok. Tomorrow I will show you the painting that I tried to fix with some success and another one of my grammar school art pieces.

Little Pumpkin Girl

Have you ever finished an art piece (or painting in my case), took a picture of it, posted it on blogger and realized that it just didn't look right? Well, that is what happened to my painting that I was going to post for today. I think I can work on it just a little bit and post it after a retouch, In the meantime, this pic is just to cute not to post. I love her outfit. My daughter, Macaulay, dresses her co cute.
Have a great day!

Wednesday, October 24, 2012

I am hearing voices...

"In a Mason Jar"

There is this little voice in my head that keeps saying..."just paint it...just paint it...paint it the way you would paint it..."

This is the thing that I think happens...and I heard this from watching videos of Helen Van Wyk, and this is what she says. She says that no matter how hard we try to paint like someone else, if you paint enough you will paint like you. That's what I want to do. I want to study with wonderful people but I want to get where I paint like me. Learning to paint takes years and I am only a few months into the oil painting although I have painted in acrylics and watercolor for years.  I love to paint and always have since I was a little girl. I remember taking an art class in the 3rd grade after school with Miss Long, a wonderful artist, and we would create art with pastels. Every week when we could come back to art class a painting fairy would have tweaked our piece just a little bit but enough to see that it had turned into a really nice little work of art. Miss Long never admitted that she was the fairy..but I still have my suspicions.

Here is one of those pastel pieces of art I created in the 3rd grade.

I will show you another one I did that the fairy tweaked tomorrow. No matter what you think about the "fairy" doing that, it was good for me because I was proud of what I had created and liked it. I felt like an artist even way back then.

Tuesday, October 23, 2012

Debate Doodlin'

Always love an opportunity to doodle. I should do it more. My fingernails would be much nicer.

Sunday, October 21, 2012

Lesson 8-Dan Edmondson

I am still moving through Dan Edmonson's online class. I have been looking forward to this one because I really like this still life. I made the design in the vase with a Kemper Wipeout tool.
This is on a 12 x 12  panel.

Saturday, October 20, 2012

Sending Light

I am home from Greenville and enjoyed seeing my little sweeties so much. Right after my daughter's husband left fro his trip the internet went out and couldn't be fixed because the fix-it guy was out of town. They have complicated wireless in their house so a call to Apple probably wouldn't do it. So we went all week without internet. We were both experiencing internet withdrawal DTs.
Thank goodness for iPhones! 

Anyway, I thought these flowers were very fall- like and I love to 
write with this pointed pen curly hand.

I am, still on a Dreama high so I am looking forward to getting back to my painting.
I hope everyone is having a wonderful fall weekend!

Monday, October 15, 2012

Birthday Girl

I am up in Greenville, SC celebrating with little cutie pie, Morgan, for her first birthday. She is enjoying that strawberry cupcake which was, by the way, DE-LI-CIOUS! I will be here all week and with the kids it's hard to try and drum up my painting mojo so I just don't attempt while I am being Nana. The trees are turning so maybe I can get some photographs that might turn into paintings though.

Hope you all have a good week. The weather is so nice up here---beautiful, breezy, fall sunny days. My favorite time of year.

Saturday, October 13, 2012

Dreama Day 3

I hated tp leave early yesterday because I would have had another painting to post. Here they are tweaked a bit and photographed in natural light. 

The workshop was so fun---except that I felt horrible and had to go outside and have terrible coughing fits. Terrible time to be sick. 

Friday, October 12, 2012

Dreama Tolle Perry--- Day 2

Yes, she is nothing short of fabulous! I made it through day 2. Thank goodness for a Z-pack antibiotic because today I was better. Not a lot better but---better.

Here are the paintings from the class. You see they are all very good. That shows you what a great teacher Dreama is. Mine is the one on the bottom right.
Now for Day 2 painting...
Step 1---not too much yet. Just some blocked in colors.

I should have taken more progression shots but for today this is how I left it.  Need to do just a bit of tweaking tomorrow to punch some colors.  Both paintings are 12 x 12. Tomorrow I can't stay all day at the workshop because we are heading up the Greenville, SC for baby Morgan's 1st birthday and I will be up there all week. Looking forward to it!

Thursday, October 11, 2012

Dreama Workshop-- Day 1

Here is the fabulous Dreama and fabulous just doesn't describe her. I love her easy teaching style (she is from Paris-----Kentucky!).  I love her southern accent and her painting style is just what I have been looking for because it's fun and loose and colorful.
Here is step one of my painting.
All the marks of dark transparent colors are in as well as a placement of objects. Not much to look at yet.
Adding in some lights and background-- and-no, I really don't know what I am doing...
Now I am getting a little better feel for it and it's looking like something now.
Unfortunately I have not felt well at all today at all. I think it's a sinus infection so I am very low on energy and this is how I left it at the end of the day. It's not really finished but it's almost there. We will start on something new tomorrow.
I am so hoping I will feel better tomorrow. What a bummer to feel bad for this workshop that I have waited on with bated breath for 4 months.
I have started an antibiotic late this afternoon so maybe it will help--- that is if it's a bacterial thing that I have. If it's viral, I am out of luck.

Oh, and I absolutely love my new easel set up. This is the first time I have really taken it for a good spin.  If I make it through tomorrow I will post my progress.

Wednesday, October 10, 2012

Happy Heart

I have been having an itch to do some lettering in my journal--one of the many ongoing ones.
I wrote this with my favorite black ink, Noodler's Bullet Proof black ink so it won't move after it's dry. I had planned to put watercolor over it to create some background colors but decided to go with PanPastels. I always enjoy pulling them out and using them.

I have a happy heart today because I am heading to my painting workshop with 
Dreama Tolle Perry! So Excited.

Tuesday, October 9, 2012

Bright and Whimsical

I did something different just for the fun of it for this one. I started with a black and white value study of the subject--which was in my head. I used about 3 or 4 values to establish the shapes. I used black and white acrylic for the first underpainting.

That was actually really fun because I didn't have to think about colors yet.
Then I added a tinted undercoat to map out what the colors would be. This is still acrylic.

Now time for the oil paint. Here is the rule of thumb: oil over acrylic not acrylic over oil.
So after laying down some bright oil paint I scumbled and stippled with a dry stencil brush.

And it is bright and colorful just like I wanted.  I am still loving
 Angus Wilson's paintings but I am not sure how he accomplishes his 
fabulous paintings but this is my version. 
Maybe this more colorful, fanciful way of painting 
is more my style then the traditional still life. 
I would like to see if I can attempt to turn a traditional
 still life into a fun, whimsical and fanciful still life.
I'll keep working on that.

Monday, October 8, 2012

Credit Card Flowers Online Class

If anyone missed the "Credit Card Flowers"workshop on the "21 Secrets" 
2012 workshop this year, here is another opportunity to take 
the class from Creative Workshops.
It starts November 5th.
You probably have all the supplies you need right there in your studio. Just an old credit card or hotel key card and some acrylic paint, any brand, any kind and any color. You just need some green for the leaves ... and I used some oranges, pinks reds and blues but any that you have will be fine. If you don't have any you can go to Michael's or Hobby Lobby and get the inexpensive ones. Also, maybe a black would be good also to darken the colors you have to create some shade colors.

Here is a little painting on a 9x12 canvas I did using the techniques for these fun flowers.
We will not be making this particular one in the class but after you learn
 to paint the flowers there are so many things you can do with them.

Here is a little sneak peak...

Saturday, October 6, 2012

What was she thinking?!

As I said the other day, I am going through such a conflicted time with my oil painting. I am so determined to paint the still life but to me they all just turn out blah blah blah. This one is a complete paint over of this post and it was either that or toss it. I just can't let bad paintings sit around because my future generations might look at it one day and say, "What was she thinking?!"  This one at least is colorful and interesting and simple. My painting teacher would look at this one and say, "What was she thinking?!"
I am always admiring other painters (perhaps too much) and you will see that I am really liking what I see with Angus Wilson. He is actually coming to Jacksonville next year so I will sure to be at his workshop, that is if I haven't given away all of my oil paints.

Anyway, just thought I would post this in case from yesterday you all were saying,"What was she thinking?"  Perhaps you still are!

Three days left until Dreama's Workshop here in Jax. So excited about that!

I hope you are having a creative weekend!!!

Thursday, October 4, 2012

Step on into the painting room...

First of all I wanted you to see the poster above the picture. A friend of mine from NC sent it to me. Unfortunately for Martha she did not win. So now if you would step on into the painting room...

I haven't painted in quite a while so I am way behind on my 120 oil paintings I was suppose to be painting. So you see it's a pitiful little still life over there but it's been sitting there for several days and the lemons were drying all up but the red pear was still nice so I was determined to paint it. I had some green grapes in there too but they didn't survive because they looked so yummy I ate them right off of the still life.  Too bad because I think the little painting really needed them. So, ok, now back up 8 ft. and you can look at the painting. (Remember, you should never view an impressionist painting closer than 8 ft. --Richard Schmid)

I am really looking forward to my upcoming workshop nest week with Dreama Tolle Perry.  Just look at her fabulous paintings and you will see why I am excited. Time to lighten up!

Wednesday, October 3, 2012


I must say that I am a conflicted artist right now. My desire is to get to be a better oil painter but sometimes I just can't make myself go paint. I was doing fairly well on my 120 daily paintings
until I had somewhat of a painting set back and since then I just haven't
 been able to crank it back up. I do enjoy my Friday painting class though.
Anyway, here is a journal page I did today. I used Pan Pastels although it does 
look like watercolor. I sprayed it with SpectraFix but then I couldn't 
write on it with my calligraphy nib so I had to add clear
gesso. That solved it and it created a wonderful, slightly gritty surface to write on.  Gesso is wonderful that way. Such a problem solver in many ways... clear or white.
 Don't you just love that face stamp? I do. 

Now, look who's walking!
Sweet Morgan. She will be a year old October 14th.

Monday, October 1, 2012

Quick drawn letters

While sitting and watching DWTS tonight 
 my hands got very restless and wanted to move
so I picked up the nearest Sharpie 
 (watch out for that Xylene) and started drawing. 
There was also a blue Zig sitting there too.
Just thought it was a good quote by Einstein. 
He must have been a very nice man--smart too.


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