Thursday, February 28, 2013

Trisha Day 3

I started with a black canvas for this one just to change it up a bit. Glass is hard to paint--or not paint! I am not a favorite of dark backgrounds but that was the color in the set up. The flowers were Spider Mums except for the one at the top which was--a Peony. 
She said it wasn't necessary to define that with detail.
I learned a lot in this workshop and hopefully it will show in my paintings.

you won the giveaway but I have not heard from you. Please contact me so I can send you your book and exemplars. If I don't hear from you by Sunday I will let Mr. Random pick another name from
Hope to hear from you!!

Wednesday, February 27, 2013

Trisha Day 2

 This one was very hard to paint. Trisha put a red light on the green apples and it was hard to make myself paint the colors that I saw rather than what I thought it should be.

I changed the light to regular light so this one was easier to paint. 

Ok, so Day 2 was fun!

Tuesday, February 26, 2013

Trisha Adams Day 1

I really enjoyed Trisha Adams' workshop this weekend. I think that she has helped me move along to seeing color much better. I enjoyed seeing her process and loved her easy-going encouraging style. This is the first of several paintings that I will show you. This one is 16x20.

Monday, February 25, 2013

Son, Zach, will be participating in One Spark here in Jacksonville in April. His business on the side is
 Original Fuzz guitar accessories. He wanted me to paint a sign from their logo for their booth.
Here is the progression. It really was fun to paint. It is 40x60.

All done. 
  Hopefully they will big the big money prize if lots of people vote for them.

 you are the winner of the giveaway so be sure to contact me with your mailing address.

Saturday, February 23, 2013

...and the winner is...

 Please check the link on your name to make sure this is you 
and then send me your address and I will send out your book and exemplars!

Thank you all for your sweet comments. I SO SO SO appreciate all of you!

Thursday, February 21, 2013

Giveaway and some Exemplars

Hey guys!! Thank you so much for all your comments. It really is quite exciting to join the ranks of the "Published!"  Jenny did a great job of assembling different talented artists and some have even been my teachers in the past so I am feeling especially blessed.
 I am not really sure why the publishers chose not to include my exemplars but those were submitted to them along with lots of other images that I will show you soon. And as I said, I would like to do a little mini workshop as to how to draw, color and use these fun versals.

So, I decided that I will do a giveaway for a signed copy of the book along with printed signed copies of the exemplars to the winner. I have added them below and you have my permission to print these out and use them as you please since they were sent in to be included in the book. 

Mr will pick the winner so you know the drill, just leave a comment saying you want the book and exemplars and you will be thrown into the hat!

I will announce the winner on Saturday night February 23.

Monday, February 18, 2013

Creative Lettering Book!

Well, one thing has been accomplished on my Art Bucket list. I have been published in a book! And this book is very special to me because it is by Jenny Doh, the former editor of Somerset Studio Magazine.
Here are a few of my pages. It is available on Amazon and I think it is just about to be released for shipment.  My sweet friend Lori is in the book too!

My specialty lettering in the book is called "Chunky Versals."  They are really fun to do and a really great element to add to journal pages. I may even do a little workshop showing you in much more detail as to how to do them.  
The book is really nice. Jenny did a great job!

Saturday, February 16, 2013


Here is Mr. Rooster that I painted yesterday with our art group. We had such a good time painting our roosters and they are really fun to paint. It's iridescent colors are hard to capture but I did my best. He is a prize willing rooster and I think he knows it.

It's 12 x 12 on a cotton panel. It's for sale over at Daily PaintWorks if you are interested in owning him.

Friday, February 15, 2013

Made me laugh

Happy Friday! This was on a FB post of one of my sweet high school friends and it just made me laugh this morning. I bet we can all relate.

Yesterday my painting group got together at my studio and painted roosters. We had so much fun painting because each of us has our own style and it is so fun to share how we plan to tackle our painting. I will finish him up today and post him tomorrow.

Also, I am so sorry that I had to reinstate the Word Verification setting in my comments area. I just hate that thing and can't read the letters when I have to do that but I was starting to get some anonymous spam type things. In fact yesterday there were 8 of them. So I just wanted to apologize for that. I added a "Email me" gadget at the top right so please feel free to email me if you so desire to comment and I can actually get back to you much easier. If I have to do the Word Verification thing (which sometimes takes me several tries to get it) I just give up.

Have a wonderful weekend!!!

Thursday, February 14, 2013

Happy Valentine's Day!

Hope everyone has a day filled with love!!!

Wednesday, February 13, 2013

Pears in the Journal

I love painting pears and I love to write with a pointed pen but I have been neglecting both of these  lately since I started oil painting. I actually haven't painted with oils in about a week but I have really enjoyed doing some quick sketching.  Hubby is flying back from Miami late tonight after a business trip so I am waiting up for him.  Painting is a great way to pass the time---especially painting pears.

Tuesday, February 12, 2013

Potted Plants

These flower pots are a quick go-to for me when I have had to do all sorts of uncreative stuff like wash clothes and add up receipts for taxes among other Monday stuff that required my attention. When I only have 20 minutes before washing my face and going to bed these pots are just the answer when the day is almost gone and nothing was created. I hate it when a day goes by and I didn't get to pick up a paint brush.

Monday, February 11, 2013

Cezanne's Apples

It has been such a busy weekend that I had no time at all to squeeze out any oils and paint. But sometimes I can do a watercolor much quicker and easier. These are some of Cezanne's Apples from the photo image below. I love (love love love love...) his paintings with it's rich texture, depth and color. This started as a quick sketch but actually took me longer than my alloted 20 minutes for the sketches. His are painted in oils but it was fun to look at his and try to figure out what he did. My image was from the internet and it was not a crisp image so I really couldn't figure it out so well. But it was fun to paint. I always enjoy using my watercolors.  He painted many other paintings that I love (love love love love...)  and might try painting some of them with his technique---whatever that is...:))

Saturday, February 9, 2013

The Road to Glenville, NC

Last night I went to a very special presentation at our Cummer Gallery by local artist Jim Draper.   I really enjoyed seeing all of his huge paintings of Florida and have always wanted to meet him. I got an opportunity to pick his brain a bit about his process and he was very willing to tell me but I felt like I was on "The Bachelor" with people coming up and stealing him away from me in mid art sentence.
His paintings inspired me to pick up a brush today and paint a landscape. I don't have any wonderful FL pictures like he does (I do not like snakes, alligators or chiggers --nor do I like to sweat).  I will never be a successful plein air painter will I?  Well, not here in FL anyway. So I decided to look through my pictures from my trip to Cashiers and on up the Glenville when I went to our girls reunion last year. This view was breathtakingly beautiful and I tried to capture the beauty of these Blue Ridge mountains but that beauty is hard to capture.  My paintbrush is no match for God's paintbrush! This was just a quick photo I took as I pulled off the little mountain road. It took my breath away. This is a small 6x8.

Thursday, February 7, 2013

Quick Sketch for Thursday Afternoon

Oh my goodness, this one was a challenge for just 20 minutes--I must confess, I think it took longer than 20 minutes because I forgot to time it. It was 30 at the most. It's really just a "go for it" thing. And it helps me with  my drawing skills to quick sketch. No pencils allowed. Just a sketch book, a black pen, a few watercolors and 20 minutes.  No worries... (famous last words)...

Wednesday, February 6, 2013


I have 20 minutes until the video transfers...go outside, sit down, look at the plant---DRAW!--don't fret--just draw---draw what you see...yes, it's wonky---go with it. Grab the watercolors--add color--the black pen bleeds--it's ok!---go for it---paint----the video is almost ready----STOP!  All done.

Monday, February 4, 2013

Pocket Sketching

I love to sketch in my journals and do it quickly to get little quick studies that might even turn into an oil painting. I happened upon a wonderful teacher, Kath Macaulay, and her name caught my eye because our daughter's name is Macaulay spelled the same way. Ours is a family name and maybe we are related to Kath because of the same spelling. 
She has 3 videos and it is an excellent introduction into quick watercolors in your sketch journal using a water soluble pen to make the shadows. Kath is so entertaining and encouraging and I just know she must a really nice person. It's very basic but I enjoyed it very much.

My favorite vase--again--and more daisies

I thought I would try using two references, one being the real thing and the other a picture of the real thing. It just gives me another perspective by looking at the monitor.


Here is the painting in it's first stages of underpainting.

Sunday, February 3, 2013

Just a little journal sketch

As I listen to Michael Nobbs and try to be "sustainably creative" everyday, this is the one thing that I managed today. Just a quick sketch in my journal with my Tombos of some funky apples in a wooden bowl.

Also, there were a few questions about yesterday's post about the monitor.  I went to Best Buy and asked them if I could display my iPad on an external monitor and they said I could with the right adaptor cord. So that's what I did. Now I paint at my easel by looking at the monitor. That is if I am not painting from a still life.
 No more printing out images to paint.

Saturday, February 2, 2013

So excited!

I am just beside myself right now. My new Samsung monitor runs from my iPad so now I can paint from my iPad from the monitor! It's amazing how these Apple products just work. I plugged it in and it worked! Go figure! Thank you Steve Jobs.

WIP in the easel. I am doing little studies where you paint a first statement then scrape it off and then a second and scrape it off then paint a third and final. By that time your colors and composition should be right---"should" be., that is. This is after the second statement. It wasn't from the monitor as you can see. It was a still life.

Friday, February 1, 2013


Well, yes, that is probably right. But as I said the strength doesn't come from our own power. It comes as we trust God and He gives us the strength. We have had a difficult two weeks although it looks like Chauncey has caught my cold I am filling him with Emergan-C and Zicam(not sure if that really works)
and anything else I can think of to lessen the effects. 

His podcasts are about doing just one thing today to stay sustainable creative. Sometimes, I just can't make myself go to the easel so I usually have one of these letter collages going or working on a big journal page in my grid journal. I love a grid! So at least I can get in my "One thing today" everyday. It's good for my creative soul to do something creative everyday even when I don't feel like it.


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