Friday, September 9, 2016


Curl in Motion  Original oil painting  6" X 6"
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This is my entry into Daily Paintworks' "The Under Water Challenge," submitted by Carol Marine on May 21, 2016.  I considered plenty of sea life subjects for this challenge...sea turtles, dolphins, and any number of fish...even a mermaid!  But, I don't particularly enjoy painting sea creatures.  Maybe it's because I don't have much first hand experience with them...nor mermaids!  :)

However, I have lived in Florida for over 30 years, and am always inspired by the beautiful turquoise water in tropical settings, one of my favorite colors.  Who can resist the opportunity to break out the pthalo green and blue?!  Evidently, not me! 

Thursday, September 8, 2016


Dressed to Kill  Original oil painting  6" X 6"

During this month's challenge, I have been combining Leslie Saeta's "30 Paintings in 30 Days" with Daily Paintworks challenges.  I have to say, a lot of these have been very difficult fits for subjects I enjoy painting.  So, I have been seeking unique ways to depict them...ways that are appealing to me and keep me inspired.

This painting is inspired by "The Skulls and Skeletons" challenge posted on Oct. 19, 3014 by Christine E. S. Code.  I thought it would be fun to dress my skeleton and pose her smoking.  She is "Dressed to Kill" and enjoying the party!  If I had painted a larger piece, she would hold a margarita in her other hand!

I enjoyed playing with color in her skull!  Again, there is a bit of glare in the dark wet paint.  

Wednesday, September 7, 2016


"American Pie"  Original oil painting  6" X 6"
Donated to "Cards for Troops" fundraiser held in Oct. at Center Place Fine Art & Civic Assn.

I am always picking up vintage dishes and cookware for painting props.  I have used this lovely glass pie plate with its greenish tint numerous times in the past few years, in painting and in baking.  I admit my pie crusts are not as beautiful as my Mother's, nor as flaky and tasty, but nevertheless, the pies always get eaten!

This painting was based on Daily Paintworks "The Old Glory Challenge" issued by Susan Pachiello, dated Nov. 14, 2015.  For most of my challenge pieces, I try to create something a little "out of the box."  I find I enjoy them more and I hope you do also.  

Flags are lovely, of course, can EAT PIE!!!  :)  

Monday, September 5, 2016


Excuse the glare......wet dark paint often does that!

"I See the Moon in Color"  Original oil painting, 6" X 6"
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I have always thought that images of our ever-present "night light" were such stark, dull, grey and lifeless representations of the beautiful life-giving force which affects our Earth.  This is how I imagine our lovely Luna.  ...exuding vitality and glowing with color.

From the time we are tiny toddlers, our Moon has been pointed out to us in the night sky.  We sing about it in children's songs and ballads.  It influences so much in our lives.  We welcome the life-giving tides it brings to our oceans.  It represents romance and determines planting practices for ancient and modern cultures.  Even our ability to stay "grounded" on this Earth is a result of the Moon's presence within our space.

How fitting, then, to present our Moon as an organic and living entity!  This painting was inspired by "The Moon Challenge" by Barbara Fox and posted to Daily Paintworks on July 13, 2013.

Sunday, September 4, 2016


"Watcher at the Window"  Original oil painting, 6" X 6"
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Day #5 of my "30 Paintings in 30 Days" is inspired by "The Window Challenge," posted by Carol Marine on Daily Paintworks for May 16, 2015.  Photo references are from my own files.  This was a fun one to piece together, although, a challenge is just that!  There was a bit of metamorphosis with this one and a bit of a start/stop, start again throughout the day.  Also, the photo is a bit skewed as can be seen by the upright window frame.  The painting is correct, it's the photographer (me) who is off.

However, I think it is pretty good for a small work, so I am going to keep it.  It is what it is and, as we all know, there was a 50/50 chance of either improvement or TRASH!  I chose to stop here and be content with the lessons learned in the challenge..  After all.....  "tomorrow is another day....."  
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