Thursday, January 31, 2013


Well, one month is down and as promised, here are the final images for all of my paintings in the "30 Paintings in 30 Days" challenge, conceived by Leslie Saeta for her artist friends and followers.

It has been a delightful month and I was ahead by as many as 7 paintings at one time because I knew I had a deadline on another painting that MUST get done.  I was able to accomplish that and complete another for that competition then kicked right back into low gear for a few days, then finished with a bang, painting 5 pieces last Sunday for the finale!

If you are interested in any of the remaining paintings pictured here, please go to my Daily Paintworks Gallery and check them out for a larger image, and you may bid there.  Check out the rest of the gallery while you are there in case you missed something.  Any which have bids will be bid out and those remaining unbid after Feb. 6th, will revert to my normal starting bid price.

Thanks again for taking the time to view, comment and "like" in support of this fun adventure.  I appreciate each and every one of you.  :)

Wednesday, January 30, 2013


"HELLO"  Original oil painting  Unframed  6" X 6"

It is always interesting to me to watch animals meet for the first time.  There is usually some tension involved, often frisky playfulness, sometimes watchful caution.  These two met at the Winthrop Arts Festival last year and Mike (who had the better camera) practically got shoved to the pavement (admittedly, by me) to snap a few quick shots for me.  I was thrilled when he got just the shot I wanted, so I let him back up off the ground!  Isn't the digital age fantastic?!

This is the last of my 30 Paintings in 30 Days.  Big, BIG thank you hugs to Leslie Saeta for inspiring so many artists to take up the gauntlet and persevere.  I joined in with the intention of getting back to blogging, since I paint nearly daily anyway.  This has helped me to streamline my procedure from photographing to uploading to Daily Paintworks and then blogging about it.  I hope to keep a more consistent blog in the future, at least once a week, but possibly more.

I also recorded demonstrations for some of these 30 paintings on my Ustream channel, so the fun doesn't have to end for those who are following along on this challenge.  Those are marked with a little white arrow on my DPW Gallery.  There are other videos there as well, from before this challenge.

Since it is not often that people return to a blog post after they have commented on it, I would also like to thank all of YOU who have left comments here and on facebook and all the "Likes".  Thanks also to all of YOU who have purchased paintings from this adventure.  The balance will remain at Daily Paintworks, to be auctioned at this reduced price for ONE WEEK ONLY, ending on Feb. 6th.  I will be posting all 30 paintings tomorrow, with SOLD! pieces marked.

Well...that was a long-winded blog!  Anyone would think I hadn't been blogging every day for the last month!  :)  I hope to hear from you soon.....

Tuesday, January 29, 2013


"Balcony Vantage"  Original oil painting  Unframed  6" X 6"
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Whenever I am in a new location, I always try to take lots and lots of photos for elements in paintings.  Some work out as complete paintings "as is" and some are just pieces to be utilized in another composition.  It pays to not just look around you, but to also look UP!  Waiting for the parade to make its way down Bourbon Street, I noticed a lot of activity on the balconies above, and this painting came from one of those "as is" shots.  It was Easter and the white suit and hat just glowed with light!  I think I had just as good a view from the street as he did from his balcony.

Monday, January 28, 2013


"Micanopy Studio"  Original oil painting  Unframed  6" X 6"

Mike and I visited Micanopy to check out a wood furniture artist in whom we were interested for a guest artist at Beaux Arts Gallery.  Unfortunately we were unable to connect with him as the gallery next door and this studio were both closed.  We will have to return because his furniture is extraordinary!  We took several photos, of course, and I plan to paint the gallery as well, but I really enjoyed all the blues and the shadow pattern cast onto the front wall by the Spanish moss.

I just want to remind everyone that the pricing for my "30 Paintings in 30 Days" challenge will remain at $30 starting bid for only one week following the close of this challenge.  On February 8th, I will be putting them back up to my regular auction starting price of $85.  After those auctions have ended, my gallery pricing will go into effect.  So if you are interested, now is the time to purchase.  I will post a collage of the unsold works from this series on February 2nd, with the sold pieces marked and you will have one week to bid at the reduced price.  30 in 30 for $30 has been a blast!

Sunday, January 27, 2013


"Pruning Day"  Original oil painting  Unframed  6" X 6"

The Ringling Museum of Art is a delightful place to visit, just an hour or so away in Sarasota.  Occasionally Mike and I go down to enjoy the art and take photos on the beautifully landscaped grounds.  There is a pretty large rose garden, started by Mabel Ringling, enhanced by lovely stone statuary.  On this visit, one of the volunteers was pruning among the blooms, with heavy leather glove and yellow compost bucket to drop the clippings.  She had such an interesting face and posture, I had to paint her.

This is also where I attended the John Ebersberger workshop in November.  We had a professional model and painted on site beside the bay.  Lunches were spent relaxing on the patio under the huge banyan trees.  Those trees are another lovely painting in my mind...

Saturday, January 26, 2013


"Graceful Landing"  Original oil painting  Unframed  6" X 6"
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I realized this afternoon that I have not been taking full advantage of the Daily Paintworks site, of which I am a member.  They have a weekly challenge and I had not been looking at them as they were posted.  There are several which would make good paintings for this challenge as well.  Today I put aside the paintings I have in progress for long enough to paint this one.

We love the native birds here in Florida and there are many opportunities to catch "the" shot.  Mike caught this one for me just before touchdown in the water.  I thought it fit the "Make it Move" challenge, so this is a double-dip painting, painted very quickly to keep the soft edges to imply movement.

Friday, January 25, 2013


"Colonial Trader"  Original oil painting  Unframed  6" X 6"
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The annual Dade Battlefield re-enactment is an event we love to attend.  It is held in Bushnell, Florida and is the site of one of the battles from the Seminole Indian wars.  The story unfolds with the telling of the lone "survivor" as the spirit of the battlefield.  It is always very well presented, with various re-enactors playing different parts as the need arises.  Each battle is unique, as there is a code of honor that when you make eye contact with your target as you shoot, he dies.  So the battle can run a little longer or shorter as all the victims fall one by one.

We love visiting the camps as much as watching the battle.  There is a Seminole camp and a Soldier camp. Both are photo ops not to be missed, especially on a sunny Winter day.  I have created several paintings from my treasure of photos.  The regalia of the warriors and soldiers, and the campsites with their authentic campfires and cooking utensils are all worthy of painting,   one day at a time, one painting at a time...  It's all I can do!

Thursday, January 24, 2013


"Sun Hat"  Original oil painting  Unframed  6" X 6"
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Some of my favorite subjects have always been children's portraits.  Try as I may, I can't stay away from portraits of any kind for very long, as you may have noticed in this 30 day challenge.

Climbing out of the ruins at Mesa Verde, I spotted this adorable little boy perched upon the shoulders of his father.  I asked Mike to snap a few photos and he obliged.  In talking to his Dad, we discovered he had carried his little son for the entire tour.  What a Dad!  There were some dangerous places along the way and I am sure climbing that wooden ladder at the end, with the boy clinging to his head was a little uncomfortable.  However, I am sure he felt he was better safe than sorry, where the child was concerned.

As with most of my 6" X 6" paintings, this is a study and may turn into a larger painting with Dad included.

Wednesday, January 23, 2013


"Canyon Mule"  Original oil painting  Unframed  6" X 6"

I had never seen a white mule before this Spring when we went on our photo/art expedition.  I remember Daddy taking us to a farm when we were small and lifting me up on the fence next to a mule that I thought must be a giant of its species.  Its head was probably about as big as me.  Maybe that's where I got my fear of horses!

This was one of the mules in the livery at the Grand Canyon.  You know, those trusty, fearless steeds that brave the narrow trails winding up and down the deep, steep......dare I say, treacherous? canyon. I got this photo in the very early morning light.  It cast long shadows from the ear and eye socket, making an interesting pattern down the front of his face.

Mike wants to take that mule ride someday, but I am not so sure......  Hmmmmmm......will have to think hard about that one.  I think I will need riding lessons!

Tuesday, January 22, 2013


"Walkin' the Walk"  Original oil painting  Unframed  6" X 6"

Again, I can say, painting chickens makes me happy.  I love the contours, the softness of feathers, the solidity of form and the colors.  This is the first time I have painted a white chicken and I am very happy with the result.  I have been working this year at plein-aire work and particularly with the effect of light on the subject.  I think this painting advances that vibrant light effect that I am working toward.  "Sparkle" is what comes to mind when I evaluate this one.  It is exactly what I envisioned when I began this piece.  Expect more chicken paintings in the future, because I truly love them as subjects!

Monday, January 21, 2013


"Artist"  Original oil painting  Unframed  6" X 6"
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I met this gentleman briefly at the plein-aire workshop I attended in Apalachicola in September.  He was very focused on his art, kind of quiet, yet friendly and welcoming.  I gathered from what little bit he said, that he was local to the area and he had been painting for some time, and loved plein-aire painting and art in general.  I admired his style and his draftsmanship and how he captured the essence of his chosen subject.  I hope to meet up with him again when we visit that area again.

Sunday, January 20, 2013


"Patience"  Original oil painting  Unframed  6" X 6"

I love painting animals!  When I first picked up a brush, my strongest desire for my art was to become a wildlife artist.  Landscapes were in there somewhere, but wildlife was my "first love" in painting.  I worked at all kinds of animals in that first year, mostly big jungle cats and African wildlife.  Their postures and their eyes really enchanted me.

One year later, under duress, I took a portrait workshop with Frank Covino.  Seven workshops later, I could not, and still cannot get enough of portraits.  I seem to have been blind-sided and have not been able to shake the love of a face.   However, faces on animals still count!

Saturday, January 19, 2013


"Little Creeper"  Original oil painting  Unframed  6" X 6"
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I always wanted to paint this photo I took of Maya in the creeping stage.  I knew it would make a jewel of a painting, and it will freak her out when I show it to her!  Hahahahahaaaaaaaaa  As if the fun of painting isn't enough, right?  This is also about the age I sculpted her, and do I have blackmail photos!

I used this photo once before.  Maya was in 3rd grade and had to create a biography.  After she wrote it, we browsed through photos to find some interesting images that would support the story she told.  We used this one on the last page, perfect for.......THE END!

Friday, January 18, 2013


"April Harmony"  Original oil painting  Unframed  6" X 6"

Again.....a floral.  Well, what can I say?  I have wanted to paint this tree's lovely blossoms since I took the photo in San Antonio last Spring.  This is from a blooming tree just inside the wall at the Alamo.  There were many opportunities for painting subjects on their lovely grounds and I was so tempted to pluck one of the ripe papayas which were fairly abundant at that time of year.  I am settling now, by eating some papaya slices between typing and posting, my evening snack with chai tea!

Thursday, January 17, 2013


"Kay in the Tub"  Original oil painting  Unframed  6" X 6"

This is Kay, who tagged along on our vacation/art reference scouting trip last Spring.  I am sure she saw sights she never would have expected to see from New Orleans to the Grand Canyon and beyond.

I began a blog chronicling the "Adventures of Kay", but we had such difficulty with internet access in a lot of places, particularly areas of northern Arizona, that I never finished the travelog.  We took thousands of photos, so one day I will get back to that and get it updated.  Meanwhile, Kay rides in the truck with me wherever I go, sitting complacently on the dash and awaiting new adventures.

Wednesday, January 16, 2013


"Flower Child"  Original oil painting  Unframed  6" X 6"
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I have painted Maya a dozen times or more, with hopes of painting her still more.  She is my "favorite model", possibly because she has been accessible to me for most of her life, but also because she is my beautiful granddaughter.  My first art piece from Maya's sittings was when she was only 8 months old.  I created a life size nude sculpture of her sitting with arm lifted.  It was great fun and I learned so much that helped me with my portrait work and the three dimensional form.  If you paint portraits, you MUST try sculpting a head or figure.

I first painted Maya at the age of two in colored pencil for a juried show and won a Best in Show for that painting.  I gifted that one to her mother for Mother's Day that year and had to borrow it back for the show.

I have taken literally hundreds of photos of Maya while she was very young and am so blessed to have her as a model as she matures.  The little flower girl, who had free reign in my flower beds is growing into a lovely young woman and I am getting even more painting ideas for my "favorite model".

Tuesday, January 15, 2013


"Antique White"  Original oil painting  Unframed  6" X 6"

Vintage and antique items have always held an appeal for me.  I love the history, the story of the pieces.  For many years I have scoured flea markets, yard sales and consignment shops, mostly browsing and wondering about the stories of each treasure that catches my eye.  If you are anything like me, you can spend hours just meandering among these cast off items..  Anyone who knows me, knows I don't decorate my house, I only store future still life "wannabe's".  Isn't that often the case with artists?  We were born to collect!

This week I had the good fortune to reconnect with a fellow artist who owns a vintage shop.  In our conversation, of course, we talked about surprise!  In the end, she offered me the availability of the many items in her store from which I may "borrow" to paint and then return.  What a blessing that will be!  I won't discontinue my wanderings at yard sales, but I will feel much relieved that I will have ready access to any number of still life props.  This has been an exciting week!

Monday, January 14, 2013


"Red Hat"  Original oil painting, unframed  6" X 6"

I don't know about the rest of the country, but we seem to have a lot of red hats in Central Florida.  It seems that the main purpose of those whose heads they grace, is to simply have fun and enjoy each other's company.  I have run into them at luncheons, at showers and parties...and you should see them at Red Hat Day when the Florida Strawberry Festival rolls around!  I have never seen so much red and purple together in one place in my life!

Being partial to red myself, I bought my own red hat about 6 years ago and although I am not yet a member of the Red Hat Society, I enjoy dusting it off every Derby Day and enjoying my spin on the mint julep (fresh blackberry mint julep to be exact!).  I am, after all, a Kentucky gal.  All other red hats can wait...

Sunday, January 13, 2013


"Lunch at the Riverwalk"  Original oil painting  6" X 6"
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I have loved this reference since I took the photo last year on our trip to San Antonio.  We enjoyed the Riverwalk so much, we walked it and we, of course, rode the boats around to get the "tourist tour" and learn some of this town's charming history.

I expect to make this trip again sometime soon, and I will be taking more photos.  You get some of the best painting references in every day people doing every day things!

Saturday, January 12, 2013


"Apalachicola Dawn"  Original Oil Painting  6" X 6"

This is the dawn which greeted us in September when I attended the plein-aire workshop, hosted by the Apalachicola Center for History, Culture and Art, and presented by members of PAP-SE.  We had 6 phenomenal instructors for the three day period and this photo was taken on day one, as we had our breakfast at the Oyster docks.

I can't imagine finding any workshop anywhere to rival this one, and, although I waffled about attending for a month, I am so glad I went!  Bonus:  I met a facebook friend, Laura Pace.  Please take a moment to visit her blog and leave a comment.  I purchased her painting which you can view there, "Old Tin Warehouse", as a memento of our time together.

The first day's instructors set the groundwork for the entire workshop and I have to say Dawn Whitelaw and Anne Blair Brown created a wonderful, balanced presentation and demo.  On day two, we were treated to demo's and instruction by Kevin Menck and Perry Austin.  If I hadn't seen Kevin paint that 9" X 12" demo with that tiny #1 round brush in less than 2 hrs, I would not have believed it!  Day three we moved to St. George Island and painted at the lighthouse, with instructors James Richards and Lori Putnam.

Any one of these artist/instructors would have been worth the trip, but having all six in one workshop was a rare and delightful learning experience!

Friday, January 11, 2013


"Winter Light"  Original oil painting 6" X 6"
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There are a lot of reasons to recommend Winters in Florida.  One is the weather, although we are having record highs this past week.  There is something wrong with 88 degrees in January!  However, I will take what I can get, because I love all kinds of weather, and worse than higher than normal temperatures, is shorter days.  I detest daylight savings time and each year, threaten to move to Arizona.

A great benefit of Winter is low in the sky light.  It streams into my southern exposure kitchen window and is nearly blinding in its intensity.  I just LOVE IT!  My Don Juan roses are still sputtering with a bloom or two, so today was the day to observe, snap a photo and paint!

I want to take a moment to thank all of you who have left such generous comments on my blog.  You are encouraging and inspirational and I appreciate you taking the time to have a look and comment.  :)

Thursday, January 10, 2013


"Just A Swingin'"  Original oil painting, 6" X 6"

This is my great niece, Lyra.  Her mother allowed me to use her photo as a painting reference, and I jumped at the opportunity.  Admittedly, I was not averse to begging and pleading and even bribery!  I wanted to work out what seemed to be a complex composition and figure out the foreshortening, since we know photos distort elements which are closer to us.  I had planned to go farther with this study, but, once I decided on the adjustments I wanted, I decided on a larger painting and a more polished look.

I have been sketching and painting a lot of studies lately, with the idea in mind for larger works.  I wasn't quite sure this would work on a larger format, so a few days later I sketched it on........taking forever!  The larger painting is now a work in progress and will not be posted until this challenge is complete at the end of January.  Please stop by sometime early in February and see how it has developed from this small study into a full fledged painting.

Wednesday, January 9, 2013


"In Quiet Places"  Original oil painting, unframed 6" X 6"
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As most of my friends know, I don't often paint flowers.  I really don't enjoy painting them, and would so much rather tackle a face.....any face!  This is from a reference photo I took a few years ago in San Antonio at the McNay Art Museum.

My friends and fellow artists, Susan Carlin and Ugur Kilic took me to see this lovely museum.  I have to say the grounds were every bit as artistic as the exhibits inside.  The statuary was stunning (among them "Washer Woman" by Renoir!) and the inner courtyard with fountains, sculptures, architectural accents and reflecting pool just ate up the memory on my camera card.  I expect to be painting from that adventure for years to much to paint and so little time.

If you are in that area, you should really make an effort to visit this beautiful museum.  I don't think you will be disappointed.

Tuesday, January 8, 2013


"Life Force"  Original oil painting, unframed 6" X 6"

I love painting still life set-ups more and more.  What I am NOT fond of, is actually setting them up, although I could hardly go wrong with this simple one.  I love red and it seems to love me, and having recently painted "Berry Glow" for this same challenge, I was anxious to work "red" into another of these 30 Paintings in 30 Days.

On my way through the kitchen with my morning tea, I saw the greens peeking out of my granite onion bowl on the counter.  It seemed as good a subject as any to plop into my little red plate to paint.  I particularly liked the lovely soft greens of the new growth as they burst forth from the onion bulb.  Now that it's painted, I should probably go plant the poor thing and let it's life force spring forth, don't you think??

Monday, January 7, 2013


"Treading Softly" Original oil painting, 6" x 6"

You may not know it, but I am an early riser...usually between 4AM - 5AM is my wake up time. When I wake up, I get up and get out to the studio for some work. It's in the quiet time that I seem to work my best. And the BEST mornings are when I have already chosen four or five concepts, and I get to just jump into paint with both feet....well, not literally. I do use a brush in hand!

I've painted lots of roosters and hens in the last few years, and I never tire of them. I love their structure, with all their plumpness showing in the angles and their wispy fluorescent feathers. They always brighten my morning! So, while they come into the day treading softly, I try to hit each day with a BANG!

Sunday, January 6, 2013


"Love You More..." Original oil painting, unframed, 6" X 6"
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Again, a face... I can hardly resist a good face, and if I had given more thought to this challenge, I may have chosen to paint a "No Faces" theme, inspired by Leslie's original idea for her own challenge. Whew! Glad that thought didn't occur to me sooner. I just LOVE people and faces of all sorts, and I don't know how I could abstain for 30 days!

Dogs have always been my favorite pets, and hounds have a sentimental appeal for can you resist their soulful eyes? Soooo... having fun and painting lots, but most important, I am blogging about it again!

Saturday, January 5, 2013


"Easter Bonnet"  Original oil painting, 6" X 6", Unframed

Last Spring, Mike and I found ourselves killing time in N'Orleans, on our way to San Antonio for the Salon International at Greenhouse Gallery, where I had a piece juried.  This was a first visit for us and we really enjoyed our time there and took the opportunity to snap lots of photos.

This woman was a street musician, sitting and singing on a park bench, waiting for the Easter Parade to come up Bourbon Street.  I was enchanted with her lovely lavender hat with its fuschia silk flowers tucked into the band.  I am just champing at the bit to go back, and even considered it around Christmas time, but there will be time soon...  Btw, K'Paul's is calling me back!

Friday, January 4, 2013


"Berry Glow" Original oil painting, Unframed 6" X 6"

Strawberry season is HERE! I can't help but get excited about living in the Winter Strawberry Capital of the World, and I don't mind telling you, I put away my fair share of these succulent jewels of sweetness.

Another reason I am excited about this time of year...I am the chairperson for the Florida Strawberry Festival Fine Art Show, and for 11+ days, I run myself ragged and love every moment of it! My committee and I are grinding away at the work side of putting together this show, open to Florida residents and Winter visitors, but I love the eleven day event, when I get to meet so many artists and art lovers during the duration of the exhibit.  This year it's a win/win situation for the artists who are painting to the coveted Strawberry Theme Award, because this year's theme is "Our Masterpiece of Fun!"  How can you get any more inspirational than that?

I am sure I will be posting about that in the future. Meanwhile, I am enjoying berries...painting and eating! Wish you were here to join me!

Thursday, January 3, 2013


"He's Late.....Again" Original oil painting, Unframed, 6" X 6"
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Day 3 of Leslie Saeta's "30 Paintings in 30 Days" offers a portrait, always fun for me. I took this photo reference at a Starbuck's one afternoon, knowing I would be painting her, possibly more than once. I loved the body language as well, so you may see her pop up again in my blog or on my website in the future.

I always find myself looking forward to painting, but while I am working on larger works, it is a great tension reliever to go small, quick and fun! These paintings for the challenge are all 6" X 6", so it gives me an hour or so break, and keeps things fresh!

Follow the links to view Leslie's art and all the other artists who have taken up the gauntlet!

Wednesday, January 2, 2013


"Another Day in the City" Original oil painting, Unframed, 6" X 6"

Here we are at Day 2 of the "30 Paintings in 30 Days Challenge". I find myself planning about 3 paintings ahead so I will not get stuck for if that might ever happen! But I do have other work to do, so this will just keep me from falling behind. I have lots of friends who are also entered in this challenge and it is great to go and check out their art and their blogs, which are linked to their daily paintings on Leslie Saeta's blog (link above).

In case you missed it yesterday, Leslie is hosting this challenge and has arranged for everyone to post on her blog each day. Check them all out, but be warned, you may lose yourself in the discovery of your next favorite artist! One of MY new favorites......Claire Beadon Carnell. Please take a look at her lovely artwork!

Tuesday, January 1, 2013


"DAPHNE IN THE WINDOW" Original oil painting, Unframed, 6" X 6"
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Well, I have done it! I have joined the "30 Paintings in 30 Days Challenge". The gauntlet was thrown down by Leslie Byrd Saeta as a motivational challenge to committing to painting more often. Although I paint often, I joined the challenge to increase my blog posting, so HERE I AM and here you are!

I am working on other paintings also, so I will be working these into my schedule for the month of January. In the spirit of 30 in 30, I am offering these original oils on my Daily Paintworks auctions with a starting bid of $30 each, well below my usual auction price for this size paintings.

Watch for all thirty and enjoy the adventure with me! I will post them as I go along, and will post them all when the challenge is completed.  You will then have a short time to purchase for this special price, if they are still available. Email if you have questions:
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