Wednesday, December 31, 2014


"Possibilities"  Original oil painting, unframed, 6" X 6"

There is nothing like looking at the clock in the studio at 6pm on Dec. 31st and realizing there is a painting due the next morning for Leslie Saeta's "30 Paintings in 30 Days" Challenge!  Well, I did have 5 panels prepared and a few more partially prepared, so I have a few days to flesh them out.  Meanwhile, I hadn't even looked at my reference materials to begin to choose one painting, let alone 30!

New beginnings for the new year seemed to say........"eggs".  Eggs are a new beginning, whether as life or as breakfast, so........eggs it is then!  "Possibilities" was painted in quick time, but I am very happy with the result.  There was a lot of play back and forth between brush and palette knife and between warms and cools to find a balance I could love.

Tomorrow I must spend some time prepping the rest of my panels.  Don't you think that might be a good idea?!

Saturday, February 1, 2014


"Canyon View"  Original oil painting, unframed, 6" X6"

After completing Leslie Saeta's "30 Paintings in 30 Days" challenge, I thought I would post one for the road.  I will be pretty busy in the next month and a half with preparations for the Florida Strawberry Festival Fine Art Show.  It will be here before I know it, with our take-in day for the artwork on February 21st.

This is one of the hundreds of views from our road trip last year.  The Grand Canyon was just one of many of our destinations and for the past two years we have celebrated our anniversary there.  I didn't have time to set up and paint on location, but that is a dream of mine and I have already cleared it with the administration there.  There is so much to see and do, I expect an extended stay may be in my future.  What a wonderful thought!

Thursday, January 30, 2014


"Jets"  Original oil painting, unframed, 6" X 6"
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I love most things vintage, and shoes are no exception.  I think there is a certain amount of character that comes with love, use and age that appeals to a broad range of people.  It's a nostalgia thing.  You your favorite childhood toy that your Mom saved for you to give to your own child, or the baseball glove your Dad gave you for that A on your report card and you kept.  Those are things that pull at my heartstrings.  These items have a story...

Wednesday, January 29, 2014


"Seasonal Labor"  Original oil painting, unframed, 6" X6"
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All my friends know it is strawberry season here......actually late December through April, and often into May.  As soon as this challenge is complete I will be full swing into getting ready for the Florida Strawberry Festival Fine Art Show.  As chairperson for the exhibit, there is a lot of paperwork and preparation that I need to get done and I like to finalize it at least two weeks prior to taking in the artwork.  I have been working on it off and on since August.  I'm excited for it to begin!  By the way.......the strawberries are superb right now!  ;)

Tuesday, January 28, 2014


"Fivesies"  Original oil painting, unframed, 6" X 6"
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Remember these?  I sure do.  We didn't have a gym for PE class when I was in high school.  Living in a small town and going to an all girls school, our physical education teacher was challenged for activities for us when the weather was bad and we couldn't go outside to play volleyball or do *yuck* calisthenics.  So on rainy days, we learned to play bridge, square danced and had Jacks tournaments.  I was never very good at this "sport" but my best friend was a pro!  Thanks for the memories, Joyce  :)

Monday, January 27, 2014


"Hi-Yo Silver"  Original oil painting, unframed, 6" X 6"
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More accurate color on the link above......grrrrrrrrrrrr @ Blogger again!

I love the look of this little silver horse, a little stylized statue, which charmed me when I saw it.  This is a play with values to create the look of metal.  The dramatic blue background seems to work well for me.  I toned with red for this one, and the color accentuates the forms in what might otherwise have been a tighter, less playful painting.  I enjoy playful, don't you?

Sunday, January 26, 2014


"Plum Tuckered Out"  Original oil painting, unframed, 6" X 6"
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I can't remember where I got this photo...probably online somewhere.  There are plenty of free photo sites where artists can download images from which to paint, so this one could have been pulled from one of those, or even several.  I often piece photos together for a painting.

We have been thinking "garden" lately, and I am anxious to get started planting this year.  We have a wonderful camp stove to use to can outside, since the Florida heat comes quickly in Spring.  At the top of my list to can are tomatoes and green beans, our favorites!  So, plum tomatoes are definitely a must.  Canning can be exhausting, but is so rewarding.

Saturday, January 25, 2014


"Honeybell"  Original oil painting, unframed, 6" X 6"
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Wet paintings don't make the best photos, so pardon this glossy image.  I don't know why Blogger doesn't allow the same resolution all the time, but there it is........  You will find a better image at the auction link above, and even that one is not perfect.  It must have something to do with the brilliant colors against the dark background.

It's citrus season, reminding me of how our good friend Margaret loved her honeybell tree.  When these sweet gems ripened, she would take the lawn chair out, park it under the tree, and eat her fill daily.  She did often share with us, but you could count on her to make a huge dent in the crop!

Friday, January 24, 2014


"Blue Glass and Anjou"  Original oil painting, unframed, 6" X 6"
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Glass always appeals to me as a reference for still life.  There is a sense of something alive in the reflections that draws me in every time.  This little jar, whose lid was broken long ago, called to me today...

Thursday, January 23, 2014


"Chinese Dragon Teapot"  Original oil painting, unframed, 6" X 6"
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In my spare time (what is that, anyway??), I enjoy browsing the flea market and sometimes a yard sale or two.  Over the years I have found the coolest items for very little money.  It's funny, but I never collected anything until I began painting.  Now, everything is a "model" and I enjoy each of my treasures!

Wednesday, January 22, 2014


"What Lies Beyond..."  Original oil painting, 6" X 6"

I painted this from a reference photo I took out the car window on my last trip to Kentucky.  It was just an ordinary field, cut for silage, with a dirt road running up the edge of the field.  What caught my attention was the rusty gate, padlocked and the question of what lies beyond...

Tuesday, January 21, 2014


"What May Be..."  Original oil painting, unframed, 6" X 6"

I've been wanting to paint this green bottle for some time.  It reminds me of an old apothecary bottle, but I am not sure where I got it and it doesn't have any embossed print on it.

While browsing through my photos for painting reference, I came across a lovely flower bed from my hometown.  There were lots of different colors, patterns and textures within the grouping.......too much information for a good painting.  So, I zeroed in on one tiny section of the arrangement.  Instead of a floral (we all know I am not fond of painting flowers, right??), I decided this would be a painting about "What May Be...", and painted just the stem and a couple of leaves.  The rest is up to you!

Oh! This is one of those times I broke the rules, and deliberately cut the painting in half horizontally.  It just had to be, with the square bottle and the water level all working together, supporting the upright stem.  :)

Monday, January 20, 2014


"Dockside"  Original oil painting, unframed, 6" X 6"

Today I jumped into a small palette knife painting.  I have always felt that the reference tells me how it wants to be painted.....what media, what technique and size.  I considered this technique to be just the trick for the choppiness of knife work.  I wish, however, it had spoken louder when it told me the size.  6" X 6" is not the easiest when it comes to wielding a palette knife and juicy paint!  I enjoyed painting this, despite the frustrations of thicker paint and difficult transitions.

Sunday, January 19, 2014


"Waiting..."  Original oil painting, unframed, 6" X6"
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There are cat people and there are dog people.  I have always preferred dogs, although right now I am a cat owner.  I prefer small dogs, but I do love the elegance of a long-legged dog like this dalmatian.  I have an opportunity to see all manner of dogs at art shows and public places, and since I keep a camera with me most times, it's fun to snap shots of them for painting.

Saturday, January 18, 2014


"Playing Dress-up"  Original oil painting, unframed, 6" X 6"

I borrowed this reference from my relative back home.  She has some of the most wonderful photos of her lovely children.  I have wanted to paint this one for quite some time, and decided today was the day!  I painted this one, not as a strict portrait, but used it as a reference of the idea of a little girl playing "dress up".Maggy Kay is a delightful child, all sugar and spice, if you know what I mean, and she was a joy to paint!

Friday, January 17, 2014


"Kitchen Still Life"  Original oil painting, unframed,  6" X 6"
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Again, the photo did not upload correctly and this is way too bright, even after adjustments.  Please go to my Dailypaintworks auction page to see the correct image.  Thanks!

I love the challenge of painting metals.  I think I am finally getting the knack of getting the darks dark enough.  I have to force myself to go darker than I think I should, and put in something really bright as a counter balance in the composition.  I love orange season, and we have plenty on the tree still, so they seemed to be the perfect choice for the blues in the silver pitcher.

Thursday, January 16, 2014


"Favorite Scent"  Original oil painting, unframed, 6" X6"
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Every woman has one.....a favorite scent.  Mine happens to be Sand and Sable.  I am partial to delicate floral scents, and love those that remind me of gardenias and jasmine.  My granddaughter is the clever one.....she uses peppermint and other essential oils as her scent!

Wednesday, January 15, 2014


Wicker and Gingerbread,  Original oil painting, unframed, 6" X 6"
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While driving around a new area, I spotted the backside of this old cracker house, with its interesting shed and lean to.  I snapped several photos over the high fence and then we went around the block to get front views for painting.  I just loved this little vignette of the larger picture.  Intimate and inviting, and mostly shadowed by huge oaks, I just had to paint it.

Tuesday, January 14, 2014


"Trickster"  Original oil painting, unframed, 6" X 6"
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At one time, we had two miniature schnauzers, siblings rescued from an uncaring owner at just under four weeks.  She would have abandoned them and moved out of state the following day, when we happened upon their open vegetable stand.  No brainer!  We took the puppies and the first order of business was to bathe the poor little ones.  They were covered in fleas and that first hour long bath exhausted them!  We hand fed them until they could eat on their own and they became the most loving and welcome addition to our family in a long time.  Katie was the trickster and Annie was just charming and adorable in her own little world.....that's another story.

Monday, January 13, 2014


"Flaming Bird"  Original oil painting, unframed, 6" X 6"
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Another flower........hmmm.  Well, I do love the drama of this brilliant bird of paradise.  We have lots of these blooming in the church flower beds and I always love being greeted by them in the mornings when the light is bright and clear.

Sunday, January 12, 2014


"Rochester"  Original oil painting, unframed, 6" X 6"
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Anyone who knows me, knows it's not too strange for me to paint yet another rooster or chicken.  Like painting people, I am just drawn to them.  Sometimes I paint full bodies, other times, heads, but the variety of shapes, colors and postures always has me coming back to paint more!

Saturday, January 11, 2014


"Sadie Beached"  Original oil painting, unframed 6" X 6"

I liked the look of this little boat, sitting cozily on the sand.  It had me wondering if someone had pulled it up for a picnic just beyond the grasses or farther along the narrow beach.  Being a private person myself, I didn't investigate, but just continued onward, enjoying my own little world of sea, sand and sky.

Friday, January 10, 2014


"Mary Had a Little Lamb"  Original oil painting, 6" X6"

Ok, I admit it.......I pirated this photo off the page of a facebook friend, Ellen Smith Hogan.  She appears to have a wonderful life on a small homestead in Florida, some miles north of where I live.  I enjoy her conversations about her daily life and the recipes she shares are mouth-watering.  You must check out her beautiful yarns!  Oh my!  ...makes me want to take up some kind of needlework!  

One day I may meet her and get my OWN photos of her enchanted little world.  Meanwhile, cheers to YOU Ellen, for being a good sport!  

Thursday, January 9, 2014


"Beach Day"  Original oil painting, unframed 6" X 6"
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How can I resist a portrait now and then?  Well, I can't, of course.  It's what I love painting the most and I am drawn back to faces over and over.  I am always on the lookout for good faces and figures and great poses.  I do especially enjoy painting children.  I snapped this photo about 20 years ago and have painted her more than once.  I just love the hair and the shadows and the freshness of her expression.  I also enjoy the volumes of hair on this little one.....such fun!

Wednesday, January 8, 2014


Spring Fresh, Original oil painting, unframed, 6" X 6"
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After trying three times to upload this image and get it to look like the original, I gave up and just left this one up.  To see the true image, please click the link above to view on the Dailypaintworks auction site.  I'm sorry for this inconvenience.  I used the same image for both sites.........go figure!  lol

I have always enjoyed the dramatic still life, and painting with a more limited palette often brings the drama into focus even more.  Perhaps it's just the simplicity of shape and values that pulls it together.  I like the sense of nostalgia I get from this painting, as if the curtain has blown in a little from an open window from a bygone day.  Does anyone but me throw open their windows in gorgeous weather?  I love how alive the open air wafting through the house makes me feel.

Tuesday, January 7, 2014


"Rose Aglow"  Original oil painting, unframed 6" X 6"
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Flowers are always the ultimate challenge for me.  I have been painting portraits for a number of years, but you want to commission a flower?  ...not really interested!  I may eventually change my mind though.  I am always up for a challenge and they always challenge me in a BIG way... plus, their natural beauty is unsurpassed, when you really examine their structure and delicacy.

The element that appeals to me most in the flower is not the structure, but the luminous quality of light as it glows through the translucent petals.  I will persevere!

Monday, January 6, 2014


"First Bloom"  Original oil painting, unframed 6" X 6"
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This painting is from a reference I took while in San Antonio a couple of years ago.  There is a lovely little pond in the courtyard of the McNay Art Museum which boasts, among other art treasures, a Rodin sculpture.  A little fisherman sculpture is the centerpiece for this pool with its water lilies and koi.

I spent most of my time admiring the artwork itself, but the architecture really kept drawing my attention away.  One day I will paint an element or two from that as well, with its Spanish roof tiles and archways.

Sunday, January 5, 2014


"I Think I Smell More Snow!"  Original oil painting, unframed, 6" X 6"

Painting is all about fun for me.  I paint because I love painting and I do enjoy it......MOST of the time.  This one was just plain fun.  I liked the grouping, and the lighting and I pumped up the color differences to enhance the playful nature of the piece.  It's not everybody's taste, but I definitely had a blast painting it and I love brilliant colors.......they just spell F U N!  Apologies to my Northern friends who are being deluged with snow right now, but if you gotta have it, you may as well smile!

Saturday, January 4, 2014


"Don't Distract the Artist!"  Original oil painting, 6" X 6" unframed
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Often, even though they are "stand alone" paintings, my daily paintings, created on a smaller more affordable scale, are studies for larger paintings.  I have taught this idea to students, addressed it through carefully planned exhibits, and wholly recommend the practice.  It's not a unique concept, but I do love the freedom it gives me.....rather than facing a 24X30 canvas, a smaller 6X6 to work out ideas seems to me much more appealing.  I knew this was a winner when I snapped the photo, so I expect to paint her again on a larger scale at some near future date.  I hope you love her as much as I do!

Friday, January 3, 2014


"Fresh Peaches"  Original oil painting, unframed 6" X 6"
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I painted this little gem today with all my northern friends in mind, during this cold, COLD winter storm.  Fresh peaches always make me think of Summer!  I'm thinking of you just as you are thinking of warmer days to come!


"Derelict"  Original oil painting, 6" X 6", unframed
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I found this barn on a backroad in Ky.  There are so many barns everywhere, but I loved the derelict look of this one with its freshly mown hay field nearly skirting up against it.  The farmer let me walk around and take all the reference photos I wanted on his farm and even offered for me to pick some Queen Anne cherries to bake a pie or two, so I did!

Thursday, January 2, 2014


"Orchard Fresh"  Original oil painting, unframed, 6" X 6"
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This is my first painting for 2014, playing around with a tonalist quality.  Pears are such fun subjects because of their almost comical bulging shapes, with surprising flat areas and subtle shading.  They always make me think of clowns!
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