Monday, September 29, 2014

30-30 Challenge #29

2"x4.5" acrylic SOLD 
There is a pond behind my house that has a creek running into it and creek running out.  It provides the lovely sound of babbling water and frogs in the summer.  My grandkids love to fish there, although actually catching a fish is secondary to just standing or sitting on the dock with a fishing pole!  We get interesting visitors to that pond , including an occasional heron and ducks and geese.  I have seen a ermine and on rare occasion a moose or bear.  This photo reference was the product of wildlife photographer Dale Waack, whom I really appreciate giving me permission to study it and use it for this painting.

Sunday, September 28, 2014

30-30 Challenge #28

2"x4.5" acrylic SOLD
This is an image I have wanted to paint for years, but never got around to it.  I took a photo when visiting Florida (my birth state) because I was so blown away by a garden filled with orchids.  They provide the image of such interesting structure.  I love how they smell and how they make me feel and I have the perfect place to grow them indoors, but I won't because I could not bare to kill them or let them die, and that is a very likely scenario!

Saturday, September 27, 2014

30-30 Challenge #27

2"x4.5" acrylic  SOLD
I have to remember to plant zinnias and cosmos next year.  They offer such easy to grow options that create such a beautiful design through the summer and into fall.  What I really liked about painting this one is the patterns of the flowers, stems, "leaves" and buds.  Pattern is so important in paintings and I sometimes forget that, and then other times it becomes the theme of the painting.

Friday, September 26, 2014

30-30 Challenge #26

2"x4.5"  acrylic SOLD 
This little miniature was purchased a couple of weeks before I painted it or even knew what I was going to paint. That's fun!  My childhood friend, the friend that goes back in time to pre-school, the daughter of my mom's best friend, and my buddy for all those years in school, purchased it.  Neither of us are butterflies...but the world is lovely to both of us.  We are both optimists and love to laugh.  We have spent some of the best moments of our lives together.  I hope this painting reflects that emotion.

Thursday, September 25, 2014

30-30 Challenge #25

2"x4.5"  acrylic SOLD
I am currently at a Susan Abbott workshop in Marshfield, VT, during an incredibly beautiful Vermont fall with lovely temps in the 60's and 70's.  And then...winter comes (which I also love) but at the end of winter is mud season which they call spring in other parts of the country.  Our spring is usually very short, but when those crocuses pop up (frequently through the snow) it gives hope for a very green season.  Crocuses make me happy.  They seem like an especially sweet gift.  I hope it makes you feel that way too.

Wednesday, September 24, 2014

30-30 Challenge #24

2"x4.5" acrylic
This is #24 in the 30 day painting challenge.  I am so glad I decided to do miniatures as I have learned a lot including the importance of composition.  I missed that a bit with this one as the top bird is not quite positioned at the most advantageous place.  But my main concern with this one is that it looks like the wings are moving and I think I got that.  Value is so important in painting and I continue to see that when something isn't working, frequently it has something to do with the values (light and dark) against each other.

Tuesday, September 23, 2014

30-30 Challenge #23

This is painting #23 in the 30 Paintings in 30 Days Challenge.  It is from a photo reference taken by wildlife photographer Dale Waack.  He generously gave me permission to use his photos to paint from for this challenge.  I chose to do 2"x4.5" miniatures.  On top of that, I am going to 2 workshops this month.  So, I put myself in the awkward position of painting in 3 different styles this month.  I am feeling like a total amateur....but I am learning!  It is good to be on a learning curve, but I think I just made a lot of confusion for myself this month.  Can you relate?

Monday, September 22, 2014

30-30 #22

2"x4.5" acrylic  sold
This is #22 of the 30 Paintings in 30 Days Challenge given by Leslie Saeta.  It inspired me I thnk because my grandkids were visiting for the weekend.  I find it almost impossible to paint when they are here (a very small sacrifice) but I was able to squeeze this one in.  Other than that, their grandfather and I got to do some outdoors fun things with them like fishing and hiking to the Clarenton Gorge.  We also picked mint, grapes and tomatoes and did some fine cooking.  The boys are 3 and 5 and their little sister, who is almost sitting up and almost crawling, is 6 months.

Sunday, September 21, 2014

30-30 #21

This also is from a reference photo by Dale Waack.  It was hard to paint this mighty bird with enough detail and energy to suggest its magnificence and strength, but I had fun trying and also to make it worthy of copying the adding enough color to the water to make it interesting.

Saturday, September 20, 2014

30-30 #20

This painting is from a reference photo by Dale Waack, who is a wonderful wildlife photographer.  It is a red winged black bird, one of my personal favorites because of the brilliant flashes of color they have on their wings.

Friday, September 19, 2014

30-30 #19

This was painted from a reference photo taken by Dale Waack who generously gave me permission to use some of his photos which he posts to facebook.  He is a wildlife photographer, a skill that takes a good eye and tons of patience.

Thursday, September 18, 2014

30-30 17&18

each 2"x4.5"
I went nautical for these too and I am so excited to say I have caught up!  I am amazed at how much I have learned, how much fun I am having, and how cute a tiny painting can be!

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

30-30 14,15,16

I am heading out to a Randall Sexton workshop today at the landgrove Inn.  I chose his workshop because I fell in love with a painting he did of an industrial landscape.  I am hoping to pick his brain as we head out for 4 days of plein air painting.

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

30-30 Challenge #12 & #13

I am getting caught up but also need to paint ahead because I will be going to a Randall Sexton workshop and also one with Susan Abbott.  Life is good...but when it is so busy, time sure flies.  As I get older, I find I want to slow down my days and savor them.  Not sure that is possible yet.

Monday, September 15, 2014

30-30 Challenge #10&11

each 2"x4.5" acrylic
I am trying to get caught up because I am so far behind on my 30 paintings.  The top one is from a friend's photo which just captured my attention and the bottom one is of my favorite kayaking lake.

Thursday, September 11, 2014


These are #3 and #4 of my miniature series.  I actually have done 5 of the 30 paintings in 30 days challenge, but only 4 of them are miniatures.  I am selling these on facebook for $10 each to the first person who posts "sold" under it.

30-30 #4 day 12

2"x4.5"  sold  oil
I am learning so much from doing these miniatures.  Right now I am thinking about finding the balance between details and a loose brush effect.  I have found that liquid acrylics work better than tubes and I need to try some different brushes to get what I want.  I am selling these on facebook for $10 each to the first person who posts "sold" under it.  I got this idea from Crystal Cooke.  It is a lot of fun.  I have sold some that aren't done yet, which is fun!

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

30-30 #2 day 10

2"x4.5"  acrylic
Day 9 and I am only able to post #2!  I finally figured out what I am going to do.  I prepared 30 little 2"x 4 1/2" panels and decided I would do miniatures.  Of course I totally underestimated what that meant.  I thought it would make it easier to do little ones, but since I haven't ever done miniatures, it is a whole new process.  What I have learned:  it doesn't necessarily take less time than doing a larger painting; like all paintings, if you don't get the values right, forget it; edges, brushwork, composition and color mixing are the same, except brush size is completely different, so that makes all the difference.  Bottom line, I am going to complete these and based on the first one, I am going to learn a lot about painting.  Oh, yes, these are also acrylic instead of oil, which is a whole other can of worms for me! ...and then there is photographing it....believe me the original looks a lot more in focus!

Monday, September 8, 2014

30-30 #1 Day 8

9"x9" oil
I have been traveling a lot.  I just got back from 2 weeks of sand, sun, surf and family and it was wonderful, but I did not look at art, paint or draw.  I thought about it, but that is all.  I am suppose to be doing Leslie Saeta's 30 paintings in 30 days challenge and it is a great way to get myself motivated, but I am already 8 days and 7 paintings short!  So, now that our official family vacation is over, I am moving into fall mode.  I have a couple of commissions to finish, and really wanted to choose a theme to do for the month, but I think it will be a hodge-podge (hotchpotch) of subject matter.  I also was going to do images for a children's book I am thinking of illustrating, but I think I need more focus to attempt that.  I have called myself a daily painter for a few years, but I really need to get back to that to claim it.  Life is just so full of fun and sweet things to do!  This painting is for sale so contact me if you are interested.
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