Tuesday, December 29, 2015

Winter Camellia


Winter Camellia
Acrylics on 6"x6"x3/4" stretched canvas

I love having a garden with colors even in winter. Recently, my Camellia bushes have budded. They are alone, the only stars in the show. I bet the spring flowers wish they had this kind of solo performance. I've added a photograph below.



Wednesday, December 23, 2015

Abby


Abby
Acrylics on 6"x6"x3/4" stretched canvas

My husband and I dropped off a car for a sweet lady's grandson at her home. She greeted us sweetly along with a wonderful fried chicken lunch with mashed potatoes and biscuits. So nice of her. This painting of her dog, Abby, will accompany my thank you note.

Monday, December 21, 2015

Opie


Opie
Acrylics on 12"x12" stretched canvas

A friend asked me to paint Opie for his wife for Christmas. I really enjoyed getting to know Opie. Hope to meet him in person. This was painted from a favorite photograph.



Monday, December 14, 2015

Gandawg


Gandawg
Acrylics on 6"x6"x3/4" stretch canvas

Someone asked me to paint this for a friend. I rarely laugh while I am painting but I did with this one. This sweet dog connected with me. He looks so like my favorite fictional character, Gandalf of The Lord of the Rings. I fell in love! I hope I have the opportunity to meet him and see what magic he/she possesses.

Friday, December 11, 2015

The Yellow Flower


The Yellow Flower
Acrylics w/ acrylic skins on 6"x6"x3/4" stretched canvas

These paintings have been so relaxing to create. The focus is more on color than subject. That suits me fine. Painting representationally is very tedious and stressful. I find doing one of these florals relaxes me before going into the tougher stuff. It's not that it is easier. It's not. Just more imaginative and freer.

Wednesday, December 2, 2015

The Purple Flower


The Purple Flower (Revised)
Acrylics w/ acrylic skins on 6"x6"x3/4" stretched canvas



Tuesday, November 24, 2015

Blue Green Flower


Blue Green Flower
Acrylics with acrylics skins on 6"x6"x3/4" stretched canvas

Monday, November 23, 2015

Acrylic Skins Florals



The Orange Flower
Acrylics with Acrylic Skins on 6"x6" stretched canvas

Thursday, November 19, 2015

Snowy Christmas Tree


Snowy Christmas Tree
Acrylics on 6"x6"x3/4" stretched canvas

Needed some cheer today. Thinking of Christmas helps. 

Tuesday, November 17, 2015

Vibrant Florals


Vibrant Florals
Acrylics on 10"x7" watercolor paper

So how do you make a focal point with all these vibrant flowers? Easy. Put in one yellow-green leaf! I was thinking of cropping it tighter, lopping off more of the top and left side. But I decided to keep all the vibrancy. I can always crop it later if it ends up bothering me.

Monday, November 16, 2015

Orange Floral


Orange Floral
Acrylics on watercolor paper

This was done strictly with imagination. Painting this way is so freeing and spontaneous. I wish I was braver and did more like this. I'll try.

Whimsical Tree


Whimsical Tree
Acrylics on 6.5"x8" watercolor paper and varnished

Most of this was done at a Robert Burridge workshop in Raleigh, NC during the Arts of the Carolinas event. I strongly recommend it to any artists in the area. My sister met me there and we had a blast. Jerry's Artarama provides limo service to their store from the Hilton Hotel where the event takes place. Sis and I shared a room at the hotel and the room and service were wonderful. The Burridge workshops (we enrolled in two) never disappoints. Bob even let my sister and I take pics with him. We both love his paintings and free, loose, methods. Yeah, we're doing it again next year!




Tuesday, November 10, 2015

Oak by the Side of the Road




Oak by the Side of the Road
Acrylics on 300 lb. Arches Paper Pad 10"x14"

Did this for a friend who wanted a backdrop image for her family tree. She will have the painting photographed and have a computer graphics expert put in the family tree info superimposed over the image. The print will be a shower gift and the painting will be hers. Genius!

Friday, November 6, 2015

Renfrow Flower


Renfrow Flower
Acrylics on 5"x7" watercolor paper

I found this flower among so many at Renfrow Gardens in Matthews, NC. Why did I pick this one to paint? It looked happy. I just stared at it in wonder. I should be as happy as this flower.

Thursday, November 5, 2015

Young and Green (take 2!)


Young and Green
Oils on 12"x12" stretched canvas

Generally, I do not like commission work. Detest it! Because it is contrived. I am not inspired or moved to do it. Painting is emotional for me. It is how I deal with the cruel world. It soothes me. 

Originally, I did this with acrylics on a smaller wood cradle. Loved it and enjoyed doing it. I posted it for sale and someone wanted it larger and in oils. Would I consider doing it again? I said, "Sure." I hate saying no. Well, here it is. I will not do it again (unless someone asks... please don't).

Friday, October 30, 2015

Rose at Duke Mansion


Rose at Duke Mansion
Caran d'Ache artist crayons on paper

I love visiting the Duke Mansion garden in Charlotte, NC. I photographed this rose and couldn't resist painting it with wax crayons. Love the effect.

Saturday, October 17, 2015

Owl Artists Trading Cards (ATCs)


Tell Me Owl About It
Watercolor on Yupo 2.5"x3.5"


Who-o-o You Looking At?
Watercolor on Yupo 2.5"x3.5"

These were requested by a collector in Maine. It's been months since I've done these. It was a HOOT!

Tuesday, October 13, 2015

Wallflowers


Wallflowers
Acrylics on 6"x6" stretched canvas

I saw these flowers along the outside brick wall at the University of North Carolina-Charlotte Botanical Gardens. They give wallflowers a good name. Such delicate beauties!

Tuesday, October 6, 2015

Daylily Outing


Daylily Outing
Acrylics on 6"x6" stretched canvas

There is a kind woman who allows the Plein Air Buds to paint the day lilies on her property. Her whole backyard is filled with them in all varieties and colors. I love going there! This is one of her gems. I don't know its name but it had me at... "yh-ellow."

Sunday, October 4, 2015

Young and Green


Young and Green
Acrylics on 6"x6"x2 1/2" wood cradle

This was painted from a photo taken of my first tomatoes that popped out last summer. I never tire of the thrill of seeing them form from seeds to small plant to flowers to that beautiful small green ball. They've been through a lot at this point but they are still green and have a ways to go. I wonder sometimes, "Am I still green?"

Ended up giving this work to wonderful friends in the carpet cleaning business. They discounted the work to the point I thought they were making nothing on the deal. Darryl, of Carpet Pros, liked this painting, which I was using to paint a duplicate in oil. So I gave it to him! I still got a great deal.

Monday, September 28, 2015

Park Art


Park Art
Oil on 6"x8" canvas panel

I started this scene at Park Road Park in Charlotte. Pulled it out and finished it at home. I just noticed my DNA is within the foreground tree. How does that happen? I always wear my hair back with a hairband. I wonder if Van Gogh's work would be worth more if it contains stray hairs... especially from his left ear.


Friday, September 25, 2015

3 Free-Style Paintings


Mental Gardening
Acrylics on 5"x7" Cold Press Paper


Lovely Couple
Acrylics on 5"x7" Cold Press Paper


House in the Wodds
Acrylics on 5"x7" Cold Press Paper


I am getting ready for a Bob Burridge workshop in Raleigh, NC, in November. He does not work from photos or real life. He draws from his own imagination. Not an easy method. Most of my inspiration is drawn from real life. These paintings were started with black and white acrylic paint and simply mixed to make an abstract base. Mental Gardening and Lovely Couple were mainly light with a dark focal point. House in the Woods was the opposite. I limited my palette to four colors along with white and black: red-yellow, purple-blue, green and purple-red for the focal point. It's an enjoyable process.


Thursday, September 17, 2015

Observation Tower #6


Observation Tower #6
Oil on 6"x6" stretched canvas

While strolling the beach at Topsail, NC, my eyes landed on the ghostly, dilapidated, old remains of this structure. There were also poles in the ocean in front of it. So I figured it must have been part of a pier. I was right... partly. Originally, it was an observation tower for Operation Bumblebee shortly after WW2. The navy conducted top-secret missile tests at Topsail, a mostly uninhabited area at the time. There were 8 towers built and all but one still stand. I was so enthralled by the history, that I sought out all the towers along with the Control Tower and Assembly Building (a museum). A few of the towers were unrecognizable because they were transformed and incorporated into homes. In the 50s, Tower #6, which started my little quest, was turned into a business place with a pier. I loved my stay at Topsail!

You can see the towers and read about them at this website: http://legeros.com/history/more/topsail/

Sunday, September 13, 2015

Cloudy Morning in Southport, NC


Cloudy Morning in Southport, NC
Watercolor on 5"x7"300 lb Arches Cold Press Paper

This is probably the simplest piece I've done in ages. It was cloudy with sprinkles and I decided to paint in my car. I hate being around people when I paint outdoors. I usually look for secluded spaces, hoping no one will bother me. Once I painted under a bridge and a photographer found me and talked to me for an hour with photographs of Sunset Beach wild life! I gave up! But in my car, no one bothered me and for a few minutes I pretended I was on this boat near Pelican Island. Peace.

Tuesday, September 8, 2015

Topsail Fun


Topsail Fun
Acrylics on 5"x7" canvas panel

This is a scene I caught of my sister with her two young daughters. I spent a week with them at Topsail Island, NC. We made precious memories and this is for sure one of them.

Monday, August 24, 2015

Parrot in the Park



Parrot in the Park
Mixed Media on 5"x7" watercolor paper

I have painted Romeo from Forsyth Park in Savannah a few times. I was looking for inspiration for a warm up painting and he flew by in my mind. Such a beautiful fella.

As an aside I revised the above painting. I do that a lot. I will look at a work and think... "It can look better." Sometimes there is succeeds and sometimes it is a total flop. And sometimes, like this time... I really don't know.


Parrot in the Park (revised)
Background darkened with watered down acrylic paint with 91% isopropyl alcohol splashed on it


Thursday, August 20, 2015

Sittin' on the Deck of the Pond


Sittin' on the Deck of the Pond
Acrylics on 4"x4" stretched canvas

The Arboretum Shopping Center in Charlotte features a duck pond where the Plein Air Buds have painted a few times. These ducks posed for me sitting on the deck of the pond... wastin' time.

Monday, August 17, 2015

Madison


Madison
Acrylics 10"x10" stretched canvas

Madison was commissioned to me by the owner of Monkey, Kylie. Madison's owner has cancer and Kylie wanted to cheer up her friend with a painting of her dog. I couldn't say no. This painting is covered in prayers. Dog owners have a very special place in heaven. Big hearts! I hope this brings cheer to Madison's sweet owner.

Sunday, August 16, 2015

Doodle Rose


Doodle Rose
Mixed Media on watercolor paper 5"x7"

I am in training for a paint out in Southport, NC. I am going to try to paint 10 small mixed-media works in one day from 9 AM- 3 PM. At 4 PM I hope to sell a few for $25-$30. That would cover the cost of the trip and a meal. I am fairly happy with this one. Southport is a seaside town but maybe I can find a rose or two for a warm-up. All works have to be painted on site and the papers are stamped before the painting begins. This is my first such paint out. Very excited.



Saturday, August 8, 2015

Cup of Flower


Cup of Flower
6"x6" on paper adhered to stretched canvas
Mixed Media

Loved doing this piece! So many layers of different media. It all started with a rose from my garden placed in a cup. I got some paper and watercolors and painted it. I then grabbed a pen and drew in lines. Then I pulled out my acrylic paints to enhance the work here and there.. well, just about everywhere. What else? Crayons! Highlights were added using Caran d'Ache artist crayons... love 'em. The work was adhered to the canvas with acrylic medium. 3 layers of glossy varnish complete it. So much fun working in layers!

Tuesday, August 4, 2015

Journal Entry: Birdhouse at Squirrel Lake Park


Art Journal Entry: Birdhouse at Squirrel Lake Park
Ink, watercolors and Caron d'Ache crayons

It's been a while since I've done anything with journaling. It gets me in that playful throw-around-the-paint mood. I quickly sketch a scene with pencil. The pencil layout gives me confidence to ink out the scene. Watercolor is transparent and loose. The crayons are opaque and can fill in those spots that bother me. I just keep throwing around those mediums until I am happy. I need to journal more often. Fun.


Thursday, July 30, 2015

Tiny Bouquet


Tiny Bouquet
Acrylic on acrylic skins resurfaced with gesso
4"x4" stretched canvas


I looked up at the wall of my studio and saw a few paintings that do nothing for me any more. The thrill is gone. So I pulled them down and covered them with gesso so I could paint over the old work. This is a floral redux. The flowers were acrylic skins so I had to leave them as they were originally. So I painted over the whole things and came up with this. Do I like it looks better? 

Here's the old work:


Heck, yeah. Proof that I am improving... with a long way to go still. Don't worry. No big ego here!

Friday, July 24, 2015

Legacy


Legacy
Acrylics on 6"x6"x3/4" stretched canvas
      
Don't you wish humans were like flowers. Our legacy would always be beautiful. You could take it for granted. But unlike flowers, humans have free will. If we want the garden in our head to be as beautiful as the ones we see at elegant homes, we need to weed out the negative forces. Like Philippians 4:8 says, "Finally, brothers and sisters, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable—if anything is excellent or praiseworthy—think about such things."

Saturday, July 18, 2015

Kickin' Garden


Kickin' Garden
Acrylics on 6"x6" Wood cradle

Saw this garden while in Ireland. I was impressed with the repurposing of the boots. To add to the creativity some paint was thrown on them. Loved it!

Tuesday, July 14, 2015

Our First Amusement Ride


Our First Amusement Ride
Acrylics on 6"x6" stretched canvas

This painting was modeled by my niece, Hudson. She is cute without a doubt as is her sister, Willow. I have been wanting to paint this scene for a while and finally got to it. Hudson, Willow and their moms will be with Doug and I at Topsail Beach next month and I wanted to paint a surprise for them. And, yes, there will be one coming up soon of Willow. Love these girls and hope they remember my love long after I am gone with these paintings. That is worth far more than any commission can pay.

Thursday, July 9, 2015

Oscar Wilde the Pug


Oscar Wilde the Pug
Oil on 6"x6" stretched canvas

This is for a couple of very nice friends who allowed Doug and I to stay at their lovely historic riverside home in Urbana, Va. As I painted their dog, Oscar Wilde, memories of kayaking and strolling old downtown Urbana came back to me. It was a wonderful visit. This is my gift to Bucci and John. I hope OW likes it too. Maybe they will set it by his dish. I'd love to know his reaction!



Friday, June 19, 2015

Meet Me Under the Green Umbrella at Pike's


Meet Me Under the Green Umbrella at Pike's
Oil on 5"x7" canvas panel

Now you know why I do not do many cityscapes. I took an urban plein air workshop at South End Charlotte a couple months ago. I had started this painting and put it aside. I picked it up yesterday determined to finish it. I do NOT like it. I really should stick with landscapes and flowers. Why? I abhor straight lines and perspective drawing. Too confining! If I took this in for a critique, the analysis would begin with my lines. I use all kinds of methods to make it look realistically comfortable BUT it just is not in me. I seek peace, harmony and happiness in my art and managed to find it within all this mess. I cropped it out below. Another painting?



Wednesday, June 17, 2015

Vintage Wheelbarrow at Williamsburg Nursery


Vintage Wheelbarrow at Williamsburg Nursery
6"x6" acrylics on wood cradle

I saw this basket on wheels while at historic Williamsburg, VA. I want one! Love going back in time at this wonderful town.



Thursday, June 11, 2015

Poppy at Williamsburg Nursery


Poppy at Williamsburg Nursery
Acrylics on 6"x6" Wood Cradle

I recently visited colonial Williamsburg. It was so lovely with all the gardens full of all kinds of flowers. As I walked down Duke of Gloucester Street, I found the source for all the florals... the local nursery. The flower that took the show for me was the poppy. All the other flowers were just back up singers. Must be the bright red color.

Monday, June 8, 2015

In Memory of Monkey


In Memory of Monkey
Acrylics on 12"x6"x1.5" stretched canvas

I was in the process of painting this boxer from a photo when my sister informed me that Monkey, my subject, had passed away. That put additional pressure on me while doing this portrait. My hope is Kylie, the owner, will draw good memories and comfort when she looks at this portrait of her old friend, Monkey.

Wednesday, May 27, 2015

Flowers from Connie's Garden


Flowers from Connie's Garden
Acrylics on 8"x6" flat canvas panel

I painted this from Connie Winter's garden. She invited the Plein Air Buds out of the blue. Love it! She is so gracious and an excellent and successful artist. She said we could come over anytime to paint. Sweet.