Sunday, August 21, 2016

John's Garden

Our Tuesday plein air group met at a private garden last week to paint.  The garden was beautiful and the weather sunny and warm.  I added a few touches to the painting yesterday to bring out the colors of the garden.

Saturday, August 20, 2016

View from Grandfather Mountain

Hiking or walking outdoors is the best place to get inspiration.  This hike to MacRae Peak in the Blue Ridge Mountains is a difficult climb with lots of vertical ladders.  This is my third time to the top.  My husband used to be a mountain climber so he knows what he is doing.  Since I am a novice he roped me in so I felt secure when we climbed seven vertical ladders.  As you can see the view was worth it.  It took four hours round trip.  We are lucky to live in Charlotte and to be close to the mountains and close to the beaches.  I love being a landscape painter.

Monday, July 25, 2016

Abstract Marsh II

"Abstract Marsh II"
8" x 10"
oil on canvas panel
palette knife 
A new take on painting of a few years ago.  It was a square 30" x 30".  I wanted to see how it would be in a small size.  Usually an abstract looks better large. I think the colors let it work in the small version also.

Wednesday, July 20, 2016


36 x 36
oil on gallery wrapped canvas
palette knife.

This painting is from a photo that I took a few weeks ago on Pawleys Island, South Carolina.  I was on the Causeway plein air painting.  When I was finished I saw some people gathering.  I think it was feeding  time for the egrets.  I walked on the boardwalk and saw about twenty egrets feeding at low tide.  Something scared them away.  To the right was one lone egret that continued to stay and feed and look very elegant and alone.

Sunday, July 17, 2016

Cranberry Glass

Cranberry Glass
12" x 12"
Palette Knife.

I won on-line lessons from Leslie Saeta in 2015 for a year.  I was missing three lessons.  I don't know when they magically appeared in my account but one day I looked and there they were.  Thank you Leslie.  This lesson was posted for November 2014.

Friday, July 15, 2016

Getting Ready for 30 painting in 30 days in September

I started painting 30 painting in 30 in 2013 with Leslie Saeta.  I listened to Blog Talk radio (AHA) with Leslie Saeta and Dottie Leatherwood yesterday.  They talked about ideas for themes and how to get ready.  Dottie mentioned my idea about painting your fears.  That will be my theme for 2016 ~ facing your painting fears.  I have ordered my panels of various sizes and now will start gathering my reference photos.
Below are collages and themes from 2014 (doors) and 2015(beaches, marshes, water, and a couple of odd ones).  

Wednesday, July 13, 2016

Quiet of the Day

Quiet of the Day
12" x 12" 
After a recent visit to Pawleys, I was inspired to paint some marshes again.  I also just finished reading the book "Pawleys Island"  Dorothea Benton Frank who write about all the areas surrounding Charleston, SC.  I felt filled with the island spirit.

Monday, July 11, 2016

Guild of Charlotte Artists Summer Show

"One Last Bridge to Cross"
14" x 11" plus frame

"Sunset on the Beach"
8" x 8" plus frame

Both these paintings are on display and for sale at Christ Church on Providence Road in Charlotte.  Sale ends August 18th.

Sunday, July 10, 2016

Abstract Marsh

"Abstract Marsh "
18" x 24"
mixed media on canvas
I was in a painting slump for a few months.  I couldn't get inspired even though I was still plein air painting once a week.  I had some beautiful beach and marsh photos that I took in South Carolina in February and painted a couple of nice paintings from them.  After that I couldn't get motivated.  I went back to Pawley's Island in June and had a wonderful time painting on the Causeway.  It was so peaceful and beautiful.  After I that I was rejuvenated from the short trip to the beach.  I have been painting like crazy ever since.  I had this abstract painting that was unfinished.  I started with alcohol ink and poured it all over the canvas than I painted it with clear gesso.  I then painted it was oil paint.  I didn't finish it.  I finished it today with a lots more oil paint which was applied with palette knives.  It is bright and I think beautiful.

Friday, July 8, 2016


I took a workshop in 2014 with Connie Winters.  The first day we painted from a still life and did a value study.  This painting always appealed to me even if it was just a study.  I hung it in my powder room with a thick silver frame around it.  I had neighbors over one night last month and one walked into the powder room and fell in love with it.  No I didn't take it off the wall and sell it to her.  I painted her another one.  The second one was more difficult to paint then the first.  There was no still life to use.  I used a mixed black which  took me a couple of days to find that same color of black with a touch a purple.  My neighbor came by this morning and loved the copy just as much.  I find it difficult to copy my own work.  The mood is different, the paints colors vary, and your not as free when painting it.  I guess what I'm saying is I love commissions but they are more of a challenge.

Thursday, July 7, 2016

Saturday, July 2, 2016

Winter Beach

 See these two paintings and more at Island Art Gallery on Pawleys Island
Highway 17

"Winter White Beach"
30" x 30"
Oil on Canvas

"Winter Beach"
8" x 10"
Oil on Panel
$175 with Silver frame

Friday, July 1, 2016


I journeyed alone to Pawleys Island on Monday.  It was such a joy to paint on the Causeway at Huntington State Beach Park.  The egret above represents the calm solitude of the moment.  Below is a photo of Island Art Gallery on Highway 17.  Starting today Island Art is where I will displaying some of my art.  When you are in Pawleys stop by and see my art.  Tomorrow I will post which ones are there.

Sunday, June 26, 2016

Sunset on the Beach

I have painted this scene before and sold it.  I keep being drawn it.  I even made giclees of it.  This is an 8" x 8" and I also painted  one that is 6" x 6".

Here is the painting framed.
This photo was taken outside so the color is a little truer.
8" x 8"
Oil on panel
Purchase unframed on Daily Paintworks.

Friday, June 24, 2016

New Paintings on the Way to the Beach.

"Afternoon Marsh"
11" x 14"
Oil on canvas 

"Sunset at the Beach"
8" x 8"
Oil on canvas panel

"Topaz Sky"
8" x 11"
Oil on Canvas
I've spent two glorious days at home painting.  Only a few chores to take care and the rest of the time painting.  This afternoon I will be framing some of these paintings to take to sell at the beach. 

Sunday, June 12, 2016

Afternoon Marsh

Afternoon Marsh
Oil on Canvas
11" x 14"
I'm taking this painting to Island Art Gallery on Pawleys Island.  I look forward to showing my art at a new gallery.  It is a beautiful gallery so stop in and see my artwork.

Wednesday, May 25, 2016

Colors of Low-Country

Colors of Low-Country
18" x 24"
Palette knife on Canvas

This Low-Country painting was from two photographs that I liked.  I added a little color to make it different of other of my low-country paintings,  I have taken a hundred or more marsh photos.  It is one of my favorite subjects to paint.  With a palette knife, I added lots of paint to give it lots of texture.

Tuesday, May 10, 2016

Where Dreams are Made

"Where Dreams are Made"
10" x 8"
oil on canvas

This was a plein air painting day at McGill's Rose Garden.  Volunteers work in this garden keeping the roses beautiful by deadheading and watering.  Art classes are taught here where adults with special needs can develop their own style.  The beauty here calms the restless soul and inspires the best in ourselves .