On a weekend trip to the mountains, my family and I hiked Roan Mountain. The views were fabulous. It was so cold that the fog froze on everything. That is not snow on the trees. The Blue-ridge Mountains are in the background. It was a joy to paint this scene.
December is always a busy month filled with shopping and getting together with friends. I saved a little time this month to paint this little bunny. It is a present for a mother-to-be. The baby girl is expected in April. This is a token of my appreciation to the mother-to-be.
Think about getting these inspiring books for Christmas.
"Big Magic" by Elizabeth Gilbert was recommended by artist Karen Weihs on her blog.
The other book is "To Bless the Space Between Us" by John O'Donohue. This book was recommended by artist Jean Cauthen. I have taken workshops from both these artists and look forward to reading one or both of these books.
The entrance to Boone Hall Plantation was everything I hoped it would be. At the end of last month I met a California friend in Charleston and we toured many things including this Southern Plantation with this grand avenue of Live Oak Trees with Spanish Moss hanging gratefully from the tree limbs.
After painting 30 paintings in 30 days, I took off for some vacation days. I was in Charleston for five days sightseeing and eating my way through town. Then off to Las Vegas for a TWA Silver wings convention. I saw lots of beautiful casinos and hotels. The Bellagio was my favorite with a Chuhily glass ceiling and the Degas to Picasso art exhibit from the Boston Museum of Art. My last stop was Santa Cruz with a walk along the ocean on West Cliff and a visit to the Monarch Butterflies wintering at the Natural Bridges Beach State Park. To complete the California stay was a drive over the Golden Gate Bridge to Mill Valley where I lived for twelve years.
Yesterday I replenish my art supplies and today I will start painting again. It is great to be home.
I tried to make each painting a special challenge of something that I needed to improve on. I picked perspective, water, contrasts of dark and light, urban landscapes, reflections, people, and animals. It was an exciting month and I learned a lot. I have some favorites among these paintings.
This is my final painting. I was painting three days ahead because of leaving town at the end of the month. Well the end of the month is tomorrow. Some days I painted two paintings because of day trips to the mountains and one day working at a habitat house in Charlotte. This scene is from the nursery at Biltmore Estates. This was as pretty as the gardens there. I will finish my collage tonight for all the paintings that I did this month. I hope you enjoyed following this painting journey with me.
More peppers from our garden. In one post I mentioned that sometimes artists still life ends up being a snack or dinner. This time I did expected to cook these peppers for dinner. I wanted bright colors and dark shadows on these peppers. Only two more days to go. I have been painting three days in advance because I will be out of town at the end of the month. I'm still not sure that I will make it before I leave on Monday. We will see!
Time is running out so I wanted to do more still live. This is another purple pepper from our garden. I wanted this painting to be about light and dark. I love the background with a little red peeking through.
Various markers lead the way to Santiago de Compostela. This ancient stone marker is filled with symbols. On the left in blue is the scallop which is always found to mark the way to the church of St. James. The cross is the symbol of St. James. The "Stones of Sorrow" are placed on the marker. Some bring them from home or like me, I would pick up one and carry to one of the special places that we stopped.
This is a little fishing village in New Brunswick. The challenge on this painting was the roof lines and color. I wanted to make this more colorful than it was and I wanted to use lots of juicy paint on the one.
A path to the beach in Cape Cod. The ocean is a deeper blue than it is here in the Carolinas. Working on greens and shadows in this painting. I never get tired of mixing greens because they can be so different.
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