Monday, December 5, 2016

Beach Sunset


"Beach Sunset" Sold at Christ Church. Stop by All Saints Hall to see two more paintings for sake during the month of December.

Coast Beauty
18" x 24"

Lazy Afternoon
10" x 10"

Saturday, November 19, 2016

"Robin Blue"


More paintings for sale at Christ Church until December 5th.
Stop by All Saints Hall.

Shop Hours
Sunday, 9:45 AM - 1:00 PM
Monday - Friday
9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Closed Saturday

Sunday, October 30, 2016

For Sale at Christ Church!

October 31 to December 5
Christ Episcopal Church
All Saints Hall~Good News Shop
1412 Providence Rd., Charlotte, NC

Twelve paintings are lined up in my studio awaiting packing and transport to Christ Church tomorrow morning.
Visit the "Good News Shop" to purchase.  Thirty-five percent of all sales goes to the Christ Church outreach program.

The canvas sizes range from 8" x 8" to 30" x 30".

Tuesday, October 25, 2016

Boone Hall

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.  

Tuesday, October 18, 2016

From Charleston to San Francisco

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.

Friday, September 30, 2016

Collage of 30 paintings in 30 Day Challenge

30 Day Challenge
Day 29
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.

Thursday, September 29, 2016

Day 29 "Garden Path"

30 Paintings in 30 Days
Day 29
"Garden Path"
10" x 8"

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.

Wednesday, September 28, 2016

Day 28 "Peppers for Dinner"

30 Paintings in 30 Days
Day 28
Peppers for Dinner
8" x 10"
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!

Tuesday, September 27, 2016

Day 27 " Another Pepper"

30 Paintings in 30 Days
Day 27
Another Pepper
4" x 4"

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.

Monday, September 26, 2016

Day 26 "Symbols"

30 Paintings in 30 Days
Day 26
7" x 5"
Oil on canvas panel

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.

Sunday, September 25, 2016

Day 25 "Fishing Village"

30 Painting in 30 Days
Day 25
"Fishing Village"
8" x 10"

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.

Saturday, September 24, 2016

Day 24 " Beach Path"

30 Painting in 30 Days
Day 24
"Beach Path"
6" x 8"
oil on canvas panel
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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Friday, September 23, 2016

Day 23 "Open Gate"

30 paintings in 30 days
Day 22
7" x 5"
oil on panel
"Open Gate"
This is plein air piece that I painted on Tuesday.  I was standing across the street from Providence Presbyterian Church in the cemetery.  I closed the gates and stepped back and thought that the gates looked better open.  The challenge for this painting was getting the feeling that the church was across the street.  I didn't put the street in so it looked closer than it was.

Thursday, September 22, 2016

Day 22 "Getting Ready for Christmas"

30 Paintings in 30 days
Day 22 "Getting Ready for Christmas"
8" x 10"
oil on canvas panel

Merry Christmas.  Today is a first day of Fall which means Christmas is around the corner.  This was an on line lesson with Leslie Saeta.  This was a double gift.  I won free lessons in 2015 but it included three lesson from 2014.  I didn't get the three lessons in 2014 right away so I forgot about them.  I checked back much later and there they were.  This is the last of the lessons.  I thought this would be a fun one for one of my 30 day paintings.  This was done with a palette knife.  It was hard to make the round shapes with the palette knife and my colors didn't quite look like Leslie's.  I am challenging myself each of the 30 days to do something difficult or scary or something I need to improve on.  So here are my box of Christmas ornaments.

Wednesday, September 21, 2016

Day 21: "Garden Fresh"

30 Paintings in 30 Days
Day 21
"Garden Fresh"
oil on panel
6" x 6"

The challenge today is a still life with lots of juicy paint.  My husband grows vegetables on our desk because the deer eat whatever is in the garden.  The pepper plants are very tall and healthy.  On this plant the peppers start out purple and then turn red.  I'm beginning to love peppers.

Tuesday, September 20, 2016

Day 20 "Wild Pony"

30 Paintings in 30 days
Day 20
"Wild Pony"
Oil on canvas Panel
8" x 10"

Believe it or not this is the white mane of this wild pony.  You have to hike up to Grayson Park to see the herds of wild ponies.  It is an amazing sight.  The challenge in the painting was to paint my first horse and especially his white mane.  Do you think he could see through that mane? Another challenge is this painting is all the different greens.

Sunday, September 18, 2016

Day 18 "Reflections on a River"

30 Paintings in 30 Days
Day 18
Reflections on a River
Oil on linen panel
7" x 5"

Sometimes painting on a small canvas seems like it will be faster but actually it takes more time because the drawing and painting part of it is very small.  This photo has intrigued me for awhile.  I felt that almost would have made a good abstract.  

Day 19 " Stone & Shadows"

30 Paintings in 30 Days
Day 19
"Stone and Shadows"
oil on linen panel
7" x 5"

This is a church courtyard in Sarria, Spain.  We took a break from our walk on the Camino de Santiago in Sarria where many people started their walk.  For us it was another 62 miles after walking 90 miles.  My husband and I started in Ponferrada.  I wanted to do this painting for perspective and shadows.

Saturday, September 17, 2016

Day 17 "Resting"

30 Painting in 30 Days
Day 17
8" x 8"
oil on canvas panel

I wonder if this man resting on the stone bench was walking for a while on the Camino de Santiago or just enjoying the view before going to town.
I had two semesters of drawing and four semesters of figure drawing but it has been awhile since I have done any figures.  It is hard to draw this small figure in the painting.  But I think by adding figure to a landscape, it tells a different story.

Friday, September 16, 2016

Day 16 "Here's Looking at You"

30 Paintings in 30 Days
Day 16
"Here's Looking at You"
8" x 10"
Oil on Canvas
Today's challenge is painting animals.  One shy sheep is hiding behind the other one.   This was not an easy one for me.