Friday, December 28, 2012

"on the same wavelength" & "serenity"

on the same wavelength
8" x 10" oil on gallery wrapped canvas

8" x 10" oil on gallery wrapped canvas
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A couple of paintings to finish out 2012 combined with wishes for a healthy,  happy, and peaceful 2013.  Thanks so much for following my art this year and for all of your encouragement.  It made my year sweet! Have a wonderful last few days of 2012 and I will see you in the New Year with a big kickoff of 30 paintings in 30 days ..... Cheers!

Thursday, December 20, 2012

"lush" .....

24" x 36" oil on canvas

Just finished this today.  The pink camellias in my front yard are as big as salad plates and when the morning sun hits them, they just glow.  I wanted to play up the swirl of petals and light with my brushstrokes.  Its all about the movement and pattern and color. I love the looseness of it.  Not to mention that the color scheme in this painting is very appropriate for this time of year.  Speaking of which, I would like to wish you the happiest of holidays and thank you for supporting my art this year.  Your encouragement and support are the best gifts I could ever receive! Peace and joy to you and yours!  

Monday, December 17, 2012


12" x 16" oil on gallery wrapped canvas

I was thinking of so many things when I titled this painting.  The tragedy in Newtown, CT was all over the news and I just couldn't absorb any more of the awful news.  I wanted to lose myself for a bit and paint.  So I finished this painting of sunflowers.  They are such happy flowers.  Bright and cheerful.  I was thinking the whole time of Grace.  The graceful arc of the stems and nodding heads of the sunflowers.  But more than that, the grace that we need to get through the saddest of times and move on to try and make tomorrow a better day.  Leave the world a bit better than how we found it, somehow.  It seems so cliche to say but when it comes right down to it... that is what life is all about.  I didn't know any other way to do that on Friday than to paint.  May grace be with us all.

Friday, December 14, 2012

Friday Folly....

another gray day in paradise
16" x 12" oil on canvas

So yesterday I succumbed to the gray weather we've been having all week.  I just couldn't fight it anymore.  I started a sunflower painting and then decided that if I couldn't beat the weather I would join in ..... and I painted this gray seascape.  It was fun playing around with all the grays and of course I love the subject matter.  But as you can see, there is some brightness showing through here and there.  I just couldn't keep the glimmer of sunlight out :)  So, I'm not sure whether painting the grays, or starting the sunflower painting or maybe my daughter driving home from college today was the turning point but as you can see in the picture below.....the sun is out this morning!!!  And I am loving it!  Have a wonderful weekend!

Tuesday, December 11, 2012

loads of sunflowers....

"here comes the sun"
"three amigos"
"sunshine and blue sky"

Sunflowers in December may seem a little off.  But when the short, gray days of winter start closing in I crave the sunshine and blue sky of summer.  So I just paint it.  Sometimes you have to make your own happy .... right?  Each of these paintings is a 16" x 12" on gallery wrapped canvas.  If you would like to see them individually then click on the link above.  Hope your day is filled with happy and bright!

Tuesday, December 4, 2012

Randy Higbee 6" Squared Show......

"blue skies" and "workday warrior"

The two paintings above were juried into this year's Randy Higbee 6" Squared Show in Costa Mesa, CA.  This is my second year entering this show and being accepted.   Last year I had one painting in the show and this year two.  I can't tell you how exciting that is for me.  This show, although the paintings are small, has some very BIG name artists in it every year.  It is such an honor and privilege to be hanging on the same wall!  Not only that but over 700 works were turned down for this show so there was some pretty stiff competition.  

I decided this year, I would continue my series of landscape vignettes for my entries.  It was not as easy as I'd hoped.  I have been painting this series on a much larger scale.  Two and three and four foot canvases.  Translating the idea to a 6" x 6" canvas proved much more difficult.  I wanted to still capture the same sense of light and color and pattern that I had been working on in the larger canvases.  More than a few tries went sailing across the studio in frustration :) !! However, be it good or bad, I am not someone who gives up easily and I am really happy with the way these two turned out.  

The show is up at the gallery and the reception will be this Saturday, December 8th.  I wish I could fly to California for the opening but I am content that my paintings will be there representing me.  And for the first time this year, Randy Higbee has set up a webpage with all of the paintings in the show for those that would like to purchase over the internet.  Please take a few minutes and look at all of the wonderful paintings.  Here is the link:  6" Squared Show  They are truly beautiful gems!

Thursday, November 29, 2012

tree shopping...

tree shopping
14" x 18" oil on canvas
$420 unframed

This is the painting I used on my Christmas cards this year.  I saw this old truck sitting by the side of the road back in October and it just screamed  Christmas card:)  Don't you think?  

Last week in November! I just can't believe it! Do you make a list of goals every year?  I started doing this last year and I have a few things on my "2012 Goals" list that I have a month to get done!! One of those was Twitter.  So I set up my twitter account this morning and I am proud to say I have one follower! :)  But I have tweeted twice.  Off to a great start!  If you are on twitter and would like to follow me (please do!!)click here:   @dtlArt

I am also setting up a page on my website with special pricing on my studies and small paintings (perfect for Christmas presents!). It will debut on December 1st and run until December 17th. Don't forget to check it out!!

I am co-hosting my last AHA blogtalk radio show show today and we are interviewing Hedi Moran... I can't wait to talk to her.  She is one of my favorites!  Thanks again, to my friend Leslie Saeta for asking me to co-host again.  I have really enjoyed it!

Tuesday, November 27, 2012

Back to the Blog... SOLD

I'm baaaaaack....  to my blog that is.  I haven't posted in a month!  That is the longest break I have taken since I started this blog.  I have had an incredibly busy, over-scheduled October and November.  I kept up with my blog throughout the month of October but just couldn't get it done this month.  I have continued to paint, in fact, I have been very productive but I have run straight from easel to other obligations with barely a chance to catch my breath.  The pace has gotten to me.  I can honestly say I am exhausted!  "Bone tired" as my dad used to say.  As November winds down this week, I am trying to take stock and find a little balance in my life.... at least go at a slower pace for the month of December.  Wish me luck!

eye of a sunflower
12" x 12" oil on canvas

Tuesday, October 23, 2012

beauty and the beast...

beauty and the beast
24" x 24" oil on canvas

This painting is fresh off the easel this morning.  The title of this one just came to me as I was painting.... I love it when that happens!  I hope that you see the beauty but can you find the beast?

Thursday, October 18, 2012

fall gathering... SOLD

fall gathering
10" x 8" oil on canvas

Here is another little gathering of objects on my mantel.  This one has a decidedly fall theme.  I love the way the oranges and corals played off of the blues and purples.  This little gem was sold to one of my favorite collectors before I got a chance to post it! I love it when that happens!

Tuesday, October 16, 2012

assembled objects ....SOLD

assembled objects
10" x 8" oil on canvas

I have this wonderful old antique mantel in my dining room.  Layers of peeling paint over cracked and bleached wood.  One of my favorite  finds years ago at a flea market.  It has a very shallow ledge but I love to assemble different "found" objects on it.  

As summer gives way to fall, my dining room gets the most brilliant morning light and I love to sit there and have my coffee.  As I was sitting and sipping and looking at my mantle the other day, I thought .... "what a great painting!"   I tried to keep my brushwork very loose and my edges soft.  I love the subtle organic colors and worn patina in this painting. Very soothing, I think, don't you?

Tuesday, September 25, 2012

lofty goals...

lofty goals
36" x 24" oil on canvas

I am having such fun with these large scale landscape vignettes!  Who knew bees, flowers and foliage could be such fun to paint?!  If you would like to see the other two paintings in this series, scroll down through my blog.  I am working on another one now that might feature another "pollinator" will have to wait and see!

Friday, September 21, 2012

last day of summer....

last day of summer
36" x 24" oil on canvas

This painting just sort of named itself.  What better way to celebrate the last day of summer than a bright colorful painting?!  This is another in my series of landscape snippets.  I am really enjoying the color and pattern .... truly my favorite things to paint!  Enjoy the day!

Wednesday, September 19, 2012

september splendor....

september splendor
36" x 24" oil on canvas

My garden is literally humming right now with all the bees and butterflies hard at work.  As summer fades, the insects have gone into overtime gathering the last of the nectar from all of my flowers.  The combination of all the foliage and flowers up against that brilliant September blue sky is impossible to resist.  I love all the abstract patterns found in the blur of color in the background.  I really wanted to paint these tiny snippets of landscape on a large scale to emphasize the saturated color and detail.  More to come....

Monday, September 17, 2012

sea slice...

sea slice
24" x 12" oil on panel

Sometimes that morning light on the ocean is just magical.  Otherworldly even.  Hope you enjoy a little slice of sea on your Monday morning :)

Wednesday, September 12, 2012

standing at the waters edge ....

standing at the waters edge
20" x 20" oil on canvas

How about some waves on a Wednesday?!  Just big enough to push you over the hump of the beginning of the workweek and downhill towards the weekend. 

This painting was such fun to do.  I love working with the abstract patterns in water.  The push of the waves coming onto the beach combined with the pull of the water back into the sea makes for some lovely patterns. This painting also had some wonderful reflections of the sea foam on the sand, too.  I tried to capture both the energy of the movement and the glistening light bouncing off the water.... hope you enjoy and Happy Wave-Day!

Monday, September 10, 2012

first light....

first light
18" x 30" oil on canvas

I have been painting a series of seascapes lately. This painting is taken from one of my early morning walks on the beach this summer. The sun hadn't risen yet and the first pink light was peeking over the horizon catching the sea spray as the waves tumbled toward the beach.  The colors were just beautiful.  

I finished this one last week about the same time as Hurricane Isaac hit Louisiana and decided to wait a week before I posted it.  Growing up on the coast, I am well aware of the awesome power of the ocean.  Beautiful and serene one day, wild and dangerous the next.  I guess that's why I love it ...there is just nothing like it!

Thursday, August 30, 2012

a view through the trees...

a view through the trees
6" x 6" oil on panel

Most of you will not know what or where this is....but indulge me today.  Important events kick off  this weekend....literally.  University of Georgia Football, of course.  :)

If you were standing on the edge of North Campus, a little to the left of Park Hall, this is the view of Sanford Stadium that you would see as you looked down the hill.  It is the view I took in as a student many years ago and it is the view my daughter sees everyday.  I was feeling a bit nostalgic and missing my girl this morning so I warmed up with this little painting.   This won't be her first game but it will be her first game as a student.  The energy and excitement of over 90,000 college football fans is something to behold and be a part of.  I am sure she will have a blast!  

Go Dawgs!! Sic'em! Woof! Woof! Woof!

Monday, August 27, 2012

Monday Morning News....

       allegiance                                                                red, white & blue
       36" x 24" oil on canvas                                      24" x 18" oil on canvas
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I found out last week that the two paintings above were juried into the Pride & Patriotism: American Expressions Art Exhibition at the Charlotte Fine Art Gallery.  In honor of the Presidential election year and Charlotte being chosen as the host city for the Democratic National Convention, the artwork was to reflect the artist's interpretation of American Pride.  Without getting too deep here, when I think of American pride, I think of independence and hard work and our collective creative imagination...."made in America".
The painting of the tractor is an actual tractor (flag and all) that I saw sitting by the side of the road one day.  I thought it just summed up the theme perfectly.  And what's more American than an old pick-up truck?!!  

I am so excited to participate in this exhibition!!  The show will kick off with Opening Night on September 7th from 6 - 9:00 p.m.  and the exhibit will run through September 28th.  I hope if you are in the area, you will stop by!

In other news, last Friday, I had the honor of being Carrie Roets-Waller's Friday Feature Artist! For my friends that don't know her, she is one of the most phenomenal watercolor artists that I have ever known. Her art just leaves you standing there with your
 mouth wide open .... it's that great! So while you are reading my interview and learning way more than you ever wanted to know about me, please check out her will be AMAZED! 

Have a lovely Monday everyone!!

Friday, August 24, 2012

symphony in blue ...

symphony in blue
16" x 20" oil on panel

I painted a couple of smaller hydrangea paintings a couple of weeks ago (both of which sold YAY!!) and decided to work on a larger version.  This is the grand hydrangea finale!  I wanted soft edges and really had fun with my brushstrokes in this one.  As always, lots of color in this!

Wednesday, August 22, 2012

wave study....SOLD

wave study
5" x 7" oil on panel

I am back on my wave kick.  I guess a week staring at the ocean will do that to an artist.  I have been working on some thumbnails and color studies, of which this is the first one.  This little study is based on one of my early morning walks.  You can just see the pink of the rising sun peeking over the horizon line and illuminating bits of the foam here and there.  I am in the process of painting a much larger version of this now.  Such fun!!

Tuesday, August 21, 2012

ghost crab... SOLD

ghost crab
8" x 10" oil on panel

I spent last week at the beach taking a break from painting and all the other stuff that goes with everyday life.  Although I didn't paint, I found myself looking at everything through "paint goggles".  Still, it was nice to savor all the moments just looking and absorbing and thinking through how I would capture what I saw when I got back to my easel. 

I did take tons of pictures on my daily walks and encountered this little guy early one morning.  I used to love to go ghost crabbing on the beach at night as a kid and my children enjoy it still.  Watching the crabs fly across the sand as if they aren't even touching the ground still amazes me.  I enjoyed capturing all of his subtle colors and translucent shell, not to mention that funny little expression on his face.

Monday, August 13, 2012

sunshine on her shoulder...SOLD

sunshine on her shoulder
12" x 12" oil on panel

I have such fun painting cows.  They have such great blocky shapes and this big girl was no exception.  I love the saturated color and all the shadows created by the bright morning sun.

Monday, August 6, 2012

sunlight on a stem ....

sunlight on a stem
30" x 20" oil on canvas

Being inspired by my hydrangeas last week, I decided to paint some sunflowers.  They just seem like August to me for some reason.  They were such fun to paint but they definitely don't last as long as hydrangeas.  I blocked in the painting one day and came back the next and all their little heads had turned in different directions.  So I made adjustments to my drawing and painted away.  The next day when I came in to put the finishing touches on, you guessed it.... they had moved again!  Busy flowers!

Wednesday, August 1, 2012

summer hydrangeas....SOLD

summer hydrangeas
8" x 8" oil on panel

Last week I posted a picture on facebook of some hydrangeas that I picked from my garden while walking to my studio.  That picture led to lots of conversation and eventually several paintings I already sold, one I am finishing up and this one which I am posting today on my blog.  I don't usually paint flowers.  I don't really know why but it just isn't a subject matter that ever occurs to me to paint.  However, it was a nice change of pace and I enjoyed it so much that I bought some sunflowers this morning.  Stay tuned..... :)

Monday, July 30, 2012

clear waters...

clear waters
12" x 16" oil on panel

This was one of those paintings that I really enjoyed the process of bringing it to life.  I got lost in the combination of the light on the rocks and the reflections in the water. Maybe mesmerized is a better word.  It has the feel of a summer afternoon on the water.  Just my most favorite kind of thing :)

Friday, July 27, 2012

oaks and palms ....

oaks and palms
20" x 20" oil on canvas

There is just something about the underbrush on the coast.  The tangle of tropical palms mixed with oaks and spanish moss just really appeals to me.  Sort of controlled wildness.  In this painting though, I was drawn to the way the light was illuminating the pathway through the woods.  The glow was just beautiful.  Tangle and got to love that combination!
I have really fallen behind on my blogging or either I have gotten way ahead on painting.  Can't decide which.   I had to look back and make sure I hadn't already posted this painting .... I couldn't remember!!  

Monday, July 23, 2012

New digs....

I have new digs! My old studio needed a lot of work  and after much discussion and consideration I decided rather than renovate, I would move into the bonus room (the former "x-box man cave") above our garage.  I was very attached to my old studio and leaving it made me sad but it was a move I really needed to make. So for the last four days, I have made a million trips carrying furniture and paintings and all kinds of stuff up and downstairs, put together bookshelves and cabinets, hung ledges and taken lots of Aleve and Advil.  But I am finally done and I love the results!  So I decided to take you on a little tour.
This is my view coming up the stairs...put my shells on the ledge... ambiance is everything! :)

Here's my old vintag table and new little cabinets that I put together. Don't you like the labels? Stole that idea from my artist friend  Kathy Cousart! I am very excited about the paint storage....I can see all of my paint at a glance!

This is my desk area. I love my storage (notice the Vistaprint drawer in the middle pic) and my calendars, bulletin board and  clipboards for upcoming show information. LOVE feeling organized!!

Ledges, ledges and more ledges for canvases!

More storage!! A great place for my books.  The top right is my "canvas crib" and the bottom right is an old storage chest that I use for supplies.

But the real reason I am loving my new digs is all of the space I have now!  My new studio is almost twice the size of my old one.  It was a lot of hard work but even my studio assistant agrees that it was the right move :)  Come visit us!

Thursday, July 12, 2012

red, white & blue

red, white & blue
24" x 18" oil on canvas

Here is another old truck that I spotted in a field  recently.  There is just something about all that peeling paint and rusty patina that I just can't resist!  It gets my imagination rolling ...wondering where it has been and who used to love driving it around before it was retired and literally "put to pasture".  I loved the color on this painting.... reds, whites & blues and a  Chevrolet ....very patriotic don't you think?

Wednesday, July 11, 2012

freshly mowed...

freshly mowed
6" x 6" oil on panel

This little study is done from one of the pictures I took on my "road trip" through the countryside a couple of weeks ago.  The sun had just risen and everything was just glowing.  I have been painting lots of studies, most of which I will put up for sale, to try out the compositions for larger paintings.  So you may see some more barns and farmland to come.  This little painting I love for it's simplicity.  I loved the arcs of fresh mowed hay and the distant treeline and the big clear morning sky.  Sometimes you just don't need more than that.  
This painting is looking for a home and is up for auction on the Daily Paintworks Site with a starting bid of $60.  

Monday, July 9, 2012

rusty bug needs love... SOLD

rustybug needs love
24" x 24" oil on canvas

The title sounds like a classified ad, doesn't it?  My husband and I were driving through the country a couple of weeks ago.  Well, he was driving... I was snapping pictures through the window like a crazed paparazzi. It was very early in the morning, the sun was just rising and giving everything that wonderful golden glow.  Each run-down barn was better than the one before it and the fields all looked like paintings. 

 Then we passed the perfect southern roadside scene.....  rusted out cars in a field.  I'm not sure if this scene appears anywhere as often as it does in the south.  Southerners have a really hard time trying to part with something, even if it is completely useless. I mean, after all, you might not need it right now but down the road it might just be the thing.  

So we pass this shed out in a field with all kinds of cars in various stages of rust scattered about. They looked a bit like dinosaurs in the morning light.  Parked close to the shed was a VW bug. It still wore some of it's bright blue paint on the hood and doors but that was quickly giving way to shades of rusty red and orange.  I have always had a soft spot for these cars..... maybe I watched "Herbie the Love Bug"  too many times as a kid, but something about this little car really appealed to me.  It was cuddled up to the side of the shed as if it was trying to stay dry and protected...and the combination of all those shades of blue and orange was absolutely irresistible to me.  So I decided to preserve it the only way I know how.... through paint!  Don't you want to just go adopt it now? :)

Thursday, July 5, 2012


10" x 8" oil on gallery wrapped canvas

This is one of my favorite paintings I've done recently.  It's one of my favorite color combinations and I love the sparkle of the purples and blues on the sand and shell.  It was also one of those paintings that just rolled off the paintbrush.... hence the title "bliss" .

Friday, June 29, 2012

lake reflections

lake reflections
11" x 14" oil on panel

I spent last weekend at a friend's lake house and spent half my time watching the reflections in the water.  The water was so clean and clear and the reflections so crisp.  I must have taken a thousand pictures.... but I really wish that I had taken my paints!  I just love trying to capture the abstract shapes and colors and the fluidity of the water. 

 I was wishing for the cool lake water today, as the temperature outside today is 104 degrees!  The little air conditioner in my studio just can't keep pace with that kind of heat.  I decided it was a good day to take off early.  I guess summer is definitely making it's presence known!

Wednesday, June 20, 2012

the lifeguards... SOLD

the lifeguards
16" x 12" oil on panel

These characters were perched up on the sign at the "no swimming end" of the beach last summer.   They were very serious about their job as lifeguards and as you can see the bird on the right is about to take flight for a possible rescue situation.  I had the beach all to myself on a morning walk and I couldn't have asked for better models for my photo shoot :)  If you would like to have these lifeguards for your very own click the link above and you will go directly to my website where you may purchase them.

Tuesday, June 19, 2012

high tide line..... SOLD

high tide line
30" x 40" oil on canvas

This one is hot off the easel...finished only a couple of hours ago.  I loved the composition.  Very simple but a lot of color variation and brushstrokes...a lot of which doesn't show up in this photo.  Some paintings photograph well and others just lose something in the translation.  

This painting was inspired by a trip to Kiawah this spring.  Some friends and I were riding bikes on the beach and missed our path off the beach.  So we had to turn around and ride back into the wind at high tide.  Suffice it to say, pedaling twice as hard, I was almost going backwards.   At the point I thought I was about to have a heart attack, I decided to get off the bike and walk for a while.  So I got to take in the lovely dunes and  beach grass and think about painting while I caught my breath.  It was definitely the silver lining to the exhausting bike ride :)

Thursday, June 14, 2012

the point ....

the point
11" x 14" oil on panel

I have been working on a series of landscapes lately (more on those to come in my newsletter) but I decided to take a break and paint something a little different.  I loved playing around with the color in this one.  I think this guy is actually pointing toward the weekend....what do you think?

On a related note, if you haven't signed up for my email newsletter.....please do!  My next issue will be coming out at the end of the month and word on the web is that I will be giving away a small painting to a lucky subscriber.....don't miss out!  It's easy to sign up.....the link is just to your right or you can click here  :)  Have a great weekend!!

Tuesday, June 12, 2012


6" x 8" oil on panel

This is the last of the series of plein air paintings of water lilies that I completed last week.  It was a beautiful sunny day (unlike today!!) and I just couldn't stay in my studio and paint!  Today, however, I am in the studio to avoid the nasty, gloomy weather outside.  

Thursday, June 7, 2012

play me a melody...

play me a sweet melody
12" x 12" oil on panel
Not For Sale

Bittersweet.  This last week has combined celebration with an ever present lump in the back of my throat.  My oldest and only daughter graduates from high school on Monday. Happiness and hope are thrown together with all the memories of the last eighteen years. 

And this is Melody.  She is my daughter's favorite creature on the planet.  My daughter, Caelyn, was bitten by the same "horse bug" that bit me as a child.  She has been riding for years and lives for her time on the back of a horse.  Melody, is her favorite.  Melody is ornery and stubborn and prone to kick and buck.  She doesn't like to mind but she loves my daughter and my girl loves her.  Maybe it's the challenge they both like or just mutual respect.  Melody doesn't know Caelyn will be leaving her soon. She goes about her time thinking the brush and saddle and treats will never end. But Caelyn knows it.  And the "missing" is already evident every time she heads out to ride or mentions Melody's name.  It's strong stuff the love that a girl has for a horse.

Endings and new beginnings. We all have them. Caelyn has an exciting road ahead of her.  She's hopeful and happy and ready to go.  But the happiness  is tinged with the bittersweet love for a horse and everything else that she leaves behind her from her life as it has always been. Melody and I are really gonna miss our girl.

Tuesday, June 5, 2012

landing pad.....

landing pad
6" x 6" oil on panel

How about a landing pad of a lily pad....or maybe the bulls eye of a lotus flower?  If you are a dragonfly or a bumble bee (both of which were buzzing around my pond when I was painting this) either one could be an ideal spot to rest your wings. 

On another note, today marks the one year birthday of my blog!! I wrote my first post on June 5th of last year.  If you would like to check it out, click here . It has been a learning experience and I have really enjoyed connecting with other bloggers, artists and friends throughout this last year!