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" .