Monday, September 30, 2013

"bird's eye view" ...30 Days Hath September

Last day!!! I can't believe it!  It has been quite a month and I am happy to have persevered through school schedules, baseball games, trips out of town, upcoming show name it!  Looking back,  my collection looks a little ADD.  I painted florals and cows, streetcars and cityscapes and everything in between! Not to mention the variation in sizes from a 6"x6" to a 24"x36".  My shoulder held up well to all the painting and that's good news too!  It's been fun but I am glad for the break!

Here's the last painting I will leave you with.  It is a view of part of the Charlotte skyline from the 46th floor of a high rise apartment building, The Vue, in which I was lucky enough to hang some of my paintings this month.  Here's to October...may it be as productive as September! Cheers! And thanks so much for hanging with me this past month.  Your support, likes and comments mean more than you know!!

bird's eye view
18" x 24" oil on canvas

Sunday, September 29, 2013

"just a little bull" ...30 Days Hath September

just a little bull
24" x 36" oil on canvas

"just a little bull" on a Sunday afternoon  :)  One more day in September! Can I get a WOO HOO!! This little calf posed for me last November. What a pretty boy he was! I am sure he is a "lotta" bull now.

Saturday, September 28, 2013

"holding steady" .....30 Days Hath September

Only a couple more days to go, and the 30 Days is over. I think I am ready for a break!  This last week has been challenging to produce a painting everyday because of all of the "non-artist" hats I wear!  I am officially tired!!  

This is a painting of a sea wall and dock in Monterey, CA.  I just LOVE all of the texture and movement and color in this scene.  I have been wanting to paint it for months.  I think its done, although I may have to go back in and add some highlights in a couple of days.  I'll have to see how it dries.

holding steady
18" x 24" oil on gallery wrapped canvas

Friday, September 27, 2013

"a night out on the town" ...30 Days Hath September

a night out on the town
16" x 16" oil on canvas

A great friend and artist, Fonda Doerre, sent me a picture a couple of months ago of the skyline of Charlotte just as the sun was setting.  The colors of the sunset reflecting off of the buildings with the backdrop of the darkening sky was such a challenge!  I went with a soft, dreamy approach on this painting but I may tackle it again with more texture the next time.

Thursday, September 26, 2013

"study of Monterey Fish Co" ...30 Days Hath September

Monterey Fish Co study
6" x 6" oil on panel
Not For Sale

This is a little study for a much larger painting.  Sometimes it helps to do these.  I definitely know what I will do different on the larger one. For one thing it won't be a square. :)

Wednesday, September 25, 2013

"one of these things" ...30 Days Hath September

one of these things
12" x 12" oil on gallery wrapped canvas

"one of these things" in one of these things is not like the other or this painting choice was one of those things that didn't work out like I envisioned.  I picked these trumpet flowers to go with my rose yesterday morning.  Within minutes I realized why I never paint them in a vase.  As soon as you pick them, the blooms close! It was truly a race against time!  They will only be painted plein air, where they like to be from now on.

Tuesday, September 24, 2013

"roses and wild grapes" ...30 Days Hath September

So I am almost all the way through a box of 12" x 12" canvases and I can't stop painting flowers :)

We have these wild grapevines that are the biggest nuisance EVER.  They spring up everywhere and grow about 4 feet overnight. The more you pull them up, the quicker they grow.  However, in September, some of them will grow tiny little grapes.  I'm not sure if they are edible... haven't tried them yet... but they are so pretty.  The grapes vary from shades of green, to purple, burgundy, bronze and the prettiest teal blue.  They make a cool addition to a flower vase.  And with summer ending, there isn't much else blooming in my garden right now but grapes and roses.

Just goes to show that when life gives you wild grapevines.... instead of grape juice, make a painting. I posted a picture of the grapes at the bottom of the page so you could see what I was talking about.

roses and wild grapes
12" x 12" oil on gallery wrapped canvas

the wild grapes:

Monday, September 23, 2013

"all that's left" ....30 Days Hath September

So the beauty of having kids that leave for school at 6:45 in the morning is that if your juju is good you can have your daily painting done before 9:00! I am hoping that this means I'm going to have an easy week :)  

This is "all that's left" of my flowers from last week.  Still beautiful but fading.  Since they waited for me all weekend....I just had to paint them when I got back.  I really like the looseness of this.....the time constraint helped!  Hope you like them too! 

all that's left
12" x 12" oil on gallery wrapped canvas

Sunday, September 22, 2013

"waiting on the tide to turn" ...30 Days Hath September

waiting on the tide to turn
6" x 6" oil on panel
On Hold

Painting everyday this month, I still have to take care of business. You know do the regular stuff, I do all the time.  This painting is an entry for a small works show.  It is not for sale at the moment.  I loved this little windblown bird standing on the beach.  He was looking toward the sea....just waiting.  

Saturday, September 21, 2013

"weekend getaway" ...30 Days Hath September

weekend getaway
8" x 8" oil on panel

This is my very favorite weekend getaway.  What's yours?

Friday, September 20, 2013

"petal to the metal" ...30 Days Hath September

Last floral of the week.  I am leaving town today for a family weekend at the beach so hopefully I will be posting Day 21 and 22 from the road!  

If you have been thinking about purchasing one of my paintings, don't forget that all of these paintings have special pricing this month only!  Only 10 more days left!  Prices will go back to normal in October.

petal to the metal
12" x 12" on gallery wrapped canvas

Thursday, September 19, 2013

"everythings coming up roses" ...30 Days Hath September

More flowers for day 19.... I am loving my end of summer bouquet!! These are such fun little paintings to do.  I am so tempted to go waaaaay larger but I have too many obligations this week so these will have to do for now!
everythings coming up roses
12" x 12" oil on gallery wrapped canvas

Wednesday, September 18, 2013

"fresh flowers on a tuesday" ...30 Days Hath September

So as I was walking up the stairs to my studio yesterday, I glanced out the window and saw one of my climbing roses had managed to outgrow the weeds in my flowerbed and was blooming.  It is one of my favorite roses... this delicious bright coral.  So I immediately lost my focus and went back downstairs to cut some blooms.  Those blooms led to a couple of other roses, which led to some blooms off of another vine and then I passed a hydrangea on the way inside to get a vase....and an bouquet was born.  I brought the flowers up to my studio to enjoy while I painted and after a few hours I decided that the flowers were so fresh and pretty sitting in the window that I needed to paint them. A painting borne of distraction. I think they make medication for this :)
fresh flowers on a tuesday
12" x 12" oil on gallery wrapped canvas

Tuesday, September 17, 2013

"city by the bay" ...30 Days Hath September

city by the bay
12" x 16" oil on gallery wrapped canvas

Making sense out of a lot of information.  That was my goal with this painting.  I stuck with large shapes and simplified the composition as much as I could.  I was also trying to convey the early morning sun lighting up all the homes on the hill.  It was breathtaking in person.  

Monday, September 16, 2013

"shades of gray" ...30 Days Hath September

"shades of gray"
12" x 12" oil on gallery wrapped canvas
Not For Sale

Halfway over the hump of the 30 Day Challenge.  My time the second half of the month is getting tighter with lots of obligations so it may really be a challenge to get a painting out everyday!!  I played with a lot of grays in this painting.  It was a great exercise in subtlety.  This one is not for sale.... it is headed to Athens to hang out in my daughter's dorm room. :)

Sunday, September 15, 2013

"chinatown study" ...30 Days Hath September

I was reading the paper and drinking my coffee this morning with the nagging feeling that I was forgetting to do something.  Then I realized, I had forgotten to post my daily painting for September!  Hello! I have done this every day of September, you would think that it would be routine by now!!

chinatown study
8" x 10" oil on canvas

I did this little study of a street in San Francisco's Chinatown with the intention of working out some issues so I could do a larger painting.  It is a busy place to be and a lot of information to sift through with paint!  I do like the abstract quality of this.

Saturday, September 14, 2013

"three palm morning" ...30 Days Hath September

three palm morning
16" x 12" oil on canvas

The air is crisp and it's breezy here this morning on the 14th day of the challenge.  Just the type of morning as it was when I sketched this beach scene.  Strong morning shadows and the promise of a beautiful day ahead.  I am wishing  I was sitting in that little cottage having my coffee, watching the day unfold.  But I am off to an early morning baseball game... still a good way to spend a Saturday morning.   Have a wonderful day!

Yesterday, I was featured on my friend Carrie Waller's Blog....she is a fabulous watercolor artist and if you haven't seen her paintings you need to check it out:  Carrie Waller

Friday, September 13, 2013

"last trolley home" ...30 Days Hath September

last trolley home
8" x 8" oil on canvas
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Day 13 of this Challenge.  This painting is a little bit smaller and closer to home. I had fun with abstract shapes and brushstrokes in this one.  And the subject matter...I love trolleys, don't you?  

Thursday, September 12, 2013

"the other side of the bridge" ...30 Days Hath September

Still painting New York on Day 12.  I could paint forever and still not paint it all.  I would love to do some really large paintings of the skyline.  As much as I love bold color, I am having such fun with the variations of all the grays, blues and browns.  There is some glare off of the wet canvas, one of the hazards of daily painting!  Don't forget, this whole series is 20% off for this month only!

 the other side of the bridge
9" x 12" oil on gallery wrap canvas

Wednesday, September 11, 2013

"empirical view" ...30 Days Hath September

Today is the 11th day of the challenge.  It also bears the distinction of being the anniversary of September 11th.  We all remember where we were and what we were doing when our sense of peace and safety was shattered with an unimaginable horror.  For me, a way to remember and honor is to put brush to canvas.  Put my thoughts and emotions into each mark.  New York is the ultimate cityscape.  It is my honor to paint it.

"empirical view"
24" x 18" oil on canvas

Tuesday, September 10, 2013

"hot fun in the summertime" ...30 Days Hath September

Here we are at Day 10!!  A third of the way through September but it still feels like summer here.  Actually it feels more like summer now than it did this summer.  I'm not complaining...I love sunshine and warm weather!

This painting was harder than I thought it was going to be. There is a lot going on.  But I like a challenge!  It's interesting that in the photo the edges seem so much stronger and distinct than they really are.  Not sure why that is, maybe I need someone better behind the camera. :)

hot fun in the summertime
20" x 20" oil on linen

Monday, September 9, 2013

"ship to shore" ...30 Days Hath September

"ship to shore"
8" x 16" oil on linen panel

Day 9 of the "30 Days Hath September".  Can't believe we are starting on the second week of this challenge. I loved the simplicity and peacefulness of this scene.  Perfect way to start the week.  Don't forget all works in this series are priced at 20% off of normal prices for this month only!  

Sunday, September 8, 2013

"football Saturday night" ..30 Days Hath September

"football Saturday night"
16" x 12" oil on canvas
Not For Sale

To a lot of us, fall means football.  I love it... always have.  I painted this from a picture that I took last year as the sun was setting and the lights were coming on.  It's a quick oil sketch and I am keeping it.  I'd like to try it bigger and change some things around.  It was a difficult subject but I'd like to try it again.

Saturday, September 7, 2013

"singing the streetcar blues" ...30 Days Hath September

Day 7! Here we are!  Another San Francisco scene.  I loved painting the blues in this and the simple composition. I wanted to name this "hop on the bus, gus" but since it's technically not a bus I had to go with something a little different! :)  Have a great Saturday!

"singing the streetcar blues"
9" x 12" oil on canvas

Friday, September 6, 2013

"green with envy" ...30 Days Hath September

6 Days in and I am a painting fiend!  Are you with me?

Pattern and sometimes chaos are what draw my eye and give me the itch to capture it on a canvas.  Even in the calmest of views, I am still searching for the pattern.  I love the challenge and it keeps me interested in painting almost any subject.  I am back to one of my favorite things today.... an intimate floral of sorts...maybe an intimate frond :)  I took a ton of pictures of palm branches silhouetted in the evening sunlight this spring with the intention of exploring them further in paint.  This is the first attempt and I am really happy with the way it worked out.  Mixing all those greens is not for the faint of heart!

green with envy
24" x 24" oil on canvas

Don't forget, all of my September paintings are 20% off for this month only.  That 20% makes a big impact on a large painting like this one!  

I hope if you are nearby, you will join me tonight from 6-9:00 at the grand opening of Olive's Gallery in Fort Mill, SC.  It is a brand new gallery and I am thrilled to have twelve paintings hanging there!  If you can't make it tonight, this exhibition will be up until the end of November.

Thursday, September 5, 2013

"older and wiser" ....30 Days Hath September

Day 5!  I took a  San Francisco and Monterey this spring with my husband.  Actually, it was his golf trip but I tagged along.  It was almost like being on vacation by myself.  I met him for dinner each night but other than that I had six days to explore on my own.  I had the best time! I took thousands of pictures which I usually do on vacation but this time I brought watercolors and a sketch book and stopped to paint on my explorations. I came back home with lots of sketches and lots of ideas but haven't had much time to work on them.  I thought I would take the opportunity to paint a few this month. 

This painting is of one of the boats I took time to sit down and sketch in San Francisco.  It's an old one and has seen much better days but I thought it had so much more personality than the others.  And those reflections in the water....LOVE!!

older and wiser
12" x 9" oil on canvas

Wednesday, September 4, 2013

"bridging the gulf" ..."30 Days Hath September"

We are 4 days into this challenge and I am loving it! I go out to the studio excited about what I am working on every day. This painting today almost painted itself.  I wish they all went this smoothly!  There's a story behind it, as well. 

I subscribe to a fantastic photography blog called "Vanishing South Georgia".  The author Brian Brown, an architectural and documentary photographer, historian and author is amazing! In his travels around the state of Georgia he photographs old buildings, barns, houses, name it.  He is seeking to preserve if only in a photograph a way of life that is vanishing as these old structures give way to nature or new construction. He truly captures the spirit of these places in his photographs and often writes the history about the place too. I find such beauty in the crumbling, weathered barns and homes that belong to my grandparents and great grandparents generation.  As well as all the little towns with the great storefronts and railroad depots on main street.  Please check out his blog at this link and tell him I sent you.  

OK, so what does this have to do with my painting today?  Months ago, Brian posted a photo of a weather-beaten, boarded up old gas station with a bright graphic Gulf sign in front of it.  The combination of those two things and all that great rusty junk surrounding it just appealed to me. I had to paint it! I couldn't use Brian's copyrighted photo but lucky for me, the station just happened to be located in the same area that my father-in-law lives.  So I called him and had him go out and photograph it for me.  Months have passed and I just never have gotten an opportunity to paint it until today. 

I just love this painting!  Makes me smile.   It reminds me visiting my grandmother in the country and going to the country store to get an ice cold coke in the glass bottle and a pack of peanut butter crackers! Thanks Brian for the inspiration!

"bridging the gulf"
24" x 24" oil on canvas
September Sale Price $640
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Tuesday, September 3, 2013

"rise and shine" ...."30 Days Hath September"

Day 3 is here!  I have been saving this picture to paint for months!  One of my best friends from high school posted it on his facebook page this spring and graciously allowed me to use it to paint from.  Thank you so much Hal!  I was drawn to the dramatic lighting and as you should know by now...the water. :)  This painting is bigger than the last two days and don't 20% off for the month of September (over a hundred dollars off the normal price!).

"rise and shine"
16" x 20" oil on canvas

Monday, September 2, 2013

"living in the lime light"...."30 Days Hath September"

Day two!! And another retro Tybee beach cottage.  It is gray here this morning and this colorful little cottage brightens everything up! They are so whimsical and fun to paint.  (I have an ulterior motive though, I needed one more painting to have enough of these to make a calendar to sell for the holidays.)  Have a wonderful Labor Day!
"living in the lime light"
9" x 12" oil on canvas

Sunday, September 1, 2013

"30 Days Hath September" ....the beginning

September is here! And my "30 Days Hath September" challenge has begun.  I did this same challenge with my friend, Leslie Saeta many other artists in January.  I chose a theme and painted small works on paper and although I had some frustrating days here and there, I enjoyed the challenge.  But I decided to make some changes.....

When I decided to do this again, I thought about what I wanted to do different. 
*  This time I am not limiting myself to a size.  I don't enjoy working small, so I will paint some larger works here and there. 
*  My subject matter will also vary but it will have a common thread.  I have had a lot of commissions and work for shows that I have been painting since early spring.  I have enjoyed it all but have been itching to paint from some of the sketches and photographs that I have taken on trips in the past.  So I am treating myself in September and painting what I want to paint.  I hope you will find it interesting to see what catches my eye.  
*  In the last challenge I started painting on January 1st so I didn't post my first painting till January 2nd.  But I promised you a painting each and everyday of September so I am starting today. 
*  And finally, the prices of the paintings in this challenge will be lower for the month of September!  They will be 20% less on my website and will go up to my normal prices in October.  The discounted price is on my website so you don't have to figure it out. So for example, this painting that would normally be $220 is $176 for September.  

My painting for September 1st is of a beach cottage.  Fitting, I guess since this is the last "official" weekend of summer for a lot of people.  I was lucky, in that I grew up minutes from the beach.  It was the next island over from my house.  I still go back often ... although not often enough!  One of my favorite things about Tybee Island, GA is all of the old beach cottages that date back to the early to mid 1900's.  Classic little beach bungalows. Every time I am in town I take pictures and sketch them.  I have many more than I can paint but you never day I might get to them all!

"early morning colors"
9" x 12" oil on gallery wrapped canvas

I painted this in August but put it back on the easel yesterday and made some changes.  Simplified some shapes.  Hope the charm of this little cottage comes through in this painting.  Have a wonderful day!  I will be painting today.....stay tuned!