Friday, September 29, 2017

Day 29 ..."signs of fall"

I am a summer lover.  Even though I was born in the fall, and I think the colors are breathtaking and the cooler air is a wonderful reprieve from the hot summer sun, I love summer more.  I think fall makes me a little sad.  It's the last dazzle of mother nature before she tucks away and sleeps till spring.  We got a first little taste of fall this morning and wherever I look now, I see the colors are changing.  This is my favorite little patch of woods to paint and you can catch the bronze glow just starting to happen.

"signs of fall"
12" x 9" oil on panel
©2017dottietleatherwood

Thursday, September 28, 2017

Day 28 ..."three way stop"

My poor sunflowers have seen better days.  Had to pitch them after I completed this painting.  Although, to be honest, it was more interesting to paint them with their curled up, half missing petals than it was when they were fresh cut.  Age makes you more interesting :)

"three way stop"
8" x 10" oil on panel
©2017dottietleatherwood

Wednesday, September 27, 2017

Day 27 ..."tomorrow is another day"

Some days you're the windshield.  Some days you're the bug.  Isn't that the way the song goes?  Today I was the bug.  I had an absolutely upside down day and all of my plans and my to-do list went down the drain.  I'm wiped out today but as my grandmother would say, borrowing a line from Scarlett O'Hara "tomorrow is another day.  This little painting is for two of my three rays of sunshine...a reminder, the sun will come out again.

"tomorrow is another day"
8" x 10" oil on panel
©2017dottietleatherwood

Saturday, September 23, 2017

Day 23 ... "no clear path"

I finally got outside to paint today! I spent the better part of the day working on another large piece and then headed out about 5:00 to paint in a nearby field.  The clouds and sky were beautiful while I was driving and I wanted a clear opening to see them.  We have such a huge canopy of large trees in Charlotte that seeing the sky (unless you look straight up) can sometimes be impossible.

The trees and grasses are already shifting to a fall color palette.  I noticed a lot more gold and orange in the landscape.  The grasses in the field have gotten very tall and my pathway through it was all but invisible.  It was a golden afternoon to spend outside with my paint buddy.  Tomorrow I head back to the coast for a few days so I'm looking forward to painting there.  :)

Here is a sweet shot of my pup, Tybee, patiently waiting for me to pack up.  She was ready for dinner!

"no clear path"
12" x 9" oil on panel
©2017dottietleatherwood

I am donating 50% of the sale of every 30-in-30 painting this month to help the flood victims of Hurricane Harvey.  The charities I am supporting are the Houston Food Bank and the Houston Humane Society.   I hope if you fall in love with one of my paintings this month, you will take the opportunity to purchase one and help me help those that have lost so much.






Friday, September 22, 2017

Day 22 ... "the sweetness of autumn"

It's the first day of Autumn and it is a balmy 89 degrees here in Charlotte.  Just the way I like it :)  But the blue skies of fall are here, even with the summer heat the haze is lifting.  I didn't get outside to paint today.  Still working on larger paintings in the studio.  So another still life with my friend the pumpkin.  I had a hard time getting a good photograph of this one.  It's always a challenge with a wet painting.

"the sweetness of autumn"
11" x 14" oil on panel
©2017dottietleatherwood

The 30-in-30 Challenge has begun and I am using this challenge to raise money to help the victims of Hurricane Harvey. I hope you'll help me!  


I am donating 50% of the sale of every 30-in-30 painting this month to help the flood victims of Hurricane Harvey.  The charities I am supporting are the Houston Food Bank and the Houston Humane Society.   I hope if you fall in love with one of my paintings this month, you will take the opportunity to purchase one and help me help those that have lost so much.


Wednesday, September 20, 2017

Day 20 .... "a waiting game"

Our refrigerator started leaking unbeknownst to us.  Then three days ago, I noticed a puddle on the floor.  And then, I noticed the floor was buckling.  I have no idea how long it has been leaking but it is definitely long enough to do damage to the floor.  And I, who notice everything....missed the signs completely!  That's what happens when you spend more time in your studio than you do at home 😁

Anyway, I am home waiting on the repairman, who was supposed to be here from 11-1.  It is now 1:45 and he is still not here and I am very unhappy.  But while I have been waiting, I made dinner, did the dishes and painted my daily painting.  And I am still waiting.....

The 30-in-30 Challenge has begun and I am using this challenge to raise money to help the victims of Hurricane Harvey. I hope you'll help me!  

I am donating 50% of the sale of every 30-in-30 painting this month to help the flood victims of Hurricane Harvey.  The charities I am supporting are the Houston Food Bank and the Houston Humane Society.   I hope if you fall in love with one of my paintings this month, you will take the opportunity to purchase one and help me help those that have lost so much.


"a waiting game"
11" x 14" oil on panel
©2017dottietleatherwood










Monday, September 18, 2017

Day 18 ..."sunspots"

My blogging fell behind over the last week due to Hurricane Irma.  I continued to paint but with so much going on, I didn't have time to blog.  All of my paintings, with the exception of a couple that I haven't photographed yet are on my Daily Paintworks site.

Because I lost a weeks worth of painting time in the studio, I am behind with my larger paintings too. I worked all weekend and will be in the studio all week this week to try and catch up.  I'm keeping my challenge paintings to about an hour.  It's good practice for me to edit and try and get an idea down quickly and hopefully have a good painting to show for it.  So I'm keeping the paintings this week small in an effort to do that.

Here is today's painting that I did right after sunrise.  I loved the pattern of the sunspots on the grass.  I have to tell you though, I was seeing spots after finishing this one. Looking straight into the sun is probably not a great idea but anything for a painting, right?

"sunspots"
10" x 8" oil on panel
©2017dottietleatherwood

The 30-in-30 Challenge has begun and I am using this challenge to raise money to help the victims of Hurricane Harvey. I hope you'll help me!  

I am donating 50% of the sale of every 30-in-30 painting this month to help the flood victims of Hurricane Harvey.  The charities I am supporting are the Houston Food Bank and the Houston Humane Society.   I hope if you fall in love with one of my paintings this month, you will take the opportunity to purchase one and help me help those that have lost so much.

Monday, September 11, 2017

Day 10 and 11

The 30-in-30 Challenge has begun and I am using this challenge to raise money to help the victims of Hurricane Harvey. I hope you'll help me!

It's been a crazy several days in what I thought would be a calm month.  I had to drop everything and head to pick up my mother in Savannah because of Hurricane Irma.  Although the forecast last week was still up in the air, mandatory evacuation was in effect for the island on which she lives. It was a mad scramble to go get her and a nightmare of a drive back home to Charlotte.  8 solid hours in the car and only one stop!  

She requires a lot of interaction so my painting time is almost nil.  I've had to sneak off to paint :) I painted last evening as the sun was setting and this morning at dawn.  Not sure what tomorrow will bring as I head out to take her home.  I'm sure we will be back on the road with all of the evacuees.
Although I've never not finished a 30 in 30 challenge, this time I might have to take a break.  We shall see.  So far so good!

Here is yesterday's painting:

"Sunday's gift"
10" x 10" oil on linen panel
©2017dottietleatherwood

And here is today's:

"bands of blue"
8" x 10" oil on linen panel
©2017dottietleatherwood

I am donating 50% of the sale of every 30-in-30 painting this month to help the flood victims of Hurricane Harvey.  The charities I am supporting are the Houston Food Bank and the Houston Humane Society.   I hope if you fall in love with one of my paintings this month, you will take the opportunity to purchase one and help me help those that have lost so much.


Saturday, September 9, 2017

Day 8 & Day 9 ...catching up

The 30-in-30 Challenge has begun and I am using this challenge to raise money to help the victims of Hurricane Harvey. I hope you'll help me!

Yesterday was evacuation day for the island my mother lived on so I drove down to pick her up and bring her back to Charlotte.  Took me 8 hours to make it back to Charlotte and it is normally a 4 hour drive!  So many people trying to leave and our road system is so inadequate.  It makes an already frustrating situation so much more frustrating and dangerous.  I'm already dreading the drive to take her home.  I'm just sick about all of the people in harms way and those that have already weathered this storm.  This hurricane season is proving to be an awful one.

While my mother was getting all of her things together, I left and went to paint the marsh nearby.  So peaceful and with the thoughts of the impending storm, so much more beautiful.  The grass is just starting to turn to gold with the green of summer fading away.

"calm before the storm"
6" x 12" oil on panel
©2017dottietleatherwood

Today, I am exhausted.  I picked a few of the last hydrangeas out of my yard and set them up on the kitchen table and painted.  My family was all sitting around me having a boisterous conversation so it was a bit of a challenge to concentrate!  

"afternoon hydrangeas"
10"x 8"oil on linen panel
©2017dottietleatherwood

I am donating 50% of the sale of every 30-in-30 painting this month to help the flood victims of Hurricane Harvey.  The charities I am supporting are the Houston Food Bank and the Houston Humane Society.   I hope if you fall in love with one of my paintings this month, you will take the opportunity to purchase one and help me help those that have lost so much. 

Thursday, September 7, 2017

Day 7...."light of day"

The 30-in-30 Challenge has begun and I am using this challenge to raise money to help the victims of Hurricane Harvey. I hope you'll help me! 

This will be a short post today as I am about to head to the coast to pick up my mom ahead of evacuation orders from Hurricane Irma.  I'm worried about the scarcity of gas and the traffic.  I'm thinking its going to be a long trip back.   I got up early this morning to paint this one and the bright clear sunrise made me think of the calm before the storm.  All of the people fleeing the hurricane and the ominous prediction of the damage to come.  Here is hoping for clear skies in so many ways for as many people as possible.

I am donating 50% of the sale of every 30-in-30 painting this month to help the flood victims of Hurricane Harvey.  The charities I am supporting are the Houston Food Bank and the Houston Humane Society.   I hope if you fall in love with one of my paintings this month, you will take the opportunity to purchase one and help me help those that have lost so much. 


"light of day"
8" x 10" oil on panel
©2017dottietleatherwood

Wednesday, September 6, 2017

Day 6 ..."late summer clouds"

The 30-in-30 Challenge has begun and I am using this challenge to raise money to help the victims of Hurricane Harvey. I hope you'll help me! 

Clouds were moving in this morning.  It's supposed to rain this afternoon.  The sky was marvelous though with the yellow light of morning contrasted with the soft cloud colors settling in from above.  I am a cloud addict.  I will stop the car for them.  Or make my passenger snap pictures out of their window.  I interrupt conversations with friends to make them look up at the sky.  I have thousands and thousands of pictures of them on my computer.  But nothing quite beats trying to capture them in real time.  They shift and move and what at first seems like a dove gray morphs into a lavender or soft blue green.  Mesmerizing.

"late summer clouds"
8" x 10" oil on panel
©2017dottietleatherwood

I am donating 50% of the sale of every 30-in-30 painting this month to help the flood victims of Hurricane Harvey.  The charities I am supporting are the Houston Food Bank and the Houston Humane Society.   I hope if you fall in love with one of my paintings this month, you will take the opportunity to purchase one and help me help those that have lost so much. 

Tuesday, September 5, 2017

Day 5 ..."morning on main"

The 30-in-30 Challenge has begun and I am using this challenge to raise money to help the victims of Hurricane Harvey. I hope you'll help me! 

Spent this morning painting with my plein air group on Main Street in a nearby town.  The morning light was hitting one side of the street so I did the smart thing and stood on the other side and painted. I forgot to put a large panel in the jeep this morning so I had to make do with a small one.  I wanted to paint more of a street scene but had to settle for more of a close up view.  Still a lot of fun to paint though.  Storefronts in small towns are always so charming.

I am donating 50% of the sale of every 30-in-30 painting this month to help the flood victims of Hurricane Harvey.  The charities I am supporting are the Houston Food Bank and the Houston Humane Society.   I hope if you fall in love with one of my paintings this month, you will take the opportunity to purchase one and help me help those that have lost so much. 




"morning on main"
10" x 8" oil on linen panel
©2017dottietleatherwood

Monday, September 4, 2017

Day 4 ..."backyard roses"

The 30-in-30 Challenge has begun and I am using this challenge to raise money to help the victims of Hurricane Harvey. I hope you'll help me! 

Happy Labor Day!  I decided to "labor" at home today for the 30 in 30 Challenge.  It was unusually cool this morning and I took my coffee and book to the back porch and spent a lazy hour enjoying the  peacefulness.  I'm usually up and out the door everyday and now I know why.  Once I sat down, I didn't want to get up.  I didn't want to get out of my pajamas. But the morning sunlight was beckoning and I knew I needed to get started painting.  In search of something to paint within walking distance from my back porch, I settled on the roses beside my garage.  They were glowing in the morning sunlight and I just couldn't resist.

With the cool morning air giving way to hot sunshine, I had to go in search of my umbrella so I could settle in to paint. Then the biting flies came and decided to make an early lunch of the back of my knees.   So I spent a couple of hours painting while stomping like a horse. First one leg, then the other.  And yes, I have bug spray somewhere, but I was too engrossed in my painting to take the time to go find it.

I really enjoyed painting this little vignette.  I really tried to squint to capture the patterns of light and dark and keep the detail to a minimum.  Quite a challenge but I'm pleased with the results.  I'd like to try it again this month.....with bug spray next time.

"backyard roses"
14" x 11" oil on linen panel
©2017dottietleatherwood


Last year I donated half of the proceeds of the 30-in-30 Challenge to Childrens Cancer Care Fund and it was so rewarding to paint for such a good cause.  With all of the devastation in Texas, I wanted to do the same thing this year.  I am donating 50% of the sale of every 30-in-30 painting this month to help the flood victims of Hurricane Harvey.  The charities I am supporting are the Houston Food Bank and the Houston Humane Society.   I hope if you fall in love with one of my paintings this month, you will take the opportunity to purchase one and help me help those that have lost so much. 



Sunday, September 3, 2017

Day 3 ... "holding steadfast"

The 30-in-30 Challenge has begun and I am using this challenge to raise money to help the victims of Hurricane Harvey. I hope you'll help me! 

This is the view out of the window of my studio.  Rooftops and wires and pipes....maybe not the average person's ideal of beauty but I love it.  All the texture and lines and edges with that morning sunlight pouring over all of it.  And the part that really captures my imagination...the wild grape vines growing 20 feet off of the ground right in the middle of it all.  Tenacity, hope and the beauty of nature  in the middle of all that man made stuff.  Makes me so happy! And reminds me of the opportunities in uncommon places, not to lose faith, to hold on for dear life and always reach for what is bright and happy.

"holding steadfast"
10" x 8" oil on panel
©2017dottietleatherwood

Last year I donated half of the proceeds of the 30-in-30 Challenge to Childrens Cancer Care Fund and it was so rewarding to paint for such a good cause.  With all of the devastation in Texas, I wanted to do the same thing this year.  I am donating 50% of the sale of every 30-in-30 painting this month to help the flood victims of Hurricane Harvey.  The charities I am supporting are the Houston Food Bank and the Houston Humane Society.   I hope if you fall in love with one of my paintings this month, you will take the opportunity to purchase one and help me help those that have lost so much. 


Saturday, September 2, 2017

Day 2 ... "clearing to the left"

The 30-in-30 Challenge has begun and I am using this challenge to raise money to help the victims of Hurricane Harvey. I hope you'll help me! 


"clearing to the left"
6" x 12" oil on panel
©2017dottietleatherwood

Wow what a beautiful day today!  Beautiful sunshine and much cooler temps than we've been having the last few weeks.  Still a lot of summer greens in the landscape but I happened upon these wildflowers in a little clearing in the woods.  I have no idea what they are but they added a much needed bit of yellow to the landscape.

Forgot to get any progress shots but took this one after I was done.  Why are dogs opposed to looking at the camera??  :)


Last year I donated half of the proceeds of the 30-in-30 Challenge to Childrens Cancer Care Fund and it was so rewarding to paint for such a good cause.  With all of the devastation in Texas, I wanted to do the same thing this year.  I am donating 50% of the sale of every 30-in-30 painting this month to help the flood victims of Hurricane Harvey.  The charities I am supporting are the Houston Food Bank and the Houston Humane Society.   I hope if you fall in love with one of my paintings this month, you will take the opportunity to purchase one and help me help those that have lost so much. 


Friday, September 1, 2017

Day 1... "thinking chair"

The 30-in-30 Challenge has begun and I am using this challenge to raise money to help the victims of Hurricane Harvey. I hope you'll help me! 

I can hardly believe it is September!  It has been such a hectic summer for me, filled with travel, but unfortunately not with as much painting as I would have liked.  In addition, I just moved into a new studio space.  A week of back-breaking work but I'm finally moved in and everything is organized and put away, as of yesterday!   So the 30-in-30 is coming at a great time for me.  Getting me back into the groove of painting. 

I like to use the 30-in30 as a opportunity to paint from life everyday for a month.  I love to paint outdoors, it is absolute bliss for me.  But it was raining when I got up this morning, with 100% chance forecast for the day.  So I decided to paint an interior in my studio.  I have this wonderful little "thinking" chair that I purchased just for my studio.  You know, a place to sit and contemplate what to paint, or how bad the painting I'm currently working on is going :) It sits under the window in my studio and gets great light. My former studio mate gave me a dozen roses to celebrate my new place so I thought they would be fun to add into the composition.   Perfect little vignette.  
I set up my mini Strada easel to paint, and wouldn't you know 15 minutes into the painting, the sun came out.  So much for the weather forecast.  I did enjoy painting this little scene though. Whites are so much fun to paint.  The more you look the more color you see.  

Last year I donated half of the proceeds of the 30-in-30 Challenge to Childrens Cancer Care Fund and it was so rewarding to paint for such a good cause.  With all of the devastation in Texas, I wanted to do the same thing this year.  I am donating 50% of the sale of every 30-in-30 painting this month to help the flood victims of Hurricane Harvey.  The charities I am supporting are the Houston Food Bank and the Houston Humane Society.   I hope if you fall in love with one of my paintings this month, you will take the opportunity to purchase one and help me help those that have lost so much.  

"thinking chair"
12"x12" oil on linen panel
©2017dottietleatherwood