Tuesday, December 21, 2010

A Christmas Treat

Here is a Christmas treat for all of my friends who follow my blog.  I hope y'all enjoy it.  We are heading up north to Pittsburgh  tomorrow, so I won't be on here for a while.   So today I'm wishing everyone a Very Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays Everyone.

Sunday, December 12, 2010

Christmas Card


  I thought I would show you the Christmas Card I made for our Painting Friends Forum. I had a wonderful Painting Friend  Mollie Jones as the person to send my card to. I was happy to hear she liked it very much. I hope you all enjoy this winter scene as well.

Friday, December 10, 2010

Silly Lily

 Sometimes I get the urge to paint cats, something about them makes me happy.  This is from one of my photos of my cat Lily. Some how or other she fits herself into this basket.  I don't know how since it is small but she manages.  I think it is silly so thus the name of this painting.  I hope this silly cat brings a smile to all of you for your Friday.   Thanks for your comments and looking here too.
 Watercolor on Arches 140 rough 

Sunday, December 5, 2010

Ron's Flower


 This is my latest watercolor done for our Painting Friends 2 hour challenge.  The lovely photo was provided by Ron for this December challenge.  It is small only 5 1/2 "by 8 on Arches 140 rough.  I really like the way I have kept the white paper on the petals as I added all the shadows.   Please enjoy and leave your comments as I do like to read them. 

Saturday, November 13, 2010


Good Morning

In our Painting Friend's Forum we have a 2 hour challenge, where we paint for 2 hours then post what is done.  This is from Stephie's photos and is her cat Taz.  Thank you Stephie for the amazing photo that I used.   This is on Arches 140 CP, small at 5" by 7"   Please comment on this as I love reading all of them.  Thanks for looking.

Sunday, November 7, 2010

Pansy And Friends.


  I painted this the other day.  Started with the two little shakers and seeing if I could paint metal.  Along the way this little pansy came in and then the blue bottle. So all of a sudden I have this lovely still life.   I think I did ok with the metal but would still like to see a little more silver look to it.   This is small  5 1/2" by 8 1/2" on Arches 140 CP.    I hope you all enjoy.  

Tuesday, November 2, 2010

Saturday, October 23, 2010

Marsh Light

I thought I would put in today one of my latest oil paintings.  I am really pleased with how this turned out.  It is done mainly with palette knife on canvas board 12" by 16" with various oil colors.  This painting makes me happy with the beautiful colors that bring light in to this scene.  Please enjoy it as much as I do.  Thank you all for coming in and commenting or just having a look.

Sunday, October 17, 2010

Bring in the CLouds , An Award Winner

Good Morning
     I am so sorry I haven't been keeping up with this blog, as much as I should.  But most of September and part of October my time has been taken up with my husband's illness. Thankfully now it is in the past and my Jim is doing great.  I am a member of Seacoast Artist Guild here in South Carolina.  On Friday the 7th Annual Fall Art Show and Sale held their opening. Surprise  Surprise I won an award for my oil painting Bring in the Clouds.  I was awarded Honorable Mention by judge Rose Metz, in her comments on why I won, she stated Beautiful execution, Loved the cloud work and Delightful colors.  I am very proud since this is only the second judged show that I have entered.   So I'm happy to share this wonderful news with all friends here.    This is a photo of me excepting the award.  

Saturday, September 11, 2010

We Going To Party Fiesta

Good Morning
    Sorry I haven't updated this as much as I should but I will try harder. 
   This is the latest watercolor that I have done.  In our Painting Friends Forum we are learning the method of pouring.  I did do pouring a while ago but only with landscapes.  So this is my first using a photo of pears.  I really enjoyed doing this painting. I started with 3 colors, Cobalt Bl, Windsor Yellow and Grum. Red.  I masked the pears, then wet the paper and poured blue, then red. Let it dry completely removed masking fluid from the pears, then I used a straw to blow the masking fluid over the painting. When that was dry I wet the paper again and poured red first, then yellow on to the pairs. I followed by pouring more red,yellow and some blue. After it dried I used various other colors in the stem and shadows.  When I look at the painting I feel like dancing. And the song "All Night Long "comes to mind.  I really like this painting.  So I think if when you look at this and hum this song, you will enjoy it too.   Thanks for looking and please do comment.  

Monday, August 23, 2010

The Barn

It seems I taken a little vacation from this blog and haven't posted on it in the last couple of weeks. Well I have started painting watercolors again. Here is the latest one that I just finished.  It is from a photo provided by my Painting Friend, Lil from WC ref file. Thankyou Lil and Wet Canvas. I painted this for a value study we are doing in our Painting Friends forum. I wish I had gotten the sides where the sun is hitting just a little lighter, so more contrast. This is watercolor done on Arches 140 cp, 11"by 14". I hope this doesn't bring to many bad memories of the snow last winter for the folks up north.  Thanks for viewing everyone and let me know what you think.

Thursday, July 29, 2010

The Bouquet


   Tuesday hubby and son were off playing golf and GD Kelcey was on facebook, so I had some free time.   For the inspiration I used a photo from WC.  I decided on no drawing for this painting.  I started the painting at the top, using water to paint with then dropping in the color. Letting them run and bleed together.  I enjoyed trying this looser style for a change.  Please enjoy this summer bouquet.

Arches 140cp block    8"by 10"  

Tuesday, July 27, 2010

Happy 'Rooms to Paint

Good Morning to Everone

   At this time of year in my area it seems mushrooms jump up all over.  Everywhere you look you can see these little fellows basking in the sun.    They are mostly a lovely white color but I decided this time to do them in rich colors.   So here they are facing the sun saying what a great day this is.
   I am having a wonderful week as my son Eamonn and my oldest granddaughter Kelcey are here.  Not a lot of art being done but a lot a beach going with our with high temps.
   This is watercolor on Arches 140cp block.

 Thanks everyone for looking and commenting. 

Friday, July 16, 2010


  Happy Friday to everyone.  I thought I would share my latest watercolor painting with all of you.  Besides really liking pansies, roses and daisies I also like to paint irises. For my inspiration I used this  beautiful photo provided in Wet Canvas by Janezel, thankyou.  We are having a beautiful blue sky day and I feel this painting matches this type of day to a tee. Thanks everyone for looking and please leave comments..Cause I love to read them.

Saturday, July 10, 2010


       Sadly all my company has left and the  house is very quiet.  This painting I started last week after I watched a video on Youtube done by my Painting Friend Ann. I became so inspired to paint and the granddaughters were watching tv, so I sat down and started this.  I finished it yesterday after everyone left. It is from a photo provided by another Painting Friend Ruth for our Monthly Mindbender.  
   This is watercolor done on Arches 140 cp block 8"by 10"  
   I think it speaks of summer and happiness.  I want to thank everyone for looking and please add  a comment as I love reading them.

Monday, June 28, 2010

Light on My Rose

I actually had a moment last week to paint. It was one of the days we decided to take a time out from swimming and going to the beach. I looked through my photos and found this one.  It showed one of my roses with lots of sunlight on it.  I really liked the photo so I gave this one a try.  I really don't know the name of this rose since when we moved here I found it out back in the jungle.  I moved it to the front yard and it has thrived.  Only bad thing is the deer love it as much as I do.  I hope it brings some joy to everyone.
   Watercolor on Arches 140 CP
  Thankyou for your comments. 

Friday, June 25, 2010

Lost and Found Pumpkins


 For the last week and until July 3rd I have my two lovely granddaughters Katie and Haley staying with us. So my painting time is limited. However I did paint this before they came. 
This was painted for the lost/found edges project challenge at paintingfriends.com with the beautiful reference photo provided Jaytee.
  I really liked painting these pumpkins and very happy with the colors. This one has more lost edges than found. This was a great challenge to participate in , I  learned a lot.   Enjoy hearing from all of you on this painting done in watercolors on Arches 140 rough paper.  Thanks again everyone for viewing.

Thursday, June 10, 2010

A Lovely Storefront

     I haven't posted in here in quite a while. This is my latest watercolor.  It is from my Painting Friends Friday Foto Forum.  I want to thank Lil for sharing her photo with us.  A sort of challenge for me since I haven't painted buildings in a very long time.   I hope everyone enjoys looking at this.  Please feel free to comment, love what everyone is thinking.   

Saturday, May 15, 2010

Rose of Sharon # 1

Happy Saturday

  When I lived up in Pennsylvania I had a lot of these bushes all over the property.  The flowers came in a various shades of rose and violet with some white. Before we moved down here I went out and took a lot of photos of the different color flowers. I thought I would like to start a series of painting them. I finally decided to get started.  I picked the white one as my first since these were my favorite. I used various shades of blues and rose in the petals and then wet in wet for the bg.  It is painted on  1/4 sheet of Arches 140 CP .  Thanks everyone for viewing. Please leave comments, love to read them.    

Friday, April 30, 2010

Bring in the CLouds

This is the latest oil I did for my Painting class.  It shows beautiful clouds rolling over the marshlands. I loved doing this painting and it took me over 3 weeks to finally say enough and it is finished.  One of the largest paintings I have done in quite a while. The size is 18"by 24" on canvas gallery wrap.  Please enjoy our marshes as much as I do.   Thankyou for viewing. 

Monday, April 26, 2010

Small Pitcher

Hi Everyone  
    The last couple of weeks have been very busy for me and honestly I haven't painted.   I did this little watercolor last week and only got around to posting it today.   Violets are one of my favorite flowers and I can't wait til spring so I can pick them to paint.  I have this little pitcher with violets painted on it. So I set up a little still life of the violets in the pitcher on one of my lace doilies that I own.  Please enjoy and I hope as usual this brings a little pleasure to your day.    

Monday, April 5, 2010


My Painting Friend Cindi and myself challenged ourselves to do a portrait in watercolor working vertically.  We chose this beautiful photo of a little girl named Lauren,with permission from a friend in another forum, Thank you Deb S. we proceeded.  I think I could of pushed her face back a little with more darks but overall very happy with the outcome.  Please enjoy this delightful child and hope to hear comments.

 Thanks again for looking

Wednesday, March 31, 2010

Saying Hello


   Here is the latest watercolor I have done.  It is from our Painting Friends Frifoto.  This photo was provided by a wonderful friend Desiree.
   To paint this I decided to try Laurel Harts 2 wash method, this is from her book, Putting People in Paintings.  I used 5 colors, on the first wash, Yellow Ochre, Carmine and  Magn. Bl. Let it dry, then on the second I used Yellow Ochre, Ultra  Bl and Trans Red Oxide.
  Thanks everyone for looking and if you like please comment.

Monday, March 22, 2010


Hi Everyone

I did this watercolor of this very contented tiger, I just couldn't resist.  This is the latest challenge in our own Painting Friends Friday Foto.  The beautiful photograph was taken by our friend Stephie.  This tiger is just basking in the sun and enjoying it ever so much. I wonder when Stephie took this if she could hear him purrrrrrrr.  I hope everyone feels this contentment when you view and please leave a comment.  I so like reading them.

Sunday, March 14, 2010

Robin Red Breast

                                                            Hi Everyone
       This is my next attempt for another wonderful challenge in one of the blogs I follow.  This is for Windows to the Words started by James Parker, thanks James I enjoyed painting this robin.  The day I painted this, there was an awful lot of robins in the backyard. I think all of them stopped for a rest here before they head North again.   Hopefully all of them made it and are safe.  As I type this there is one robin now in my bare Maple Tree.
    Hope everyone has a wonderful day and spots lots of robins, where you live.    Thanks for viewing and comments always appreciated.
   Watercolor on 140cp.

Friday, March 12, 2010

Caravaggio's Fruit Basket

Good Morning Everyone.   I have decided to participate in some of the blog challenges.  This is from Follow the Masters  , thanks Michele. I haven't been doing that much in watercolor lately, so was surprised that I actually painted this.  But as I went along  I began to enjoy seeing how each color came together through the fruit.   Caravaggio is an artist from the Italian Renaissance Period.  Thank all of you for viewing and please I love to read your comments.    

Friday, March 5, 2010

A Gull

   I have not been painting much these last couple of weeks.  It changed this morning when I checked our Painting Friends forum for our Friday Foto.  I believe I explained before that every Friday a new photo is posted for us to paint.  So thank you to my painting friend Bev for providing a photo of  a simple Seagull.  I kept this very simple with just wetting the paper and dropping in the paint. I left the background plain, with some of the color just bleeding off the bird into it.  I hope you enjoy him.  Please leave comments as I love to know what everyone thinks.  Also thankyou all for viewing.  

Tuesday, February 23, 2010

Sunshine Award

Hi Everyone
   Today I received this lovely reward from Lyn O'Neal, thanks Lyn. This really made me feel good. Upon receiving this reward, I in turn will give it to 12 outstanding people.  Each of them are deserving reciprocates.

Ann Buckner
Christiane Kingsley
Cindi DeWeese
Susan Lacy
Desiree Habicht
                                                Deb Townsend
                                                Sharon Williamson
                                               Nora Kasten
                                               Stephie Butler
                                               Melissa Fischer
                                               Joan Sicignano
                                               Ross Lynem  

Monday, February 8, 2010

Blue Bottle with Lanterns

Happy Monday.  This is my latest oil painting that I finished over the weekend.  I'm very happy with how this one turned out.   I enjoy painting my blue bottles that I collect, and added a bowl of grapes (from Wet Canvas Ref Library) to the painting. I couldn't figure what to put in the bottle, then a light bulb went off and Chinese Lanterns came to my mind along with Honesty.  I actually worked really hard to get the right spacing in here, which I believe I acheived.  Next I really am enjoying how all the colors work with each other.  I hope all of you enjoy this painting.  Thanks for looking and hopefully you will comment.             Gallery wrapped Canvas  6"by 6"

Friday, February 5, 2010

Her Highness

Hi Everyone I thought I would share the finished painting from my oil class.  We all picked this photo of a female swan swimming in a pond at Brookgreen Gardens.  The one thing I did learn on doing this is how to start a painting from a photo. I also learned to use Liquin , so that we could work in layers.  The swan was the last thing we painted.  I am having a wonderful time interacting with the other artists and learning new painting tips from each. In fact I signed up for the next class starting in March.  This is on a 9"by 12" stretched canvas with various shades of oil paints.  I can't wait til its Spring again and the Azaleas are all blooming.   Enjoy and please comment.  Thanks for looking

Saturday, January 30, 2010

Pansies Galore

Happy Saturday, though not very pretty here at the moment. It is a dark, dismal day with plenty of rain. Thankfully no ice or sleet as we are still above freezing.  I thought this is a good day to show my oil painting that I worked on all last week.  The blue pansies are from a photo of ones from last year and the yellow from a another photo. The yellow ones are in a  litlle blue bottle. This blue bottle is from a photo of mine with crab apples. I put the crab apples in and it looked to Christmas, with the red and greens.  So this is when I put in the yellow pansies.  I still having trouble with space, as still too big for size  of canvas but  I think I did acheive some  drama.  Pansies have little faces so I hope they smile for everyone. Thanks for viewing and I appreciate everyone's comments.
The size of this is 9" by 12" on Gallery Wrapped Canvas with assorted oil colors.

Tuesday, January 26, 2010

A Very Simple Rose

Hi Everyone, it's been a while since I've posted in here. I've been working on an oil painting for the last week. I finally finished it yesterday, so I decided to paint in watercolors.  I used a photo I had from Wet Canvas as a basis for this little painting.  I'm trying to get looser and use more water in this medium. I'm happy with this and feel for this moment this is as loose as I can get. But I will continue along this line.  I hope everyone enjoys viewing this and thank you.  I love reading your comments so please if you feel like it, leave one.    

Sunday, January 17, 2010


Hello everyone, we are having beautiful weather here for a change. Thanks everyone for commenting on my daffodils, I appreciate all of them.  This is painted from a photo provided by  aphiddew on Wet Canvas.  Thankyou aphiddew.  I very seldom paint animals but I really liked this photo and the way the sun plays into it.  I am very happy with this as it turned out how I wanted it to look.  I hope everyone enjoys my little sunbather, as much as I have.  Thanks again for following my blog and commenting. Means a lot to me. 

Monday, January 11, 2010

Sunny Daffodils

  Hi Everyone     I thought I would share  my latest watercolor painting.  This is from our  Paintings Friends Friday Foto Challenge for this week. The photo was supplied by my Painting Friend, Lil,  Thankyou Lil for such a lovely photo.  I really enjoyed painting this one.  Daffodils are one of my favorite flowers and I believe it shows.  This is done on Arches 140 CP size 8"by 6". Colors used were Transparent Red Oxide,Aur. Yellow, Cad Yel Light, Quin Orange, Sap Green,Ult Bl,Perm Green Light and Dark,Mineral Violet, Indanthroe Blue and Pthalo Blue.  I hope you enjoy this sunny painting and once again thanks for looking.  I also love reading the comments too.

Saturday, January 2, 2010

An Iris

Happy New Year Everyone
This painting is from a photo provided by my Painting Friend Susan.  On our forum we have a Friday Foto where one member supplies a photo and then we have all week to paint it.  I worked on this all day yesterday and finished it today.  The main color in the flower is Cobalt  Blue with touches of Ver Blue and French Ultra Blue. For the background I used Indathrone Blue, Hookers Green, Perm Green Deep an Yellow Ocre.  My only concern with this one is that I wish I could of gotten the back ground a little darker. 
  I hope every one had a very happy Holiday Season and wishes for a wonderful 2010.
   Thankyou for your comments and looking in on my blog. I appreciate all of you.