Wednesday, December 21, 2011

Coming Up Roses

                                                               Oil 6" by 6"

This is my Year Of Painting (YOP)  for December.  In our Painting Friends Forum  every month we all participate in doing a painting from one photo.  I enjoyed this very much and actually did 2 other paintings of this photo, 2 in watercolor and one drawn.  I will post the watercolors as soon as I get them photographed.
Prints of this painting will soon be available on Red Bubble, see link on the right.
   Everyone have a wonderful day, thanks for looking and your comments.

Thursday, December 15, 2011

At Rest

                                                                     Oil  6" by 6"

     This is another small painting I recently just completed.  This is from one of my photos of  Murrells Inlet here in South Carolina, this inlet is just south of Myrtle Beach.  This was done by palette knife and very little brush. Something very calming about this painting, don't you think.   Thanks for viewing everyone.                          

Tuesday, December 13, 2011

Come Walk With Me

                                                                       6" by 6" Oil

    I have been recently doing smaller paintings, it is easier for me at this time.   This a from one of my photos showing the entrance to the sea from Atalaya in Huntington State Park.   Please enjoy this beautiful sunny day scene and pretend it is summer once again.  Thank you all for viewing.  Please leave comments too.                                                                   

Wednesday, November 23, 2011

Silver Pitcher and Rose

   This painting was done for the challenge in the RookiePainter's Blog    Thanks Jen for the beautiful
   photo you provided.  I thought this was a good one to do since in our Painting Friend's Forum we have
   been working on painting silver.  I really enjoyed doing this and am so happy with my plum.
   Hope everyone has a wonder Thanksgiving tomorrow.

    Thankyou all for coming in here and looking and commenting.

Saturday, November 19, 2011

Big Red And Friends

I haven't been painting very much lately, I have been recuperating from surgery.  But I did manage to do this little 5"by &7" watercolor. I took a photo of these three items delivered to our room with breakfast when we were on vacation.  I am practicing on silver, glass and small still lifes.  There are parts of this that I like and I see parts that I could of improved on.  Thank you all for viewing and I love to see some comments too.  

Friday, October 28, 2011

Wine Glass and Friends

I haven't gotten around to setting up my own still life yet.  So I borrowed this photo from Wet Canvas.  Thankyou Brenda B for taking such a wonderful shot.  I'm really happy with how it turned out. I surprised my self with how dark I did go in the bg, it works great with the light coming in on the grapes and glass. Thanks everyone for looking in and if you like please add a comment.  Love to read them.

Thursday, October 20, 2011

A Blue Mirror


   Well I thought I would share with all of you what our YOP ( Year of
Painting) was for October.  Thank you Ann  for providing the photo.  I am so happy with myself  for actually painting this, I don't usually do cars or trucks.  I spent  a whole afternoon just doing the truck with the different glazes of red and then the darks in the window and on the front. Completed the rest of tre painting the next day.   I did the background very undetailed because I wanted this truck to shine.  I named this Blue Mirror because when I finished and looked, the side mirror was blue. It shined in the photo because this is the love of who ever owns it, so it should shine in a painting too.  Please comment love to read them and thank you all for viewing this.

Thursday, September 22, 2011

Lady Bird

    Here is our latest YOP (Year Of Painting) for the month of September. Thankyou  mensatic at Art Morgue
 for your photo.  I find our lady cardinals every bit as beautiful as the males.  So my goal in this painting was to give her striking colors so yes she would sing also.  I'm very happy with how this turned out.  I hope all of you find her attractive as I do.  Thank all of you for viewing and commenting.   Means a lot to me.

Friday, September 2, 2011

Cactus Land

 Good Morning to everyone.  I wanted to share one of the paintings I completed from a wonderful week I had in Florida.
 Our Painting Friends Forum got together in Florida last week.  All of us spent a whole week painting, dining and having a great time.  This painting is the result of a lesson taught by a wonderful artist and great friend from Texas, Mollie Jones.
 What a treat it was to watch her paint and follow her suggestions on how to do this painting.  Thanks Mollie again.
  I call this Cactus Land since it reminds me of the game Candy Land with all the happy, bright colors I used.  I hope this little painting brings a smile to all of you and brightens up your weekend.
  Thanks for viewing and I love comments.

Sunday, August 7, 2011

Huntington Marsh

  Good Morning Everyone     I can't believe it's been almost two months since I last posted in here.  Boy did this summer go fast.  I've had company since the 18th of June, so very little painting done.  While my granddaughters were here we made a visit to  a local state park.  This painting is from one of the marshes that I photographed.  The only thing different is I changed the time of day.  For the sky I used Cobalt Blue, Aliz Crem and Cad. Orange and carried this through into the water.  For the marshes I used Sap gr, Cob Bl, Ultra Bl, Winsor Green ( Blue Shade), Quin Gold, Burnt Umber and Cad Yellow. I painted this the first time and really didn't like it. So I figured what the heck do it again using stronger doses of the same color and it turned out better than I thought.    
  I hope everyone has had a lovely summer and please do comment.  Thanks all of you for looking.

Wednesday, June 22, 2011

Year Of Painting Koi

This was painted for our Painting Friends Forum Year of Painting Challenge for June. I did this wet on wet with just a slight sketch to put the fish in.   After that I just dropped the colors in.  I like my blues and greens but would like a little more umph with my golds.  This was a fun challenge and I hope those who view it are pleased with the results.   Thanks for viewing and commenting, I appreciate all of you.  

Saturday, May 28, 2011


Happy Saturday

 I haven't been doing many watercolors lately have been concentrating on oils for the last couple of weeks.  So on Thursday I sat my self down and decided to do this watercolor.   I really enjoyed getting my brushes wet again and painting something that always makes me happy.  I used Daniel Smith Quin. Coral for the rose and I like the pink it gave me.  I'm also happy with the green I got using Cer. Blue and Winsor Green (Blue Shade). 
  Hope everyone has a wonderful Memorial Day Holiday.  Thanks for looking and I love to read your comments.  

Tuesday, May 17, 2011

Yellow Sails
This is the last painting I did in my oil class taught by a very wonderful artist Jane Woodward. It is on Gallery Wrapped Canvas size 12" by 16".  This was done once again only using a palette knife.  I believe this would be one beautiful beach to visit, even if made up.  So please enjoy your time here and leave a comment if you wish. Thank you all for viewing.

Wednesday, May 4, 2011

A Study of Mollie's Strawberries

In our forum one of our Painting Friends Mollie gave us a wonderful demo on how to do Strawberries in Watercolor.  This is my study from following her demo.   I am so grateful to her because it got me back into watercolors and actually enjoy doing them again.  I think I was a little heavy handed with the reds but otherwise I am happy with how it turned out.   I drew my berries smaller than the original photo so I had to add something in the lower right hand corner. It was a napkin but I didn't like how it showed so I changed it into a cloth with blue and red stripes.   I hope everyone is having a nice beginning to May.  Please stop by and view and if you'd like please comment.  Thank all of you for looking at this. 

Thursday, April 14, 2011

A Very Warm Painting

 I know I'm not a daily blogger so please forgive me for this.  At the moment I am taking an on line Oil Class for still lifes but also going to an Oil Painting Class every Wednesday.  Last Wednesday we started working in palette knife only which is rather new to me.  I've used palette knives before but with brushes.  I was trying for harmony in this painting so I only used warm colors to achieve this. I hope you enjoy this picture and it gets you all in the mood for summer and the beach.   Thanks everyone for coming in here and viewing.   If you like to leave a comment, please do, I enjoy reading all of them. 


Friday, March 25, 2011

Apples And Basket

 We have started a Drawing Corner  in our Painting Friends Form, because of this I have started doing simple drawings.  I took two apples and a small basket I had and set up this still life.  I used different graphite pencils from HB to 6B on Canson  100lb Bristol paper.  Since I haven't drawn in a while I enjoyed doing this. Nice to just sit down with a pencil and paper and draw.
Thankyou everyone for taking time to view and comment. I appreciate all of you.

Sunday, March 6, 2011

Mums The Word

Happy Sunday  

  We will be seeing Spring soon, now that March is here. And what better way to show it than with a painting of beautiful flowers in the sun.  A couple of weeks ago I bought a bunch of beautiful white mums.  I put these in a vase then outside for some nice photos of them in the sun.. I took some of them out of vase and put them beside it. I then put a sheet of white paper under vase and flowers for this composition.  I really liked the shadow formed by the back lite from the sun.  Shadows are done with Winsor Blue( Red Shade) and Perm Rose.
  It's pouring rain here today so this does lighten it up. I hope it lightens up your day as well.
  I appreciate all who come in and take a look. Please comment also.  So thankyou all

Thursday, February 17, 2011

A Glimpse Of Spring

      I don't know about anyone else but I've had it with winter.  So I went and bought tulips that I'll plant outside.   I had a wonderful time with these flowers. We have been lucky, the sun has been out the last couple of days, so I got some great photos of these with shadows. But I also had to fight with my Lily as she loves to eat flowers.  I was having a hard time with her trying to photo them, finally Lily was put in the house, I closed the door to the screen room and had some private time with my tulips.  Of course I had to leave Lily back out and to appease her I took some lovely photos of her too.  I did this painting from real life with the tulips in front of me. Such a nice change from painting from a photo.  So I have decided to buy flowers from now on to paint.  I'm trying the new greens from my workshop and do seem to like how they act together.  Viridian and Winsor Green (Blue shade) with New Gamboge for the highlights.  The petals  are painted using Permanent Rose, Raw Sienna and Winsor Blue ( Red Shade).   I  want everyone to think of spring when you see this and know that it is almost here.   Thanks for viewing everyone and please leave a comment.

Friday, February 11, 2011

Star Of The Show

Happy Friday
   This is the first painting I finished from attending a
Carolyn Gawarecki  workshop on Shadows in Paintings.

I learned a lot attending it and found her to be an amazing and interesting teacher and well as person.
For this painting we wet it completely then stapled it to gatorboard, after it dried I applied masking fluid  over all the area not to be shadowed. I then dropped in the shadows on very wet paper and let the colors mix together.  After the shadows dried I removed the masking and worked from there. 
Thank you Carolyn for such a well done workshop.   Let me know what you think and thanks everyone for stopping in.

Thursday, February 3, 2011

Pale Pink Rose

Happy Thursday

I took another break from painting oils and did another rose in watercolor.   There is a certain pink that I see people use for painting roses.  However as hard as I try I can never seem to get this color down.  I used a photo of  Laura's Rose from Pilan ( Wet Canvas), thank you so much Pilan for this.  I used Scarlet Lake and a little Permanent Rose for the flower, but still not the pink I wanted.  However I do like the color and it doesn't go toward a rose or violet color which mine usally go to.  I started very light and worked up the color with many different layers.  I hope you like this rose as much as I did painting it.   Please stop in and let me know what you think.  I really appreciate everyone who looks and comments on this.    

Friday, January 21, 2011

A Rose For Friday

Good morning everyone.  I haven't posted lately and thought this is a good day to show my latest rose painting.  This is taken from one of my rose photos that I have.  I wish I could paint it in real life but not til April.  I used the same colors that I painted in the rose for the background.  Please enjoy this and remember thank you for viewing and your comments.

Saturday, January 1, 2011

My Lily

  Happy New Year

I decided to hold this painting so that I could begin 2011 with this watercolor of my cat,  Lily.  This is from one of my photos of her laying in the light. Which by the way is one of her favorite things to do.  I have been meaning to paint this for a while since I love the play of shadow on her body and the floor.  I hope it brings joy this day to all of you.  And thankyou all for your support and comments through out the year.  I really appreciate all your feed back.