Friday, January 29, 2021

1013 Stop and Smell the Flowers

 This is the second time I painted this subject.  The first painting went to my BFF for her birthday.

It's really a good learning experience to paint the same subject many times as the masters did.  It enables a painter to become more intimately involved with the subject.  I've been on the hunt for more pitchers.

Saturday, January 23, 2021

1012 Three's a Crowd

 I am preparing for the summer gallery season, and this little painting at 6" x 6" x 1.5" fits right in with the "Taking Flight" show.  Nest painting is lots of fun, and very liberating.

Thursday, January 14, 2021

1011 Grateful For The Simple Things

 You may notice that this painting looks an awful lot like 1011 Copy Cat, which was an online class assignment from Trisha Adams.  While I was very happy with the original, I didn't feel it was "my" painting, so I made some changes to it while still implementing the lessons I learned from Trisha.

Monday, January 11, 2021

1012 The Sunshine Of My Life

 I loved painting this and employing all the knowledge I learned from Trisha Adams in her online course.  What a wonderful teacher she is.  The photo reference is Trisha's and the assignment was to lose three edges and decide on the focal point.  

It seems everyone loves sunflowers, and so many songs feature this happy flower.  Stevie Wonder's "You Are the Sunshine of My Life" is certainly my favorite.

Monday, January 4, 2021

1011 Copy Cat


I am taking an online painting class with artist, Trisha Adams, whose work I've admired for many years.  What I really like about her impressionistic paintings is the freshness and the punch she packs with her color choices.  She definitely has no fear of color and she uses it to her advantage to tell her story.  

The first painting assignment after her enlightening demonstration and lectures was to paint her painting of Sunny Bouquet, paying attention to focal point, the color of the light, the color of the shadow, sharp vs. soft edges and lost edges.  I know that copying the Masters' work is a great educational tool, and this was no exception.  I learned a lot, and I'm happy with the result.  Now on to the next assignment.

Sunday, January 3, 2021

1010 Note To Self

 Perhaps you recognize this vase as being from Farmgirl Flowers, and if so, you are correct!  A family member brought a gorgeous arrangement in this vase made entirely from grocery store flowers.  It was exquisite.  I especially like the way tulips cascade over the edge, and my husband's gift of these purple tulips  demanded this vessel.

Maybe you are curious about the title?  I started this painting yesterday and it was mostly complete except for background (which always gives me a problem).  When I resumed today, not only had the darn tulips grown several inches in different configurations, but the colors changed dramatically, becoming more on the red violet side rather than yesterday's purple.  I must remember to complete tulip paintings in one sitting or else.....

Friday, January 1, 2021

1009 Gifts From the Heart

 Happy New Year 2021 and Good Riddance 2020!

What a challenging year it has been.  I know I am not alone in my thinking.   The one constant has been my painting, which the pandemic did not adversely affect.  Sales from the Door County gallery were much better than expected and as were my direct sales.  I think people were stuck at home and had more time to scroll through a gazillion paintings, and were sick of looking at their same boring walls.  For all of that, I am very grateful.  I painted my little heart out, tried new genres and explored new techniques and products without guilt, and I loved every minute of it.  

The pitcher in the painting was handmade by my multi-talented daughter-in-law.  I love that it is not perfectly shaped as if it were formed in a mold.  It was made just for me, which brings a wonderful feeling to my heart.  The little tea cups were a Christmas gift from one of my god-daughters who lives in Japan and I love them!  Unfortunately, one broke in the shipping, and another was broken by an Italian family member talking with his hands who shall remain nameless, and who knocked it from my hand.  

I am very honored that you have stuck with me all this time and read my stories about my work.  I hope you have enjoyed hearing from me.  I would love it if you would pass my contact information along, as I would love to increase my reach.  

I wish you and your family a very happy year ahead, filled with promise, hopefully with good health and an end to the virus.