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Sunday, November 30, 2014

Pearly Vessel

I really like the look of this pitcher/ vase. It is almost like an oyster shell look or Mercury glass. It was the perfect thing for these lilacs.It was fun to paint.
We went to a nursing home this afternoon with a church group. We have a little party for some of the residents and make root beer floats for them. One of the ladies there asked if my husband was my father! I got a kick out of that. Of course he has gray hair and miraculously mine is not! Haha . One also whispered to someone asking if he had money or not.

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Saturday, November 29, 2014


This is a watercolor I painted a few years ago in a Judi Betts workshop in Trenton, Tn. Trenton is a charming small town but didn't have any hotel rooms. I stayed in Humboldt a few miles away in a typical old time motel. I was surprised that they offered a continental breakfast. When I woke up I went to the lobby to check it out. They were offering Sunny Delite and white powdered doughnuts! Too funny

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Friday, November 28, 2014

Lightness of Being

This painting turned out to be very high key which is appropriate for a sun filled setting. I am getting more comfortable with an abstract background. I read an article by a painter that explained all of the formulas for mixing greens. It was sound advice but I think most artists develop an intuition for color mixing.

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Tuesday, November 25, 2014

Attention Getter

I like it when the painting becomes more abstract. Instead of painting individual leaves and stems I paint what shapes I see.
I want to paint today but I know cooking for Thanksgiving is on the agenda. I am making Out of this World Rolls. They are wonderful! I would rather eat one than cake.
If you want the recipe, let me know.

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Thursday, November 20, 2014

Summer Afternoon

One of the many things I learned from Qiang Huang's workshop was his method of applying a light coat of medium to the canvas surface before painting. This makes the paint apply more fluidly. I like the watery effect it gives,almost like a watercolor.

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Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Pear Yoga

These pears seem to be doing some serious yoga positions. I don't do yoga. I have nothing against it; my body is just pretty resistant to some of the poses plus hip replaced. But I do wear yoga pants ( which are what sweats were in the '80's).After wearing them all winter people were surprised that they couldn't fit into regular clothes. Miracles of elastic and spandex!

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Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Triple Red

I have been noticing all of the amaryllis bulbs at this time of year. I love the beautiful flowers- the reds and even the whites.they are pretty easy to grow, even I can't kill these ! My father could grow anything but the gene did not pass down to me. He was also very creative but was never able to develop it. He talked about when he was young he would try to draw the mule and plow in the fields but his father discouraged it. It was that time in history and his family was very poor. I try to imagine what he would have done if he was born in different circumstances.But then of course he wouldn't have been the dad that I loved.

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Saturday, November 15, 2014

Pond's Edge

This is a small (6x6) landscape. I do love to have water in a landscape, it adds a lot of depth to the painting. I try to mix it up between florals and landscapes- actually so I don't feel like I am in a rut.
We are having an unusually cold November this year. Some snow is forecast for Sunday night,maybe I will have a snow scene to paint!

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Friday, November 14, 2014

Library Flowers

These flowers must be smart because of their proximity to a book.haha
I love selling to people in different parts of the country.I sent a painting to Seattle and one to Chicago this week. It is fun to know that a part of me is in so many places - a way to travel without packing!

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Thursday, November 13, 2014

Late Summer Bounty

I loved the combination of the sunflowers and the hydrangeas.
I never know how it will turn out which is what makes painting do much fun.

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Wednesday, November 12, 2014

Red Drama

Sometimes backgrounds are hard to figure out. This one seemed to paint itself.the negative space should support the positive-- kind of like a wingman or the friend of the beautiful girl. Ha! Just interesting enough but not a show stealer.

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Tuesday, November 11, 2014


I have painted these turquoise jars before. There is something about seeing that color combined with the flower colors that just sends a shiver. It is akin to a bite of chocolate or the sound of a saxophone. I just know it when I see it.

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Monday, November 10, 2014

Meadow Bouquet

My friend and I paint in a building belonging to our church. There was a dying bouquet of flowers in the room and the custodian was preparing to throw them away. I was able to save these few blooms from their fate. This is the result but they didn't last much longer. Same fate, just a different trash can!
I participated in an art show at a local private school last weekend. I was fortunate to sell several framed paintings so I am very happy. A boost to the fragile ego.

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Sunday, November 9, 2014

On the Vineyard

Our visit to Martha's Vineyard coincided with a heat wave. But the hydrangeas there were thriving despite the heat. I have a lot of photos of the charming houses and flowers there.

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Saturday, November 1, 2014

Alice Clare's Flowers

We went to a friend's house for brunch on Memorial Day. She has a beautiful backyard and everything was in bloom.I took a lot of photographs that day and this little pot was in one of them.It was planted with impatiens and in partial sunlight.
Although it is November 1 we are going to a Halloween party tonight. (Scheduling problem). I am going to be a pirate; I searched for a parrot today (stuffed) in vain.Oh well. People might have gotten me confused with. Jimmy Buffet fan!

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