This is my#2015bestnine on Instagram; that is the most"liked" for the year. It is interesting to see which drew the most likes. Six out of the nine are already sold.The Internet has really changed the way art changes hands.The bricks and mortar galleries have their place and purpose and will always be here. But all of the sites on the web where artists can sell their paintings directly have really become popular. I am still amazed to have sold paintings in England, Scotland, Ireland,Germany and Australia. This would have been impossible 25 years ago.
Since this is the last day of 2015 I should say something important. I can say that this has been a good year; I have traveled to some wonderful places, laughed a lot with friends and ended the year enjoying family. I was listening to the White House photographer on tv this morning. He was asked about his favorite photograph. He said "My favorite photo is one I will take later today or tomorrow." I feel that way about painting. There is always the challenge to match that perfect painting in my head to the one that shows up on canvas.i am glad that hasn't happened yet because it keeps me working hard. Happy New Year!
My daughter gave me some comfy pajamas for Christmas but she also found something she knew I would love. She found a tiny old photo at an antique shop of these people. I would love to know the story behind this. Were these hats the current style of the day? Perhaps they were in a secret hat society!
These past weeks have been incredibly busy with all things associated with the holidays. I needed today to sit and take a breath. I still have planning for meals next week and preparations for out of town guests. But today I will relax and take the Long View. Everything will get done but I will also enjoy the journey.
I live in a large neighborhood with over 500 houses. The names of streets are typical; some are golf related. We walk around the streets often and I came across a street named Lovejoy! What a delightful name. I wish I could trade my house for any house on that street and would like to be to order a return address stamp !
I have multiple photographs of vases of flowers. For this painting I combined a few of them to achieve the result I wanted. To me it is kind of like following a recipe, I often change the ingredients - for"good measure"
My parent had a lot of hydrangeas growing in their yard.Seeing the flowers now reminds me of time spent with them. Today I was making cookies for a big cookie sale we are having at church this weekend. I have a very large restaurant style stainless steel bowl that my mother gave me years ago and I used it to make the cookies. It gives me comfort to use it as using one of the quilts she made also does. It feels like she is here with me in those moments.
This is my favorite kind of painting to do. Even though I am looking at specific flowers I tend to just intuitively place the shapes and colors where they seem to belong.I guess I edit down to the last stroke.
I was a watercolorist for about twenty years. I resisted going back to oils be caused I loved the fluid color changes in water colors. I think my roots are showing because I tried to keep it thin enough to create an illusion of a watercolor in this oil painting.
Imagine you are a child sitting in a garden hoping to catch a grasshopper or a butterfly. I remember finding caterpillars and putting them in a shoebox hoping for a butterfly to emerge. The cocoon happened but don't think the whole cycle came to fruition.It was still a wonderful world of nature. I hate that children don't have the freedom to wander outdoors all day like we did.
I have always had an attraction to doors. 25 years ago I got a poster of "doors of New York", since then I have taken many photos in every city we have visited. I have some from Boston to Italy. I have started painting some of them. This white door has some mystery about what lies behind the other side.
These four 6x6 inch panels make a good grouping of landscape paintings. They can be framed together or separated to give as gifts or displayed on metal easels. Although I paint more flowers I do enjoy landscapes. I am always clicking my camera out of the car window as we drive down the road; some end up a little blurry!
Nasturtiums are a favorite flower of mine but I realized I have never painted them. I love the round leaves and the gorgeous oranges and yellows.The leaf and stem system is pretty complicated so maybe that is why I have avoided painting them.My birthday resolution this year is to be a little more daring along with being more mature.I can still be quite immature when talking with my good friends on our Facebook group message. These friends go back almost 50 years and I admit we are still those giggling junior high girls.
This is a grouping of four 6x6 paintings. There were scattered on a table where I photograph my art work and I noticed they looked good grouped together. I am offering them on Daily Paintworks.com as a group for a discounted price. They would work grouped on a wall or as 4 different Christmas gifts!
I was not an athlete when I was younger but I played my fair share of jump rope.For some reason the term Double Dutch came to mind for this painting.it could also be attributed to our recent trip toAmsterdam where we saw countless beautiful flowers such as these.
Back to the blue green with purple. I can't seem to get enough of this color combination. Something about it just draws me in. Of course, like anything there are personal preferences. For example, everyone but me seems to love coffee. It smells great but not so much the taste. Maybe psychologically I am resisting because I don't want to be a grown up.
12x12 Daily Paintworks I painted this one earlier and thought I had finished. But the more I looked at it I was not satisfied with it. I usually try to finish a smaller painting in one session but that was not the case. I added some flowers to these pots and finally was able to say it was complete. Taking time to look at things again is always a good idea.
This bright and happy painting reminds me of my daughter Sarah who was born on this day (Sept.29). I am so proud of her. She is funny, beautiful, a one time marathon runner, an excellent art teacher and a good friend to many.Happy birthday Sarah!
This is a small (8x10) painting of a LOT of flower containers.When there are so many different flowers it is good to have something to tie them all together. The similar pots bring the riot of flowers together.A happy place, don't you think?
These are the irises that I brought from my parents' home in Mississippi years ago. They have multiplied over the years and I have so many blooms every spring. Both of my parents have been gone for quite while but I always take some comfort when I see them blooming.
We rode a gondola in Rudesheim up to the statue of Germania while in Germany. This is a view from the gondola down where some vineyards were located. It was a cloudy day and I didn't notice the lit lamps until I looked at the photo later. It gives the picture a mysterious look.
I don't often use black oil paint; preferring to mix other darks to get a richer color. Gamblin paints have come out with a new Chromatic Black and I bought some. I used it to mix with the dark greens in this painting to make the flowers pop and seem to come forward. It isn't necessary but it is a nice shortcut for my palette.
We are back home from Europe. I woke up at 2:30 a.m so I got up like it was normal and packaged paintings to be shipped. I know I will pass out later. Our trip was wonderful! I took so many photos and I can't wait to start painting. Maybe after a nap.
We just left the River cruise on the Rhine in Germany and are now in Amsterdam. It is a beautiful bustling city. The Architecture is so unique. We had the treat of going to the Van Gogh museum this afternoon.of course it is raining; apparently they have over 200 days of rain.
These geraniums are ready to board the flower train, stadium seating. Silly, I know- but I am a little giddy. We are in Atlanta airport waiting to board flight heading to our river cruise in Germany. Hopefully many paintings will emerge from this trip. Stay tuned!
For some reason the colors in this painting reminds me of those "Nickel Nip" wax candy in the shape of soda bottles. You were supposed to bite off the top of the bottle , drink the colored juice inside and then you could chew the wax. Actually that last part wasn't so great to do but we did it anyway. That was over 50 years ago. I have seen them recently at places like Cracker Barrel or vintage candy stores but the price has gone up from a nickel to close to $2!
It is little tricky to paint a subject with a lot of colors represented. I have to be conscious of keeping harmony in the composition.This is hopefully done by repeating colors and placing the to make the eye move around the picture plane; but not exit!
I like the early morning light for painting. It makes ordinary objects have a glow. The late afternoon has a similar effect but it also shows up the dust in my house so I have a love/hate relationship there.
This is a watercolor that I painted a while ago. I have been away from watercolor for a while but will take a workshop in early August. The artist Paul Jackson is coming to Memphis and I am looking forward to attending the workshop. Visiting watercolor again will be like seeing an old friend. I have come to realize that painting in oil or watercolor is still just making art, no matter which medium. #hopirememberhow
This painting is partially from a photo and partially from my mind. It was fun to just paint shapes that I felt were important to the composition. I am happy to call myself an artist and to have the freedom to paint what I want to paint!
A goal of painted is to be able to create atmosphere. Sometimes it is a happy accident; often it is a struggle. I have painted mist on a pond and early morning fog. This sunshine was a delight to paint!
Last year at this time we spent a week in Boston.Marblehead is a beautiful coastal town nearby. The harbor had all kinds of boats but this small one all alone caught my eye. The colors were a little dull but I took care of that!