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Thursday, December 31, 2015

2015

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.


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Transparent

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!


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Tuesday, December 29, 2015

All About the Hats

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!


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Saturday, December 19, 2015

Long View

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.


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Friday, December 18, 2015

Rest Stop

This was a scene at a rest stop we visited on the way to Texas. There were picnic tables near a pond. I pumped up the colors to make it more interesting.A very restful rest stop!


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Thursday, December 17, 2015

Lovejoy

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 !


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Sunday, December 13, 2015

Good Measure

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"


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Monday, December 7, 2015

Blooms at the Door

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.



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Location:Linkenholt Dr,Collierville,United States

Sunday, December 6, 2015

Behind the Scenes

I like the close ups of scenes- kind of like a slice of life.Somehow all the parts come together and hopefully harmonize.



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Friday, December 4, 2015

A Cut Above

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.


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Friday, November 27, 2015

Dreaming

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.


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Sunday, November 22, 2015

Azalea Trail

Spring is the best season for flowers in the south. By the time July comes around , most flowers have a difficult time with the heat. Azaleas are the poster child for spring, thriving in the shade.



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Thursday, November 19, 2015

Bright Spot

One of my favorite paint colors is Caribbean Blue. It is pretty expensive compared to some other colors, but worth it.I thought it was a perfect color to complement these hydrangeas.


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Saturday, November 14, 2015

Nature Calls

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.


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Thursday, November 12, 2015

Knockout Style

Nothing says drama more than some jars of lilacs. They couldn't be more simple but they truly are the center of attention.If only we could smell them too!


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Full House

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.



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Monday, November 9, 2015

Team Building

I love painting geraniums, especially in the soft light of a window.These have a bonus of just a little purple something. I am

not sure of the name of the purple flower but that is not important to me-- just that it is beautiful.


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Saturday, November 7, 2015

Four if by Land

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!


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Thursday, November 5, 2015

Table Favorites

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.


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Wednesday, November 4, 2015

FourxFour

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!


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Thursday, October 29, 2015

Double Dutch

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.


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Monday, October 26, 2015

Above the Fold

A prime location for a news story in a newspaper is"above the fold"--the first place the eye goes to. These hydrangeas certainly fit the bill as attention getting.



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Wednesday, October 14, 2015

Cool Blue

A lot of my paintings tend toward warm colors but this was turning cool as I painted it.The pop of orange and yellow save it from being too chilly!


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Friday, October 9, 2015

Deep Purple

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.



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Wednesday, October 7, 2015

Crowd Sourcing

Tulips are social beings. They function best in a crowd. Planting instructions always say to plant in groupings and when picked they look best with several in a vase. I could work as a tulip!


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Monday, October 5, 2015

Jubilation

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.


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Friday, October 2, 2015

Urban Growth

Most city dwellers don't have a lot of room for a garden. Pots of geraniums satisfy the need to grow something. There is always room for a few plants!


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Tuesday, September 29, 2015

Sarah's Birthday

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!



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Thursday, September 24, 2015

Target Audience

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?


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Saturday, September 19, 2015

Headliner

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.



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Wednesday, September 16, 2015

Night Iris


These iris seem almost lit from inside. They are accompanied by their wingman friends the snowballs; all are ready for a night of clubbing.


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Friday, September 11, 2015

Final Product

A customer in Australia sent me this photo of the paintings she bought from me framed and ready to hang.it is nice to see them in a new home and appreciated!




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Monday, September 7, 2015

Rudesheim

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.



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Sunday, September 6, 2015

Out of Darkness

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.


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Saturday, September 5, 2015

August Morning

This is another view from our morning walks. Every time I paint one of these it turns out completely different. Every sunrise is different so I won't run out of subject matter.


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Thursday, September 3, 2015

Focus Group

I took a lot of photos while on our trip to Europe. Although the vegetables were sometimes strange looking, the flowers were mostly familiar. I wonder if the speak French or German?


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Wednesday, September 2, 2015

Blessing

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.


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Thursday, August 27, 2015

Dutch Treat

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.


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Tuesday, August 18, 2015

All Aboard

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!


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Monday, August 17, 2015

Sublime

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!


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Saturday, August 15, 2015

Boston Proper

I saw this sunlit scene when walking in Boston. There are so many things to paint there, as I can see when looking at how many photos I took.


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Thursday, July 30, 2015

Garden Chorus

These pots seem to stand on risers awaiting direction from their choir director.The tulips are the altos, daffodils are sopranos. If only I could carry a tune in real life!


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Saturday, July 25, 2015

Good Humor

Sometime simple is best. I paint hydrangeas a lot. I try to show the light source. In this particular painting the light source is above the flowers.I keep being drawn back to the lovely shapes.


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Wednesday, July 22, 2015

Blissful

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!



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Wednesday, July 15, 2015

Dawn Illumination

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.


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Tuesday, July 14, 2015

Dress Code

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





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Sunday, July 12, 2015

Room to Grow

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!





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Friday, July 10, 2015

Take a Chance

This is precisely my favorite kind of painting to do. I enjoy the negative spaces and the contrast of the darks and lights. It is ALMOST better than chocolate.


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Saturday, July 4, 2015

Illuminated

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!


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Friday, July 3, 2015

Marblehead Float

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!




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