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Sunday, January 31, 2016

March Madness

I love all varieties of daffodils, narcissus, etc. I have in my yard several kinds of the bulbs planted- yellow and white , doubles, peach centers, orange centers. They are hardier than tulips; they come back every year reliably. I think it is their arrival that gives us hope for the warmer days to come.

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Friday, January 29, 2016

Counting Stars

I am reminded of the quote "Comparison is the Thief of Joy" when looking at this painting. Who says there has to be one star of the show?I count three stars to this show, each one valued for what it is.Of course there should be a definite center of interest in a painting, but I think each star builds upon the other, leading you around the painting.

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Thursday, January 28, 2016


My Friend came over yesterday and saw this painting and said it reminded her of her Greek grandmother's house in New York. Now that I think of it, it reminds me of my aunt's back porch in rural Tennessee.We traveled to her house in the summer when I was a child living in Maine. For a while she still had an outhouse! It was a novelty to me then but I can imagine what it would have been like on a cold winter's night to have to go outside to visit that place! Fortunately for her and her visitors she did eventually get an indoor toilet!

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Wednesday, January 27, 2016

Bushel and a Peck

This is one of the first acrylic paintings I have done in a while. I am going to a Danny Broadway acrylic workshop in April here in Memphis so I bought new acrylics. It is 30x30, a little larger than I usually do. It was fun and an advantage is that it dries quickly. Good to try something different!

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Monday, January 25, 2016

Preferred Seating

I started this 36x48 painting for my kitchen 2 years ago right before I had hip surgery. I forgot about it until a few weeks ago. It would cost well over $100 to ship so I will probably sell it locally in the Memphis area.

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Sunday, January 24, 2016


Luxury for me wouldn't mean jewels and clothes and cars. Okay, maybe a new car. It would be a luxury to have a delivery of beautiful fresh flowers every day. So many that I would run out of containers to put them in!

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Three x Three

I have grouped these three 6x8 paintings. They could be stand alone but are pleasing as a group whether in one frame or three.As you can see I am slightly addicted to flowers. They say you should paint what you love.I remember in college art courses you were supposed to convey some kind of angst about social justice or some big issue. But with my years of experience I have found that sometimes beauty is enough.

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Friday, January 22, 2016


I have often described flowers by their personalities.Zinnias are the student council flowers. Always cheerful, hard working in the vegetable gardens, teacher's pet are the qualities of the zinnia. They would be elected most popular but not necessarily invited to the debutante ball.

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Thursday, January 21, 2016

Loves to Dance

I think of Geraniums as quite social and gregarious in the flower world.they have strong stems and bright colors, not easily beaten down by rain or wind. Of course they would be the first onto the dance floor.The delphiniums in the corner would be gossiping about those brash geraniums; but who is having more fun?

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Tuesday, January 19, 2016

Another Story

This painting started out quite differently from the way it looks now. I liked the colors I had painted but it looked like a wall paper sample! No center of interest. I stared at it for a few days, then added some larger flowers that made all the difference. I wasn't paying attention to the elements and principles of design. Works every time you remember!

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Sunday, January 17, 2016

Home Sweet Home

This is a watercolor done on a half sheet. I tried to suggest the nature surrounding the birdhouses as light and bright. The flowers seem to wake up the ordinary birdhouses.

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Wednesday, January 13, 2016


I attended a Dreama Tolle Perry workshop in Kentucky about three years ago. It was actually there that I got inspiration to join Daily Paintworks. It has really changed my life .I went from painting occasionally to painting every day. Over 900 paintings later, I can see the difference it has made. I always wanted to go back and take another workshop with her but timing was never right. She has created an online 6 session workshop that starts next week. I am so excited to do this! This painting was done as "practice" for the work I will do in the course. I used the transparent colors she recommends and her "ice blue". I will let you know how it works out!

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Monday, January 11, 2016


This oil painting is on a thick stretched 24x 36 inch stretched canvas with black painted outside edge. I have painted mostly smaller paintings through daily paintworks because of cost of shipping larger paintings. Most likely this will end up sold locally or on a wall in my house!

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Saturday, January 9, 2016

Stars Aligned

I have started painting some on stretched canvas. This is an 8x8 with a thick profile with the edges painted black. This type ofpainting is meant to be hung without a frame. Painting on this type canvas has a different feel to it while painting, but I like it.I think back to the "dark ages" of the '70's when in college we stretched our own canvases and gessoed them.These canvases were pretty rough to paint on and I never got the painting in my head onto the canvas. The panels and canvas of the current day are so wonderful to paint on; I will never stretch again!

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Thursday, January 7, 2016

Time Change

I titled this one because the view has an expectant feeling, like maybe it is almost a seasonal time change or a change in weather is approaching. This is my favorite type of painting to do; i start with areas of color and transform them into flowers using darks and lights. I kind of hold my breath during- excited to see how it turns out.

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Tuesday, January 5, 2016

Spanish Village

I had to wait to post this painting until after Christmas because it was a gift for someone and I was afraid he might see it on here. It has emotional content. This is a view of the village in Spain where his mother grew up. His family surprised him with it on Christmas.
It was a large (24x36) aiming but it shipped just fine to Delaware.

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Saturday, January 2, 2016

Tulip Elevation

I really enjoy painting flowers in the winter. No matter how cold it is outside I am transported to a summer or spring day while painting.We are still having family visiting post New Years but I have still found time to paint at random times. I have figured out that painting is my Xanax- I maintain a pretty low blood pressure, maybe painting is the reason!

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