Thursday, May 27, 2010


Sometimes it pays off not to exercise. Yesterday I had time to paint or exercise so....I painted in my exercise clothes. Does that burn calories? I am very glad that I chose to paint because I am happy with the way this 8 x 10" piece turned out. The colors in the peppers were so delicious and it was my first attempt with the blue tinted jar. I may paint in my exercise clothes more often.
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Wednesday, May 26, 2010

strumming in asheville

This is painted on a 5 x 7" canvas. I am finding it harder and harder to paint this small. I love small paintings so think it was tough because I have been painting larger canvases lately.
I took this photo in Asheville, NC. One of the coolest cities around. So much to do and see there. Indoors and outdoors. My 6'5" baby brother and his family live there and my parents have a home thirty minutes outside of the city.
Probably one of my favorite areas anywhere. I have several more shots of this musician and plan to paint him larger next time.
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Tuesday, May 25, 2010

Sitting Pretty

This Rooster is painted on a 6 x 12" gallery wrap canvas. I took a photo of this rooster at a feed store close to my sister's home. Fun to work with the shadow colors.
Have not had as much time to paint lately because I am packing up for a one day show this coming Saturday. It is taking place at Children's Harbor at Lake Martin. Fifteen percent of the proceeds go to Children's Harbor which is a foundation dedicated to helping familes that have children with chronic illnesses. They will also have live music and activities for children. The weather is supposed to be good so it should be a fun day.
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Sunday, May 23, 2010


This 16 x 20" painting is painted from a photograph I took at the Lake Eden Arts Festival close to Asheville, NC last Fall. Love the little girl's colorful outfit. It was really muddy that day at this campground so she had a good coating of mud on her knees. Good time had by all! Especially my friend JC who got to see the Cowboy Junkies.
I have seen a pattern in many of my children paintings. Lots of squatting going on. Squatting kids are cute! What makes squatting cute? What makes holes in your face cute?(dimples) I am thankful that I like to squat so that I can get down their on their level to photograph. I don't think it's cute when I squat.
I wish I had holes in my face but I don't.
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Friday, May 21, 2010

# 7 at Maggie Valley

This is painted on a 10 x 20" canvas. Loved working with the strong light in this photo. I painted most of this with a pallete knife. Pretty fun.
This is a photo of my son who is spending his first day in China today. Finishing up his degree during the next five weeks. Not a bad way to finish out your college career.
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Wednesday, May 19, 2010

Mr Wonderful strikes a pose

This is a 5 x 7" piece that I painted a few months back. This rooster is only 10" tall but thinks he is much bigger. He has beautiful colors and attitude.
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Friday, May 14, 2010

teetering on the edge-

Another good of painting vase and egg plants. I love the color play between the egg plants and green apples. The vase has been a great tool to create a fun composition.
I know you are not really supposed to talk about your family but I am going to break that rule (again) today. I am pereparing to go celebrate one of my son's graduation from college this weekend. celebrate that he got a job offer from a company that he is very excited about. Headquartered in New Orleans!
Clint is such a great young man. He has been one of my biggest encouragers in this art thing. He has always shown interest and support in my endeavors. I think that is a rare thing for a young person. I know I was all about me when I was his age. I am so honored and proud to have a son like him. My other sons are pretty sorry. Totally kidding about that. Just needed a little humor to dry my tears.
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Thursday, May 13, 2010

apple tower

Got this 10" clear vase at a dollar store and am having fun with it. What a bargain! This is painted on an 11 x 14" gallery wrap canvas. Spotted the baby eggplants at a vegetable market close to my home. Think their size is much more easy to work with compostionally than the fully grown elongated egg plants. And...if you have ever read my blog before you know I have a thing for pears. Baby eggplants are very similiar in shape and size. Maybe I will develop a new crush.
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Wednesday, May 12, 2010

Radishes and Apples

Have not had a lot of time to paint in the last few days. Painted this on an 11 x 14" gallery wrap canvas a few days ago. The colors in the radishes were so nice that I decided to highlight them in a vase.
I have a curiosity that I am sure others have experienced. I am trying to learn to not always trust my instincts when it comes to the success of a painting. There have been at least two occasions when I was in an art show and I debated about including a painting or not. On both occasions, I took the paintings and they were one of the first paintings to sell. On the reverse side of that, paintings that I felt so good about did not sell. Can't believe not everyone has my same taste! The moral of this story is.... some people like crappy paintings? Kidding.
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Friday, May 7, 2010

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I painted this a little over a year ago. The children in the painting are my son and my niece. Missy is getting married tomorrow and my son is graduating college next weekend!! Time really flies. Both great kids who have matured into wonderful adults. So thankful for the hundreds of photographs and video I have taken in my lifetime. Helps to keep special memories alive.
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Wednesday, May 5, 2010

Close of a good day

Just finished this 12 x 24" painting. The painting turned out almost as well as the day. I have a good friend who loves to share her beautiful home on Lake Martin with friends. She has more energy than anyone I know and is always cooking up another trip.
I started a new painting class today. Barbara Evans is a wonderful local artist who does incredible figurative, still life, abstract, landscape, you name it. She has great style and a wonderful sense of color. She has a fun personality but is very truthful in giving constructive critcism and praise. I also look forward to working with and learning from fellow artists in the class. I have mostly been painting by myself so I really need extra eyes to help me work through some things.sold
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Monday, May 3, 2010

What are you looking at?

Just got back from a visit with my mother in law who lives on a farm in east Tennessee. Beautiful area. Rolling green hills with the Smoky mountains in the distance.
I was able to get up close and personal with a few cows during my visit. This one belongs to my Uncle Don. I think he has such an interesting face. He was really staring me down. There were no bulls in the pasture so I felt safe to walk around the cattle. It was a little scary when a couple of them started following me pretty closely on my way out.
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