Monday, January 31, 2011

Not a Weed in Sight

"California Dreamin'"
8x6  Oil on museum quality panel
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Looking back a week ago, I was struggling to get out of the weeds and start painting again.  One week later & paintings are flying off the easel.  Yipee!  Last night my friend, Julie Hill, was so kind to share a wonderful photo of her morning commute to drop her daughter off at school.  Little did she know that I was going to snag her picture and paint it.   Inspiration shows up just when you need it.  Thanks Julie and I hope she will paint her vision of this picture.  Julie, are you listening? 

Friday, January 28, 2011

Weeds Be Gone

"Les Carottes"
6x12 Oil on Linen

Ten minutes at Fresh Market, One bunch of carrots, Two hours at the easel.  If you've followed my blog, you are well aware of my passion for the produce section.  I ran into the store in hopes of finding inspiration and came out with the most beautiful carrots.  Too pretty to be called "carrots" so I decided that the french name "carotte" was more appropriate.  This painting is headed into a museum still life competition.  Eating carrots with fingers crossed.  I've included a photo of the carrots just to show how fresh & flawless my subject matter was. 

Getting out of the Weeds

"Table 4, More Wine"
6x6  Oil on museum quality panel

Two glorious hours in the studio this morning.  That might not sound like much but in comparsion to no studio time, I'll take it.  Maybe the lack of easel time has me dying to spread my wings.  Waiting to see what flies off the brush in the next few weeks.  Happy weekend.

Tuesday, January 25, 2011

In the Weeds, Knee Deep

"Light on the Marsh"
28x22 Oil on Linen
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Try as I might, life keeps jumping in on my way to the easel.  So until I actually manage to get brush to canvas, here's one of my larger pieces.  Hope to post a "wet" painting soon.

Friday, January 21, 2011

Kelley Light/Kelley Dark? SOLD!

"In the Mood"
6x6  Oil on museum quality panel

Before you question whether you've come to the right blog, yep, it's mine.  This was a demo for a student who wanted to paint a dark/moody/mysterious (in her words) painting.  It's always a fine line to know what to include in a painting and what to leave out.  I did this demo to illustrate how eliminating much of the detail can enhance the feeling of the painting.  When we compared her painting to mine..her comment was that I had done a Kelley "Light" version versus her darker version.   Great exercise to paint out of one's comfort zone.  Would love to hear what you think.

Sunday, January 16, 2011

Relatively Speaking

Low Country Marsh
20x24  SOLD

This is one of my all time favorite marsh paintings.  It's one of those that when it sells you are happy & also wishing you had kept in your collection.    Oh well, as they say, you can always paint another one.  Didn't have time to paint, niece & nephew (and their parents) on their way.  Looking forward to seeing them after all the chores are done.  Anyone free to fold a pile of laundry?  Free chocolate cake in exchange!

Tuesday, January 11, 2011

Snowbound, Stir Crazy

6x12  Oil in museum quality panel

The consequences of snow & ice are that I'm forced to do some of the things that I don't like to do.  Such as straighten up my home studio, however, I did discover a painting I did a few months back & never got posted.  Given the gray skies, snow & ice & the fact I'm going a bit stir crazy, happy to post something cheerful.  Hope there is sunshine in our near future. 

Saturday, January 8, 2011

Praying for NO Snow

"July in Provence"
6x6   Oil on museum quality panel
For the past 2 days I've listened to the weather forecasters predicting snow/ice.  I will readily admit that living in the south makes me a bit spoiled when it comes to nice weather.  We usually get a bit of snow in February but we have already had some.  It was pretty but not enough to make me want to see it again. The wonderful thing about being an artist is that I create another vision.  So I hope you will enjoy my July sojourn to Provence.

Tuesday, January 4, 2011

New Beginnings

24x12   Oil

Didn't mean to be away for so long but an exhausting 2010 caught up with me during the holidays.  Looking forward to a less chaotic but challenging (artistically speaking) 2011.  Working on goals for this year, I find myself reevaluating what I want & need to accomplish.  So while I get busy working filling in my brand new calender (one of my favorite things to buy), enjoy the "Solitude".  Many blessings.