Thursday, April 29, 2010

Perfect Pear - SOLD

6x6 $95 + $10 s/h

I'm back to playing with my food again.  Been off the still life for awhile so just doing some studies to get reacquainted.  Had to paint the pear today because I eat the cherries from yesterday.  I guess it's the "Risk/Reward" system.  Risk a painting, Reward with eating the subject matter.  Now I'm feeling like a trip to the Chocolate Shop.  We'll see.

Wednesday, April 28, 2010

Cherries Adored! - SOLD

6x6  $95 + $10 s/h

This is another piece from Monday's paintathon.  You might not know from my blog that I'm primarily a still life painter.  Where other artists get excited about the landscape, I get excited strolling through the produce aisle.  Late spring means that the farmer's market will be open and I just get "giddy".  My motto is "whatever floats your boat".  The Farmer's Market should be on alert, I'm headed there next week.  Green tomatoes watch out!

Tuesday, April 27, 2010



6x12  $95 + $10 s/h

Do you wish that you had those days back when playing tug of war was your only struggle?  How do you find your joy?

Monday, April 26, 2010


Mountain Evening
6x6   $95 + $10 s/h

Just painted 6 small paintings today.  Head spinning, paint spattering and wet canvas everywhere!  I don't ever paint this many in one day but had a momentary thought that I needed a few different small pieces for the show this week.  No more listening to these conversations in my head.  I'll probably wake up in the morning and hate all of them.  The good news is that my light faded and I had to put the brushes down.  Sometimes God shows up just in time. 

Saturday, April 24, 2010



This one of the paintings that will be included in the Carolina Art Soiree this coming Thursday.  Come join us for an entertaining evening of art, drink and music.  This is to benefit the GBS/CIDP Advocacy.  For more information go to

Friday, April 23, 2010

Happy Birthday & Keep the Margaritas Flowing!

It's my Uncle Bob's 80th birthday tomorrow. In his honor I've painted the view from his front porch.  It's one of my favorite places maybe because he has a wicked sense of humor and serves the best margaritas.  Haven't been able to see him as often lately but the memories of good times keep me going until I can get back to Tennessee.  Party hard Uncle Bob and keep a  margarita cold for me.

Thursday, April 22, 2010

Challenge Complete, Artist Done

Sorry for the not great photo but here it is anyway.  Okay, I readily admit I'm not in Hopper's league.  It was hard to approach this painting with restraint in color, brushwork & not "prettying" it up.  I so wanted to add my brushstrokes and mix my colors.  But that's what challenges are for.  I want to "thank" Adelaide Simpson who challenged me to paint "Morning Light".  Your "reward" is coming.  Now it's time for Adelaide & anyone else to comment. 

Tuesday, April 20, 2010

Further Along Cinque Terre

5x7  $95 +$10 s/h

You probably can tell that I love Italy.  This particular region is just beautiful because of the rocky coastline, aqua tinted waters and charming villages.  What I like best is that you can start the trek between these 5 towns that make up this region in the morning, take a gelato break midday and end with a glass of wine in the last village.  I could do that in Charlotte but just doesn't seem as much fun. Ciao!!!!!

Friday, April 16, 2010

Drum Roll

"Still Life"  20x20

After torturing everyone for the week, here's the finished painting.  Looking at the start from a couple of days ago, you can see how I reworked the background to focus your eye to the figures.  The building was too much & unfortunately one of my "old" men had to go too.  Don't worry about him, he'll probably show up in another painting. Thanks for indulging my whim.  Buon Giorno!!!!

Thursday, April 15, 2010

One day it's there, next day it's not!

I know you were expecting the finished painting today but I have 2 "tweaks" left to do.  I have made some changes and the image above will prove to be decisive in the finished piece.  So check back in tomorrow for the "final" reveal.  It will be worth it. 


Monday, April 12, 2010

Piecing it Together

This is the last piece until I reveal the finished painting.  It's fun and frustrating putting so many elements into one painting without it appearing busy.  I'll let you be the judge as to whether it was successful or not.  Until the final reveal, happy painting.

Sunday, April 11, 2010

Another Piece

"Still Life" 

This might my favorite part of the painting.  I strolled this promenade behind a woman in orange as she sashayed and watched the old men stand taller as she went by.  Immediately after she passed, they resumed their conversations and posture.  Watching people is such great fun and always provides me with endless material for paintings.  Now I'm off to work on the painting challenge and watch a little Masters.  Go Fred Couples!

Saturday, April 10, 2010

Revealed in Pieces

"Still Life"  20x20
Here's a start of another piece for the show.  I decided to reveal it in stages.  I almost gave up yesterday but went back to the studio today and pushed through the tough parts.  It can still end up in disaster but I'm hopeful.  Continue to watch for some more pieces of this painting.  Enjoy the beautiful day.

Thursday, April 8, 2010

The Wall is Complete

It's official.  My Interiors Marketplace wall is finally finished. Most things in my life are done in stages and the wall was no exception.  But it's complete and looking wonderful thanks to Terry Whitney.  Terry's the manager at Interiors and has great taste.  If you haven't visited, go check it out and tell Terry I sent you.  They have lots of beautiful things and of course, my paintings.  You might recognize some of the paintings from my blog and are for sale for $95 (unframed).  Keep following my blog for more adventures at the easel.  There's always something happening.  Have a happy day!

Tuesday, April 6, 2010

At the Easel

5x7  $95 + $10 s/h

This is one of my first "almost" daily paintings that I never posted.  I'm currently painting for the show in a couple of weeks but didn't want to not post a painting.  I'm having a blast (even under a tight deadline) painting.  Started out with thinking I was going to paint in certain direction and have completely gone in a different manner.  I will post some of the show paintings as I finish them.  Stay tuned. 

Sunday, April 4, 2010

Stepping Out

My other life diverted me this past week.  But I'm back at the easel now.  Here's a piece I'm working on for a show at the end of April.  Have a couple more to go and the time crunch is on.  I need to complete 3  more pieces by weeks end.  In the meantime I'll paint some small works as well.  Fingers crossed that life will take pity on me and allow the interuptions to be at a minimum.  Rarely happened before but what can I say, I'm an optimist.