On this New Year's Eve, the temperatures are chilly but our hearts can be warm! I enjoy staying warm and toasty with a blanket and some hot cocoa. Beachside is also a favorite warming spot--feeling the sand under my feet and between my toes is a favorites!
This painting is from a photo I took at the Outer Banks this past spring. It was only 60-65F outside but the sun kept us warm. I love the gnarly wood pickets and how the shadows twist out over the sand.
Happy New Year to you and yours! May we all create something beautiful in 2013!
12 x 16 acrylic on stretched canvas
Tuesday, December 4, 2012
A dear friend shared several purple coneflower plants from her garden. She moved away and we lost touch but I think of her and smile each time I see the blooms.
8 x 10 acrylic on stretched canvas
Monday, October 1, 2012
Sunday, August 26, 2012
Monday, July 9, 2012
This tiny beach scene was inspired by a recent watercolor class. I have worked lately to loosen up my painting and like my progress. Watercolor seems to be a good medium to practice letting go of control! It forces me to allow the blobs of color and water to flow as they will and use these flowing blobs as part of the creation process. Bottom line...I had fun with my little watercolor kit!
Thursday, May 31, 2012
Friday, May 18, 2012
I have a "plein air patio"! The lilies are blooming beautifully and the lantana is lovely. I enjoy planning and planting in pots, in the ground, anywhere!
Perennials for full/part sun are my favorites because of their vibrant colors, but it's hard to beat the beauty of a shady spot filled with lush green hostas. This year "Endless Summer" hydrangeas will blanket the back corner of the yard. They are small now but in time will grow large and produce abundant blooms. I can't wait!
Friday, May 11, 2012
A lovely rose as my first commission was quite the task! I love how the shadows developed to show the folds of each petal. The client was very pleased with the creation!
I enjoy working on custom creations--contact me to start yours today!
12 x 12 wrapped canvas, acrylics
Wednesday, May 9, 2012
My mouth watered while painting this s'mores cupcake!
Using my palette knife made the marshmallow peaks stand out--almost like icing the cupcake! The graham cracker crumbles were challenging, but using more heavy gel medium in the paint was key.
I am proud of the look I achieved for the cupcake paper liner. I used the edge of my palette knife to create stripes using burnt sienna/titan buff, then created the "scoop" at the top of each stripe.
Oh, and the cupcake was tasty :-) Enjoy!
12" x 12" wrapped canvas, acrylics, heavy gel medium
Tuesday, April 17, 2012
Sunday, January 15, 2012
I have never enjoyed practicing. Anything. I want what I do to be done and perfect when I do it. First time. Done. Perfect!
What's important is that I practiced sketching, not how the sketch turned out. Having the materials at hand, objects to sketch in my view and releasing the notion of perfection is what works for me.
What works for you?