Saturday, January 31, 2015

Day #30

                                               5 x 7 oil on linen canvas panel

This painting is a special vacation memory.  These are my fabulous art friends on holiday in Sorrento on a wet rainy day. I was drawn to their colorful umbrellas and the reflections on the slick city streets. Good times...

Thank you faithful friends for following me on my challenge this month! Day #30 of 30!  Yeah!

It has truly been a rewarding experience for me. I am  excited to welcome some new followers due to this social networking I am trying to master.  It comes so easy to our young folks, but can be a challenge for my generation.

Tomorrow I will be posting a collage of the paintings I have created this month.  Then I will be giving you a break from daily emails, as I return to posting several paintings a month.

Friday, January 30, 2015

Day #29

                                         5 x 7 oil on linen canvas panel   Sold

These beautiful birds are a welcome spot of color in the wintertime.  I enjoy watching them come to feed near our screened porch at Lake Martin.

I have always loved these birds.  When I was growing up my aunt and I made felt redbirds for our Christmas trees.  She was a master quilter, as well, and I was fascinated with her selection of fabrics and patterns.

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Thursday, January 29, 2015

Day #28

                                                  16 x 20 oil on canvas

This is a spot for good times on Lake Martin.  Some think of it as Chimney Rock, though it is actually Acapulco Rock, so named because the brave jump off of it for thrills and excitement!  On most summer weekends a crowd gathers to socialize and watching the daring.

I missed posting one day this week because this painting took several days to complete.  I painted an underpainting first to establish my values.  It will be part of a new show beginning February 12 at Stonehenge Gallery in Montgomery titled Alabama; Picture Perfect.  For more information go to

Tuesday, January 27, 2015

Day #27

                                                   5 x 7 oil on linen panel  

I wanted to paint one more painting of the beautiful aspens.  This time I used a different color palette. Their coloration varies so much at different times of the day and on an overcast day versus one with sunshine.

Monday, January 26, 2015

Day #26

                                               5 x 7 oil on linen panel

This is the sixth painting in my boat series.  I loved the shape of this boat and the pop of red on the bow.  If interested in purchasing, please email me at

Saturday, January 24, 2015

Day #24

5 x 7 oil on linen canvas

This little bunny is spoken for.  She will go to her new home in Memphis in the nursery for a newborn baby girl named Angeline.  Sweet dreams...

Friday, January 23, 2015

Day #23

                                                 6 x 12 oil on canvas        Sold

A friend with a green thumb gave me some narcissus bulbs for Christmas.  I love watching these sweet smelling flowers grow and bloom in January.  They became the subjects for this painting challenge.  I used a black background to make the image pop.  It is almost becomes a  graphic design.

Thursday, January 22, 2015

Day #22

                                                5 x 7 oil on linen panel  

This the fifth painting in my boat series.  We love to watch the Dixie Yacht Club members sailing on Lake Martin.  If you want to purchase, please email me at

Wednesday, January 21, 2015

Day #21

                                                 5 x 7 oil on linen panel  

This is painting is from a photograph a friend of mine took on her trip to Melbourne, Florida last spring.   I enjoy painting vacation memories.  I appreciate her allowing me to paint it!

Monday, January 19, 2015

Day #19

6 x 6 oil on linen canvas             

I know it is a little late for the gourd season, but I loved the shape of this one.  Its curves created nice negative spaces in the composition design.  My husband named it "Curly".

Sunday, January 18, 2015

Day #17


      5 x 7 oil on canvas panel   

I like the juxtaposition of red and turquoise on this boat, also the reflection of the bumpers in the water.  This is the third painting in my boat series.

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Saturday, January 17, 2015

Friday, January 16, 2015

Day #15

                                          5 x 7 oil on linen canvas panel      Sold

The colors of aspens in the fall have eternally drawn artists to paint them.  I was fortunate to visit Santa Fee last year with my sisters to see them.

Today is "hump" day, halfway through the challenge.  It is beginning to feel more natural to begin each day painting in my studio.  Thank you for staying with me on this journey, and especially for your encouraging remarks.

 Don't forget to help me with naming.  I want to name all of my "children" before sending them off to new homes!  Please email me @ if interested in purchasing.

Wednesday, January 14, 2015

Day #13

                                                 17 x 20 framed, oil on linen canvas

These children are having fun at the end of the day running on the boardwalk on their spring vacation in Florida.  The challenge for this painting was to capture the orange glow of the setting sun.  This painting has been in progress for a while, so I am happy to finish it today.

Tuesday, January 13, 2015

Day #12

                                          5 x 7 oil on linen canvas panel

Fun in the sunshine, experiencing the grit of the sand and coolness of the ocean....

Monday, January 12, 2015

Day #11

                                      6 x 6 oil on linen canvas    

This cutie pie is soaking up the sunshine on the dock at the lake.  There are alot of textures in this painting:  the water, the dock, and his fur with fun shaggy ears.

Sunday, January 11, 2015

Day # 10

                                                 5 x 5  oil on board  

I took the weekend off from my painting challenge.  I went to Atlanta to visit my children and grandchildren.  My boss (me!) allows for some slackin' to have fun family time.  I did get seven sketches done in preparation for this coming week.  Now...time to get back in the saddle.

This colorful apple was just for fun.  I used a pallette knife on the apple and create a textured surface on the foreground by cross hatching with my brush .   Oil paints  lend themselves to so many different techniques due to their creamy consistency and slower drying time.

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Friday, January 9, 2015

Day #7

                                12 x 12 oil on natural linen canvas, gallery wrapped

These beautiful blue satin shoes were worn by a bride on her wedding day. Fancy shoes for a very special occasion!   I was drawn to their reflection in the mirrored floor tile.

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Thursday, January 8, 2015

Day #6

                                                                   5 x 7 oil on board  

I utilized a technique called pointillism to achieve the shimmer in the water on this painting.  It is a neo-impressionist principle in which small dots of pure color are juxtaposed side by side to achieve the desired colors.  The viewer's eye then does the blending.

Wednesday, January 7, 2015

Day #5

                                                               5 x 5 oil on board

I guess that no art challenge would be complete without painting a chicken!  This biddy resides in Miss Cindy's coop in Oxford, Mississippi.  Just down the grandchildren love to walk down for visits to her farm.

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Tuesday, January 6, 2015

Day #4

10 x 10  oil on canvas

Gigi's has the best cupcakes!  Wedding cake is my favorite flavor.

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Monday, January 5, 2015

Day #3

                                                5 x 7 oil on gallery wrapped canvas

This little fishing boat was bobbing in the harbor on the morning we visited the Isle of Capri.  I liked the shape of the hull on this old wooden boat.

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Sunday, January 4, 2015

Day #2

                                                     5 x 7   oil on canvas panel   Sold

Ball jars never go out of style.  They have offered service and fascination for generations.  Though mainly for canning and preserving, we Southerners love to drink our sweet tea from them in the summertime.  I enjoyed painting the contrast of the green glass and earthy tin top.


Saturday, January 3, 2015

Day #1

5 x 7 oil on gallery wrapped canvas

 On my recent trip to Italy I was fortunate to see some wonderful vintage boats in the harbors and in the artwork of masters.  This is #1 of (hopefully)  30 works I will start painting this month.

 I am excited to be on this journey with artists from around the world.. I am a little late getting started, but as Leslie says there are no rules as long as we are painting!  If you are interested in purchasing any of the posts from this challenge, they will each be $95, plus $10 shipping.  Please  email your request to me at

 I will be painting daily along with hundreds of talented artists.  You may check out Leslie Saeta's website, if you'd like to know more about this challenge:

As a rule, I am a deliberate painter.  I paint in layers letting the canvas dry in between sessions.  For this challenge, I will need to finish the painting in one sitting.  So I will be forced to paint more intuitively, having less time for details.  I also want to try some new techniques such as pointillism and painting with a palette knife.

My husband photographs and helps name my paintings.  However, I have never asked him to name 30 paintings before!    Please help us name these small works by entering your suggestions in the comment box below.