Thursday, March 24, 2011

The Marshlands

Two years ago, I traveled by car across the US from Oregon to North Carolina, by a wandering route that took me to many scenic places. One of my favorites was the Coastal waterways of North Carolina, where I took this photo of the marsh grasses, with a stilted beach house in the distance.

Another unique feature of this area is that it is a habitat for protected Red Wolves that were reintroduced to NC after becoming extinct here several decades ago.

8"x10" acrylic on canvas panel


Sunday, March 20, 2011

Juniper Street

I placed this painting up for auction on Daily Paint Works Japan Disaster Challenge. The starting bid is $50. and profits from a sale will go to Japanese Red Cross for the victims of the earthquake and tsunami. You can see this and many other paintings for sale by other artists, by clicking on the above link.

The theme was 'home' and anything that was meaningful to the artist. This is the street where I once lived and called home.


4"x6" acrylic on linen paper
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Saturday, March 19, 2011

Texas Blues

I painted this bird in a field of Bluebonnets as a birthday card for a friend. She loves birds; and the bluebonnets are a homage to her childhood years growing up in Texas.

6"x4" acrylic on140# cold press paper

Friday, March 18, 2011

Morning Dew

I painted this from one of my pictures of Nasturtiums covered with tiny dewdrops that glistened in the morning sunlight.

6"x6" acrylic on linen
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Thursday, March 17, 2011


I took these photos last summer. I found them in my files when I was looking for a picture to paint. They are so indicative of sunny weather, and warm days that I had to share them for all of us who are still living with a winter and cool temperatures that seems to hang on.                                                                                  

Monday, March 14, 2011

Thursday, March 10, 2011

Lady in Black with Scarf

This is a painting styled after one of Robert Henri's figuratives of his wife, Marjorie (below). Although I kept his dark background and the pose, I modernized my lady, who is different, with a more contemporary hair style and dressed her in a Vera Wang black evening gown. In homage to him, I kept the lace scarf which was in the original. I am totally happy with how the painting turned out - just NOT how it photographed.

After about 2 dozen shots, I finally settled on this one. They all had glare, no matter where I placed the painting, and it also isn't as sharp as it could be because some detail is missing in the photo from the face, and also the hands which are partially hidden in the scarf. I am going to work on taking a better photo and post it if it happens. If anyone has advice for photographing a dark painting like this, I would appreciate it.
14"x11" acrylic on canvas panel.  $125.

Sunday, March 6, 2011

Mushing the Iditarod

 The Iditarad  began today. I have been following one of the mushers on her blog, Angie Taggart, as she prepared for this race. Having had a husky dog, I know of their great strength and heart - and their seemingly inborn need to pull and run. There is nothing they love better. Her dogs have shown this same trait and like most mushers, she treats them with love and great care. She has a good sense of humor and feels so ONE with her dog team, she wears a symbol of this solidarity on the back of her coat. (see picture below) I wish Angie, number 19, and her team Godspeed and good luck and good weather.

Friday, March 4, 2011

Signs of Spring!

How quickly the weather can change, hour to hour and day to day.
The snow has melted. All that is left is little drops of water clinging to the buds that were hiding under it.
Some seem to be reaching for the meager sunlight.

Some couldn't wait and made an early appearance.

More winter weather with this threatening sky, hopefully its just rain coming in.
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Wednesday, March 2, 2011

Lace on Oak with Persimmon

Painted for  Lela Stankovic's  Paint and Draw Together March challenge. The photo from which this painting is done, had the doily flipped up behind and over the persimmon sort of cradling it. Although the white lace added an interesting pattern against the blue wall, I chose not to paint it that way. I guess I wanted the fruit to have more prominence, it is such a rich luscious color of red orange.

5"x7" acrylic on canvas panel
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