Friday, August 31, 2007

Milly

 

Today I painted Milly. Milly is Tilly's cousin from yesterday. To me these 2 paintings have an illustrative look to them. Like something from a childrens book. Milly doesn't have as much texture as Tilly. It is difficult to paint black on a more overcast day and create some variations of color on the hair.
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Thursday, August 30, 2007

Tilly

 

Meet Tilly the cow. Have you ever gotten up close to a cows face and stared into their eyes? They look like a big puppy dog, so cute. Tilly has alot of character so I gave her a lot of texture and tonal variations. oil 6x8 SOLD
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Wednesday, August 29, 2007

Dancing On The Ceiling

 

I think this is last one of my little street performers, which is not to say I won't paint more. I will! 5x7 oil
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Tuesday, August 28, 2007

Attitude

 

Another one of my little street performer series. This guy has attitude. I thought the texture and light worked out well on the blue denim clothing. 5x7 oil
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Monday, August 27, 2007

Living The Dream

 

I had a lot of fun with this little study. I haven't painted snow in many years. A wonderful,generous,artist photographer who posts on flickr photo sharing, gave me permission to paint this from her photograph. Please go to her site and look at her wonderful photography. Here is a link. http://www.flickr.com/photos/johannamcwaters/384053153/in/set-72157594477045372/ my3Dphotostream is her user name.

This was a very fast study. 5x7 oil on black gessoed masonite. Thanks so much for sharing your families photos 3D!
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Sunday, August 26, 2007

Dusk at Lake Radnor

 

This is a very fast study of a beautiful lake and nature preserve right in Nashville,Tennessee. The club I belong to is called the Chestnut Group. We are a group of artists dedicated to painting and preserving our natural spaces in nature. We are having a show in Nov. (The link is on my list to the right of the page to find the details) the funds go to helping to preserve this lake. It is beautiful and such a treasure to the area. I live in Alabama but I still enjoy helping out everywhere I can in our beautiful country. This is Lake Radnor at dusk. 6x8 oil.
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Saturday, August 25, 2007

Memories

 


I grew up and around this quaint little Arkansas town called Eureka Springs. When you see something everyday you take it for granted and don't realize the uniqueness or how special things really are. this little town is one of those taken for granted. A little victoria village in the mountains surrounded by stream, rivers and lakes. I could spend my life just painting the houses, people and landscapes there. This is a quaint little cottage called the Fulton Cottage (I think I have the name correct!)built in the early 1800's and oddly shaped. The town is full of these odd houses. Fun to paint.

Friday, August 24, 2007

Cabbage

 


This is a very small heavily textured piece. I love the colors of nature, especially the different greens in cabbage. This was a curly leaf variety and the leaves almost looked as though they had been embossed. 5x7 oil on canvas board.
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Thursday, August 23, 2007

Behind the Fence on California

 

This is a plein air painting size in oil. Painted on a very hot, bright, day next to a very busy street in our historic district.I love the way the lushness of the vines on the fence came across in the painting. I think the brightness of the sun also worked out well here.
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Wednesday, August 22, 2007

Little Green (Large Painting)

 


Yesterday I posted the small 6x8 study of this painting. I used the study to create this large 30x30 painting. I am pleased with the way it turned out.
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Tuesday, August 21, 2007

Little Green

 

Can't you just imagine a little old couple living in this house? They have raised a family and farmed all of their lives, sold most of the land and now only have this small patch of land left. Just their little green. Paradise...
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Monday, August 20, 2007

Me and the Mosquito!

 


You are never really alone in the world. Even in the most peaceful places. I feel like I achieved the mood I was looking for here. That quiet,almost lonely time at dusk. I love the colors in this painting.
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Sunday, August 19, 2007

Birthday Construction

 

I painted this for my dear friend Trisha's grandson J.G.'s first birthday. I had a lot of fun with it.Happy Birthday!! 9x12 oil on gallery wrapped canvas. private collection
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Saturday, August 18, 2007

Lake Leatherwood



This is a place that my family spent many treasured moments together, swimming, fishing, and picnicing. I love this little lake. I am going to give this painting to my mother on her 90th birthday in Oct. 6x8 oil.

Friday, August 17, 2007

Birmingham Japanese Garden



This is a plein air painting from The Birmingham Alabama Botanical Garden. When I see these paintings in print, it becomes easier for some reason for me to see what I need to fix. There is not enough light on the red columns of the gate. I will go back and tweek that. Otherwise I am happy!

Thursday, August 16, 2007

Taxi



Here is another of my street performers. This guy looks as though he just got out of the taxi and is feeling good.

Tuesday, August 14, 2007

Together For A Life"Time"



Today my husband and I celebrate our 31st wedding anniversary. Quite an accomplishment today. I painted the watches as symbols of our lives together. On our 23 anniversary my husband gave me an extravagant gift of this watch. I treasure it not for the kind it is but because he gave it to me out of love. When my husband's father passed away my husband inherited his father's watch. He treasures it for the same reason. We can look at them and think of our lifetime together and how much that means to us. I love you.....so much! Happy Anniversary!

Monday, August 13, 2007

Dance For A Dollar



This is another version of the street performer I painted in other colors previously. I used a palette knife along with my brush on this one. It has alot of texture. I like the way it turned out.

Sunday, August 12, 2007

The Artist?




I don't think this guy is the artist, he may have been just looking! Art is everywhere, no subject is to unusual to paint. A 5x7 oil on masonite.

Saturday, August 11, 2007

First Alabama Bank




This is a painting of the very first bank in Alabama. It has withstood the tests of time and is still a functioning bank. Everything around it has changed but it remains the same beautiful structure. This is an oil plein air study on 6x8 pintura board.

Friday, August 10, 2007

Purple Pagoda



This is a very fast study. An experiment in color. I will probably redo this because the drawing is so poor.

Thursday, August 9, 2007

Country Clay

I love the brilliant colors of the earth. This is a country driveway. I want to follow it to see where it goes! There is beauty in everthing if you look hard enough.
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Wednesday, August 8, 2007

Marsh-Mellow

The is an experiement in color, atmosphere and texture. All are achieved here I think. Very mellow. The marsh-mellow!
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Tuesday, August 7, 2007

BannisterAt Green

This is the mate to the plein air painting I posted yesterday. It is a view from the other end of the small alley. The paintings were painted on different days. This day was bright and sunny. The other painting "Bannister At Adams" was painted on a drab day with the sun coming in and out and not as bright in general.
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Monday, August 6, 2007

Bannister At Adams

This is a plein air painting in the historic district. The little alley way connects 2 streets Adams and Green. It is a very narrow alley and used mainly as access tothe home owners garages. I painted the view from both ends and will post the other end tomorrow. I had alot of fun doing these paintings and plan to enter them in a local show. 8x10 oil on pintura board.
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Sunday, August 5, 2007

Sunday Stroll

6x8 plein airstudy of the historic downtown area in my Alabama city. This is a beautiful area to take a Sunday stroll. Is the church steeple rising out of the painting a design mistake? To me it seems to work ok because the trees on the left balance it out. I plan to revisit this area to paint again soon.
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Saturday, August 4, 2007

Quiet Characters

Last week I went to our local historic cemetary to paint. It was a beautiful day and I thought about all of the people there and the lives they lived and the times they lived them. It was really so peaceful. When someone dies I always think, now they know the secrets of the universe. Just think of all of the love contained in that place for all of the people. Amazing. This was a very fast plein air study and I like the bright sun effect on the head stones.
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Friday, August 3, 2007

Faux Sunflowers

I like the way this painting turned out, especially the iron urn. The flowers are faux flowers but look so real. The fun in this painting is the urn though as it had so many tonal variations of the rusty metal on it.
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Thursday, August 2, 2007

The Big Pinks

This is a plein air painting done at the Birmingham Botanical Gardens in a workshop with artist Gayle Hurley. I experimented with a palette knife here. There is alot of texture. I like the loose style of this painting and the texture just seems right.
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