Thursday, January 20, 2011

Boy and His Ball- oil painting

Boy and His Ball
8"x8" oil
$150 plus $8 shipping

Gah!!! Writing regularly in my blog is one of the new years resolutions that I have not been keeping. No excuses. I am happy to say that I have been painting regularly though!! I did this little piece a few days ago. That's my adorable little grandson, Xavier with his big, red ball. He is 3 now, but last spring when the photo was taken he was two and a half. I was visiting my daughter, Jaimi and her family at their farm and got a bunch of great photos of little Xavier with his ball. I plan to do a series of these, so stay tuned.
For now, my attention has been on a commission that I am doing of Garden of the Gods in Colorado Springs. It's a challenge to me, because I'm not used to working so large-it's 4'x2'. I'll be posting that soon.
Thanks for visiting here.

Thursday, January 13, 2011

Grapefruit Still Life Oil Painting

6"x6" oil on panel
$75 plus $5 shipping

I've wanted to paint a pink grapefruit in this bowl ever since eating breakfast at my daughter, Jaimi's house. She gave me the set of bowls because I enjoyed eating my grapefruit out of them so much. It's taken a year to get around to doing a painting, but is definitely something I want to do more of. The photo is bluer than the actual painting, which is more greenish blue. Thanks for visiting my blog.
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Tuesday, January 11, 2011


8"x8" Oil on panel
$175 plus $5 shipping
I finally finished this one. I didn't expect it to take as long as it did. I was happy with the way the silver spoon came out, and I enjoy silver with that turquoise colored bowl.
Thanks for looking.
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Friday, January 7, 2011

WOP (work in progress)

I didn't get much time to work on this painting today, but the time that I did spend on it was concentrated on the silver spoon. I tried to zoom in for you to see, but its pretty fuzzy. Sorry about that. Hoping I can finish it tomorrow and move on!!
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Thursday, January 6, 2011

Day Trip to the mountains

I didn't get to paint today. Instead, I drove 2 1/2 hours to the mountains to deliver 5 paintings that will be hanging for the next 3 months at the Smokey Mountain Center for the Performing Arts, in Franklin, NC. What a gorgeous building and what a gorgeous drive. I was also picking up 5 paintings that have been hanging there since October. Thanks to artist John Houglum for the invitation to join him and other artists from Western NC in showing my art there.
I love the drive and so I am happy to have an excuse to take a trip up there for the day. Since moving to South Carolina 2 years ago this February, I really haven't had much opportunity to explre my new surroundings except for the trips I've made for my art, and I am grateful for these opportunities that allow me to get to know this wonderful area that is now my home.

Wednesday, January 5, 2011


I've still got some things to take care of on this painting, but after working on it the past few days, I am finally feeling better about it. Bowls are so dang hard for me. I look forward to finishing the silver spoon. Check back in a few days to see how it turned out.
Thanks for visiting my blog.

Saturday, January 1, 2011

List of Goals for the New Year

I have so many things that I would like to work on this year, many are concerning my walk with the Lord and my family. Since this is my art blog, I will stick to listing those goal for this year.
1. Paint a small daily painting 4 days a week, at least.
2. Paint 2 or more large paintings a month.
3 One day a month, take time to stretch canvases, gesso panels etc
4. Write in my blog least 5 evenings a week.
5. Spend time editing photos for future paintings in the evenings.
6.Enter at least one painting competition a month.
7. Exhibit in 3 outdoor art fairs this year
8. Attend a workshop of a painter that I admire
9. Get a website of my own or on FASO
10.Participate in 3 plein air competions this year
11. Paint with other artists more often.
12. Get up  earlier in the morning in order to get an earlier start on painting.
13. Do an email sign up promotion
14.Send out an email newsletter once a month
15. Be a member of a daily painting website and sell on ebay.
16. Make more money selling than I spend on buying art supplies.

That's enough for now. I would like to take each one and plan out how to reach each goal, but that will have to be for another day.
Thanks to Leslie Saeta and Dreama Tolle Perry from Artists Helping Artists Blog Radio for their encouragement and insight on setting goals.