Friday, November 25, 2011

Wrapped and Ready To Go

3 commissioned pieces -- 10" x 10" each

I hope all of you who celebrated Thanksgiving yesterday had a wonderful day.  My brother and his wife handle Thanksgiving every year (he's a tremendous cook and she bakes and handles decorating the house and setting a beautiful table -- I should've taken pictures, everything was just beautiful.)  We also stopped by and visited with my husband's family before we headed over to my brother's.  It was a great day . . . and I'm looking forward to some leftovers today (we all leave with care packages - so good).

I thought you might like to see all three of the commissioned paintings together so I snapped the photo above.  They are wrapped and ready to go -- yippee! While I was painting this series, I painted two "Stand Outs." Because I didn't think the first one I painted fit in with the other two paintings as well as it should, I painted the one shown above that I think works better. The second one that I painted is shown below and that one I'm posting and auctioning off over at  So if you're interested in seeing it up close and personal you can check it out by clicking on the "click here to bid" below where you'll be able to zoom in and scroll around the painting. 

Anyway . . . have a great day and let the Christmas season begin - Fa-la-la-la-laaa La-laaa La Laaa!  :)

"Stand Out II"
10" x 10"

(what this painting could look like framed)

Tuesday, November 22, 2011

Blueberry Commissions

"Blueberries IV"
10" x 10"

I am very grateful for having 3 commissions recently for my blueberry paintings.  This is a new composition and thought I'd share it.  The other two are larger paintings of previous compositions.  I think I'm becoming an expert on the intricacies of the blueberry.  :)  Hope everyone has a happy and healthy Thanksgiving!

Saturday, November 19, 2011

Fresh Kicks

"Kickin' It Old School"
8" x 8"

(what this painting could look like framed)

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I decided to "kick it old school" for last week's DPW Challenge by using my old Saucony sneaker as the subject for this little painting.  Now it's back to finishing up a few commissions I've been working on. Have a good rest of the weekend.

Sunday, November 13, 2011

Tweaked and Matted

(what this painting could look like framed)

I made a few minor adjustments to this painting and put it up for auction over at the Daily Paintworks site.  It comes matted in a white mat, with a foamcore backing and wrapped in a plastic sleeve.  The actual exposed painting is slightly smaller than 9" x 11" and the mat is about 2 1/2 inches around measuring 14" x 16".   Have a good week -- I'll be in touch.

Thursday, November 10, 2011

The Glass Apple

"The Glass Apple"
approximately  9" x 11"

I thought I'd post this painting that I worked on in my class on Wednesday.  Some students wanted a lesson on glass, so our instructor brought in a photo she took of this still life she set up at home.   Although  I have a little "fixing" yet to still do on it - softening up a couple areas, and working on a couple shadows (especially that one on the bottom right -- yeeow! -- must fix -- looks like a hole!  Ha!) I thought you'd be interested to see what I've been working on.  This is just one of a few paintings that I'm juggling.  I love having a bunch going at once -- keeps things interesting.  :)   But for now, stick a fork in me, I'm done.  Much too tired for any more painting tonight . . .  I'm headed to bed.  :)

So until we meet again -- dream paint!

Tuesday, November 8, 2011

Old Painting Revisited

10" x 10"

(what this painting could look like framed)

First off -- thank you to all who sent me well-wishes while the power was out.  :)  So much like living like a pioneer.  Good grief!  It feels so good to be clean -- like really clean -- again.  

I have been somewhat productive -- working on a few commissions while finishing this little ditty.  Quite a few months back I began a large 24" x 24" painting (I called it "Big Tomatoes") and had posted a couple "in the process" pics and blogged about my progress.  Well I hit a wall with it.  I just felt like I got too opaque and wasn't quite sure how to proceed.  And the illustration board I was working on was frustrating me.  So the painting is still sitting in my studio somewhere -- I'll probably go back to it sometime, but for now I'm uninspired.  That being said, I was never uninspired with the subject.  Always game to "give it another shot" I tried it again, smaller, at 10" x 10" to see if I could improve any.  I think I made some definite strides in the right direction.  Although there always seems to be steps that I wish I could go back and "undo," overall I'm pleased.  And then when you put that "virtual frame" on it -- well, who can go wrong?  It's such a fun final touch.  :)  

Have a great week . . . I hope to be posting a few more times this week -- have a lot of irons in the fire.

Tuesday, November 1, 2011

MIA . . . Halloween Snowstorm

You'll have to pardon the lack of art but we were hit with a crazy snow storm on Saturday night and have been without power ever since.  EEEEiyow!  It's a bit chilly, but not as bad as it could be.  The only thing that really rots is we're without water because we have a well (and no generator!)  Boo!!!  So I'm living like a colonial -- I should be all excited about it, as I'm a huge lover of antiques, Old Sturbridge Village, old homes, yadda, yadda, yadda.  But the lack of running water has me a bit put out.  I feel like I'm living with an inch of grunge on everything -- with dogs running all over the place, wet and dirty paws and me having to ration the water we do have.  But my friends have let us use their shower -- thank goodness!

I was able to get a little internet to write this post at my friend June's.  She owns June's Bakeshop  right down the road.  (BEAUTIFUL and DELICIOUS cookies and cakes) and I take care of her website - if you have a moment, check her out.  (and she ships!)  :)  I've been working on some paintings so I'll have some things to show you once we get our cable up and running again.  (The cable is literally lying on the ground in the front yard.  How nuts is that?  Luckily we don't have live wires, but it's creepy driving around dodging wires and trees.)

So that's the scoop here.  Not exactly sure when we'll be back up and running or I'll be clean again.  :)  I'm hearing Thursday.  Let's hope!  We've actually been very lucky . . . the past few years have brought some wild weather with major power outages to this area and we've dodged it all, so it's our turn.  That being said -- until we're juiced again --- Cheerio!