Oh man! “Good day, sunshine” ba ba ba ba..”Good day, sunshine”. Can you guess the song? Hint: the Beatles. Anyway, it’s all sunshiny outside and I am loving it. Can’t help but paint some posies. I see the first signs of spring and I refuse to acknowledge that there could still be a few remnants of winter left. NO! NO! No telling what kind of flowers these are...but you get the picture.
Pop In Stance 12x12 Original in Oil, gallery wrapped, ready to hang. Free shipping.
Today, I was chomping at the bits to do some painting. Over the weekend, my daughter and one of my grandsons (I have five!) came down to hang out with me. Needless to say, we had our time filled with chasing the deer, riding bikes, and reading books. I love it when my “boys” come to see me.
But, this morning, I was ready to put the brush to canvas. For quite some time, I’ve enjoyed flowers. Flowers in the window, flowers on the table, flowers in the garden. So, here you go....
Green Glass and Orchids
24x24 Oil on Canvas, gallery wrapped, ready for hanging, free shipping
A few days ago, a friend asked me to come down to visit her in Southport. This is the cutest little town filled with historic houses sitting on the edge of the mouth of the Cape Fear River. It’s as if you stepped back in time with all the 100 year old oak lined streets, white picket fences and front porches.
While we were there we decided to have a paint fest. The first day was a bit cloudy so we set up “shop” on her kitchen counter. Hmm. What to paint? We gathered everything we could fine that we thought would make a good still life. What better than a hand full of lipsticks, a blue coffee mug, and a bottle of Godiva White Chocolate Liqueur. ....a gold mine of subject matter....and a great and frivolously fun day.
Lipstick. Original oil on canvas. 4x12 gallery wrapped, ready to hang. Free shipping. SOLD
There’s nothing like moving paint around canvas and seeing what turns out. Starting out with a yellow background, keeping it light, then lay in some darks for some shadow. Before you know it....a little jar of flowers appear.
Oh Happy Day. 12x12 Oil on standard canvas. Free shipping.
Today, I started painting a still life of a flawless fine china sugar and creamer set that was sitting along side a peeled tangerine. I sketched in the shapes with thin magenta paint but I was feeling a bit stiff and tense.
The sound of waves from the beach were beckoning me and my doggie was watching me from outside the glass doors. Begging. I said, “Well, heck! Let’s go to the beach!” So,
I grabbed a leash, her ball chucker and ball, and headed out for a walk.
As I was walking and throwing the ball into the water, I noticed the tide was out and there were thousands of broken shells on the sand. I began stuffing them into the pocket of my jeans..sand and all. Far be it from me to take along a plastic bag....oh no, not me...that would mean I was planning, thinking ahead....something I’m not exactly known for. (I flunked out of Girl Scouts. Go figure!)
I've always been more intrigued by broken shells than by perfect ones, or fine china for that matter. Perfection is something I’ve never quite been able to achieve. Broken shells remind me of authenticity...a sense of struggle, overcoming and survival. Broken shells must have stories to tell. I call them the sea’s relics and who knows, maybe they are as old as Mount Vesuvius. These shells have been weathered, smoothed down and reshaped by being tossed over and over against the ocean bottom. Weathering the storms of life are never very easy. Storms have a way of peeling away the superficial, cutting to the core and leaving you polished and authentic.
Anyway, once I got back to the house, I emptied my brimming pockets with little bits and pieces for a project later on, then went inside to finish today’s painting of that perfect fine china. The way it ended up didn’t exactly project the feeling of perfection but of warmth. But, I’ll let you decide on that. But here’s the finished project. Hope you enjoy.
Fine China, original oil, 12x12 gallery wrapped, ready to hang. Free shipping.
Today is perfect for a jar of roses. Lest you think that every post will be a $600 ostrich, let me put you at ease.
I am embarking on a series of “Happy Squares”.
These squares are designed to give you a brief happy moment, perhaps a smile as you walk by.
Sometimes it will be a floral. Sometimes it may be a starfish or a crab across the sand. Such are the delights that God has blessed us with. So often we overlook what He has done.
I love painting these little florals. My eyebrows raise in delight as I move the colors around on the canvas. I find myself smiling as I add a bright magenta onto a wall or cup, then highlight those blossoms with white.
Hope you have a delightful day.
Flowers and Coffee. What could be better than that? Original oil. Another 12x12 Happy Square. Gallery wrapped, ready to hang. Free shipping.
As a new member of Contemporary Fine Arts International, I am now privileged to present my paintings on a daily basis. I must admit, while I do paint every day, I don’t always have a finished product to show. There will be times when I show the process of painting.
For me, painting has become one of the most treasured things that I do. I’m thankful to be able to create. It keeps me reminded of all that is good in this world.
We all know that life can present it’s challenges. At times those challenges are overwhelming, even show stopping. But, a moment or two of reflection and blessing counting can bring just the spark we need to keep on going.
That is my goal for you. To provide a moment, a glimpse, a memory that will give you a smile or even a brief chuckle.
Today, I want to introduce to you.....Henrietta. She’s the main squeeze of her “man” ostrich, Ollie, who sold last week. Imagine what she’s got to say. She is up for adoption.
Have a great day.
Henrietta. 24x30 Original oil. Gallery wrapped. Ready to hang. Free shipping. $600.00. SOLD