Saw this chair in a magazine and thought of all the places it could live. Am having fun painting off the wall still life paintings. Different style. So much fun. Please excuse the thumbprint in the upper left corner.
Ok....so there has to be a little fun for the grandkids. It was time for the second grade county fair at my grandson, Fletcher's, school. The theme was Charlotte's Web. YES! This was my rendition of the cover of the Charlotte's Web movie jacket. Wilber and Charlotte! Hey! It was for a good cause. Little ones need to see the value of a mammie who paints.
A while back I was connecting in the DFW airport and spent a little time in the Hyatt lobby. As I ran through the lounge area I saw this fabulous display of green glass and orchids with the light shining in the windows. I couldn't help but capture it.
This painting has sold three times and is now a new commission. I thought it would be fun to share the progress.
Just a little tweaking yet to do.
Green Glass and Orchids. 36x36 Oil on gallery wrapped canvas. SOLD
Into the night, I've been painting these horses. Not finished, but getting there. The one if the front looks a little weak, while the one in the rear looks a bit strong. Hmmm. We'll see where it goes from here. Stampede. 24x48 oil.
About a year ago, a friend of mine and I decided to set up a still life of random make-up items from her vanity. The small paintings were quite labor intensive with lots of detail and tiny strokes. Upon request this year, I was asked to paint them again. This time....larger canvas and larger brushes. Loads of fun!
Powder Room. 12x24 original oil gallery wrapped. contact email@example.com
When I was a little girl, I remember going on Sunday drives with my family to Big Bear Lake in Southern California. Since I was a kid, I wasn't quite as enthusiastic as my parents were. However, now, my memories are so fond of apple valley and the orchards.
Last weekend, while visiting Blowing Rock, North Carolina, those memories came back as I walked by the apple stands in the quaint little down town.
Here's the process of painting those memories...
I started with a 36x36 gallery wrapped canvas.
I began with a sketch in red over an orange toned canvas
Next. I loosely filled in areas with blocks of color
After that, I continued with a bit more detail, more color and contrast
To be continued......
Don't know if any of you readers know, but I'm heavily involved in the Alzheimer journey. My husband was diagnosed in his early 50's. He is living in a memory care facility now. He is 65. I often get calls and emails from the newly diagnosed. It stirred up such emotion in me...to know the road they are about to travel. More people are being diagnosed every day. I'm angry and frustrated that not enough is being done to stop it.
North Carolina is known for their wild ponies on the outer banks. Ever since I was a little girl, I had a love for those magnificent beasts. Such unbridled power! Such beauty. I was so obsessed horses that when I was in seventh grade, I threatened to run away if I didn't get a horse for Christmas. (It didn't work.) I got a violin instead. Go figure!
ANYWHO..... I've wanted to paint them for a long time but am just beginning to dabble. I can't paint them unless I've got a lot of emotion welling up inside of me. Breaking Free is the first of a series.
30x40 gallery wrapped
Available at Tidewater Gallery
Swansboro, North Carolina
Once a year, I host an art show and fundraiser for Alzheimer North Carolina. Alzheimer's Disease is near and dear to my heart and nobody seems to take this dreaded disease seriously. Honestly, I think most people are in denial of their own mortality. Alzheimer's disease is one of the most dreaded diseases in that there is no cure and it is devastating in every way thinkable. Emotionally, financially, mentally, physically, extended family....it goes on for years and years.
My husband was diagnosed in his early 50's. We are currently in our 14th year and he is now in the late stages.
Road to New Bern. 30x30 oil on gallery wrapped canvas. $850
contact: Sue Scoggins at firstname.lastname@example.org
This is the road to New Bern and I drive it 3 days a week to visit my husband. I've driven it for 3 years.
"Road to New Bern" is being exhibited and is up for sale at this year's fundraiser for Alzheimer's Disease. Tomorrow night. Thursday. October 10, 2013. 2016 Fairview Rd. Raleigh, NC
Almost ready! Only need to load the car. Eighteen paintings are framed, wired, varnished and ready to be stacked for their ride to Raleigh.
For three years now, I've had the privilege of exhibiting my work in the Dixon/Kirby Parade Home. What a fine group of people to work with...not to mention the most FABULOUS show home in the entire United States. COME!
Parade of Homes
Dixon Kirby Parade Home
2026 Fairview Rd. Raleigh, NC
For days now, I've been feverishly preparing for the Parade of Homes Tour in Raleigh, North Carolina. Eighteen paintings. Many large mantel pieces. Here I am putting the varnish finish on several smaller ones. Wiring. Framing. Details. Details.
DIXON KIRBY PARADE HOME
2026 Fairview Rd. Raleigh, North Carolina
Oct. 5/6, 12/13,19/20
Ok. Here I am...back to blogging after taking about a year off...don't know what happened. I suppose I had my hands wrapped around brushes instead of typing on my MAC. This time I hope to do a better job. I might even try to post a video or two. With that said.....here goes my first post.
There are so many things to paint. I can hardly stand it...but in the spring and fall the wildflowers along the highways are magnificent! ( courtesy of the NCDOT Wildflower program) Those images and colors get stuck in my head and just have to come out.