Thursday, June 30, 2011

Starting Line-Up

For some reason, these little cherries remind me of hockey players out on the ice.  Perhaps I'm spending too much time with mineral spirits and not enough ventilation?  Yes, I think so.  Ah, well.  Thanks to Wet Canvas for the photograph!

Have a great evening, everyone!

Wednesday, June 29, 2011

Old Mill Challenge

This is my entry for this week's Daily Paintworks challenge.  I'm a little behind with my painting this week, but I have all day to spend in the studio.  Yay!  I hope you're all enjoying a wonderful week! 

Friday, June 24, 2011

Mare & Foal

My sweet husband talked me into making a pie with the cherries, so I'm working from a Wet Canvas photograph today.  I love horses, and I couldn't resist painting these two.  It was a welcome break from all of the fruit and veggies! 

Have a great weekend, everyone! 

Monday, June 20, 2011

The Upside Down Challenge

This is my entry for this week's Daily Paintworks challenge submitted by Carol Marine.  With each of these challenges, I learn something new, and this one was no different.  Thanks, Carol!

Friday, June 17, 2011


It's a gorgeous, sunny day.  It's Friday.  I'm happily painting a trio of peppers.  And...the power goes out.  The patio thermometer reads 107 degrees.  I'm posting this quickly.  (Thank goodness for laptop batteries!) Things may get ugly without air conditioning. 

Have a great weekend, everyone.  Let the relaxing begin!

Thursday, June 16, 2011

Three Nectarines

The only thing better than painting nectarines?  Eating them!  Ah, the benefits of still life painting. 

Have a great day, everyone.  Stay cool!

Wednesday, June 15, 2011


I would love to be relaxing in the sunshine today, but instead, grocery shopping  is at the top of my "To Do" list.  Time for me to get busy.  Have a great day, everyone!

Monday, June 13, 2011

Pickled Peppers

I suppose that I will tire of these sweet peppers eventually but not yet.  Their bright colors just make me happy.  And speaking of things that make me happy... 

Jan Weaver is a very talented artist and friend.  Currently, she is doing a series of wonderful block prints.  After losing her father, Jan began the series as letters to him, and she created this piece in memory of my mother.  Her work is so personal, beautiful and touching.  I will treasure it always.  Thank you, Jan!  

Have a great Monday, everyone!  

Sunday, June 12, 2011

Sweet Pepper Siesta

Well, I am up this AM, but I'm not really at 'em.  Perhaps that is why these little sweet peppers looked oh, so sleepy to me?  And the positive aspect of waking up at four o'clock?  My little office/studio was nice and quiet.  And the coffee was hot.  Painting in my pajamas could prove addicting, I'm just say'en.

Friday, June 10, 2011

Strawberries A-Sailing

It's been a busy day!  I think it's time to relax in my favorite chair with a nice cup of hot tea.  Have a great weekend, everyone!

Thursday, June 9, 2011


Don't you wish these were red grapes?  I know.  Me, too!  It would have been a much better color combination.  Oh, well, next time! 

Several months ago, Lisa Daria was discussing values on her blog, and she suggested checking your values by using Photoshop (or any type of photo software) to convert your image to black and white.  I can't tell you how much this has helped me, so I wanted to share it with all of you.  It really helps you to see and identify your problem areas. 

If you haven't visited Lisa's daily painting blog already, please do.  She is a very gifted artist that has completed 745 days of consecutive painting.  Wow, eh?  She never fails to amaze me, and I know that you will enjoy her work, too!

Wednesday, June 8, 2011

Which Way Did They Go?

I've spent too much time away.  I may need to knit little dunce caps for my fingers, because apparently, I've forgotten how to paint.  Hopefully, today was just one of those days, and tomorrow will be better.  At least, that's what I'm telling myself.  

Have a great evening, everyone!