Friday, December 12, 2014
I'm a beach lover - sun, sand, salt and our fabulous Gulf water! April's post presented a small landscape with a rusting John Deere bicycle. That old bike was such a challenge, couldn't resist another go at it. The large canvas certainly needed paint and a change was needed for an "over the sofa" painting in our living room. I would attempt a fantasy beach setting and place the bike somewhere within. If the painting proved successful, on the wall it would go! Last week when the call to artists went out for the Mini/Maxi show the painting was entered!
Happy Dance! MY BEACH was awarded "First Merit" last evening at the Charlotte County Visual Arts Center's Maxi/Mini theme show reception! Thank you Judge Karl Hollander! Public viewing December 8 - December 31, at 210 Maude Street, Punta Gorda, Fl.
Wednesday, October 22, 2014
I never met my husband's grandmother, Marie, but the many colorful stories I've heard makes me sad I didn't have that chance. As a widow, she lived in south Florida and grew a variety of fruit and vegetables assisted only by her loyal pet duck, Goldie. We inherited her lovely China and this is the first attempt at including a piece in a still life painting. Still fascinated by reflections, the setup is on glass over black foam core. A companion piece is on the easel - a short break from painting faces and figures!
Wednesday, September 17, 2014
By his gleeful expression one can see young Eddie was quite taken with the Blarney Castle on a trip to Ireland a few years ago with is dad and brother to explore their paternal heritage. While visiting the castle, he chose not to kiss the Blarney Stone but has managed to grow quite eloquent without the magic of the Stone's gift.
In this digital age one seldom sees these little cardboard cameras except maybe at weddings. Just couldn't resist painting this happy memory! Haven't I mentioned grandsons are wonderful models!
Monday, July 28, 2014
|14" x 11" Oil on Canvas|
On a late afternoon last fall our younger grandson Jed joined us on the lanai wearing his new gray hat. Jed enjoys head-gear whether it's caps, hats or helmets! As he sat down I was blown away seeing how the warm light played across his face creating both warm and cool shadows. Naturally this sent me scurrying for the camera and the sketch book to make color notes knowing someday this would become a painting! Jed is very patient posing . Our two grandsons are favorite models and a painting of Eddie is on the easel now.
This was an exercise in how I might "puzzle snap" these interesting warm and cool shapes together to create a believable image of Jed's handsome face. Thank you for posing for me, Jed! I hope you like the painting. Wonder what ever happened to the gray hat?
Tuesday, June 17, 2014
18" x 24" Oil on Board
This handsome cowboy's name is Taylor. He is our grand nephew who just graduated from high school and we are so proud of him and his accomplishments! Producing this portrait was a family effort with his mom, dad, and older brother assisting in the taking of 81 photos for reference. So happy the painting was completed in time for his graduation, and I'm thrilled it was well received by him and the family! What fun painting Taylor and one of the horses he enjoys so much.
Sunday, April 27, 2014
One never knows what's just beyond or behind the fronds when scouting an island with a camera! This lonely rusting relic is tethered to a palm tree near the waters edge of Pine Island Sound. The actual setting has been only slightly altered by my brush. This piece is a study.
A 36" x 60" canvas sits on my easel where "My Fantasy Beach" is slowly developing in acrylic, and the old John Deere will again rest under a palm tree somewhere in the painting. This small study familiarized me with the character of the rusting seemingly forgotten bicycle. Wish we knew it's story and why faded silk (or plastic) roses are waiting in the basket ....for whom? We wonder...
Tuesday, March 18, 2014
The Great Blue Heron is a majestic sight whether cruising the coastline with slow wing beats or standing motionless scanning for prey. Sometimes it will wade belly deep making long, deliberate steps. When in flight, the heron tucks in its neck and the long legs trail out behind. A beautiful bird to behold and fortunately here in South Florida there is no shortage of them.
This bird was spotted, photographed and sketched at Ponce de Leon park in Punta Gorda.
"SILENT SENTINEL" was juried into the Fine Feathered Friends Show last month and last week sold to a collector who lives on a lake and enjoys watching a variety of wading birds.
Sunday, February 16, 2014
To my delight, NEW POINTE SHOES received a merit award in the Art League of Fort Myers Juried Fine Arts Show "Surprise Packages"on Exhibit through February 28, 2014 at 1451 Monroe Steet in the heart of the River District downtown Fort Myers! Susan Bridges, President and Executive Director of the Center for the Arts of Bonita Springs judged this show. Susan's work is represented in galleries in New York, Los Angeles, and Chicago. Thank you,Susan!!
Two awards this month! I am humbled, blessed and celebrating!
Friday, February 7, 2014
Last evening I was honored with the First Place Award in Cape Coral Art League's annual juried show celebrating all varieties of the birds we so enjoy. Fine Artist Janette Chupack judged the show and I am thrilled she chose SPLASH DANCE for the blue ribbon! Thank you Janette for this fabulous award and thanks to the Cape Coral Art League for a delightful show and reception! SPLASH DANCE was the subject of my July 29, 2013 post called "Water Ballet".
The show may be seen at 516 Cultural Park Blvd, Cape Coral and runs through February 26 during the hours 11:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Monday through Thursday!
Tuesday, December 24, 2013
14" x 11" Oil on Canvas
Christmas Blessings and Happy Holidays to my wonderful blogging friends. Thanks to all who visit and leave encouraging comments! You are appreciated more than you know and I am forever grateful for your support!
May the new year bring you peace, happiness and good health with many creative opportunities.
Tuesday, November 5, 2013
Living close to Gulf beaches is indeed a blessing and watching children play in the sand and surf is a source of constant joy. Whether building sand castles or wading in the foam, these little ones beam their pleasure and squeal their delight! This content little boy lost in his own water world was a painting awaiting the canvas!
Monday, October 7, 2013
Our precious Jade is a shelter rescue. We found each other just before Christmas almost five years ago. For my husband and me it was love at first sight. She was so beautiful standing on the green lawn with her long hair blowing in the breeze, the sun giving her a backlit glow. We were told she was five years old so will celebrate her tenth birthday over the Christmas holidays. So many times I have wondered what she was like as a puppy - she is so very affectionate now - she must have been a bundle of pure joy! Since we have no puppy photos this is a just-for-fun fast attempt to paint her as she may have looked on a 6" x 6" gallery wrapped canvas.
Monday, July 29, 2013
36" x 24" Oil on Prepared Masonite
The American White Ibis is a common long -legged wading bird usually seen feeding as a group probing mud or lawns for insects or crustaceans with their long down-curved bills . They nest in trees.
The Ibis is the mascot for the University of Miami chosen because of its legendary bravery during hurricanes - the last sign of wildlife to take shelter before a hurricane hits and the first to reappear once the storm has passed.
Here in southwest Florida we can usually see these birds from any window. Not a pretty bird but very graceful in flight. This ibis taking flight at Lakes Park in Fort Myers seemed to be splash-dancing.
Friday, June 14, 2013
One rainy morning last month a robin caught my eye outside the studio window. She was flying to and from the entry deck out front. I thought she was carrying earth worms to feed hungry little mouths but upon a closer look, she was building a nest under one of the fern baskets hanging over the deck rail! Oh No - not a good or safe place! I did not have the heart to destroy her morning's efforts and neither did my husband. He did, however, remove the fern basket from it's hanger to show her how exposed this location really was. As soon as the rain fell on the nest, sadly she left it. When the rain had stopped and the "start" of the nest dried, I brought it in to the studio. She hadn't made too much headway as there was no bottom, mud had not yet been introduced, and weaving was needed.
Since I don't write poetry, this is my "Ode to a Robin Nest" in oil on canvas! We hope she built elsewhere and now has a sweet little family!