Tuesday, June 17, 2014

COWBOY



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

UNTOLD STORY

                                              
                                14" X 11" Oil on Canvas

       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...

Friday, April 18, 2014

People's Choice Award



 "PrimaVera...The Spring Exhibit" March 17- April 17, 2014
Visual Art Center, Punta Gorda, Florida

What can I say?  People's Choice Awards reflect the public's interest and taste.  These are voted on by regular people as well as fellow artists, family and friends.  Being able to work in this crazy profession I so love, and receiving an expression of appreciation like this makes me a most fortunate person!  Thank you very, very much for this honor!  It is thrilling that SPLASH DANCE has been so well received this season!

Tuesday, March 18, 2014

Silent Sentinel

                                 36" x 24" Oil on Masonite

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

SURPRISE PACKAGES


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

FINE FEATHERED FRIENDS SHOW

      



 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

Under the Christmas Roses




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

Beach Baby


                                                            16" x 20" Oil on Canvas

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

Puppy Jade



         


              
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

Water Ballet



                                                  
                         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

Ode to A Robin's Nest


                          12" x 6" Oil on Gallery Wrap Canvas

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!

Monday, May 6, 2013

NEW POINTE SHOES




                      24" x 18" Oil on Prepared Hardboard



My January post told of the ballet slippers found on E-bay and how much I'm enjoying the challenge of painting these toe shoes, especially the shiny ribbons!  In this piece I have attempted to paint the shoes (shoe) as if they were new.  With nieces and grand -nieces who dance, it's not too difficult to find a model. 

Is this one finished?  I’m not sure so will put it aside for a while and look at it later with a fresh eye.  All and all, I'm pretty pleased with it.

After the February post, my blog comments were spammed so now when you say something and I do so hope you will leave comments, they will require approval.  I'm sorry for the inconvenience but guess it's necessary.  Wonder if any of you have had this problem?


Thursday, February 14, 2013

DARK KISSES





                                         12" x 16" oil on canvas


Happy Valentines Day!

 My husband's favorite chocolates!  Recently as  I wondered aloud what I would  I paint next, Frank, with his hand in the candy jar suggested, "Paint these".  The glass more than the sparkling purple and silver  jewels was appealing.  A delicious subject indeed and we are both pleased with this little painting.






Sunday, January 20, 2013

Ballet Slippers - A Quick Study


12" x 6" Oil on Board

Just before the holidays photographer daughter Stephanie and I decided we would like a pair of ballet slippers for still life props.  She found a pair on ebay that were just what we had in mind...a bit worn  with lots of character and begging to be (photographed) painted! After Steph took a few pics, I grabbed the shoes!  It's my turn to enjoy them!

Placing the slippers on a shelf with the ribbons hanging made for an easy set up and this little piece flowed.  Oh, but are these ribbons ever going to present a challenge!


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Tuesday, December 25, 2012

Merry Christmas!





 "Waiting for Santa"
10" x 8" Oil on Gallery Wrapped 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.

In three days we will celebrate the beginning of Jade's fifth year with us and her ninth year of age (so far as we know).  What a wonderful shelter find she was!  This is the first portrait I've painted of her.  Jade's friends are telling  me this is the first time they've seen her mouth closed!  She is very vocal and when not happily speaking to us,  has a toy in her mouth squeaking away!  Now I can't wait to paint her again.  She's a long-haired or "coated" German Shepherd and weighs 92 pounds.  Our darling!