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!
Monday, May 6, 2013
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
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
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!
Tuesday, December 25, 2012
"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!
Thursday, November 8, 2012
12" x 16" Oil on Stretched Canvas
Enough landscapes for a while - back to still life and portraits! Recently on a Sunday afternoon I selected a few favorite pieces of glassware and created "set ups" here in the studio for a photo shoot. Even with lighting being less than ideal, some of the photographs came out pretty good. This painting was started from life and finished using a photo. Our kitchen has strawberry accents and there was space on the wall just waiting for it!