Saturday, June 28, 2014

Beach Bound

Beach Bound
16x20 inches, Oil on Stretched Canvas

Summer is definitely upon us!  What better way to enjoy a summer day, than by heading to the beach.  I've never been one to sit and bake on the beach, but I do love to get there early in the morning and go for a really long walk.  To feel the sunshine, hear the roaring waves, and smell the fresh, salt air… it just doesn't get much better.  What a great place for people watching!  I am so fortunate to have beach access so close by.  I hope wherever you are, you're doing what you love to enjoy these summer days. 

Wednesday, June 18, 2014

Morning View

Morning View
9x12, Oil on Panel

We've sold our home!  It happened so quickly, I'm still trying to process it.  I've taken a long break from posting because my studio is all packed up.  Everything but essentials is in boxes right now, with six more weeks before we can move into our new home. It feels a little strange that we are living in the same house, but it is no longer "our home". The artwork has been removed from the walls, the books all packed up, and all the things that make a house a "home" are awaiting transport.  I am really looking forward to September, when I should have my new studio up and running.  It will be like a new beginning!  

In the meantime, I paint outside when I can.  This morning at 7:45 am, the temperatures were already approaching 80 degrees.  ugh!

Thank you to all my friends who continue to follow my work.  It means so much to me.  I hope that wherever you are, you are enjoying a delightful summer.

Wednesday, May 21, 2014

Happy Memorial Day!

7x5, Oil on Panel

As we Americans prepare to celebrate Memorial Day weekend with cookouts and parades, let's remember the real reason behind Memorial Day… to honor the men and women who have served our country, especially those who have sacrificed their lives for our freedom.  This weekend our thoughts are with them,  and the families left behind.

I admit, this is not a new painting, but one I completed last year.  I love this flag! Lately, it's been packing, packing, packing at my house. Selling our home, planning to build another, all while finding a temporary place to live is what has kept me busy, and out of the studio.  Did I mention the stress level?  It's one day at a time, and I know that it will all pass.  Oh, wake me when it's over!

Have a great weekend, everyone.  Be safe!

Saturday, May 10, 2014

Gift of Spring

Gift of Spring
8x8 on Linen Panel

This is my first post in quite a while.  I have been busy packing up our home, preparing to move to a rental as we wait to build our new home. The whole process is very complicated, and so draining both mentally and physically.  It's difficult to paint in my studio now.  Whenever I can get out to paint with friends, I jump at the chance.  Painting with friends is a wonderful escape, especially now!  Anyway, this little painting was inspired by a gift I received recently.  I loved the petite white box, adorned with a hydrangea on top.  Happy Mother's Day!

Thursday, March 27, 2014

Springtime Glory

Springtime Glory
11x14 inches, Oil on Panel
At last, it looks as though springtime has graced our beautiful area of the Lowcountry of South Carolina! 

The marsh area is beginning to show its spring colors, which inspired this painting.  I was happy with the sky, using a limited palette… ultramarine blue, cadmium red light, cadmium yellow light, and of course, white.  I started with a tonal painting of transparent red oxide and established my darks and mid-tones.  If only I could have remembered to take early photos of my process! Some of the underpainting shows through in the sky, which I love.  The sky in the actual painting is quite soft, but it seems to appear more intense, depending on your monitor.

Tomorrow I am headed to Greensboro, Georgia where one of my paintings will be exhibited at The Magnolia Gallery, for the Women Painters of the Southeast 2014 show. It should be an exciting weekend, and I'm looking forward to meeting so many talented women artists from the Southeast. Have a great weekend, everyone!

Monday, March 24, 2014

Pear Trilogy

Pear Trilogy
11x14 inches, Oil on Linen

Three pears, fighting for attention! I'm trying to keep a sense of humor. Lately it's been a challenge to paint in my studio since our home is on the market. Just when I get my palette set up, is when the phone rings.  I have to be prepared for distractions.  Now that the weather is nicer, I may paint outdoors!  Have a great week, everyone!