Thursday, June 30, 2011

I learned a new word this past week....

Verdure: an abundance of green flourishing vegetation. With all of the rain we had, and now with the sun being out, the fields and meadows have taken off! I love the "greenness" of this area and take it for granted too often. Anyway, after learning my new word, I decided I had to name one of my little paintings that.

This little 4 x 6 oil painting is currently available for sale on ebay by clicking the link on the above right.

Monday, June 27, 2011

Family Reunion...

We had a family reunion this weekend and it was so great to see everyone! It's hard to believe that I can live so close to some of my relatives, but only see them once a year. My aunt does a great job putting it together and I'm so grateful she does.

This little 5 x 7 inch oil painting I call The Sentinel is currently available for sale on ebay by clicking the link at the above right.

Wednesday, June 22, 2011


Well, for those of you who don't know Nibblefest is a little contest on ebay where a few of us artists start our listing at $0.99 and see who gets the most "nibbles" or bids on our artwork. If you want to check it out for yourself, just go to ebay and search NFAC. The contest starts on the 20th of the month and ends on the 27th. There's a different theme each month and this month's is "things on wheels". I've been wanting to do a vintage car or truck for fun, so this seemed to be the time. I'm getting mine it late so it won't start until tomorrow morning early. On another note I survived my root canal! (So far anyway!) I'm up and about...Wehoo!!!

This little 8 x 8 inch oil paint I call "Ol Grey" will be available for purchase on ebay after 6/23/2011 by clicking the link at the above right.

Monday, June 20, 2011

Wish me luck....

Well, this week is "root canal week". I'm getting it done on Wednesday. Everyone keeps telling me it won't be bad...I'm hoping they're right! So today and tomorrow are mostly going to be me trying to get everything caught up for the week. I've also been trying to get more organized with some of my filing. I've not got a binder for school scholarships organized by date, and I'm starting one for upcoming art shows that I may want to submit too. For some of you, that may not seem like a big deal, but my last filing system for this was a box on a book shelf. I don't know why, but I'm inspired to paint more when things are organized around here.

This little 5 x 7 oil painting I call "Afternoon" is available for sale on ebay by clicking the link at the above right.

Tuesday, June 14, 2011

I've been neglecting my blog....

This week is Vacation Bible School at my church, and I'm helping. I'm in the snack area and today was blue snow cone day!! I don't know why it is that children love those things. Syrup poured over crushed ice doesn't really do anything for me but when the kids see that's what the snack of the day is, they are so happy!! Maybe it's the blue color, maybe it's the sugar, or maybe it's just that it's not something they would normally get at home. Whatever the reason, we had about 150 kids all leaving today with blue lips, teeth, and tongues. I heard one of the little boys telling another child that "this smurf juice must be permanent". I didn't realize that kids this young even knew what smurfs were, but I guess they do. My "baby" is in her twenties, so I'm out of the loop.

Today's little 5 x 7 inch oil painting is currently available for sale on ebay by clicking the link at the above right. I think the sky is about the same color as that "smurf juice" I was serving earlier!! LOL! Have a great day!!!

Tuesday, June 7, 2011

Still Life Work...

I don't talk much about my still life work here because I link this to my ebay account where I sell my little landscapes. However, I've had a trying week due to a bad tooth (I'm scheduled for a root canal...yikes!!). I don't have much to say because I'm a bit behind. So thought I would post this little cup and saucer. A lot of what I will be working on this summer, besides my little landscapes, will be still life work. This one is 14 x 14 inches. My new stuff will likely be much larger.

For paintings I have available for sale on ebay, just click on the link at the above right.

Thursday, June 2, 2011

Live and Learn....

If you read my last post, you know about the gridlines I draw on the canvas to help me get proportions right when I paint. I used what I thought was a watercolor pencil for this drawing. Turns out it was a regular colored pencil and the pink marks are bleeding thru. I've posted the photo of my gray "block in" phase where I first noticed them (24 x 36 inch canvas/oil). I started putting some color in the sky and the pink lines weren't there at first. The next day, they bled thru much brighter. You may or may not be able to see them on the close ups I posted. So...I guess I'll be starting over with this one. All I had done was the drawing and blocking in. So, it could have been worse. Lesson attention to what you use to draw in your paintings!!! I can't believe I used a regular colored pencil instead of the watercolor one. I hope all of you are having a better week!!!

For smaller paintings I have available for sale on ebay, click on the link at the above right.