Friday, August 31, 2007

Blue Cypress Lake, re-worked, Impressionism Landscape

"Blue Cypress Lake"
8 x 10 inches
Acrylic on hardboard

This is another painting that I wanted to brighten up and add some birds. It was originally created in March. Now I have strengthened the reflections and the foliage. I especially like the birds. They seem to fit right in.

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Thursday, August 30, 2007

Boom Boom Boom!, Floral Plein Air, Bromeliads

"Boom Boom Boom!"
5 x 7 inches
(ready to frame)
Acrylic on hardboard

This is a tribute to Lori McNamara, who does wonderful plein air palette knife paintings! I must say it was exciting, messy, and fun! This is my first one on location using only a knife. My previous knife paintings were done in the studio from my own photos.

These bromeliads remind me of firecrackers, such an explosion of bright color.

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Wednesday, August 29, 2007

Out Fishing 2, Impressionism Landscape

"Out Fishing 2"
8 x 10 inches
Acrylic on hardboard
SOLD

This is from the same area as the Free art lesson I did (titled "Out Fishing") which you can find on the link on the side bar. This is just a little earlier in the morning. I love the strong contrast and the orange hues . . .

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Tuesday, August 28, 2007

Let's Party, Floral, Plein Air

"Let's Party"
5 x 7 inches
(ready to frame)
Acrylic on hardboard


Many things are blooming right now, so I went out this morning and found this amazing lily. It is a spider lily, and it reminds me of party streamers!

It was done alla prima (all in one session).

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Monday, August 27, 2007

What was That? Realistic Impressionism

"What Was That?"
9 x 12 inches
Acrylic on canvas board
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This is a young cow (cows often have horns too- not just bulls). She was quite skittish. I love the contrast and the motion here.

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Sunday, August 26, 2007

Tiny Roses 3, Floral Impressionism

"Tiny Roses 3"
5 x 7 inches
(ready to frame)
acrylic on hardboard


These are the red miniature roses from a few days ago. I liked the magenta ones that I zoomed in on, so I wanted to do the red ones too. This is done alla prima from the actual still life.

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Saturday, August 25, 2007

Rivers of Joy Again, Impressionism Landscape

"Rivers of Joy Again"
9 x12 inches
Acrylic on hardboard
Not Available

I did this painting a few months ago.Created from memory. I have reworked it some, added new colors and a couple of birds in the distance. I have gotten where if it doesn't have birds it just doesn't seem finished! Smile.

I had one of those cool songs that kept running trough my mind as I was painting it, here is part of it:

I will sing of His mercies that lead me through valleys of sorrow to rivers of joy.

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Thursday, August 23, 2007

Tiny Roses 2, Impressionism Floral

"Tiny Roses 2"
5 x 7 inches
Acrylic on gesso board
NOT AVAILABLE

Could not resist, had to zoom in on those tiny little flowers! I used thick paint with a large brush and painted this alla prima. I like the very loose brush strokes, they are so expressive.

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Wednesday, August 22, 2007

Tiny Roses, Still Life, Floral Impressionism

"Tiny Roses"
9 x 12 inches
Acrylic on Archival Canvas-board
(canvas covered hardboard)
Ready to frame.
$675.00

This one took a few days. But I am satisfied with it now. I don't usually enjoy painting a still life as much as a scenic or an animal, but I loved painting all these colors and the play of light.
My husband brought these home for me to plant out side, but I had to paint them first!


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Tuesday, August 21, 2007

Near Otter Creek 3, Impressionism Landscape

"Near Otter Creek 3"
8 x 10 inches
Acrylic on canvas

The painting I was doing for today turned into quite a project! I'll try to finish it up tomorrow. So I am posting another one I did last December. I love the color scheme.

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Monday, August 20, 2007

Little Secrets, Realistic Impressionism, Daily Painting

"Little Secrets"
8 x 10 inches
Acrylic on canvas
Ready to frame

$750.00


These yearlings are just like teenagers! Lots of fun taking the pictures I used.  Lots of hours in getting the composition right before I even started painting this one. Drew it all out on paper first.  Left out some of the horses, and changed their colors to set them off.

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Sunday, August 19, 2007

Quiet Time, Impressionism Landscape, Daily Painting.

"Quiet Time"
9 x12 inches
Acrylic on hardboard
(ready to frame)
$650.00


This is an older Daily Painting that I did last December. The title refers to prayer time. Nature has a way of reminding me to thank God for things.

This was an experimental painting. Thick over very thin and some "erasing." I used a subtractive method. First I stained the board with light warm tones, and let it dry. Then I added the dark colors and I wiped out the tree trunks with a small wet brush so the stained colors would show up as tree trunks. Then I added the thick highlights. I like the effect.

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Saturday, August 18, 2007

Low Profile, Plein Air, Daily Painting

"Low Profile"
9 x 12 inches
Acrylic on canvas-hardboard
(Ready to Frame)
$670.00
The lake is still very low, the water used to come up close to the palm tree in the foreground. The pier is just off to the right, but their is no water under it at all.

I had a great morning! 75 degrees and a nice breeze . . . It hasn't been that nice is a long time. I stayed a couple of hours and had all kinds of interesting people stop and visit! One man had a bird on his shoulder that laughed just like a person! My husband even came and brought me breakfast. Can't beat that!

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Friday, August 17, 2007

Silver Springs Doe, deer, Wildlife, Daily Painting

"Silver Spring's Doe"
9 x 12 inches
(ready to frame)
Acrylic on hardboard

This doe was fairly tame, and she would let people get close enough for photos. I tried to pet her but she moved away. She is one of the deer that the resort at Silver Springs had rehabilitated.

I just thought it was so neat that she came so close to me that morning. I put her in this setting, which I have painted once before. I tried to brighten it up as the morning colors were still a little on the dark side. It gives a nice mood to the painting though.

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Tuesday, August 14, 2007

Early Birds, Impressionism, Wildlife, Daily Painiting

"Early Birds"
8 x 10 inches
Acrylic on hardboard
SOLD

Just love the morning sun in this little Daily Painting. It is done alla prima (all at once.) The small egret kept coming closer to the great blue heron, then the heron turned his back to me (as he is positioned here) and flew away!
There is also a small alligator in the water, he was one of five I saw that morning. most were much larger.
Don't worry, I was up above the water line with piles of rocks between us! This is from Nubbin's Slough, Lake Okeechobee.

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Sunday, August 12, 2007

Water Lily, Watercolor, Daily Painting


"On the Lake"
(Water Lily)
5 x 7 inches
Watercolor 
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I took more than 50 pictures of lilies on lake Okeechobee, before the drought. (We still can't get the boat in the water!) Now and then I paint another one of those pictures, they are all so unique. Everywhere I looked there were tons of lily pads, buds, and blooms! I was so struck by the multitudes of them that I felt like I was on a different planet.


I have been practicing watercolors as I have been giving private lessons and one of my students is in love with watercolors! We are having too much fun with them. Enjoy!

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Saturday, August 11, 2007

Out Fishing, Blue Heron,Impressionism Landscape

"Out Fishing"
(Great Blue Heron)
8 x 10 inches
Acrylic on gessoed board
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This is a painting lesson. If you would like to see it by steps and see how to get a good start in acrylic painting, click here: free painting lesson

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Friday, August 10, 2007

The Ghost, Barn,Birds, Impressionism Landscape

"The Ghost"
9 x12 inches
Acrylic on gessoed board
Not Available


This is one I did in November 2006. I have added water and birds, and more foliage. I struggled with leaving as it was, because it really captured the essence of the memory I had of this old barn. But I kept seeing water and birds making it a stronger composition. Making it better won out over keeping the essence of the memory. Now it reminds me of a barn I saw near a pond recently.

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Thursday, August 09, 2007

Crepe Myrtle, Watercolor, Plein Air

Crepe Myrtle Study
9 x 12 inches
Watercolor
$500.00

Went out at sunset and rushed through this splash of color! I have wanted to paint these for quite sometime, but they are on the side of the house that rarely gets sun. So I had to do them quickly. I like the shadows on the house, and the loose painterly quality.

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Wednesday, August 08, 2007

Iris Study, Watercolor, Daily Painting

Iris Study
9 x 12 inches
Watercolor
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This is a demo I did for an art lesson. I plan to strengthen the grass and stem, as they don't seem quite finished yet. But I liked the colors and the effects of watercolor in the background. This is not completely an original, the lesson came out of a book. I did change the composition some, but most of my demonstrations come from books.

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Tuesday, August 07, 2007

Old Timer, Grizzly, Wildlife Impressionism


"Old Timer"
8 x 10 inches
Acrylic on hardboard

NOT AVAILABLE

It's all about the texture and the color, not the subject! I used the paint very thick and and love the way the light hits this grizzly bear. I painted this from one of my photos. He was at a zoo, but I changed the back ground to a place in Montana. We had lots of bears out there, and what an exciting thing to see them in the wild!

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Monday, August 06, 2007

Pretty in Pink, Floral Impressionism

"Pretty in Pink"
9 x 12 inches
Acrlic on canvas board
Ready to frame
$650.00 plus shipping

I was interested in the different shades of pink against all that green! It was a fun, fast, thick-paint kind of day. My goal was to do it alla prima, but I ended up going back this morning and touching up a couple of places that didn't agree with me.
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Saturday, August 04, 2007

Heaven's Touch, seascape, horse and girl, 30 x 40

"Heaven's Touch"
30 x 40 inches
Acrylic on Gallery wrap canvas
(sides are painted)
$7,800.00


Detail:

I have been working on this painting off and on for almost a year now. It is all about contrasts and texture, as far as the technical aspects go.
This painting is far reaching too. Emotionally we all have things that need healing. Sometimes a sunrise or a sunset, a cup of coffee with a friend, or a moment of silence can touch us deeper than anything else at that time. This painting combines some of those ideas: dreams I have had, horses I have ridden, prayers cried out from the depth of my soul in my most turbulent times. Always God reaches out and heals the hurt a little more.

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Friday, August 03, 2007

Singing the Blues Again, Plein Air Painting

"Singing the Blues Again"
8 x 10 inches
Acrylic on hardboard
$450.00

Went out in my yard again this morning and painted these plumbago plants again. I set up on the opposite side so I could include the trees, and more sunlight. the down fall was that it was much hotter for me as well.

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Thursday, August 02, 2007

Future Boss, calf, animal art by Fawn

" Future Boss"
5 x 7 inches
Acrylic on hardboard
SOLD

I was out of town yesterday, so this morning I took a good look at this little guy and made some adjustments. I added detail to the background, and I fattened up the calf some. I am satisfied with it now.


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