Friday, May 30, 2008

Spring Thaw, Libby, Montana

"Spring Thaw, Libby, Montana"
8 x 10 inches
Acrylic on canvas
(painting continues on sides, framing is optional)

Just got back from Montana. Had a family reunion and memorial in honor of my grandmother who passed away a few months ago. Mixed emotions. It was great to be home, even though it was for a sad event.
I saw a huge bald eagle, so I included it here. I also saw deer, elk, wood ducks, and Canadian geese! so exciting.
All the creeks and streams are gushing with melting snow right now. Quite a muddy mess in some places. I still found it so very beautiful, and the cold mountain air is still invigorating.
I couldn't wait to get painting! This was done alla prima. It is the first of a series. Hopefully I will get to do quite a few more.
Please bare with me, with commissions and custom work on large canvases my small daily paintings have been on the back burner for now.

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Wednesday, May 28, 2008

Down Stream 2

"Down Stream 2"
8 x 10 inches
Acrylic on hardboard
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This is a white ibis. They have long curved beaks and around here they are often mistakenly called curlew.

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Thursday, May 22, 2008

Now I Lay Me Down

"Now I Lay Me Down to Sleep"
Acrylic on canvas
20 x 24 inches


Made this one up quite some time ago. It was in reference to a night time prayer I used to say with my boys. I didn't like the whole prayer, so I changed it to a kinder version that left out "if I should die before I wake . . ."
"Now I lay me down to sleep, I pray the Lord my soul to keep, please keep us safe through the night, and bless us, dear Lord, with your morning light." Then we would ask God to bless each person we loved by name.
I do miss those sweet voices and tender prayers. So honest and true to listen to the heart of a child.
Enjoy!

(I will be out of town for a few days, so I won't be posting again until next week.)

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Monday, May 19, 2008

Over Flow

"Over Flow"
9 x 12 inches
Acrylic on watercolor paper
Not Available

The rivers and streams often spill over and it reminds me of God's abundance.
God fills our cup with blessing upon blessings, and this is for us to be encouraged and content. But He also fills us to overflowing, and this is for us to reach out to others!

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Friday, May 16, 2008

Rain Rain Go Away, Plein Air

"Rain Rain Go Away"
12 x 24 inches
Acrylic on canvas
ready to frame

This is another older painting that I did on location a few years ago, before I started posting on line. I was really into thin layers of paint, then sealing them with a varnish. When all the craze came out with the watercolor canvases I moved on to something else.
It actually started raining off and on. I loved the effect it created in the background. As it dried I added the thicker layers of foliage over the top.

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Thursday, May 15, 2008

Libby Creek


"Libby Creek"
6 x 8 inches
Acrylic on Watercolor Paper

NOT AVAILABLE

This little painting is from a recent lesson I taught. It reminded me of Libby Creek in Montana. The water gets low in the fall, but during the summer, when I was 12 years old, my friends and I would float the creek on inner tubes, except the real shallow areas, then we had to get out and walk a ways or try to bounce along on the rocks! We would cry out "Bottoms up!!!"

The part I liked best was coming around a fast bend into deeper water. We tried bumping into each other because sometimes you could knock a person off of their tube! The water is ice cold, so it was funny to see them scramble in a hurry to get back on their tube. All of us had our share of getting dunked!

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Tuesday, May 13, 2008

Slow Passage, Morning Stream


"Slow Passage"
6 x 6 inches
Acrylic on canvas
NOT AVAILABLE


Just a fun little painting, thought I would try a limited palette this morning. It's alla prima. I started with different shades of blue. then added some yellow orange and tints of yellow, yielding many wonderful shades of green. Touches of purple went into some of the shadows. Finally, accents of red were used to set it all off! I love the feeling of atmosphere that the bluish hues convey.

I was thinking about how we slowly change, we slowly find the bright spots in life and see the wonders all around us. God just puts things in our path that encourages us to get beyond the negative thoughts and He leads us to His grace.

Nature has always been one of those things that brings me back to the postive thoughts and good memories in my life. Then I can be thankful again for the many good things in my life. Seems like we can easily let the hardships we have faced rob us of the joy that is ours for the taking.

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Monday, May 12, 2008

Beach Study


"Beach Study"
(with seagrapes)
9 x 12 inches
Acrylic on watercolor paper

This was created from an art lesson I did with a couple of teenagers that have been hanging out with me once a month. We used a reference photo and moved things around and changed the colors. All three of our paintings turned out different. It was fun. I really like the lighting, reminds me of early morning. I love the seagrape bushes too. I touched it up this morning and added some more detail. Then I decided it was good enough to post!

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Saturday, May 10, 2008

Life and Death, texture study


"Life and Death"
24 x 32 inches
acrylic on Masonite

Not For Sale

This painting was a texture study in the beginning. My instructor at the university put all kinds of strange objects on a huge table. We were to create a composition that included simulated and actual textures. Of course I had to play up the contrasting colors. And before it was over I added the rain and the new growth that often comes when things die.

This is true of us as well. Often, when we finally die to something we find hard to let go of, something new and beautiful comes form the struggle and the death. This was the first of many paintings that I added rain which is symbolic of tears and trials.


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Thursday, May 08, 2008

Luke's Tractor, completed mural

"Luke's Tractor"
Acrylic on a wall
Approximately 9 x 13 feet



Luke is in the tractor with an angel behind him.

Air plane in the sky, angel flying with it.


click on this one to see the doe and fawn in the middle ground.
Cows are in the distance, and hogs are in the mud.




Luke's dog is chasing a rabbit.



This mural just kept growing! I was so excited when the little boy in the tractor began to actually look like Luke! That took a few tries. Luke wanted the tractor stuck in the mud, but I liked it with the grass and didn't want to change it, so I added some mud on the tires.
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Tuesday, May 06, 2008

Celestial Shores

"Celestial Shores"
8 x 10 inches
Acrylic on canvas panel
Not available

Worked on this one for a few days, just love the greenish hues in the water. This reminds me of the crystal clear water in Montana. I used a reference photo (from a magazine of Canada) to help my student, Cindy, paint something similar, only she added flowers in the foreground. I loved the way hers turned out, so I started playing with a similar idea, changed the mountains and added the rocks and the pine tree. It was fun to get back to my Daily Paintings.
As I painted this I kept thinking about how clean and pure it all looks. I often think heaven must have mountains and crystal clear water. Living in Florida makes me long for that pure water.

ENJOY!

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Monday, May 05, 2008

Gardens Past, Plein air painting

"Gardens Past"
14 x 18 inches
Acrylic on canvas
(ready to frame)
$1,800.00

This is another older painting that never got to post because I painted it before I started blogging.
The sprinklers got turned on while I was painting this garden statue. Some of the paint ran and so I played it up and exaggerated the effect.
I am still working on murals, so my daily paintings are taking longer. I do still paint everyday, but I am not pushing myself to finish one everyday because I don't want to loose the quality I am used to achieving. I have a new small daily painting very close to being done. I worked on it this weekend, but I also had company, so I didn't get as many hours in as I would have liked.
The huge wall paintings are really kicking my butt! I am wonderfully exhausted. It is a mix of adrenaline, accomplishment, and sore achy body parts! "Luke's Tractor" should be done this week. I am getting paid extra to add lots of extra subject matter. I have even painted little Luke in the tractor! And his dog chasing a rabbit! Too much fun.

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Thursday, May 01, 2008

Lily on Water


"Lily"
9 x 12 inches
Acrylic on hardboard
Not Available




This is an older painting. I took a picture of this water lily when I was out fishing on Lake Okeechobee. It broke loose and the stem floated up around the flower. I enhanced the colors as I painted it. It was both graceful, and interesting.

There has been a lot of theft and copyright infringement and now new laws are in the making that will not stop big companies from using any ones images, so I am beginning to implement watermarks on my images. Sorry if it is bothersome, but I would rather do this than stop posting altogether!

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