Wednesday, July 25, 2012


So this past weekend I was in the studio quite a bit.  I'm working on some new canvases, but occasionally I take a break and look at some of the ones that have been lying around the studio for a while and decide I've had enough of one.  I can't remember when I painted these flowers on the Naples background, but I was never happy with them.  Just blah.   I'm exploring a new style which is much less rigid and uses a lot linear strokes -  you might just call it scratchy or sloppy.  I love painting this way.  It is very liberating to place strokes on the canvas without trying to be exact.  For those of you who know me - I do not like to waste a canvas - or paint for that matter.  Yes, I've been known to try to scoop it back into a tube.  I'll be taking the new version of these flowers, along with many other new creations to Jekyll Island in September.  I will be posting many new things between now and then, I'm sure.  As always, thanks for taking a moment to look and read, and I appreciate your interest and support.

Tuesday, July 10, 2012

St. Simons Island

This large coneflower was another sale at St. Simons Island this past weekend.  A very sweet young couple vacationing from the Atlanta area purchased this and told me they planned to place it in their nursery.  What I assume to be their first baby is due in just a few weeks.  What a pleasure it is to meet and do business with such nice people.  I just love painting these flowers.  I find that people just can't look at them without smiling.  Instead of wildflowers maybe I should call them happy flowers.  It amazes me, but several people looked around my booth this past weekend, and they all said the same word after looking at my paintings.  Happy.  I can't think of a better compliment really.

Normie's New Home

I know I posted Normie after I completed him, but I'm posting him again because I'm just so tickled about his new home.  He will now be living at the Toccoa Veterinary Hospital in Toccoa, Georgia.  The veterinarian (a beautiful young woman) purchased him and said she will place him in one of her examining rooms along with a little information about him.  Well, those of you who have followed my blog since the first painting of him just after his passing, know he was a very special kitty, and that he had quite the personality.  I cannot begin to express how honored and happy I am to have Normie make his way to his new home in North Georgia.  I do have to admit that I made a blithering idiot of myself by boo-hooing a little on seeing him go.  I was just so touched that he will now have a place of honor as his permanent home, and can be seen and enjoyed by so many other animal lovers.