Monday, October 31, 2016

60 - Some Beach

10x8 acrylic 2015

Another sold painting. . . *sigh. . . . I'm not complaining about the fact it was sold; just that I can't seem to get any new work ready to show you.  I'm working hard.  My living room painting is almost done.  I will tackle the sun room next, but hopefully it won't be as labor intensive as the dining and living rooms were.  Then. . . . then - on to the kitchen.  But in between, there WILL be new paintings. 

Saturday, October 29, 2016

59 - Time flies

16x20 acrylic 2013 sold

I'm still trying to finish painting walls and ceilings, and finding little time to paint canvas.  So far I'm having a really hard time figuring out when I'm going to start this painting a day thing.  Luckily, I have been painting regularly for quite a few years, so I have lots of things to post.  I'll keep them coming, and one of these days they will be new.   Painting walls does give me a lot of time to think and create in my mind, and I'm looking forward to a new look and attitude in my work very soon.

Monday, October 24, 2016

58 - Walkin' Around

7x5" acrylic on canvas panel - 2015 - sold
I'm still working toward a goal of a painting a day, but to be realistic, I'm thinking that I might have to postpone that goal until 2017 because with fixing up my house, the approaching holidays, a busy show month in November, and a birthday party for my mom right before Christmas, I have a lot to do.  But for now - here's a little ditty from last year.  Just some cranes who are always out and about around the house and in the pastures.

Friday, October 21, 2016

57 - Uplifting Rush

8x10 acrylic - sold
I sold this little painting almost exactly 2 years ago in Bluffton, SC.  I know this because there were pictures surrounding it that clued me in.  I had snapped a picture of the show itself, and just down from me I recognized the booth of my friend, Ron Brethauer.  Bluffton, yes - and was that actually 2 years ago?  Yes, because I didn't do Bluffton last year (2015), and not only that, but Ron tragically passed away September 2, 2015, so he couldn't have been there. 
Indian Grief Prayer:
I give you this one thought to keep -
I am with you still - I do not sleep.
I am a thousand winds that blow,
I am the diamond glints on snow,
I am the sunlight on ripened grain,
I am the gentle autumn rain.
When you awaken in the morning's hush,
I am the sweet uplifting rush,
of quiet birds in circled flight.
I am the soft stars that shine at night.
Do not think of me as gone -
I am with you still in each new dawn.

Wednesday, October 19, 2016

56 - Boney fingers

7x5" acrylic
palette knife painting - sold
I'll be teaching a workshop on Saturday in Spring Hill, and looking forward to hanging out with some wonderful like-minded folks who love the arts!  We might paint palms, we might paint fish, or shrimp or crabs, or boats, or all of the above!  We'll just see what the day brings. 

55 - Way Behind

7x5 acrylic
I'm getting so far behind. . . A promise to myself and to my supportive fans that a post every day - or almost every day would be forthcoming.  I believe that was in July, and this is post 55.  I'm not an mathematician but I'm pretty sure more than 55 days have past since then.  Shoot!  Well, like most things in life, there's no going back, there's only moving forward and trying to do better, and that I shall.  I have lots of good excuses, like I'm trying to fix up my house which needs a tremendous amount of work, and in doing so manage to spill not one but two full trays of paint on the wood floor, which means stopping and cleaning up wasting lots and lots of time; then breaking an outdoor pipe and having to, of course, stop everything to run to the hardware store to get the things to fix it.  Then of course, there's more wasted time in looking for my tax return that I had printed out and not yet mailed, looking for my sweet dog, Jenny, whom I had accidentally locked in the workshop on one of my trips carrying stuff out there to store. . . . well, you see - lots of excuses, but mostly just disorganization.  I'm working hard toward more organization and will get there in time. . . time. . . so little time!  Thanks for your patience!  :) 

Thursday, October 13, 2016

54 - Seriously

16x20 acrylic
I use that word a lot. . . seriously.  Sometimes it's seriously?. . . . and sometimes it's seriously!!  Not sure why it just seems to fit so many situations.  But this guy is serious.  Don't you think?  And, seriously, a bear was in my yard last night!  Pushed down two fences, and destroyed a perfectly good metal garbage can that had the pig's food in it.  And. . . .Yogi didn't even eat the food.  Seriously?  After all that? 

Monday, October 10, 2016

53 - Sand, prime, paint, repeat

30x40" acrylic - sold
I'm posting some pretty old paintings now because I am busy repainting the interior of my house.  A lot of the trim was painted with oil paint which means it has to be lightly sanded and primed before painting with latex.  I've had to move furniture, which in the case of the dining room means moving an old handmade pie safe that is heavy in the first place, but also full of dishes and things.  I had to remove most everything to make it light enough to move a little bit.  So my house is an absolute mess right now, and I can't stop now until I finish, so there is really no time to paint.  I hope to be at least somewhat back to "normal" by the end of next weekend. 

Sunday, October 9, 2016

52 - Cat 3

10x8 acrylic
Wow - I can't believe it's been 9 days since my last post.  How did that happen?  When I change routines, it throws everything into a spin.  The last week was thinking about the approaching hurricane, deciding if the art show was going to take place this weekend, cancelling reservations, changing plans, getting provisions, then hunkering down, as they say.  We had steady rain for over 24 hours, and strong gusts of wind.  Lots of downed limbs, and a few pieces of tin came loose on the barns, but nothing too serious.  Power was out for just under 24 hours.  We are so reliant on electric - especially in the country where you can't flush toilets without power.  My water supply was running low (for toilet flushing), and went to the local store where they had a huge supply of water.  But ice?  nope.  No ice.  The grocery store was running on generator power.  No one had power for miles and miles.  I had resigned to cleaning out the fridge and freezer by evening if power didn't resume.  Luckily it did, and everything made it but the ice cream.  Now, I'm trying to get back to normal after all that.