July 8, 2020

20 Minute Challenge

Choose and mix 3 primary colors plus white; arrange still life; set timer for 20 minutes - PAINT!

July 7, 2020

Fakahatchee Strand Preserve State Park

My husband and I took a drive to Fakahatchee Strand on July 4.  It was a pleasant day for a drive.  It's located in a remote area of the Everglades about 41 miles from our home.  We didn't see any wildlife except for a couple of vultures on a tree branch.  There were only a couple of other cars at the park.  The road is quite narrow, rutted and uneven.  Obviously, we drove very slowly.

I only took one photograph - I liked it well enough to try painting a landscape - something I rarely if ever do.

My inspiration

quick sketch with oils

Finished piece

July 4, 2020

A Painting a Day...

I came upon the book "Daily Painting" by Carol Marine.  I love Carole's work.  Reading her book was the just nudge I needed to paint daily, paint small.   Best part is I'm painting over older work so except for the paint, the supplies are minimal.

I did these three in two days.  There was a lot of texture left over from the previous paintings which was a bonus.  I tried to loosen up my work - used the palette knife which is a lot of fun...you never know (at least I don't) what you'll get with one stroke of the knife.

Each painting measures 6x6x1-3/8.   Each will sit in a floating frame.  I've been giving a lot of my work away lately as gifts - in an attempt to thank those who make my life more enjoyable.  In this case, I'm giving each of my two cleaning ladies, Marian and Maria, a choice of one of the three paintings.  It's always nice to have a choice, don't you think?

July 1, 2020

Brush Cut II continued

This little girl is finished.  I'm very happy with the way she turned out.  I hope Laura feels the same way.

The colors in Laura's salon are basically gray and white, thus the colors I chose for her gift.


First layer of paint

Arms made out of charms and beads

More paint, button boobies, spray gloss sealer

June 30, 2020

Brush Cut II

These crazy days of COVID-19 - businesses are slowly opening up again. 

My hair dresser, Laura, was so considerate while her business was closed.  She delivered to me a hair coloring kit complete with mixed dye, gloves and applicator brush.  I managed to color my own hair - at least it didn't look like my hair was floating on top of my head anymore.  This Friday I have an appointment with Laura at her salon.  I noticed the applicator brush sitting in my studio begging me to do something nice for Laura.

What else could I do - I had to make a her an art doll!

I'm currently waiting for the clay to dry.  I'll take photos once this piece is painted.

June 25, 2020

A dash of orange...

This piece needed a little something.  Since orange is the complementary color of blue, I thought a dash of orange would perk it up.