Saturday, November 9, 2013

November 2013

 "Rooster" - Acrylic - November 2013
This acrylic was painted at Art with a Twist at the Red Cockerill Gallery.   Love the colors.   My granddaughter loves "chickens", so she loved this one.

"Christmas Home" - Pastel - November 2013
For this painting I worked from a couple of photos of our old home on Maroney Mill Rd.   We moved there when I was around 4 or 5 years old and I lived there until I married in 1966.   The snowman was one we built as kids.  It was actually on the far end of the yard and I just took some artistic license to create a better composition.    I will use this one for my Christmas card this year.

Wednesday, October 23, 2013

Recent Paintings

 "Tennessee Chapel" - Acrylic - October 2013
This painting was done at an Art with a Twist class at the Red Cockerill Gallery.   I was fortunate that I was Ann Cockerill's only student that day so I got a 1-1 class.    It was a fun painting.   We used thick acrylic paint applied with a wadded paper towel to achieve the tree texture.
"Shady Path - 2 " -  Watercolor - June 2013
In 2012 I visited Smith Gilbert Gardens in Kennesaw, Ga.   There was a lovely shady path on the left as you enter the gardens.   I loved the shadows.   I painted a pastel painting of the path and it sold to a fellow art lover at my show last year at the Cultural Arts Center.  I missed the painting and decided to try it again in watercolor.    I entered it in the Red Cockerill Gallery show in August 2013 and it won one of the judges special awards.  

Friday, August 9, 2013

Summer Paintings

Been a little under the weather and haven't been at the easel as much as I would like.  Getting ready to head to the beach.   Eight days - goal 16 paintings.    I'll be taking my watercolors, pastels and acrylics and some favorite photos.   Will probably see a beach scene or two worth painting also. 
This painting was done with pastel and water.   Karen Margulis recently did a class layering pastel and water.   It gave some interesting results.
"Pear" - Pastel & Water - 5x7 - August 2013

Tuesday, May 21, 2013

Tybee Art Association

 "Asian Flower" - Watercolor - May 2013
Just joined Tybee Art Association on a trip to Tybee Island.    Attended a fun watercolor class with Brad Hooks.    I couldn' figure out how to get this to turn horizontal on blog.   It should lay horizontal.   We did the background first with lots of water and spray bottle on the paint.    Then sprinkled it heavily with salt.   It created a nice texture.   Look forward to other trips to Tybee and maybe taking some of my paintings to enter in the next Tybee Art Association Gallery Show.

Sunday, April 21, 2013

Help Sell Out The Show !!!

Show Update    - The Gallery Show has been a great success.   Only 9 paintings of the Gallery Show Exhibit are still remaining.    Please email me or message me if you'd like to purchase one of the 9 remaining.   You can either go by the Cultural Arts Center next week by Friday April 26, 2013 or if you let me know I will get it for you and deliver to you.    There are also limited edition prints for a donation and I can mail one to you.   Thanks to all my family and friends who have supported this show.    In the April 20th Gallery Party 13 more sold from a new group I brought just for the party.   Wow - 27 painting have sold and 22 donations for limited edition prints.  



"Cat Tails"

"Euharlee Bridge"

"Sunflower Morning"

"Sunflower Face"

"Sunflower Surprise"

"Country House"

Limited Edition Print "Purple Wildflowers" - For a donation to the Cultural Arts Center or Douglasville First United Methodist Church Fine Arts Academy you can have a matted photo print of this original pastel painting.     Email or message me or go by the Cultural Arts Center to make a donation by Friday, April 26, 2013.


Saturday, April 13, 2013

Dogwood Spring - April 2013

"Dogwood Spring" - Today was a great diversion.   I went to Red Cockerill Gallery and painted in the Art with a Twist class.    It was 2 hours of bliss.    Just restful concentration on something beautiful.   I love the dogwoods in the spring.    This is an acrylic.   Haven't done acrylic in a while.  This type can be mixed with water.  

Thursday, April 4, 2013

Cultural Arts Center Gallery Exhibit - April 2013

Cultural Arts Gallery Exhibit - April 2013
Thursday, April 4, 2013 was the opening reception for the Art Exhibit.   Marsha Chandler and myself are the featured artist.     It was great to see folks come out on a rainy night and best yet 10 of 27 paintings sold.    Proceed will go to CAC and Douglasville First United Methodist Church Fine Arts Academy.   I will so pleased!!!      Still to come is the Gallery Talk on Sunday, April 7, 2013 from 3:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.    Hope you will join me.   The show will run until April 26, 2013.

Thursday, February 28, 2013

Spring Flowers - Painting Redo

"Spring Flowers" - Pastel - 9x13 - Feburary 2013 - Every once in a while I go back to a painting that just didn't do well and rework it.    That was the case on this painting.   The original photo was sunflowers but the colors didn't work so I came back and added more flowers and made them tulips.  

Wednesday, February 27, 2013

Monastery of the Holy Spirit

"Monastery of the Holy Spirit" - Pastel - 9x13 - February 2013
The Monastery of the Holy Spirit is a beautiful  place.   This is the welcome center at the property.   I visited last year with friends.   I've been going through my old photos and came upon this one.

Wednesday, February 20, 2013

Smith-Gilbert Gardens

"Smith-Gilbert Gardens" - Pastel - 10/x13 - February 2013
Last summer I had the pleasure of vising Smith-GIlbert Gardens in Kennesaw, GA.    There are many beautiful spots in the garden but I loved this shaded path through the garden.   

Saturday, February 9, 2013

"Gibbs Garden"

"Gibbs Gardens" - Pastel - 9x13 - February 9, 2013
There are beautiful gardens located just above Atlanta at Gibbs Gardens.   I went there last fall with friends and especially loved the ponds.

Friday, February 1, 2013

Sunflower Morning

"Sunflower Morning" - Pastel - 5x7 - February 1, 2013
"Sunflower Morning" is a continuation of my painting of a sunflower series.    I think I will do several more and choose the best of the group to do a three 5x7 grouping in one frame.    Maybe a larger sunflower field would be a nice addition.   I simply must make it to the sunflower festival this year and get some good photos.

Thursday, January 31, 2013


"Sunflower" - Pastel - 5x7 - January 31, 2013
Sunflower - I love sunflowers.   When I first started painting I painted a group of sunflowers and framed it.   I loved it!!    I gave it to a dear friend who was retiring several months later.    I've tried several times to duplicate that painting and failed.   My daughter loves sunflowers and has asked me to paint them.   I decided that I would do something different.    This is the second of a group of three 5x7 paintings that I am doing to group and frame in one frame together.    Tomorrow I work on the final painting.    

Tuesday, January 29, 2013

"Sunflower Suprise"

"Sunflower Surprise" - Pastel - 5x7 - January 29, 2013 
Sunflowers are one of my favorite flowers.   I'm working on a set of three different sunflower paintings to include in a collage for my daughter.