30 September, 2013

Final day of 30 in 30

Or in my life, as many as I could manageably do!  Wow - I didn't finish as many paintings as I would have liked (life just gets busy like that), but I did paint more than I have painted in far too long and it feels really good.

One of my goals during this challenge was to try to incorporate painting into my daily routine, I can happily say that for the most part I have created a new "habit".  (it takes 30 days to create a habit)  I have kept myself from easy distractions, and really tried to zero in on what brings me joy.  The rest of the "stuff" that weaves in and out of my days really is inconsequential, the things I MAKE time for, family, non-negotiable obligations, activities, painting are the things that make me feel happy at the end of the day.  Shopping is fun, but after the rush of the find I just have to make room in my closet so whatever I might have bought can collect dust since I mainly dress in my daily workout wear.  I've learned this month to let a bit of the silly stuff go, drying hair for one is just a time sucker and since I'm not brave enough for a "pixie" cut, wet hair is fine, hey it dries eventually!

This little tree is one that I love, and while it isn't freshly painted it is perfectly Fall.

So what is my challenge for October?  More painting, attending one of Leslie Saeta's workshops, and learning more about the blog world.

There will come a day when I finally write down all the family & friends birthdays in one spot, clean closets, clean my hard drive,  (YAWN I'm bored already), but I'm pretty sure it won't be during October.

Find the color in the falling leaves.

25 September, 2013

It's a process

This little beach scene is "in progress" . . . stay tuned for several more photos that took me up to this point.  Who knew skin tone & sand could make my head spin?

23 September, 2013

Baseball colors

Baseball, baseball, baseball!  
 6x6     $75 (email or comment if interested)

Which color is it this time?  Every season, we have a new "favorite" color.  Let's see last Spring it was black w/turquoise (the old "marlin's" logo), last Fall black, this Fall light blue (some might mistakenly call it "baby blue" but in baseball that might get you killed, stick to light blue, please).  Admittedly, when I saw the light blue I thought, really light blue - in baseball that is deadly.

Honestly, baseball is the best of colors, baseball is the gift of long awaited seasons.  A long cold winter, makes me dream of allergy sneezes, of pollen covered porches (well everything is pollen covered), of shorts I probably need to pass on to my daughter (goodbye 5" inseams, helloooo knickers or maybe that is worse . . .).  Spring ball is well earned sweat, unlike the kind you get wearing a down coat in a South Carolina winter.  Spring baseball is fresh uniforms itching for good "sliding home" stains, mom's finding their "momma roar", dad's getting booted or at least a stern look from a Ref and sisters buying Big League Chew for the ENTIRE team because she is a part of it all regardless if she is on the official roster.  Spring Little league baseball is kind of like the excitement of Fall Rush in College, finding your spot, the excitement of the newness and settlling in to that new routine (except we parents get to be a part of Little league - we still have to drive them there)!

After the intense heat or for 2013 the damp, wet Pacific Northwest invasion, this season of Fall ball is more relaxed.   Stained uniform knees, red clay dirt fields, yellowed leaves parachuting instead of becoming brittle on the branch, this is Fall.  Fall ball doesn't keep score, (unlike some of my favorite jeans), that is up to the kids. New skills are learned, old skills are polished, friendships are made and a wide section of community is joined beyond zip codes and lunch rooms.  Come Spring it levels out, like everything else that I have ever experienced, practice makes you better. 

Time to get painting, practice, practice, practice!

20 September, 2013

20 Days in

Time flies when I paint, times flies when I don't but it just isn't as rewarding to see a clean studio space.  A clean studio means I haven't been painting. 

This week threw me a few curve balls, which disrupted my daily painting.  C'est la vie. (I am French after all, well my Grandmother grew up in Commercy, France so I'm stretching a tiny bit.)

And the Power Ball lottery ticket was picked in SC! Too bad it wasn't mine.

Oh how I digress!  

Now back to the main thing, my painting!  This one, as most of these are in this challenge, is meaningful to a very special friend of mine.  "Cat's" mom has been in heaven for years but Cat is her only daughter and they had from what she has shared had a beautifully southern mother daughter bond. Cat is one of the most amazing women I have ever had the priviledge to call a friend and a mentor of sorts.  She has taught me things I knew already but somehow by watching her, I decided to put some of those things into action.  Can you tell how much I love her?

This painting is to honor a time worn, hand rubbed knife that her mother used daily.  We created a "still life" with a few things from her kitchen, "my" favorite pepper grinder (I cannot tell you how much I adore this relic), one tattered, stained Junior League cookbook with plastic binding, greenery, etc.  I could probably keep tweaking this one a bit but then again I think I should just let her be.
Cat hasn't seen it yet, keep your fingers crossed that she loves it - I'm talking tears here!

Get painting!

18 September, 2013

Tea Time

Almost daily I drink tea, sometimes I think I just want to see the message my "Yogi" has for me . . .

Yeah, life is certainly a flow and participation is a whole lot more fun than the alternative.  Sometimes when I paint I flow, you know, the painting just seems to happen easily, quickly.  Often these paintings are some of my most favorite pieces, good energy, good flow.

I think I am going to stop sketching out paintings for a few days and just let my paintings "flow", it's just paint and I need to get out of my head a bit. 

Time to make that tea, start some tunes and let the painting flow.


14 September, 2013


Ochre is one color that seems to signal Fall and maybe this explains it . . .

(/ˈkər/ oh-kər; from Greek) (pale yellow, pale)
 a natural earth pigment containing hydrated iron oxide
which ranges in color from yellow to deep orange or brown. 
It is also the name of the colors produced by this pigment, 
especially a light brownish-yellow.

The deep colors, the pigment of the earth, that is beautiful just saying it, right?  Deep oranges and browns also happen to be my best colors to wear so perhaps that explains my affinity, no?   Color alone cannot evoke the feeling of the chilly air on my legs, my tattered treasured sweatshirt and steaming mug of chai tea warming my heart.  Fall is really like a hug, one that envelops you whole.

I can't help but find myself holding my breath as I step out to my porch each morning just hoping to feel that oh so welcome chill that Fall is near.  While I'm out there I will be enjoying the changing colors of the leaves in shades of ochre.
You gotta love a porch.

What's your color?

13 September, 2013

My girl

My Girl

This painting is of my daughter so I took extra care with her.  I have to admit, I am pleased.  She's a keeper!

Peace, Love & Horses,

10 September, 2013


Fall Ball

I am learning that painting on a small surface is more complicated than I first smirked at (shame on me)!  Throw in trying to ONLY use a palate knife and new subjects sounds like a trip to the beach, yeah right.  

One issue is how to paint comfortably this tiny square?  I end up holding it in my hands most of the time, I haven't quite found a good angle to get at it when it's on my easel.   Oh and my choice of the very detailed subjects - maybe I should leave those to larger surfaces or embrace my new "art wrinkles" that are sure to be forming.

I am stretching myself and that is my goal.  The feedback I am receiving from friends old & new from Facebook and elsewhere really makes my heart smile.  Art is my joy.

Off to find some colors!


09 September, 2013

Painting "Yoga"

This painting challenge is really pushing me, stretching me and making me ache at times!  Yes, I am a few paintings off schedule but it is totally worth it to have spent a few days with my brother in town.  My goal has been to just paint as much as I can in the 30 days (or so), I realize some days I will just not get anything "art" finished but I am thinking "art" everyday.  A few of the great things about this experience is that I am really trying to stick to solely using palette knives, letting each painting be "finished" whether or not I am really ready to let go and allowing a photo to help me really see what I cannot, (that part is crazy but it really gives a different view).

Keep it colorful!

08 September, 2013

Sunday evening . . .

Ahhh Sunday evening . . .   (que the "Jaws" theme, Monday is coming)

Life never slows down!  I'm trying to keep up, as usual....

I've posted my painting on Leslie's blog, figured out what kind of exercise I'm in for Monday, and have at least Monday's painting ready to go!  Now if all goes well I will be a sweaty, painted spotted mess by Sunset tomorrow....

Sounds rough, I know.  Seriously, there is all the blah, blah of daily life, kids, errands, email (yuck), phone calls to make, carpool . . . it fills a day up fast.

Keep it colorful and do something fun on Monday!


03 September, 2013

30 Paintings in 30 Days! Yes - I am crazy . . .

 For the next 28 days or for a good bit of September I am participating in a 30 paintings in 30 days challenge by Leslie Saeta.  Why?  I know right? It's kind of like signing up for a race, I just can't make myself put in the miles if I am not accountable so this is my "painting" race of sorts.

These first few paintings are reminding me of those first few runs, where I thought I might stop before I got out of the Y parking lot or flag down a luxury vehicle cruising down McDaniel to save me.  But as my thumps gave to a nice light rhythm and my breath allowed me to chat, I realized that running like most everything in life is all about what you give it.  Practice makes perfect or at least much better.  So this is my painting practice race, so far I have not heard about any t-shirts or medals but maybe we should look into it - I know I will certainly earn it with a smile on my face and a long soak when it's complete Sept 30th.

So far I have completed 2, I realize I may not post everyday and life may throw a curve here and there but I am committed to this challenge and myself to paint as much as I can (and not the easy stuff), come October I will be on the better side for it.

So find a little color in your sky, it's good for you!

So here are my first 2 paintings . . .

"Morning Notes"
"Animal Menagerie"

Work of caution!  Don't accidentally drink your dirty palette knife water, it's nasty, that's when I knew it was time to STOP!


27 August, 2013

It's painting time!

Enough of stalling, it is time to paint again!  My goal is to try this "30 Paintings in 30 Days" with Leslie Saeta, it is going to be a challenge in self discipline there is no question.  I can do it and I will be better for it at the completion on September 30th!

I am getting myself ready and  hope to share as I let my colors find their way from my heart to my canvas.

It is going to be an adventure, a messy, colorful, spirited adventure!