Monday, December 27, 2010

Happy New Year!

"You are now in Bedford Falls"
by Renee Brennan 2007
10x8 Acrylic

Happy New Year!
This is a little painting I did a couple of years ago.   One of my all time favorite movies is "It's a Wonderful Life".  Every year we set up the IAWL village with it's little lit up buildings, trees, cars and people.  I think we have the whole set and if not it's too bad because they don't make it anymore.  Every year we get the dvd out and I "make" everyone who is in the house sit down and watch it.  They don't complain anymore as it has become a favorite movie to them as well.

I often don't make New Years resolutions but this year I promise to paint and post more on this drafty old blog.  Let me know how I am doing in a couple of months!!


Saturday, October 2, 2010

Harvest of Artist's Show

5x7  Oil

9x12 Oil

"Picnic Boat Beauty" are just 2 of my newest paintings entered into the Muddy Creek Artists Guild, "Harvest of Artist's" show.  
The show is today Oct 3 and Sunday Oct 4 in Galesvile MD....Stop by and say hello!  For more info on times etc click on link above.

Thursday, September 23, 2010

"Red #4" Boothbay Harbor, Maine

10x8 Oil

This #4 Buoy is located in Boothbay Harbor, Maine.  
Recently enjoyed our first trip to Maine with husband of 20yrs married.  Everything there is so paintable!
We took a tour around Boothbay Harbor via boat....lovely lighthouses and scenery of islands and boats of all kinds........what do I like?  The channel markers, and lobster bouy's.  

I painted this for an upcoming show with the Muddy Creek Artist's Guild,
 it still needs a little tweaking I think;) when paintings are posted it's funny how I  see things that need fixing.   Oh yes the show is October 1-3.  Click on link for more info.

Comments are welcome!

Tuesday, August 31, 2010

"This is Main Street?"

10x8 Acrylic 

This month's Virtual Paintout was on the beautiful Island of Prince Edward, Canada
The location was coming off a small bridge on Main Street.  Of all the Main Streets in this world, this has got to be the most unique!  From what I saw "walking" by streetview via google maps there are many lovely farms on the cool would that be?  go feed the chickens before taking a sail!

O.k. so now to the painting itself.  The colors were pretty true except for a little artistic licence with the blue grass.  Those blue clouds were very stormy, which made that green stand out even more so.
As usual I am posting on the last day of this challenge.  Next month starts a new location...hopefully it won't take me that long finding a spot to paint!

Tuesday, June 29, 2010

"Romy's Prawns and Shrimp"

11 X 14 Acrylic

56 Kamehameha Hwy
Kahuku, HI

So this month I finally went to Hawaii!....well virtually.  
This month's Virtual Paintout hosted by Bill Guffey.  While searching via Google Maps Street View for the perfect spot to paint, I found this fun red building in the midst of farming fields.  The red truck matched it's building as did several red picnic tables.  If I were really there, this would be a great place to eat some fresh prawns and shrimp!

Tuesday, June 22, 2010

Osprey Nest at #6

24 X 48 Acrylic on canvas
 $1000 Available

This piece was so much fun to paint.  I took a reference photo from our sailboat out on the West River on the Chesapeake Bay.  If you are not familiar with channel markers, there are these migrating birds called Osprey.  They come back to the Bay in the Springtime and build these huge nests....really they are about 3 - 4 feet wide!  Most of the markers have nests and sometimes you can see the newborns peeking their heads out.  Of course the parent's are very protective of the nests and when a boat passes by, the Osprey will circle out to distract onlookers from their nest.  Often while sitting on my back deck, you may hear a loud snap...and then see an Osprey with a large branch flying overhead....HEY I wonder if one of those branches I painted is from my tree! 

Thursday, May 27, 2010

Painted Rain Barrel Project

Rain Barrel Project
Muddy Creek Artists Guild Outreach

This was how I spent my last Saturday, well really a few weeks ago painting this rain barrel
for the rain gardens to be installed at our local Shady Side Museum which is located on the 
Chesapeake Bay.

  As part of our groups outreach project, I took this one on and recruited a few of my fellow MCAG to help with the painting....serving them lunch alway's does the trick:)

This side has my little Box Turtle along with a few other critters.

Other side has a Blue Heron painted by Saralee Chaney

My other friend Nanci Worthington  painted this beautiful barrel with 
sunflowers and Maryland Blue Crab on it.  

note:  Other artist Flo Ormond helped paint a butterfly (sorry I didn't get a picture of it).

Monday, March 29, 2010

Bucket Headed Sheep


6x4 Oil  sold

This post is from a website called virtual paintout started by Bill Guffey.  It is an online art project.  Artists from all over the world use  google maps to virtually walk around and find a view to paint.  It's very addictive....I find myself "traveling" a little too much. 
The location for this challenge was Stavanger Norway.  I chose a street called Krossbergveien.   
What caught my attention was this flock of sheep near the road.  There were more sheep in the original street view photo,  but the others I tried looked like clouds in the grass.  This hungry little guy  had a bucket on his head!!....he made me laugh... and so there you little bucket headed sheep! 

Friday, March 5, 2010

Bowl and Spoon Challenge #2


8x10 Acrylic sold

This is challenge #2 from the Rookie Painter blog and YES it was a challenge!  At first I thought the spoon was going to be the most difficult, but the bowl gave me fits!  I had to walk away 4 times....folded some laundry, played with the dog....finally I got to a point where enough was enough.  The bottom of the bowl is still kind of questionable, but overall it turned out a little better than hoped for.

here is the reference photo:

Wednesday, February 17, 2010

3 Clementines Challenge #1


8x10 Acrylic

Welcome to my first post of group challenge painting.
This comes from a new website called Rookie Painter.

here is the reference photo: