Wednesday, September 2, 2015

Pine Cones Are Dropping

Longleaf Pine Cone, 8 x 8 " oil on Raymar Panel, ©2015, Fay Terry

Picking up these large pine cones is a daily job in our yard this time of year. Most of these that are on the ground are eight to ten inches tall. I line them up on the porch sometimes to decide which ones I want to paint. I once told someone I loved painting pine cones and they asked me what color I spray painted them. Yes, some folks here do box up pine cones, plain or painted, and sell them online. I have brought them to some of my cousins in New England because they love the large pine cones in a basket beside the fireplace. Actually, they make good fire starters and we sometimes burn a few in the fireplace in the back yard. 
I just like them for the challenge they present, drawing and choosing the colors are like putting a puzzle together and it's fun to see the final result. They all have slightly varying shapes and stand up at different  angles. 

Tuesday, September 1, 2015

Sweet Peaches

Fresh From The Orchard, 6 x 6 " oil on gessobord, ©2015, Fay Terry

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Every time I buy fresh peaches, I choose them for their paintability, often using one of my favorite plates when I set up the still life. Since this is the first day of the thirty paintings in thirty days challenge, I decided to start the month with bold colors. This is how I love to paint. I did manage to use some grey in the shadows. 

I am certainly excited to be taking part in Leslie Saeta's challenge for the fourth, (or maybe fifth) time.
You can see the other paintings HERE.

Monday, August 31, 2015

Potted Petunias

Wave Petunias, 6 x 8 " oil on Raymar Panel, ©2015, Fay Terry

Our deck has eight huge pots of flowers that we can enjoy from the windows. The hummingbirds have been plentiful and so have the flowers which cascade to the floor, requiring regular trimming. I decided to paint each of them, this is the first.
By the time I complete them it will be time to fill them with Pansies that will last through the winter. Even if we have a bit of snow, they bounce right back.

I will be participating in Leslie Saeta's Thirty Paintings In Thirty Days Challenge. This will be the fourth time I have done the challenge, it is a great way to meet artists, gain inspiration, and have lots of fun. Tomorrow is  day one, so I hope you'll follow along.
Check out Leslie's Blog HERE.

Sunday, August 30, 2015

Boat In The Sun

In The Harbor, 11 x 14 " oil on gessobord panel, ©2015, Fay Terry

This was painted from a recent photo taken in Port Clyde, Maine. The boat appears to be old with a fresh coat of paint. The reflection in the water was especially fun to paint. I think I would like to paint more of these small boats. 

Saturday, August 29, 2015

blue plate

Fresh Peaches, 6 x 6 " oil on gessobord panel, © Fay Terry

Available at Franklin Square Gallery, Southport, NC

The peaches will still be available at Kalawi Farms for another month or more. It's a bit of a drive out Highway 211, but well worth the effort. You can also taste their home made peach ice cream while you're there. 
Peaches are one of my favorite subjects to paint so I will be making a few more trips to Eagle Springs to pick up more delicious fruit to paint.

Friday, August 28, 2015

Under The Umbrella

Sweet Taters, 8 x 10" oil on canvas, ©Fay Terry

We have about five Farmers Markets in various places in town and each location sets up on a different day of the week.  They are great places to paint, if it is not too hot. This was painted in the town of Aberdeen, not far from Pinehurst and Southern Pines. 

When sweet potatoes are available I buy a bushel and keep them in a cool place in the house. They are usually better tasting than what the grocery stores have, but now most of the stores are including much more local produce than ever before. I noticed that collards are already in the produce section so I'll be enjoying North Carolina greens very soon. 

I hope you have a great week-end. Thanks for viewing my art.

Thursday, August 27, 2015

Cute Toy Poodle again

Katie On The Deck, 8 x 10" oil on linen panel, ©2015, Fay Terry

This is my second painting of Katie from a photograph her owner let me use.  She is such a cutie and she wears red very well. I am happy with this portrait of her, but I still have a couple of things I want to adjust.
She is a  very photogenic dog with her dark eyes and the beautiful color of her hair. I am happy that I had the opportunity to paint her. Thank you, Susan!

Wednesday, August 26, 2015

Getting Some Z's

Long Awaited, 8 x 8 " oil on panel,©2015, Fay Terry

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The Zinnias have had a rough time this summer, especially since I have not been vigilant about cutting them and keeping the weeds out. However, the biggest hindrance to having beautiful blooms has been the cute little Carolina Chickadees that love to eat the petals. 
I was able to pick some today to enjoy. As you may know, the more you cut these flowers, the more they produce. It looks like they are well on the way to being plentiful and the birds are behaving.

Thank you for viewing my art. I am getting back in the habit of daily posting once again and it feels good.

Tuesday, August 25, 2015

Paddle Boarding

Early Morning Wrightsville Beach, 8 x 8" oil on Raymar Panel, ©Fay Terry, 2015

My son Geordan loves stand up paddling.  I was on the boardwalk with our granddaughter, Maggie,  and we were all watching him and the dolphins as they swam and played.  I have never seen so many at one time, at least a dozen. We could hear them making sounds through their blowholes. There is something magical about watching their dorsal fins slice through the water and catching a glimpse of their sparkling arched dives.  Their dorsal fins can be seen in most of my photos, but their rising above the water in pairs is a beautiful memory.

We are fortunate to see dolphins off our shores year-round. The animals we spot are bottlenose dolphins and they seem as mysterious as they are magical. They do migrate, but it is not known whether they are heading north and south, or traveling inshore or offshore.

Monday, August 24, 2015

Summer Breeze

Summer Breeze, 9 x 12" oil on Linen Panel, © Fay Terry, 2015

This painting will be framed and available soon at One Eleven Main, Aberdeen, NC

This sunny day has been painted several times as I work toward doing a larger version. The next one will be twice this size and I am changing a few things each time. The original painting was done on    site. I can remember exactly how it felt that day. It's been fun trying to recapture the atmosphere of early summer.

Today is the first day of school in Moore County. When I drove past Pinecrest  High school about 7:00 a.m. it seemed strange to see football practice going on. It makes me want to do a football painting! That will be in the near future.