Sunday, December 30, 2012

Three Shiny Objects

Tabletop Reflections, 6 x 6" oil on archival panel, ©2012, Fay Terry

It's so nice to paint without thoughts of many things that must be done by a certain time.  There is always plenty for us to do but I am happy all the holiday chores, such as wrapping presents and mailing cards are no longer on my mind. Painting can now take precedence and that's the way I like it.
I am looking for more colorful glass and hope I can find some blue, purple, and amber glass.  I guess beer and wine bottles might be fun to paint, but I really want dishes and drinkware.

I hope you have great plans for New Year's Eve, whether it's a quiet evening or a big party.  

Saturday, December 29, 2012

More Colored Glass

Cranberry Glass Admiring Green Dish, 6 x 6" oil on archival panel,©2012, Fay Terry

Today I decided to add another glass color, using a Cape Cod Cranberry glass from my grandmother's collection.  The shadows and reflections are so unique and fun to paint. I wish I had more colors of glass to try out. 
One of my favorite artists, Brenda Ferguson, almost always works in series and I have wanted to paint in series for quite a while so I am hoping this glass  painting will lead me to another idea to try next.

I hope you are enjoying this holiday week and looking forward to the new year as much as I am.  It always feels like a fresh start and I love knowing that the days are getting longer.

Friday, December 28, 2012

Glass Dish

Lemon In Back, 6 x 6 " oil on archival panel, ©2012, Fay Terry

Today I decided to work on painting colored glass. I found this cute little green glass bowl at the Habitat store and finally got around to using it in a still life.  I love using two solid objects and one translucent one since they all have interesting shadows.
I am also working on composition and having at least one object going off the edge, in this case two.  I love the little triangle of red in the back corner.

Thursday, December 27, 2012

One Of My Favorite Things

Mugshot, 6 x 6 " oil on archival panel, ©2012, Fay Terry

I love this mug which magically appears full of coffee each morning on my nightstand while I am still getting my eyes open. My husband is such a thoughtful guy and he knows how much I love that early morning coffee.  So while he goes to work-out downstairs every day, I settle into an upright position and enjoy the warmth of fresh coffee before my feet hit the floor.  What could be better than that?
The holidays have been wonderful and now I am officially back at work in my studio so I plan to resume my predictable daily schedule so that you can enjoy more new paintings.
I have lots of new ideas and I am full of enthusiasm for art in the new year.  
Thanks for all your comments, purchases, and encouragement in 2012!

Thursday, December 20, 2012

Counting The Days

Christmas Camellias, 8 x 8 x 1.5" oil on gallery wrapped canvas, ©2012, Fay Terry

Everything is falling into place here as the beehive of construction activity winds down and these flowers are going to be adorning our new kitchen as soon as the freshly refinished floor is dry.  I can hardly wait to try out my new gas oven by baking cookies and bread in the next few days.
I loved getting time in my studio to paint these flowers, arranged in one of my favorite handmade pottery vases.  It felt so good to be reminded of the beauty in nature and of flowers that bloom even in the winter.
I hope you find something beautiful to look at today!

Tuesday, December 18, 2012

Sunny Day

Sunshine On A Plate, 6 x 6 " oil on panel, ©2012, Fay Terry

I have been buying oranges and enjoying them for afternoon snacks. This blue really makes the orange color glow.  
My studio has good light but I usually enjoy working there on a day that really good light is coming in the windows. Today is the exact opposite of yesterday's grayness and rain.  The sun is shining brightly and it is almost seventy degrees. 
I hope you enjoy this bright painting of one of my favorite fruits!

Tuesday, December 11, 2012

Who Knows?

Only One Grazing, 24 x 30" oil on canvas, ©2012, Fay Terry


There is an old song that contains the line "who knows where the time goes?", I think it may have been Judy Collins, but I'm not sure.  That's how I feel right now with all there is to do, but I am optimistic because there are still two weeks until Christmas and during that time I know my kitchen will be finished and ready for cooking. That is my major goal since it will make having everyone home much easier and more fun since we always congregate in the kitchen before dinner.

I did another sheep painting to donate to the FirstHealth Moore Regional Hospital Auxiliary Ball which Bill and I attended Friday night.  We had a wonderful time dining, dancing, and spending time with friends-all for a very good cause.  This year the ball proceeds will go to support the development of a tobacco cessation program for teens. There are almost no programs in the nation that are specifically tailored to teens despite the fact that data shows that 1 in 4 high school seniors have smoked cigarettes within the last month.

The winner of this painting was quite thrilled with it and of course, that made me even happier.
It is such a good feeling to be able to help out by donating a painting.

Wednesday, December 5, 2012

Something New

Christmas Coffee Break, 6 x 6 " oil on museum panel, ©2012, Fay Terry

I have been wanting to paint these glass ornaments for quite a while so I set this up in my shadowbox with a piece of glass under it so that I would have some good reflections.  This was so much fun to paint ( I know I say that a lot).
If you are looking for one of a kind gifts, this would look great setting on the little easel that comes with it. The price reflects the 25% off sale that I am having through the end of December, so let me know and I will gift wrap it for you, too.

Tuesday, December 4, 2012

Quick Study

River Bend Rooftop, 6 x 6 " oil on archival panel, ©2012, Fay Terry

I painted this as a study for a larger painting that I am getting ready to do.  I just love the blues and greens in this one as well as the tall trees in front of the red roof.
All of my paintings on this blog will be priced at 25% off the regular price until the end of December.  If there is one from the past that you would like, let me know and I will change the paypal button to the sale price for you.
Thanks for following my art!

Saturday, December 1, 2012

In Full Bloom

Red And White Amaryllis, 20 x 16" oil on canvas

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This is the first of my three Amaryllis bulbs to bloom, the other two are not very far along yet.
This is the first red and white one I have planted.  I had it in my studio for awhile and it was getting good light so maybe I should put the others up there, too.
Each one of the stalks has four large flowers on it so we are really enjoying the amazing beauty of this plant.