Wednesday, October 30, 2013

Halloween Guys

Light The Candles, 5 x 7 " oil on panel, ©2012, Fay Terry

I have been putting out Halloween Decorations a little at a time and all of a sudden remembered these, which I had not unpacked yet. They have large candles in the bottom and burn for hours so we'll do a trial run tonight. I line them up along the walk up to the front door and I have about  twenty so they make a nice showing at night.

Are you dressing up tomorrow?  I am debating, but I usually do.

Tuesday, October 29, 2013


Sitting Pretty, 6 x 6 " oil on panel, ©2013, Fay Terry

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This is the first Camellia painting of the season and there will be more to come.  All of ours are deep rose so maybe I can borrow some from one of my neighbors who has pale pink ones.
I'm off to the beach for the day to deliver some paintings and it's going to be sunny seventies.

Thanks for viewing my art and commenting.

Monday, October 28, 2013


Unbitten, 6 x 6 " oil on archival panel, ©2013, Fay Terry


Many of the flowers got frostbite and turned brown, but the Hydrangea bushes are snug up to the screen porch and they are still going strong. This pretty pear also has not been bitten but it is the last of my pears that I bought to paint and is just now getting ripe enough to eat.  I love all these blues and greens, and still having fun painting baskets. Up next? Camellias and more. 

 I have several commissions I am working on for Christmas so let me know if you have something you'd like me to paint for someone special (or maybe for yourself).

If you are interested in this painting and are local, I can deliver it to you and will change the paypal button to remove shipping charges. 

Sunday, October 27, 2013

National Pumpkin Day

Pumpkin Picnic, 6 x 8 " oil on canvas panel, ©2013, Fay Terry


I was attracted to the light and shadows first, but then I liked the fact that each pumpkin seemed to have its own personality and they all looked like good friends getting together for a picnic.
This had a busy background of people walking past which I chose to leave out. I am trying out a new canvas panel by Raymar and I like it but I have some others I want to paint on before I order more.
I still like gessobord, especially for the small square paintings, but it's fun to try new materials.

It was my intention to post this yesterday for National Pumpkin Day, but it got too dark to photograph it.
 Did you know the world record pumpkin weighs 2,032 pounds and was grown in the Napa Valley?

Saturday, October 26, 2013

Sunset Owl

Just Before Dark, 6 x 6 " oil on canvas, ©2013, Fay Terry

I love the colors in these feathers almost as much as I love the eyes. These birds are so beautiful and  strong looking.  They look calm and confident because they are wise. This one is ready for Halloween in five more days.

Friday, October 25, 2013

Night Owl

 Bright Eyes, 6 x 6 " oil on panel, ©2013, Fay Terry


Owls are fun to paint and are just one of the many creatures sometimes associated with Halloween.
Bats, black cats, spiders, and a few others are among this group.

Owls are unable to move their eyes within their sockets very much, which means they must turn their entire head to see in a different direction.  Since owls have forward facing eyes, they have very well-developed binocular vision. That means vision that incorporates images from two eyes simultaneously. The slight differences between the two images, seen from slightly different positions, give the owl excellent depth perception.  

Have a great week-end! Thanks for viewing my art.

Wednesday, October 23, 2013

Italian Kitchen

Marina Di Chioggia, 6 x 6 " oil on panel

I carried this twelve and a half pound squash up to my studio so I could paint it.  Knobby with sugar warts all over, it was grown in the mountains of North Carolina. It can be grown here, too, so I am going to save some of the seeds to plant next spring. This is an heirloom variety, not a hybrid from a seed company. 
Marina Di Chioggia originated in a little village near Venice on Italy's Adriatic coast. It is prized for its flavorful flesh and is sometimes used to make gnocchi, little dumplings that are also made with potato.
If you haven't tried this winter squash, you may be able to find one at your local Farmer's Market.  It is easy to cook by roasting in the oven after cutting into wedges and laying cut side down on a baking sheet. Baking may take up to ninety minutes. Then you can scoop it off the skin and puree it to make soup or just eat like mashed potatoes. You can even try making some gnocchi. 

Monday, October 21, 2013

Frost Soon

Late Roses, 8 x 8 " oil on cradled panel ©2013, Fay Terry

We will probably have frost this week which will end the blooming of many of the flowers.
These roses have been especially nice to have in October, along with the Hydrangeas, Geraniums, Petunias, and Hollyhocks. It is time for them to go and they'll be back next year.

We went to Charleston over the week-end to see the American Impressionist Society National Juried Show. What a wonderful job Gallery M did with hanging the show. There were so many gorgeous paintings by such skilled artists.  Bill and I had a great time and nice warm weather.

Sunday, October 20, 2013

Pomegranate Pose

Available Snack, 6 x 6 " oil on panel, ©2013, Fay Terry


Pomegranates are so shiny and beautiful with their luscious color and cute shapes.
They've become even more popular as research shows how good they are for our health.
Compounds called punicalagins are found in this fruit and benefit the heart and blood vessels, even to the point of melting away heart blockages and lowering blood pressure. There are also many other benefits that have been documented.

I hope you've had a great week-end.  Thanks for following my art.

Tuesday, October 15, 2013

Half Way To Halloween

One Of Many, 6 x 6 " oil on panel, ©2013, Fay Terry

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My husband loves buying pumpkins. He starts with two or three around October first, before I realize it we  have a dozen. I like them, but in small quantities.  Admittedly, they are fun to paint, look great against blue, and decorate the yard nicely for Fall, Halloween, and Thanksgiving.

There is a small project taking place here that I have declined participating in. Bill and my daughter are creating some chevron stripe pumpkins. I'll take a photo when they finish so you can see the results.

Thank you for following my blog!

Monday, October 14, 2013

California Flower

Blooming In San Diego, 5 x 7 " oil on panel ©2013, Fay Terry

I love it when my kids send me photos and this gorgeous flower was painted about a week ago when I received this picture while they were in California. I forgot to post it so here it is in all its glorious color.
I am working hard in the studio and happy with what is happening at the easel.

Thanks for commenting and looking at what I paint!

Sunday, October 13, 2013

Some Favorite Things

From Garden To Table, 16 x 20" oil on canvas, ©2013, Fay Terry

This is what I have been working on yesterday and today. I just completed it and hope you enjoy it.
It's always fun painting things you love which for me that includes Pansies and baskets.
Our Camellias have already begun to bloom so I will probably be starting to paint them soon.

Thursday, October 10, 2013

Fall Festivities

Muffy's Party, 6 x 6 " oil on archival panel, ©2013, Fay Terry

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$75. until October 16th

I just love these bright little pumpkins and the tablecloth beneath them.  They are giving off lots of energy and reminding me of the fun of October.
Soon it will be time for the State Fair in Raleigh, which is where I grew up and attended the fair every year. I hope we get to go this year.

Thanks for looking at my art!

Wednesday, October 9, 2013

Halloween Special

Ghostly Pumpkin, 6 x 6 " oil on archival panel, ©2013, Fay Terry

reduced price (ends October 16th) so you can have it by Halloween

What a spooky fun pumpkin this is! I love the white pumpkins and almost made a Jack-o-Lantern out of this one. Maybe I'll do that soon and paint it again. We are so fortunate to live in a neighborhood where everybody decorates (a lot!) for Halloween and we have huge numbers of trick or treaters.
My husband and I even dress up to answer the doorbell.
This painting  comes with a free easel so you can enjoy it on a tabletop year after year.

Thanks for all your comments and support of my daily paintings. I love doing this!

Tuesday, October 8, 2013

First Choice

Pinehurst Pansy, 6 x 6 " oil on gessobord panel, ©2013, Fay Terry


No sooner did I say "paint outdoors"than the rain came in buckets to keep me in the studio.  I was happy to have some unplanted Pansies on the porch like this one which begged to come inside and model for me.
I purchased three sizes of these baskets to help better organize my studio. I am putting them to good use but just had to empty this one out again because I love painting it.
Pansies are planted here in October and bloom all winter. They keel over when the first hot weather arrives around April.

Thank you for following my blog. I welcome questions and comments always.

Monday, October 7, 2013

Basket Fun

Nantucket Pears, 6 x 6 " oil on panel, ©2013, Fay Terry

 This one is perhaps my favorite of the pear series, which ends today. I love this basket which I 
purchased during the summer and I plan to use it in my paintings frequently. 
I bought some mangoes so they might appear soon. I hope to find time to paint outside this week while we are having these beautiful days.

Sunday, October 6, 2013

Social Visit

Friendly Chat, 6 x 6 " oil on panel, ©2013, Fay Terry

These Bartlett pears may not be ready to eat for awhile. They are very green and hard, pretty to look at but not tempting yet. I remember that pears were my favorite fruit when I was growing up and my mother always bought them for us when they were in season. 

Saturday, October 5, 2013

Standing Together

Anything's Possible, 6 x 6 " oil on panel, ©2013, Fay Terry

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It's a gorgeous day and I have been painting all morning and still have more I want to do. I will be outdoors enjoying the sunshine before long, though!
The pear on the left is giving support so the others can stand for a family photo.

Friday, October 4, 2013

Bartlett Family

Three Stems, 6 x 6 " oil on panel, ©2013, Fay Terry


These are new pears with very long stems and curvy shapes. One of them will stand, the others prefer to recline. The next bunch will be given a posture test before leaving the market. 
They are very pretty and chased the previous group out of the studio. These three have sunny dispositions. They will look great in your kitchen.

Have a fabulous, fun, week-end, I'll be here painting which is great fun for me.

PS I am doing commission paintings for Christmas, so email me if you have something in mind, large or small. The sky's the limit! 

Thursday, October 3, 2013

Complementary, my dear!

Anjou, Anjou, And You, 5 x 7 " oil on gessobord, ©2013, Fay Terry

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Pears are more fun to paint than I ever imagined.  Pear shadows are interesting too. I'll be buying some red pears to paint soon but for right now I want to keep working with the green ones. I saw some at the market with more curves. I think I'll try eating painting some of those. I guess it's time to enjoy consuming these. Tonight I'll be in Chapel Hill and can browse the produce section at Whole Foods for curvy pears.

Wednesday, October 2, 2013

Small Daily

Patriotic Pears, 6 x 6 " oil on gessobord panel, ©2013, Fay Terry

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I am officially back to doing my small daily paintings since many of you have told me you missed seeing them each day.  Thank you for motivating me to get back to posting a painting daily. I do paint every day but since I have been painting some very large works, posting has been less frequent.
So glad to have these  Anjou pears on hand which are very sturdy and show no signs of softening.
Maybe I'll paint another pear painting for tomorrow.

Tuesday, October 1, 2013

Endless Summer

30" x 30" on gallery wrapped canvas (1. 5" deep)

This painting spent far too long waiting for me to notice it in my studio. When I did, it seemed the perfect time to finish it because my Hydrangeas are still in bloom, and I have pears in the kitchen. The painting had only been drawn on the canvas, from a still life set-up that I could barely remember. 
Luckily, along with the flowers and pears, I located the vase I originally drew. It was exciting to work on  an end of summer painting since that is my favorite season.

Haven't given this a title yet, email suggestions to me, PLease! 

Thanks for your comments and for viewing my paintings.