Every time I look at this tiny snowman, I can't help but smile. There are people in our lives like that, too. They are the ones who keep a smile on their face continually, tell you jokes, and speak with positivity. Have you noticed how this kind of thing is contagious? I am grateful for all of you who send me smiles in person, by phone, and by your comments on my blog.
“Sometimes your joy is the source of your smile, but sometimes your smile can be the source of your joy.”
Beauty is everywhere and this angel celebrates the joys of life and the arrival of each new season. Winter is almost here and with it's coming we can turn our attention to enjoying and accepting everything it brings to us. This is a chance to see things with new eyes, even if we are not fond of some of its qualities.
This could be the best winter we have experienced in a long time if we just slightly adjust the way we perceive it. Bundle up, be someone's angel, and spread some joy.
This cute little guy is based on some Christmas tree ornaments I made years ago when Bill and I were first married. I did a lot of sewing in those days, even made all my own clothes from Vogue patterns. I loved embroidery, which almost every one of these stuffed fabric ornaments required. I still have all of them; they have held up amazingly well. The others are Santas, stockings, and Christmas tree balls, all vintage 1970's. I guess I am getting nostalgic this year; maybe I will paint some more of them!
This is a light and airy pine cone; it's tall but not fat and heavy like some that I pick up under the pine trees. One of these days, when it rains, I will have to get one that is very wet and paint it so you can see how different they look when the moisture makes them close up completely.
These December days are picking up speed and I feel that I am not getting enough done each day. Tomorrow I may have to sacrifice some painting time to work on some other things that need to be done, such as decorating the tree.
This is a painting that can really light up a room. The background color looks wonderful on so many different walls. I frame these in the six by six black Franken floater frames so that none of the painting is lost under the edge of the frame. This one comes unframed and it will soon be going to a gallery once it is framed, so let me know if you would like it and I'll ship it to you right away.
I love the shadow this pine cone is making. I set this up in the studio early and finished this in time to post before lunch. There are two more paintings I hope to get done today so I am on track to paint for several more hours. I am thinking about doing larger versions of these since they have been so popular with my collectors and so much fun for me to paint.
I was reading about pine cones and did not realize that parts of them are edible and tea can be made with some of the green pine needles. I have not experimented with this!
I am very pleased with the way this painting turned out with such a festive look. I mixed Grumbacher Red and Alizarin to get a really beautiful shade for the background. I had fun with this one and will probably continue with a few more of these small pine cone paintings.
It has been hard to focus on working in my studio since there are so many good Cyber Monday sales to take advantage of. Last night I purchased Raymar panels and Franken frames on sale so I will be stocked up to start the new year. Today I have been looking at gift items with 30% off and free shipping.
Cyber Monday special, free frame is included with this painting if you buy it before midnight on December 1st.
Once again there are huge pine cones in the yard, especially after some windy days; they are always fun to paint. This one is available and if you buy it on Cyber Monday, I will frame it in a lovely black wood Franken frame for free. The background of the painting is red even though it looks a little pink in the bottom photo.
With Love From Pinehurst, 6 x 6 " oil on gessobord panel
will be available framed at One Eleven Main, Aberdeen, NC
These are busy times with lots of fun things happening. I have a painting in the Fine Arts League Of Cary show and would love to see you at the opening reception on Sunday, December 7, from 2-4 at the
Page-Walker center in Cary.
Also coming up is the first Friday artwalk in downtown Raleigh, from 6-9pm on December 5th. I have some paintings at Visual Art Exchange on West Martin St. I hope you'll drop by if you are in the area.
I am back to one of my favorites-painting pinecones. All of a sudden I realized there were none available as they have all sold. Time to replenish. Let me know if you want one with a special background color.
Here's another Pansy that I painted a while back. I like the gray background and the soft edges of the flower. Glass jars are fun to paint, but usually challenging.
This has been a great week-end since we spent it at the beach. It was cool, but sunny and we had a fun and relaxing time. I worked at the gallery Saturday afternoon; we were pretty busy and sales were brisk.
I hope you had some fun with family and friends this week-end, and maybe some sunshine, too.
What fun it was painting this Pansy and the tiny basket.
We usually get the "Monet Mix" variety of pansies, this time we found some called "Tapestry" at Gulley's Garden Center that have a wide range of colors and patterns in the flowers. The thing I love about pansies is their hardiness throughout the winter and into next spring. If we have snow and ice, they slow down but always make a quick comeback.
This is one of my favorite vessels to stick small fresh flowers into. It came home with me from Provence when I went on a painting trip with a group of friends. I have been busy painting, but not posting as often as usual due to traveling to a portrait workshop for several days last week. I plan to show you some photos soon and tell you about the wonderful teacher we worked with.
When I arrived home on Saturday, I was thrilled to see my new art book which I pre-ordered many months ago. It is Carol Marine's new book, Daily Painting . Fantastically put together with lots of colorful photos and a complete sharing of everything Carol has learned since she began painting, it is the best resource I have seen for artists who may wish to take up this practice or just learn to paint joyfully.
These will make a delicious and colorful contribution to our dinner tonight.
I was late getting started on this painting and it is almost starting to get dark. It's hard to get used to the sun going down so early; there was just enough light to photograph. I am pleased with the way this worked out since I wanted to capture the many hues of the beets and the greens.
I am taking a portrait workshop for the next few days and will try to post when I can.
Sitting Pretty, 6 x 6 " oil on gessobord, Fay Terry
Tomorrow I'll be planting Pansies; we still have a couple of flats that have not made it into the garden yet. This is a repost of one of my favorites from the past. I am so happy to be back in the studio after being away last week.
These red leaves are from a recent walk around the reservoir; I decided they would make a nice piece of "jewelry" for this pumpkin. I am very pleased with this little painting and hope that you enjoy it, too.
It has been a really nice week-end here in the Sandhills, with plenty of sunshine and a touch of chilliness in the early mornings.
The pears have such beautiful color and flavor this fall. They really glow when light falls on them. The best part of setting up pear still lifes is getting to eat the fruit when I am through with them. These will pose a few more times for me, I think.
This has been such an exceptionally fine fall week-end. We got back from the beach a short while ago and I had enough daylight left to photograph this after I finished, now it is dark.
Just a reminder, calendars are available now for 2015 and they are popular so let me know if you'd like one, or purchase below. To see the monthly art selections, please go to my post from October 13th.
My 2015 desk calendars are now available while supplies last. Each
month displays a different painting from the past year. The calendars measure 4" x 8" and are
self standing. Perhaps a stocking stuffer, hostess gift, or gift for a favorite
I am having a 1000th post celebration sale that will last until Friday, October 17th.
All 6x6" paintings will be half price until then.
E-mail me, email@example.com and let me know and I will change the paypal button price for you
on any unsold painting from 2014.
Today is my 1000th post on this blog! I am happy to say that I have really enjoyed the habit of painting daily. I send out a huge Thank You to Carol Marine who got me started with Daily Paintings when I took her workshop in February, 2011. I have learned so much from doing these small paintings and plan to keep it going for a long time. The main emphasis for me is on honing my skills as an artist, so every one I paint teaches me something.
My 2015 desk calendars are now available while supplies last. Each
month displays a different painting from the past year. Below you can
see each month's art selection. The calendars measure 4" x 8" and are
self standing. Perhaps a stocking stuffer, hostess gift, or gift for a favorite
I am a member of VAE (Visual Art Exchange ) of Raleigh and we have partnered with the Junior League for this art show. The distinguished jurors were Melissa Peden and Rory Parnell.
These are two of my paintings that were juried into the Carolina Color show which will be featured October 29th through November 2nd at the Raleigh Convention Center during the 30th annual "Shopping Spree" event. I am so happy to have my work selected.
This is a fundraiser for the Junior League Of Raleigh and its focus on programs for the youth of Raleigh. Click HERE for more information or to purchase tickets for this amazing shopping event. You can get all your holiday shopping done! All of the vendors have high quality, unique items that you will love, not to mention getting to see lots or wonderful art.
I love painting these flowers that are blooming now. This is the first white one I have painted since my husband planted this new color. All our others are either deep pink or red and white striped. It seems early for them to be in bloom but I am always happy to see them. I have painted many in the past and never tire of trying to capture their unique beauty.
Guacamole is a favorite at our house when I make it with a nice ripe avocado, chopped tomatoes, fresh lime juice, garlic, and salt and pepper. There's no garlic in this painting because I forgot to include it in my studio set up that I painted this from. It is pretty unlikely that I would not have garlic on hand. I just planted some in the garden which will give us a nice spring crop of garlic. Love these spidery looking leaves around the stems.
Something else I love is hummus and I buy a certain store brand but would love to have a good recipe to make it. Please send it to me if you have one you love. Thanks!
These blue stripes look much more electric in the photo than they do in person. I think blue is the most difficult to photograph.
More work on this tomorrow. I set up this still life in my studio and will finish it tomorrow. You'll be happy to know that it will not contain pink stripes once it is completed. So far it has been fun and I hope to get an early morning start.
This was the view from our balcony when we stayed at the Lodge at Sea Island where my husband attended a meeting. I did a few drawings of the golfers while I was sitting outside. I decided to paint this one because I liked the abstract feel of the major shapes and the fun of placing the tiny golfers in the composition. The blue in the back is water, and this course has lots of it. This ends my series of Island paintings, which turned out to be a good theme.
The thirty day challenge ends today and I want to thank Leslie Saeta for inviting us to participate. I learned a lot, met some great artists and improved my studio painting time by starting earlier in the day.
Since we live in a town known for its numerous golf courses, particularly Pinehurst Number Two, which recently hosted the Men's and Women's US Opens, I think I may spend more time doing some larger golf paintings. I am looking forward to getting back to working on some commissions and a couple of really big paintings.
Thanks for following my progress through September's challenge and for your comments.
Here is a painting that I have wanted to paint for quite a while; I spotted the sheep on a visit to Sweden. This was late on Midsummer's Eve.
It never really got dark at all and when we finally got to sleep, the roosters began crowing about two a.m. It was one of the best stays on an island that I ever had. Midsummer was incredibly fun, especially dancing after the midsummer pole was raised.
I am back again to one of my favorite islands, Bald Head, with a painting of the golf cart garage of a home near Flora's Bluff. Palm trees have not been in my painting repertoire very long; I have found that I love to paint them, it's such fun.
The main mode of transportation on Bald Head is by golf cart. Every home has at least one for going to the Maritime Market, the beach, restaurants, coffee shop, hardware store, etc. Yes, people do walk but it is a long way to go sometimes and a cart is a must. The roads are all paved and wide so it's easy to get around.
Bald Head Island is one of the East Coast's most important nesting grounds for loggerhead turtles.
Above the door you can see the copper shape of the baffled light. BHI has had a lighting ordinance since 2001 to protect the female loggerhead turtles and hatchlings from dangers associated with exposure to artificial light. Lights must be shielded from horizontal view.
I love watching sailboats and the great variety in the way they appear in the water. This one looks very laid back and dreamy. The afternoon was warm and the best place to be was out on the water in a boat or a kayak.
I had fun playing with the colors on the house while the sun made the roof shimmer and look orange and pink.
This traditional wooden market umbrella reminds me of the one we had when I was about five years old. My mom and dad would always bring it to the beach when we were living on St. Simon's Island.
I can almost visualize the striped pattern that it had but mostly I remember the wood frame under the fabric and how huge it seemed to me then.
It is still raining here in Pinehurst, our broccoli and collard plants are looking really good from the moisture they are getting. I hope you have a restful week-end and enjoy some time with friends and family.