This is a pine cone from the beach( yes, I do collect them other places if they are large) so I wanted to
surround it with a beach ish color like this gorgeous shade of blue. This one had no pine needles nearby because it was on the sand. It is still a North Carolina pine cone in case you were worried. No two are ever alike.
While I was painting this, the words of the state toast kept running through my mind. I could not remember all the verses but the first verse is forever etched in my mind from my North Carolina History class in elementary school.
Here's to the land of the Long-leaf Pine
The Summer Land where the sun doth shine
Where the weak grow strong and the strong grow great
Here's to "Down Home," the Old North State.
There are actually folks around here who sell and ship these large North Carolina pine cones, some of them even painted bright colors or dipped in glitter. Personally, I prefer the natural version like the one above which we are constantly picking up all over the yard. It's great exercise!
I posted this a few days ago before it was completely finished. I made a large number of little changes all over the painting and I am much happier with it now. It will be available in the Spring Show at Franklin Square Gallery when the gallery reopens for the season on March 3. There will be a reception on Friday, March 7th, for the show which runs through March 22. Please stop by if you are in the Southport, NC area.
I planted lettuce seeds and hope to have a good crop of salad greens in about forty days. This painting was done from a photo of our lettuce several years ago. Did you know that the common name for arugula is salad rocket? By either name it is one of my favorite salad greens.
Hope you had a great week end and thanks for looking at my art.
Remember the movie with Cher and Nicholas Cage? When I was thinking of a title for this one, that came into my head.
I had several inquiries about my pine cone painting yesterday and it is sold, but I am working on some more because I have lots of willing models in my yard and I love to paint them. Stay tuned, and thanks for looking at my paintings.
I'm beginning to love painting roses. I haven't signed this one yet because I still want to work on it. It is one of several I have started this week and I am going back and forth; when I get tired of one, I take it off the easel and work on something else.
This gorgeous Amaryllis is on my kitchen table and I love the way the light from the window is coming through the petals. It has a stalk that is about three feet high so it has to be tied up to stand straight.
There are four flowers blooming now and one bud on the right that hasn't opened yet. This one took forever to bloom but we had fun watching it grow since late November.
This is one of my favorite vegetables and even though it seems to be available almost year round now, I am looking forward to this and many other veggies when we can get locally grown produce. I have been enjoying lots of local collards, some of them from my own garden. It's time to plant snow peas, lettuce, and beets for which I already have the seeds. As soon as the snow melts, I will be out there planting for spring!
Start the countdown, only thirty one days 'til spring.
This Cardinal was busy eating and watching the squirrels eat some of the birdseed which she thinks belongs only to the birds. I don't think there are any bird feeders that are truly squirrel proof so the birds will just have to share.
Happy Valentine's Day to you! The sun is shining and the snow is melting and it's going to be a great day. I decided to play with acrylics today and used only a painting knife to have some fun with color. I hope you enjoy this painting and the great little video I came across recently.
I always enjoy time lapse videos and this one is fun.
This is the painting I've been working on today. I was really enjoying it when we lost power, making it hard to see in my studio since several windows are in the roof and covered with large amounts of snow.
So I gathered all the candles and we'll be playing board games tonight instead of watching the Olympics.
These snowy winter days are causing me to have many thoughts of summer fun. I have been thinking about baseball games, beach time, warm weather, cook outs, and all the things to look forward to once winter is over.
I love watching these Cardinals, especially when they are watching the other birds that have congregated at the feeder. It was nice to get some good photos to paint from and I am very pleased with the way this one turned out.
This little cutie has been spending time on the deck outside the kitchen window. She always seems to be trying to look inside at me and this time I had my camera ready. Every morning and late afternoon a group of Cardinals arrives to eat. The male Cardinals are bright red and the females are a dull greenish color, usually with less color than this one.
Seven states have chosen the Cardinal as their state bird; Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky, North Carolina, Ohio, Virginia, and West Virginia.
I arrived in Port Clyde by mid afternoon on a beautiful sunny day. I had fun exploring and by late afternoon I really wanted to paint so I set up in front of the place I was staying and started on this view of the harbor. They made me a great iced coffee at the ice cream place you see in this painting which really helped since I was standing in sunlight while painting.
I had forgotten about this painting and I added a few finishing touches this morning so I could post this happy memory of summer.
What a fast week this has been! I can't believe tomorrow is Friday already. My color preferences change often when it comes to roses, and right now it is pink that I love. Most of all I would like to smell some sweet old fashioned roses that actually have a beautiful scent.
When I used to paint watercolors, I loved the smell of rose madder genuine pigment because it really smells like roses.
There are so many ways to cut up apples. When I was fixing my apple this morning, I decided that it might be fun to paint. It was good to have as my set up in the studio because I could eat it shortly after I finished.
I found an interesting site which you might enjoy---number four is a good one for Valentine's Day. Click on the link to view.
The bright lights in my studio saved me from realizing how dreary it is outside. It also helped that I was totally involved in painting which usually means I don't even look out the windows.
I painted this from a photo that Patti Mollica took and I thank her for generously sharing her photos when I took her workshop. She will be teaching again soon in Cary, NC and I highly recommend her as an instructor.
I painted this from a photo I took a couple of summers ago. I have painted it before and decided not to look at the previous painting so I could see how differently I would paint it now. I have some paintings to put in the mail today so I still have not had a chance to compare. I am happy with this one and love the colors.
The birds must be confused with the wide range of temperatures we've been having, ranging from two degrees a few days ago to sixty-two degrees today. Having the weather get warmer and brighter has made them start singing again.
We attended a wonderful event in Raleigh last night, the annual VAE fundraiser and Gala. I've been a member of the Visual Art Exchange for several years and it continues to expand. The art was outstanding and I was happy to be able to meet the purchaser of my painting. There was dining and dancing and even fabulous cake art to vote on, which later became dessert.
I bought this bowl about a year ago to use for painting and this is the first time I've painted it. Setting up good still life combinations is not easy, but I am happy with the simplicity of this and the fact that it fills the square format so well.
I love the dark shadows on the turquoise cloth and I always love painting stripes on anything.
I started painting early this morning so that I would be able to watch the UNC-NC State basketball game which will be starting soon. It's a favorite and long running rivalry and not everyone in our family will be pulling for my alma mater, UNC.
There are lots of things going on this week-end which is a good thing after being somewhat shut in by the snow. Can't wait to watch the big game tomorrow, too.