Monday, March 31, 2014

Imaginary Chicken

Purple Feathers, 6 x 6 " oil on panel, ©2014, Fay Terry

This is the tenth and final chicken in the series I have been painting. It sure was fun and now I am ready to approach some new subject matter.
We spent the week-end in Asheville where we had a great time. We saw some wonderful art as we visited some of our favorite shops and galleries and even had the fun of waking up Sunday morning to a beautiful snowfall.  

Sunday, March 30, 2014

Little White Hen

White Leghorn, 6 x 6 " oil on panel, ©2014, Fay Terry

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This gal is on the way to the hen house to hang out with the girls. She can't wait to catch up on all the latest news. Sometimes I feel that way after I have spent many days painting-time to get out and see what's going on. Girlfriends are the best!
Hope you've had a great week-end and are looking forward to some warm days.

Saturday, March 29, 2014

Big And Tall

Snazzy Rooster, 6 x 6 " oil on panel, ©2014, Fay Terry


All of these colors together give me a happy feeling because they seem to sing. This chicken is one of the tallest I have seen and even though he did not have a lot of different colors of feathers, he was gorgeous. I am very pleased with this one.
I hope you enjoy this one, I have big plans for him. (a larger painting for sure!)

Friday, March 28, 2014


Stepping Out, 6 x 6 " oil on panel, ©2014, Fay Terry

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This is a French rooster that I photographed in a beautiful little town we visited. The yard of a lovely home we were invited to was full of chickens. Behind the house there was a large pasture with beautiful cows who wandered over to see us.

Thursday, March 27, 2014

Artful Chicken

Monet's Rooster, 6 x 6 " oil on panel, ©2014, Fay Terry

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A very short distance from his home at Giverny, Claude Monet had a chicken yard. The Foundation Monet continues this tradition and, like the artist, has a different breed of chickens each year.  Monet loved to have fresh eggs available and the  two egg boxes in the pantry could hold more than a hundred eggs. The flock consisted of mainly hens, with just a few roosters on hand.
This is from a photo I took on the grounds several years ago on a visit to Giverny.
All of the chickens appeared very content in their beautiful surroundings.

Wednesday, March 26, 2014

Wednesday's Chicken

 Black And White, 6 x 6 " oil on panel, ©2014, Fay Terry


This is an Ancona chicken which has a distinct plumage pattern of black feathers tipped with white. They are named for Ancona, Italy, where this breed has been raised for centuries. They came to the U.S. by way of England in the nineteenth century. These chickens have a white ear lobe which is a predictor of white shelled eggs.  A chicken with red ear lobes generally lays brown eggs.

Tuesday, March 25, 2014

Meet The Boss

Fine Feathers, 6 x 6 " oil on panel, ©2014, Fay Terry

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This black rooster looks mighty fine surrounded by all these primary colors. I think you can tell I'm in a spring frame of mind. It's not easy to stay indoors in my studio on these pretty days. 
I hope you enjoy this rooster and there are even more on the way! 

Monday, March 24, 2014


Top Of The Hill, 6 x 6 " oil on panel, ©2014, Fay Terry


This rooster has a grand view from here, no wonder he seems to be staring ahead as if he owns the territory. I love the play of the pastel sky colors against the bold feathers. 
If you have any chicken photos you would like me to paint, please send them, I can always use more.
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Sunday, March 23, 2014

Standing Tall

Corn Flake King, 6 x 6 " oil on panel, ©2014, Fay Terry

This is the second in my series of chicken paintings and I am really enjoying the time spent on these.
I don't eat chicken or eggs and it is sad to see a truckload of these birds in cages on the highway.
Times have certainly changed since our ancestors could go out on the farm and get a chicken for dinner.
Up until the 1950's most flocks were raised on pasture land.
This rooster has such gorgeous feathers and was really fun to paint.

Saturday, March 22, 2014

Tall Feathers

City Rooster, 6 x 6 " oil on panel, ©2014, Fay Terry

It has been a while since I painted chickens and these are going to be very colorful ones.
They have always been popular, perhaps because they are one of my favorite subjects.
I have taken so many chicken photos, including some in a Buddhist Monastery in Bhutan. I never miss an opportunity to get a picture of one.
This one is going to Raleigh next week to Tipping Paint Gallery.
Thank you for viewing my paintings. I love your comments.

Friday, March 21, 2014

Final Four

Glowing Narcissus, collage, ©2014, Fay Terry

Can you believe it's already Friday? I decided to make this a short series because there are so many things I am inspired to paint and I am working on some larger paintings at the same time. I can hardly wait to get into the studio each morning and work. Some days I have uninterrupted time, but most days there are little distractions and things to take care of that have me starting and stopping. I am learning to get back to work quickly and keep pushing myself. I feel so fortunate to love my job.

Thursday, March 20, 2014

Sky Pink

Up In The Air, 6 x 6 " oil on gessobord, ©2014, Fay Terry

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There have been such colorful skies recently and lots of pink with the sunrise. I am usually on my way to yoga about that time and can't stop to take photos.  Soon I'll be able to paint outside on a regular basis, which I am eager to do.
I hope you enjoy this bright flower today!

Wednesday, March 19, 2014

The Art Of Delight

Leaning In, 6 x 6 " oil on gessobord panel, ©2014, Fay Terry

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The sun is trying to come out. It already looks brighter so this afternoon should be really nice with sixties and sun forecast. 
I plan to paint a few more flower paintings and then start on another subject as you will soon see.
This week is going by quickly as it always does when there is so much to be done at home, in the studio, in the garden, not to mention March Madness. 

Tuesday, March 18, 2014

Looking Into Flowers

It's What's Inside, 6 x 6 " oil on gessobord panel,©2014, Fay Terry

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These are fun to paint with all the curly edges around the center part of the flower. They have taken a beating from the weather yesterday and today. I drove by one area where several were torn apart from the wind and ice. 
Every spring they take my breath away with their beauty. I plan to do a 6 x 12 painting of these if I can get to it soon. Maybe Thursday...

Monday, March 17, 2014

A Little Green

Just In Time, 6 x 6 " oil on gessobord panel, ©2014, Fay Terry

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Rainy, rainy, rainy day on which I am so glad I cut this bloom.  There is a little ice in the rain which would have been hard on this delicate flower.
More to come.
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Sunday, March 16, 2014

New Collage

I must admit, it's fun making these collages. I found a site I like for doing them, and it is fun and easy. I wish I had more time to spend playing around with it but right now there is a lot going on so I haven't had much chance to experiment more.  You get a 40% off coupon the first time you use it so I think I am going to have a poster printed of my Pine Cone Collage.
Hope you've had a great week-end.

Remember to wear green tomorrow!

Saturday, March 15, 2014

Saturday Special

Wide-Eyed, 6 x 6 " oil on gessobord panel

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This is from a different Forsythia plant with blossoms that are more upright and larger. It is the final one of this series and tomorrow I will show them all together in a collage. This is the brightest one and I really like the more pronounced orange centers these have. 
Thank you for all of your comments, and I appreciate all the support I get from ya'll on a regular basis.

Friday, March 14, 2014

Sparkling Air

Spring's Arrival 6,  6 x 6 " oil on gessobord panel, ©2014, Fay Terry

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This is a second version of the first Forsythia painting that I did. I wanted to do another one so that all of this series would be painted in the same style. Now they all look as if they belong together. That means I still have one more to do since I planned on a group of six.
I certainly do love working this way in a series.
Happy Week-end!

Thursday, March 13, 2014

13-14 flowers blooming

Spring's Arrival 5, 6 x 6 " oil on gessobord panel, ©2014, Fay Terry

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These flowers were glowing in the sunlight this afternoon. I'll bet you're wondering how many more paintings I will add to my "Spring's Arrival" series. The answer is one more and then I have a new subject to start on. This one has made me start thinking ahead to all the good things that happen during the next few months. There is so much to look forward to!
Thanks for looking at my art blog.

Wednesday, March 12, 2014

Flowers Before Leaves

Spring's Arrival 4, 6 x 6 " oil on gessobord panel, ©2014, Fay Terry

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One of the things that is unique about Forsythia is the full blooming of the flowers before the leaves really come out. You may see just a few green leaves when it's in bloom, but not many. It's a sudden burst of sparkling yellow color then just plain leaves for the rest of the summer.
I mixed up as many yellows as I could think of today, which made it fun to paint them into the warm and cool petals. 

Tuesday, March 11, 2014

Afternoon Leisure

Spring's Arrival 3, 6 x 6 " oil on gessobord panel©2014, Fay Terry

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It looks as if I have another series going with Forsythia. The best part is that my neighbors next door have a huge beautiful Forsythia shrub between our yard and theirs that hasn't even started blooming yet so I will be able to get more photos soon.
I do think it's strange that theirs gets full sun and ours are somewhat shaded but are blooming like crazy.

The temperature is seventy seven degrees so I am taking the rest of the afternoon off to go have coffee with a friend and sit outside at Java Bean Plantation. I did three paintings today so I earned a break!

Monday, March 10, 2014

Sunny and Warm

Spring's Arrival 2, 6 x 6 " oil on gessobord panel, ©2014, Fay Terry

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What a wonderful day it has been. The weather is warm and sunny, I have done a lot of painting today, and now I am going to walk the dogs with Bill and do our three mile loop before dinner. If he will hurry home from work, we can get going soon! I am so ready to be outside in the sunshine.
Thanks for viewing my art.

Sunday, March 9, 2014

Blue Sky

Spring's Arrival, 6 x 6 " oil on gessobord panel, ©2014, Fay Terry

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Forsythia heralds the arrival of spring and so does the current temperature of sixty-eight degrees.
I am on my way out the door to walk around Reservoir Park with my husband. Hope you have had a great week-end. Thank you for following my art.

Saturday, March 8, 2014

Spring Flowers

Tulips and Beach Finds, 6 x 6 " oil on panel, ©2014, Fay Terry

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We had lots of fun last night at the Art Show at Top Of The Hill on Franklin Street in Chapel Hill.
There were many wonderful pieces of art which included paintings, pottery, and jewelry. 
Numerous local artists donated their work including Vidabeth Benson, Carmen Elliott, Jane Filer, Kim Werfel, and  Andria Linn.
My four paintings all sold which made me happy.

Friday, March 7, 2014

All Together

Pine Cone Series, March 2014

The pine cone series has come to an end and I have several ideas for my next group of dailies. These were very popular and I learned a great deal with each one I painted.
As I look outside today, I see all the pine cones on the ground and in the trees have closed up tight due to all the rain we are having. The good news is that we have sunny, warm days ahead next week!
I hope you have a fun week-end.

Thursday, March 6, 2014

Blue Shadow

Carolina Blue, 6 x 6 " oil 
on panel, ©2014, Fay Terry

My husband likes all the pine cones I have been painting. I am really happy with the way they have turned out. People seem to like them as gifts, too. Let me know if you want to commission one on your favorite color background!

Wednesday, March 5, 2014


Regal Pine Cone, 6 x 6 " oil on archival panel, ©2014, Fay Terry


The shape and stature of this very large pine cone has caused this one to be my favorite so far.
I am drawn to this combination of colors and when I set it in my shadow box on this cloth, I loved the way it looked.

If you are in Chapel Hill on Friday, March 7, you might want to stop by Top Of The Hill for the art show, "Through Women's Eyes, By Women's Hands" which is an annual fund-raiser for The Compass Center For Women And Families".  I will have four paintings there in the silent auction, (which is anonymous art until after your purchase.) Bill and I are attending and it is always fun.  If you would like to learn more, click for details 

Tuesday, March 4, 2014

Seed Container

Resting On Red, 6 x 6 " oil on archival panel, ©2014, Fay Terry


I have brought quite a few pine cones into my studio and I am beginning to see numerous seeds on the floor that have fallen out of them.  The paper thin seeds have wings which aids in dissemination by the wind.  They are also spread by birds and squirrels. Sometimes the cones are also full of insects, but I don't think I have to worry about that since we have had so much freezing weather recently.

Painting these is like putting a puzzle together and it is fun because of all the value changes. (light and dark areas).
I am enjoying this series and I appreciate all of your comments. Thanks for viewing my blog!

Monday, March 3, 2014

March Monday

Pine Cone On Linen Towel,  6 x 6 " oil on archival panel, ©2014, Fay Terry

I've been using some bright backgrounds so today I decided to try a softer color using one of my favorite kitchen towels. It was purchased in France and is the most wonderful soft and absorbent linen.
There are a lot of small items that I don't put in the dishwasher and these towels are great for drying dishes and hands.

Sunday, March 2, 2014

Pine Needles

A Few Needles, 6 x 6 " oil on archival panel, ©2014, Fay Terry

Our area is excited about the back to back U.S. Opens that will be held here soon.
There has been so much preparation done to host both of these Championships at the famed Pinehurst No. 2 Course. This will be the third time we have had the honor of attracting the U.S. Open Golf tournament, but the first time we have had the Women's Open the week following the Men's.
If you love golf, this is the place to be for two weeks in June.

When I came up with the title for this painting, I was reminded of the wonderful plethora of pine related names we have here. The towns of Pinehurst, Southern Pines, Pine Bluff, Whispering Pines, as well as resorts like Pine Needles Lodge, Pinehurst Resort, Mid Pines Inn, Pinecrest Inn- you get the idea. It's a pretty terrific place to live.

Saturday, March 1, 2014

Pine History

Conifer Cone, 6 x 6 " oil on gessobord panel, ©2014, Fay Terry

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 Pine trees have been important to the economy of our state for about two hundred years.  Much of NC's past was shaped by the longleaf pine. Cattlemen, turpentine producers, loggers, and even health resorts ( which is why Bostonian James Walker Tufts founded Pinehurst ) were born within and thrived under the longleaf pine. Its historic importance is recognized through the State Toast and the official State Tree.
What I find most amazing is the fact that of the estimated 1630 plants found in the southeast, more than half of them are found only in the longleaf ecosystem. This astonishing biodiversity is second only to a tropical rainforest.

I have always found trees fascinating because my dad graduated from the University Of Georgia in 1936 with a degree in Forestry and immediately got a job in Africa managing rubber tree plantations for Firestone. He knew and loved every species of tree and though I don't have his knowledge, I do love trees of all kinds.