Monday, December 27, 2010
The two children in this painting are both grown now, they asked me to paint their portrait from when they were little and wanted to express something special for their mom. What a special Christmas present for her! I hope this special mom will enjoy this portrait for many years to come!
Sunday, December 26, 2010
I couldn't wait to get my brush in the paint and start painting, especially since I have known Garrett since he was a little boy. Often he would come to our house to play with my two sons. Garrett has grown up to be a fine fine young man and has a respectable and honorable job with the Fayetteville Fire Dept. Wanting to express his love for his God and mankind, I included the scripture from John 15:13. Take a closer look in the background of the painting,"Greater love has no one than this than to lay down one's life for his friends." is written into the flag.
I am posting a few progress pics just to show you how I start my paintings, first I paint a tonal color, then sketch out the subject. One of the first elements I paint are the eyes. Garrett stopped by to check the progress, just to make sure I was on the right track. Sure hope Hannah liked his portrait. Merry Christmas Hannah!
Saturday, December 25, 2010
Friday, December 17, 2010
Monday, November 22, 2010
When asked to paint a white bunny with a pink background for Christmas, I was delighted and up for the challenge. The bow became a problem and I painted it three different times til I was satisfied.
This little bunny will find a warm place to rest come this December, in a friend's warm festive kitchen.
Wednesday, November 10, 2010
Sunday, November 7, 2010
Next Sunday from 2:00-6:00 pm, all of my new snowman paintings will be for sale at Smellie Bloomers Christmas Open House. Smellie Bloomers is located at 501 West Broad Street in Elizabethtown, NC.
"Laugh, Dance, Believe" is my largest snowman, he is painted on a deep gallery-wrapped canvas and is inspired by a charming snowman ornament I saw at Smellie Bloomers.
Come by and see me next Sunday! If you aren't able to make it, and are interested in some of my paintings, just shoot me an email, I will hold it for you! Four of my snowmen have already been sold, never knew so many people collected snowmen.
Inquiries may come to me: firstname.lastname@example.org
Friday, November 5, 2010
Come by and see me, inquiries may be sent to me.
Sunday, October 31, 2010
Monday, October 25, 2010
"Sylvia's Song" was a bit tricky to install, thanks goes to my husband!
Monday, October 18, 2010
My chosen holiday subject to paint this year is snowmen. I began painting them in July! "Bluebird" is special because this snowlady loves birds, looks like she's trying to coax the bluebird to visit the nest she is holding.
"Bluebird" will be on sale at Smellie Bloomers' Christmas Open House November 14, 2010. Inquiries may come to me at email@example.com
Wednesday, September 29, 2010
Monday, September 20, 2010
Last week a dear friend of mine and I went on a little outing. We had fun enjoying the beautiful weather and friendly conversation,. We stopped in a sweet little town and saw some amazing beautifully decorated items. In one store we saw some beautiful calla lillies. I was so inspired, I decided to paint one using warm autumn colors. As I was blending the oil paint, I decided to call upon one of my old tricks of the trade - fingerpainting! I realized that my fingers could smoothly, blend the paint better than my brush!
Sunday, September 12, 2010
Psalm 136:1 is written in the background.
Thursday, August 19, 2010
Saturday, August 7, 2010
Wouldn't this make a lovely gift for your daughter, niece or friend as they go back to college?
Wednesday, July 21, 2010
Who am I kidding, yes, I would have still retired, because we still keep in touch!
Monday, June 28, 2010
I hope you like my "Marina", she was painted for a beautiful lady who also loves the water. I think she is one of the prettiest mermaids that I have painted.
If you would like to commission a special mermaid painting, inquiries may come to me. firstname.lastname@example.org
Tuesday, June 22, 2010
Monday, June 21, 2010
The scriptural mural that I painted for Saundra and Teddy came from the book of Joshua which inspired me to paint this little bird nest.
Monday, June 14, 2010
Sunday, May 23, 2010
Here's to you Hawley, I hope you had a wonderful birthday.......what a lovely young lady you turned out to be!
Monday, May 17, 2010
Ernie is a wonderful hair stylist, but she is also a great friend. I titled the Tuscan scene "Tuscan Romance" because when one thinks of love or romance, you might think of flowers, beautiful scenery, and a little wine perhaps-and a friend or memory to share.
Here's to you Ernie, thanks for being my hair stylist and treasured friend! Love you!
Sunday, May 9, 2010
Tuesday, April 27, 2010
Friends, true friends are like the rarest of jewels. I am blessed to have two dear friends, Mike and Edna. Edna has rocked both my boys when they were infants and has been a dear family friend for years. Mike, her husband and I go back way back b.c. (before children). After leaving Bladen County for greener pastures, he has always come back to visit and stays in touch. As Mike and Edna travel around the world, they send us beautiful postcards, and I have to say, I am quite jealous of their travels!
"Mike's Paradise" is composed of Edna's favorite Hawaiian places. Giovanni's Shrimp Truck is one of the most popular trucks in Hawaii, and from what I understand the shrimp are quite yummy. Matsumoto Shave Ice has been displayed in various magazines, news articles, and television programs. Matsumoto's homemade shave ice flavors are also enjoyed by celebrities such as Tom Hanks, I wonder if Edna met him when she was there?
In the background you will see Kualoa Regional Park's view of the islet Mokoli'i. My research tells me of a little ancestral history of the islet. It is said that the little island originated from the fluke of a cut off tail of a dragon-like creature. Now, the little island is referred to as "Chinaman's Hat" because it resembles a coolie hat to many people.
Wonder where you two are off to next? Can't wait to get another beautiful postcard!
Tuesday, April 13, 2010
My how he has grown, and so handsome! I remember teaching him art in high school, he is so witty, clever and talented too, Crae always added spice and humor to my class.
I am thankful to this family and I am touched, because I know how difficult it is to give someone special a gift that they will enjoy and will treasure. Sharon is a lucky 29 year old (you look great girl!) , her children and husband thought about giving her such a special and unique gift, I am honored. Happy Birthday to Sharon!
Monday, March 29, 2010
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Monday, March 8, 2010
I wanted to depict the mermaid bobbing around in the ocean, just as life's journey takes us up and down as we meet different obstacles and challenges. The tea cup, wine glass, and purse reflect the times I spend with my girlfriends, shopping and sharing conversation, sometimes, my cup surely runs over. "Bling-bling" is one of my nicknames, and the Trollbead bracelet and fantasy necklace I am wearing are gifts from my husband, sons and friends. The peacock is a symbol of good luck, my life is full of blessings: my family and friends. The turquoise wristband on the mermaid's left arm represents the connection I have with cancer, God please help us find a cure for cancer! I have lost several friends and both parents to this horrid disease. My brother is in remission and a very dear friend "C" has battled cervical cancer twice. They are both my heroes!
The crowning glory is the sweet red cardinal that sits on the peacock, apart from me, but very close to me. The cardinal is a symbol of my dear mother, she loved the red bird so! I feel that she is still with me looking out for me.
Wednesday, February 24, 2010
Friday, February 19, 2010
Wednesday, February 10, 2010
Here's to you Louise!
Friday, February 5, 2010
"Mosaic Sugar" is a standard 5"x7" size. Happy Valentine's Day!
Monday, February 1, 2010
Thursday, January 28, 2010
A print of this oil painting is on display at Smellie Bloomers, go by and check it out. A variety of print sizes are available. Can't you picture this beautiful mermaid in your home? Comments or questions may come to me at email@example.com