Monday, December 28, 2009

I Think I Can, I Think I Can-sold!

"Choo Choo" watercolor (4" x 91/2")
SOLD

The best part about daily painting is that you find yourself doing subject matters that previously may not have been "first priority"...what great exercises these are, yet all the while creating little gems. This started out as an inspiration from a TV program...technology today is marvelous...hit that pause button on the DVR...whip out the camera and snap...look over to your very supportive and patient family and say "Thanks". Interestingly enough, throughout this little painting I kept chanting the line from the well known children's book, The Little Engine That Could, ...."I Think I Can, I Think I Can"...and well I think it helped. Maybe today you will find yourself in a place needing those words...well, I encourage you to just say them..."I Think Can, I Think I Can"

Saturday, December 26, 2009

Road Trip

"Cda Los Tortillos, Mexico City" (9" x 12")
available

This was the last stop on the Virtual PaintOut for Mexico City.....and look at this one! As long as you are responsible, you can make it a doozy! (That's a "Corona" sign there). I enjoyed this trip, especially this painting...something about roads that go off into the distant horizon...makes me wonder, what's their story? Did they stop and get "one for the road", did they take a "pit stop", or did they do what my husband does on most road trips "plow on through...with minimal stops"? Do you think how you do road trips are similar to how you do "life"?

Thursday, December 24, 2009

"Christmas Eve"

"Christmas Eve" watercolor (7 1/2" x 8")
NFS

It's Christmas Eve. All the food is prepped. The house is straitened up. All the presents are wrapped. My husband and I just finished watching a movie....he turns to me and asks "if you could do anything in the world, what would you like to do at this moment?". Because of the holidays its been a few days since I've held my paintbrushes, so I instantly respond "Paint". Graciously, he says with a motion"GO PAINT". Tears came to my eyes. Why the emotion? Because I love my husband. I love that he is the one person that "gets me" and is the one person that supports me un-relentlessly....never ceasing in loving me. Why the emotion? Because I really like to paint. I was crying....because I need both in my life and I am blessed to have both in my life. This painting was created through those tears and emotion.

Merry Christmas and may your blessings in the new year be as bountiful as mine have been this past year.

Monday, December 21, 2009

My Friend Stacy - sold!


"Spring Flowers" watercolor (9" x 6")
SOLD

I have a friend, her name is Stacy, and today's posting is for her. Stacy is one of the few people in my life that has actually witnessed the incredible transformation that God has performed in me, which in itself doesn't make her the beautiful person that she is....but that she has invariably and reliantly always been there for me. Her presence has always been this beautifully whisper of a woman, waiting on the outskirts...allowing me to be me...yet all the while ready for the open arms or encouraging word. She is a fun and delightful person, that has not once "related to me in the old"....she has always seen me for who I am in that moment, all the while loving and accepting me. I am so thankful to have Stacy in my life...she is that dear friend waiting patiently for you at the train station...exuberantly waving from a distance while carrying beautiful spring flowers as a token of her love.

Friday, December 18, 2009

Where's the Bling? -sold!

"Poinsettia" watercolor (8" x 6")
SOLD

Isn't this painting a festive one? Unfortunately, some things got lost in photography. With this piece, I tried something new..its called Iridescent Medium. It just a very fine wash of glitter to use mixed in your paint or on top of your watercolor washes. In person and up close, it looks very cool, sparkly, and actually a bit of "bling" to it....from a distance I think it gets washed out, and I certainly wasn't able to capture the "bling".... ah well, it was fun experimenting, and it is a great piece to have displayed on the fireplace mantle for the holiday.

Thursday, December 17, 2009

Harvey Too! -sold!

"Harvey Too!" watercolor (12" x 9")
SOLD (Commission)

In life, these are the moments that you live for...the accomplishment of something you were afraid of failing at. Meet Harvey Too! I was asked to paint his doggie portrait... I had never done dogs, let alone many animals, before this...but I courageously said "yes"...without even seeing the subject (as my husband says "Let's DO this!). Then I got the photos...turns out Harvey Too! is a solid white shepard...hmmm this will be a challenge. But I knocked it out, and it was so much fun....every step of the way. I am so thankful that this challenge was brought my way and that God gave me the strength to say "yes"- because of this I was able to experience some joy and the satisfaction of doing it...now I can more easily embrace the "Harvey Too!"'s that come my way.
P.S. The real life Harvey Too is a sweet and delightful big ol' dog that loves giving kisses with that tongue!

Wednesday, December 16, 2009

Lost that Feeling?

"de Tlalpan, Mexico City" watercolor (7" x 10")
available

Still on my Mexico City trip, virtually that is...this is the second painting for the Virtual PaintOut. This piece was a revealing experience for me as a painter. I really enjoy doing street scenes: something about capturing the daily life, the challenge of perspective, rendering different architecture, playing with colors, and yet, in the end, still trying to evoke the "feeling of the place". Well, this painting had all of the those components, except perhaps the last one...well actually hard to say if I ever really had "the feeling", as the image was taken from Google Maps....a computer took this image, so not only it wasn't me...it wasn't even a human....all this makes me wonder if it effects the outcome. For this painting, I "feel" it did.

Tuesday, December 15, 2009

Life's High Jumps

"Carl and the High Jump" watercolor (6" x 8")
SOLD (commission)

Although I have a deep appreciation for athleticism, and I myself stay physically fit, the High Jump has always baffled me....the thought of jumping...actually hurling yourself over a bar set so high...backwards and in a contorted way....seems like an art in itself. Kudos to all those who have accomplished such a feat (especially Carl)! It looks awkward, I wonder if it feels awkward...but look at how fun it can be too-falling down into a padded mat..... Reminds me of the goals and accomplishments in life....they may be awkward, they may be difficult, but think of the satisfaction of getting over a bar set so high...and how fun the fall down could be!

Monday, December 14, 2009

Tropical Oasis - sold!

"Down Oak Street" watercolor (12" x 9")
SOLD

So the other night I am driving down our street, and quite the vision appeared to me. Now, as most of you all know, I am not considered to be a "realism" painter...but today's painting is pretty true to life (as my daughter says...was there really that much purple?- well no, I used that color instead of black). You see, they often film in our neighborhood, and apparently they had set up for a scene..lites and all. It truly was a site to see...and I wouldn't have believed it if I hadn't seen it with my own two eyes...they converted our little street into a night time tropical oasis! I love when God takes the ordinary and converts into the extraordinary...you just have to have your eyes open to it. Where's your "tropical oasis" going to be today?


Friday, December 11, 2009

Avenida de Quintana Roo

"Avenida de Quintana Roo, Mexico City" watercolor (7" x 8 1/2")



I have found another fun resource and challenge out in the cyber world. Its the "The Virtual Paintout" blog run by Bill Guffey. Artists are challenged monthly to paint images they find using Google Street View Maps in the assigned worldly location. This month is Mexico City. It really is fun to not only see a different part of the world, in a different perspective than you normally would see, and then be challenged to work creatively with it. So fellow artists....even though we are swamped with are commissions and holiday activities...I encourage you to participate....you have till the end of December to submit...and Bill will post up to three submissions per artist....it would be great fun to see what we all come up with. Well, I am off to the virtual world to find that perfect "plein aire" spot to start my next Mexico City painting. Hasta la vista!

Thursday, December 10, 2009

Mountain Reflections

"Mountain Reflections" watercolor (4" x 9 1/2")
available

This was a quick little painting I did. Sometimes I just start with a brush of color on the paper and see what I see. This one instantly took form from the brushstrokes of rose violet (sky) and quinacridone gold (mountains)....then I filled in the "blanks". When a painting is close to being done, I start thinking of a title....sometimes a clever one, sometimes a literal one, and sometimes I defer to a family member. Today's piece was titled by our 8 yr old daughter.

Wednesday, December 9, 2009

Amaryllis

"Amaryllis" watercolor (9" x 11")
available

Now don't these flowers just get you into the holiday spirit.....hard to imagine that Christmas is truly upon us, and that means seconds later it will be the new year...2010 YIKES!!! Well, however fast and furious this season may play out for you, I hope that it is equally peaceful and full of joy.

Tuesday, December 8, 2009

On the Steps

"On the Steps" watercolor ( 9 1/2 " x 4")
This is another little image from our Italy trip...I 've been digging around in old photos for painting inspirations. (And yes, that is my husband sitting there on the step....waiting oh so patiently while I snap the shots). I have actually painted this view before, but it was several years ago....oh my! I have come a long way. I love when God gives me the visual or tangibles in my life to show me how far He has brought me.....it truly leaves you with an appreciative spirit, which is a blessing in itself!

Monday, December 7, 2009

Above the Net - sold!

"Above the Net" watercolor (8" x 6")
SOLD
In life, do you "live above the net", or you waiting for the perfect play to be set up and come your way? I have found that "living above the net" take extra energy....energy to be poised and ready and energy to elevate when needed....much harder than sitting back waiting for the ball to come to me. If, for whatever reason we are not "living above the net", then I feel we are definitely missing out on what God has intended for us in this beautiful life...sure it takes that extra bit of energy....but think of those beautiful plays we get as a result. Who knows, you may just get the game winning spike!

Friday, December 4, 2009

Big Mama's Family -sold

"Big Mama's Family" watercolor (10" x 14")
SOLD
They're here!!! More elephants! Better get out of the way! Did you know that elephants have a very structured social order: the females spend their entire lives in tight knit family groups consisting of mothers, sisters, daughters, and aunties (and all the babies too!). While the males live mostly solitary lives .....hmmm makes you think, huh ladies? :)

Thursday, December 3, 2009

Fox Riverside Theater Study


"Fox Theater Study" watercolor (9" x 12")
Congratulations to Leslie Saeta who won the FREE ORIGINAL WATERCOLOR PAINTING! She too, is an artist...and a daily painter. I just love her work....check out her blog "Painting is my Passion". Oh and the painting she chose was "Down Hope Street Again" . Yay for her!!!
Today's posting is from a study I did a couple of months ago for a commission. The bigger piece was purchased and published in a calendar for Provident Bank. The subject is the Fox Riverside Theater which was originally built in 1929, and has recently undergone renovations. A tidbit of history...this theater was the site of the first public screening of "Gone With the Wind".


Wednesday, December 2, 2009

Walking with Grammy

"Walking with Grammy" watercolor (8" x 5 1/2")
Well its here!!!! We are only 2 comments away from the 50th comment posted. After they come in, I will be randomly drawing for someone to win a FREE ORIGINAL WATERCOLOR DAILY PAINTING. No worries if you don't win, we will be doing another drawing after the next 5o.

Tuesday, December 1, 2009

Peaceful Courtyard -Sold!

"Peaceful Courtyard - Mission Inn" watercolor (30" x 22")
SOLD
I have a confession to make....nearly every painting that I do goes through a brief phase where I am saying "Uh oh, this is not going to work...what a waste of expensive Arches paper", and I am tempted to dump it. But I somehow, and almost blindly, press on...and then viola it appears...it all comes together and usually works. I often ask myself "what is it that makes me doubt the outcome, that almost causes me to quit?" This morning I got clarity and realized that it is very parallel to my real life. It is that "in between zone", the place between the great drawing (the vision) and the finished product...where I sometimes get blurry. I loose the faith and confidence that I can execute it. When this happens in life and in my painting process (even if it is just for a moment), I have stepped out of my "Peaceful Courtyard" and I loose the joy....but as soon as I choose to press on the joy returns. My goal for my painting, and especially for my life, is to never leave the "Peaceful Courtyard"....so that I may enjoy the process start to finish.

Monday, November 30, 2009

Big Mama -sold!

"Big Mama" watercolor (10" x 7")
SOLD
Uh oh...I have found a new love (no worries husband, we are talking in the painting realm here)...its elephants! I have always had a fondness for elephants, like when your daughter asks "what is your favorite animal?", but I have never ventured to paint them. To tell you the truth, I just don't do animals. But wow, this one was so much fun to do, I instantly started another! Watch out....I think there is a lot of elephants coming around the corner!

Saturday, November 28, 2009

A Simple Layup

"A Simple Layup" watercolor (9 1/2" x 4")
Its official....the holiday season is upon us. Are you ready? Am I alone is this, but does it come quicker and quicker each year? And every year, I vow to keep it simple...and to be honest, these last few years have been...so much so that they almost come and go with just a whisper. For me, keeping it simple, keeps the focus on the "Reason for the Season"....so again this year, no big bells and whistles, no fancy slam dunk moves....just a simple layup will do. Happy Holidays everyone!

Friday, November 27, 2009

Pausing Cheerfully

"Tuscany" watercolor 7" x 10"
I have been revisiting my collection of photos from our Tuscany, Italy trip. This piece was inspired from one of the many scenes you see driving around the countryside.....I made them stop the car so I could "point and shoot"...and bless everyone's heart (my husband and our dear friends), they always "paused" cheerfully.

Tuesday, November 24, 2009

The Little Details

"New Orleans" watercolor (12"x 9")
available

This painting was so fun to do...can't exactly pin point why...but I think it was the play of warm colors, depth perspective (love doing street scenes), and the little details like the bicycle, people and signs. I find that when painting, its the little details that can either be a bother (especially if things aren't coming together smoothly) OR the little details can bring me so much joy to do.....kinda like life, huh?

Monday, November 23, 2009

Along the Way

"Along the Way" watercolor (10" x 7")
Sometimes life gets so complicated and hard, that we crave the simple things...the little things that bring us comfort and assurance. This painting does that for me, a simple execution of a simple landscape, yet all the while bringing a sense of balance, comfort, peace, and containment when I view it. For me, I get the balance of the bold and subtle, warm and cool colors. The comfort of a generic scene, nothing surprising about this. The peace of the openness...ah to be there taking it in. And for some reason the fence gives me a sense of containment...like I won't get lost venturing off somewhere that I don't belong. Today, I am thankful for the simple things "Along the Way".



Saturday, November 21, 2009

My "Inspirational Someone" - sold

"Pansies too!" watercolor (7" x 10")
SOLD
It's my dear friend's birthday today (you know who you are!)....and this posting is dedicated to her. She is a "new" friend, but she has sunk into my heart real quick. She is such an inspiration to me, especially how she has been grabbing life lately, making the choices, making changes, sticking to them. The effects that I have witnessed in her...are magnificent and beautiful, inside and out. I am so thankful that I have someone like that in my life....do you have an "inspirational someone" in your life?

Thursday, November 19, 2009

3 Suits and a Red Bag

"3 Suits and a Red Bag" watercolor 8"x 6"
I have discovered there is so much out there in that "cyber world"...you just need to know where/how to look for it...for example, today's posting comes from a small painting I did yesterday in response to a "challenge". My new cyber artist friends led me to Karin Jurick's blog Different Strokes From Different Folks (scroll down to Week #52 Challenge- Airport Travellers). After Karin posts a reference photo, artists are charged to paint and post their work. It is so cool to see how everyone interprets and applies differently.

Wednesday, November 18, 2009

Waiting

"Waiting" watercolor (6" x 8")
What is this fellow waiting for? the bus? He actually looks like he is OK waiting.... but for some of us, why is waiting so hard? My Nana always used to say "life is what happens while you are waiting for the big stuff", and the Bible states that waiting patiently builds character. I guess God thinks I need stronger characteristics....cause He sure has me waiting a lot lately...and I have to admit, I certainly haven't been as patient as this guy looks! Today, I am going to listen to Nana's voice....today I am going to "live" regardless of what it is that I am waiting for. Who knows, maybe I will discover a new character trait (besides impatience)!

Tuesday, November 17, 2009

Friendships in Life

"Castello di Vicarello II" watercolor (4" x 7 3/4")
This little painting was a fresh and simple delight to do! Several years ago, my husband and I travelled to Tuscany, Italy with some dear friends of ours. We had an absolutely fabulous time and one of the highlights was visiting this restored Estruscan castle, Castello di Vicarello (I just love saying it...), in Maremma. The owners so graciously hosted us for an exquisite meal (including abundant wines from their vineyards) and a lovely tour of the luxurious yet intimate retreat. It was an absolutely fabulous time with our friends! (did I say that already?); I suppose that is why I enjoy painting the images that we captured while there...reminds me that its the friendships in life that matter most.



Monday, November 16, 2009

Grande Jete - sold!

"Ballerina I" watercolor (8 1/2" x 5 12")
SOLD

Have you ever found yourself doing something that you never would have thought possible? When you look back at the way you were...what was holding you back? FEAR. If there is one thing I have learned, its that you can't wait until the fear goes away to do something ....that's an emotion that just won't dissipate on its own. You have to press through it. So how do you press on? For me, its my faith and a choice to change. What does my faith give me? the strength to stand up to the fear and the assurance that I will be OK, even if it doesn't turn out OK. But even if I didn't have the faith...I still need to make the choice...I have to choose to activate, to try that "Grande Jete".

Friday, November 13, 2009

Off the Beaten Path

"Yosemite Valley" watercolor (9 1/2" x 13")
available

Have you ever been to Yosemite? Its one of those places you just have to experience first hand. There is so much beauty and intrigue to view and take in; and if you get off the beaten path...Wow! the little surprises you can discover.

Thursday, November 12, 2009

Lil' Gardener- sold!

"Lil' Gardener" watercolor (8" x 6")
SOLD
Isn't this a sweet one? Its funny how little children want to do just what Momma is doing. They watch, they take it all in. Its not what we say, really its what we do that matters. And according to experts, it doesn't stop in the formative years....This painting make me pause and reflect: what am I doing today that is modeling for our daughter....what is in my red watering can? What does she see me "watering"?

Wednesday, November 11, 2009

Hidden Entry

"Hidden Entry" watercolor (8" x 6")

There's a door somewhere behind that most unwelcoming plant....is it a secret door? Is it their main entry, or just one that is used for convenience...and only for people who know about it? This door reminds me of myself...sometimes I put up the guard (the prickly pointed plant) in not allowing people in....but for those that do "know" me (i.e. know that there's a door there)...sometimes they still have to navigate through the barrier to get "in". I wonder what prevents me from clearly pointing out "the front door" and putting out the welcome mat...

Tuesday, November 10, 2009

Load it Up!

"Load it Up!" watercolor (9 1/2" x 13")
This painting was so fun to do! Its a bit of a departure for me..but then not really. I think I have discovered what one of the purposes of this Daily Paintings Adventure is: to push yourself...to free-up in order to allow what ever is in to come out and, all the while, find new ways to do it.

Monday, November 9, 2009

Taking a Moment

"Sa Botiga" watercolor (12" x 9")
available

My very loving and supportive husband is always asking me insightful questions....last night's was "what exactly do you love about painting?" My reply, "I love colors, I love looking at a piece of white paper and putting colors down on it...and seeing what it turns into. I love the way different colors make me feel when I "play" with them."
As an Artist, or an Art Affectionado, "what do you love about painting (verb or noun)?" Perhaps, like this gentleman in todays posting....you can take a moment and reflect.....I would love to hear your answers.

Saturday, November 7, 2009

Down Hope Street Again - sold!

"Down Hope Street Again" watercolor (8" x 6")
SOLD
This small painting is the "little sister" to "There's Always Hope" (a painting that was juried into the South Pasadena:City of Trees exhibit by SoPas gallery and the California Art Club last month). In South Pasadena, there is this side street called Hope Street....its an ordinary street, but I have to say, its always fun to "drive down Hope Street". For me, you never know where you will end up or what you will see.

Friday, November 6, 2009

A Teaser of What Lies Ahead - sold!

"Stroll Under the Jacarandas" watercolor (8" x 6")
SOLD
Here in Southern California there are these beautiful Jacaranda trees which carry magnificent lavender blooms. Jacaranda trees bloom twice a year, once in Spring and then in Fall. The Spring bloom, as most things during that time, is a full blown-out explosion of purple color top to bottom (literally because the blooms fall to the ground as fast as they open up), creating a glorious purple tunnel effect when looking down a street of Jacaranda trees. Curiously, in the Fall the blooms are just a smidgen of what they can be....almost like a teaser of what is to come. I like that, a teaser of what lies ahead....now if only God would do that a bit more in my life.

Wednesday, November 4, 2009

Over the "Rough Stuff" -sold!

"Colorado Blvd. Bridge" watercolor (4 1/2" x 10")
SOLD

Bridges are one of those elements that I enjoy rendering ... for the artist in me: there's always a new way to capture the architecture amongst the flora and fauna....and for the other side of me: the bridge symbolizes a means of getting from here to there, a way over the "rough stuff". I catch myself sometimes though ...always wanting to be on top of the bridge (probably in a hurry to get "there"), not realizing that its down below in the "rough stuff", where the beauty may lay, where things are more interesting, and one can always find a cool vantage point to take it all in.

Tuesday, November 3, 2009

Make a Wish - sold!

"Make a Wish" watercolor (21" x 14")
SOLD
Do you really need a penny to throw into a fountain to make a wish? What if you throw in a quarter, does that increase your chances? Or is it the mere fact that you stop for the moment, identify your need, or want, then "claim it". I had many wishes....but soon realized that there weren't enough fountains for them....and along the way saw that in "wishes" is an "I", and that "I" must do my part. Now I have plenty of money for the Pasadena parking meters. Do you have a wish?
Today's piece is from November's "Painting of the Month" listed on my website.
If you are interested in receiving a once-a-month viewing of the "Painting of the Month", sign up at paintingofthemonth@jhillpaintings.com

Monday, November 2, 2009

Stirring Up the Passion

"Poppy Fields" watercolor (8" x 6")
I recently finished a commission piece, a landscape of poppies. It was so much fun that I have done a few since...I guess I haven't gotten it all out....because even after this little one, I could do another! I suppose that is what passion is about....when there seems to be a never ending desire. Yes, painting is my passion, but it wasn't always there. It was stirred up in me, I allowed it to come out, and have since been blessed to LIVE it out. Is there a passion in you stirring up?



Sunday, November 1, 2009

It's a Way of Life...-sold!

"Rose Bowl" watercolor (9" x 4")
SOLD
Did you know that the Rose Bowl is a National Historic Landmark? And that there are approximately 2,400 National Historic Landmarks (NHL) in the US? I wondered what deems a place a NHL? So I did what what everyone does these days....look it up...on the Internet of course (Wikipedia.org). Well, this is what I learned: sites where events of national historical significance occurred, places where prominent people have lived or worked, icons of ideals that have shaped the nation, outstanding examples of design or construction, archaeological sites, OR places characterizing a way of life. This last one I liked, and thought this is probably the criteria that the Rose Bowl fits into....UCLA football games and starting the New Year off with the Rose Bowl Game......"its a way of life".

Friday, October 30, 2009

Along the Venetian Canal -sold!

"Along the Canal" watercolor (10 " x 7")
SOLD
Colors, colors, colors oh my! I find it fascinating that if a group of artists were given the same image to paint...the resulting works would all come out differently (and that's not due to skill-set). The reality is that artists start off in a similar fashion....drawing the image out on the canvas or paper, its what happens after...the translations...that makes the end products so remarkably unique.
So although it may appear that artists "see" things differently than most, in actuality their perspectives are accurate...its just that their interpretations may be unique. Kinda like life huh, sometimes we assume that because something, some circumstance, or some person isn't translated the way we think it should be....we assume that their perspective and approach is off...but in reality the translations are what makes the world so colorful.

Thursday, October 29, 2009

Lunch Meeting

"Lunch Meeting" watercolor (9" x 6")
available


So here's a couple, a busy couple, who squeeze the few moments that they can to see each other in the middle of their work day. I love how although they are in their business suits, they appear to be relaxed, present, strolling along...all the while holding hands....intimacy amongst the chaos. To me, that is what life is about.....finding the love and giving the love amongst the "busyness".

Wednesday, October 28, 2009

Someday...

"Winter Day III" watercolor ( 4" x 10" )
available

This little painting is the third version of a scene that keeps popping up in my head. I think its revealing to me that I have a strong desire to be sitting out on the veranda of lakeside cabin, sipping a cup of hot tea, cuddled under a warm blanket ....yet feeling the clean, cold, brisk air on my cheeks. Yes, that is a dream of mine....someday. What's your "someday"?

Tuesday, October 27, 2009

All Tangled Up....sold

"All Tangled Up" watercolor (6" x 8")

SOLD




Have you ever found yourself all tangled up? For some people its in relationships with others, or for the rough ones...in a physical brawl. For me, its all in my head that I get tangled up...past issues, current issues, trying to be present....but most importantly trying to be the person God intended me to be. For some reason, its not as smooth as I think it should be, and spend more time untangling and getting myself freed up. Everyday I take on the challenge: how can I be free of the past and move forward from what holds me back? How can I move that hockey puck towards the goal...?




Todays painting was a commisioned piece and a fun one to do. I just love painting action shots...trying to capture the movement and emotions. The subject is professional hockey player Brett Sterling, who has played for the AHL Chicago Wolves and NHL Atlanta Thrashers. For more info, read the great write up of him in USA Hockey Magazine.


Monday, October 26, 2009

Oh Those Orchids...Sold!

"Oh Those Orchids!" watercolor (6" x 8")
SOLD
I love painting flowers...well, let's be real....sometimes. When its in me, I just have to honor it, and do it. This piece is so very small for me, because when I usually do florals...I do them BIG! I have found it funny that my small pieces photograph like my large work, just using smaller brushes. Reminds me of the Hill family motto "Do the small things like you would do the large".

Saturday, October 24, 2009

Pasadena City Hall

"Pasadena City Hall" watercolor (9"x 12")
For the locals....this may look familiar. It was a great warm and sunny day here in Southern California, and I feel this painting caught it. As you can see, even though its Fall...we hardly see evidence of the season....its seems sometimes we are in perpetual blue skies, green trees, and cool shadows. No complaints here!

Friday, October 23, 2009

Wrangling it up!

"Wrangler" watercolor (9 1/2" x 4")
Yipee-I-aye! This adventure I have found myself on, committing to a daily painting, sure has been a great ride. I would like to say that I have the leads and know exactly where I am going...Ah, but no, only God knows that "little detail". Meanwhile, I figure I just need to simply hold on, do my part, view the beautiful scenery from atop, and be prepared for the joyful gallup!

Thursday, October 22, 2009

This is a fabulous challenge!!


"Attitude en Pointe" watercolor (9" x 6")
OK so here it goes....I have challenged myself to paint one painting a day. Since taking this on I have wisely (or fearfully) made some qualifiers: 1) Daily postings will only be of my small works. (For those that are familiar with my work, this in itself is a challenge... as I like to paint BIG). 2) "Daily" will be loosely defined as 3-5 times a week (lets be realistic....can't give up on the BIGGIES....and still be a healthy loving supportive wife and present mom) 3) I will continue on this blogging path as long as it continues to challenge and bring joy to me, yet not feel like a "job".

Monday, October 19, 2009

This is my first posting.......sold

"Dancing in the Rain" 9"x 5"

SOLD


Hello blog world! I have decided to join in. So I have taken up the challenge "to paint a watercolor painting a day" and I thought I would share it with those that may be interested. This is all way new to me, but am very exited. Of course, I decided to post my very favorite painting first. It's SOLD but if you like, visit my website for others that are available.