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.
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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".