Monday, December 28, 2009

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

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

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 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")

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")

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")

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")

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 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")

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 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")

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 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 have till the end of December to submit...and Bill will post up to three submissions per 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")

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" watercolor (9" x 11")

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 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")
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 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")
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")
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 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" that I may enjoy the process start to finish.