Wednesday, March 31, 2010

Title the Untitled #3

"Cherished Beginning"
watercolor  (9" x 6")

Well, yes, its that time again..."Title the Untitled #3".  Let's see what you all come up with...get those creative juices flowing....get in the moment and see what comes out! And just so you know, our daughter has taken the title "First Kiss" out of the running.....

Don't forget the winner for best title is announced in the monthly J Hill Paintings newsletter.  To see who won best title for Untitled #2 be sure you are on the email subscription (upper right hand corner of this page).

Monday, March 29, 2010

Family Time at the Beach

"Family Time at the Beach"
watercolor (8" x 10")

When life gets hectic...when life gets a bit overwhelming...when life gets loud...its time for the family to head to the beach.  What can be more fulfilling then frolicking in the waters, massaging your toesies in the sand, basking in the warmth of the sun, and enjoying the shelter of the sun umbrella? Can't get to the beach at the drop of a hat?...I understand...just close your eyes for this moment...smell that sea air, imagine the cool ocean breezes and hear those giggles from

Friday, March 26, 2010

I Do

"I Do"
watercolor  (9" x 12" )

I take you to be my wife, my partner in life, and my one true love.  I will cherish our friendship and love you as long as I live.  I will trust you and honor you, laugh with you and cry with you.   I will love you faithfully and genuinely, for better-for worse, for richer-for poorer, in sickness and in health until only death shall part us.

Tuesday, March 23, 2010

Italian Horsemen

"Italian Horsemen"
(4" x 9") watercolor
Yep...another image captured from our Tuscany trip.  Even the horses look better over there!  Just gotta love Italy.

Saturday, March 20, 2010

Just Married

"Just Married"
watercolor (10" x 7")

A sail is at mercy to the wind
yet understanding it's power
one can explore the corner's of God's earth

A seedling is at the mercy to the sun
yet in moderation
can grow and touch the edge of heavens

A child is at the mercy to the life ahead of it
yet with pain and praise
can find the treasure of mercy in the life it lives

A heart is at the mercy to the love that makes it beat
yet beating with another
creates a love helpless to its new rhythm

I am a sail, a seedling, a child, and a heart
yet I have found my wind, sun, life and love
For in the sum I found my wife.

~  husband to wife

Thursday, March 18, 2010

Pauline Chapel- SOLD!

"Pauline Chapel"
watercolor (9"x 12")

Through my new cyber-"Blogville" friend, Dana Cooper, I have found a fabulous monthly painting challenge called A Day Not Wasted Painting Challenge.  It is generously hosted by Lee Brown, a photographer and artist. This month's image was from the Pauline Chapel in Colorado Springs, Colorado. Once a month he will post a fantastic photo taken on his many travels for us to paint...he definitely has a strong creative and compositional eye so I am very excited to see what comes next month.

Tuesday, March 16, 2010

The World in Front of Her -SOLD!

"The World in Front of Her"
watercolor  (5 1/2" x 8")

She has the world in front of her.
She has seen the world, yet so much more for her to see.
She has friends and loved ones, some with her for brief moments,
some for a lifetime. Each one she cherishes.
She sees life freely and full of love. She has a magnificent smile that she so generously shares.
She has the whole world in front of her.
Today is her birthday…Happy Birthday Karen!

Sunday, March 14, 2010


watercolor   (9" x 12")
Well, I thought it was time I dabbled a bit more in the animal kingdom.  Being as we are in the "Year of the Tiger" (based on the Chinese Lunar calendar) ...and that my husband is a "tiger"...well why not paint a tiger?  This was a fun piece to do...trying not to get bogged down in the stripes and coloring...yet enough suggestion to have my little friend read well.  Hmmm, do tigers read? :)

Friday, March 12, 2010

The Perfect Image-SOLD!

"6th and Spring, LA"
watercolor (12" x 9")

Have you ever had an experience that you know will have a huge influence on your life?...that you will never be the same?...that it is so profound that it's effects will take some time to manifest? Well on Tuesday, I was blessed to have had that in my life. And it all started here....driving into downtown Los Angeles. Today's painting is from an image I captured while driving (yes...and you can tell from the perspective and the street lights...I was actually driving, not stopped at a perfectly timed light this time). It was mid-morning, the sunlight was high enough to start creeping into the streets between the sky scrapers- a painters delight. But this is not what it was about me capturing "the perfect image" to was about serving the homeless at the Midnight Mission. Our beautiful friend, Karen, so kindly arranged a group of us to volunteer in food prep and serving lunch to the homeless men and women that the Midnight Mission benefits. After the food prep, my task was to hand out plastic cups with iced tea and napkin-wrapped forks to every homeless person that came through the line with a tray of food. I stood there, and by the grace of God...looked into every individual homeless person's eyes, smiled, had a tiny exchange of dialog, and felt their spirit. I served half of the 550 homeless people that afternoon...and it truly felt like 5 minutes had passed. The only indication that it was really an hour of serving food, was that my face hurt from genuinely smiling. I felt strong, I felt beautiful (even in the funky hair net and plastic apron!), I felt fully present, I felt joy. It was at that moment that I finally understood what the true meaning of "serving" is...and that this is what God has designed for all of us...I had finally found "the perfect image".

Wednesday, March 10, 2010


"Snow Drift"
watercolor (9" x 12")

Sometimes you just need a simple image to paint. Sometimes you just need a simple view to take in. Sometimes you just need that simpleness. Today, I invite you to sit back, maybe with a cup of coffee, tea or hot cider (or for those of us in Southern California...iced tea...sorry) and take in the simpleness...

Sunday, March 7, 2010


watercolor (7" x 5")

Today is my friend Sonia's birthday....this painting is dedicated to her. Sonia is a great lady...she's the friend you would want to do ANYTHING with ...Girlfriends, you know what I am talking about here...she is the "go to" girl, she is the one that you always feel better after seeing her...even if its a mutual gripe session....or that you got stuck in the rain! I love that Sonia is in my life and I am thankful for her friendship...everyone should a friend like that.

Thursday, March 4, 2010

Title the Untitled #2

"Almost Home"
watercolor (12" x 9")

"Wow!" That's all I can say...this painting just flowed out so easy and simple...starting with a very inspiring photo I took a few months challenge in this piece was to capture the light - yet the darkness of dusk.

But what's the story here? Anything you again, it's your turn to "Title the Untitled". Remember, the best title will be announced in April's Newsletter.

Wednesday, March 3, 2010

Pathway to Belforte

"Path to Belforte, Italy"
watercolor (14" x 19")

This painting was a true delight to do...the way it came together...the colors, the depth (in perspective and in value saturation)...the warmth and cools...and more importantly, the memories of a special trip to Tuscany with our friends. This was a path that, believe it or not, started right at our Radicondoli villa and went into the neighboring village of Belforte. This historic route was once the main means of communication between the two villages (people on foot, horseback or donkey!)-----what! they didn't have phones, texting, IM, skype, email or even "Blogville" to post in ?? !!!

  • It's time for March's Newsletter to be released. I encourage you all to sign up for it (in upper right corner of this page)...there are a lot of cool features in it including Art Factoids and announcement of Blog winners!! (note cards for commenters and BEST TITLE for the Untitled #1 ); there is still time to be included in the March newsletter.

  • Also, don't forget I offer phenomenal full size greeting cards of ANY J. Hill original painting. These greeting cards are customizable (I can upload any image, and you can put anything on the inside..or leave blank) and they can be purchased singly or in bulk for a significant discount. These cards would be perfect for holidays like Mother's Day and Fathers Day which are fast approaching.
Well, back to my pathway to's time to take that brisk morning walk...staying clear of the grazing sheep.

Monday, March 1, 2010

On My Way

"On My Way"
watercolor (10" x 7")

When I saw this gentleman walking along, I could just tell he has seen a lot, he has lived a full life, and yet there is still a real purpose in his day. And even though I was in my own little bubble (driving in my car - hiding behind the camera), I could feel his strong charismatic and wise personality. I felt him...and that even though he was on his way in his purpose-filled life; I know that if our paths had crossed he would take the time to dialog and be present with me. Today, and especially later in my life when I am "On My Way", I would like to be more like this gentleman....wise and present.