Saturday, October 3, 2015

About The Joe #4


I was afraid that picking an image so "precise" might push me to relapse into my over-controlling, obsessive-compulsive, picky and perfectionistic, anal, uptight, and stressed-out painting self. So it was risky. To say the least.

Alas! I survived. I was able to finish this without all the above tendencies re-surfacing. Maybe all my Daily Paint Works therapy sessions are working! 

This was a fun painting. Even tho it may look somewhat "tight", it wasn't painted that way. I'm learning to put paint down and leave it alone. I'm learning that "close enough" sometimes works better than "dead on perfect". Who'da thought?

Wednesday, September 30, 2015

Almost Caught Up! (3 more!)

#105 - New School Jitters (Back-to-School Challenge)

I took this picture on Jackson Square (French Quarter, New Orleans) back in the spring. I've been wanting to paint it ever since, but because I'm really not a figurative painter, I haven't tried. What better time to do it then "A Challenge!"

There was actually a whole group of children; apparently, they were on a field trip, all lined up in their matching uniforms. They were there for soo long that they all looked just miserable! Boy, remember those days!?


I posted two others that aren't really numbered DPW pieces. This first is one of my larger pieces that I just finished (link below for the story behind it).  It's called Cloud Farming:


Here's the other one: It's called Cabo Girls (click link for story).


Tuesday, September 29, 2015

To The Gods and Goddesses Of Coffee (three so fa

#103 - About The Joe

I've been out of town a lot this summer. And even though it's been mostly vacation time, it always fills SOOOO good to get home. What I've realized is that one of the things I miss the most is MY COFFEE! Nothing tastes better than that first sip of coffee, in your favorite spot, AT HOME!

To show my gratitude to the Java gods and goddesses, I'm planning to do a small series about coffee. This is #1.

This picture was awful to take without getting reflections. This was the best I could do.


#104 - About The Joe II

This is the second of my salute to coffee!


#106 - About The Joe III

Whew! Started this as the "next in series" for my Coffee Salute. I didn't have a lot of time when I painted it, but I figured it'd be pretty easy. HA! I spent my time that day just trying to get the sketch right! It was a lot harder than I thought it'd be.... all those flattened circles at slightly different angles. UGH! The next day, I finished it up. That was the fun and easy part!


Will post number #105 tomorrow!

Monday, September 28, 2015

Three Fog Paintings

Ok. Back again in my catch-up mode. Next 3 (drum roll, please........!)

#100 - Fog I (DPW Fog Challenge)

This was painted for the weekly challenge. I gessoed the canvas panel a couple times with a lightly tinted gesso (with purple and umber), then sanded in between to try to smoothen it a little. As you can see from the picture, it didn't work that well. Something you might not be able to see in the photo is that the water is a hint warmer than the sky. I used cerulean and raw umber, and alittle sap green for the tree line. Oh, and obviously (and mostly) titanium white. A fun, maybe 10-15 minute painting. :)


#101 - Fog II 

The fog was a fun challenge, so I had to do another one! This one took longer to photograph than paint! 10 minutes to paint, 1 hour to photograph! haha
Same palette as first one. No pure white.


#102 - Fog III

Ok, so I had to paint one more fog painting that day. This challenge was just too fun!
Thanks, Leanne! :)

I ended up getting a lot of comments on this one. Sometimes when you paint something, you don't know whether you really captured what you were trying to capture. Apparently, I did on this one. Ya just never know!


Sunday, September 27, 2015

What?! October?!

I know that summers always whiz by, but September? It's been over a month since my last post, and I really have no excuse. I just lost that entire month. While I keep thinking I'm going to get out on the lake for one more swim, the leaves are changing color before my eyes. True, I've been busy, but I HAVE managed to paint about 15 small daily paintings since my last post.

Below are the first 5 of them (#s 95, 96, 97, 98, 99). I'll post the rest over the next 2 days. Then I'll be caught up! again!

#95 - Lemons For My Water

Getting back into my warm-lemon-water-first-thing-in-the-morning routine!


#96 - Slice of Sunshine

Wow! This was a lot harder than I thought it would be! And it still doesn't look back lit. I should probably try it again another day, when I'm seeing better. Instead of painting what I was seeing, I seemed to be trying to paint a lemon. Do you know what I mean?

Anyway, that's my excuse... and I'm sticking with it!!

And for those artists that nail back lighting every time, I'm open for some pointers!! Thanks!


#97 - People Watching People (Crowd-Of-People Challenge)

What a challenge for this week's challenge!! Whew! Before I do a small figurative piece again, I'm going to learn how artists paint these small figures and make it look so easy!


#98 - Decision

I did this study today on a 5x7, because I'm actually considering painting this image on a 24x30 canvas (with a different background). I may have truly lost my mind! lol


#99 - Lake Shea

I wanted to paint something different today, and on a larger scale than most of my daily paintings. This one is 16x20, and took me about 4 1/2 hours. The reference was from MorgueFile. I don't think Ive ever painted a waterscape -- and only a handful of landscapes -- so decided on this one. The foggy mist grabbed my attention. Because this is a "daily painting", I'm keeping the price lower than my larger show pieces.


Tuesday, August 25, 2015



First cows ever for me! I always enjoy paintings of cows by other artists. In fact, I love them... cuz I love cows. Don't most people, really?  For me, it's the eyes, especially --  those eyelashes!!  And their gentle, sweet expressions ... that look. Awwwwwwwwwww......

If it weren't for last week's daily painting "cow" challenge, I probably wouldn't have painted these. Thanks DPW! I like 'em, and they were fun! Moo

Oranges II



Painted two of these on the same day, trying to loosen up. HA! ...Not so much. (First one was posted on yesterday.)