Saturday, May 30, 2009

"Just a Pepper"

6 x 6 oil on canvas panel

this is it for today - i went to the store late and as i was putting the groceries away i saw this perfect pepper....i'm not sure i captured the perfectness...but it was late and i was rushing....we're celebrating jen's birthday tomorrow so i may not paint but i am aiming to do much better next week! please hang in there and stay tuned....

Friday, May 29, 2009

"The Black Gate"

7 x 9 oil on panel

we had a painting confab at my friend nan's house this afternoon - four of us gathered to paint and i decided to do the neat black gate that leads into her back yard...i was in the sun so i'm not sure about the colors when i brought it inside - i picked the last two peonies this afternoon and put them in some water - very short season for those guys - bummer....

Thursday, May 28, 2009

Back home again.... "Fading Peonies"

6 x 6 oil on panel

we drove home yesterday through a couple separate huge rainstorms - are we ever going to be done with this rain??? - my neighbor says my peonies were absolutely gorgeous while we were gone - as were the beautiful purple flowers on a bush in the front that i don't know the name of..- and now all are gone...i think this is the latest in may we've ever been gone to georgia and i think this will be the last year for that!! - too much pretty stuff to miss -..anyway - i picked a few of the last of the peonies and took them up to the studio - i may do just one tomorrow - and then again, there may be some more peonies that will bloom - i'm new to this peony business - last year, they all blew off with a straight line wind event we had - sort of like a mini's good to be back but as usual something is always amiss when we are tring to re-enter...this time it's no hot water..just as we're getting ready for our showers this we're heading to the hot tub!! -

Monday, May 25, 2009

sunshine and wifi

i changed the colors a little bit in this to make the painting more harmonious...

9 x 12 oil on canvas
here's another "kids on the beach" painting...

we awakened to sunshine today!!! - and wifi!!! - the night before last, we had a rain storm so loud and so long, the ground was sopping - too wet to golf and no access to internet - but today is another day!!! - i finished up some stuff yesterday and will post what i've done. probably my last post for a couple days - packing up tomorrow and the long drive back to indiana on wednesday...

Saturday, May 23, 2009

"Another Sunrise"

9 x 12 oil on canvas

here's another sunrise painting - when i take pictures of my stuff, i can see what needs to be changed - i'll work on this more tomorrow - got to play golf today - only got rained on for a few holes - we were actually thinking about packing up and heading home but we're hanging in there - a chance to play agin tomorrow...i'm thinking positive thoughts!

Friday, May 22, 2009

very quick study

6 x 6 oil on panel

my hubby gave me orders to hurry this is a very quick study of a picture i took several years ago at our lake cottage in northern indiana...i may do a larger painting later but here's my on to golf!

"Moody Daybreak"

9 x 12 - oil on stretched canvas
here's a painting of a moody sunrise on st simons...this is a glorious place for sure. we're finally going to get to golf today so i must get upstairs and paint - we plan to let nels get wet in the ocean today and we have to do that early so she has sufficient drying time...


another reworked painting - i think i like this better -
we woke up to glorious sunshine this morning!! - and wifi!! - so i'm posting early in case we lose it again...i worked on a couple previous paintings yesterday...i think they're better but sometimes i get too caught up...

Wednesday, May 20, 2009

wednesday - just so-so....

9 x 12 oil on canvas
i'm not sure about this guy either - just a daily painting to continue to exercise my muscles....getting tired if the rain...wanting to get outside....
11 x 14 oil on panel

i wanted this to be a sky painting...i don't think it read very well in the picture...after the third straight day of this nor'easter i think i'm getting a bit jaded...or stale..or soggy...

Tuesday, May 19, 2009

"Boatyard by the Beach"

9 x 12 oil in canvas

this is one of my favorites! - our third floor balcony overlooks this old junky-looking boatyard at the edge of the ocean and i really think i captured it - this is a morning view since the sun sets behind us - we have one gorgeous view in the morning ...that's for sure!! and's time for some glorious gumbo and IDOL!!!! lyb

"Big Sky over the Marsh"

6 x 6 oil on canvas panel

another sky painting...i'm loving this - i'm not necessarily saying this is new for me but i'm getting back to the stuff i matter how much i'd like to paint in beautiful layers, i just can't help piling on the paint!....another day of almost total rain - the wind has not stopped howling all day - on the third floor of our beach house, it feels like we're actually swaying! we managed to take nels for a walk around the block and this afternoon my hubby fixed a gorgeous batch of seafood gumbo while i painted. going to post this while i have wifi.... much rain...

9 x 12 oil on canvas

this is the other beach painting i've been working on - we'll see after it sits for a while - the mom actually had a yellow bathing suit on but the pose was not very flattering so i decided to put a little white dress on her. i think i may name this one "Shelling with Mom".

6 x 6 oil on canvas panel

this is of a single shell - no lighting so not very dramatic. it rained ALL DAY yesterday!! - i couldn't even get out on the porch to paint so i set up in the upstairs hall, hoping that the paint smell will dissipate by the time we leave...i'm sure it will - we're sitting in the middle of a nor'easter - winds up to 35 miles per hour - (so THEY say ..i think it's more!) i think we'll at least be able to get outside today for a walk - the rain has stopped for the moment but we'll see..

9 x 12 oil on canvas

this is one of the paintings i'm working on - more kids playing on the beach...i'm not sure this is working - there may be too much stuff going on and the color is what i saw..not necessarily the most harmonious for a painting. i'll let it sit for a while and get back to it.

Sunday, May 17, 2009


i just finished a painting for one of the galleries here but i can't take a photograph of it since it's so dark at the moment. only 5:15 and it's really very dark - very dark and very stormy! - nellie is beside herself!! we keep telling her how much she loves storms and lightning and thunder and just she's just not buying it!! - hope to post tomorrow!

"Three Shells..Sea Shells..."

6 x 6 oil on panel

i pulled these 3 shells out of a candle holder we have here - i think maybe tomorrow i'll focus on just one of them...after my daily painting and a good long walk this morning we headed out to play our first round of golf since we arrived on thursday. yikes!! - bad move! after getting called in 3 times for rain delays, we hung it up after 7 holes - and we were both doing well! - bummer...ah but tomrrow is another day...

"View from the Adirondack"

6 x 6 oil on canvas panel
this is the idea i had while i was sleeping - we have 2 adirondack chairs on the upstairs balcony here -kind of cool- but i placed this one out on the beach - looking out on the water - ...artistic license and all...i may try this again. i'm also working on a painting of 2 little girls playing in the water on the shoreline with their mom - i'll post that when i get finished with it. i'm thinking i may do some shells today - stay tuned...

Saturday, May 16, 2009

fast and loose NFS

11 x 14 oil on panel

in case we lose this wifi connection later today i wanted to get something posted this morning. this is the other fast and loose impressionistic painting i did with janet - i haven't touched this one - don't plan to - you can see a lot of the underpainting to do some errands - i have a plan for my daily painting - thought about it in my dreams but i don't know if it will come off like a planned...more later.... as a post note..this painting has been presented to my surrogate neice as her wedding present. this painting was so much fun to do - i'm so glad it's going to a good home!!!

Friday, May 15, 2009

more stuff

one of the 20 minute paintings...11 x 14...i added a bit today...
a painting from the communal dock near janet's

friday on the island..."Sunrise" SOLD

stuff from daily painting - 6 x 6 - one of the sky paintings i plan todo - if this publishes i'll try and put some other stuff up - this glomming on to wifi is tricky....

Thursday, May 14, 2009

we're here!!

well we made it safely to st simons!! - rained half way and we took it slowly - got here in time for "bones" - still don't know if i can do this daily stuff but i'm going to give it a try. i will paint every day but i don't know if i can post every day a little golf, of course.....or maybe a lot of golf....

Wednesday, May 13, 2009

off to georgia

here's another blast from the past - this is a watercolor i did many years ago and ended up donating it to our local "kids' commons" - i didn't get to a daily painting today but i'm all packed and rarin' to go!..taking all sorts of painting stuff with me - hope i can find a way to post! - as i was getting ready, i came upon more gorgeous sky photos that i've taken over the years - i think i may do a series of fast and loose skies - sounds like fun....

Tuesday, May 12, 2009

"Impending Storm over Satilla"

6 x 6 oil on board

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this picture was taken from janet's dock - looking back toward the treeline. it was the last night and the sky was turning ominous and i had to dash out there and take some pix - what a breathtaking view!! - i'm not sure i captured the majesty of the experience - i'll probably paint this several times until i get it right! we're getting ready to drive back down to st simons on thursday so no posts for sure that day - not sure about tomorrow as we're getting organized. but i think i can post the things i do down there - at least i hope so - my techno friend carolyn helped me today so i may be all set! - if i can't get wyfi down there i'll get back in touch in two weeks. lyb

Monday, May 11, 2009

too tired....

i worked in the yard ALL day! - planted everything - so i am tired!! - didn't have the gumption to head up to the studio so i thought i'd offer another oldie - this is for my father-in-law - it's called "love one another" and i love these guys!

Sunday, May 10, 2009

"Back to Nature"

6 x 6 oil on board

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this is from a photograph i took many years ago. i really like the composition. while i was outside photographing it, once again, the painting got taken by the breeze and blew over. i tried to pick the little stones out of the water but the sky will have to wait. you can't see them very well but they're there...for the moment... happy mother's day to all of us. lyb

Saturday, May 9, 2009

"Little Satilla River"

7 x 9 oil on canvas board

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ok here's the deal - i wanted to do a very spontaneous, very loose impression of one of the fabulous views i've experienced over these past workshop days...this is looking out from janet's veranda...sort i said..."impression"....

Friday, May 8, 2009

check it out

this is one of nan's fabulous paintings - see how good it looks in this frame!


my new friend mary ann and her painting of the little satilla - we had such a good time and you can get an idea of the view from janet's veranda - what paradise!

linda and her paintings

here's my new friend linda showing off 2 glorious paintings.

carolyn all smiles

here are janet and carolyn on janet's glorious back porch overlooking the little satilla river. this was the last day - final critique of the workshop and carolyn had some beauts! - pretty good for her very first ever workshop!!

finished demo

here's janet's finished demo - a peach, huh? - and you can see a bit of the marsh view she was working from.

janet powers at work

here's janet demonstrating, teaching all the while...with my new friends lane and jackie looking on and sopping it up. we were in a glorious spot with a panoramic view of marsh and water. fortunately we could work out of the sun either here where janet demoed or up on the balcony where i joined many of the gals. it's good to be out of the sun, not only for our girlish complexions but for the painting process as well - things never look the same when you come in out of the glaring light and it's reallly hard to figure out values and color with the sun beating down. there was also a glorious breeze keeping the no-see-ums away. this was the second day and in the afternoon she had us do 3 twenty minute paintings, some of my most fun and probably best work. i won't be able to post any more of my stuff til next week when we drive back down. had to buy flowers today in hopes of planting tomorrow..if it ever stops probably won't get a daily painting done. we'll see..

Monday, May 4, 2009

more stuff

i can't seem to get my third painting to turn around the right way so i may post that when i get home - in the meantime...
this is the broken down shanty on the water - so much fun to paint - with each gal putting her own spin on it - janet is wonderful..she knows what to say to every one of us to encourage, exhort, inspire...i can't wait for tomorrow....

afternoon stuff

sketch of my friend carolyn

our first day with janet powers

16 20 oil on canvas

this was such a fun day!! - we met at janet's studio last night for some wine and some chat and to meet the rest of the gals. - what a nice group of people! we set out this morning at 9 and painted all day - the morning was spent at epworth by the sea - a picturesque spot with lots of painting fodder. after lunch we went over to this little spot on the water where we painted a ramshackle shanty. i tried to be fast and loose ( following janet's urging...)and so i ended up with 4 pieces for the day - the last one with 10 or 15 minutes left before our i did a little sketch of my friend carolyn at her easel. (tomorrow i may paint my friend nan...)

Saturday, May 2, 2009

"More Beach Babies" SOLD

6 x 6 oil on linen panel
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here's another painting of those two little guys on the beach - they were so busy that day! - i'm leaving tomorrow for a 3 day workshop and i may or may not be able to post while i'm there - i just found out there's a possibility i can do it so we'll see - if not, i'll get back in touch on thursday or friday.

Friday, May 1, 2009

"Mount Sopris - Carbondale"

6 x 6 oil on board
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this is a little study of one of the mountains near carbondale. some friends have built a home out there and i know i need to get out there to paint this gorgeous scenery. i think this is sopris or maybe one of the other many beatiful mountains in the area. pretty, don't you think?