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Monday, June 29, 2009

"Faint Reflection"

6 x 6 oil on canvas panel

we had the best time in michigan! - gathered with old friends - ones i've known 50 or 60 years!! how bizarre is that?? and today is just scrumptious outside! - i am so lucky to have 4 of my 5 grands here for a giant sleepover - all but the youngest who's celebrating his 2nd birthday today. anyway..they're out in the pool as we speak with papper and jase and i need to get back out there! more later....

Thursday, June 25, 2009

"Self Portrait #1"

14 x 11 oil on stretched canvas

my very first ever self-portrait@!!! - since i didn't study art in school...(actually i'm a registered nurse..).. i was never required to do a self-portrait in school - something i'm sure all formally trained artists have done. one of my favorite artists, carol marine, posted her portrait and talked about something called david lobenberg's self-portrait "love in" and i wanted to give it a try. we had a group paint-out today in my friend jane's back yard - the lighting wasn't dramatic - i tried to stay in the shade pretty much since it was over 90!!! but little by little i think i captured myself.. sort of..with the girls' help, of course- along the way, my nose was too long, my face was too wide, my eyes were too close, my face was too long - so hard to get a likeness, especially while holding a hand mirror in 90+ degree heat!! i didn't paint in my bifocals which of course i was wearing..maybe i'll add them later when i have time - we have to get ready to pack and head north to visit friends in michigan for the weekend. no posting til next week! -

Wednesday, June 24, 2009


6 x 6 oil on panel
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it was hot today! - very very hot!!! - i played tennis this the heat...whew!! - as i was finishing my daily painting my hubby came to the studio and announced that our brand new one-year-old- air conditioner was broken......broken...and now it's hot in here...very hot....

Tuesday, June 23, 2009

"Apple and Copper" SOLD

6 x 6 oil on panel

this is an old copper pot i've had for years - the photo somehow doesn't translate very well...the apple sure is yummy though...

Monday, June 22, 2009

"Who are You?"

6 x 6 oil on panel
we had plenty of limes on hand for the weekend gathering so i thought i would use a few for my painting today - we had a wonderful time yesterday - celebrating an anniversary, two generations of father's day and of course joe's birthday - i have to say...the elmo puppet was his most favorite present of all -at least for the moment! the weather was hot but dry so swimming was the order of the day....and we had a wonderful meal to boot! - now on to the rest of the summer - i have good intentions of doing a self-portrait in the next couple of days - i've never done one but i have an incentive to get it accomplished before the end of june - stay tuned....

Saturday, June 20, 2009

"That's Hilarious!"

6 x 6 oil on panel

now this guys really looks like he's laughing! - too funny! - i'd love to visit abu dhabi someday - i'll bet these guys are everywhere and it would be so different from seeing them at a zoo ..or in the movies, of course - we're gearing up for a big family gathering tomorrow - another multiple celebration - father's day, of course, an anniversary and my youngest grandchild joe's second birthday. the pool is READY!!!!! - no post tomorrow - back in touch hopefully on monday...p.s...watching the open - great sloggy fun - it may go on til tuesday!! which i would love!

Wednesday, June 17, 2009

Blast From the Past- "Splashin"

14 x 11 giclee on canvas
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today was a bust as far as painting was concerned...but lots of fun otherwise. i had tillie and ollie this afternoon for ollie's swimming lesson - and then the minute he was done, it was down to play mario -so tillie and i invited the lovely children from next door over - they're from france and we call them "the frenchies"...anyway - they have a brand new baby and we're all very excited! - we had quite an afternoon in the pool with so much squeeling and least i got a whole lot of yard work done i hadn't planned on - out to dinner tonight so no time to paint - i thought i'd post this little "Splashin" painting...i've sold the original but it's available as giclee on canvas or print on paper.

Tuesday, June 16, 2009

"Brunswick Sunset"

6 x 6 oil on panel

my friend janet powers - the gal i took the workshop from in may - sent me a photo of a sunset over a lake near her home and i couldn't resist - back to the pallette knife for this one...

Monday, June 15, 2009

"Lookin' Yummy"

6 x 6 oil on panel

here's another peachy painting - we had some for breakfast this morning...delicious! - i can see a bunch of fresh fruits and vegetables in my painting future...

Sunday, June 14, 2009


6 x 6 oil on panel
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my hubby picked up some peaches today - i thought i'd give them a whack after a day on the golf course - it was great to get out there - lots of golf planned for the next several days so i hope i can keep up with my dailies...going to try...

Saturday, June 13, 2009

"Sea Island Sweetie"

10 x 8 oil on canvas - framed - $425.00
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we spent the day in zionsville for my grandson's baseball game and then lunch with the kiddoes -then back home for some swimming and yardwork and wii for my 3 year old oliver who actually won his first race in mario kart- i couldn't believe it! anyway- no time to paint today but i did get a phone call from the Left Bank Gallery to tell me they had their website updated and my paintings were available to view there. i snagged one of them off their site to show you. it's a wonderful gallery and worth browsing if you have a chance. hope to get back to painting tomorrow - along with some golf, of course!

Friday, June 12, 2009

"Puffin Stuff"

6 x 6 oil on panel
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so my friend asked me to paint a puffin. not being very familiar with these little guys, i did some research and here's the first draft. he's kind of cute, don't you think?

Thursday, June 11, 2009

"Where's My Pal?"

6 x 6 oil on panel

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so here's my next buddy - if you'll notice...he has a completely different grin and some funky teeth working for him - i think that must be how camels know each other..because they really all look so much alike....except, that is, for their grins!!!!

Wednesday, June 10, 2009

"My First Camel"

6 x 6 oil on panel
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my friend in abu dhabi sent me a postcard with a bunch of camels on it. i never realized what grinners they are!! this is a painting of just one of them - i'll probably paint them all - one at a time - and maybe a few together - they are so much fun!

Tuesday, June 9, 2009

"Three Zinnias" NFS

6 x 6 oil on panel

here are a few zinnias from my garden - i don't know if i'll have the really long ones this year - usually i grow them from the seeds from last year's batch but i think it may have been too cold when i threw them around for them to germinate - i'll try again now that it's warmer - the flowers i painted yesterday are called stella doros (or doras) - i found that out from my golf buddies today - this painting was done alongside tillie and ollie as they worked on their own projects...always so much fun... as a post note...this painting has been presented to my surrogate grand neice for her 8th birthday...

Monday, June 8, 2009

"Day Lilies" SOLD

6 x 6 oil on board
just home from the cottage - i understand the weather was wonderful here but it was certainly dreary up there! - we did get some stuff accomplished though - planted some flowers, worked in the yard - getting organized a bit - now back to work here - these are smallish day lilies from my yard. i think they have another name but i can't think of it at the moment - i think there will be lots of wonderful flowers to paint as the summer unfolds.....

Friday, June 5, 2009

"Kiss Me"

8 x 10 framed oil on canvas
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since i won't have my paints with me for the next few days, i thought i'd offer another "blast from the past" - i painted this last year and sold the companion piece at my gallery in should be a beautiful weekend in columbus and fortunately our kids will be here while we're gone so the grands can officially christen the pool for the summer. i'll be painting again next week so stay tuned!

Thursday, June 4, 2009

"Spidey Crocs"

6 x 6 oil on canvas panel
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i found these crocs abandoned on a driveway in st simons. actually i don't know if they were forgotten or abandoned but from the looks of them, someone was a spider man lover! - (spidey as my kids and grand kids call him)...i didn't realize you could put little charms on your crocs but this little guy also loved baseball and i'm betting it wasn't long before he realized he left his shoes behind...

we're heading to the lake tomorrow for the weekend - home monday - i don't think we can get wifi up there but i'll investigate - i know i'll have trouble finding time to paint since it's a "work" weekend so i'll be back painting monday or tuesday. stay tuned....

Wednesday, June 3, 2009

"Tillie's Bear"

6 x 6 oil on canvas panel NFS

well...i received a commission of sorts today! tillie and oliver are visiting for the day and tillie wanted to paint along with me as i did my daily painting. while we were thinking about what to paint, she said:..."what about Bear?" it started with bear and then we added tillie's crocs, and then we had to find a stunning background to play a part and she settled on this fabulous green and black and white polka dotted fabric. bear is VERY old - probably as old as tillie and that means 6 and three as you can imagine she, bear, is quite bedraggled - those are real blue stains that might have been ink at one time and tils wanted me to be sure and include those. she set it up just the way she wanted it and commented as i went along, all the while creating a fabulous painted flower pot and a gorgeous pastel drawing of her own. was so much fun to have her here with me and orchestrating every move. i think she's going to love this special little painting for a long long time! it's signed "ganny" and it's all hers!

Tuesday, June 2, 2009

"Strawberry Parfait"

8 x 8 oil on panel

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another strawberry painting....they are so delicious and so much fun to paint! stay tuned...

Monday, June 1, 2009

"Basket of Berries"

7 x 9 oil on panel
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we had a great birthday party for my daughter yesterday - and then celebrated my friend margaret's birthday today and then i had to go out of town on an errand - and on my trip i saw at least 4 little signs for fresh's that season, you know...and that's what i love about living in a small town with wonderful produce fresh-grown all around us...spring just screams strawberries and on my trip back i just had to stop -(my car might have actually screeched to a halt!) i bought 6 quarts - gave some away already and don't know how i'll get through the ones i have left but they do make for some wonderful painting fodder. i may paint strawberries for the next several days - that is if i don't devour them all first!!!