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Thursday, July 30, 2009


housten...i think we have a problem....somehow my card for my digital is not working. i tried to get a new one and i don't think they make that size anymore. anyway - we painted at my friend JE's again today and i did a wedding gift for my cousin's son who's getting married this weekend. i was going to post it but i can't! it's a painting of their two rescue mutts - very darling doggies and i really think i captured them but i'll have to wait til i get my camera stuff cleared up before i can post it. leaving tomorrow for the wedding and home on monday when i can get back to painting. talk to you then....

Monday, July 27, 2009

i'm so excited!!!

one more thing...i just got word that one of my daily paintings - big sky over the marsh that i painted in georgia in may has been accepted into the American Impressionist Society's annual juried show. this year it's held in denver in october and i'm dying to talk my husband into going to the opening. we'll see... meanwhile i am very happy and excited about this news!

"Betty-Lou"'s been a while..

6 x 6 oil on canvas panel

this is the first thing i've done in almost a week!! - i had such high aspirations for the cottage! - i did work on a wedding gift which is already very late!!- but then life got in the way...first we had a wonderful golf outing with my cousin and his kids...then we got busy working on stuff...took out all the screens on the porch and cleaned them and washed all the crank out windows - 8 sets of them!! - that was wednesday - on thursday we went to the white sox game and saw only the 18th perfect game in baseball history...actually the only perfect game with a grand slam!! - what a wonderful experience for my husband, son and grandson to share...and i was there to witness their absolute joy!!! on friday we replaced some screens - all by ourselves!! - and then my daughter and her family came in and since joe's only 2 i needed to put away my paints - spent the weekend relaxing and getting the paddle boat and canoe ready and working on the dock - the week flew by and now we're home and trying to get back in some sort of groove.

Sunday, July 19, 2009

"Tom on the Prowl" SOLD

6 x 6 oil on canvas panel
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i am just sick! - i think i agonized over tom's loss today - and he did lose it - probably more than he did...but then i am a terrific agonizer! - he was so close and didn't get it done! on the other hand, i am so happy for stewie - he played his heart out and deserves the victory and it couldn't happen to a nicer guy. so here's my tom watson painting - i needed to get it done so i could finish packing up my stuff. we leave tomorrow and the kids and next door neighbors are going to keep an eye on things while we're gone...hoping for good weather and lots of the way...i squeeked out a win in the annual clifty cup - my first win in 6 years, since we've been playing the cup- i am very proud!! on another note, there's something wrong with either my photo card or my printer - i'm not sure i'll be able to post while i'm gone but i'm going to do plenty of painting and if i can't post while i'm gone i'll be back in touch next monday. lyb

Saturday, July 18, 2009

more about turnberry

so here's some more about turnberry - i don't know if i made it clear that the lighthouse was built on the remains of the castle of robert the bruce. the lighthouse itself was built by robert louis stevenson's father!! - wow!! - and after looking at my first painting of the lighthouse i want to subdue it a bit - i think it just stands out too much - especially for the weather in scotland. as for today's son spent the night and this morning we were watching the open and i asked.."what should i paint today?" -without a beat he said" tom watson" - and so i've found a good visual image to work from - but i didn't get it accomplished today - we had our annual "clifty cup" golf tounrament and a family gathering so i'll try and finish tom tomorrow before we leave for the lake...happy saturday everyone!

Friday, July 17, 2009

"Just Another Day at Turnberry"

6 x 6 oil on canvas panel
ok - so i had my grands today and of course they had to swim - so i set up outside and got out the scrapbook from our trip to ireland and scotland. it was in 1997 actually and we played 3 courses in ireland and maybe 5 or 6 in scotland...this view was a cloudy day - they have the most amazing skies over there and i think i captured it - it's always hard trying to reconstruct the scene from a photo you've taken -the view could be absolutely breathtaking and when you get the pictures developed (this was before digitals of course) -you wonder what you found so amazing - it never translates - this was late in the day - looking back from the 10th green - and you can see the famous ailsa craig on the right. that's where they get the granite for most of the curling balls they use over there......there's an old saying about ailsa craig.... "if you can't see ailsa's raining...if you can see's going to rain"!....sorry tiger's out but really rooting for tom watson! - he's sort of our vintage...

Thursday, July 16, 2009

"Turnberry Lighthouse"

9 x 12 oil on panel

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after spending the whole day watching the british open i knew i had to paint turnberry- every tv on the house is on and i've been working and watching and fondly remembering our trip there...i think we went about 1995 - and that winding creek that many of them keep landing in - that's very familiar to me! - my ball landed in there and while i was trying to retrieve it, my camera fell out of my pocket into the water. my caddy was such a gallant man- he waded in and, to my surprise and delight, found my camera and returned it to me with a huge grin - this particular caddy was sober, i think, unlike the ones we had at prestwick.

the lighthouse pictured here is the birthplace of robert the bruce, if you remember the movie braveheart...that was old robert! it's located near the 10th tee, my hubby tells me - (it was so long ago and i've slept since then)....but this course is glorious and the turnberry hotel was wonderful!! - i loved the bed - i absolutely LOVED it- i would have dragged it home with me - so high and firm (i think something about horsehair) and the sheets - !! - to die for!! we played courses in scotland and ireland and i have lots and lots of pictures - some of them a bit weird after my camera got wet - but that added to the mystery - we had such a good time!! and i just may do a bunch of golf paintings now that i'm fired up with the memory of it all....

Wednesday, July 15, 2009

day lilies for charity...

one more thing - i delivered my framed painting for the first call for help auction today. they really seemed to like it so i hope it brings them lots of money for their cause!

"Golfer Girl"

6 x 6 oil on canvas panel
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i really like this one! i've been so into golf lately and wanted to do another golf painting after the Rally for the Cure golf bag. some paintings just seem to fall off your brush and i must say this was one of those...i may post this on ebay...plans have changed a bit for our trip - we don't arrive at the cottage til sunday but we're starting our vacation tomorrow so who knows...we may be free-roaming...but we'll be on vacation and having fun!!

Tuesday, July 14, 2009

"Little Sister"

11 x 9 oil on canvas
this is the image i've chosen for my current batch of business cards. another couple of beach beauties, of course, all dressed up and ready for a party. no time to paint today - hope to do better tomorrow and certainly i'll do very well at the cottage! can't wait!

Monday, July 13, 2009

"Shasta Daisies"

6 x 6 oil on canvas panel

at least i think these are called shasta daisies....i've got a couple bunches of them in my yard - i grabbed these from outside the kitchen door - they look like proud soldiers bobbing around. of course i have loads of them inside in flower arrangements but i just cut these few for my painting today. hope to do another tomorrow before we head off to vacation. lyb

Sunday, July 12, 2009

"All About PINK!" NFS

6 x 6 oil on canvas panel

so we're finally done baby sitting and getting ready to head to the lake for vacation - i promised to donate a daily painting to our local Rally For the Cure - golf clubs all over the country hold these events to benefit the Susan G. Komen breast cancer foundation. i won't be able to play in it this year - bummer...but i can still do my part. i have a few days left before we head to the cottage - (where we definitely WON'T have wifi) - so before we go i'll be able to do some painting and posting. i'm taking my paints (and my clubs) on vacation but i'm not sure how much i'll be able to post - every few days i might look for a wifi spot and post what i've been working on - i have some commission pieces i'd like to do while i'm there as well as some more figurative work. mostly we're going to RELAX!!!!!!!! lyb

Saturday, July 11, 2009

another blast from the past

14 x 11 oil on canvas
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here's a painting i have in the Left Bank Gallery in georgia - it's a view of the marsh from the fifth green on Seaside, one of 3 courses at the sea island golf club on st. simon's island. you can see the red baskets they have instead of flags - these are so annoying because you can't tell how the wind's blowing and when you lay them down they roll around. but they say "seaside golf course" and anyone who's ever played that wonderful tract would recognize them in an instant!....obvioiusly i'm unable to paint today - i'm still babysitting and have to go out tonight so i'll try again tomorrow....yeah - my youngest grand just arrived!!! more tomorrow... lyb

Friday, July 10, 2009

i've been bad...

the past couple of days have been filled with summer stuff - golf, family, birthday, friends, organizing donations...laundry etc. etc...and i haven't had time to paint - i'm hoping to do better tomorrow.....but if not....please bear with me....lyb

Monday, July 6, 2009

"Can I Help?"

6 x 6 oil on canvas panel
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i have so many references of babies on the beach...this is a recent one..probably from our last trip to the island....tomorrow i'm playing golf with a good buddy in indy and it's also my birthday so i have no idea whether i'll be able to paint and post patient with me...

Saturday, July 4, 2009

one more thing...

i forgot to mention...this is my 100th daily painting since i started this journey in february. quite a milestone for me, if i do say so myself!!!! lyb

"Day Lilies for Charity" NFS

6 x 6 oil on canvas panel

i promised to donate a daily painting to First Call for Help, a local community service organization, and the one they picked out was already sold. so, since it's raining outside and we're not golfing on this fine fourth of july (see the raindrops?)..i thought i'd paint something similar for them. this is a sampling of the many colors of day lilies i have in my yard - at least 5 are represented here... hopefully this will work, but if not we have a back-up...the basket of berries. so we'll see - happy fourth of july everyone -and God bless our country!!

Friday, July 3, 2009

"Kiddoes Redux"

here's the finished painting for my friend least i think it's finished. there's on old saying...:"it's never done til it's overdone". i showed this to her and she loved it - but i still had a bit of tweaking to do. can you figure out what i did?

Thursday, July 2, 2009

really beat!

it's been a long long day of yard work and grandbabies - i just don't think i could do justice to a painting so i'm putting my feet up! - i have some tweaking in mind for yesterday's painting and i'm sure i'll be able to get to that tomorrow - i have a several more commissions / gifts that i need to get busy on - i'm so lucky!!!!

Wednesday, July 1, 2009

"Kristen's Kiddoes" SOLD (in a way..)

11 x 14 oil on stretched canvas

ok..i'm all about the barter system. this is a commission / barter for a friend who has 2 very fair-haired and fair-skinned bambinos. this is a work in progress - i'll probably tweak it a bit before i give it to her but i wanted to post this much tonight. i didn't get to my studio yesterday since i was at the end of a very big "sleepover" and i was ti-red!!! plan to do better in the future!