Monday, January 26, 2009

Area 63 ~ What a crazy title for these paintings and it just sort of popped in my head. This is a triptych and they are both 5 x 7 acrylics on watercolor paper. I'm blaming the weird title on the fact that my husband downloaded the google earth program the other day. I've been virtually traveling all over the globe the last few days...what a mind-boggling program! I even walked in the neighborhood in Louisville, KY that I grew up in and saw the old house that I lived in as a child. I hate to tell my age here, (OK I'm turning 55 in less than a week LOL) but the last time I saw this house in person was about 40 years ago and I was so surprised that it's still there! My dad had turned the house into apartments when we lived there in the '60's. The story I heard as a child was that an artist had lived there at the turn of the century and she had a studio way up in the attic. I always thought that was fascinating and it may have been one of the influences which turned me towards making art! Talk about a blast from the past!

Tuesday, January 20, 2009

Pretty in Blue ~ This is my African violet flower soaking up some sunshine on the kitchen table. I got this little flower in a basket of plants back when my Mom passed away and that was in June '07. This is the first time I had tried to grow an African violet and my Mom always had really gorgeous ones blooming in the house when I was growing up. I'm hoping I inherited her green thumb since I've always loved plants too!

Winter Dreams ~ I guess dreaming is all I can do since we can't seem to get any snow here in central Virginia. We were supposed to get 1-2 inches last night and today but all the snow stopped at the border of North Carolina, south of us. I got all excited last night to see about 10 snowflakes blowing in the light on the porch but that's all we got. This little ACEO size painting is done in acrylics and I listed this in Ebay for the nfac contest which has the theme of 'Winter wonderland' this month. Here's the link for my listing and I guess the only snow I'll see is in my paintings unless mother nature gives us a surprise!

Wednesday, January 14, 2009

Ferris Wheel ~ acrylics on 8 x 10 inch stretched canvas. I'm not sure of the title for this one but this is what I was originally going to call it. I was going to paint some tropical fish swimming around, as it reminded me of an underwater scene but it was looking pretty busy already so I scrapped that idea. darn, I don't know what I'm doing wrong because some of my blog pictures will enlarge when clicked on and others wont. I uploaded the picture of my painting first and it won't enlarge but the others will??? :(

Crimson and Purple Sky ~ The sky turned to a most beautiful crimson and purple right before sunset so I had to run and grab the camera for these two shots!

Good grief, what will they think of next?! This little short TV news clip is so hilarious and it sounds like the guy in the background is about to crack up from laughing! :)

Saturday, January 10, 2009

Up above...

Little airplane ~ I was testing out the zoom feature on the camera and captured this little fellow zooming high above our backyard. They have airshows at the county airport every now and then and sometimes we get lucky to see the planes curving, soaring and zipping high over our backyard.

Zooming in on the moon yesterday evening right before dusk.

Wednesday, January 07, 2009

'Oh silvery sails, all tattered and torn
Answering the call of the siren...

Song to the Siren ~ We had an art challenge in the abstract contemporary forum in the wetcanvas website this month and I finally got mine finished. For my intrepretation, I used acrylic paints, white gesso and black ink on 6 x 9 inches 140 lb. watercolor paper. Check out Babs awesome entry in her blog also! this was so much fun and very inspiring!

Hidden Man ~ Who is that little green man hiding under the pine tree among the red berry bushes? He's been snuggled down among the pine needles in our yard for about 5 years now and I think he is keeping the trolls out of our yard! I couldn't resist trying out my new camera on him today.

Saturday, January 03, 2009

Cresent Moon in a Winter Sky ~ I absolutely love my new digital Canon powershot camera and I can't believe what a difference there is my photos now! We had another of those little cresent moon jewels in the sky along with a fiery sunset. I've noticed the days are getting just a little bit longer each day, yea!

Another Lovely Sunset Evening

Big and Little ~ I was struck by the huge difference in the size of my paintings here. I have art card size, or ACEOs which are 2 1/2 x 3 1/2 inches on top of the chest in my painting room (on the easel). Now if I could just finish some of them! Behind the chest, hanging on the wall, is one I stretched and painted in my college painting class and it's 24 x 36 inches! Yep, it's an antique because I painted it over 25 years ago! I have several others stacked in my closet that same size and for some reason I never felt they were finished. Maybe a good New Year's resolution would be to finish those huge canvases.