Wednesday, January 28, 2015

My Happy Place - A little bit of heaven

 My Happy Place
16 x 20
Oil on Raymar Panel


I love moments like this.  So peaceful, so serene and I can just feel the love.  The young girl is safe in Daddy's arms and Daddy is protecting her.  Both Father and child feel special...feel safe.  At moments like this I wish time would stand still.  I wish I could be in this moment forever.  

My father is gravely ill.  He has had a wonderful life and has been a great example of everything I want to be in my life.  But I am not ready to lose him.  I knew this time would come but part of me never believed it would really happen. 

I still feel like the luckiest girl in the world to have such a wonderful Dad. I am filled with amazing memories.  

Thursday, January 22, 2015

Jeanne Bessette Workshop - Raleigh, North Carolina


This piece was painted at a workshop I attended in Raleigh North Carolina.  Jeanne Bessette was our fearless leader.  If you are not familiar with Jeanne's work check out her website.  All the figures are loosely representative of members of the class.  Jeanne is depicted by the figure on the end...she has her arms raised and is wearing a triangular top as an homage to her iconic "tada" figure for which she is known.  Each of my classmates are represented by something I noticed during the week.  It is a very personal piece...not for sale...just for me. 

Walking into the workshop I knew a couple of things.  I knew everyone would be using acrylic paints and they would all be painting in an abstract style.  I paint with oils and in a realistic style.  The reason I wanted to learn from Jeanne is that she is a marketing genius.  She knows a lot about pricing, galleries and moving careers forward.  I wanted to learn all I could.  Since the size of the class was so very small individual attention was ample.  Jeanne took time to address each one of us privately and discuss our needs, wants and dreams.  Jeanne encouraged each of us to reach up as high as we can...embrace our bigness...and enjoy success.  It was an amazing experience.  

Monday, January 5, 2015

The Old Violin - Maria Bennett Hock after William Harnett

The Old Violin painted by William Harnett in 1886.  This is my copy of "The Old Violin".  It was painted as a commission, Christmas present, for a client.  He remembers seeing a copy of this work in his home growing up and this reproduction brought back fond memories.  He requested it because he knows I am a copyist at the National Gallery of art. Unfortunately this particular painting is in a gallery that does not allow copyists...a small gallery.  I went to the National Gallery and took pictures and color notes... also used reference materials from the internet.  I also studied up on William Harnett and his nostalgic compositions.  It was a great experience and I am happy to say my client was pleased.  Great way to start the new year.

Friday, January 2, 2015


12 x 9
Oil on Raymar Panel

Still working on the 30 in 30 hosted by Leslie Saeta.  This is a quick sketch of yours truly...hard at work.  I am still fighting the mystery illness that has me under the weather but got up for a bit to get my painting done.  

Thursday, January 1, 2015

What -

12 x 24
Oil on Canvas

I signed up for Leslie Saeta's 30 paintings in 30 days challenge once again.  Challenging myself is always a good thing and painting every day is a goal so it seemed to be a logical thing to do.  I don't beat myself up if I miss a day...or two...but I make a good stab at it!  

This is my personal trainer, Heather.  She is fabulous.  I like that she really helps me strengthen my core and make sure I stay flexible while realizing that I am not a youngster!  She is very careful to make sure I stay healthy.  Here is is pregnant with her 4th child...still working and taking care of the other three!  She is amazing.  I should have painted a red cape on her!  hahaha!

As for her pose...I can just imagine her saying "what"...hence the name!  

Sunday, December 21, 2014

Santa Claus

8 x 10
Oil on Raymar panel


This is the last of my series of Santa Claus paintings for this season.  It was so fun doing my research and painting these pieces.  The series does bring back fond memories of my childhood and the many Christmases I spent with my family.  I have four brothers and we were all very inquisitive...always trying to find out what was in our packages.  One Christmas my second oldest brother woke me up at about 2 o'clock in the morning to go downstairs and check out our presents.  In our house we had wrapped presents under the tree..but Santa would leave unwrapped presents out for us when he visited.  We snuck downstairs to check out the loot...of course we were NOT quiet and soon my Dad was standing over us with a less than pleased look on his face.  We scurried back to our beds and tried desperately to sleep until we were allowed to get up.  

Such great memories.  I wish you all a very happy holiday season...The season of giving...of random acts of kindness.  

Thursday, December 18, 2014

Here Comes Santa Claus!

Here Comes Santa Claus
10 x 10
Oil on Raymar Panel


I was fortunate to be able to get to take pictures of Santa before the lines of children became too long!  We were just visiting a large sporting goods store in Alabama and the line to see Santa was 3 hours long!  They took appointments so people didn't have to wait so long.  Times have certainly changed!  Though it was a long pleasure was in seeing all the children dressed up and waiting patiently.  All I can think of the the wonderful memories they are making.  Good times!  

I am now planning my weekend and deciding what random acts of kindness I can do to keep the spirit of the true meaning of Christmas alive.  A time for of your time, your heart and gifts if you are able.