Thursday, May 11, 2017

Some People, Some Paint and Finally Flowers

I'm not sure where the old mirror originated. I feel like I may have inherited it with the house twenty years ago! 
Maybe you've seen one like it - odd goldish plastery looking frame with an obviously older mirror. In mirror years, she would have been hiding her grays with box color bought with a coupon. 
When I was going through my paint everything in aqua chalk paint stage, she got a new color. Then I dropped her and cracked the frame and shattered the mirror. 
After that, I wasn't quite sure what to do...purchase a new mirror...toss the frame (I know. Can you believe I even considered that?!)...ask Husband to cut a piece of wood to fit. I chose the latter. 
So, I asked Husband and he said, "Sure thing, fancy wife!" To be transparent here...I think he just said something like, "Okay." And then he disappeared into the garage and a little while later, came back handing me an oval shaped piece of wood. 

For months, I stared at the empty frame hanging from a wire on my foyer wall. Remember the first time you ever heard a lady pronounce it "foy-YAY" when she was talking about the entry area at the church? 
After that, I hesitate to even say the word. Never mind my college degree in French and the second syllable is not to be emphasized like that! 

Last night I was toying with the idea of just painting the thing. If I made a mess...I'd just paint over it. That's the charm of acrylic paint. You can just PAINT OVER a mess or a mistake - kind of like using an eraser. 

So here she is! I think I like her. I did have to walk away for awhile as I was not totally feeling it. 
I laid her aside and went on to do other things. About the time I forgot she was just lying on the tile at the front door, I caught a glimpse of her. Love! 

That's the way it is sometimes...with people and with paintings - when it or they are right in front of your nose and you're focusing on some little part of the may not be too sure. Not too sure about this or them at all. 
But then, you go about your business and completely unaware, you see them in a new light. You see the whole and not just some minor part. And your heart beats a little faster and there's that feeling of love all over again. 

Friday, March 17, 2017

A Wild Hair!

When March marches in (heehee), spring is at hand! Easter, The Cross, colored eggs and baskets and bunnies! I do love the bunnies but not so much when they are munching on my backyard roses.

I painted this rabbity fellow a couple days ago. You might say I had a wild hair to paint a hare! I usually have several primed boards stacked in the garage waiting on my next wood sign workshop (one of my Coastal Color Studio art classes). With said hair waving wildly, I grabbed a board (5 1/2" x 17 1/2")  from my stash, pulled out brushes, paints and a water jar, tied on an apron and placed the board on my easel.

Here is the google image I used as a reference.

A few weeks ago I used this same image for a watercolor.

My process in painting the rabbit on the board was first to sketch a loose outline of the rabbit in the reference photo.
Using a mechanical pencil I quickly drew a simple outline of the rabbit right on the primed board. I began painting using both inexpensive craft paint as well as my Liquitex and Golden acrylic paints. Obviously I was not going for a replica of the photo image but rather an artsy interpretation. I
am more drawn to an expressionist view rather than a literal interpretation so that is what I most like to paint.
I love the playfulness of blush pink in the body and ears of the rabbit and also the turquoise that bounces like light from the sides and nose of the bunny. I wanted whimsy and a playfulness in this painting but also a touch of the dramatic which led to the black background.

I just love him!

I asked my husband to make a frame for my bunny from some of our pallet wood - also used in my wood workshops.

Here he is all framed up for spring! I especially like how the red oak of the wood complements the blush and orange in the rabbit.

original acrylic on board, framed rustic style in pallet wood, hanger attached
5 1/2" x 17 1/2" - $55 and free shipping within the contiguous U.S.
Payment via Paypal - Leave a comment if you want to purchase. 
What do you think? Does this ignite a creative spark in you? Feel free to leave a comment if you have a question about paint, brushes or technique.

Monday, August 8, 2016

Brain Snack

Lately I've been craving yogurt. Weird for me because normally I rarely eat yogurt. In fact I may have two nearly full containers that are out of date in the back of my fridge. 

When it comes to dairy, I am not a low fat or no fat fan. I like the full fat version! I'm much more concerned with the sugar than the fat. Do you know how hard it is to find full fat yogurt? However, as I scoured the various yogurts at Publix, I spied this by Organic Valley - full fat organic yogurt from grass fed cows. 

In my Restore My Soul plan for August I'm looking at ways I can combine foods that are good for brain health. 
This snack fits the bill. I'm not giving any measurements - just the combination I'm eating and greatly enjoying! I've also added links to articles on each ingredient and how it helps support the brain. This will explain why I've called it a Brain Snack. :) 

Honestly I was pretty excited about the article on yogurt and brain health! 
And just for fun, see if you can find the mention of "yogurt" in this Biblical passage. (Hint verse 21) 

Sunday, August 7, 2016


August is not the greatest month for me. It's the month, seven years ago, our son Andrew was diagnosed with brain cancer. Within four months of the diagnosis and after four brain surgeries, our beloved 12 year old son passed from our home to his Heavenly home. 

Last year in July I felt that old feeling of depression and hopelessness coming on, so I fought back with what I called #augustredemption. I won't go into what I did to fight back and keep my spirits up but I thank God for the inspiration He gave me to make my way through and even claim victory as I stood my ground. 

Again this year as August was just around the corner, I felt sadness creeping over me and tears that threatened and spilled too many times a day. There have been a few times in my life that all I could manage in what felt like a fight for my sanity was to pray the 23rd Psalm so that's what I did on a particularly hard day. 

The Lord is my shepherd;
I shall not want.
He makes me to lie down in green pastures;
He leads me beside the still waters.
He restores my soul;
He leads me in the paths of righteousness
For His name’s sake.
Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death,
I will fear no evil;
For You are with me;
Your rod and Your staff, they comfort me.
You prepare a table before me in the presence of my enemies;
You anoint my head with oil;
My cup runs over.
Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me
All the days of my life;
And I will dwell in the house of the Lord

In praying this at the end of July, I could not seem to move past, "He restores my soul." So that's where I parked. Over the next few days, I would often pray, "He restores my soul." I prayed for God to restore my mind, will and emotions and to bring me to a place of peace and joy August through December (my toughest months). 

With that in mind, I am fighting back again for happiness, peace and even joy in the month of August. This year I am focusing on overall health: brain health, physical strength, spiritual growth

I am calling my little plan that is not so little "Restore My Soul." Prayer is the underpinning to my plan. I don't know that I've ever spoken publicly about the ongoing anxiety that I deal with. I fight it...almost daily. But I have resources that I utilize in the fight and going to God in prayer is at the top of the list and on the bottom and smack dab in the middle of it. 

So as often as I feel called to it, I'll be sharing a few things here from my "Restore My Soul" plan. 

In the meantime, a good portion of what I'm doing to get myself into a place of soul restoration has to do with nutrition for brain health. I have a Pinterest board by that title (Brain Health) so if you want to check it out, find me there. :) 

Monday, July 4, 2016

Coastal Color in Oils

A few oil paintings from my home studio - Coastal Color 

"From My Garden" oil on 12 x 12 gallery wrapped canvas $75
 Inspired by my garden roses and hydrangeas!
 "Oyster Shell" oil on 11 x 14 gallery wrapped canvas $75
 I picked up this oyster shell half while on my paddle board. My husband and I paddled over to a small island to explore. I've painted several watercolors of this oyster shell but this is the first of it in oil (probably not the last). There's something intriguing about it.

"Roses in Blue Vase"oil on 10 x 10 canvas $60 

I have thoroughly enjoyed my little rose garden this year! So have the rabbits!