Saturday, December 24, 2011

Purple Tulips

I haven't posted many of my pastel paintings since I began this blog because I've been so emersed in painting with oil.  I did this one last year at my Florida home during a class I took with an incredible artist named Florence Anderson.  I look forward to taking her class again this winter. 
Have a wonderful holiday season and I'll be posting again once I get settled in FL after the first of the year.

Sunday, December 18, 2011

Set Sail

This is an 8x10 on gessoed masonite.  Have been enjoying holiday outings and get togethers with family and friends this past week.  This is the first year in a long time that I am on top of things and can relax a little the week before Christmas.  I'm looking forward to getting some painting done this week.  Hope everyone is enjoying the holiday season as well!

Wednesday, December 7, 2011

Doctor's Orders 2

 I really enjoy painting with a palette knife.  It snowed today in Ohio and I'm reflecting back on my time by the ocean in Florida.  I do love snow for Christmas, but that's enough for me. 

Saturday, December 3, 2011

Catch the Wave

This was a 6x6 on gessoed masonite.  My granddaughter loves the beach and can't wait to get back there and have my family visit again. 

Tuesday, November 29, 2011

Sailing, take me away to where I'm going....

I'm getting anxious to get back to where I took the photo for this painting.  It's at the Jetty at Casey Key just south of Sarasota, Florida.  My husband and I are snowbirds!  We're leaving for Sarasota right after Christmas. 

Oftentimes when I get in a slump with my painting, I do boats and it helps get my confidence back.  I painted this same scene months ago which is below and did sell that painting, but after looking at the photos of the two paintings, there's a big difference.  I have more contrast in value and added much more detail in the recent one.  It was done on 6x6 black gessoed masonite.  The bottom was on 6x6 white gessoed masonite.  I'm liking the black underpainting.  Feedback would be appreciated...


Friday, November 25, 2011

Blue, blue my world is blue. Not really...

I redid this rowboat painting.  I moved in on the boats and like this composition better.  I'm working on more appealing compositions.   I notice that  many of my paintings have so much background.   Painting is a lot like learning how to golf for me.  Once you get one thing down, another problem or issue to work out makes itself evident.
This picture does not represent the vivid colors of the original.  The blue in the water and sky are softer and lovely.  I do love BLUE, don't I? 

Tuesday, November 22, 2011

One Boat

I haven't been doing much painting lately.  A lot of scraping which isn't good.  I did gesso some of my masonite boards.  I thought I'd post this 6 x 6 painting I did a while ago.

Tuesday, November 15, 2011

Young Shoppers


This is on an 8x10 black gessoed panel.   Thought I'd go back to the black underpainting and I do like working on the surface with gesso.  The paint just smooths on leaving some of the background.  It's easy to get nice results and the colors are so vivid.  I did this one late last night in one sitting (alla prima).  These are my great nieces and we had such fun together this past summer!

Thursday, November 10, 2011

Boy and Girl Beach Walk

I had a photo of this painting in my file from long ago and remembered why I like it.  It looks like both my husband and I when we were kids.  We now have a retirement home in Florida and do love our walks on the beach.  This is painted on 8x10 canvas panel.  I couldn't get a good photo of the painting.  I used yellow ochre in the sand color mixture.

Sunday, November 6, 2011

Blue Sail

This was done on 6 x 6 black gessoed masonite.  I went to Home Depot and got some 4'x4' masonite sheets.  My terrific neighbor cut them into different sizes for me.  I have a lot of sanding edges and gessoing to do.  I did enjoy working on this black panel.  I might even try some different colors.  Mike Rooney said in a blog that it is safe to use acrylic as an underpainting for oil.

Saturday, November 5, 2011

Swing Annabelle

Continuing on with Annabelle.  I did have a little difficulty with the values on this one, but I think the sunny day came through. 
I'm so excited today.  I sold another painting on ebay.  Also listened to radio blog with Leslie Saeta and Dreama Tolle Perry on selling prints of your work.  I got signed up with and got some paintings on their site.  I ordered a print and was very pleased with it.  The photos I provided were done with my Cannon SLR camera, but was talking to my nephew who said printing companies will scan the original painting and it may provide a better photo.  I'm going to look into that.

Saturday, October 22, 2011


Yes, this WAS me and sure wish it still was.  Well, not that age but having that figure again. I like where I am in my life right now.  Who wouldn't?  Retired and doing what I want which is painting!!!  As I was painting the other beach figures, I remembered I had this one of me on Pensacola Beach, Florida.  I used to put this photo on my refrigerator when I was dieting.  ......... It's back.  Enjoy!

Tuesday, October 18, 2011

Need models...

I've been working on figures after watching Peggi Kroll Roberts video.  The first picture is my exercise.  The next was a figure from another painting I did earlier.  I painted it last night and you sure wouldn't have wanted to see that one.  The drawing was ok but the colors didn't work.  I scraped it off this morning, did my figure exercises (painting, that is) and gave it another try.  Much better than it was.  The last beach scene is from photos I took this summer while in Sarasota.

Sunday, October 16, 2011

Still life attempt

This is an 8 x 10 oil on canvas panel.  Wish I'd placed the apple differently in this composition.  I think I did ok with the color palette, but I'm not sure if the balance of cool and warm is correct.  Too half and half?  Kept loading on the paint in this one.  I followed another of Peggi Kroll Roberts lessons.  So much to learn and digest.  I know that I'm improving, but I'm so particular.  I can fuss and fuss.  Sound familiar to those who remember being at my stage of learning to paint?

Check out my blog list.  I've found such incredible artists' blogs. 

Sunday, October 9, 2011

My new studio

This is my new studio area.  My husband added a room (his man cave) in the basement and moved all his things down there which left me this sunny room.  He put up some shelves for me and I'm getting settled.  I'm getting really serious now...

I got my new videos from Peggi Kroll Roberts.  After I watch them, I plan on doing the lessons.  This lesson was From Value to Color.  Getting those values correct is difficult for me and this exercise really helps.  These pictures are some that I took of my little granddaughter Annabelle.  We got her all dressed up in her Sunday dress and went out on this beautiful sunny day.  I had her pose beside her playhouse above and on her swingset.  She's a natural!  I have some other adorable shots that I plan on doing.  I guess I'll call it the Annabelle series. 

Friday, October 7, 2011

Annabelle riding her bike

Whoever said painting was easy?  I'm done with this one and satisfied.  I also got the cockeyed helmet that I missed on the first attempt.  She loved posing for Grandma and her endearing personality comes through on this one.

Annabelle Looking Up

I finished this today and am very pleased with its outcome.  Again, I had to rework the background over and over softening the edges of the green area and sharpening up the edges of the shadows on the building and the building.  Annabelle was the easy part!

Tuesday, October 4, 2011

Annabelle Pose

This is one of my Annabelle series.  I followed the exercises from Peggi Kroll Roberts and did a grey value painting first dotting my colors to check the values.  Amazing how helpful that was in getting those correct and nice.


Thought I'd post this painting I did last year.  It's an 11 x 14 oil done with a palette knife and I love how this turned out.  As a matter of fact, I changed my blog title picture to this one. 

My reflections lately:  I've been perusing what I've done so far and stressing out on what I want to spend more time on.  I feel an urgency to figure out my style, my idea, what I want to devote more time to.  But when I think I'm there, I realize I'm not.   It's a matter of READINESS.  Gee, this sounds just like what I would tell the parents of my kindergartners/first graders when they weren't reaching expectations at the same time as everyone else.  I need to practice what I preach, practice and experiment painting, and lastly, READ the title of my blog every once in a while.  The candle is not yet lit!

Saturday, October 1, 2011

Beach stroll with friends

Captured this picture on Lido Beach, Florida.  I hope my photos of my paintings will improve.  Thanks to Carol Carmichael I am putting all my photos of paintings on Picasa Web Albums in Google.  The editing is so much better than what I have been using.  I still need some nice sunny day to photograph.  I live in Ohio and its been dreary for the past three days.

Wednesday, September 14, 2011


My daughter was over to see my new art studio in our spare bedroom and she told me I should post this painting.  I painted this on 6x6 canvas panel.  It's interesting how the person in the photo was correctly identified by my family as Bailey, my grandson, even though there are no details.  I must have captured the form of his sillouette.  The body shape, stature, and shape of his head were indicators.  I'm not ready to tackle portrait painting although I would never rule it out for later.

Leaving for Illinois tomorrow so won't be posting for a week or so.

Sunday, September 11, 2011

Doctor's Orders

Wanted to get this palette knife painting posted because it was my first, yes FIRST, sold painting.  I also sold "My Sunshine" that I posted earlier along with this sale.  I have begun selling on Ebay so please check it out. 

Monday, August 29, 2011

My Sunshine


I got my Hawthorne on Painting book and I need to share this quote.  "First become the painter and the artist will take care of itself."  Powerful, right?  Just where I am now, a student of painting.

I worked very hard for a couple of days on this painting.  I wonder if I should be bolder with my color.  I thought about adding a red ribbon in the little girl's hair, but couldn't bring myself to taking away from the softness of the colors.  Both mother and daughter had the same color of hair and wore white.  I could have used my artist license and made the change, but decided to leave it alone. 

Friday, August 19, 2011

Ritz and PB

I found two fantastic artists, Dale Axelrod and his wife Camille Przewodek.  They worked with Henry Hensche and carry on his tradition by teaching his theories to others in workshops.  They recommend reading Hawthorne on Painting collected by Mrs. Charles W. Hawthorne.  I have ordered it on Amazon and can't wait to read it.  Hensche's theories relate to color tones and how to paint them.  It is amazing how much there is to learn about color and how to see colors in shadows, sunlight, etc.  This still life painting is my attempt at color in light and shadows.  It was tricky using the palette knife and painting the details on the Peter Pan jar.  I am nuts :) about Peter Pan peanut butter!  Especially now since I'm trying to shed a few pounds and that's all I am craving. 
I also ordered some videos from Peggi Kroll Roberts.  Can't wait to get them.

Monday, August 15, 2011

Vine Ripened Tomatoes

Not much to say about this one.  It took me a while and I'm not sure I like the pink background.  I went from cadmium reds in the tomatoes to alizarin crimson in the backgroud and shadows. Think I'll look in my pantry next and see what strikes my fancy.  

Sunday, August 14, 2011

Red Beauty

As you can tell, I'm constantly trying something different.  I'm all over the place right now, but I like it all.  Still life is the closest to painting from real life I've managed to do so far.   Going to look around my kitchen for things to paint. 
Still spending a lot of time searching the internet for artists.  I take notes of things I come across and my stack of notes is getting quite large.  One blog leads to another.  I believe there's something to learn from everyone!  I'm commenting on others' blogs and wish I'd get some more comments on my blog.  Hint, hint...

Tuesday, August 9, 2011

Bird watching

This is done in soft pastels.  I took a class when I was in Florida and tried this one from one of my own photos.  I was amazed at how much I love pastels.  I like the fact that you can layer and if you want to change something, you can use a pastel fix it spray and paint right over it.  I originally just had the boat and my wonderful instructor artist, Florence Anderson, suggested I add something living. 

Tuesday, August 2, 2011

Want to race 2?

This is the second painting from the same photo.  I did this with a palette knife on an 8x10 panel without any underpainting.  S.P. Goodman said in his blog "studio tips" that he believes that you should paint the same subject many times.  I agree with him that I can learn valuable lessons by doing this.

Saturday, July 30, 2011

Want to race?

6x6 oil on masonite
Just got back from Sarasota and have some photographs of my nieces to try.  For now I'm sharing some of the work I did before I left.

These boats were at Huntington Beach, CA.  Painting white boats side by side was a challenge.  So many different whites to choose from.  I first tried to paint the color in the photo.  Something just didn't look correct.  Then I painted the boat in front a warm white and that did it!  Brought it forward and gave it depth.  I have tried to change the color of the boats like Leslie Saeta does (love her work), but was unsuccessful.  I'll keep trying because I love color- bold color. 

Tuesday, July 19, 2011

Taking up Fishing

This was painted on black gessoed masonite.  I limited my strokes and applied the paint with gentle pressure.  It gave me a different effect and feel for what oil paint can do.  Typically I'm pushing the paint around, applying it like butter, or spreading it with a palette knife.  Love it all. .  
     Thought I'd share how I got the title for my blog.  As I mentioned in my profile, I was a teacher.  I loved using my creative abilities in my kindergarten and first grade classrooms.   My favorite quote and my philosophy of teaching is "a child is a candle to be lit, not a cup to be filled".   I am now the child with time to devote to my art passion.

Monday, July 18, 2011

Gathering Shells

Another subject I love - my granddaughter! 
The flesh in shadow was a little difficult for me.  I did do this in one sitting .  I especially love the shadow on the sand.  It was a beautiful day!

Friday, July 15, 2011

Kayak Fun

These are my grandchildren.  We had such a great time kayaking at Turtle Beach in Siesta Key, Florida.  I find when you love your subject, it comes through your painting.  This is one of my first attempts at figures and I have to say I was surprised at how well it turned out even though I know I have a lot to learn about flesh tones and figurative drawing.   I love when artists include the greens, blues, and bright oranges in their flesh tones. 

Wednesday, July 13, 2011

Great Life

Yes, it's a great life!  Retired after 35 years of kindergarten/first grade teaching and now having the time to spend painting.  Wow!  This painting was done with a palette knife on black gessoed masonite.  I get the masonite at the hardware store and my husband cuts it for me.  I then gesso it white or black.  This boat was in Sarasota, Florida where my husband and I now spend the winter months.  I imagine you'll see many boats and beach scenes on my blog!