Sunday, October 31, 2010

My Happy Place, 5x7

My friend Donna took this picture while I was doing the painting called "Riverside". The photo gave me such a happy feeling, I just had to paint it for myself. The sun was warm, the river was babbling, and occasionally a leaf would gently float down from a tree...(sigh).

Friday, October 29, 2010

Red Barn, 5x7

This barn was beside the original Mast General Store in Valle Crucis, North Carolina. The store itself was quite a step into the past. They have old Coca-Cola coolers, the big red ones; they have candy you don't see any more, and I bought a bar of Fels-Naptha soap, which gets paint off my hands very well. It was so nice to get away from annoying, hateful election ads. I have always had trouble controlling my sarcasm, and I wish I'd known that a woman could make a living sounding as sarcastic as possible in attack ads. They all sound like the same woman. Am I imagining this?

Wednesday, October 27, 2010

Riverside, 8x10

I'd probably be content sitting by this river and painting for several more days.

But I'm back in Florida, and for you Brevard County locals, I must tell you I visited The Laughing Mermaid shop today on Highland Avenue in Eau Gallie (it's across from the now-defunct Mezzaluna Restaurant). For the yummiest soaps, balms and other organic products, they are just the best! Everything smells fabulous and there are no harmful chemicals in anything. They sell clothing and jewelry and art, and it's just a fun place to shop, especially if you are looking for unusual gifts. That's my tip of the day. I love local shops with local flavors, no matter where I am.

Monday, October 25, 2010

Hap, 16x20

This is a portrait of my husband. I've been working on this between daily paintings, vacation, and workshop planning.

Saturday, October 23, 2010

Departure, 8x10

This is a complete departure from what I've done lately, but it is still a North Carolina painting. The sun was shining in so beautifully on the wine and the pottery, I rushed to paint the scene. You don't realize how quickly sunlight moves until you try to paint it. Cindy has a whole collection of lovely pottery, which I really appreciate not only for its beauty, but for the fact that Cindy supports local artists wherever she may be.

Thursday, October 21, 2010

River Cave, 5x7

The Pieces of Eight were scattered along this river, painting peacefully and (very unusual) silently. The water trickled and splashed, the weather was perfect, and a fine time was had by all. We were near Boone, NC and we spent the week so absorbed in our painting that we forgot to do any touristy things. Maybe another time.

Sunday, October 17, 2010

Dappled Road, 6x8

This is from the mountains of North Carolina, a winding, bumpy road with great shadows and light. I had to stop in the middle of the road and take pictures. I love dappled, unpaved roads. It was just another beautiful day in the mountains for the Pieces of 8.

Friday, October 15, 2010

Grand Tetons, 5x7

Even though I just returned from North Carolina with the Pieces of Eight, I am posting this view of the Grand Tetons from a previous vacation. You will be seeing North Carolina paintings soon, as we had a wonderful time painting mountain streams and striking vistas. It was rainy and in the 40s when we got there, but warmed up to perfect weather as the week progressed. We had just as much fun as we always do, and that's a lot. We welcomed two new members and ate and painted and laughed. Below is the view of Grandfather Mountain from Cindy's place. Look for photos and paintings from our trip on the Pieces of 8 blog. Check in frequently, there will be some surprises!

Thursday, October 14, 2010

Wind Dancers, 5x7

Some people paint a little picture like this as a 'warmup.' Mine was more of a cooldown, after painting something a bit detailed. These flowers reminded me of people dancing exuberantly and joyfully.

Tuesday, October 12, 2010

Cypress Knees, 5x7

Cypress trees are so pretty, and their knobby knees are so interesting. Lamps made of the knees used to be all the rage...long, long ago. These were growing at Rock City Gardens.

Sunday, October 10, 2010

Rock City Gardens, 8x10

This garden is actually a plant nursery and sells ornamental plants and wonderful pots and other accoutrements for the yard. Stop in if you're driving between Melbourne and Vero Beach, Florida.

Friday, October 8, 2010

The Fisherman, 6x6

I never fish, but I like fishing pictures. I think sometimes that part of the charm of fishing is the surroundings. I don't think I've ever seen any ugly place to fish...if you have, please tell me about it.

Wednesday, October 6, 2010

Baltimore Oriole, 5x7

I painted this cute little guy when I had a broken wrist and was painting left-handed. I painted in a bit more impressionistic style, out of necessity, and I want to loosen up with my right hand, but it is stubborn and wants to be more precise. Qiang Huang is coming to teach a workshop at our Artists Guild in November, and I hope some of his impressionist genius rubs off on me.

Monday, October 4, 2010

St. Mark's Episcopal, 5x7

This pretty church is in Cocoa Village, Florida. I love its Spanish flavor. Cocoa Village is chock full of lovely little scenes, and I have painted several. It is a historic place that has been successfully preserved, very artsy with lots of little shops and a beautiful old theater that has been restored. Nice place to visit.

Saturday, October 2, 2010

Peppers and Garlic, 5x7

Nothing makes food more tasty to me than adding these ingredients, but do red peppers have to be so expensive? In fact, does any food have to be so expensive? It's a shock every time I shop, and I don't know how people with families can afford to feed them. Every time I swipe my credit card and the display reads, "Is this correct?" I want to say "Of course it's not correct, it's outrageous, is what it is!" But they don't have a button to press for that.