Monday, April 30, 2012

Nighttime at the Loveless Cafe, 8x6 Oil on Canvas Board

I feel very good about finally getting something out of the evening I spent at the Loveless Cafe, trying to get a table. It just wasn't going to happen, as we realized when a busload of people was unloaded and paraded in before us. We gave up for the night and had breakfast there the next morning. We can't leave Nashville without our Loveless Cafe ritual. The place has been there since the 50s, and is attached to a funky old motel that now has shops in its rooms. The Loveless is known for its biscuits and jams. Yum.

Thursday, April 26, 2012

Spoonbill in Flight, Collage 10 x 10

 I always reach a point in a collage where I think, "Is this going to work?" I was having trouble with the wings until I found some pink Gerbera daisies that worked just right.
Side View

This painting may be hung without a frame.

Monday, April 23, 2012

Kids Will Be Kids, 7x5 Original Oil on Canvas Daily Painting

I entered this in the DailyPaintworks Daily Challenge, "The Up Close Animal Challenge."

I had been wanting to paint these little goats for a while and the Daily Challenge just spurred me on. I love their intent looks, as though they may be thinking, "That camera looks very tasty."

Friday, April 20, 2012

Fleurs Carmin, 7x5 Oil on Canvas Board Daily Painting

Plain petals make you want to paint them fancier, then the painting doesn't work. I had to control my nitpicking self to stay simple. I like the result. I made the petals plain and the title fancy. I thought just saying "Red Flowers" was pretty boring.

Tuesday, April 17, 2012

Just a Little Pear, 4x4 Daily Painting

This is a perfect companion piece to my painting, "Just a Little Apple." I had such fun painting these loose little daily paintings.
Below is the sight from my front yard this morning as Space Shuttle Discovery flew by on top of a jumbo jet, on its way to Washington DC. My camera battery chose that moment to die, so I used my iPad. It's an emotional goodbye for the Space Coast.

Saturday, April 14, 2012

Just a Little Apple, 4x4 Oil on Canvas

I felt like doing something loosey goosey, and this satisfied the urge. An apple is always a good lesson. I should do this with a lemon, as lemons are my nemesis. Or is it nemeses?

Tuesday, April 10, 2012

Christmas Palm, 12x12 Oil on Canvas

Christmas Palms are so beautiful. I see a lot of them in public landscapes, but there are never any berries. I guess they are considered too messy and get trimmed off. In Elbow Cay in the Bahamas I saw a lot of them left on the trees and it gave such a lovely touch to the landscape. What other palms have such a striking fruit?

Saturday, April 7, 2012

Hunger Games, 6x8 Oil on Canvas Board

This little confrontation inspired the title. It is very sad to me that the latest entertainment is the movie of the same name that is about children killing children. Kids are already growing up desensitized to human suffering because of movies, television and, worst of all, video games where they can do the killing. What are we coming to? I visited the Coliseum in Rome, where long ago, Roman citizens were prosperous and had too much free time, so were kept entertained by animals killing each other, gladiators killing each other, and animals killing people. Fifty to sixty thousand people enjoyed this spectacle every day.

Are we that much more civilized because we watch "pretend" horror and bloodshed? Wonder what the next shock will be?