Sunday, May 29, 2011

Soft Early Fall

9"x12" oil on RayMar panel
$120 including shipping
Michael's Fine Art (Dalton GA) will have an artists' reception for "The Sky is Blue...Sometimes" exhibit on Friday, June 3rd, beginning at 5:30pm.

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Thursday, March 03, 2011

Light Up the Sky

16"x20" acrylic on stretched canvas
$260 plus shipping
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Wednesday, March 02, 2011


I've been invited to participate in this collaborative painting.
The first paint applications included a base coat of acrylic applied to double primed #12 canvas. A rough lay in of architectural shapes in pale green followed. Drips and spatters indicate where a garden "might" be...we're unsure at this point.
The finished painting will be abstracted...that we know for sure.
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Tuesday, March 01, 2011

Light Up the Sky - progressing

16"x20" acrylic skyscape
I've worked a few more layers onto the sky, using mostly my fingers. A few sweeps here and there with a brush can be seen upon closer inspection. The colors are bold because I've used Golden Fluid Acrylic paints straight from the bottle, mixing them on my fingers and on the brush. A few more layers and I should be finished. Finger painting is fun!
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Saturday, February 26, 2011

Light Up the Sky - in process

...underpainting a 16"x20" sky scape, using Golden Fluid Acrylics...
Building the darker clouds will begin soon.
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Wednesday, February 23, 2011

Beneath our Sky

20"x16" acrylic on stretched canvas
The painting will be displayed at the North Chattanooga Civic Center, beginning March 4th, with works by the
North Georgia Sky Painters Society.

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Tuesday, February 08, 2011

Patrick - Green Man

I did some tweaking on this fantasy portrait of Patrick, my son-in-law. I wasn't totally happy with the original, shown below. The nose and mouth just weren't right. He was the inspiration of the piece, so I wanted it to look more like him than I had originally painted. I reworked the nose and mouth, adjusted the background, retouched the waterfall, and freshened and reshaped the tree. Bringing in more warm tones helped offset the otherwise cool feel of the entire piece.
I'd also like to say a big "Thank You!" to Janet McGrath for her insightful suggestions which made this finished portrait possible.

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Saturday, January 22, 2011

Beneath our Sky

I'll soon begin a 40"x30" painting, capturing the sky and clouds from my photo. This favorite painting site is the Tunnel Hill Civil War Battlefield, located just 2 miles from my home. How lucky am I to have such a treasure so nearby??
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Thursday, January 06, 2011

Against the Flow

Artists who paint outdoors, en plein air, during the Winter months have my admiration.
I guess 'wimpy' would be a good description of me right now. I'd much rather stay inside and work on paper collage.
This one is shaping up to be an underwater scene featuring seaweed and a school of of which is swimming "Against the Flow".
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Wednesday, December 01, 2010

collage time again

With cold weather waiting to pounce, I'll soon be working on collage papers. These are completed, but I have boxes of painted and stamped papers just waiting to be assembled.
You can see the process and resulting papers at
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Thursday, November 04, 2010

Saturday, October 30, 2010


OK, so I didn't complete a Halloween painting.
The next best thing is posting this photo of the haunted ruins located at Barnsley Gardens near Rome, GA.
I've been there on a bright sunny Summer day, but there's still an uneasy air about the location. The gardens are beautiful and meticulous --- and the ruins are well-kept.
But still........
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Saturday, October 23, 2010

Let me explain...

On Friday, October 22nd, Donna Hilley (owner of Artistic Gifts and Framing in Dalton, GA) hosted an Artists' Open House. My husband had delivered my tents, display screens and artwork around 8:00am. I hurriedly began setting up for the event. Then 'hubby' drove back to the location with a - surprise! - sausage biscuit from Hardee's (yum). In the meantime, Donna had furnished donuts (yum, again). I'm rarely without a diet Dr. Pepper or diet Coke. I hope that explains this photo of me with a sausage biscuit, a donut and a diet Coke.
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Sunday, September 26, 2010

artistic license

At the Rock Spring (GA) "Show & Sell" arts/crafts festival on Saturday, I decided to paint something that shouted "Autumn!" Luckily I was near the most colorful booth on the grounds. It was a fun day so I punched up the colors and let them be happy. Of course, it was my privilege to take some artistic license with the scene...omitting here, moving there, adding bits from another booth.
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Friday, September 24, 2010

art show transportation

Since my van is temporarily 'kapoot', my little Oldsmobile Achieva has become my art show mode of transportation. This morning I packed it with my 10'x10' pop-up tent, 4 tent walls, 4-25 lb sand bags, 4 motorcycle tie-downs, 8 folding wooden display racks/rails, 1 folding table, two paint roller handle extenders and a 10' piece of conduit (cut in half), 4 metal magazine racks (used as print racks), 2 canvas bags containing necessary tools for set up...I think that's about it.
In case anyone is wondering about the paint handle extenders and conduit --- I slip the conduit through a hem in a tent wall, attach each end to a handle extender with a 90 degree joint, and attach the other end (using a bungee cord) to a tent leg or sand bag. This contraption, when extended, makes a great shade or rain fly.

I'm so lucky that the back seat folds down to make my little car into a van (of sorts). I'll be setting up at an annual art/craft fair in Rock Spring GA this afternoon. I only hope I have room for my artwork, my easel (I'll be painting all day tomorrow) and my cooler stocked with ice and Diet Dr. Pepper.
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Monday, September 20, 2010

Tunnel Hill paint out

Each year the Art Alliance of North Georgia participates in a paint out during the "Battle of Tunnel Hill" Civil War reenactment. We have a tent for artwork display and another as an artists' base of operations. Several wet paintings...done right on site...were sold (much to the delight of the artists).
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Friday, September 17, 2010

A Land Apart

9"x12" oil, painted en plein air, alla prima, on September 8th (completed at 12:10pm)...$120 (including shipping but NOT the frame)...This was painted a few days before the annual "Battle of Tunnel Hill" Civil War reenactment. I popped it into this frame for display at our Art Alliance of North Georgia tent.
please try to ignore the glare
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Friday, September 10, 2010

Tunnel Hill Battle Paintout

We'll be painting both days at the annual "Battle of Tunnel Hill" --- and you're invited to join us!
Two tents are already set up for the artists - one is for display of artwork done onsite and the other is a base of operations.
There is no participation fee except for the $5 main gate entry.
The Tunnel Hill Historical Foundation has graciously allowed us to set up (FREE) - so we're asking each artist to make a donation to the THHF. This can be a percentage of any artwork sales or another amount determined by each artist.
For more information, please contact me at
or call 706-270-1626.
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Wednesday, August 25, 2010

A Song Singing - repost

10"x8" oil on RayMar panel, painted en plein air, alla prima...$85 including shipping...This was painted at Prater's Mill, near Varnell (GA) exactly one year ago today. I've never seen this water blue, even under the bluest sky. The sound of water rushing over the dam sings a melody of the coming Fall.
Prater's Mill Country Fair will be on October 9th & 10th this year. Ya'll come on out to see us there.
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Friday, August 13, 2010

I must be nuts...

Evidently I've completely forgotten how much work an art fair can be. I applied to, and have been juried into, the annual Creative Arts Guild's Festival held in September in Dalton, GA. The staff and volunteers at the CAG see that the artists are given FREE breakfast both days...and a FREE dinner on Saturday night. Nice. This photo was taken a couple of years ago around 7:00am before things started hoppin'.
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Tuesday, August 10, 2010

Like Last Year

7"x5" oil on RayMar panel, painted en plein air...This little archway trellis leans - so that's the way I painted it. My friend said she had taken it down, straightened it and re-set it. But it still leans. I think it has a charm all its own there amongst the flowers and grasses. This painting can be seen at Ringgold Frame Shop in Ringgold GA.
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Wednesday, July 21, 2010

The Red Earth

Painting the idea of heat and cold is sometimes difficult. I did this small oil on sanded board last year in the middle of July around 11:00am. I tried to capture the heat but also the cool undergrowth in the background.
This painting has sold.
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Friday, July 16, 2010

framing for an exhibit

I've spent most of today in my studio...but I wasn't painting. There were several paintings to be framed, re-framed, backed, wired, etc. I know it's a necessity but it isn't nearly as much fun as putting brush to canvas with the smell of oil paint in the air. I've often dreamed that I'd love to just paint, then hand over the wet canvas to someone else who would do the framing, etc. Oh, and while they were at it, maybe they'd set up the shows, exhibits, art fairs, galleries, etc.
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Wednesday, July 14, 2010

Provost HQ

12"x6" oil on stretched canvas, painted en plein air on May 15, 2009, at the Battle of Resaca(GA)...$80 including shipping...This Confederate tent was set up under a clump of trees on a hill's crest overlooking the battlefield.
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