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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Tuesday, July 13, 2010

They Fought Bravely

12"x6" oil over acrylic on stretched canvas, painted en plein air on May 5, 2008, at the Confederate Cemetary in West Hill Cemetary in Dalton, GA. This painting is $80 including shipping.
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Friday, July 09, 2010

Sunny September Morning

8"x10", oil on RayMar panel, painted en plein air, alla prima, on September 8, '09...$85 including shipping...I realized that this late morning painting of a Tunnel Hill (GA) meadow had not been posted here. I've painted this scene dozens of times and each time it's fresh and different.
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Wednesday, July 07, 2010

July Afternoon Late

12"x9" oil on RayMar panel, painted en plein air, alla prima, on July 4 (completed at 8:10pm)...$135 including shipping...Since I'm usually painting outdoors during morning hours, the idea of painting in the afternoon took a bit of adjustment. The light and shadows play differently and I could quickly run out of daylight...just in time for a nocturnal painting.
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Tuesday, July 06, 2010

North from Snodgrass Hill

6"x12" oil on stretched canvas, painted en plein air, alla prima, on May 22, 2009...$80 including shipping...Last Spring I painted at Chickamauga (GA) Civil War Battlefield. It was around noon when this was completed, so the shadows are short beneath the treeline. I prefer painting in early morning, but it's good to paint outside my comfort zone.
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Sunday, July 04, 2010

July Afternoon Late

12"X9" oil, plein air painting in progress...I got a call to meet an artist friend around 6:00pm at the Tunnel Hill Civil War battlefield this afternoon. Since I'm accustomed to painting during morning hours, I thought it would be great to catch the setting sun on the hay bales scattered about.
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Saturday, July 03, 2010

Away from Everyday

5"x7" oil on RayMar panel...$40 including shipping...This one was posted earlier in June, but I tweaked the water a bit, making it darker.
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Tuesday, June 29, 2010

finishing touches...

I've been putting some finishing touches on several "almost done" paintings. This 12"x6" oil over acrylic was started en plein air last year at the Confederate Cemetery in Dalton GA. Here it's getting a 5% touch-up.
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Saturday, June 26, 2010

Last Summer's Hay

This is one from the 'vault'. I painted it (shown here in process) early last Summer after the first hay cutting. Allergies have kept me away from the hayfield this year, so I'm reminiscing and hoping to get out there again soon.
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Monday, June 21, 2010

Hopin' and Dreamin'

8"x10" oil on RayMar panel, painted en plein air, alla prima, on Saturday June 19th (completed at 10:40am)...$85 including shipping...This was my first time at the Dalton Saturday Market, so I didn't know what to expect. I found friendly folks selling produce, plants, and various hand-made (well made) items. The gazebo caught my eye as I set up my easel. Light always changes quickly, so it's a challenge to get shadows in their proper places. The gentleman wearing a hat and red shirt seemed oblivious to the mill of people and sounds of the childrens' zylophone. He was "hopin' and dreamin'".
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Tuesday, June 15, 2010

Liberty Tree in process

14"x11" mixed media painting progressing...The subject is a Liberty Tree planted in Dalton GA. It's one of 14 trees grown from seeds of an original Liberty Tree. I've worked on the ghostly image of the original Liberty Tree, using acrylic paints and sepia ink. There are still more small branches to be added. I've started over-laying the trunk and a few limbs of the Dalton Liberty Tree. My idea is to show our tree as it grows today echoed by an original Liberty Tree.
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Dalton’s Liberty Tree, a tulip poplar, was grown from the last of the original Liberty Trees, which American rebels met beneath while planning their revolt against Great Britain. Fourteen trees, one for each of the original 13 colonies and another for George Washington’s home Mount Vernon, were grown from seeds taken from the Maryland Liberty Tree before it died in 1991.