Monday, October 27, 2014

"Beets"


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First, what can I say, I tried repeatedly to get the 'best' photo  regarding the color red as possible.  This was the most desirable of them all.  It will read differently on different monitors as well. My apologies.  Photo compliments of Food 52 and James Ransom, photographer.

Beets...  What a veggie.  I have always disliked them immensely.  That is until I found out what amazing little wonders they are.  My husband loves them so when he would eat them, I would eat one or two and that is how I develop a taste for something I dislike until 'voila', I like them.  And lookout - I found yellow!  What??!!!  Loving veggies as I do, I was quite astonished that I didn't know they existed.

Whole Foods serves them in their buffet area - yay.  Yummy sweet delectable yellow beets.  Every time I bite into one in my salad they cry out with individuality.  There's so much goodness, I thought I'd share some of the info regarding this little powerhouse with a link here.  I hope you give them a go a little at a time if you don't like them and hope that you too, develop a taste for the little wonders.

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

'Living Waters'


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The following attempt at poetry is what happens when considering  the element of water in a lily pond.

'Waters elliptical, elongated ripples reacting to the breezes above as well as the reflections of color and depth retires the soul to a temporarily relaxed state causing a purposeful search for more of the same.'

Is this what they mean by poetic license?  Thanks to those who suffered through reading it.  This did seriously happen while sitting in front of my sister-in-laws lily pond.  A little stream of trickling water into the pond itself, with dragon flies, flowers galore, lilies, gentle breezes, relections...  You almost become comatose sitting there.  And I have to say, I liked it!!!

Tuesday, September 23, 2014

"Three Little Pears"


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We're coming up on apple and pear season shortly.  I've already started to delve into recipes.  So in honor of the wonderfully delicious concoctions that shall spring forth, I thought I would honor the humble pear.  Bon appetit!

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

"Leaps of Joy" - SOLD


COMMISSION

This piece is commissioned by Jenny Maginnes whom I have had the great pleasure of painting for a few years ago.  She also graciously allowed me the courtesy of using a photo I loved the minute I saw it, even named it straightaway, of the girls fishing, "Fisher Girls".

Jenny tells me she was able to  quickly capture this shot of the girls leaping off of the lifeguard stand which apparently is unique to their North Carolina beach and it became an integral part of the painting.  Talk about being in the right place at the right time to capture this rare mid-air shot.  Remarkable!

Tuesday, September 9, 2014

'Koi'



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FRAMED, ready to hang art.

There's something about water! Whether a water feature, a lily pond, a stream, a lake, the ocean, even a small fountain is so soothing and relaxing. It's an excellent place to go into what I like to call 'a no-mind state'. Love to go to that place when I'm painting. Everyone has a different name for it of course. Attempts to quiet our minds is not easy task to attain these days. Here's wishing this sweet little Koi peaking out from the pond helps refresh you!

Thursday, September 4, 2014

'Pt. Loma Lighthouse' - SOLD


Cabrillo National Monument and Point Loma Lighthouse in San Diego is an incredible place to visit. There are the most amazing tide pools, which even the children, seem to respect.  After all, what curious little one doesn't appreciate awesome sea creatures...

The colors are phenomenal when the sun highlights the prisms on the marine life found there.  Just be sure to check the tide schedule so you don't miss out!  We also bring little picnic lunches and sit on a bench overlooking it.  Now that's what I call living the good life!

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

"Beached"


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This loose little painting was rendered Plein Air on the beach. The plein air equipment was schlepped along on a cart that becomes a table.  The tires on this make it so much easier to get across the sand.  Took me sometime finding this perfect transport for hauling all the gear, food, drink, umbrella, chair, etc, but was well worth the effort.  The little back-pack holds a very small Open Box M pochade with brushes, paints etc. Easy to back-pack with walking or on a bicycle which I have done many times with this little one as well.  Also bought some really great zippered pouches from REI.  Love them!

I have another regular sized set-up that's larger.  James Coulter's system "Art Box and Panel".  Here's a link to the very first plein air painting I did with this set-up, "Side by Side".  It seems I bought mine around the same time  or right after Carol Marine and Jennifer McChristian did unbeknownst to me.  You can see them using it on the links James has set-up on his site.  That proved to be a confirmation that I did my homework and selected great equipment.  I personally think James put a lot of thought into this as it's pretty darn easy to set-up. 

I prefer standing when painting outdoors, but having the ability to hang out as long as I wanted sitting without having to leave for any reason other than nature - well what can I say, it was a very very good day!

Tuesday, August 5, 2014

"Seagulls Flight"


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An abstracted expressionistic view of seagulls in flight.  

Btw, for whatever reason, the colors in blogger seem to be more saturated with this oil painting.  If you're interested in seeing it's true colors, please go to Etsy.  Thanks much!

Wednesday, July 30, 2014

"Beach Ballet"


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My daughter took one look at this painting and said, "She looks like she's in a ballet en pointe position." I had to agree and thus the name, 'Beach Ballet'.

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

"Great Expectations" - SOLD


My husband and I were walking on the beach after dinner one evening.  I saw this woman standing there just taking it all in.  She had assumed the frequently seen position of a pregnant woman near the end of her term.  Not only expecting, but one could notice she wondered what to expect as the time was drawing closer.  I'm betting they were 'great expectations'.

Tuesday, July 15, 2014

Abstracted Olives


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There are olive trees galore in California.  The weather here seems to be a perfect climate for them mimicking their Mediterranean homeland.  Whenever at a local farmers market, you will be sure to see a plethora of olive oils to sample.  Picking one however, is not an easy task.  Thank goodness we can keep coming back and try them all until we find our happy flavor.

Tuesday, June 17, 2014

"Sandals" - SOLD


Sandals, they've gotta lotta sole! I LIVE in them year in and year out. They're my slippers, my friends, my easy to carry on a walk to the beach accessory. Even if you wanted to change your sandals into 'real' shoes before going out and oops forgot, they'd still be an acceptable mode of travel. Ya have to love that... May we all have many happy walks on the beach with our fashionable co-conspirators.




Tuesday, May 27, 2014

"De Arbol Chilles"


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This hotty comes with compliments of a fabulous website for foodies called Provisions by Food 52 and James Ransom, photographer.  So many of us 'like it hot'.  Although it did take me a while to build up to the heat, once I was there I was hooked and now there's no going back.  Phew!

Friday, May 16, 2014

"Tiffany Leaves"


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Tiffany colored leaves surround this delicate bouquet of flowers with a soft, subtle hue. The textures and colors are so much softer in person.  This versatile piece of original abstract art would look perfect anywhere you chose to exhibit it.

Thursday, May 1, 2014

Crystal Avalanche


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This is the third abstract containing the glass concept.  A repetition of lovely translucent shards.  I thoroughly enjoyed the 'process' of creating these three pieces.  Each size being different and each with their own distinct color palette.