Thursday, October 1, 2015

30 in 30 En Plein Aire Project

On Monday, September 28, I began my first 30 day challenge.  My goal is to paint 30 en plein aire (outdoor) paintings in 30 days.

I am not confining myself to a particular genre or capturing timed lighting effects.  Next time!

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Saturday, August 15, 2015


The Kesslers, immigrants from Germany, settled in southern Georgia as many German families have (Kieffer, Gnann, to name a few).

One of their homes was built in 1874 and is just down the road from me.  General Sherman did not burn this area during the Civil War, so some of the historical homes do remain. However, no one has been living in this old home which is nestled warmly in the forest. I pass by the home daily on my long walks.  It is a treasure to my eyes.  The old live oaks are wrapped in spanish moss and wisteria turns the sky lavender in spring.

Recently, I was saddened to see that all of the azaleas had been removed. A contractor under the name Old Rebel has been called in; he and his crew are craftsmen and builders. I see that they are restoring the foundation and who-knows-what-else inside the home.  I wonder what the plans are. Is a family member going to move in?  Will the owner sell the home?  I am relieved that the home isn't being torn down.

On one of my early morning walks, I saw that an old red tractor was parked outside of their barn-shed. I snapped a few photos with my cellphone and have been thinking for weeks about painting the red tractor. Upon cropping, I noticed that the steering wheel and engine are missing. Still, a beautiful piece of machinery that I had to paint.

I noticed, too, that the roof of the building had buckled in places with interesting waves and drops

Kessler's Horse
18 x 24
Acrylic on Canvas


Saturday, August 8, 2015

New Painting: FOX MOON

Fox Moon
Acrylic fingerpainting and palette knife
20 x 24

I feel as if I've won the lottery!  I saw and was able to photograph a young grey fox in my yard about 90 minutes before sunset.  She was happily munching on weeds but was very wary.  She continued looking at our house.  The sweet little fox must have been thinking, "that thing is not natural."

Alas, the beautiful grey fox disappeared into the forest after just a few minutes.  But I will be looking in trees a little more diligently as the grey fox does climb.  I will be listening for her, too.

The moonscape is from my imagination.  As our yard in that area is purely sand and wild vegetation, I was inspired to paint a moonlit scene, to tell a nighttime story.

Friday, July 31, 2015


I am finally hitting my stride upon finding the right technique and medium for my desired style of painting.  I like juicy impasto, reminiscent of the French impressionists works. Impasto is not the easiest effect to achieve in acrylic paint but I have a unique way of working which I discovered after a lot of trial and error.  It is possible I will return to oil paint at some point.  This means using gloves as I like to paint with my fingers.

Chardon Sauvage Bouquet (Wild Thistle Bouquet) was painted en plein air.  I plucked a handful of slenderthorn thistles and set them in a glass jar on the patio.  I often find simple things the most long as the light is right.  Strong sunlight can turn a leaf into an emerald.

This painting is about how brilliant subtropical sunlight transformed a group of wildflowers into sparkling rubies and amethysts.  This particular species of thistle is thought to be an invasive one here in Georgia.  Unwanted by some, relished by myself.  Behold the lowly thistle!

I've received a lot of kind feedback from friends on Facebook:

SL said, "I think Monet would have been proud of you."

KW said, "Exquisite."

YWG said, "I find this piece classically romanitc, joyous."

DB said, "You paint life with light and color."

Chardon Sauvage Bouquet
18 x 24
Acrylic fingerpainting on canvas

Wednesday, July 29, 2015


This splendid view is about three-quarters of a mile down my road, a route I walk almost daily.  I painted this enchanting scene en plein air, or outdoors.

I was somewhat surprised to find pink crape myrtle growing amidst the loblolly pines and live oaks. What a joy!

In the Romantic Impressionist style, I pushed the pinks and magentas to convey my connection to the landscape as well as the fact that pink crape myrtles had colored the air a soft magenta.

This paintings is 20 x 16, acrylic fingerpainting on canvas and the price is $325.00.

Low Country Crape Myrtle
20 x 16
Acrylic Fingerpainting on Canvas


The Savannah River is less than a mile from my home in the emerald pine forest. It will provide endless painting inspiration for plein air painting as well as work solely from my imagination.

I've found one particular spot that I love. There are live oaks dripping with spanish moss on the river bank. In my naivete, that was unexpected.

Sunrise, of course, is splendid. Also the "golden hour," the hour before sunset, is perfect. Except for the hordes of mosquitoes!

In "Impression:  Savannah River Sunrise", I pushed the red to capture my emotion, my response to the scene.  The climate here is a warm subtropical one, and it has been quite humid and warm lately. The red serves to communicate not only the warmth of day but my passion for the landscape.

Impression:  Savannah River Sunrise
24 x 36
Acrylic Fingerpainting on Canvas

Tuesday, July 21, 2015


This painting is a scene from my own backyard. I live in a pine forest, a mystical and magickal place.  I thought it time to begin painting it. You know, there are very few "forest" paintings being done. I think this is because artists have such a difficult time sorting out what to include in their paintings. One sees hundreds of trees but cannot paint them all.

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The Dinner Guest
20 x 16

Wednesday, July 8, 2015


The crape myrtles are exploding here in southern Georgia.  I've been driving around taking tons of photos.  These incredibly beautiful "trees" bloom all summer long!

This painting is, of course, completely fingerpainted.

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Ramsey's Crape Myrtle


I am currently exploring the painting of evocative portraits.  The elderly Nigerian muslim woman (how I imagine a Nigerian woman would appear) portrays a woman who is suffering from poverty, starvation and oppression.

The face took on a life of its own as I painted; it is such a mysterious process that I cannot even begin to explain.

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The Eyes of Poverty


Wednesday, July 1, 2015


Client and dear friend, Lady Magdalena Anya Rakoczy, purchased The Swan Queen a few weeks ago.  It is now framed and ready to hang.  It looks absolutely resplendent with an ethereal otherworld quality.  I hope she is as pleased as I am.  Lady Magdalena made an excellent choice on the frame.

The Swan Queen


I recently visited our nurseryman and while there I snapped a ton of photos (of course!). I was inspired to paint a profusion of pink flowers. The little stone cottage is a beautiful counterpoint to the masses of pink, red, purple and green. The colorful tree far right adds the balance needed.  Notice the colors in the tree.  I've added my inspiration photo and two photo details.

Cloudy Day Cottage
18 x 24

Detail 1

Detail 2

Source photo.  Copyright-protected.

Monday, June 8, 2015

Two of My Paintings were Chosen as Auction Picks

Daily Paintworks has chosen two of my paintings as Auction Picks.  This is an honor as only a limited number is chosen out of many, many paintings.

They chose "Iridescence" and "Sunlit Forest Plant Study."

Sunday, June 7, 2015


This little guy was stuck to our brick home--well, they are all over the brick during certain auspicious months of the year--and I could not resist painting him.  You know, iridescence is a wonderful and exciting effect to paint.

6 x 6
Acrylic on Raymar Panel

Saturday, June 6, 2015


Sunlit Forest Plant Study
14 x 18
Acrylic on Canvas

My goal is to create the most beautiful painting I can, always.  The pine forest in which I live is replete with exciting and dynamic lighting situations.  Light filters through trees, weaving and sparkling in unexpected patterns. The sun turns emerald leaves into translucent citrine jewels while ruby stems gracefully wave and bend.

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New Painting/Sold: THE SWAN QUEEN

The Swan Queen
12 x 12
Acrylic on Canvas

I am very delighted with this painting.  It is the second work exploring the black swan in her habitat, a pond in Savannah, Georgia.

Some of the comments I've received:

 "Sometimes the words beautiful and magical are not enough!!"

"I love your style.  This is a beautiful painting."

"A delight."

"It's mesmering...Your use of colors is amazing.   Love it."

"This is absolutely stunning."

Though the original has been sold, there are prints and gifts available at Fine Art America and Deviant Art. Some of the offerings are: canvas prints (I highly recommend a canvas print or metal print), metal prints, duvet covers, pillows, tote bags, mousepads, coasters, phone cases, and mugs.

Monday, May 25, 2015


My husband and I were dining outdoors at Sam Snead's Tavern in Savannah.  I kept looking across the parking lot at the large pond and golf course.  I was hoping to spot an alligator which I didn't (however, I did see one in my ditch the next day but that is another story).

After we had finished our meal, I wandered over to the pond, enjoyng the beauty of the three rare yellow sarracenia plants.  I heard a bit of noise and saw the most beautiful black swan.  I was fortunate enough to capture several photos.

All night I dreamed of painting her and so I did.  I am quite pleased with the painting.  It moves me.

Once I have an ace photo, I will upload to my websites.  But here is a fairly good representation of the painting:

Miss Savannah
24 x 30
Acrylic on Canvas

The purchase price is $850.  If you'd like to buy it, contact me here.  I will upload the painting to Fine Art America where prints, canvas and metal prints, phone cases, and pillows may be purchased.

Wednesday, May 13, 2015


Showy Gourd Blossom
8 x 8

I have pumpkins and gourds growing in my garden.  Both plants sport the most beautiful yellow blooms.  I could not resist painting one of the gourd blossoms.  After all, they will be gone soon, won't they?

I will tell you that this was a difficult painting, mostly because of  the photo I took!!!  One of the days, I will buy myself a nice DSLR camera.

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Monday, May 11, 2015

New Painting: Purple and White Pansy I

Purple and White Pansy I
11 x 14

Pansies continue to bloom here in southern Georgia.  They do quite well in the fall, winter and early spring.  But soon the subtropical heat will be too much for them.

I think about flowers and flora a lot.  I'm endlessly fascinated by cultivated flowers and even weeds. What I really love is the effect of sunlight on flora.  And I want to capture those fleeting effects because they do not last.

Today, I took photos of my pansies and though the light did not provide great contrast, I managed a beautiful painting after all.

Tuesday, May 5, 2015


Savannah Square in April
24 x 30
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The Savannah Historic District is home to 24 "squares" that are absolutely breathtaking in April.  No matter the time of the year, Spanish moss gracefully drapes the live oaks that line every street and square (squares are a minipark).

The photos I took as we drove through the District were taken from a moving car.  The area was thronged with tourists, making it impossible to stop, and I hear it is that way year around.  I live about 45 minutes from Savannah and plan on becoming intimate with its most beautiful features.  And to paint en plein air (outdoors and on site) of course!

Savannah is a magical and beautiful city.  I highly recommend a walking tour.  Bring your camera, park in a garage, and stroll for hours.  Don't forget the ghost tours!

Wednesday, April 29, 2015


I've been out-of-town for the past week or so, busily sketching and working out compositions however.

The following painting, "Savannah Mood," is the second in a series of ladies in hats.  I am enjoying drawing upon my Southern Belle heritage in designing these latest works.

How romantic it would be to wear a big hat, high heels, and sit naked in a garden or field whilst sipping champagne and indulging in rich chocolates!

Savannah Mood
20 x 16

Detail, Savannah Mood

Tuesday, April 14, 2015

New Painting: LA PETITE MORT

La Petite Mort
20 x 16
acrylic on canvas
The first in a series of ladies in red hats...or at least colorful hats.  I'm trying to sort out all of the ideas.  Ha!!!

I did not use a model for this painting.  I am gifted with a bountiful imagination.  Observation never hurts either.

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Monday, April 13, 2015

New Painting: AN EASY MEAL

Cardinals do come for dinner at my cozy cottage nestled in the forest.  However, this little scarlet gem was painted from a floral prop I bought.

I am now on a mission to buy as many different kinds of little birds as I can and create a charming tale for each one.

In this story, the young cardinal finds a packet of sunflower seeds.  Hence, an easy meal.

An Easy Meal
8 x 8

Saturday, April 11, 2015

New Painting: Gnann's Azaleas

Azaleas are blooming in southern Georgia.  Some neighbor's have thousands and some have azaleas as tall as a home.  The colors are incredible!  My neighbor's yard looks like a park.  I had to paint it.

Gnann's Azaleas
8 x 10

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New Painting: Stream Study at 8:15 am

I live in a Georgia pine forest and this little stream is across the road from me.  I enjoy studying it throughout the day.  At certain times of day, it is an emerald on fire.  Other times, a quiet sapphire greets me.  It is always fascinating!

Stream Study at 8:15 am
7 x 5, acrylic on canvas

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Thursday, April 9, 2015

Sold: Denyse's Lavender and The Rose Shed

Congratulations to collectors, Denyse and Mary Anne, respectively.  Great choices to adorn your home.  I know you will enjoy these little gems for many years to come.

Thanks again for purchasing my artwork.

Tuesday, April 7, 2015

New Painting: SHY DAFFODIL

Shy Daffodil
14 x 7

This jewel was very enjoyable to paint. The glass jar was amazing with all of the nuances of color and light, an impressionist's dream.

The light changed on me as clouds rolled across the sun.  The unstable lighting condition made the daffodil a challenge to paint.  My job was to keep things appearing to be simply painted and not overworked.  I memorized the light patterns as our Star ducked behind the clouds.

The daffodil began to move, fleeing from my paintbrush and eye, hence, "Shy Daffodil."

The beginning bid price is $85; the buy it now price is $100.

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Monday, April 6, 2015

Drawing: After Leonardo da Vinci

While I am in the midst of creating and figuring out a troublesome daffodil, I thought you all might enjoy one of my very early drawings after Leonardo; this was executed in 1987 or so.  Obviously the same model Leonardo used for the Mona Lisa.  Don't you think?

An artist cannot copy the Masters nearly enough.  I often copy da Vinci and Rubens.

After Leonardo da Vinci - conte crayon and charcoal

Friday, April 3, 2015


I continue to explore lavender.  I love the lavender fields of Provence and their scenic beauty was in my heart as I created this painting from my imagination.  A wonderful work of color and light was the result.

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Afternoon Lavender Field
10 x 10


A friend, Denyse, conducts lavender workshops.  She loves lavender and so do I.  I use lavender oil in my bath, spray lavender on my pillow, am growing lavender, and make lavender bath bombs.

I envision a wild garden overrun with roses, sunflowers popping up and lavender as the star.

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Denyse's Lavender
8 x 8


Japanese Plum Blossoms
7 x 14 on canvas

I have always loved flowering trees, especially plums, cherries and peaches.  And I have wanted to paint such lush beauty.  Thank you for the inspiration, Tess.

Congratulations to the collector, Miss Julia.  Great choice!

I will make Japanese Plum Blossoms available as prints and gifts soon.

Monday, March 30, 2015

New Painting: THE ROSE SHED

I love cottages and cottage gardens--the wild garden is my muse.

Upon seeing some beautiful garden sheds, I wanted to create a painting with a bright-colored one. There had to be roses of course.  And even some irises.

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Saturday, March 21, 2015

Painting in One's Own Backyard

Spanish Moss Gracefully Drapes Oak Trees

Yellow Jessamine is Indigenous but Not Harmful

Monet had exclaimed he was "just an eye." But what an eye he had. While it takes practice to see the colors that Impressionists see, it also takes focus to see the beauty around us.

I am fortunate to be surrounded by the beauty of nature. I wonder if I am the only one who sees the beauty in a wildflower, the ruby velvet of a scarlet leaf and the purple shadow there.

It is the unusual beauty, the brilliance of the light, its effect on color I wish you to see. I might say, to you, "See how that shaft of light turns the leaf  a blinding yellow and how the cobalt blue rages underneath."

While I do work from my imagination (I have painted for decades and am able to recall light and color from memory) quite a bit, I am never without a subject as you can see above.

Thursday, March 19, 2015


One of my favorite paintings I've created is, "New Orleans Roses."  It is 24 x 30 and on canvas.

A friend had taken a lovely photo of the manicured rose garden in Jackson Square, New Orleans. The lighting was just beautiful and inspired me to paint a wild rose garden .

New Orleans Roses
24 x 30

Wednesday, March 18, 2015


Tropical Hibiscus Study

My tropical hibiscus is doing quite well on my patio, loving this Georgia sunshine and imbibing plenty of water.

I had wanted to paint this gorgeous plant since I bought it a week or so ago. I painted it en plein air today.

"Tropical Hibiscus Study," 12 x 12 inches, acrylic fingerpainting on canvas.  Go here to purchase or bid, or click the button to the right and below.

Tuesday, March 17, 2015


I was enjoying coffee on my patio this morning, scenting the fresh air while Georgia sunshine highlighted everything in my view.

My neighbor raises chickens, a cow, has wallaroos and even an alligator in his pond.  His chicken house caught my eye.  Even simple things such as this have great beauty if one takes the time to see.

This little painting is 5 x 5 x 1-1/2 inches.  To bid, go here:

Monday, March 16, 2015


Here is my latest painting, a little jewel entitled, "Hollyhock Cottage."

I love cottages and wild gardens and will be painting a series of these enchanting gardenscapes. I am in a new home and desiring to turn my own yard into a wild garden, exactly what you see here.

This painting is 8 x 8 x 1-1/2 inches.  It is on gallerywrap canvas and the sides are painted green.  It's ready to hang!

If you'd like bid or purchase, please go to my gallery at Daily Paintworks or just click the link on the right.


A customer purchased one of my prints (a 20 x 30) from Deviant Art and is very happy with the quality and the color.  Here is what she had to say:

"Hello.. I received my print... It is so beautiful... Now I can't wait to get a nice frame for it... my friends loved "Pounce"... And was just as excited to see it as I was... the colors are amazing..."

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Auction: Aislin's Koi and Water Lilies

To bid on Aislin's Koi and Water Lilies (18 x 24, unframed, original acrylic fingerpainting), go to Daily Paintworks:

Sunday, March 15, 2015

Purple Hydrangea Pillows are Beautiful

14 x 14 Pillow
14 x 20 Pillow

Wow!  I am amazed how my purple hydrangea photograph translates to prints, phone cases, and PILLOWS at Fine Art America.

You can order square pillows or a rectangular pillow.  They print the image on both sides and you can reposition the image on pillows and phone cases.

If you'd like to take a look at my work on Fine Art America, please click either of the links below or copy and paste to your browser:

Purple Hydrangea Prints and Gifts

I decided that the lovely photo I took of the above purple hydrangea would make beautiful gifts.

Prints, canvas prints, mugs, magnets, mouse pads, postcards and greeting cards are available at Deviant Art.  Deviant Art has very good prices.

Fine Art America is a bit spendy for prints but their pillows are fantastic and very reasonable so I may give the pillows a go!

Saturday, March 14, 2015


In all of my art, I seek to create "jewels."  Jewels are colorful and inspiring works of art that induce awe in the viewer.  They speak to some deep place in the heart.

Sketches and ideas are well underway for my new impressionist offerings (smaller canvases:  6 x 6 inches, 10 x 10 inches, and 12 x 12 inches).

I bought a beautiful blue hydrangea today and photographed several pink ones as well.  I will likely include them in my future paintings, creating charming and intimate little works.

Friday, March 13, 2015


Blue flowers ascend and descend on a gracious green stalk, surrounded by even more blooms unopened.

Delphinium can reach 3 to 6 feet high and about 2 feet wide.  They bloom all summer and return the next year.

I bought four of these gorgeous plants--three blue and one purple.  This weekend, I'm going to plant all four alongside the west side of my house, the sunny side.  Hold up!  I must paint at least one.  I think I will place it on a chair outside.  Pray tell, will that make a good composition?

I've also a load of delphinium seed to plant as well as wildflower seeds and cultivars--hollyhocks, caladium, lavender, and the list goes on.

Have you grown delphinium before?  What colors?  How did it do?  What flowers would go well with it?  I was thinking fuschia-colored petunias or pale yellow flowers of some kind...or both.


A long time ago, I employed brushes and painting knives.  I still do for smaller works.  But I paint with my fingers about 95% of the time!

I discovered that after putting my brushes away, I kept returning to my paintings and adding color with my fingers.

Fairly soon, a dot here and a dot there became dots and dabs and taches everywhere. Not only could I now see the colors that Monet saw (without drugs, thank you), I could layer and paint in the style of the French Impressionists using my fingers.

Using my fingers is a tactile sensation that is much like painting in pastels.  My taboret is set up with numerous tubes of paint, whether painting with acrylics, oils, or water-mixable oils.