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.