Thursday, July 28, 2016


I haven't seen too many sunrises. I am just a night person.This sunrise in Seattle when we were on the way to board the ferry to Victoria was just stupendous!

Now I think that I must get back to still life as well as look for some interesting things to photograph then paint. Don't count on any more sunrises!

All is well, and all will be well,

Wednesday, July 27, 2016

Busy Day

It turns out that a day with two appointments (doctor and haircut) and a "social engagement" (dessert at a sibling's house) and a new library book is not a good day for painting or posting. So somedays the daily painting is not quite daily but we really aren't keeping score, are we?

About this painting: My granddaughter actually has a face; the sand wasn't that blue,
the river wasn't that dark, she has on a bathing suit under the shirt. This is the first time I have painted a person like this. We were at the beach at her other grandmother's house at the mouth of the Savannah River just as it empties into the Atlantic Ocean.

I had my usual trouble getting colors mixed after leaning so long on ready made colors. Still, I like this and I will do some more. I am having a steeper learning curve than I thought it would be - changing my stroke,  mixing all the colors, taking my subjects from life or photos instead of inside my head. It is a real challenge and I can say that I like it.

All is well and all will be well,


Monday, July 25, 2016


I decided that I had best name this flower or you might not know what it is. Why did I paint such a common but complicated flower? I had one.
This color mixing business can be a little difficult and a little fiddle-y but I forge on,  determined that it can be done and by me. Don't laugh!

All will be well, 

Saturday, July 23, 2016

It's the CAR

We are building a new garage which is next to our neighbor's carport.  The green construction material that goes under the brick was reflected in my neighbor's dark blue car. The low sun was lighting the concrete curb of the carport. The brake light glowed red in the sunlight.
I sketched lightly

I painted.
Okay, so it is not much of a car and it needs a post to hold up the roof behind the driver. I can add that. It was my first try at something like this and I had fun with the challenge. Maybe next time I will get it right. Meanwhile, I am three paintings down of the 300 I need to do before I get good!

All will be well


Someone (anonymous) asked about the painting at the top of the blog.   Here is its story.

I had been going around with the words and tune to the song "If ",as recorded by Bread, running through my head. If you don't remember the words, the last part is

If the world should stop revolving, spinning slowly down to die,
I'd spend the time with you and when (...) is through
then one by one the stars would all go out and you and I would simply fly away.

The painting clearly does not illustrate the song, but it did influence the way I was feeling and thinking as I began painting it.  I can't quite decide what to name it but when I do I will submit it to a gallery to see if they want to display and (it can be hoped) sell it.

When I took it to be framed I wanted something metallic but soft.  They had this frame with an orange liner already painted in! Serendipitous!

All is well and all will be well,

Friday, July 22, 2016

Some Apples

Some apples that Alex brought from a tree at his mother's house in NC and a guava(?) from the grocery store.  Once I sketched these in I had to go sit down - it had been so new to me and took so much concentration that I was shaky!

I have a long way to go but I am going. For this 4"x4" I mixed the colors from a basic palette of two yellows, one warm and one cooler, two reds (same),  two blues(again warmer and cooler) and white. I have previously used more colors and have a drawer full but learning to mix what I need is part of the challenge.

I see all the errors on this, I think, but if you want to critique, have at it. I won't get mad and will most likely learn something!

All is well and all will most certainly be well!

Thursday, July 21, 2016


If anyone actually reads this, I thank you for your attention!

I have been painting for a while now and have learned a lot from my teacher, Sandra Paynter Washburn. Sandy is a very good artist and teacher who is generous with her talent, time and appreciation. You couldn't ask for anyone who to be more willing to give you help and encouragement  or to set a better example of professionalism. That said, I have decided to take a different tack for at least a while. There is another style of painting that I want to try and I am working on learning from internet and print sources until I can find a short class to take. Sandy probably knows how to paint this style but it is not hers and I will not ask her to take time away from what she does so well and from the others in the class to help me. 

I will be making many small paintings as I learn this style and try to find my way and I intend to post them here every day or so. The posts will be very short - the painting and a few words. I will need some support and encouragement, so if you check this blog and have a comment to make, I hope that you will. 

If you follow the blog by e-mail, you will get it as it comes out.  If you click on the title of the individual post after you open it in your e-mail program it will change to the web version of the post where your comments can be made.

So here is the last of the big paintings - leaning against our newly painted living room wall.   48"x36"

and here is the very first of the new ones (the second is a little better!)This one is 3"x3".

I am excited about this new way of working and I hope that as I learn, you might find it interesting


The paintings will be for sale. The large one $450 plus shipping and the small one $25.00 shipped.

All will be well,