Friday, October 30, 2015

:) Medusa...

I would never have imagined a scenario in which I would choose to paint my fingernails and toenails green... but...
I did... and I kind of like 'em!

Look at my cutie intern... a.k.a. the poor soul who looked into Medusa's eyes and turned to stone!

These guys finished two weeks in Greek Mythology just in time for School Spirit Day!
That's a happy smile from Medusa here, but she may or may not have given those little sweeties a stone cold stare a time or two... or three... 

... love, Love, LOVE this team of partners!

Left to Right...
Queen 4th Grade,  
The Grand High Witch from Roald Dahl's Witches, 
Mr. Potato Head with her intern Mrs. Potato Head,
Bob the Builder, who I share kids with,
Medusa (me) and my intern the Stone Statue.

FYI - In case you ever decide to attach snakes to your head, here's what I figured out. After much trial and error, this is what worked. 
1. Grow your hair long.
2. Tie the tails of 5-6 rubber snakes together with a pony tail holder.
3. Put them over your head like a hat.
4. Pull strands of hair up, over, between, and through the snakes. 
5. Use a rubber band to make a top pony tail on top of the snake-tail knot.

Tuesday, October 27, 2015


"Mom, I have an idea. Will you paint something? 
I want you to paint Whitney's dog as a Christmas present for her."


"Oh, it's perfect... she's going to love it... We don't have to wait.  I can get her something else for Christmas...  Let's give it to her now."

Ha ha ha

It is hard to wait when you have something that will make someone special happy.

Wednesday, October 14, 2015

Dickson Street

"I want something 'Fayetteville-esque."
Oddly enough I understood what she meant.  
So... this painting is Fayetteville-esque.
If you've ever lived in or loved my city, you get it.
What makes it Fayetteville-esque?
... There's Old Main in the background. 
... The trees from the University lawns are in their autumn colors.
... That must be a Razorback license plate on the blue car.
... Of course, there's not an empty parking space anywhere.
... And... there are all the businesses that make Dickson Street... Dickson Street...

I put things into this painting that make it fun.
I spy... my red VW bug! the wheel of my husband's Harley! Melanie's SUV, DJ's mustang!
I think I spy...  Are those initials in the reflection of a window? Do those shutters look like an my own initials? And is that a letter on the orange building? Is that a name on the green car's license plate? How about on the red car's license? 
Could I also spy... Are those scribbles on the white sign, or does it have a message?  Is that a blur, or does it say something on the red dot sign?

Fun! Fun!! Fun!!!
She'll get to see it tomorrow morning! (along with my painting partners who want to be there.)  I hope she thinks it's "Fayetteville-esque!"  

I was pretty proud to finish this one.

With the frame, the bug won't hold much more. :)

Sunday, October 11, 2015

Pink Gerbera Daisies

Usually whenever someone finds out that I'm a painter, they say, "Oh, what do you paint?" 
I never seem to come up with a quick and simple answer.
"I paint what I like," is the truth, but seems kind of self centered and doesn't really answer.
"I can paint whatever anyone wants me to," is the truth, but seems kind of arrogant and doesn't really answer.
"I love to paint images that tell stories," is the best truth, but doesn't really answer and has to be followed by an explanation.

So, how do I choose what goes on my easel...
When I have a commission, that takes priority.
Otherwise, I think I have a kind of built in, subconscious rotation.
I paint something challenging or stressful - like a portrait or a complex scene.
Then something easy and fast - like a flower or fruit.
Then something comfortable - like a cow.
Then I'm ready to go back to challenging.

So, where do I get my images...
Sometimes I'm given an image through a commission, and often I do get to help select the just-right photo.
I also have a file of photos on my computer called "Possibilities." 
Sometimes I see something fabulous, pull over, and take photos - like interesting cows, a sunset, or a  breathtaking view.
Sometimes I create still life set ups - like fruit, vegetables, or flowers. 
Sometimes I see someone else's photo on Facebook or their blog and am overwhelmed by it as if it's begging to be put on canvas. (I know that sounds arsty.)  I can't get past it.  Then I ask whatever friend or relative (or occasionally stranger)who was the photographer for permission to use it.  

That's how these sweet little gerbera daisies came about.  I saw them on my friend Renee's blog post and just couldn't get past them. I could just imagine them on canvas. You see, Renee's my friend now, but we met by my randomly discovering her blog then one day my comment to her, "You don't know me, but I would love to paint your goats..."  Well, I hope I was a little more eloquent than that, but... she did let me... and we became friends.... I've been thinking of her this week as the rains continue to flood South Carolina where she lives. 

This little painting was included in a lovely Etsy treasury (collection of related vintage items and art pieces). Click Shopping in January to have a look!

Original Oil Painting on 6"x 8" Wrapped Canvas