Monday, November 16, 2015

Old Glory and Flag Challenge

This week is all about Flags.

Old Glory- Oil on canvas board

To all those that have served or are serving our county
in Military service- Thank you.

Prayers for Paris- Oil on Canvas Board

And to all those in Paris...
my thoughts and prayers are with you.

Tuesday, November 3, 2015

Same little Bird- Take 2

I found an old copy of Black Beauty
at the Thrift Store a few months back.
Three books for a dime provided
me with the perfect back drop
for a second attempt at the
little bird I painted for my 3 color challenge.

"South for the Winter"- Acrylic on Board
7" x 3 1/2"

I decoupaged a page from the book onto the piece of board
then lightly painted over it with a thin coat of wall paint. 
My last bird was done in oil, however I wanted
the wording to show in the background,
so I opted to keep this one tighter and use

Monday, October 19, 2015

Chickadee 3

I was so excited to be able to participate in this weeks

The challenge this week was to create a picture using only 3 colors.
Those three colors could be used along with White
to make a total of 6 colors.

I decided to keep my pallet very neutral and used
Burnt Umber
Yellow Ochre
Unbleached Titanium
Titanium White!

Chickadee 3- oil on gesso board- 6"x 6"

Friday, October 9, 2015

Dreaming of Florence

Ahhhh... wishing I were back in Florence, Italy!

Florence- Oil on Canvas

Friday, October 2, 2015

Cottage Upgrades

Back in 2011 we purchased this adorable cottage in a nearby town!
We worked hard to transform this sweet place from
a dark knotty pine cabin look...

To something light, bright and airy!
If you want to see all the changes see:

Over the five years the outside has evolved as well! 

Above -is the photo from the real estate listing...

As soon as spring came around,
 we added some flower beds and plants.

We also added shutters to frame the front and side windows.

The following summer we painted (3 sides) of the cottage 
a tan color and the old metal awning white.
But were weren't done!

This past summer we punched up the curb appeal even more!
The white picket fence had been added the previous summer.
We decided to remove the old metal awnings 
and built a trellis in its place!
 The cottage found a new color 
- steel blue!
It was amazing how the greenish roof 
finally blended in and made sense!

Another small change we made over the past few years
was in the kitchen!

When we first bought the cottage the little kitchen looked like this!

Like the rest of the cottage- the walls and cabinets
received a facelift with new paint and hardware!

Which was a huge improvement,
but we are always up for a good project...
so when we found an antique slab of marble
at the local reuse store...

We snapped it up and had our local granite dealer 
cut and polish it for us to install!

The addition of a single bowl Ikea apron sink
completed the new look!

The choice of sink actually increased, as small as it is,
the counter space!

I love how small changes make big impacts!

Thursday, September 17, 2015

Mom's Favorite Painting

This is my Mom's favorite painting
 I have painted to date!

Up Past Midnight- Oil on Canvas

I am not always sure what will end up on the canvas...
A little secret.... 
this one started out as cherries!

Tuesday, September 15, 2015

Kathy's Rooster x Two

This is my friend, Kathy's rooster!
I wish for the life of me I could
remember his name!

Anyway... My brain is showing my age!
A mutual friend was over visiting Kathy and took
a few photos and videos of her small coop.
I was so inspired I decided to try my hand
at painting her rooster!

Kathy's Rooster Take One- Oil on Canvas

My first attempt was an oil on canvas. 
The tone of this painting is soft and subtle.
I painted him during class and I liked
many things about this painting but
the artist in me is always
calling for a mulligan!
So I went home and painted a second painting!

Kathy's Rooster Take Two- Oil on Gesso Board

This second painting is smaller than the first one.
I also used Gesso Board for the first time.
Gesso Board is very smooth and it took 
some getting used to how the paint "slid" on the
smooth surface.
This painting ended up overall brighter than the first one!

I enjoyed the process of both paintings, but if I had to
choose a favorite I think it would be the Take Two!