Tuesday, April 15, 2014

"J & D Farms, Gadsden, Alabama" - plein air

 
"J & D Farms"
12 x 12, oil, plein air
Available at Gadsden Museum of Art

Very honored that this painting was awarded the "People's Choice" award at the opening reception Sunday afternoon at the Gadsden Museum of Art.  I knew in my head the way I wanted this painting to turn out, and I didn't want to mess it up, so I kept getting up and walking away from it.  My friend John Guernsey, who was sitting a few yards away painting, asked me, "Why are you taking so many breaks?"  I told him I was trying to make every stroke count.  I have a tendency to "speed paint" somewhat... so my new approach is trying to really think out each mark before making it. 

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Monday, April 14, 2014

Open My Heart

 "Open My Heart"
9 x 12, oil
Available at the Gadsden Museum of Art, contact me for more info if interested

I had the title before the painting.  Yesterday's morning service at my church was about believing and being baptized.  One of the scriptures referenced was Acts 16:14:

"One of those listening was a woman from the city of Thyatira named Lydia, a dealer of purple cloth.  She was a worshiper of God.  The Lord opened her heart to respond to Paul's message."

I thought, I always want to have an open heart for the Lord to work on me and through me.  And it's my prayer, if you're reading this now... your heart will be open as well.

I knew afterwards my plans were to go back to the same tree I painted under on the previous day, but to paint the sun coming through the tree, lighting the leaves and the blooms.  I've included pictures of my work in progress, along with the petals landing on my palette, and also a bloom from the tree held up to the painting in progress.

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a fallen bloom held up to the painting

 petals in the palette :)

painting in progress

Thursday, April 10, 2014

Harmony in Greens & two more plein air paintings from today

"Harmony in Greens" (two more paintings from the day below)
10 x 10, oil on linen, plein air
available at the Gadsden Museum of Art
(Southeastern Plein Air Invitational)

(painting in progress)

Second painting of the day with the Southeastern Plein Air Invitational in Gadsden, Alabama. I think these are named "snowball hydrangeas" but I'm not sure... l loved the way the sunlight was hitting them from the back this afternoon... and the fact that I could stand in the shade to paint them. Tomorrow we will be painting on Turrentine Avenue... come by and see all the paintings if you can! All of today's work is now on display at the GMA: Gadsden Museum of Art. This painting is available; please contact me or the museum if interested in purchasing. Reference painting #102
"J & D's Barn"
12 x 12, oil, plein air
available at the Gadsden Museum of Art
(Southeastern Plein Air Invitational)


First painting of the day at the beautiful J&D Farms... I think today may have been the prettiest day of the year, and I was blessed to be outside all day enjoying it.  This painting is available, contact me or the GMA: Gadsden Museum of Art if interested in purchasing. Please reference Painting #101.

(painting with scene behind)


 "Chicken Scratch"
6 x 6, oil, plein air

available at the Gadsden Museum of Art
(Southeastern Plein Air Invitational)



 Third and final painting of the day at J&D Farms with the Southeastern Plein Air Invitational in Gadsden, Alabama. I heard these chickens all. day. long. But truly, I loved it. So to close the day out I decided to try to paint them. I first sketched out some poses very quickly in my sketch book, then painted them very loosely on the canvas, hence the title. This painting is available, please contact me or theGMA: Gadsden Museum of Art if interested in purchasing. Reference painting #103.
(painting in progress)



Saturday, April 5, 2014

"Simplicity"

"Simplicity"
16 x 8, oil
$425 unframed, click here to purchase through Paypal, or email me if interested in purchasing

My sweet Daddy buys me things all the time to paint.  He goes overboard sometimes... and my mom has to let him know that I have absolutely no more room.  However, when he was doing his usual shopping one day, he sent three images of different bottles to my mother with the simple text, "Gina?".  She said yes to this one, and I'm glad she did :)  

I'm gearing up for the Southeastern Plein Air Invitational that begins next Thursday in Gadsden, Alabama.  Looking forward to seeing some artist friends that I haven't seen in a while!

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Thursday, April 3, 2014

Peaceful

"Peaceful"
10 x 10, oil
~ sold

This is the last painting of creamy roses for a while.  The roses have drooped and fallen... but the painting remains.

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Wednesday, April 2, 2014

Serene

"Serene"
10 x 10, oil
$400 unframed, click here to purchase through Paypal, or email me if interested in purchasing

I'm really enjoying painting these 10 x 10's in shades of whites and grays.... so soft and subtle, and "serene."
I also have a 3 3/4" gold frame available if interested for an additional $60.

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Tuesday, April 1, 2014

Closer to Thee

"Closer to Thee"
10 x 10, oil
$400 unframed, click here to purchase through Paypal, or email me if interested in purchasing

Love these two little pieces of pottery that I purchased on my recent trip to Gatlinburg, Tennessee.  Pottery made by Alewine Pottery.  I have a 3 3/4" gold frame for this painting if you're interested in purchasing for an additional $60.

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Sunday, March 30, 2014

For Forever

"For Forever"
12 x 9, oil on linen
$375 unframed, click here to purchase through Paypal, or email me if interested in purchasing
Frame available for additional $60

I recently went to another beautiful wedding... so I was inspired to paint this painting.

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Saturday, March 29, 2014

Wednesday, March 26, 2014

Hydrangeas for Mimi

"Hydrangeas for Mimi"
12 x 9, oil
~ sold

I recently painted a 40 x 30 painting similar to the one above (see below).  I had a collector email me asking about the painting but she didn't realize the size, and wanted a smaller version to give to her mother for her birthday.  I wanted to post both paintings here, so that you can see the similarity, but also how each one is different and unique.  If interested in a commission, please click on the tab on the right of this page titled "Commissions - Prices" for my current prices.  Mother's Day is just around the corner (Sunday, May 11), so now would be a good time to get in your order :)


"Hydrangeas in Confit Jar"
40 x 30, available, $1690, email me if interested

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Monday, March 24, 2014

Sunday, March 23, 2014

Surrender

 "Surrender"
10 x 10, oil

I've had a few people tell me that they really like to see my "set up" or my "scene" when painting.  So I remembered to do this.. and posted the picture below.  What really drew me to painting this was the extreme softness of the set up... and if I really squinted down I could not see where the edge of the vase was on the right or the left, being lost in the light and the shadow.  What formed the shape of the vase (while squinting) were the two highlights and the lip of the vase and the base.  That's what I tried to achieve in this painting.  Also, I got way too fussy with the rose on the left and realized it was because of the true shape of the rose... so I took some liberty and changed it to fit my painting.  I don't really know why I titled this painting "Surrender," it just seemed to fit.

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Saturday, March 22, 2014

Imperfect

"Imperfect"
20 x 10, oil
$500 unframed, click here to purchase through Paypal, or email me if interested

I decided to partly paint this painting with my left hand.  It pushed me a little further out of my comfort zone.  Then, I switched back to my right hand and turned the painting upside down to finish, so I could completely focus on the design and not the subject matter.  It was very challenging, but I'm very pleased with the results.

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Friday, March 21, 2014

Where Thou Goest

"Where Thou Goest"
18 x 18, oil

This is a wedding commission I just completed for a beautiful young couple, T.J. and Kaitlin.  Their wedding is tomorrow.  I can't express their love better than Kaitlin does when she retells their proposal:

"He led me to the bench with his bible and a little brown box in one hand and my hand in the other.  As we sat on the bench he told me that he had made the cross with the help of my family using old barn wood from my grandfather’s barn, and said he wanted to start this new chapter of our lives off right, at the foot of the cross.  He shared some verses from his bible and promised to strive to be the husband God has called him to be, he then got down on one knee and asked me to marry him."

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Thursday, March 20, 2014

Happy First Day of Spring

"Happy First Day of Spring"
6 x 6, oil
~ sold

What a gorgeous first day of spring in Glencoe, Alabama.  Hope you had a joyful day!!!

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Wednesday, March 19, 2014

Who Holds Tomorrow

"Who Holds Tomorrow"
14 x 11, oil on linen panel
$450 unframed, $500 framed
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I heard a song on the radio the other day and it really moved me.  I've heard it several times before, but recently, a young man that I knew as a little boy died unexpectedly.  He was 29.  I hugged his father.  I hugged his mother.  No words to say, other than, "I can't imagine."  It's just not the order of things, according to me.

If you've been reading my blog for any amount of time, you know that I am a Christian.  Ultimately, I want to glorify God through my art.  Like a really good song, like a book you can't put down, sometimes, a piece of art can move someone to tears, or bring a smile.  It's a gift from God to do with what you want.  And since I know Who holds tomorrow, I will give Him the glory for what I do.

Here's the song I heard on the radio...  I hope you enjoy it as much as I do.


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Tuesday, March 18, 2014

Choices (why I chose to change this painting)

 "Choices"
9 x 12, oil on linen panel
$375 unframed, click here to purchase through Paypal, or email me if interested in purchasing

I thought I'd share the "choices" I made with this painting that I thought was finished but after a couple of days realized I wasn't happy with it.  Below is the first go before I started changing it.

I tried to keep the original painting light and airy... to keep that effortless look.  I kept looking at it and thinking, what's wrong with this painting?  What do I like about it?  What bothers me?  I finally realized that the pears were incredibly too small... so I changed them.  How?  Well, the painting was dry to the touch, so I took my palette knife and literally scraped that area flat.  Ouch.

Then I painted the same subject larger over the first.  Something still bothered me.  The flowers on the lower left were too bunched up with the larger pears and bowl.  So away with those as well!  (Ouch again).

I also darkened the background a few values to bring out the color of the blooms.  I'm much MUCH happier with the finished result.


the "before" painting

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Monday, March 17, 2014

Little Green House facing Sturdivant - Selma, Alabama

"Little Green House"
10 x 8, oil
$400 framed, $350 unframed, click here to purchase

Had another wonderful time in Selma this past weekend at the 2014 Selma Pilgrimage.  This home was not on the tour this year, but I saw it across the street from the Sturdivant Museum and was really drawn to it, so I painted it.  Below is the photo of the little home.  It looks like a perfect little art studio to me :)



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Tuesday, March 11, 2014

His Work Boots

"His Work Boots"
12 x 12, oil on linen
$450 unframed, click here to purchase with Paypal, or email me if interested.

Sitting by the back door because they're too dirty to come inside.
They wait until the next day to be filled by the hard-working man that loves and provides for his family. 

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Friday, March 7, 2014

Hydrangea Bouquet

"Hydrangea Bouquet"
7 x 5, oil on linen
$125 unframed, click here to purchase through Paypal, or email me if interested in purchasing

This pretty petite hydrangea bouquet was just too pretty not to paint.  They actually are a lot greener than I painted them... may try again.

A reminder for upcoming weddings.... please check out my wedding bouquet paintings by clicking here.  I love painting them and think they make a pretty unique wedding gift :)

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Wednesday, March 5, 2014

Ice Skater

"Ice Skater"
7 x 5, oil on linen panel
$125 unframed, click here to purchase with Paypal, or email me if interested in purchasing

I took my daughter ice skating recently for the first time.  I remember my first time, and it wasn't pretty. I helped her with her skates and was telling her about the rail she could hold onto, and also was telling her be careful when she falls not to have her hands out for someone else to skate over.  To my surprise, she took off skating like she'd done it her whole life.  I'm not kidding, she was a natural.  She even figured out how to turn around and end up facing the same way.  Just remembering her skating makes me smile.

Tuesday, March 4, 2014

Something Blue and New

"Something Blue and New"
10 x 8, oil on linen panel
~ sold

I just got back from my daughter's alpaca show in Sevierville, Tennessee.  We had such a fun time.  During a break at the show, I went with me Dad to a nearby flea market and bought the beautiful blue vase I used in this painting.  I'm sure you'll be seeing it some more.

My daughter marks off the days before the alpaca show like it's Christmas.  Here's a picture of her from the show.  She won first place in performance (which is taking the alpaca through an obstacle course) and second place in showmanship (which is teaching them how to actually "show" an alpaca.  The competition was even tougher this time because she was in the older division, and was the youngest in the group.  I'm so thankful she's getting to do what she loves :)


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Thursday, February 27, 2014

Close to Mama

"Close to Mama"
6 x 6, oil on linen panel
$125 unframed, click here to purchase through Paypal, or email me if interested in purchasing

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Wednesday, February 26, 2014

Snowbird III

"Snowbird III"
6 x 6, oil on linen panel
$150 unframed, click here to purchase through Paypal, or email me if interested in purchasing

I received an email last week from Barbara Stroud in Charleston, SC, asking if she could feature me in her blog.  Why of course!!!  I'm so honored she wanted to write about my work.  Thank you again, Barbara!!!  To read the article, click here.

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Tuesday, February 25, 2014

Snowbird II

"Snowbird II"
6 x 6, oil on linen panel
$150 unframed, click here to purchase through Paypal, or email me if interested in purchasing

After painting 3 paintings today that I wasn't happy with... and decided not to call them "failures" but "lessons learned," I changed my subject matter and painted a cute little bird from some photos by my friend, Kay Moore.  She photographed several colorful birds in her yard after the recent snow and I asked her permission to use them as painting references.  I'm pretty happy with this little fella.  Hope you like him (her) too :)

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Monday, February 24, 2014

First Bloom

"First Bloom"
8 x 8, oil on linen
$225 unframed, click here to purchase through Paypal, or email me if interested in purchasing

Candee at my workshop brought in this tiny little daffodil to paint as her still life.  She said it was her first bloom and she picked it to paint.  So I "borrowed" it to paint it myself.  This was fun little painting for me.  So what do you call this flower?  I've always called them jonquils.  Some folks call them buttercups, and most, I believe, call them daffodils.

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Saturday, February 22, 2014

Workshop News - A wonderful 2 days :)

 "From Me to You"
12 x 9, oil on linen
$375 unframed, click here to purchase through Paypal, or email me if interested.


All set up and painting

participants' work

more of their work

 The awesome group :)
Gale, Smokey, Candee, Judy, Wanda, Joyce, Robin, Anna & Tracy
Thanks again, ladies!!!

I had a wonderful group in my workshop the last two days at the Gadsden Museum of Art.  I wanted everyone to find joy in painting... that was my goal.  I watched a demo several years ago by a well-known artist... and he expressed that painting was in no way relaxing.  I have to disagree with him.  For me, painting is a form of expression of my joy and thankfulness for the beauty of God's world, and that brings a peace to me.  From the beginning of the workshop, I aimed to help each artist overcome similar hurdles I've been through in my journey.  It was so encouraging to me to see "light bulb" reactions.  I also continued to share how I paint several paintings that no one sees... that I make mistakes, and that's just part of the learning process.  In one demo, after a couple of hours of walking around, I looked up and realized that it didn't look right.  So I showed them how it's okay to realize that and admit it to oneself, and fix it.

Above is my first demo from the workshop.. an exercise on limited strokes, freshness, and painting with intention.  I know they heard the word "intention" more than they wanted :)

Sunday, February 9, 2014

Hydrangeas in a Confit Jar

"Hydrangeas in Confit Jar"
40 x 30, oil

I've just always admired the confit jars, not really knowing the history behind them until recently.  The jars were originally used to store meat before refrigeration was available.  The lower part of the jar was left unglazed because it was sealed and buried in the cool ground.  Pretty neat, huh?

Friday, February 7, 2014

My Daughter

"My Daughter"
12 x 9, oil on linen
~ not for sale

My little Blaire, now twelve years old.  A whole lot of love went into this painting.

Sunday, February 2, 2014