Wednesday, August 21, 2019

Middle Bay Lighthouse

Middle Bay lighthouse sits in Mobile Bay. It began it's work as a lighthouse on December 1st, 1885.
It was decommissioned in 1967 and was slated for demolition in 1971. 
Public outcry was so great, they decided to leave it where it stands now.
23 children have called it home.

One cow lived there for a few months, the lighthouse keeper's wife had a baby that would not nurse.
They moved the cow out there to provide milk for the baby.
I've talked with someone that said it was a black and white cow. I have also conversed with one of my friends that said her father brought hay out to the cow. I've always wanted to depict the cow, but I can not find out for certain where it was kept. Some historians say it was on the gallery, others a barge. 
I can only only imagine a herd animal being forced to live on the ocean by itself. 
I have read somewhere that it lowed constantly.
Anyway, the cow, wife, baby and light keeper were evacuated 5 months later when a hurricane threatened our stretch of the coast in 1916.

Middle Bay Lighthouse, Acrylic on canvas, 8x8 inches
Day 51 of the 100 days~100 paintings 2019

Tuesday, August 20, 2019

Siren, or Mermaid?

Siren or Mermaid?
The question lingers, but I am certain she is a mermaid. 
You see, Sirens were so beautiful, and sang so well
 that they lured sailors to their deaths upon the rocks.
Sirens also are not really female in form though, 
in Greek mythology they were depicted as beautiful birds.

Can you imagine a beautiful bird encouraging you to dash your ship onto the rocks?
I imagine sailors saw lots of things on the ocean that really were not there. The mermaid depicted here is actually painted on a canvas that we placed into the paint left over on the table. 
I really like the effect!

I also experimented today some more with the "pours". 
I fashioned a tray out of cardboard and plastic bags. 
I managed to research the proper way to do the pours as well. 
Turns out the  glue is unnecessary and is also acidic over time.
Since I am concerned about longevity and archival, glue is out!
So is the Silicon oil.
Or any oil for that matter. They leave a residue and the paints may not properly stick over time.
So After reading several blog posts, listening to very good and very bad you tube videos, I finally settled on my process to use. I am still using the Floetrol, but in a 1 Floetrol to 1 Paint ratio. 
Then, I am adding 91% alcohol as my thinner. 
I also discovered a kind of formula for figuring the amount of paint needed for a project. One of the artists I listened to said to prepare 1 ounce of mixture for each 16 square inches. So a 16 x 20 canvas is a total of 320 square inches. Divided by 16, I needed 20 ounces of mixture for the project. (I mixed 4 ounces of 6 different colors, giving me 24 ounces total.)
After mixing up several colors of paint, 6 to be exact, I was ready for my first solo pour.
I laid out a 16 x 20 canvas with two 12 x 12 canvases underneath in an effort to catch the paint dripping off the edges. I also placed four 4x4 canvases along the edge. 
Tilting and gloves helped the paint along the edges.
All the canvases have some beautiful effects, some more then others.
I am looking forward to adding my paintings on top of them.

Things are going great here in the studio, I just need to be in here more!

Siren or Mermaid? Acrylic pour with painting, 16 x 20
Day 50 of the 100 days~100 paintings 2019

Monday, August 19, 2019

Pride and Pours!

Well, I've done it!
I've allowed myself to "play" and pour!

Celebration Church located in Fairhope, Alabama had a Pinterest group meet last Saturday. 
I don't know the exact count, but I think there was at least 25 to 30 women there interested in learning how to paint pour.
I was one of them.
I went really and truly to learn what all the hubbub was about this method of applying paint.
I am not an abstract sort of artist, and at best I hoped to have something that might be pretty to look at, 
but not really something to add to my painting process.
I was proud of my process in laying paint with brushes on canvas.
I helped others with their pieces, thinking carefully about the paint colors I wanted to use on mine.
A couple of the ladies had also made too many cups of the pour mixture, 
so I grabbed them and  used their excess to mix mine.
It is a very interesting process to see unfold, the paints flowing and spilling over the edges in beautiful ways. Once I finished with helping, it was my turn to turn my cups into something, maybe something beautiful!
Carefully mixing my colors and layering them into cups, I took a deep breath and flipped them onto the canvas. I then tilted the canvas to cover the edges, making a mess with the excess paint. 
(I am very concerned about the amount of paint wasted with this process, 
and am thinking very hard about how to do it differently.)
Once I was satisfied with my piece, I carefully transported it to the garage with the others.
We filled the garage with our pieces, laid all over the place on pieces of cardboard. I could not stand to see the leftover paint all over the table and asked for another canvas to try and create another background.
The garage was an amazing display of beautiful abstracts, in a gorgeous array of colors and neutrals.
I had to wait like the others for it to dry overnight. After church, we went by the house and picked up the canvases. Taking them home, they were still very tacky and 
I put them in my studio and turned the ceiling fan on. 
I could not wait until it felt dry.
I knew what I wanted to paint on the top of this abstract watery looking background.
The turtle you see is the completed work!
I could not be much happier than I am right now.

Look out, I am hooked, and there will be several pieces in the future, 
once I figure out the process without the silicon oil.
I also have a friend that is going to coat several canvas using this process.

"Incredible beauty" , Acrylic pour and painted canvas, 16 x 20
Day 49 of the 100 days~100 paintings 2019

Wednesday, August 14, 2019

Magnolias & Maintenance

The studio was full of activity today. I am still putting away things from the 
Africa trip, Summer classes, and Shepherds place.
This photo shows the large table in my studio covered 
with 19 beautiful shadowbox canvases ready and waiting for sketching.
In the meantime, all I want to do is paint, paint, paint!

I have been juried into the fall shows I've entered, 
so there is a need to create some inventory to offer at various venues.
There is a total of 5 shows, running from Destin, Florida to Ocean Springs, Mississippi. 
We'll be on the beach in October for the National Shrimp Festival in Gulf shores. 
On top of this, I am already entering 4 shows for January of next year!
I've also received notification about the Gulf Breeze show for April 2020. I won an award last year, so I basically get to skip the jury process. I just had to accept and use a code to enter.
Now I have to pay a booth fee! 
Then there's the one woman shows, first at the Audubon Center next summer 
as well as the show at the Sway Gallery in December.
The Sway show will feature Steampunk pieces and my usual marine life offerings.
Already getting filled up for next summer as well with another planned trip to Africa!

I love my Artist life!
Can't you tell?

Today found me finishing up these magnolias in an effort to catch up from the Africa mission. They are painted from photographs taken all over Fairhope, with my husband grabbing tree branches and holding them steady for me to get a photo. They actually took the 4 days to create.
I painted while I was there, but nothing really sellable as I am listed as an Acrylic painter when I enter shows.
There are some nice watercolors though, and I may put them at the gallery here in Fairhope.
The Magnolias are each fairly small, easily completed pieces that usually sell fairly quickly.

It's the Artists life for me!

Magnolias & Maintenance, Acrylic on canvas, each 6x6 inches, $45 each
Days 41-44 of the 100 days~100 paintings Fall 2019

Monday, August 12, 2019


Just too fun to paint!
This seemed like a great way to begin to get back into the groove of painting 
after coming home from my Africa mission. 
While eating dinner with the grandchild last night, 
I asked him what he wanted painted for his birthday piece.
He giggled and said a dolphin and a turtle. Puzzled I said, you want them together?
Yes YaYa!
Thus this playful piece was born.
It seems like just yesterday we were rushing to the hospital,and your first painting was done as you were being born. His collection now is at a total of 7.
When he moves into his own home, he will have a collection of pieces, 
each painted on the day of his birth.

I am finding my place in the studio again, creating. It seems there are so many things to do that get in the way of the studio lately. I have a LOT of painting to do to catch up from my mission to Africa.
I also spent time entering several shows taking place the first of the year in Florida.
We really enjoyed our time down there last year, and I hope to go again!

The fall shows are in place now, all accepted and paid for!
September 28th & 29th Jubilee~Daphne. Al
October 10th-13th National Shrimp Festival, Gulf Shores, Al (my 13th year!)
October 26th&27th Mattie Kelly Festival of the Arts, Destin, Florida
November 2nd & 3rd Peter Anderson, Ocean Springs, Mississippi
There are a couple of  "fill in shows" as well.


Playtime, Acrylic on canvas, 12 x 24inches
Private collection, Day ? of the 100 days~100 paintings Fall 2019

Monday, July 22, 2019

What an amazing and hectic two weeks!

It really is hard to post when your 
internet is sketchy, 
your phone does not cooperate, 
and you're too tired to work everything all out!
Needless to say the past couple of weeks have been a roller coaster with a rocket attached.
When I began the 100 days for the fall, I was full of enthusiasm and optimism.
Those of you who know me, know that I can pack a lot of activity into a day and pack we did!
The first few days were filled with a recycled class at the Eastern Shore Art Center for kids.
My grandson was also staying with us and going to class with great enthusiasm. 
We had an Artwalk in Fairhope on the first Friday before he arrived.
Our Daughter in law had a birthday party in Mobile that week.
We also went to a movie with the grandchild, family, and church.
Then we spent long periods of time in the pool with our grandson playing long and hard.

The weekend was spent getting ready for the following week's classes at the 
Mobile Museum of Art all day. I left the house at 6:30am and got home at 6:00pm every day.
Thoroughly enjoyable, but exhausting between an average of 19 children for 8 hours, and 2 hours of driving each day! I have a profound respect for teachers that do this day in and day out, molding the active minds of active crazy children on the threshold of raging hormones!

Anyway, we created a lot of art.
I also managed to get a brad nail that shot partially into my finger while 
putting together wood sculptures on the first day!
We had long hard hours spent on our impressionism project of the Flamingo at the top.
Crayons, wood, cardboard, paint!
Several other projects managed to find their way into my portfolio as well, 
all while demonstrating to the kids!

In the midst of this, I was cutting, packing, and repacking for my mission to Africa!
There are three bags now, all stuffed to almost capacity with art supplies and surprises for the people there.
I want to bring more, but there is always next year!
MY clothes have for the most part, fit into a rolling backpack weighing less than 15 pounds. 
( per Qatar Airways requirements)
The internet, and electricity have been iffy over in Chidobe, 
so posting anything from Africa may be wishful at best!
Rest assured, I will be creating, and trying to post to blog and Facebook.
Let the adventures in Africa begin at 4 am Tuesday morning!

More of the kids creations on Facebook!

Much love to all, 
100 days~100 paintings Fall 2019

Saturday, July 6, 2019

Feeling a little crabby II

When I get stressed, 
I paint, 
I want to eat (chocolate), 
I shop (but don't buy), 
I even pray (all of the time!)
You might ask, what stresses me? The primary is family.
More specifically, my dad. 
Without going into it more, I will leave it at that.
Just know, I am praying about it, praying for him, 
and praying for myself to be able to engage with him.

Today's painting about sums it all up!
Feeling a little crabby II.
While I am still creating, most of my focus is on the upcoming mission to Africa. I leave in about 2 weeks and in true military kid fashion, I am trying to get all of the cutting and packing done as soon as possible. I have a list of what is packed in both bags, so as not to double up on supplies. I am in need of some type of binding to use with the older kids, as I am getting them to make books for them to draw in after I leave. Someone offered yarn to me today, I may use some of that in pre-cut lengths. I am rapidly filling both of my checked luggage bags, as there is so much I want to bring. I am a giver, and the bags include gifts for others, hoping not to step on any toes along the way! The third bag is becoming a reality soon, I fear.
The third checked bag will be $150 for my domestic flight, who knows what it will cost on the foreign ones!
I am grateful for donations still coming into my hands and I want to pass on as much as humanly possible!

Now, as I write this, I am not feeling so crabby any more.
Prayer helps, and so does writing!

Feeling a little crabby II, Acrylic on canvas, 12 x 12
Day 5 of the 100 days~100 paintings 2019