Friday, September 22, 2017

Pelicans fly free!

So many years have passed since my family returned home after my father's time in the Air Force. After 20 years, they did not give him a promotion that was hoped for unless he would move us to another state. I guess he was tired of the travel and uprooting our family. The decision was made to move home to Alabama. Home to my parents at least, they basically grew up in Alabama. They attended Bishop Toolen and McGill in their own schools. We had a home here that we owned and had been rented for several years. This move also meant that I would spend the last two years of high school in another state. My brothers were young, but I had friends and most of all I felt at the time the young man I might eventually marry. 

It was upsetting to say the least to all of us as well that the house in which we planned to live was in a state of ruin. The renters had basically trashed the house, the kitchen sink was falling over in a cabinet that was rotten. Our home nevertheless..............
 My father would not arrive until December and we were here in August so we could go to school. That thought did not appeal to me either, I had just gotten out of school in mid June. 
My new high school, Murphy 1976 started in August, less than one week after we arrived in Alabama. Add to that we were living with my grandmother in Chickasaw until we could remove the renters from the house. (It was finally accomplished with the help of the Sheriffs department.) 
My mother and I spent many hours cleaning, clearing, and repairing what we could. 

Eventually I settled in, made new friends in both theater and the "nerds". I also joined ROTC and was made the supply officer for the group. I also started to look at the beauty around me on the coast. One of my main concerns was the pelicans that were almost gone from the effects of DDT. I was a  child of the 70's and was very aware of the damage we were doing to our planet. Eventually the  powers that be realized it was the chemicals affecting the birds, making their shells too weak to even be set upon to hatch them. DDT was removed and the shells again became able to withstand the parents setting on them. These beautiful birds have made a comeback to say the least! They are so interesting to watch when they are fishing so much that they can't fly because of the weight!

Today's problem is garbage, plastic to be precise. Every piece of plastic ever manufactured on our planet is still here, in one form or another. Plastic breaks down eventually to microscopic levels and is in our oceans. All of the food chain is being affected, including humans. The North Pacific Gyre is the one with the most increase in plastic particles. It throws plastic to the Midway Atoll where nearly all Laysan Albatrosses have plastic in their digestive system. About 1/3 of the chicks die because out of the 20 tons of plastic that washes up, 5 tons are being fed to the chicks.
This is only the beginning of the consequences of our actions. 
The United Nations Oceans Conference estimates that the oceans might contain more weight in plastics than fish by the year 2050!  
We all need to recycle, recycle, recycle and refuse all styrofoam as it lasts forever.

Stepping off my soapbox now, I leave you dear readers with Pelicans Fly Free!

Pelicans Fly Free! Acrylic on canvas, 24 x 24 shadowbox canvas
Day 82 of the 100 days~100 paintings 2017

Thursday, September 21, 2017

Looking at you kid!

Back to shadowboxes. 
This weekends show is rapidly approaching and I am slightly worried. 
Not about the show mind you, but my voice. 
I have been to the doctor, and I am not contagious and it's not the flu! I am concerned people will think otherwise about me not being contagious after they hear me talk!

I sound like Froggy from the Our Gang series.
My voice comes and goes at a whim, singing is out of the question of course!
(I sing somewhat in my studio when I'm painting, or at least hum!)
It does not help that I have taught 5 classes this week, with a total of about 13 hours of almost 
non-stop lecture and story telling while teaching.
I have myself on voice rest, avoiding the phone, and TRYING not to talk with my husband!
This tickle in my throat has GOT to go!

Looking at you kid, is today's painting for the 100 days. Taking an afternoon to paint after teaching this morning, I still have a couple of hours of varnishing to do!
The life of an artist is hard work and you have to be extremely disciplined.
No boss, yes except yourself!
You also have to motivate yourself as well.
Behind the paintings are buying lumber, ripping it to size, and building the stretcher bars.
This is done by my loving husband that sometimes gets a brad nail into a finger for his efforts!
Afterward he hands them to me, and if they are shadowboxes, they require three separate pieces of canvas stapled into place. I then put a wood backing to protect the canvas. Next I paint them white with soft body acrylic paint, sometimes two coats. They are then stacked in the studio with plastic between to keep them from sticking to one another. They are then sketched, painted, and signed. After all this is done, I put rings and wires on the back for hanging. Lastly, they are varnished, sometimes two coats.
Which reminds me, I have a studio full of paintings to varnish before the first show this weekend.
Again, Discipline............

Looking at you kid! , Acrylic on canvas, 24 x 24
Day 81 of the 100 days~100 paintings 2017 

Wednesday, September 20, 2017

Here's looking at you!

Dolphins are always fun for me to paint. Theses guys are actually  a revisit to a painting that for some reason went very brown. Although now on the darkened side. I really love it again. I don't understand the fading to brown (or maybe they were more brown in the first place and I don't remember), I use non-fugitive color that is not supposed to change over time. Something else for exploration I guess. 

This week has brought it's challenges so far, with a class every day to teach. I am also getting prepared for my first show of the season in Daphne this weekend. Challenges have included a cold trying to take hold, (I hopefully cut that one off at the pass by going to doctor because my chest and ears hurt) Classes to teach while sounding like froggy from the Little Rascals. Paintings to complete, they need hangers, , varnishing, and packing for the show. We've already looked at the show equipment and added some new bungee cords. Taking the rain gear, just in case. Jubilee would not be Jubilee unless it rained! 

Oh well, the life of an artist.
I am singing God's praises because of a loving husband that hauled me off to the doctor this morning and will eat spicy chicken and rice, because chicken and rice is my "go to' when sick. A leader for a meeting I was supposed to go to tonight, but she said stay home. I also missed my bible study last night because of the cold or whatever it is going around. Painting this afternoon with a class. Now I am in the stdio contemplating lifting a brush in paint. 

More tomorrow my friends!

Day 80 of the 100 days~100 paintings 2017

Tuesday, September 19, 2017

Dachshund a la Russo

Is it possible to be more in love with a breed of dog? I think not! While painting with the kids today at Atelier class, I painted another Russo inspired dachshund. They painted a Russo inspired Rat, Cat, Golden, and rabbit. This one looks a lot like our Tut!
Tut is named after an artist here in Alabama. Any way you look at it, they are an awesome, stubborn, smart, retaliatory, mischievous breed!
Gotta love em!

Dachshund a la Russo, Acrylic on paper, 11x15, 
Day 79 of the 100 days~100 paintings

Monday, September 18, 2017

Scripts & Strokes woman on the beach.

Based on Proverbs 31: 25, we enjoyed our small group while painting this together. Each of our paintings this semester are based on proverbs.
Woman on beach, 11 x 14, Acrylic on canvas, Day 78 of the 100 days I think! I have managed to catch a late summer cold.

Hectic weekend

This weekend we went to our daughter's home for a visit and for me to work on pirate costumes for their up coming Disney cruise. No one can ever accuse us of being wall flowers when it comes to putting on a show for fun. We converted, we created, and we conversed for hours while working.  Still not complete, she is much further along than when we got there Friday night. I also have a bag of fish extenders to complete. More on that project later.
In the meantime I have revisited the bathing suits for a commission piece that is a birthday present. The tricolor ed one was actually advertised in 1957. The client wanted the polka dot one to have his wife's  birth year. So it has 1957 too!
All in all, a productive weekend, and 4 days closer to the first show of the season!
I'll post later with the painting for today.
Vintage bathing suits, Acrylic on wood panels, 8 x 10
Days 74,75,76,and 77 of the 100 days 100 paintings 2017

Wednesday, September 13, 2017

Two days~two Paintings

The Eastern Shore Art Center called on Monday and said your email bounced back!? 
You have a class tomorrow from 3:30 until 5 pm. The class is Atelier and the 4 students are in 3rd and 4th grades. I really enjoy this age, they are so fun! This fall semester we will be studying different artist styles and Tuesdays class was Walter Anderson! We all had such fun creating this fun and whimsical painting. Several other fun pieces are in the works as well. Our fall session is 8 weeks, so 8 paintings in total as well as 8 different styles.
I look forward to creating with them.

I have also started teaching for the Fall semester of Eastern Shore Institute of Lifelong Learning, two classes for them. Beginning watercolor and beginning acrylics. Both classes are full of fun energetic seniors that are so eager to learn. 
All in all, about 30 new students to plan and prepare for every week!

Nobody ever said an artists life was boring, did they?

Manatees are on my mind this week with the massive hurricane Irma bearing down on the Florida coastline. My thoughts were also with the Turtle Hospital in Marathon , the Hemingway cats on Key west, and people that stayed on their boats during the storm tied to the mangroves in the Florida keys. The hurricane actually hit Cudjoe key, going between Key West and Marathon. The hospital had a skeleton crew there during the storm and fortunately all the humans and turtles are safe! Ritchie has even been brought a baby sea turtle already. (he is tireless for the turtles!) Sanibel island, Coya Costa, places we've visited and loved for their wild natural beauty...............
Recovery prayers for the coast of Florida as well as the islands off our beautiful coast and Cuba. So much destruction and desperate people. Chris and I were fortunate enough to be able to help a family of 7 while at the grocery store on Sunday.

There but for the grace of God go I...............

Anderson Pelican, 11 x 14, acrylic on canvas,
Manatees on my mind, 15 x 15, acrylic on canvas
Days 72 & 73 of the 100 days~100 paintings  

Monday, September 11, 2017


Tonight's painting is "Joy" the joy we should bring to ourselves when we follow our Christian path.  Based on Proverbs 23: 25 
May your Father and Mother rejoice; may she who gave you birth be joyful!

Sometimes difficult, the paths we chose can really make or break us. 
I seem to have found Joy in living because I no longer follow my path, but the one chosen for me. This fun painting was created with my small group, Scripts & Strokes. I have led this small group for several years now after receiving a nudge from God to teach. My Christian walk has been a long one, with trials like many, and some trials no one should ever have to live through. By the grace of God, I walk with him and am delighted in him every hour of every day. I work hard to open all the gifts the master has given me, letting him lead the way.
 God is NOT my Co-Pilot, He IS my Pilot!

Joy, Acrylic on canvas, 11 x 14
Day 71 of the 100 days~100 paintings

Sunday, September 10, 2017

"Breaking out Octopus"

This one was a little more difficult because of the size! This Octopus is on (and in!) a 16 x 16 shadowbox canvas.

 Our day started simply enough, breakfast together and Church at Celebration. Our church had a lovely couple visiting from Punta Gorda, Florida. They are staying at his sisters house until hurricane Irma passes. Lifting them up in prayers for sure. We then drove to the grocery store, where we met a family of 7 bugging out from Florida. Two separate vehicles, one pulling a trailer. The trailer is a 4 month project and is stripped out with no beds, but they are grateful for a place to be together and sleep. We offered our shower in case they were boondocking at Wal Mart. They told us they are staying at Blakely state park. Thanking us profusely for our offer, we both went our own ways. We did our quick shopping and headed for home. On the way, I mentioned they probably could not afford to go on such a trip. Chris turned around the truck and back we went. They had done some quick shopping themselves and were loading up the kids, dogs, and cat. I asked the young man, what do you do for a living? He said HVAC. I knew then why God had sent us back. We gave them what money we could, but the man told me I didn't need to do this. I said but yes, this is what my husband and I both are hearing. A large hug, and a quick good bye. I can only pray they are safe, both in their adventures and going home. I also pray their homes are intact.

Prayers for all affected by this storm. I worry about the keys, the Hemingway cats, the conch people in general.  Ah life on the gulf coast , never a dull moment, and opportunities to be the hands and feet of Christ.
If we would only open our hearts and minds to listen and act upon those gentle nudges from our father!

Breaking out Octopus, 16 x 16 Acrylic on canvas
Day 70 of the 100 days~100 paintings

Saturday, September 9, 2017

Houdini Crab

I hope you enjoy today's painting for the 100 days. I was inspired several weeks ago by this packing material that form this curious net like shapes when pulled apart. I was patiently waiting for the painting to come to me, and so here he is!
Houdini is a blue crab escaping from the confines of a net to safety.
I have had many of them run when pulled out of the water if they are not in a cage type trap. My husband many years ago told me, pick them up behind their legs, they can't reach you. 
So he said............. 
When I picked it up behind the legs, the darn thing reached under and grabbed me,
hard! I squealed of course and flung the crab several dozen feet, getting ti off my hand. I was not happy with Chris for a while after that!

"Houdini" Acrylic on canvas, 24 x 24 shadowbox canvas
Day 69 of the 100 days~100 paintings

Friday, September 8, 2017

Swimming along

Today's painting almost did not happen! I spent a long day cleaning and clearing space in the "Barn" for Chris to be able to work without tripping over my "Stuff".  After our daughters renewal vows, we had several boxes to go through of decorations that I keep on hand. I have lots of lights, vases, tablecloths, table toppers, lanterns and fabrics for draping. It all takes up a lot of space and many tubs to keep it all together and free of sawdust! You see, my husband is a bit of a termite and wood is his favorite medium to use. Wood makes a LOT of dust! But I digress, back to the painting. 

IT almost did not happen! A long morning, a trip to a trailer store, lunch, and a nap! 
(The dachshunds forced me to nap I promise!)
Then another round of tackling salvaged wood, getting it off the floor and easy to move so I can get to my equipment for shows. We rearranged the show equipment, dusted things off a bit and replaced them on the shelves. We have 36 feet of shelving in the "barn" and we both have a lot of "stuff"! I then tackled a project I've been after Chris to start, cleaning our fans we use for shows. They were disgustingly dirty, dusty, and rusting due to our coastal weather. He wanted to work on our new trailer instead and handed me the screwdriver. Undaunted, I tackled the deconstructing, cleaning, brushing, painting, and rebuilding. That process took about two hours. We also rode the dachshunds for about 30 minutes. Then, dinner!

Completed fans, ready for shows.

No time to paint? 
I think not!
There's always time to paint, my body does not always cooperate though!

Settling in, I got today's post done in record time!

Swimming along, Acrylic on canvas, 16 x 16
Day 68 of the 100 days~100 paintings

Thursday, September 7, 2017


Tonight's painting was fun to do! I love painting turtles and this guy was no exception. Part two of a series of three.
Swimmer, Acrylic on canvas, 16 x 16
Day 67 of the 100 days-100 paintings.

Wednesday, September 6, 2017

Swimmingly simple

These two little ones are indeed swimmingly simple. They are both looking at you as well. I love painting turtles and these guys were no exception! 

It's turtle nesting season on the Gulf Coast. While our orange Beach team was not terribly busy this year, the Ft Morgan team is hopping! They have had record amounts of nests this year, and this week they have a whopping 8 nests being monitored for activity. This stretches the team pretty thin, so they've called for other teams to lend a hand in watching the nests. Keep in mind the importance of monitoring these babies coming into the world, only one baby out of 100 survives to become an adult and have babies of their own!

Swimmingly Simple, Acrylic on canvas, 16 x 16
Day 66 of the 100 days~100 paintings

Tuesday, September 5, 2017

Heron to heron

This painting is a great example of the many birds we have here along the gulf coast.
We have birders from all over the country come to capture sight of our wide and varied species. I've even had the good fortune to see a cedar wax wing in Mobile one time in my own backyard! He was exhausted from his flight and needed water from our pond. 
I will also never forget my first sighting of a blue bird here in Fairhope. We now have at least two mating couples that come back to their nest boxes, defending them with all the muster a tiny blue can bring! 
I love catching sight of the birds enjoying our backyard, that is, until the dachshund explosion comes out the back door!

Heron to heron, Acrylic on canvas, 24 x 24 shadowbox with a 12x12 opening
Day 65 of the 100 days~100 paintings

Monday, September 4, 2017

"Henri" the pelican

"Henri" is a pelican that lives on the Fairhope pier. The story is told that the pelican was rescued after a hurricane and was injured. The couple named the pelican Henry. After nursing him to health, the couple took him to a vet to see if he could be released. After a thorough examination, the vet told them that SHE could be released just fine. Almost any evening you can find Henrietta hanging about, begging for fish and posing for photos. This magnificent bird has been photographed thousands of times, I'm certain!

"Henri" Acrylic on canvas 24 x 24 shadowbox canvas
Day 64 of the 100 days~100 paintings

Sunday, September 3, 2017

Heron study IV

Another Heron to add to my studies of herons. We have one here in Fairhope that does a most peculiar thing with his wings and I may have to stalk him to get a photograph. My husband and I have seen this strange way this bird holds his wings, almost as if in supplication while facing the sunset. It is a sight to behold, but one of those things people may never believe unless they see it themselves.
Beautiful nevertheless......

Heron study IV, Acrylic on canvas, 4 x 12 inches
Day 63 of the 100 days~100 paintings 2017

Saturday, September 2, 2017

Heron Study III

This painting is another study for a larger work later this year. I love to paint birds as well as photograph them. This guy hung out near a pier in Perdido Key, Fl. Somehow, he always knew when the hooks would hit the water. Mysteriously he would appear out of nowhere, ready to be thrown his next meal. Not being patient however, he would sometimes intimidate the children that were dropping their hooks in the water. Hopping or walking toward them with his menacing stare and rather large beak, both children and adults would invariably drop or throw their catch of the day. I enjoyed photographing him and have several shots of a snake that met his match. 

This was also a trip that we took 3 dachshunds with us. Daily walks in the 90 degree heat were not fun, so we did a lot of morning walking and playing on the tennis court with a ball. We also managed one afternoon to turn our little sailboat turtle when a wind caught us amidships. Not fun, let me tell you! When you feel that slow sinking turn over...... I have to admit I panicked just a little! I kept asking Chris while hold to the side and kicking to stay afloat, "What do we do?, What do we do?" He simply said stand up. Once I put my feet down there was a soft bottom to stand on.
Fortunately we were able to turn her back over, get a tow back to the condo, and dry out the outboard motor with little more than our ego's a bit bruised. We promptly got ourselves free from that little hole in the water, selling it as soon as we got home. It did not however, end our adventures with other sailboats in later years.

Heron Study III, Acrylic on canvas, 4x12 inches
Day 61 of the 100 days~100 paintings

Friday, September 1, 2017

Life gets in the way...........................

This past couple of weeks since my NYC trip have been hectic to say the least! 
Our youngest daughter came to Fairhope after her trip to Washington DC with her husband and inlaws. Let the games begin is the saying, and our lives were joyously turned upside down when they arrived. We showed them Fairhope and surrounding areas, shopping at outlet stores and antique shops. We also celebrated a birthday along the way! In the midst of all this celebrating, I had tables to decorate for their renewing of vows, American Style! I decorated the hall with a minimal amount of fuss with the exception of creating "suitcases" for their travel themed reception. The suitcases took several hours of my days but were well worth the effort. They were made from "travel labels", Photo boxes, and vinyl cut to look like straps. Best of all, we had a friend that thankfully took all 14 of them to add to her wedding reception in November. All this, and a hurricane named Harvey in the Gulf of Mexico, slamming into Texas with Catagory 4 fury and torrential rainfall inundating  the major city of Houston Texas. My continued prayers for all affected by this storm.

Not to mention, Hurricane Irma looming in the Atlantic already a catagory 3 hurricane. Such is life along the gulf coast, but so unlike the earthquakes I experienced in California that came without warning.
At least with hurricanes, we know days in advance of their approach!

Before my NYC trip, we celebrated a grandchilds birthday. He is now 4 years old and a delightful personality. Every year on his birthday, I paint him a painting. By the time he is 18, there will be 19 paintings, all done in Sepia to go into his home when he moves out on his own.
Long time away, I know right?

Archers Pelican, Acrylic on canvas, 8x8 inches
Officially Day 53 of the 100 days~100 paintings

If these look familiar, they should! I painted these a second time to replace the one's given as a birthday present to my daughter's mother in law. She collects shells from around the world and was delighted to receive them. They are now proudly displayed in India.

Shells, Acrylic on canvas , 6x6
Days 54, 55, and 56 of the 100 days~100 paintings

The Magnolias were painted in anticipation of giving to our daughter's mother in law. I changed my mind after seeing her excitedly picking up shells in Gulf Shores.

Magnolia I, II, and III, Acrylic on canvas, 6x6
Days 57, 58, and 59 of the 100 days~100 paintings

Today finds me finally catching up and able to breathe!
Heron Study I and Heron Study II
Days 60 and 61 of the 100 days~100 paintings

Thursday, August 24, 2017

Horsehead Conch Front

Today's post comes after a long day of wonderful family activities. The Banerjees have all arrived to Fairhope from the DC leg of their trip. They are here to celebrate the American style wedding and reception.  So many folks are happy to come to this ceremony because they could not go to India.
Today's painting is the front of the Horsehead conch. Much more interesting than the back!
Horsehead Conch, acrylic on canvas 6x6
Day 53 of the 100 days-100 paintings

Wednesday, August 23, 2017

Horsehead conch back

Florida's state shell, the Horsehead Conch. I have painted many shells over the years, but this one was strange in it's level of difficulty. I may revisit it before putting it up for sale to touch it up.

Horsehead Conch, Acrylic on canvas 6x6
Day 52 of the 100 days~100 paintings

Tuesday, August 22, 2017

3 days of shells

I must apologize dear readers. In the hectic, frantic, pace I have been in of late I have neglected to post. Friday found us at a Broadway show to see Aladdin. It was in the historic Amsterdam Theater and gave us lots of wonderful memories! My oldest, Jessica and I were slower in our walking and had great difficulty finding her sister and husband after the show at a bakery for coffee and dessert. One thing we did not realize is the GPS on our phones is woefully stupid because of the tall buildings. After our maps took us back and forth for more than 30 minutes, we gave up and just went back to the hotel. 
Saturday night found us at my youngest daughter Christina's show opening at Agora Gallery. It is a lovely space and several of the international artists were there. I am so proud of her to be a part of this beautiful show. We finished our evening at Carmines, a very nice Family style Italian restaurant. We had so much food left over that we fed a homeless man that was sitting on the sidewalk. (We were all leaving the next morning.) Sunday morning found us on a harrowing cab ride to the Airport. We checked ours bags at the door, happy to be free of their wheels going every which way but the way we wanted. After an uneventful end to our NYC adventures,  we arrived in Atlanta somewhat later than I expected. I wanted to drive home that evening, but let the adult in me to guide my steps. I left early Monday morning, arriving back in Fairhope in the afternoon. I then rushed headlong into the festivity planning for this coming weekend. There are a few things left to tie together before our celebration for Christina and Bappa on Saturday.

This painting is the state shell for Alabama, Juno something I think!
Acrylic 6x6 on canvas
Day 49 of the 100 days~100 paintings 2017

Lightning Whelk State shell for Texas
Acrylic 6 x6 canvas
Day 50 of the 100 days~100 paintings

Oyster, state shell for Mississippi
Acrylic 6x6 canvas
Day 51 of the 100 days~100 paintings

Saturday, August 19, 2017

Murex switched

Today's painting may look familiar, it is a reversed view of the first murex. Today found us taking a lovely carriage ride through central park. We headed back to the hotel to rest up for tonight's festivities.  Christina's show is tonight at Agora Gallery. She has two pieces in the show and I sincerely hope they sell. So excited for her and her accomplishments!
Murex reverse, Acrylic on canvas 6x6
Day 48 of the 100 days-100 paintings

Friday, August 18, 2017

Lettered Olive

Today found us at the Metropolitan Museum of Art. I actually got to stand close to Van Goghs Starry Night. It is much brighter than any photo I've seen!  Picasso's Three Musicians, Wyeth's Christina's world, Andy Warhol's Campbell soup cans, Henri Matisse's Dance I, Piet Mondrian's Broadway Boogie Woogie, as well as an exhibition of Frank Lloyd Wright. I chose not to take photos or selfies and just take in the breathtaking examples of beautiful art from artists I have heard about and taught from for years! I also saw a lot of questionably strange recycled modern art including a piece of paper that the artist had used a months worth of time and 40 erasers to remove his drawing. He then kept it for 2 years before someone bought it! (He's famous so I'm not mentioning a name. Not Warhol!)
Today's post is more my speed. This summer I was called a contemporary artist and it really sounded strange in reference to myself. I  love creating and hope no one ever does not relate or understand my life's work. I just know I need to connect my art to something people will relate to, like conservation.
I did learn one thing today, I  still don't understand the modern art movement.
Lettered Olive, Acrylic on canvas 6x6
Day 47 of the 100 days-100 paintings

Thursday, August 17, 2017

Murex back

Today brought us a long day of walking and talking together while here in NYC. We went to the top of the One World tower giving us sweeping and beautiful views of the entire city. I was not as affected by the height as I thought I would be. We finished our tour quietly, by walking to the 911 memorial. It is a quiet place, with people being mostly respectful for the most part. I myself said a silent prayer for one of my friends that lost a son in the attacks. We shopped, ate pizza in a fabulous row of restaurants that reminded me of Germany. We then found coffee before embarking on the Staten Island ferry at night.  I can only hope the photos do justice to the sights that my eyes and brain stored in my memories.
Today's painting is a starfish, reminding us to hold fast, travel slowly, and eat well.
Murex back , acrylic on canvas,
Day 46 of the 100 days-100 paintings.

Wednesday, August 16, 2017

Starfish dance

Today found us joyfully greeting the Banerjees from India! I always enjoy the chance to see my Son in la and his s parents.   We have plans for tomorrow,  but after settling them inro their room for some rest, we quietly left.  The girls and I went to the statue of liberty and Ellis island. It was an adventure that lasted all day in the heat and sun! Joyful, wonderful time spent with my girls being just us.
Another day, another painting, another starfish to add to the collection! All told, there are 12 she'll paintings in this series
Starfish dance, Acrylic on canvas,
Day 45 of the 100 days 100 paintings . 

Tuesday, August 15, 2017

Sand Dollar

This day brought us going on a fun ride touring the highlights of the city. We did this after we had lunch at The counter. This was a wonderful restaurant with burgers and salads. They had the gluten free menu we needed for my oldest. So many memories made today!
Love and Laughter abounds here.

Sand dollars are found on our beaches here. They are usually on the small side though. We also typically find them in the early part of the summer. So many shades of browns, tans, and greens.

Sand Dollar, Acrylic on canvas 6x6
Day 44 of the 100 days- 100 paintings 2017

Monday, August 14, 2017

Starfish movement

I would have adored being a starfish today. (with the exception of possibly being eaten). Starfish move relatively slow, with deliberate , beautiful, movements.   I love to watch them underwater gently pulling themselves along the bottom.
We really did not starfish today! Our day began with an Uber ride to the Guggenheim museum. It is a beautiful building designed by Frank Lloyd Wright. Not for the faint of heart, (the atrium is wide open every story and I am a little fearful of heights.) The collection was varied, lots of Picassos, Chagalls, a monet and several other impressionists. I also saw one Pollack.  It was wonderful to see the girls quietly going from one piece to the next. We also had a delightful lunch at the Wright cafe. The rest of the day was spent going into resale and vintage shops. We've all three decided Goodwill is now our favorite place to shop!
Starfish movement, Acrylic on canvas,
Day 43 of the 100 days- 100 paintings

Sunday, August 13, 2017

Queen Scallop

This has been a long, wonderful day spent with my daughter's in New York City. Chris is at home, taking care of our fur babies, while I play. We had a flight from Atlanta this morning and even arrived earlier than expected. We found a taxi after getting our luggage. Then the real adventure began for us! Not only is the President arriving to the tower that bears his name, but there is a parade celebrating the Dominican Republic! Amidst mutterings from our taxi driver, we spent an entire hour dodging and weaving traffic and potholes big enough to lose a small car in. It seemed like every street we tried to use was blocked, either by cars, barriers, or police with attitudes. We finally got to the hotel only to not be able to check in until about 3pm. We checked the luggage and went out into the melee of people. After lunch at olive garden and perusing a couple of stores, we came back to the hotel long enough to drop off purchases and then go to dinner. We then spent several hours wandering the area, going to the Carlo's bakery. We then actually caught a live street show (with a little hustle thrown in!). We also found a gentleman with groceries from whole foods. Eight blocks later across from Bryant Park we had some small amount of groceries for us too!
Just what does this have to do with a queen scallop? This day brought back a flood of memories about my mother and our yearly trips to a National women's convention. One year I made Queen scallop earrings and necklaces for the officers that went to Tampa.
It also reminds me of this pillow in our hotel room last night. "Travel - the only thing you can spend money on that will make you richer."

Queen scallop, acrylic on canvas
Day 42 of the 100 days-100 paintings

Saturday, August 12, 2017


Today's post is later than normal because I am on an adventure!  We celebrated our grandson's birthday today after several days of preparation.
One very happy boy and one tired YaYa.........

Now I am on to another adventure with both my daughter's in tow. We are headed to New York City for a few days before Christinas show at Agora Gallery next Saturday. More about this trip later......

Today's offering is a conch shell. We've been to the Florida keys a couple of times now and I'm ready to go again. This time I want to visit the Tortuga Island and fort. Back to the conch, have you ever tried conch fritters?  I have, and found them quite chewy for my tastes!

Conch, Acrylic on canvas
Day 41 of the 100 days-100 paintings

Friday, August 11, 2017


I finally purchased a nautilus she'll for my collection. I have several purchased shells  to use in still life paibtings. The one I picked up is battered and beaten, but on my easel this she'll becomes whole again..
Nautilus,  Acrylic on 6x6 canvas
Day 40 of the 200 days 100 paintings

Thursday, August 10, 2017

Murex shell

Murex shells are one of my favorites.  I love the lacy qualities of them. There are some with really dark edges that are extremely beautiful.

Murex shell, Acrylic on 6x6 canvas
Day 39 of the 100 days-100 paintings

Wednesday, August 9, 2017


Believe it or not, my husband and I  found this starfish while walking one day for sea turtles at Orange Beach. It was located in a tidal pool early in the morning,  moving so gracefully. Several people stopped and took photos, including me!

Acrylic on canvas 6x6

Day 38 of the 100 days-100 paintings

Tuesday, August 8, 2017

Turtle IX

It just simplifies things to name these little babies with Roman numerals. 
Hope it does not bore you to death tonight! 
Each one different, each one unique, the babies are done.
At least for now...........

Now what's next, a pile of shells!

Turtle IX, Acrylic on canvas, 4x4 inches
Day 37 of the 100 days~100 paintings

Monday, August 7, 2017


Today's post for the 100 days ~100 paintings
Yet another baby turtle folks. 
I had a most wonderful day, hanging out with two of my daughters! 
We had an afternoon of antique store hopping after we had lunch.
Christina is hunting gifts for her mother in law that she loves very much!
We had success with the quest, as well as other gifts found for future ventures.

Turtle VIII, Acrylic on canvas, 
Day 36 of 100 days~100 paintings

Sunday, August 6, 2017

Baby VII

Baby number VII is another 4x4 canvas. 
It is the same pose going in a different direction as the 6x6 canvas.
Great news for turtle watchers! H 1 had 2 waterfalls last night!
This is the nest we were watching last week for 2 nights. Waterfalls mean activity in the nest! 
Full moon, so they may hatch soon!

Baby VII , Acrylic on 4x4 canvas, 
Day 35 of the 100 days~100 paintings

Saturday, August 5, 2017

Baby number 6

Tonight finds me fighting with the computer and gnashing my teeth because of it! 
I am much better with a brush than a computer! This is another of the 4 x 4 baby turtle series that totals 10. Hope you're not sick of them yet!

Turtle VI , Acrylic on canvas, 4 x 4 inches
Day 34 of the 100 days~100 paintings 2017

Friday, August 4, 2017

Turtle V

Our adventures with the babies continue today. This one includes a story about a precious little boy that came in my booth at the shrimp festival. His parents were conversing with me about something and I observed him walking quietly from painting to painting looking at prices. He ended up looking at my miniature baby turtles and carefully looked at the price and I saw his shoulders drop. He was disappointed beyond belief and quietly stood by his mother. I asked him what he liked and he said the baby turtles. I asked did you want one? He said I don't have enough. I asked how much do you have? He said five dollars, so quietly I almost could not hear him. I asked how did you get this money, did you earn it or was it given to you? At that point, all dejection left him as he said, I earned it doing chores. I said that's great. I asked would you be willing to give your money you earned for one of my baby turtle paintings? I said painting is how I earn my money. He joyfully picked out a painting and we snapped a new collector photo. We were both SO happy.