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.

Thursday, August 3, 2017

Turtle IV

This is the next in the series of baby turtles.
Our night at the beach was quiet, no activity at the nest. There was however activity in the middle of the night. During the dark hours, the momma turtle came onto the beach, went around a clump of pampas grass and crawled back into the water. We receive "all call" at 630 am this morning to go to the crawl sight to dig for eggs. So many team members, so many holes, no nest. A false crawl caused by her confusion with the clump of grass. Early breakfast, then a nap during rainstorms hitting the roof of the tiny house at the campground. 
An afternoon painting, a little shopping, then a meal together, bike riding, then campsite scouting together . Such is retirement together, timeless, appointment less, so much fun!
Turtle IV, Acrylic on canvas 4x4
Day 33? I'm losing track of time!

Wednesday, August 2, 2017

Turtle III

Today's post is yet another baby sea turtle. This one is on another small canvas, 4x4 inches.
Chris and I are going to watch the nest tonight in Orange beach for a couple of hours. Hopefully we'll have some noise and maybe babies tonight. Anyway lots of education for the public!
Turtle III , Acrylic 4X4 Canvas
Day 33 of the 100 days -100 paintings 2017

Tuesday, August 1, 2017

Baby Turtle time!

I tried to do this post yesterday, but the wifi is not working at the park we are staying at in our area. It was not an issue before, so I thought it would not be this time. 
That's what I get for thinking!

Anyway, my post for yesterday. Chris and I did our turtle watch from 7 until 9 pm on the shores of the Gulf of Mexico. The night is beautiful on the beach, except for folks with tactical flashlights blinding us. FYI, flashlights confuse baby turtles! We are trying to educate the public but there are still hundreds of people chasing down and throwing the ghost crabs at night. I would have never allowed our children to be so cruel to animals and I just don't see why others can let their children now. 
Stepping off my soapbox. Yesterday's painting is a baby turtle! Our loggerhead nest is due anytime now! 

Today's painting is another baby, but this one is on a 4 inch canvas. There will be several days of babies coming so be prepared! Meanwhile, Share the Beach! Pick up your trash, your tents, and your chairs. 
Leave only footprints.
See you at the beach!

Turtle I , Acrylic on 6 inch canvas
Turtle II Acrylic on 4 inch canvas
Days 29 and 30 of the 100 days~100 paintings 2017