Saturday, December 8, 2018

Precious Pear

Art club inspiration yet again - seems to be harder and harder to come up with motivation and great subject matter these days.  My wonderful art friends always come to the rescue, this time with the perfect set up just in time for the holidays.

Precious Pear
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Enjoy, life is joy we make one moment at a time,  Johnna

Saturday, December 1, 2018

Holidays Coming

Gorgeous amaryllis with a bud that's going to be better than the first bloom - you can almost feel it opening! I love having one of these plants for the winter with its glorious display despite the dreary weather.  There are times you swear you can see them growing right in front of you.

I like to use this kind of daily painting around the house to switch up the decor as the seasons change.  It gives me joy seeing them on occasion rather than "all the time" - like a friend stopping by to chat for a while.  Come to think of it, this would make a wonderful gift for someone special.


Holiday Bud for You
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Enjoy, life is joy we make one moment at a time, Johnna

photo reference: Suzanne Wallick of Salina, Kansas


Friday, November 9, 2018

November Gold . . .

. . . as in another gold fish. Same reference photographer as the one I did last September.  People at the show loved it and begged for more.  Well, at least for me, that's a nearly impossible challenge.  Each painting seems to have it's own way and mood.   Hopefully this guy looks as dreamy and interesting as the other one.  It is definitely a different fish judging by the fins (egads, did i just google "parts of a fish", to make sure?).  Who knew painting fish would be so much fun. 

November Gold Fish
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I saw a wonderful fish tank the other day and will take a stab at painting a small group - the colors were just stunning.


Reference: Pixabay user:Hans

Saturday, October 27, 2018

Eye on the Prize

October club challenge is to participate in the Daily Paintworks Monthly Challenge - always a chance to try something new and take a run at artful cleverness and creativity.  You don't even have to be a member to submit a painting (only a quick and easy registration). The challenge is - What is your vision of fall?

I'm not too wild about painting animals, but it is usually fun and definitely a stretch to tackle a critter.  It's great when they have a bit of character, this one had the coolest back-lit tail.

Eye on the Prize
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We have quite a few squirrels running about and for some reason come right up to the front door (despite a full flight of stairs) - it's as though they're coming to hide acorns under the bricks.  As you can imagine they are relentless in their goal.  Lots of youngsters this year who seem to be enjoying the leap off the landing.  Reminds me of my first jump off the high dive under my Dad's watchful eye.


Enjoy, life is joy we make one moment at a time,  Johnna




Sunday, October 7, 2018

The Wall

Photo of the paintings at the Waterford Fair.  First time seeing this many of my paintings hanging.  Maybe the last as framing & hardware was quite an effort --- even with support and helpers!  Pretty cool though, so once the pain memory goes away, I'll probably try it again next year.

The Wall - Waterford

Was able to get the photo since I volunteered at the show.  Unbelievable crowd at the fair and lots of art buying going on.  While I was there, one of my favorites, Fuzzy Wuzzy, sold to a wonderful woman.  She bought several other pieces and I know brought joy to a lot of artists.  Super great talking with her and finding out why she wanted the painting (a memory to a favorite bear-loving friend).

Also got to meet a few fellow artists - great experience - now looking forward even more to volunteering at Art at the Mill (Millwood, VA) later this week.

Enjoy, life is joy we make one moment at a time,  Johnna

Monday, October 1, 2018

September 30n30

Somehow survived another 30 paintings in 30 days - this one being the most fun and the most frustrating. . . .  The best time I've ever had painting was doing the Sushi.  I guess it just kept turning out better than I expected.  Another fun part is creating the final collage of all the paintings - really gives you a sense of accomplishment and a bit more confidence.




Quick shot of my table at our neighborhood art show and sale (12 artists).



Delighted that two found new homes.  One has landed in Austin, TX and the other right down the street in Leesburg, VA.

Enjoy, life is joy we make one moment at a time - Johnna

Wednesday, September 26, 2018

Poppy and Bud

Maybe it's just me, but poppies are hard to paint.  They just want to flatten out and not have that thin, papery feel that we fall in love with.  Feeling happy and lucky this one seems to have worked out.  Yay.

Poppy and Bud
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Enjoy, life is joy we make one moment at a time, Johnna

Tuesday, September 25, 2018

In Between

Another first for me - painting books.  Just in the nick of time because e-books are taking over.  Since I love adventures, trying new things, and making memories - I try to focus on the positive in the changes that confront us.  In the case of e-books, I love how you can make the font bigger and change the contrast/brightness to your personal desires.   Rather awesome that they don't take up much space, you can "find" things in them, and bookmark your favorite parts. Seriously, how great is that?

In Between
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These books didn't look too old, so I bet they're the ones caught "in between" two phases of technology.

Enjoy, life is joy we make one moment at a time, Johnna

Monday, September 24, 2018

Irish Window














I'm always inspired by European windows and how much care people take to keep their "eyes to the house" beautiful.  This one is from Ireland and features a lovely teapot with a geranium planted inside.  While I didn't include the wall around the window, you should know they painted a matching red stripe around it (see below).  Windows are a bit tricky to get on a square panel so decided to focus on the cool teapot.


Irish Window
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Enjoy, life is joy we make one moment at a time, Johnna


Photo Referee - PMP-Art Mitchd - Ireland

Saturday, September 22, 2018

Lucky Coins

Did you know you can hang a Feng Shui lucky coin painting to invite wealth luck into your home or office?  Apparently as good as having the actual coins. This is a section from a mobile I've had in my office / studio for years. I'm not exactly sure how it works, but I feel like a very lucky person.  Now it's time to share the luck and my wishes for your own prosperity!  

Backstory - the coins are round with a square hole in the center. That represents both the heavens (circle) and the earth (square), and because of this, they’re deemed especially advantageous. So now you know. 


Lucky Coins
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Enjoy, life is joy we make one moment at a time, Johnna