Friday, January 15, 2021

2021 8 - 9 - 10 Challenge Finale

Whew - forgot how much focus is needed to do a daily challenge - this one was so much better as we took the weekend off and painted five days, break and five more days.  Blogging, posting and all the other work takes a back-seat so catching up for the last three days.  Where does the time go?  Anyway a couple up for sale and one quick pic to close things out for now.

Just love the boldness of these flowers that take center stage, but still leave room for a cup of coffee, fruit and the famous croissants!  #8

Peonies in Paris
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A little break to explore the idea of "too close" literally eye-level, face-to-face still life. Loved painting this one. Wine, cheese and globe grapes - perfect for the transition from work to play.  Now looking for more inspiration reference photos. #9

Too Close
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Photo reference - Viacheslav (Russian photographer) 

One more balcony - just finished and working on a title - any ideas?  Lovely view.  This reference had a balcony with wrought iron - but it just seemed like a time to skip the "inside-out" feel and just be open to the Parisian rooftops across the way.  Quick pic #10.  Official photo & links coming soon.

??? I Need a Title.

Lastly, feeling geared up for next month's The Happy Habit of Daily Painting Workshop.  I hope this challenge and refocus will make the class doubly worthwhile.  More to come. 

This one has a new home.

Poppy and Bud - Northern AL

Enjoy, Life is joy we make one moment at a time,

Wednesday, January 13, 2021

2021 7 of 10 In a Fog

New day perspective when everything seems a bit off and the sky is filled with heavy mist, but the sun is up and shining. You know the blue sky will be there after your first cup of coffee. If only you could just wait.  

The tall / little pastry is called Canelés de Bordeaux. A small cake flavored with rum and vanilla with a soft and tender custard center and a dark, thick caramelized crust. Yum!

Morning Perspective in Paris
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Not quite as dark in person, but so much fun painting a different pastry, but who can pass up a croissant?  Captivated by this bold wrought iron and the perspective as it leads you from left to right. 

Nightfall official - zoom/purchase link

Enjoy, Life is joy we make one moment at a time,

Tuesday, January 12, 2021

2021 Oops 6 of 10 - Crazy Day & Too Close

Painting is one thing, but success involves social media which is somewhat time consuming and frankly I'm out of practice!  So this painting is actually # 6 of 10 with the official photo and links.  The last blog was catching up with more of the same, updated links.  

Week two of the painting challenge  -- All excited, prepped the next three paintings over the weekend, and so relaxed -- but then the day got way ahead of me and had to "punt" to the less complicated one.  Had the idea that a series called "Too Close" might be interesting as the quarantine continues and the four-walls (are definitely) getting closer. . .   This reference photo just begged me to go for it, so consider the new series launched! Not to worry tho two balconies are on deck.

Blue Bowl with Tangerine
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Enjoy, life is joy we make one moment at a time,

photo reference Viacheslav (Russian Photographer) - free registration Paint My Photo

Monday, January 11, 2021

2021 6 of 10 More

Weekend to rejuvenate and get ready for another five.  Feel a bit more organized, but also have a list of to-dos this week.  Hopefully all will go smoothly.  Love being back in the groove and have to thank Kate Williams for providing the incentive.  

Recent postings - professional photos, purchase info, and available . . . .

Good Morning 
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En Terrasse with Tea
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Breakfast on the Avenue
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Sold two over the weekend. Nothing creates incentive like having a few sales.  

Late Afternoon - NC
Summer Heat - VA to NC lake house

Life is joy we make one moment at a time,

Friday, January 8, 2021

2021 5 of 10 Nightfall

Sunset on the balcony - pink sky and dark shadows at the foot of the Eiffel tower.  Someday I will try to get the nerve to actually paint the tower.   This is from a reference photo I love because it is in the late sunset / early evening.  Challenging colors, but fun.  Got a really late start today and realized the blog is out of sync with the five painting days.  Guess it will catch up too.


Happy to say the first painting of 2021 has sold and on the way to North Carolina.  A sweet memory shared between artist and patron.  Funny how favorites sometimes linger and others don't.  I may have to start painting windows again!

German Window

Life is joy we make one moment at a time,

Thursday, January 7, 2021

2021 4 of 10 Quirky

Not sure what to say about this one - other than I really need to find simpler subjects!  But I just loved this quirky ironwork.  Asymmetrical, curves, lines - oh my!  Shiny objects too . . . .  

Anyway what a challenge and that's what this 10 in 2 is all about.  Have learned that I need to set up the idea for the next day otherwise it turns into a day of reference photo surfing.  Will just have to cross my fingers for tomorrow.  TGIF!

Terrasse Petit Déjeuner

Life is joy we make one moment at a time,

Wednesday, January 6, 2021

2021 3 of 10 January 6th

What a day. Speechless.  Living near DC has it's "front-row seat" challenges - both good and not so good. Such an incredibly sad day. 

Luckily started this one yesterday evening and managed to get through it somehow today.  No Words, Only Hope for Tomorrow.

Tea time with OJ in one of those deep-cut-crystal glasses.  Super fun making that happen, but not sure it looks like a breakfast drink (mimosa in disguise?).  Anyway, can you see yourself lounging snug-as-a-bug on this patio with a pot of tea?  

Quick pic - A different kind of ironwork. I have one of these cast iron teapots and used it for years.  A delightful Zen moment no matter what the day brings.

How fun was it painting a pillow - i may have to find more. . . .  

Life is joy we make one moment at a time,

Tuesday, January 5, 2021

2021 2 of 10 Late Afternoon

Okay getting back into the groove.  Forgot how wonderful it is to paint, despite all the hurdles between desire and final product.  Life's a journey tho, so let's get on with it.  

Paris rooftops are amazing - their own form of art.  I think they are made of zinc and take on all sorts of interesting blues in the sun, shade, age, weather, morning, evening, etc.  Impossible to render, but maybe a glass of champagne will fix that!

Again, quick snapshot, real photo and posting for purchase to come in a day or two.

Late Afternoon - Salut!

Life is joy we make one moment at a time

Monday, January 4, 2021

2021 Rough Start 1 of 10

Kicking off the 2021 daily painting/blogging for two weeks project.  Apparently not painting since August is having quite an impact - why did I think I could just start where I left off?  Feels like I've forgotten everything!  Note to self, let's pick something much simpler going forward. . . . 

Regardless, I'm still in love with French balconies and wrought iron. I love how this one looks like a heart - each one inspires something different.  It's quite a challenge as now I have to merge references for the background, the wrought iron, and the "still life" since I've run out of inspiration photos. Always worth the extra effort.  

Here's the result - quick snapshot, real photo and posting for purchase to come in a day or two.  Loving this challenge despite the initial frustration.  

Good Morning 2021

In all honesty, I started last night. Total mess.  So today I decided to finish it rather than do something simple. So glad!  

Life is joy we make one moment at a time

Thursday, December 31, 2020

Goodbye 2-0-2-0!

What a crazy year - living without any knowledge to navigate a pandemic.  I forget which expert said that, but apparently that's why we're all feeling so exhausted. Nothing for your brain to rely on to face this kind of threat. Cannot even imagine what it must be like trying to suddenly home school AND work from home. But around here, not having to commute - WOW - delightful!

I've been blaming my lack of creativity on COVID, lame I know, but now gotta figure out how to get going again. Been pondering it for a while and THEN. . . .

  • Said out loud to myself the other night "I wish someone would just buy a painting, any painting to help get me out of this funk."  Literally within the hour someone emailed saying they wanted to buy FOUR paintings - that has never happened! It was so incredible I thought it might be spam. Delightfully it was for real, now these lovelies are: 
Seriously going to miss the Sushi - how fun was that!

  • Three days ago thought "wish there were other artists to challenge me like the old 30-in-30 crazy days." Next day, out of the blue, I get an artist's newsletter suggesting daily painting/blogging for two weeks to kick off the New Year.  Perfect!
  • In early December, another artist I admire created a workshop called "The Happy Habit of Painting Every Day" well how could I not sign up?  It doesn't start until February so that has amped up the pressure to just get painting.  Can you hear me talking myself into all of this as I write?

Most of my creativity since September has been wheeling, dealing, researching and learning a different blog format to put on a virtual show for our neighborhood art club rather than our annual in-person event. The 18th Annual RC Art Show - Virtual 2020.  Some artists are not too familiar with e-commerce and some are, quite a mixed bag with a common storefront. Had a great time figuring it all out and it definitely helped pass the time in lockdown.  Hope we continue to do something like this in the future.

Lastly - I also saw a request to donate art to nursing home seniors to help brighten their holidays.  These sweeties now have new homes and it feels good to "clean out" what i consider favorites that have been left behind. I hope they bring some color and joy to those stuck inside more than I am.

Colorful Gifts - Leesburg, VA

So now I guess I'm ready to wrap up 2020 and run headlong into the New Year, happier knowing many things will be better despite COVID.  We will get through this together and I plan to have a smile on no matter what.  Really looking forward to what comes next. 

Life is joy we make one moment at a time!