Tuesday, July 29, 2008

Now Open

Gloriosa Lily surrounded by yellow Four O'Clocks. The scent of the Four O'Clocks is extremely nice...light and fresh!

Monday, July 28, 2008

Opening Soon

Gloriosa Lily - should be open Tuesday morning.

Sunday, July 27, 2008

Currently on the Easel

This is a 30" x 40" that I have worked on this weekend. It has great texture. I have only used two Golden Acrylic colors...Raw Umber and Pthalo Blue Green Shade. It needs a little more work but I want to keep it fairly simple. Possible titles are "Where I Am Sure to Follow" or "Shore to Follow"....we'll see what turns out this coming week.

Wednesday, July 23, 2008

A New Crinum Stalk

watercolor effect applied

watercolor effect applied

unaltered image
The Lord blessed my garden with another flower spike from my large crinum lily. I took these photos this morning before heading to work. It is amazing how fast these spikes develop...less than a week from start to opening! I don't think there will be anymore spikes this year, but we'll see. Enjoy!

Tuesday, July 22, 2008

Small Pouring

5" x 7"
watercolor on paper

Monday, July 21, 2008

New Link on the Blog

I have added an album of my paintings ...just click on the painting under my photo on the right hand side of the page. Now you can see a lot of my paintings without having to search through the blog. This is a facebook album, but you do not need a facebook account to view it. Enjoy!

Saturday, July 19, 2008

Fresh off the Ground

"Depths Unknown"
watercolor and acrylic on paper
8" x 10"
This was an experimental pouring of paint that I did this afternoon in the back yard. I find the image to be both soothing and mysterious.

Tuesday, July 15, 2008

New Large Painting

"Nature's Witness" SOLD
36" x 48"
Acrylic on Canvas

I have been working on this painting since the July 4th weekend. I wish you could see this one in person, as the photo doesn't quite capture the depth. This is a "commissioned" painting inspired by the fabrics in the home of one of the designers at Verve. I hope she loves it! If not, hopefully Verve will find a place for it in another home. They just placed two more of my paintings, so I am thrilled about that!

Crinum Now Open

Crinum "Ellen Bosanquet"

Monday, July 14, 2008

In My Garden Today

I took these photos when I got home today after work. The first two photos are of my crinum lily...those buds sure are packed in there...quite amazing. The last photo is of the last tiger lily bloom for the summer...or, as my little friend Lilly Abernathy calls them, "Lilly Tigers".

Sunday, July 13, 2008

My Favorite Pouring So Far

For this to be pretty much random, I see lightning over trees on the lake. Image is approximately 8" x 10". If people react well to this, I might frame this one up as an entry into the fair this year.

Three Small Pourings

These are three small pourings (less than 5" x 7") using the watercolor and sand technicque. I haven't named them yet, but two are landscapes and one is an underwater scene with coral and orange fish. Pretty neat, huh?

Wednesday, July 9, 2008

Garden Delight

This Casa Blanca Lily opened in my garden this morning...I cut it before the storm arrived tonight...it has the best smell. A big reward for planting a simple bulb.

Tuesday, July 8, 2008

"The Whale and the Maiden"

Image size 5" x 5", Mat size 11" x 14"
A new technique I am learning from my fun friend Margarette Mills (also known as Pillow Lady). This is a "pouring". The technique is typically done at the beach in the surf. But, we are improvising and trying a large container filled with sand. The paper is placed in the water and then pulled out of the container with the sand... watercolors are poured onto the paper and manipulated by the artist. The paper is then left to dry. Once dry, the sand is brushed off. Some very cool patterns become evident. Margarette is a pro! I actually see more in the image now than I did before I took the photo. What do you see?

Friday, July 4, 2008

Art of a Different Feather!

These are my newest pillows by my friend Margarette Mills. I love the pillows as the material things they are, but mostly I love them because she lovingly made them for me and for the Lord's glory! I actually had the nerve to give her a little store bought pillow the other week. You see, Margarette broke her foot back in April and has been wearing a lovely boot ever since. The pillow I gave her has a qoute and a shoe stitched on it...it says "One shoe can change a life" - Cinderella. I think it has brought her much joy. But, God is the one who truly changes lives and He continues to change both hers and mine!

Wednesday, July 2, 2008

Unexpected Kind Words

I received an e-mail reply today from a new friend of mine that I met through my dear friend Margarette Mills. I post part of her e-mail below...not for my glory, but for His.

As for your most kind comments, I find myself one of YOUR newest fans.............I know the Lord works in mysterious ways, and most especially when we least expect it. I love to look back and remember when I first met someone and at what time in my life it was...........I know DEPTH when I see it, and you possess such a genuine interest in life and all the possibilities it offers...............I am especially touched by your spiritual faith........I have known many people, but I treasure my "faith friends"....for these are the people that understand we all have a path that is constantly being directed by the Lord............sometimes we don't like the "road less traveled"..............but these are the times that we can share with those that accept (through faith) the ways of our Heavenly Father.

Soli Deo Gloria

Tuesday, July 1, 2008

A Different Medium

"Some Time Ago"
Oil Pastel on Paper
5" x 7"
I did this a couple of weeks ago (hence the title). Sometimes it is nice to try something new. Oil pastel is very different than acrylic paints. I will probably try working with the oil pastels more in the future.