Friday, December 5, 2008

Reggae Fish Series
spprox 20 x 3.5 inches
acrylic on wood
sealed and ready to hang

Happy Birthday to me! I got the coolest birthday card from my friend Cynde in Ohio! And my friend Donna is taking me out to lunch. Then hubby and daughter are making my favorite dinner, and taking me to the beach to feed the seagulls. All in all, I'd say I'm a very blessed woman. God is good!

"Nothing is worth more than this day."
~Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

Thursday, December 4, 2008

Fly Me To The Moon
28 x 20 inches
acrylic on wood
sealed and ready to hang

Growing up on the farm in Pennsylvania, there were always huge flocks of Canadian geese in our pastures at this time of year. It was always amazing to watch them fly in a "V".

The glow of one warm thought is to me worth more than money.
~Thomas Jefferson

Tuesday, December 2, 2008

Love Is A Gilded Forest
30 x 24 inches
mixed media on canvas

An art student at Coastal Carolina University chose this painting as the topic of a paper/critique. I felt very honored!

I'll Fly Away
32 x 32 inches
acrylic on masonite

This painting was recently featured on the cover of a church program of a multicultural church in Hawaii. What a blessing!

Happiness consists in giving and serving others. ~Henry Drummond

Sunday, November 30, 2008

Fairy Miracles
12 x 15.5 inches
acrylic on wood
sealed and ready to hang

This is the first Sunday in Advent, a time for preparing our hearts for the season of love and miracles, especially the miracle of the birth in Bethlehem so long ago.

How silently, how silently
The wondrous gift is given!
So God imparts to human hearts
The blessings of His heaven.
No ear may his His coming,
But in this world of sin,
Where meek souls will receive him still,
The dear Christ enters in.
~Lyrics of O Little Town of Bethlehem, 3rd verse

Friday, November 28, 2008

Happy Heart Series in Pink and Orange
approx 8 x 10 inches
acrylic on wood
sealed and ready to hang

We had a wonderful Thanksgiving. Good food, good friends, good fun, good God.

A loving heart is the greatest gift you can give another person.

Thursday, November 27, 2008

Happy Heart Series in Blue and Green
approx 8 x 10
acrylic on wood
sealed and ready to hang

My heart is indeed joyful this Thanskgiving, as we are blessed to have 9 for dinner today, and we have love and peace in our home. I have a Christmas CD that has a song on it entitled "The Gift of Gratitude." Gratitude is truly a gift we can choose. In addition to good food, may you have in your home the food that feeds the heart: love, peace, and thankfulness.

Joy is the simplest form of gratitude.
~Karl Barth

Wednesday, November 26, 2008

Sun, Moon, and Stars in the Round
20 inches in diameter
acrylic on wood
Sealed and ready to hang

I love the personification of the sun and moon. It gives new meaning to the sky, doesn't it?

If the Sun and Moon should ever doubt, they'd immediately go out.
~William Blake

Tuesday, November 25, 2008

Happy Flowers Series in Orange and Blue
12 x 15.5 inches
acrylic on wood
sealed and ready to hang

We're having a big crowd for Thanksgiving, and I'm grateful for the gift of friendship.

At times our own light goes out and is rekindled by a spark from another person. Each of us has cause to think with deep gratitude of those who have lighted the flame within us.
~Albert Schweitzer

Monday, November 24, 2008

Mosaic Fish in Red, Yellow, and Green
21 x 12 inches
acrylic and stained glass on wood
SOLD This little fishy has a fortune that says, "Nothing seems impossible to you."

Sunday, November 23, 2008

God's Garden
acrylic on wood
36 x 9 inches
wire and bead hanger adds 6 inches in height

The text on this piece reads: "The colors of the rainbow, so pretty in the sky, are also on the faces of people passing by. I see friends shaking hands, saying "How do you do?" They're really saying, "I love you." It's taken from that wonderful Louis Armstrong song, Wonderful World.

Saturday, November 22, 2008

Reggae Fish Series - Samuel
approx 8 x 3 inches
acrylic on wood

Sow a thought, reap an action.
Sow an action, reap a habit.
Sow a habit, reap your character.
Sow character, reap your destiny.

Friday, November 21, 2008

Blue Crab
5 x 5 inches
acrylic on wood

I'll be painting all day today. Hope you'll have a great day, too.

People are just as happy as they make up their minds to be.
~Abraham Lincoln

Thursday, November 20, 2008

"Mosaic Fish - Sunshine"
21 x 10 inches
acrylic and stained glass on wood

Just wanted to share the good news with all of you - I received a grant from Horry County Arts and Cultural Advancement to write and illustrate a children's book. I will begin work on it in January. I'm thrilled, and looking forward to getting my writing juices flowing once again. It should be a blast! God Bless all of you that wished me well and prayed for me!

Small opportunities are often the beginning of great enterprises.


Wednesday, November 19, 2008

Me and My Dog
approx 10 x 10 inches
acrylic on wood
sealed and ready to hang

This one is in the pet corner at The Big Tuna at Market Commons in Myrtle Beach. I miss my dog, Bear, very much.

Friendship doubles our joy and divides our grief.
~Swedish Proverb

Tuesday, November 18, 2008

Dove Chocolate Mermaid in Pink
acrylic on wood
embellished with Dove Chocolate wrappers

There is just something about a mermaid, isn't there? I'm busy with commissions this week, and looking forward to Thanksgiving.

The most important opinion is the one you have of yourself, and the most significant things you say all day are those things you say to yourself.
~Zig Ziglar

Monday, November 17, 2008

Live Oak
16 x 20 inches
oil on canvas

Painted this on location with my friend Ann Marie, who visits every year from Maine. We were out on Highway 90. Something about live oak trees makes me think of the sheltering arm or wing of the Lord.

Keep me as the apple of your eye;hide me in the shadow of your wings, from the wicked who assail me, from my mortal enemies who surround me.
~Psalm 17:8-9

Sunday, November 16, 2008

Cool Cat
approx 18 x 5 inches
acrylic on wood
for sale at The Big Tuna

The possible's slow fuse is lit, by the Imagination.
~Emily Dickinson

Tuesday, November 11, 2008

Art in the Park, Myrtle Beach - November 8 & 9, 2008

Saturday, November 1, 2008

"Earth Laughs In Flowers - Wine Garden"
17 x 9.5 inches
acrylic on wood
embellished with wine bottle tops

I'm was glad to have wine collector buddies as I was working on this piece. More and more, I'm painting with no sketch at all, just letting it flow. A good time was had by all, even the flowers :)

People from a planet without flowers would think we must be mad with joy the whole time to have such things about us.
~Iris Murdoch

Friday, October 31, 2008

Dove Chocolate Mermaid
10 x 20 inches
acrylic on wood

This piece was a fun challenge. The Dove Chocolate wrappers were graciously given to me by my friend Allison. She and her hubby have a fondness for Dove chocolates!

I find I'm luckier when I work harder.
~Dr. Denton Cooley

Wednesday, October 29, 2008

Kitty Angel
8 x 5 inches
acrylic on wood
sealed and ready to hang

Fate loves the fearless.
~Howard Zendel

Friday, October 24, 2008

Monarch Window
29 x 27.5 inches
acrylic on old window
embellished with a touch of glitter and glass pebbles
sealed and ready to hang

I always enjoy painting on windows. The natural frame makes for an awesome finished product. Years ago, I became enarmored of a a song called "The Caterpillar's Song" by the Mississippi Children's Choir. Some of the lyrics are "Once I was a caterpillar - now I'm a butterfly. I've been transformed, been reborn, and Jesus is the reason why." I've always cherished children's choirs. Have a great day, friends.

Thursday, October 23, 2008

Bluebird in Flight
8 x 5 inches
acrylic on wood
sealed and ready to hang

I have a small collection of Bluebirds of Happiness, so I thought I'd paint another. Sometimes as I work in my barn, I hear the birds chomping away on their seed in the feeder. It's a happy sound.

I couldn't wait for success, so I went ahead without it. -Jonathan Winters

Wednesday, October 22, 2008

A Good Year
approx 12 x 15 inches
acrylic on wooden cabinet door
sealed and ready to hang

I haven't had lobster in ages, and I've always wanted to go to Maine.....

"Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you."
~Matthew 7:7

Tuesday, October 21, 2008

Coca Cola Sunflower
15 x 24 inches
acrylic on wood, embellished with Coke cans
ready to hang

I do love Coke - "It's the Real Thing." There's nothing like the first sip, is there?

Be happy. It's one way of being wise.
~Sidonie Gabrielle

Monday, October 20, 2008

Gull In Flight
approx 24 x 15 inches
acrylic on wood cabinet door
sealed and ready to hang indoors or out

I had a wonderful lunch with friends today, and feel rejuvinated from the past two weekends of hard work and fun. Community and fellowship are so important.

This painting was done from a photo I took when hubby and I went to Southport, NC in the Spring. Flight always amazes me, whether it is birds, butterflies, or dragonflies. I hope to be light enough to fly someday...

Thursday, October 16, 2008

Here is some "artwork" I did with my signature font on my driveway. (after all, I am the sidewalk chalk prophet) I put on some music, got the bubble machine going, and had a blast!

Wednesday, October 15, 2008

Green Pear
9 x 12 inches
acrylic on wood
sealed and ready to hang
I've been busy working on commissions from last weekend's show. Three folks are coming today to pick up the work. I love painting pears because pears are the sexiest fruit, and no one ever painted a bad pear. Life is good.

In the fourth year all its fruit will be holy, an offering of praise to the LORD.
Leviticus 19:24

Tuesday, October 14, 2008

My Cup Runneth Over
approx 5 x 8 inches
acrylic on wood
sealed and ready to hang

The mother/daughter bond is one of the strongest in the world. It can bring so much joy. The other day I told my daughter (Dixie, 16 years old) that she was sent to me to teach me certain lessons. She thought that was kind of funny....

My mother had handed down respect for the possibilities—and the will to grasp them.
~ Alice Walker

Monday, October 13, 2008

Happily Ever After Trees
16 x 12 inches
acrylic on wood
sealed and ready to hang

I think we don't celebrate lasting love the way we should, so here is my celebration.

Marriage is our last, best chance to grow up.
~Joseph Barth

Friday, October 10, 2008

Yellow Pear
9 x 12 inches
acrylic on wood
sealed and ready to hang

But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control. Against such things there is no law. ~Galatians 5:22-23

Thursday, October 9, 2008

12 x 16 inches
acrylic on wooden cabinet door
(gives the appearance of being framed)
painting is sealed and ready to hang

Being a mom is one of the great joys of my life. My daughter is a gift that has been temporarily entrusted to me by the Lord, and I'm grateful for her. Appreciate someone today...

The Great use of life is to spend it for something that will outlast it.
~William James

Wednesday, October 8, 2008

Dragonfly Wisdom
15 x 15 inches
acrylic on old wooden cabinet door
sealed with clear gloss
ready to hang

My shows went well last weekend, and I'm looking forward to this weekend. The beautiful weather is inspiring me to paint a few landscapes. We'll see what happens in the next few days.

My profession is to always find God in nature.
~Henry David Thoreau

Saturday, October 4, 2008

Earth Laughs In Flowers
15.5 x 12.5 inches
acrylic on wood cabinet door
sealed with clear gloss and ready to hang

The beautiful Fall weather has me grateful and refelecting on the goodness of God. Take time to enjoy it.

"Even if something is left undone, everyone must take time to sit still and watch the leaves turn."
~Elizabeth Lawrence

Friday, October 3, 2008

Moo in Red, White, and Black
15 x 24 inches
acrylic on wooden cabinet door
sealed with clear gloss and ready to hang

I met the neatest horse yesterday - his name is Tipperary and he's a gorgeous 17.5 hand gelding, half Thoroughbred and half Shire. I'm looking forward to getting to know him!

I've been painting pretty steadily, getting ready for this weekend. This cow made herself known to me as I painted.

All the really good ideas I ever had came to me while I was milking a cow. ~Grant Wood

Tuesday, September 30, 2008

I'll Fly Away 3
15 x 24 inches
acrylic on wood cabinet door
ready to hang

Today is my 8th wedding anniversary, and hubby and I are going to spend the day together to celebrate! He bought me a drill and an incredible set of attachements for the drill. It is an awesome, needed and thoughtful gift, and I'm a lucky girl. I hope you have someone in your life that appreciates you, too. It is such a blessing.

Marriage is our last, best chance to grow up.
~Joseph Barth

Monday, September 29, 2008

Lorelei the Mermaid
17.5 x 17.5 inches
acrylic on found wooden board
safety coated with clear gloss
embellished with bits of mirror
ready to hang

I had a blast playing with my neice this weekend, so I feel rejuvinated and ready to hit the easel hard for my fall shows. I've got four coming up. It promises to be fabulously fun!

“Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things that you didn’t do than by the ones you did so. So throw off the bowlines. Sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover.”
~Mark Twain

Sunday, September 28, 2008

Frog Martini
12 x 15 inches
acrylic on wooden cabinet door
ready to hang

My neice, Sarah, had been here, so I've been playing with Legos and sidewalk chalk. It's good to be a kid sometimes.

I tell you the truth, anyone who will not receive the kingdom of God like a little child will never enter it."
~Luke 18:17

Saturday, September 27, 2008

Name Plaque

I met a lovely family from the upstate of SC the other day, and they ordered this name plaque for their young son. I like making people smile...

All you need is love. ~John Lennon

Friday, September 26, 2008

Blue Sun
19 x 17 inches
acrylic on wood chair seat
sealed and ready to hang

I love painting on old stuff and giving it new life. Right now, I'm listening to Strawberry Fields Forever by the Beatles. I've always like the phrase, "there's nothing to get hung about..."

Thursday, September 25, 2008

Water Lilies II
15.5 x 12.5 inches
acrylic on wood cabinet door
ready to hang

This piece makes me want to go to Brookgreen Gardens one last time before the end of the season. Their ponds full of lilies are so gorgeous, and usually accompanied by a myriad of dragonflies. It's magical...

Man's heart away from nature becomes hard. ~Standing Bear

Monday, September 22, 2008

Potted Sunflower
approx 6 x 20 inches
acrylic on wood

Bring me then the plant that points to those bright Lucidites swirling up from the earth, and life itself exhaling that central breath! Bring me the sunflower crazed with the love of light.
~Eugenio Montale

Sunday, September 21, 2008

Mermaid Making Waves
5.5 x 23.5 inches
acrylic on wood,
embellished with mirrors and seashell

I had so much fun at the beach yesterday doing sand painting. You'll probably see the results pretty soon.

“The soul is healed by being with children.” ~Fyodor Dostoyevsky

Saturday, September 20, 2008

Arms Wide Open
8.5 X 16.5 inches
acrylic on wood, embellished with glass beads
sealed with clear gloss, sides painted
ready to hang

Living with an open attitude and a loving heart is something to which I aspire.

"Whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable-if anything is excellent or praiseworthy-think about such things."
~Phillipians 4:8

Friday, September 19, 2008

Mosaic Fish - Tyler
18.5 x 16.5 inches
acrylic and stained glass on wood
ready to hang

We had no air conditioning for 3 days, so it has taken me awhile to "catch up" in the house. And, the 12 week class I teach through Coastal started on Monday, so I've been happily busy. I did this little fish yesterday. It felt good to be back in the studio. One thing I've realized lately is that no one, no matter how mean, can rob you of your joy if you consciously choose it every day. The reason is this: there is a huge difference between happiness and joy. Happiness depends on what's happening. Joy comes from a deeper place - knowing and walking with God every day - and no one can take it away from you.

Do not repay anyone evil for evil. Be careful to do what is right in the eyes of everybody. If it is possible, as far as it depends on you, live at peace with everyone. Do not take revenge, my friends, but leave room for God's wrath, for it is written: "It is mine to avenge; I will repay," says the Lord. On the contrary: "If your enemy is hungry, feed him; if he is thirsty, give him something to drink. In doing this, you will heap burning coals on his head." Do not be overcome by evil, but overcome evil with good.
~Romans 12:17-21

Wednesday, September 17, 2008

I Sing For The Things Money Can't Buy
approx 12 x 9 inches
ready to hang


Thought for the Day:
A mind at peace, a mind centered and not focused on harming others,is stronger than any physical force in the universe. --Wayne Dyer

Tuesday, September 16, 2008

Pennies From Heaven

"Pennies From Heaven" is one of my all time favorite songs. I like the way Louis Armstrong sings it, and I like the way Billie Holiday sings it. It reminds me look for the positive side to every bad thing that happens.

Thought for the Day:
It's easier to tear a hole than mend one.
~Russian proverb

Sunday, September 14, 2008

Gratitude Dragonfly

I am truly grateful for my wonderful life. I'm also grateful to live in America, where I'm free, and where women can get educated. Life is good!

"The God of peace will soon crush Satan under your feet." ~Romans 16:20