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

Saturday, September 13, 2008

Sun Seat
17 x 17 inches
acrylic on wood
The anniversary of 9/11 got me thinking about how important it is to have hope; the sun always symbolizes hope to me because it rises every morning to light the world.

Thought for the Day:
"I, Jesus, have sent my angel to give you this testimony for the churches. I am the Root and the Offspring of David, and the bright Morning Star."
~Revelation 22:16

Friday, September 12, 2008

Mermaid Sisters
11 x 23.5 inches
acrylic on wood
safety coated with clear gloss
to enable hanging outdoors, bath, kitchen
sides painted, no need to frame
comes ready to hang

This piece was spurred by my friend Melanie, and her sister, Jackie. Please pray for Jackie, as she is dealing with a health issue right now.

Thought for the Day:
Is solace anywhere more comforting than in the arms of a sister. ~Alice Walker

Thursday, September 11, 2008

11 x 25 inches
acrylic on wood
safety coated with clear gloss
enables hanging outdoors, bath, kitchen
sides painted, no need to frame

Painting this seahorse got me thinking about what a unique creature it is, considering the fact that it is the male that becomes pregnant. Guess you could call 'em "Mr. Mom"!

Thought for the Day:
We grow like trees: slow, strong, and in all directions.

Wednesday, September 10, 2008

Share My Life
9 x 12 inches
acrylic on cardboard
not for sale

This piece is one of my "morning paintings" - done first thing in the morning, as a sort of artistic form of journaling. Since it was done on cardboard, it wasn't intended to sell.

Thought for the Day:
"You need a room with no view so imagination can meet memory in the dark."
~Annie Dillard

Tuesday, September 9, 2008

My Cup Runs Over

Sold this to a daughter while her mom was shopping. I have a feeling it will be a gift!

Thought for the Day:
The glow of one warm thought is to me worth more than money. ~Thomas Jefferson

Monday, September 8, 2008

Free Indeed
5 x 10 inches
acrylic on wood

Sunday, September 7, 2008

Golden Girl of the Sea
3.5 x 10 inches

Thought for the Day:
Consistency is the foundation of virtue.
~Francis Bacon (1561-1626)
British statesman and philosopher

Saturday, September 6, 2008

Thought I'd show you a work in progress today. Here's the sketch on paper, as you can see, it's very rough. I'm just basically doing outlines, and I add all the details later.

Here's the sketch transferred (to the wood table top that is 30" in diameter) first with charcoal, then with paint. At this point, I decided to make both fish face their friend!Here's the finished product. I get so engrossed when I'm painting that I forgot to take more "in progress" pictures. Bits of broken mirror serve as her scales. This piece is on top of an armoire at The Big Tuna, and is for sale there.

Thought for the Day:
It all begins when the soul would have its way with you.

Friday, September 5, 2008

Just wanted to show a picture from The Big Tuna, the new store in Myrtle Beach that hosts my art. The two windows hanging in the storefront are hard to see, but are my work, too. We had so much fun putting it all together. I have a whole new respect for store owners now....
Thought for the Day:
I slept and dreamt that life was joy.
I awoke and saw that life was service.
I acted and behold, service was joy.
~Rabindranath Tagore (1861-1941)
philosopher, author, songwriter, painter, educator, composer, Nobel laureate

Tuesday, September 2, 2008

Peace and Excellence
5.5 x 17 inches
acrylic on wood
safety coated to hang outdoors, bath, kitchen
no need to frame

I was inspired to paint this portrait of Dr. King. I really like close up/partial portraits like these. They seem more like a "slice of life" than a traditional portrait.

Thought for the Day:

Darkness cannot drive out darkness; only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate; only love can do that. ~Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

Monday, September 1, 2008

Change of Heart
approx 15 x 11 inches

On Friday, I painted a mural on the entrance floor of the Big Tuna, the new store in the Market Commons. It is similar to this. Stop by and visit Cindy, Stacey, Jennifer, and Lois. They're a great bunch of gals! Tell 'em I sent ya!

Thought for the Day:
"God's brilliant splendor fills the earth and sky; his glory fills the heavens, and the earth is full of his praise! What a wonderful God he is! From his hands flash rays of brilliant light."
~Habbukuk 3:3-4