Beach volleyball... A great way to spend the day. Crashing waves, the smell of salt water, clean sand, and friends. What could be more perfect?! I'm going to add a detailed post so you can really see a part of the painting. Because of the size, everything looks very small here. The detail, however, does distort a little but at least you can get a better idea of what you are looking at..
After working on this painting, the name took on a totally different meaning than I had originally planned. I was ready to flog the canvas and anyone who walked by with a cane! I worked and reworked this, and I'm still not really happy with it, but I have to move on. This artisan is multi-talented and will share his knowledge freely. He was explaining to me his caning process and talking about his upcoming pottery classes as he worked away. I really wanted to capture him as he was talking and show his enthusiasm. Most (give or take a few) paintings just sort of roll off the brush for me. This one...not so much. Sorry, Dan!
You can't miss this kayak! I love the bright yellow against the color of the water. My friend, Judy, kayaks all the time and I keep saying I am going to take down my dull blue kayak and go with her, but never get to it. She came by the house the other day, and I'm not sure if she saw me, but I took a bunch of pictures of her from the kitchen window. I've got her coming in, going out, and just resting up as she is here. I see a future theme of paintings...that is unless I get out there with her. Then I won't have time to paint. The last time I was out, a storm blew in as I got to the end of the cove. I made good time there, but when we saw lightening, everyone else had energy left to get back. I paddled for dear life, but the wind came up and was blowing against me. I went nowhere fast. Obviously, I made it back, but I was not a happy camper :-)
Tallulah is almost 2 now, and what a fun dog she is! Her favorite thing to do is play frisbee and she literally flies... Ears fly, feet fly, tail straight up in the air. If we have a treat, she will allow us to take it from her mouth. Otherwise, she holds on to it for dear life. She hasn't quite gotten the "drop it" command, although she obeys when it doesn't involve the treasured frisbee. A little neurotic...Yes...especially when it comes to thunderstorms. We got her a thundershirt which helps a little, and she looks quite lovely in it :-) Still scared, but stylish.
Isn't it great how some people just make everyone around them feel happy? These two wonderful artists do! What fun we had at the Sedalia Artisan Fair. There were so many artists and vendors there and lots to see and do. This display had really beautiful chime bowls made by Peter Buchanan, each one with a distinctive sound....So naturally we disrupted everyone around us by playing them and singing, quite loudly I might add. I don't think the chimes bothered anyone, but the singing.......
This little painting was done for the "Itsy Bitsy" show in Bedford, VA. Pizza is just a fun thing to paint, and one slice was perfect for the small size allowed. We are going to have to branch out on what type of pizza we get from now on. I think I've done as much as I can with the plain cheese variety. I will have to branch out to more exotic types....like Hawaiian :-)
I can remember my parents warning about swans being mean when we used to feed the ducks. We would save up our stale bread and feed the ducks everyday at a lake on Long Island. I was always on the lookout for an attack swan coming at me and would have nightmares about it. Then I fell in love with the movie "Hans Christian Andersen" with Danny Kaye. He sang that great song about the ugly duckling turning into a beautiful swan, and now every time I see one that song plays in my head. They are really quite beautiful and so graceful.
This was a fast painting done while gallery sitting at our art co-op. Whenever I am rushing to get somewhere there always seems to be roadwork, and I always seem to be on the long end of the waiting line of cars. I'm pretty sure this man was pretending that I wasn't there. The line of cars coming in the other direction went on forever. It's quite possible that he was sleeping on his feet :-)
There are a lot of cows around this part of Virginia, so I thought I should at least attempt to paint a few every now and then. This particular cow gave me a look that said "What are YOU looking at?" Despite that, I did give her long, luxurious eye lashes and a rather pretty nose with a spot of red. Her positioning behind the other calf might have something to do with the look. Who knows what the other calf had eaten for lunch?!