Saturday, July 16, 2011

The New Studio!!

Come on in!! This is the door to the new digs!! I found this frame at an antique store in Birmingham and gave it a facelift. I used Krylon "Catalina Mist" Satin Spray paint and used 3 coats to get the frame ready, Then I went to Home Depot (where I had 4 people helping me at one time!) to get sheet metal. I bought some tin snips and cut the sheet metal to the right size to fit inside the frame. The cute little fabric flowers were the finishing touch. The fabric is "Amy Butler" and I used a technique I found on Pinterest, which is my new favorite obsession, called Yo-Yo's to make the flowers. The centers came from Hobby Lobby and I just hot glued them in the middle!! Fun!!

This is the view inside, it looks kind of bare without my curtains and swag lamp that will go over the chair. But I couldn't wait any longer to post the pics. There is a better view of the piece of furniture I got for my birthday below. The chair was my Goodwill $50 awesome find!!! The swag lamp is covered in Amy Butler fabric and will have more fabric flowers on it. You'll have to come back to see that!

Here is a view of the working corner. My easel, chair and taboret. You can see my great barn door find on the left where I have placed some of my art work. It is gorgeous and has lots of chippy paint.

Another view of the working area with my windows, old wood boxes, etc...

Here is a view of my prep table where I will be priming canvases and varnishing. I have also been able to pull out my sewing machine and work on that table. The top is made from an old barn door that was on my husband's hunting property!

The windows!

Many of you have been subjected to the endless window project, but it turned out so cute it was all worth it!! I found the windows at the Rescue Mission Thrift Store. The hardest part was getting the glass out! But after that it wasn't too bad. I sanded the windows really well then started with a coat of Valspar " Park Place" paint.  Then sanded some more. Lastly I used the "Martha Stewart" glazing from Home Depot and mixed in some acrylic paint ( Burnt Umber). I brushed it on and a few minutes later wiped off enough to leave what you see here. Then I bought old coffee bags ( really cheap) and cover some cork board that was cut to fit each pane and stapled it on with a staple gun and Voila!! Now I just need some inspiring things to pin on them!

The wooden apple crates I kept asking about on Facebook are here, holding my supplies!

Here are some other various cute items I found to hold supplies and basically look cute!

Another shot of the barn door

A better shot of the antique piece of furniture from Bud and other sweet friends for my birthday!!! Love this piece!

Close up of the fabric flowers!

Tuesday, June 14, 2011

Jones Valley

36 x 62
oil on canvas
Jones Farm II

This is a HUGE landscape I just finished for a commission. This was life changing. First of all, I had never stretched a canvas before. Done! It was a challenge to stretch one so large, but I did it! Then just covering that much space was a challenge but it was so much fun! And I think I took at least 1000 pictures of Jones Valley in the process! So I have lots of painting material. I have actually done 3 paintings of this scene. I have one more shown below and am still tweaking the other one. I hope you all enjoy it.

24 x 36
Jones Farm I

I actually painted this one first in preparation for the HUGE one! I changed some of the composition for the large just because it was so large. But I had fun with this one too. They had actually just baled the hay while I was painting these so I really wanted to include some of the hay bales because they looked so pretty out there.

20 x 16
oil on canvas
Family Tree

This was actually done as a graduation gift but it was so fun to do that I thought I would post it. Hope you enjoy looking!

Saturday, May 28, 2011

Blue Bottle Again

Pink Gerbera Daisies 
20" x 16"
Oil on Canvas

The Blue bottle made the cut again, with these great Gerbera daisies I got at Fresh Market!! Just throw in a nest and a green apple and voila!! I love painting the blue bottle.

Tulips in a Bottle

The Blue Bottle
16" x 12"
Oil on Canvas

I am obsessed with this blue bottle. Whenever I set up a still life I always try to put the blue bottle in it because I love it so much. This time the tulips actually fit in it and I was so excited!!! Added some great oranges too.

Five Pears

Squished Pears
16 x 20
Oil on Canvas

I had so much fun with this one! Lots of layers of oil paint mostly using a palette knife. I really liked the colors in this one!

Apple Still Life

Red Apples
10 x 10
Oil on Canvas

Knocking out all my blog posting in one day. I don't think this is how you are supposed to blog but I like breaking rules so....... 

Sunflower still life

The Sunflower
12 x 12
oil on canvas

Another still life from my still life obsession lately! Loved using lots of juicy oil paint, so much fun!!

Still Life Fever!!

Hydrangeas in Turquoise Vase
18 x 24
oil on canvas

I suppose you can guess what is blooming in my yard!!! Yes it is my Annabelle hydrangeas that I absolutely love, so I have been cutting and painting. I have also gone back to painting in oil for the time being. I like to go back and forth and I am definitely in an oil paint kind of mood and loving it! Hope you enjoy the paintings!!!

Thursday, April 14, 2011

Spring Flowers

My Favorite Flowers
24"x 20"
oil on canvas

 Cameron's Tulips
16" x 20"
oil on canvas

I know I don't post to my blog often enough but I am on Spring Break now so I finally got a chance to do some of the things that get pushed to the side in everyday life! It is gorgeous here and everything is green and the sun is shining which makes me want to paint flowers!!! I spent the better part of the day yesterday searching for hydrangeas for my still life set up! I have several hydrangea bushes in my yard but they are not blooming yet. 

Last weekend I was fortunate enough to be able to go to the lake for a party for my niece who is getting married in May. The tulips were arranged on the table and I was frequently caught repositioning them so I could take photos of them. They were just so beautiful I couldn't help myself.  I hope you enjoy my springtime flowers, I certainly enjoyed painting them!

Saturday, February 19, 2011

Toomer's Corner

16" x 20"
Acrylic on Canvas

After the events of this past week I just knew I had to paint the Toomer's Corner trees. These trees embody something that can never be destroyed by anyone and that is the Auburn Spirit! I sent my son to take photos of the trees for me and he called back a few hours later and said " There is no way anybody is getting near those trees" ! So I had to make do with photos I already had.  It was fun to paint, even though I hate painting man made objects, that perspective gets me every time! But I love this place and trees or no trees I will still love it! I hope you enjoy looking!!

Sunday, January 23, 2011

My Boys

My Boys
20" x 16"
Acrylic on Canvas

So I really dove in this time! I actually painted a picture of my own children, so scary! Since I actually know what they look like you would think this would be easy, but no, I think that made it harder. Capturing that look, the exact way they hold their mouth, the look in their eyes. While I did not get it exactly right I was okay with it for a first shot. At least now I can say I have done it! I usually tend to blur faces out so they are not recognizable but I found it difficult to do when it was my own children. I guess the new dog will be next! Move over boys you are being replaced : )

Monday, January 17, 2011

Commission Piece Complete!

24 x 30
Acrylic on Canvas
Franklin Family

I just completed a large commission piece for a family here in town. She wanted a painting similar to my "Girls on the Beach" but since they are not beach people we changed the setting. I was happy with the end result and wanted to share with all my friends and family. Hope you are all having a fabulous New Year!! Thanks for looking and hope you enjoy it!