Thursday, December 31, 2015

Happy New Year

Let's strive for love and peace, compassion and acceptance in 2016.

Happy New Year.

Goodbye and Hello

I'm sure you will all be celebrating the arrival of 2016 tonight or already have done so. Please be safe and don't indulge in too many jelly shots!

Happy New Year to all. Wishing you a safe, healthy and happy 2016.

Monday, December 28, 2015

Confusion Reigns

The weather has brought my quince back to life as well as my camellias. Even my violets are flourishing.  I'm concerned as to what will happen when the cold finally does set in.

But I must admit, when I walked out on a foggy morning and saw the dewdrops adorning the web on the trumpet, it took my breath away. Last year a lizard rented this horn and this year ...

Sunday, December 27, 2015

Air Angels

I love working in a series. I get excited while exploring a variety of ways to express a theme I'm so passionate about. By now you all must know my passion for animals, birds in particular. There is an enormous amount of information regarding birds as divine messengers in all cultures and all religions, including references in the bible. In fact, all the text is from a bible from the 1800s. So it is only natural I would fly in that direction. You have often heard me speak of the signs and symbols of the birds that visit The Crooked Little House.

What has surprised me is the response to these paintings. People are eager to embrace them and want one for their home. I don't think it's just the art they desire, I think it's that connection between the birds and the divine that draws people to the paintings. Perhaps it's just a reminder as to where we come from and why we are here. So here's a look at some of my Air Angels. (Look for my Earth Angels in the near future.)





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Thursday, December 24, 2015

Church Mouse, completed

And here's the finished Church Mouse, decked out in his finest and ready to attend a midnight Christmas service.
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Wednesday, December 23, 2015

Church Mouse Step Three

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I have now finished the stonework and added the iron trim to the door. Time to work on the church mouse's attire. I'll show the finished piece tomorrow.

Tuesday, December 22, 2015

Church Mouse Step Two

I've begun to add layers of color to the stonework and have painted the church door a rich green color which will be a lovely contrast to what I'm planning for the mouse's attire.

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Monday, December 21, 2015

Church Mouse

In the 1600s, the phrase was "hungry as a church mouse." Churches back then didn't have kitchens so any mouse that was foolish enough to take up residence in a church would not be dining on cheesecake and would surely go hungry. Later, the phrase was changed to "poor as a church mouse."

I have always wanted to do a painting based on this phrase. But I wanted my mouse to be rich in spirit as well as material goods so he is wearing his Sunday best. The steeple on the left side of the painting is an original print from the 1800s. I did a lot of research on old church doors and decided to combine various elements into one door.

Here's step one. I have textured the background and then did a layout with pencil and adhered the steeple print to the watercolor paper, then sealing the print so it will never yellow.

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Sunday, December 20, 2015

Special of the Day

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ANOTHER new visitor. This one is much shyer, smaller and has a dark slate-blue back color. Check out the eye color - red instead of yellow like my two others. Red eyes, along with the slate color back tell me it's an adult, and because this one is quite small, most likely a male (females are bigger). My other hawk has yellow eyes and is mostly brown and heavily streaked, signs of him or her being a

Word must have gotten out about the good eats at The Crooked Little House though I've never seen one ever catch anything.

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Saturday, December 19, 2015

Down for the Count

I have never participated in a bird count before but decided this year I would do so with a local group. I must say, it was one of the most enjoyable days I've ever had. I got to sit outside wrapped in a blanket, cup of hot coffee in hand, sketch book nearby and really observe all the goings on at The Crooked Little House for most of the day. The sun was out, a Bald Eagle flew overhead, Tree Swallows appeared and my beloved Painted Bunting spent most of the day here. One mystery though; I spotted four birds I couldn't identify and it's driving me crazy!

I put my chair in a far corner of the deck with a plant in front hoping the birds wouldn't notice me as much when they came to the feeders. 
It actually worked for a little while.

Tools of choice.

These are very fast, rough sketches so don't judge harshly please.

Of course by midday, my hawk appeared, scaring everyone into hiding. He would leave and then return, keeping this up for most of the afternoon. But the birds managed to get to the feeders
 during the safe times.

Erb did his part by keeping count from the window.

And as usual, there's always one in every bunch.

Wednesday, December 16, 2015

New Companions

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For a long time I have had a Sharp-shinned Hawk visit The Crooked Little House a couple of times a day. He has gotten rather bold and perches atop the pergola even when I'm sitting underneath. He knows I'm there. He looks right at me. I enjoy his company. It seems as the years turn, I end up with new relationships. Some of you may remember my old friend Silver. He and I shared many nights together under this magical structure. Now it's my hawk. But wait...

Yesterday, a new hawk appeared; another Sharp-shinned, maybe a juvenile? He has more streaking and doesn't have the dark back and head. But I know it's a Sharp-shinned. He too perched on the pergola and the fence letting me take pics of him. I watched him launch after a dove, something I had never seen, but the dove got away. I know many of you are glad that happened. Though I love my doves, I was sorry this hawk didn't get anything to eat. He deserves sustenance too. It's not as easy for a bird of prey as people think.

The Sharp-shinned Hawk is the smallest hawk in North America and can be confused with a falcon. They are incredibly agile. Google this bird and read about it; fascinating. And, the hawk is considered a spiritual messenger. If you see one, or two, it means news is on the way.

Tuesday, December 15, 2015

A Reminder

A friend sent me a pic of one of my prints, "Cat Scan," from years ago that she had purchased. She wanted to share how she had it framed. I think she did a great job of it. Lots of people honor me by sending in pics of their collections of my work, and I am so grateful. But this one was a bit different because it took me back to a very difficult time in my life. Most people know about it but for those who don't, I guess I can share that I had cancer six years ago. So seeing this print brought it all back, the pain, fear, and uncertainty but also the compassion, kindness and caring of my family and this fabulous community I am so lucky to be a part of. But most of all, it reminded me of one quality I had forgotten I possessed.

Thank you Judy for reminding me of how strong I really am.

Saturday, December 12, 2015

A Little R and R

I took advantage of this beautiful fall day to meet my youngest son and his wife in Washington, NC for a short visit. We spent most of the day outside along the waterfront and then enjoyed a lovely lunch. Next we made our way to Goose Creek State Park where we hiked among birdsong and falling leaves. My son and daughter-in-law are wonderful about allowing me time to do a few quick sketches. What a perfect way to spend a day!

And don't forget to watch the meteor shower tomorrow night!

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Friday, December 11, 2015

One Very Lucky Artist

I am always so honored when I speak with someone who enjoys my work. And when a collector bothers to send a pic I am awestruck. The last 24 hours produced these two pics showing all my work from customers I now think of as friends. How lucky am I ?!

Thursday, December 10, 2015

Pergola Pony

I've been taking a little time off lately to do my favorite activity - paint outside.

This is a little impression of my pergola pony I did yesterday afternoon. I don't know why I love this so much but I do. Maybe it's because of the joy it brought me while painting it. It had been a long time since I've been able to get out and paint.

Here's a pic of the real pergola pony, hung amidst the trumpet vine. Most of you will think the sketch doesn't look anything like the real thing at all. But when the sun was poking through the bare branches, this is what I saw with my painterly eyes.

the real Pergola Pony

Wednesday, December 9, 2015

The Answer is in the ...Tea!

I decided to take a break from the unpacking and inventory of the past couple of days and venture out to my favorite thrift shop. Here I found a "Cup of Destiny," something I've wanted for a long time. These fortune telling tea cups have always fascinated me, perhaps because of the symbols. I find them beautiful.

The images along the top inner rim of the cup represent things you might see in the tea leaves. The lower inside of the cup show planetary symbols and the saucer highlights astronomical symbols. I suppose the trick is utilizing all of these in the reading. I can't wait to try reading tea leaves when I have some extra time.

Anyone want their tea leaves read?

Monday, December 7, 2015

The Shows Are Over

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I slept in this morning. Buddha and Erb were not pleased. My last show was this past weekend and I am a bit tired. Over the next few days I will unpack, take inventory and begin replenishing my stock. But what I really want to do is begin a new painting so maybe I'll treat myself to a couple of days off so I can do just that. I have two ideas in mind I am eager to get to, and of course will share when they are underway.

My next show will be in mid-February, followed by a show in mid-March. Then with an early Easter, my season begins anew. But I still have weeks and weeks of time to go out sketching, enjoy family visits and meet with friends. It truly is the most wonderful time of the year.

Wednesday, December 2, 2015

Last Show of the Season

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One more big show this weekend and I'm done till spring. Many people think that once a show is
over, I can sit back and relax till next season. I will take a week or two off and spend it wandering my favorite places on and off island, sketchbook in hand. But then the real work begins.

My card inventory is depleted, and I have approximately 80 titles that must be replenished. Originals need to be created and framed up and charms and pins must be made. This is how I spend my winter months. But it's nice, quiet time. No pressure, an occasional sale now and then and still time to make homemade soup and sit by the fire with a good book.

So here's my last show if you're in the area. It's one of the largest on the east coast with 84 vendors.

Sunday, November 29, 2015

A Repeat

I know most of you have seen and read this before but I wanted to post it again.

This time of year there are so many art shows to attend where you will be offered one-of-a-kind pieces of work to purchase for yourself or as a gift. Each one of these artists has devoted hour upon hour to learn their craft so they can share it with the world.

On behalf of all of us, I thank everyone who has ever made a purchase, attended a show or admired a creation we have poured our hearts into. Selling a piece is great; it helps pay the bills. But for me, just seeing someone light up or laugh out loud when they see my work can be enough to bring a smile to my face, letting me know I accomplished what I had set out to do, share my passion.

So thank you to everyone who has ever laughed at my work, read my blog or Facebook page or purchased a piece of my art.

Tuesday, November 24, 2015

Foiled Again

I had every intention yesterday of getting out of the house early so I could get the errands done and get back to the studio. Every second is crucial between shows this close together. Time must be spent restocking and that means producing more of some items. But once again I was foiled, by a Sharp-shinned Hawk, and I found myself sitting on the floor near the window in my pjs, ten feet away from a gorgeous bird, sunning himself atop my pergola.

I've always had these beauties at The Crooked Little House. One can usually be found around two in the afternoon sitting in the pine tree looking for an afternoon snack of dove. Occasionally they will sit on the pergola, but only for a few minutes. But yesterday, he stayed for 25 minutes, plenty of time to sketch and photograph.

I ended up leaving the house at 10:30 am.