Wednesday, October 1, 2014

A Retrospective of 30 Paintings In Thirty Days

"When you do a thing, 
do it with all your might. 
Put your whole soul into it. 
Stamp it with your own personality. 
Be active, be energetic and faithful, 
and you will accomplish your object." 
~ Ralph Waldo Emerson

I am very pleased to present this collage of artwork which represents my fourth 30 Paintings In 30 Days Challenge series. Each number and title links to a larger view with painting details and the post associated with each piece.

1.) Sunny Summer Days       2.) The Black Sheep       3.) Inspired By Wine

7.) Rose Of Sharon      8.) Like a Feather in the Wind        9.) Blooming Iris

10.) Sly as a Fox      11.) Magical Garden       12.) Bold Blue Communicator

13.) Hummingbird Joy     14.) Life is Growth      15.) The Crocus Among Us

16.) Kokopelli's Day    17.) Kokopelli's Night     18.) Talk Like a Pirate Day

19.) A Pirate Legend      20.) The Dreamcatcher      21.) Day Of The Dead

22.) Love Tree           23.) Dream Hawk            24.) Jersey Devil Dragon

25.) Enchanted Garden       26.) Glorious Grapes       27.) A Dragon's Tale

28.) Wisdom of the Trees    29.) Dear Baby Deer    30.) Year Of The Horse

These paintings and all my recent work, along with all my classic paintings and prints, will be on sale (up to 55% off) during my Studio Sales Event - October 11th, 12th, 18th & 29th. Be sure to mark your calendars and check out the details of this year's show here!

I enjoyed reconnecting with old friends and making some new ones this past month. Seeing all the great work produced during the challenge is always inspirational.Thanks to everyone who stopped by my blog and shared their thoughts by commenting here or on Facebook. I truly appreciate your friendship, feedback and interest in my work.
Happy creating!

X ♥  O

Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Year Of The Horse (Day 30)

I was born in the
"Year Of The Horse" 
with a fascination in them
which predated every other 
single thing I remember. 
Before I knew the facts of life, 
way before I was in school, 
before I learned to read or draw, 
I wanted a horse so badly 
that I was certain one day 
I would have them.”

~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~Year Of The Horse~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
Alcohol Inks and Watercolor on Yupo paper

I bought my first horse at the age of 14, after saving up two whole years of babysitting money. My parents said I could have a horse if I paid for it myself and I think they were very surprised when I actually accomplished it. I always worked to support my horse and except for a few short years when I was in college, I have had horses as part of my family ever since. This is an album of photos on facebook of some of the horses I have owned and loved.

Today, another 30 paintings in 30 Days Challenge has come to an end! Now that it's over, I have mixed emotions. While I welcome the break and a slower pace, I will also miss the discipline and connection to the sisterhood of participating artist friends.

I am enjoying a visit from my parents now, along with getting ready for my 2nd Annual Sales Event, so you can be sure I will remain very busy this coming month! My studio show and sale is open to online collectors and actual local visitors. I've got an exciting line-up of recent works and older classic paintings and prints, all on sale at up to 55% off! Last year's show was a huge success. Be sure to mark your calendars and check out the details of this year's show here!

X ♥  O

Monday, September 29, 2014

Innocence (Day 29)

“Marvelous are the innocent.” 
~ Virginia Woolf

~~~~~~~~~~~~Dear Baby Deer~~~~~~~~~~~~
Alcohol Inks and Watercolor on Yupo paper

"The great man is he who 
does not lose his child's-heart."
~ Mencius 

X ♥  O

Sunday, September 28, 2014

Wisdom (Day 28)

"Be Happy.
It's one way of being wise.”  
~ Colette

~~~~~~~~Rich Counsels in the Trees~~~~~~~~
Alcohol Inks and Watercolor on Yupo paper

"Never does nature say one thing and wisdom another." 
~ Juvenal Satires

"Mothers, teach your children this. Teach your children that Wisdom is everywhere. In pieces. Some of the Wisdom is in the trees, some of the Wisdom is with the animals. Some of the Wisdom is with the planets and the stars and the moons and the sun. Some of the Wisdom flows with the waters. Some of the Wisdom was with our ancestors. Some of the Wisdom is in our minds. All of the Wisdom is from the Spirit of God." ~ Esther Davis-Thompson

To sum it up, wisdom is everywhere. The important thing is being able to learn something valuable, while letting go of the things that have no worth in our lives. True Wisdom is knowing the difference.
X ♥  O

Saturday, September 27, 2014

A Dragon's Tale (Day 27)

“The dragon turned on 
the children and unicorns, 
his mouth open. For a brief moment, 
they could see his eyes change from 
blue to a deep red, like coals in a fire." 
~  Bronwen Webb

~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~Friendship Feather~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
Alcohol Ink on Yupo paper

I believe the idea of flying foes started a long time ago, when dragon-like dinosaurs roamed the earth and mankind was very young. Ingrained in our original memory, winged creatures of the sky were the nightmares and reality of prehistoric times. Humans have never forgotten the terror and helplessness of being pursued by a giant Pterodactyl type creature. That may be the reason why dragons have appeared in so many cultures and their stories are still popular in legends and folktales today throughout the world. Do you also think this is a plausible scenario?

X ♥  O

Friday, September 26, 2014

Concentrated Sunbeams (Day 26)

"The juice of the grape is 
the liquid quintessence 
of concentrated sunbeams.” 
~ Thomas Love Peacock 

~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~Glorious Grapes~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
Alcohol Inks on Yupo paper

“Give me wine to wash me clean 
of the weather-stains of cares.” 
~ Ralph Waldo Emerson

“In the abstract art of cooking, 
ingredients trump appliances,
passion supersedes expertise,
creativity triumphs over technique,
spontaneity inspires invention,
and wine makes even the worst 
culinary disaster taste delicious.” 
~ Bob Blumer

X ♥  O