Saturday, June 25, 2011

Elephants In Birch

Inspiration is everywhere!
20x20 Birch Panel ... with ELEPHANTS!!!
 Not often is it this OBVIOUS though!!

Liquid Frisket to keep the wood grain in places

The beginning of the pair

I wasn't sure at first who that middle eye belonged to...

A change of direction

Blocking out space

first 'draft' flowers

Not a fan of this

Getting closer

MAJOR Ownership-Issues with that middle eye

Happy with the flowers!

Eyes are getting clearer

Love the flowers now

This was my first painting on a Birch panel... 
first of many! 

Hope you enjoyed seeing this painting come to life,
Elephants 2011


Saturday, June 4, 2011

Magic Abounds

I have been working!
Here is my finished painting that you sneak-peeked a couple of weeks ago.

Magic Abounds

I titled it Magic Abounds. 
This is how I am living my life. Finding the beauty, seeing inspiration and feeling the magic in every moment. I want to drain every ounce of goodness out of all of my experiences.

 Now, since I mentioned magic ... =)
I found new inspiration for an old painting today and HAD to share a bit of that with you! 

I started a painting of a giraffe a few months ago and ran into a block that I have not been able to paint my way out of. 
I was THRILLED to find real life inspiration! 
Here is how I stumbled into it...

Today is my anniversary.
My husband and I have been married 6 fantastically-happy years!
David took the day off and we went off on a family adventure day with our two boys 
(Orin is  2.5 and Liam, 8 months) and my parents.
We ended up at Silver Springs Nature Park in Ocala.
(Ahh, and we had a great day together!!)

Back to the Jackpot... 

Mr. Giraffe
We had an up close experience =)

I LOVE the broken pattern. Our of all the animal prints- giraffe is my fav!

This old man looked so wise and sweet.

This handsome fellow was SUPER friendly, awesomely  photogenic and quite patient 
with me and my camera! 

What a fun day! 

I am happy.
Worn out.
And filled with excitement for the next painting session! 

I hope you stumble into some magic of your own.


Wednesday, June 1, 2011


Sometimes those Ah-HA! moments are profound ones...
where the light shines in, as realization smacks you in the face
and you just get IT. 
Other times..... you have to be taken by the hand and have the ah-Ha pointed out to you. 
This was one of those ah-Ha's that had to be pointed out to me...
This painting was painted for an assignment in Paint Free, an AMAZING online class by the lovely and extremely talented Wyanne. 
The Flower Garden~ 2011
Wyanne, told me she saw my style emerging in this piece...
I don't know, Wyanne.
Are you sure? 
Ok. Maybe this loose style that has come so easily wasn't me being "Sloppy"
When I took the time to truly 'Paint Free' THIS is what I produced. 
It was me. 
On canvas.