Friday, January 27, 2012

Painterly Palms

We needed something for our bedroom…..some color;  a painting or two… or three?

I found some frames (9" x 9"  square) at IKEA….for mere peanuts.  So I drew out the square. and then started painting.  I have three paintings to complete and set on a ledge.  I will show you the finished look, when I complete this project.  

The first one is done, and framed.  The second is nearing completion….they have been quick and easy to do. I have been much more relaxed, now that I am working in my space and painting daily. I hope that it can continue.  

The weeks are flying by…..  

February is just around the corner…

Have a great weekend!

Palm leaves #1

more to come…...

Monday, January 23, 2012

Busy, Busy

I have been busy, but just not painting.  However, TODAY, I painted for four hours.  We have spent the last week in the garden…..taking out old trees and replacing them with healthy, young ones.  I think that the new trees will provide some great shade, however, it might take a few years to see that (since, we chose a dwarf palm tree, which is only about 4 feet at present).

I also spent a week and a half, working on a long overdue project…… slip covering a chair.  I am pretty proud of the result (but it is a lot more fun to be painting).

I am starting a project of three paintings that will be 5' x 5' squares, once framed.  I am choosing different palm leaves.  These will sit on a ledge, over the bed.  I will take some photos…. once I get further along in the process.

I hope your week is a good one, so far.

Our Palm tree should grow
to provide great shade for both our neighbors
and us :)

This was a big challenge,
but I am happy to have a fresh, new look!

Now, back to some watercolor painting!!

Sunday, January 22, 2012

I'll be back…..

Life is flying by…. we have been working hard on projects around here….indoors and outside.  So, I will be back with photographs tomorrow….. but today, I will leave you with a quote I found this week:


turns what we 




Have a good week.  Our best week, is when we have a chance to spend time with one of our children and their lovely spouse.  It is enough…..more than enough.  It is the BEST!!

Friday, January 13, 2012

A short trip to St. Augustine

We took a car trip to St. Augustine, on the east coast of Florida. It was a pretty quick drive through Orlando to Daytona Beach.... then we took the slow road north to St. Augustine.  It's a lovely city, filled with fun (and lots of tourist attractions).

Our favorites were the very special...and very old places that set the tone for the oldest continuously inhabited city in the United States.  

Castillo De San Marcos National Monument
Oldest Fort in the USA

The Fort is on the Inter coastal waterway
A perfect spot on a perfect day.

Nombre de Dios Mission
A beautiful and quiet place
St. Francis watches over the garden.

A small chapel in honor of family

The Flagler College was once the Flagler Hotel.
One of the many beautifully appointed hotels
of a railway Magnate
(also, Co-Founder of Standard Oil)

And.... for Sweet Hubby..
What a Historical experience...
The World Golf Hall of Fame!!

Sunday, January 8, 2012

Little bits

Here are some little things that I worked on a few weeks ago.  This week, we are heading out on an adventure....but I will be back at the end of the week.  I expect to be back at the drawing table very soon.

Just playing one afternoon.....

Eat your veggies!
post cards anyone??

Thursday, January 5, 2012

Bigger Project of the new year

Here is the 'biggie' that I am working on.  It is in colored pencil.  I expect to work on it again soon, but I have to start re-upholstering a very strange 'pink' chair this week.... which will, again, take me out of the sun room, where I have set up a tiny space for work.  At least you can see the beginning....with more to come!

Napa wine country in the Fall

Wednesday, January 4, 2012

New work for a New Year

I have not had a lot of time to work these past few months, but my resolution (famous last words) is to work more....and to play, just as much.  I had a chance to play last week, and did a few quick sketches from old cartoons (templates on tracing paper) and a few free style.  You will definitely be able to tell which are which...... 

Here is the first:

Dragonfly on postcard watercolor paper
yes, it's pretty small