Day #7 30 Paintings in 30 Days

Day 7. Horse conch

What a gift from the sea yesterday. Jim and I spent the day at the beach, while my brother and sister-in-law went off to Harry Potter land at Universal.

This shell lie in wait. It was such a find I had to look it up to see what I had found. In all the years coming to Lido, this was a first. Along with the two small augers, pink Calico and a sand dollar, it was a very good day for gifts. What gifts did you receive yesterday?

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Day #6 30 Paintings in 30 Days

Jim found a substantial cockle shell on the beach yesterday, prompting both a watercolor sketch and a painting of the inside of the shell. The sketch was done at the beach… in hand!

Doing the sketch made the painting fall off the brush. Already knew where my lights and darks were, and had the general idea of where everything went.

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Day #3 30 Paintings in 30 Days

IMG_3866Day #3 Calico Shell Painting

We’re enjoying the shelling.

Actually headed to the beach today.  My brother and sister-in-law are here – Yeah! And we are going to our timeshare condo on Lido Beach.

You can be sure I’ll be searching not just for shells but for more inspiration!

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Day #2 30 Paintings in 30 Days

Day #2.

Turkey Wing shells. These used to be my favorite shells to find on our Florida beaches. Nicknamed the, angel wings and felt like I was getting a blessing each time I found one.

Nearly two years in Florida has made me a more discriminating shell collector. Otherwise our home would be covered in these gifts from the sea. Also a bit more knowledgeable collector. They are actually called turkey wings. While I still consider them a blessing, I only collect less battered ones now.

My new obsession is auger shells. Tiny, hard to find and they take up little room. Swearing these were the only shells I was now going to save, I couldn’t help but collect other when I couldn’t find any augers in my last trip to the beach!

Thanks Leslie Saeta for this challenge.

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Day #1 30 Paintings in 30 Days


Day #1 Sand Dollar

Dang that Leslie Saeta.  I keep hoping she gets tired of doing these 30 Paintings in 30 Day Challenges…..or do I?

Leslie normally runs these challenges during the month of January, but will be traveling this year and has moved the challenge to February.   We’ll be painting from February 1st to March 2nd.

My theme this year (hopefully) will be The Beach.  After all, that’s why we moved to Florida.  Again, it will be challenging in more ways than ever.  My brother and sister-in-law will be visiting with us for a week.  But we’ll be at the Beach, so I’ll have lots of inspiration.

Wish me well, my friends.  It’s going to be fun, sometimes frustrating, but I know for sure, I’ll learn a lot.  I did the last time I did this! And I’m sure they’ll be some that I love, which will provide new inventory for my gallery association with Artists on Main.

Stay tuned for daily posts.

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Let Me Show You


Sometimes a picture just jumps out and screams…..paint me, paint me.  So when this one showed up in my Facebook feed, I immediately knew I was going to paint it.

Painting children and people has never been a strength of mine.  I think this may be the third year in a row that I have made practicing people one of my artistic goals.  Working my way up to it, I guess, by starting with some back shot paintings,  hoping this will help me transition to painting faces!

Frankly, children have never been a strength of mine….not in art and not in life. Somehow lacking the motherly instinct, I chose never to have my own.  A feeling I’ve never regretted.  In fact, I often feeling awkward around them, not really interested in holding them or knowing their age, or talking to them like babies.   If they’re old enough to show an interest in my studio, that’s usually about the time I can connect with them.

These are my husband’s grandkids, and therefore mine.  As you can tell they are young….going on 4 and 2.  We don’t get to see them often, but when we did last, I found myself charmed and engaged……..

Who knows, maybe they are showing me something!

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May Your Days Be



Pineapples have always had a place in my home. Their rough texture and interesting colors cover a sweetness that can permeate a room. We probably purchased our current home because there were pineapple coach lights on the garage doors.

There’s some sort of pineapple in every room in the house.  Hence my paintings for Christmas cards will always be centered around a pineapple.

If you’re celebrating Christmas Eve, and Christmas Day tomorrow, please take the time to take it all in.  Taste it, feel it, enjoy the aroma.  No expectations of how it used to be, how you want it to be, just how it really is.  Right now.  Celebrate with loved ones, or celebrate the strength it might take to be far away from them.

If there is sadness, embrace it, knowing that without sadness we won’t know the happy.    If you’re joyful, share your light.  Spread the kindness, spread the love

Be Merry, Be Bright.  But most of all, just BE.

Merry Christmas everyone.  Grateful for you following along on my creative journey.  Hoping the new year brings your own form of creativity to fruition. Blessings to all.


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