Polo Story

Yes, I know — these are not polo ponies. However, there is a polo connection.

As we go to the matches early to get the good seats, we have some time to use before the match. Hubby reads the Sunday paper and I will sketch and paint from photos taken the week before.

Lots of people stop and chat. If they seem really interested, I will give them a business card. Occasionally, I have sold a sketch right out of my sketchbook.

The couple who own these cuties were one of those who stopped by to flip through my sketchbook. They took a card and the next day reached out to me telling me they loved my paintings of dogs. Attaching a wonderful photo, a commission was quickly on the books.

Thank you to SW & EW. This painting now resides it’s in Paducah, KY.

Just a reminder. Supporting the arts is supporting someone’s dream come true, and all artists truly appreciate it.

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Five Day Challenge – Day 5

After two false starts with acrylics, I went back to my watercolors today….this was the toughest day of all.

Maybe what I learned from this 20 minute painting challenge is that I really do enjoy my watercolors.


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Five Day Challenge Day 4

Watercolor, approximately 4″ x 7″

Done in 15 minutes on South Lido with the actual shell in hand.

Challenge is a good word for day 4. I had actually painted a disaster of a pelican on Day 3, as I knew we would be going to the beach on Day 4. You can see below, that didn’t work out too well.

Pelican, acrylic approximately 5″ x 8″ Done in 20 minutes

So I took my beloved traveling watercolor set to the beach. Lots of warm sunshine and a bit of a breeze didn’t allow for many soft edges. That paint dried almost when it hit the paper.

Posting both as a reminder they are not all masterpieces. And that’s fine in this journey of the creative soul.


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Five Day Challenge Day 3

Snowy Plover, 6″ x 8″, Acrylic on Arches HP 140 lb. paper.

There’s a bit of a thrill to these 20 minute exercises….ready, set, go. You’re immediately thrown into what to paint first, how to get down all of one color so you don’t have to clean your brush so often, a ton of decisions in the ever ticking clock.

Today I tried using only one brush so I wouldn’t waste precious seconds switching brushes. I also tried drawing the bird quickly with a water soluble crayon first versus painting it freehand. Not sure which is better. My watercolorist brain forgets that it’s a bit easier to correct when painting with acrylics.

Alexa is my timer during this challenge. When I get my big shapes in, I’ll ask her how much time is left. Making decisions on what details will be included, what will get left out. Priorities.

If you haven’t tried this as an exercise, I give it the thumbs up. #artworkliving

Thanks again to photographer Ederle on the Paint My Photo Site for generously allowing artists to use their photos for reference. Thanks too, to Mary Gilkerson for holding this challenge and for all the great suggestions.

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Five Day Challenge Day 2

Acrylic on Arches HP 140 lb. paper, approximately 6″ x 8″

A bit more organized this morning. Had my picture (again from the Paint My Photos site, this time the photographer was Rodney Campbell) already selected., and my desk a bit cleaner than yesterday.

I even set the timer for the allotted 20 minutes. If I’d had another minute or so, I could have fixed the top beak. But, I’ll do that later today. Not as much paint on as many things today. That’s progress. Still feeling my way around these acrylics.


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Five Day Challenge

It’s our Anniversary, I have a commission to finish, but I couldn’t help myself and had to sign up for a 5-day, 20 minute challenge hosted by Mary Gilkerson on Facebook.

Set a timer for 20 minutes and paint…..fast…..

Thought it would be a good way to try out the acrylic paints the Easter bunny left for me! It was more like 30 minutes as I hadn’t much prepared for the challenge. Like the bird, the background so, so.

In addition to being mesmerized at how the acrylics compared to my watercolors, there was paint on my elbows, every paint brush in sight and the back of this painting. I’m thinking it has something to do with a learning curve!

We’ll go about things a bit differently tomorrow.

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Florida Bird – Number Four

The fourth in my series of Florida birds. Everyone’s favorite….the Roseate Spoonbill.

Not sure the thrill of seeing this bird in the wild will ever wear off. Always delightful,whether scooping dinner through it’s strangely shaped beak, or on the wing in a Florida sunset.

I have a commission to do next, but I’m considering the following Florida birds for my next in the series: Swallow-tailed Kite, Sandhill Cranes, Scrub Jay, or Crested Caracara. Any votes?

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