Saturday, November 12, 2016

The Lemon Tree


The Lemon Tree
6" x  6"
Acrylic Paint on Ampersand Gessobord
Available for Purchase 
$39, plus shipping

This is one of my very favorite paintings, one I thought of keeping~ but, there is no room in the studio to keep all of my favorites.  


The Lemon Tree was painted using professional artist grade acrylic paint on a museum quality Ampersand Gessobord with painted sides to allow for display framed or placed on a small easel.  This painting is currently available for purchase at my Etsy.com store.

I am currently working on four commissioned paintings~ hopefully, will have something new for the stores soon~

Thank you for stopping by~

Torrie




  

Sunday, September 18, 2016

Day 18 of the 30 Paintings in 30 Days ~ The Nest


The Nest 
5" x  7"
Acrylic Paint on Canvas Panel
~Sold~


But not for me, this is painting Eleven for me.  Last week was an extremely difficult week, there was no painting, no inspiration.  I used that time to reflect on how lucky I am to have such a wonderful family.  Now it's time to get back to work!

I love the new painting!  I will be painting a larger version to keep for myself.  

The Nest has sold.  

To view more paintings currently available for purchase, please visit my Etsy.com store.

Thank you for stopping by~

Torrie

Sunday, September 11, 2016

Day Ten of the 30 Paintings in 30 Days ~ Wine and Grapes

 

Wine and Grapes
5" x  7"
Acrylic Paint on Canvas Panel
Available for Purchase
$39, plus shipping


I had high hopes of getting caught up today~  no such luck.  I knew when I started this painting it would be time consuming....but I am so happy with the result.  

I will be spending the evening catching up on stuff like laundry and getting ready for the work week. I also have to ship a painting that sold today.   There will be plenty of time to get caught up.  (Famous last words!)

Wine and Grapes was painted using professional artist grade acrylic paint on a museum quality canvas panel with painted sides to allow for display without a frame.  This painting will easily slide into a frame or can be placed on a small display easel.  This painting is currently available for purchase at my Etsy.com store.

Thank you for stopping by~

Torrie

Saturday, September 10, 2016

Day Nine of the 30 Paintings in 30 Days ~ Three Lemons


Three Lemons
6" x  6"
Acrylic Paint on Ampersand Gessobord
Available for Purchase
$39, plus shipping


Playing catch up!  I am going to try and finish day ten today, but I do have a date for the Greek Festival tonight, so it may be tomorrow.  It is getting more challenging, not only the time aspect but thinking of something to paint.  Everything that is floating in my head needs to go on a larger canvas and can't be completed in one day......

Three Lemons was painted using professional artist grade acrylic paint on a museum quality Ampersand Gessobord with painted sides to allow for display without a frame on a small easel or framed. This painting is currently available for purchase at my Etsy.com store.
Next up~  No hints today!  Check back again later.

Thank you for stopping by~

Torrie

Friday, September 09, 2016

Day Eight of the 30 Paintings in 30 Days! Me and My Shadow II


Me and My Shadow II
8" x  8"
Acrylic Paint on Gallery Wrapped Canvas
Available for Purchase
$59, plus shipping


Okay ~ stop looking at your calendar!  It is the 9th....painting everyday is one thing, but trying to get a good quality photo with natural light is impossible to do after dark creating a slight delay~  The weekend is finally here and I can paint and photograph in the same day.

I love painting pears!  They are so versatile.  No two ever look alike.  When I shop for them in the store, I have to do a "test drive" before purchasing---I have to stand it up and make sure it stays upright, quite a few are so lopsided they fall over.

Me and My Shadow II was painted using professional artist grade acrylic paint on a museum quality gallery wrapped canvas with painted sides to allow for display without a frame. This painting is currently available for purchase at my Etsy.com store.
Next up~  LEMONS!

Thank you for stopping by~

Torrie


Wednesday, September 07, 2016

Day 7!!! 30 Paintings in 30 Days ~ Autumn Pear


Autumn Pear
6" x 6"
Acrylic Paint on Ampersand Gessobord



I have to admit ~ I AM EXHAUSTED!!! Working all day, fighting traffic on 485, getting home and painting, and trying to get to bed before the alarm goes off in the morning.  I would not be able to do this without Kevin's support.  He is kind enough not to expect dinner or conversation every evening.

This is by far my all time favorite pear, and I have painted a lot of pears.  The funny part of this, I was happy with the painting while I was working on it, but it wasn't until I took photos to upload to the computer that I noticed the leaves~ the ones I didn't know I painted.  One of those "happy accidents" that you wonder how it happened.  Look in the background just above the two leaves on the left....there is a leaf!  Look on the right in the background the clear image of a white leaf!  I didn't plan it, I didn't even know it at the time.  

Autumn Pear was painted using professional artist grade acrylic paint on a museum quality Ampersand Gessobord with painted sides to allow for display without a frame.  This painting can be framed or placed on a small display easel.  

Thank you for stopping by~

Torrie

Tuesday, September 06, 2016

Day Six of the 30 in 30~ Months in the Making!


Porch Water Lilies 
48" x  48"
Acrylic Paint on Cradled Hardboard
~Collection of the Artist~


I painted all day.....just a bit different.  I needed to varnish this large painting to get it out of the dining room! I chose to varnish it with Spar Polyurethane varnish, similar to what is used on boats.  After giving the time needed to allow the paint to completely dry, I researched what varnish would be best to use to protect the painting from the weather.  The location on the front porch where the painting will go does not get direct sun or rain, but the painting will endure temperature change throughout the year.

I laid the painting flat on two buckets to elevated it off the ground and make sure it was level so the varnish would go on smoothly.  I followed the directions on the can and applied three generous coats of varnish, lightly sanding between each coat.  It took all day as I waited two hours between coats and then two hours for it to dry before moving it.  The varnish was amazing!  The underpainting colors came to the surface and the colors in the water were so much better than I expected.  It is now at home on the porch.  The deep blue of the water really looks nice with my pink house.  I might start a trend with my large porch painting ~


Now off to get started on day seven!

Thank you for stopping by~

Torrie



Monday, September 05, 2016

Day Five of the 30 in 30 ~ Tar Heel Born, Tar Heel Bred VIII


Tar Heel Born, Tar Heel Bred VIII
6" x  6" 
Acrylic on Ampersand Gessobord
Available for Purchase
$39

"I'm a Tar Heel born, I'm a Tar Heel bred. And when I die, I'm a Tar Heel dead."

I had my first toss out today.....there are always days when nothing looks quite right, those are the days you clean your brushes, put the easel away, and go see the grandchildren.  The best thing about grandchildren is they think you are the best grandma ever!  After lots of hugs and kisses, pretend tea out of plastic cups, and a rocking chair full of Minnie, Mickey, and me; I return to the studio with an uplifted spirit and renewed confidence~

This is another collector favorite composition that I have painted many times.  The Tar Heel Series of paintings began when my baby headed off to school.  Her and her husband have now settled in Chapel Hill and are raising a little Tar Heel of their own.

Tar Heel Born, Tar Heel Bred VIII was painted using professional artist grade acrylic paint on a museum quality Ampersand Gessobord with painted sides to allow for display without a frame.  This painting can be framed or placed on a small display easel.  This painting is currently available for purchase at my Etsy.com store.

Thank you for stopping by~

Torrie

Sunday, September 04, 2016

Day Four of the 30 in 30! Avocado with Bell Pepper II

 

Avocado with Bell Pepper II
5" x  7" 
Acrylic Paint on Canvas Panel
Available for Purchase
$39, plus shipping



Rolling right along, it has not gotten complicated yet....it is a holiday weekend with plenty of time to paint!  It will soon get tricky when I juggle home, work, and painting!  I will have to do a lot of planning to have everything stay on track~

You can see I have been revisiting old compositions, it is always best to start with the familiar when you have been away from painting for while.  Today is a throwback from years ago. I love the bright reds and subtle greens, this is always fun to paint

Avocado with Bell Pepper II was painted using professional artist grade acrylic paint on a museum quality canvas panel with painted sides to allow for display without a frame.  This painting will easily slide into a frame or can be placed on a small display easel.  This painting is currently available for purchase at my Etsy.com store.

Thank you for stopping by~

Torrie

Saturday, September 03, 2016

Day Three of the 30 in 30! Baseball VIII


Baseball VIII
6" x 6" x 1.5"
Acrylic Paint on Deep Gallery Wrapped Canvas
Sold


Yes, I have painted this baseball eight times, exact composition-same ball.  It is my most requested commission and I love painting it.  Even after painting this eight different times, there are no two the same.  I always think the latest one is the best~

Today is going to be a fun day of painting~  The storm has passed and the light and weather are beautiful!
With a Carolina blue cloudless sky this morning, painting a Tar Heel painting will be easy~

Baseball VIII was painted using professional artist grade acrylic paint on a museum quality deep gallery wrapped canvas with painted sides to allow for display without a frame.  This painting can either be hung on the wall or stood on a shelf like a block.  

This painting has sold.

Thank you for stopping by~

Torrie

Friday, September 02, 2016

Day Two of the 30 in 30! Red Pear in the Spotlight


Red Pear in the Spotlight
8" x  8"
Acrylic Paint on Gallery Wrapped Canvas
Available for Purchase
$49, plus shipping


I love painting pears!  This has to be one of my top five favorites paintings.  I have painted this composition many times before, this one is the best

I have spent this rainy day painting and getting ready for day three and four~  Look for baseballs, more food, and maybe even a fish~

Red Pear in the Spotlight was painted using professional artist grade acrylic paint on a museum quality gallery wrapped canvas with painted sides to allow for display without a frame.  This painting is currently available for purchase at my Etsy.com store.


Thank you for stopping by~

Torrie

Thursday, September 01, 2016

Day One of the 30 Paintings in 30 Days!


Fresh Cut Lemon
5" x  7" 
Acrylic Paint on Canvas Panel
Available for Purchase
$39, plus shipping

It's that time again!  30 Paintings in 30 Days in September with Leslie Saeta.  I have participated in this adventure for several years.....never really getting farther than day 20. Completing a painting everyday can be a challenge when the real world continues to demand equal time.  

I have started this adventure with a small lemon painting.  There will be a variety of paintings painted this month.  I decided not to choose a theme this year, I am going to paint what pops into my head that day.  Of course, there will be pears, various food still life, baseballs, and I may throw in a rooster and a landscape here and there.

I have high hopes of completing the entire 30 paintings~  wish me luck!

Fresh Cut Lemon was painted using professional artist grade acrylic paint on a museum quality canvas panel. Painting can be easily framed or placed on a small easel for display. This painting is currently available for purchase at my Etsy.com store.

Thank you for stopping by~

Torrie

Tuesday, July 19, 2016

Mission Health and Claudia's Calla Lilies


Claudia's Calla Lilies
8" x 10"
Acrylic Paint on Gallery Wrapped Canvas
~Sold~

I received an email the other day from a representative with Mission Health in Asheville, North Carolina.  They requested the use of the image of my original painting Claudia's Calla Lilies to use in their upcoming awards and recognition program for their Certified Nursing Assistants.  The calla lily is the national flower of CNA's.  She stated they would be using the image on certificates, programs, and advertising regarding the event.  She went on to detail the specifics and conditions for use.  

I was so thrilled, I immediately called her and thanked her for the consideration.  I told her I would send her a full release to use the image as she wanted for the CNA program at Mission Health in any manner they choose.  She had no idea when she selected the image from her search on the Internet that I had a very strong bond with Mission Health.  My very first grandchild was born there.  My daughter was admitted very ill 10 weeks before her due date. They gave my daughter and very small premature granddaughter excellent care in their NICU for almost three months.


Miranda and Miss Audrey today~

I will be forever grateful for their care and kindness during my family's stay. Allowing them to use the image of my painting is really the least I can do.

Thank you again Mission Health.

Now, back to painting.

Torrie


Wednesday, June 29, 2016

Lucky Winner!


Dahlia
5" x 7"
Palette Knife Painting
by 
Sharon Durbin Graves

I love the Internet!  Artists are so kind to share their knowledge and experience through blogs, Facebook, Instagram, and YouTube.  There are several artists that I follow and learn so much from their demonstrations, tips, and progress photos.  Sharon Durbin Graves is a wonderful artist I follow. 

Every month Sharon gives away a painting to one of her many blog readers.  I was so fortunate in May to be selected to receive one of her beautiful paintings.  I contacted her immediately and insisted we trade!  She sent me the beautiful Dahlia painting above and I sent her my tulip painting.


Three Tulips
5" x 7"
Acrylic Paint on Ampersand Gessobord

We both had an opportunity to add new paintings to our growing collections.  

Please visit Sharon Durbin Graves' blog~ you just might win a beautiful painting! I did~

I am back to painting again after a long time away~  I will explain more tomorrow!

Thanks for stopping by~

Torrie


Sunday, April 24, 2016

April Nest


April Nest
24" x  36"
Acrylic Paint on Gallery Wrapped Canvas
Not for Sale

I am still painting!!  This was a commissioned painting that I have just finished.  I am currently working on larger commission works, but I plan on slipping in some smaller ones that will be available for purchase very soon.

Thank you so much for continuing to follow my work.  I hope you enjoy the new format of the blog~  
Check back again soon,

Torrie

Saturday, March 05, 2016

SPRING SALE!! Time for a change~

 
The Lemon Tree
6" x 6"
Collection of the Artist


 
Good Morning Silas
18" x  24"
Private Collection

It is March 5th,  and I have completed seven paintings for the year.....  for a daily painter, that sucks!
The two paintings above are my favorite of the seven.    I have closed my Amazon store and put everything in my Etsy store on sale.  I have decided it is time for a change!

Winter is always hard, but this year seems to have been worse.  Spring will soon be here and the trees have started flowering, so things are looking up!

I have always wanted to try plein air painting and now is the time.  Walking and standing continue to grow more difficult-- if I am ever going to paint on location, I had better get started.

I also want to start painting BIG!!  I have generally been painting small--- 8" x 10" and under, mostly 6" x  6", so this is going to be quite the challenge....painting large canvas sitting down!  HA!

You can visit my Etsy.com store sale by clicking here.   I will continue to post new work when it is completed and will continue to sell my paintings at Etsy.com and Daily Paintworks.com when I can. Thank you to everyone who has collected my small paintings and followed my painting adventures~ The best is yet to come!

Thank you for stopping by~

Torrie




Sunday, January 10, 2016

Day 10, but not painting #10 HA! Martini, Stirred XI


Martini, Stirred XI
8" x 10"
Acrylic Paint on Gallery Wrapped Canvas
~Sold~

Day Ten of the 30 paintings in 30 days with Leslie Saeta.  I love painting martinis almost as much as drinking them!  Time to put the vodka away and get busy!!  I am so many paintings behind on the 30 in 30.  This is actually the sixth painting for me~

Martini, Stirred XI was painted using professional artist grade acrylic paint on a museum quality gallery wrapped canvas with painted sides to allow for display without a frame. Painting was finished with a light coat of varnish. 

This painting has sold.

I have no clue what to paint for tomorrow~ 

Thank you for stopping by,

Torrie


Saturday, January 09, 2016

Day 9 ~ Robin's Blue Eggs VII


Robin's Blue Eggs VII
6" x  6" 
Acrylic Paint on Gallery Wrapped Canvas
Available for Purchase
$39

Day Nine of the 30 paintings in 30 days with Leslie Saeta.  I am behind a few paintings, but I plan on catching up!  I love painting bird nests and eggs.  I love that they all all start the same but turn out a bit different in the end.

Robin's Blue Eggs was painted using professional artist grade acrylic paint on a museum quality gallery wrapped canvas with painted sides to allow for display without a frame. Painting was finished with a light coat of varnish. 

This painting is currently available for purchase for $59.00.  You can purchase from Daily Paintworks.com or my Etsy.com store. 

Day 10 is finished and will be posted tomorrow.....then I am going to catch up maybe on a few previous days

Thank you for stopping by,

Torrie 

Monday, January 04, 2016

Day Four! New Year Cherries


New Year Cherries 
6"  x  6"
Acrylic Paint on Gallery Wrapped Canvas
Available for Purchase
$39

Day Four of the 30 paintings in 30 days with Leslie Saeta.  This is my all time favorite cherry painting.  I love how it turned out!   The soft-fuzzy look is intentional, kind of, --I really don't know how I did it---but I hope I can do it again!

New Year Cherries was painted using professional artist grade acrylic paint on a museum quality gallery wrapped canvas with painted sides to allow for display without a frame. Painting was finished with a light coat of varnish. 

This painting is currently available for purchase for $59.00.  You can purchase from Daily Paintworks.com or my Etsy.com store. 

Day Five may be delayed......Miss Stella needs a bath!  

Thanks for stopping by,