Sunday, February 02, 2020

How it all started...About me...







Yellow Pears I  -  2005  



                                                           One Yellow Pear - 2020


I have been drawing as long as I can remember.  I spent more time drawing in class when I probably should have been paying attention.  In high school, I had my first opportunity to paint with a wonderful local artist Nell Bennett.  That is when I fell in love with painting.  I really can’t call myself self-taught because there are so many people through the years who have helped me be a better artist.  
As with many of artists, the slight detour came when I became an adult and fell victim to the phrase; “You need to get a real job, painting is a hobby not a career.” 
Fast forward twenty years, my daughter had an art class project that she, of course, waited until the last weekend to start.  She had to complete a painting for art class.  I told her I used to paint back in the day, and we would paint together.  We bought acrylic paint since she needed it to be dry by Monday.  We both started from the same reference photo.  That weekend was all that it took—
Being a single mom with two teenage girls, painting kept me from going crazy!.  Painting was my drug of choice, it was addicting. I soon realized I would not be able to afford my new “hobby” if I didn’t find a way to pay for the paint—quality art supplies are expensive.  I decided to put a few of my small paintings on eBay.  If they sold I could buy more paint!  I guess you could say the rest is history.  
Since that time, I have sold over 700 small daily paintings in my various online stores.  My children often referred to it as my hobby that got totally out of control.  I was fortunate to be selling art online and have been selling my art on Etsy since the early years.  I was one of the original artists to join Daily Paintworks started by Carol Marine and her husband David.  I have followed wonderful daily painting artists like Carol, David Keiser, and Qiang Huang along with many others which have helped me grow as an artist.  The explosion of painting websites, youtube, instagram, downloadable instruction videos, and online workshops make this a great time to be an artist.  
I am now painting both small daily paintings and larger paintings that I enter into local and online shows.  My paintings are available for sale here on my website, Daily Paintworks, and my Etsy Store.  Prints of my paintings are available through Fine Art America. 
If you would like to know when the new paintings are coming online before they are released, sign up for my new art alerts and newsletter. 
Thank you for stopping by and following my adventure!  I am having the time of my life! 
Torrie




Sunday, January 19, 2020

New Year, New Website!



Robin's Two Eggs
Acrylic on Gallery Wrapped Canvas
18" x 24" 
Artist's Collection 

Happy New Year!  I have decided 2020 is going to be the best year ever!  I have started the new year off with a new website, a show at the McDowell Arts Center, and three new large paintings currently in progress!  My new website can be found at www.torriesmiley.com  

I will be sending out a newsletter soon with sneak peeks of all the paintings in progress!

We are going to have fun this year!

Thank you for stopping by and continuing to support my adventure!

Torrie

Wednesday, May 29, 2019

Scattered!


Scattered
24" x 30"
Acrylic Paint and Gold Leaf
Currently Showing at McDowell Arts Center Matthews, NC

This is my only abstract painting~  it was so much fun to paint, it may not be the last!  The idea came about due to a little brain trouble that led to some very interesting medication.  I am no longer on the drug that made everything so colorful, but hopefully will retain some of the wonderful, colorful ideas~

Scattered was painted using professional artist grade acrylic paint and gold leaf on a museum quality gallery wrapped deep profile canvas with painted sides to allow for display without a frame. Painting was finished with a light coat of varnish. 

To see this painting, head to Matthews at the McDowell Arts Center for the Guild of Charlotte Artists show happening now~

Thanks for stopping by!

Torrie


FIve Lemons


Five Lemons
18" x 24"
Acrylic on Deep Gallery Wrapped Canvas
Available for Purchase 
$365

I have painted this composition a couple of times small.  I thought it was time to go big.  I love painting lemons and will be doing another lemon painting soon!

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

To see this painting and all the current available paintings to purchase, stop by my Etsy.com store.

Thanks for stopping by!

Torrie

Sunday, August 05, 2018

Pink Flamingo V


Pink Flamingo V
20" x 20"
Acrylic Paint on Gallery Wrapped Canvas
Available for Purchase
$265.00

LOVE, Love, love this painting! But, then I love all things flamingo.  So fun to paint!  

Pink Flamingo V was painted using professional artist grade acrylic paint on a museum quality gallery wrapped deep profile canvas with painted sides to allow for display without a frame. Painting was finished with a light coat of varnish. 

Now time to get started on the large landscape.  I will post progress pictures as soon as the painting starts.

To see this painting and all the current available paintings to purchase, stop by my 
Etsy.com store.

Thanks for stopping by~

Torrie




Wednesday, July 11, 2018

Robin's Two Eggs


Robin's Two Eggs
24" x 30"
Acrylic on Canvas

My painting has returned from the Guild of Charlotte Artists Show.  I have decided to keep this one for myself.  I know when I have done my best work!  Prints are available at my gallery on FineArtAmerica.com.  Click here to view the items available using this image.

Work continues on the Flamingo. I will have more pictures to post by the end of the weekend.  I have also decided what the next painting will be.......hint....LANDSCAPE!

Thanks for stopping by~

Torrie

Sunday, July 08, 2018

Flamingo painting ~ more progress





In Progress 20" x 20" Flamingo

Painting large can be slow going.  I will be slowly adding the layers of feathers.  I hope you have enjoyed following along.  

Visit my Etsy.com store to find paintings currently available for purchase.

Thanks for stopping by~

Torrie




Tuesday, July 03, 2018

Flamingo in Progress



Flamingo in Progress
20" x  20" x  1.5"

Here are progress shots from today's painting.  I will be starting on the bill next, then the body.

Tomorrow I will be spending the day with the children~  steaks on the grill and playing at the pool.

More pictures later in the week ~  

In the meantime, visit my Etsy store to see paintings currently available for purchase~

Thanks for stopping by,

Torrie

Monday, July 02, 2018

Has it been two years!

 

Pears Green and Gold
8" x 8" x 1.5"
Acrylic Paint on Gallery Wrapped Canvas


I can't believe I have been away from my blog for so long....here's to fresh starts!  

I currently have a large painting in a show that ends next week.  There is a new flamingo painting on the easel and more small paintings to come!  Check back tomorrow for a progress shot of the flamingo in progress.

To see all the current available paintings, stop my my gallery at DailyPaintworks or my Etsy.com store.

Thanks for stopping by~

Torrie





Monday, January 02, 2017

2016 ~ a very slow year for painting

 

The Paintings of 2016

2016 was a slow year for painting!  I completed around 20 paintings~ There was just too much going on to have time to paint.  Hopefully, 2017 will be all about painting!  I want to paint daily, not necessarily finishing a painting daily, since I want to paint bigger!!

Several of the paintings of 2016 (some of my favorites) are currently available for purchase at my Etsy.com store.

Up next~  a large nest painting for a show in February~  I will post pictures.

Thank you for continuing to follow my work~

Torrie


Saturday, November 12, 2016

The Lemon Tree


The Lemon Tree
6" x  6"
Acrylic Paint on Ampersand Gessobord
~Sold~

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



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
~Sold~



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



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
Available for Purchase



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
~Sold~

"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
~Sold~



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