Tuesday, December 29, 2009

Tar Heel Born, Tar Heel Bred IV ~ Finally a new painting!

Tar Heel Born, Tar Heel Bred IV
6" x 6"
Acrylic on Gallery Wrapped Canvas
Available for Purchase
$25.00, plus shipping

"I'm a Tar Heel born, I'm a Tar Heel bred; and when I die, I'm a Tar Heel dead."
Whenever Courtney is home from Chapel Hill, I get the urge to paint Carolina blue.

This painting is available for purchase in my online gallery or in my Etsy.com store.
Trying to get back into the routine. I am getting used to the new studio. Lots of space, I just have to remember where I put everything. I will post pictures, once it is presentable. It is still a bit of a mess.


Finishing up commissions~ a lily pond painting, new rendition of Lemons and Red Bowl, and a new version of Alabama Cow.

Thanks for stopping by, now off to work~


Sunday, December 27, 2009

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!

Audrey Grace

Miranda, Dustin, and Audrey

I am the luckiest woman in the world. I have a wonderful family that keeps getting bigger and better!

Audrey Grace is growing and doing really well. She is still living in the hospital in Asheville, but she has been moved from the NICU and is now living in the transition room with her parents waiting to get to go home. She still has the small defect in her heart that hopefully will resolve itself as she gets a few weeks older.

Now, it is time for Grandma to get back to work! I am finishing commissions that should have been done before the holidays and breaking in the new studio. Lots more room, new computer, and a TV...just for fun.

I am having my website redone, thanks to Seth at www.SethAWright.com He is working very hard to make me a fabulous website.....and I am trying not to drive him crazy. I will let you know when he is finished and the new site is online.

Now, off to get busy. I hope your Christmas holidays were as joy-filled as mine and your new year the best ever!


Wednesday, December 09, 2009

New Series of Pear Paintings ~

Golden Pear with Black
6" x 6"
Acrylic on Gallery Wrapped Canvas

Golden Pear with Red
6" x 6"
Acrylic on Gallery Wrapped Canvas

Golden Pear with Gold
6" x 6"
Acrylic on Gallery Wrapped Canvas

I experimented with different colors of underpainting. Three canvas were underpainted, one with red, one with gold, and the last one with black. The same color palette was used to complete the painting with the only difference being the color of the canvas. In the end, the shade of the underpainting came forth deeper after the varnish was applied.

It is nice to get back into the studio and paint again. I am still finding my way around the new studio and emptying boxes. I am very excited about getting settled into the new space.

Miranda and Audrey are doing well, which makes it easier juggling the real job, painting, and trips to Asheville. I can't wait for them to get to go home and get settled as a family.

Thanks for stopping by~


Friday, December 04, 2009

EBSQ-Etsy Featured Friday~~ it's ME!

Claudia's Calla Lilies
8" x 10"
Acrylic on Canvas

How very exciting to wake up this morning and find out I was selected as EBSQ-Etsy Featured Friday store at Etsy.com. This is the perfect end to a fabulous week! Thank you so much Kris for featuring my store.

I spent a wonderful day in Asheville with Miranda and Audrey Grace yesterday. They are both doing amazingly well. No more IV fluids for Audrey. Miranda can now hold her baby girl without her being tethered to her machines.

Now, everything is falling back into place. I am going to PAINT this weekend. So many things I want to paint! I took pictures on my way to Asheville. It was a beautiful day and I got great shots. There will definitely be new landscape paintings in the near future.

Well, off to work! Have a wonderful weekend~


Wednesday, December 02, 2009

In search of the "new normal" ~~

"I need just one normal day", the minute I said it, I new it sounded funny. There is no such thing as a normal day. For the past few years, I have been working, painting, and keeping up a routine. Then I decided to make a few changes, beginning with the move to Charlotte. As I normally do, I had everything planned and scheduled to fall into place. Moving my home office, the art studio, my life. Everything was going according to plan until ~~

I am not a control freak, but I do like to take care of my things, so I rented the U-Haul which was fabulous, a wonderful clean, well running truck. Moved the boxes, paintings, and stuff for storage on Saturday, November 14, 2009. That was the last of normal.

Miranda (my daughter) due to have her baby January 25, 2010 went for a check up Monday, November 16~ she was immediately hospitalized and transferred to Asheville by ambulance the next day with complications of preeclampsia. My beautiful granddaughter, Audrey Grace, was born November 21, 2009, small and early, but perfectly healthy. Miranda was very ill following the birth and finally is recovering.

Since that time, the days have been filled with trips to Asheville, finishing the move, working, painting, catching up on emails, and websites....and then there are the commissions to complete. I keep thinking....maybe I packed "normal" in a box and just haven't found it yet.

Things get better everyday. Audrey is rapidly gaining weight, Miranda is doing well, and things are slowly falling into place. I finally listed my first painting on the Daily Painters International Art Gallery Blog.

I am looking forward to finding my "new normal" with my growing family and my new life in Charlotte~ and more painting!

Thanks for stopping by, new paintings are coming soon~