Little girl sitting at the counter… pink dress, bobbed hair with bow… classic…
Nandinas grow abundantly here in Oklahoma. They probably do as well in many places as they do here, but I’ve never noticed them until I moved here. I have several bushes growing in my shady yard. They never get many berries, probably because they love the sun. Last year about this time, my daughter brought home a bunch of Nandina branches full of gorgeous red berries after doing yardwork for a lady who did not want to keep the berries because they are harmful to the birds. I placed some of them in a vase on my dining room table and could not resist painting them…
This painting is available on my website here… Nandina Berries
I decided to go ahead a make cards of the Nandina Berry painting and ended up ordering a variety of some of my favorites.
Here are my new cards that are available… 🙂
You can mix and match… 5 for $20.00
These are blank note cards with a matte finish, white envelopes included.
Just contact me firstname.lastname@example.org
These are going fast, but I can order more. 🙂
My second inspiration on Back Alley Guthrie is not really a back alley, but when we walked past this building being painted I totally fell in love with the look of it all, and there is a little hint of a back alley on the left side. 🙂
Those windows on the left side of the second story… I would love to stand up there and see what that looks like from inside. What do they have a view of from up there? The birds on the roof… The vines growing out over the awnings… leaves turning shades of brown and red, which brings me to the potted autumn decor on the far right under the mailbox of the building next door. So many fun little details.
Hope you enjoy taking a look. 🙂
For a long time I have wanted to do a series of paintings called Back Alley Guthrie. Guthrie was the first capitol of Oklahoma when it became a state in 1907, but not for too long. In 1910 the capitol moved to Oklahoma City and Guthrie was forgotten, but well preserved, so that now it is the largest Historic Preservation District in the nation. Here’s a great article with pictures that I found while researching … Only in Your State
Guthrie has some amazing buildings, but not too many people go around to the back to see what treasures are hiding there. Driving around town one day looking for old historic forgotten back alleys, I came across this abandoned grain elevator down by the railroad tracks. And this became my first inspiration…
Some paintings are such a delight to paint and this was one of them. I love the way this turned out.
More to come… 🙂
So thankful to have sold this painting this weekend…
I remember when I painted it. I was experimenting with a couple of new colors Indian Red by Gamblin and Ice Blue by Richeson Oils.
Love the way it turned out… 🙂
Changed out some paintings in the gallery over the weekend. Next post I’ll update on that.
I decided to rework an old painting I did a few years ago, because I wasn’t happy with the ‘stiffness’ of it, and the panel was damaged in one corner.
On to a new canvas with a looser painting style…
I’m happy with my block in. I did the first painting from life… this one I’m copying from the previous painting.
I really enjoyed the first day. Worked for several hours and enjoyed it immensely. I wasn’t able to finish it that day, so this was as far as I got…
The next afternoon was a disaster.
I felt like I ruined the painting and for several days since then I’ve been going into my studio for maybe a half hour at a time trying to fix it.
Now I’m almost finished, I think, but finishing a painting for me is definitely the hardest part.
I feel like I’m over doing it…under doing it??? Not happy with it yet. 😦
Nevertheless, I’ve got some new projects, new discoveries in mind… I’ll share those next time…:)
Here’s a link to the old painting, if you’re interested… The Goldfish
I said something in my last post about summing up my 30 day challenge in September… the very best part was I started to paint again and that’s a really good thing. 🙂
I think the truck painting and the barn will be worth framing.
I also realized that I enjoy painting old barns and old trucks and this has inspired me to embrace what I love about the old town I live near… the back alleys.
Today I sketched the barn that leads into our property.
I’m thinking it needs something cute in the front like my grandson playing with his old yellow Tonka dump truck. 🙂
Photo credit: Sage
Can’t believe this is the last day of the month and the last day of our challenge. And… I can’t believe I am feeling so lazy. We just had an incredibly wonderful thunderstorm and I’m just sitting here enjoying the sound of thunder and rain all around me.
I did finish another painting today that I had to scrape, because the barn was too red. Scraping to make the barn more subtle, more in the background where it should be was my goal, but in scraping I also removed the snowflakes. Today I restored the snowflakes…
Tomorrow, I think I will post a review of what I accomplished and what I didn’t accomplish on this challenge.
Thank you, Sage, for doing this with me. ❤
I have really failed in my challenge this last week, but I did work on this painting.
I bet there are some beautiful autumn colors happening in those aspens in Colorado right about this time. The trees around here are starting to turn yellow and fall already. Fall…here we come…
Gray’s Peak in Colorado is a wonderful place to hike. We have gone there many times throughout the years. Some of the family have climbed both 14ers, Gray’s and Torrey’s… I admire them. I only went part way up Gray’s to where there was nothing but slippery shale sliding under my feet and my fear of heights kicked in, so down I went, taking a deep breath of relief when I got back to the car. I painted from one of the photos I took on the road to Gray’s and Torrey’s and sold it at the gallery. I’ll post it here so you can see…
After I had completed this painting back in 2017, one of my daughter’s gave me an old acrylic painted canvas that she was getting rid of and I decided to try and paint this same painting, but with a palette knife. Never finished it, so that’s my new project here…making something new from the old.