Cushion Bushing

Have any of you heard of a cushion bush? When I saw a photo my daughters brought back from their trip to Australia, I couldn’t resist trying to paint it. She told me that you could actually sit in these bushes and relax, and that they are really comfortable. πŸ™‚

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12″ x 12″ oil on gallery wrapped canvas

Leucophyta brownii (also known as Cushion Bush).

Leucophyta brownii is a small, rounded shrub with tangled tomentose branchlets that give it a silvery appearance. It commonly occurs on the exposed faces of cliffs and dunes on the south coast of Australia. Although it can grow up to 1 metre high, it is more usually 0.2 to 0.7 metres high. It produces flowers during summer (December to February in Australia). These are white – yellow globular heads and about 1Β cm in diameter. ~ Wikipedia

Incoming Storm ~ Bay of Fires

I didn’t participate in the 30 Paintings in 30 Days Challenge for January 2017, but I did get a few paintings done in January. This one is for one of my daughters who took a trip to Tasmania in October. She loved this storm coming in over the Bay of Fires, so I tried to capture it for her in this painting.

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18″ xΒ  24″ oil on canvas

Bay of Fires

My daughters brought some beautiful photos home from their trip to Australia and Tasmania, and now I get to paint them…

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18″ x 24″ oil on canvas

$860

This one is of the Bay of Fires in Tasmania. I love the colors of the ocean and the big granite boulders. At first I thought the name came from the color of the lichen on the rocks, but it was actually named back in the 1700’s by a ship captain who saw the fires of Aboriginal people on the beaches.

I’m working on two more paintings that I’ll share soon. I can’t decide whether or not to do the 30 in 30 Challenge this time around… I guess I only have a couple of days to make up my mind. πŸ™‚

My Book Giveaway and Coupon Code

My daughter and I were going to write a book together, she being the storyteller and me being the illustrator. Well, as things turned out I illustrated, and she was not happy with her story, so I made an attempt to write a children’s book to be enjoyed by the very young….

 

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My little grand-daughter LOVES this book and I bought her a little stuffed animal puppy to match…

 

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I thought lots of little children would enjoy this book, so I’m going to GIVEAWAY a very limited addition copy of this book for my fourth giveaway in November. If you have a toddler, or grandchild, or niece or nephew, or a little friend who would enjoy a cute little book about a cute little puppy just leave a comment to win this sweet book.

Also, I’m giving a 20% discount in my Etsy Shop until December 1st. This includes my 2017 calendar, my note cards and original paintings. Just use the coupon code BEGIVING20 at checkout.

Thank you all so very much for all your encouragement this year. πŸ™‚

 

2017 Calendar and a Giveaway

2017 is right around the corner, and I’ve sent off for the proof of my calendar. I think this is my best calendar yet. This has been a great year of paintings for me.

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Here are the paintings month by month in thumbnail format that I have included in the calendar…

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They are for sale on Etsy andΒ  in my new Shop on my blog…

And I am having a GIVEAWAY….

Comment below if you would like to win a calendar.

Drawing will be on Thursday November 3rd… πŸ™‚

Southwest Sunflowers

This is the first painting I’ve done since the 30 in 30 Challenge… Those beautiful sunflowers are still at the Farmer’s Market and of course, I had to buy some… Then I stopped at Hobby Lobby to pick up some canvases and saw this round glass vase for half price and just knew I had to try another sunflower painting…

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12″ x 12″ oil on black canvas

One thing I have realized about painting one painting a day and posting it, is that it doesn’t leave time toΒ  be picky about what you’ve painted. I honestly don’t know what to think about this painting. I was trying to do something new…

So, here it is…something new… πŸ™‚