Monday, February 28, 2011

Mother's Day is Coming Soon!

Mother's Day is May 8th this year, just 2 months away!  If you've been thinking about a special gift for your wife or mother this year for Mother's Day, and are interested in having a custom painting done, please contact me as soon as possible by email:  I'll be accepting commissions to be ready in time for Mother's Day until Friday, March 4th.


Friday, February 18, 2011

Orange Study #1

OK, here's my first "daily" painting!  I realize that my creative talent does not extend to naming my paintings, so the simple titles will have to do.   This is actually the tiniest clementine I've ever seen!  I "stole" it from a friend's kitchen.   My goal is to paint at least 3 small paintings a's going to get a little "fruity" around here! 
4" x 6"
acrylic on canvas board

Wednesday, February 16, 2011

Valentine's Rose- "Paintworks Weekly Challenge"

A photo of this rose was this weeks Daily Paintworks Challenge- (visit the page to see all the entries).  It's my first rose and was a little challenging!  It's good to get out of your comfort zone every once in a while!
7" x 5"
acrylic on canvas board

Tuesday, February 15, 2011

The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly!

So, the Carol Marine workshop this past weekend was AWESOME!  I don't usually paint still life, but now I think I'll have to some because they were really challenging and fun (...mostly!).  I had my moments of frustration, like when I bought this really great turquoise bowl to paint and couldn't nail it for anything.  The fruit was much more forgiving! 

One of my favorite lessons was to paint using one stroke- what that meant was we had to mix our paint color for every paint stroke- not several strokes with one color.  It really made me slow down and be more intentional with my technique.  I also really enjoyed learning more in depth color theory and all the little tidbits and advice Carol offered.

My next goal is to participate in the Daily Paintworks Challenge.  Each challenge consists of an image- either a photo or a painting- and a description of instructions.  Participation is as simple as submitting your version of the image.  I'll post anything I submit, so be on the lookout! 

Here are some of my "lessons" from the workshop~ enjoy and thanks for visiting!  
(AND just a HUGE shout out of thanks out to Carol Marine or sharing her talent with us here in Apex, NC and to Cathy Martin for making it happen!)

Value Study- 30 minutes to complete
Value Study- 15 minutes to complete

One stroke exercise

Extra time practice- One stroke 

Each of these was a 10 minute exercise

Last painting of the workshop- 

Saturday, February 12, 2011

Carol Marine Workshop

This weekend I'm participating in an AWESOME 3 day Carol Marine workshop at The Red Canvas.  Carol is an incredible artist from Texas and I'm thrilled to be learning from her.  Here are some pics from yesterday~


Friday, February 11, 2011

Key West Morning

How cute is this cottage?  I am so in love with it!  I'm really inspired by places I'd like to be, and I'd REALLY like to be there!
16" x 12"
acrylic on canvas

Monday, February 7, 2011

Tuscan Door

This just looks so warm to me!  I'd love to be there right now with all the flowers blooming~
8" x 10"
acrylic on canvas

Tuesday, February 1, 2011

Valentine's Day!

Valentine's Day is just 2 weeks away!  Do you need a special gift for your special someone?  Check out my Available Paintings page for some great ideas!

If you're interested in purchasing any of them, please send me an e-mail at:

Thanks for looking!  ~Christy