Flower Pots at Heathcote

Flower Pots at Heathcote
9x12 acrylic on canvas

Wednesday, March 31, 2010

" Boy's Antique Boots"
6x6 egg tempera on hardboard
Here is the second painting in this series of the same subject. If you are not familiar with egg tempera, it is paint mixed from powdered pigment and egg yolk. I buy it already mixed in tubes by Rowney. I love the texture you get from it and on the background I painted with a sponge to enhance that texture. It is easy to get lots of detail with egg tempera, as you can see here. If you double click on the painting and get a larger view, the details really show up. When egg tempera dries, it is very durable.
Tomorrow I am planning to put the watercolor painting on. Hopefully it will be finished!
Each of these paintings will be $60 or all four will be $240. I am trying to get information about buying my work on the blog.

Tuesday, March 30, 2010

"Boy's Antique Boots"
6x6 acrylic on hardboard panel
These are my favorite shoes from my antique shoe collection. They were bought in Kentucky at an estate sale for 50 cents and are almost priceless to me! Can't you imagine how these shoes were passed down in a pioneer family to many little boys. Holes are worn in the toes and soles have been nailed on them many times. There must be fifty nails in the bottom of each shoe!
I own my grandmother's shoe last and stand and remember her repairing the family's shoes. I love to paint things that evoke memories of days gone by.
I decided to paint the shoes in 4 different mediums--acrylic, egg tempera, watercolor, and oils. So tomorrow I will post one done in egg tempera. It will be fun to see which you like best, so watch for the other 3 in this series.

Monday, March 29, 2010

8x10 acrylic on gallery wrapped canvas
"Irish Sheep" $150
This painting extends around the sides of the canvas so you don't need a frame if you choose to hang it as is.
When I travel, I take many photographs and do lots of sketching and this painting is a result of traveling in Northern Ireland.
In the Spring, not only do my thoughts turn to flowers and new beginnings, but I also want to paint the animals who must be glad for Spring, too! SOLD

Sunday, March 28, 2010

Heathcote Palms

8x10 acrylic on canvas panel
"Heathcote Palms" $100
This little painting was done plein air at Heathcote Botanical Gardens. It was a beautiful day there and painting outdoors was very enjoyable. Spring is here now and we are having gorgeous weather. This is the time of year that I love to be outside painting.

Saturday, March 27, 2010

Flower Pots at Heathcote
9x12 acrylic on canvas $150
I just finished this painting that I started at Heathcote Botanical Gardens in Ft. Pierce. I had a good start and had to come home and finish it in the studio. I love the back light. It is a little brighter than it shows here. SOLD

Friday, March 26, 2010

Paintings by Egretta Wells

Creating every day.......art blog......it's a great life!

Today is the first day of my blog! How exciting!


Egretta Wells has been an artist for years and years, and for the past five years has also been co-owner of an antique shop. There she displayed and sold her work and many days painted there where people could actually watch. Being in business took up alot of time and she couldn't accomplish all she wanted, so she just sold the partnership and many, many antiques. (She kept many, too!)

At last she is in the studio full time creating all day long everyday! Above is a photo of Egretta"s studio with some of the antique "props".


I paint in watercolor, acrylic, water-soluble oils, and egg tempera. I love each and can not seem to settle on just one. I love to paint large paintings, but small ones are fun, too, and sometimes can be finished quicker. I'll try to post a painting each day or one I'm working on.

I studied art at the University of Tennessee and "grew up" on abstract art, but as I've grown older, I have become more of a realist. My focus now is not necessarily on subject matter but more on light and value and color. Many of my paintings do show my love of antiques--old quilts, glass, lace, etc. I also love to do character studies of unusual folks (aren't we ALL a bit unusual?). Landscapes are awesome, too, and I do plein air painting.

My paintings are in private collections, including many banks and businesses in Okeechobee, Florida where I live. I just won "Best of Show" in the Top of the Lake Show. The watercolor painting features old quilts, lace and antiques. Sorry about the flash. It was framed in glass and I am not savy enough to touch up the photo!
Welcome to my blog and your comments are welcome, too.