Flower Pots at Heathcote

Flower Pots at Heathcote
9x12 acrylic on canvas

Sunday, October 31, 2010

"Brown Pelican Drying Wings"

"Brown Pelican Drying Wings" SOLD
3 x 3 acrylic on stretched canvas $30
How much fun can one girl have painting? I never suspected how interesting it would be to paint these little miniatures I have been doing. This is only 3 inches by 3 inches. It comes on a little wooden easel, perfect to sit on a desk or bookshelf. Also, how pretty it would be to have a wall display of, say, 6 or 8 or more of these little works of art. Collecting them would be great, and I know there are many artists who do miniatures. Look for them on the internet and you will see how very reasonable my prices are,too.
Brown Pelicans are all over Florida, except perhaps the north west coast. Every now and then you can see them inland, too, around intercoastal waters. They are actually gray, but the brown color is on the neck when they are breeding. Beautiful birds! It was fun painting the details on so little a canvas.
Don't forget to sign on as a Follower and be entered in the Free Give Away Dec.1

Saturday, October 30, 2010

"Amaryllis "

3 x 3 acrylic on canvas $25
I'm posting another little 3 x3 painting, perfect for a desk or bookshelf. Each one of these little paintings comes with a wooden easel, too.
The Amaryllis is a bulbous lily and I took a photo of a bloom at Heathcote Botanical Gardens last Feb. They bloom in late winter, bearing several large funnel-shaped flowers at the top. I see plants forced for Christmas. They are fragrant, too, and at Heathcote they are planted in large groups---very pretty. I hope you enjoy these little works of art! They are a great way to start collecting art at reasonable prices. Your comments are appreciated.

Friday, October 29, 2010

"At Summer's End"

"At Summer's End"
5 x 7 watercolor famed $45

In most climates, sitting outside in the sun with colorful flowers around is about to be a thing of the past. Fall is taking care of that is a lot of places. Of course, here in Florida, we have sun the whole year, and flowers, too! In fact, we have more flowers now than in the hottest summer. It was about 82 today I think, but is supposed to get into the 60's tonight. Beautiful!

This little watercolor is framed in a pretty carved white frame that can sit on its own or be hung on the wall.

I'm just waiting for lots of people to sign up as a Follower and have a chance to win the painting I posted yesterday.! where ARE all you guys???? Also, I would love some comments about my paintings! Thanks for looking.

Thursday, October 28, 2010

"The Yearling" Give Away Painting!!

Hi Everyone,
I am posting "The Yearling" again, the painting I will be giving away FREE on Dec. 1st. The winner will also receive the wonderful book called "The Yearling" by Majorie Rawlings. All you need to do to be entered in the contest is to register as a Follower of my blog. It is simple. You just click on follow there on the right and it will tell you what to do. It is totally private--even I will have to inform the winner through this blog and he/she will have to get in touch with me to get the painting sent to him/her. You will love this sweet little painting as well as the book. When I read it, I could not put it down!
Hopefully tomorrow I will have a new painting to post. I'm working on some things---"I'm painting as fast as I can"!!

Wednesday, October 27, 2010

"Just A Little Kitty"

"Just A Little Kitty" SOLD
3 x 3 mini acrylic painting with easel $30
This little kitty's face will enchant you, just sitting on the little easel looking into your eyes! What a great gift idea for someone's desk. It is painted on a tiny stretched canvas 3 inches by 3 inches, so I wanted to just focus on the kitty's sweet little face! These tiny paintings are so much fun to do.

Tuesday, October 26, 2010

"Petunia Fantasy"

"Petunia Fantasy"
3 x 3 acrylic on canvas with easel for display $25

This tiny painting is so bright and fun; I can just see it on someone's desk to brighten up their days! Think Christmas gift.....this would be just perfect for an office desk to inspire and give some creative color during the cold winter. It comes with a nice little wooden easel to stand on and takes up very little space, yet packs a huge punch of colorful art. I think it is such a great idea that I am painting more with all kinds of subjects and even abstracts. I plan to give some myself for Christmas. Signed and everything just like my bigger paintings.

Monday, October 25, 2010

"Barrel of Flowers"

"Barrel of Flowers"
8 x 10 acrylic on canvas panel $85

A couple of years ago, on a cruise to Norway, I saw a barrel with flowers in a small coastal town. Everything was so rustic, clean, and charming that I have wanted to paint it for some time and have finally gotten to it! In fact, how will I ever do all the paintings swimming around in my brain! I'm painting as fast as I can!

It is so wonderful, though, to always have something you want to do, to not even know what the word "boredom" means! Sometimes I feel restless or overwhelmed because of all I want to do or feel I haven't done, but the answer to that is to keep on "doing" whatever it is. Life is good. Enjoy every minute.

And how would you like to win my painting "The Yearling"? Just sign up with Google as my follower and you will be entered in the contest ending Dec. 1st. Also the prize includes a wonderful book, "The Yearling" by Rawlings.

Saturday, October 23, 2010

"Old Log House, Pine Mountain"

"Old Log House, Pine Mountain" $150 SOLD
8 x 10 acrylic on panel
I really love this painting! I loved doing it! It evokes wonderful memories of growing up in Harlan County, Ky. and the many trips we made over Pine Mountain to Pine Mountain Settlement School. My parents met when they were students at Pine Mountain Settlement School and they loved the school and told many, many stories about the things they did there, what they learned, everything from sleeping in winter on unheated sleeping porches, to peeling potatoes in the kitchen! It was a boarding school for mountain children and a very fine one. This cabin, called Old Log House was at the entrance to the school and was built there by a Metcalf man possibly around 1850. I always loved visiting it and visiting the school to see where my parents went. I found a photo my mother had, and painted this from it. What could be more beautiful than a rustic cabin set in among the Fall trees?
Click on it to see the details. Please register as a follower to be entered in the painting give away on Dec. 1st. If you are new to my blog, look at my older posts. I have posted many, many paintings since March.

Friday, October 22, 2010

"Lake View"

"Lake View" $45
6 x 9 watercolor pencils
Trying out some watercolor pencils was sort of fun. I did a quick wash first and added details with the pencils washing over some and leaving some of the color on top of the textured paper.
Have a great weekend! If you are new to my blog, scroll down and see the many paintings I have posted since March! Sign up as a follower and you will be entered in my Free Painting Give Away contest.

Thursday, October 21, 2010

"A Simple Situation"

"A Simple Situation"
8 x 10 Abstract acrylic on paper $100
For you abstract fans, here is another one that I like very much. I like the shapes and the darker top of the painting contrasting with the lighter bottom part. I love all the bright colors. The colors appear a little brighter and more vibrant in real life than in the photo. Click on it for a better view.
Have you signed on yet as a Follower? Do so, and I will enter you in my painting give away Dec. 1. Scroll down to see the give away painting, which is called " The Yearling". I'm also giving away with it the book, " The Yearling", written by Rawlings, which is wonderful!
Thanks for looking at my art and your comments are welcome!

Wednesday, October 20, 2010

"Pink Hibiscus"

"Pink Hibiscus"
8 1/2 x 11 1/2 watercolor $45
I did this painting rather quickly and loosely, playing with the background and the shades of pink. Hibiscus bloom all year in Florida, so when nothing much else is around, you always have a pretty flower. I have told you before, though, the bloom will only last one day.
Sign up with Google as one of my followers and I will enter you in my free painting give away. I will be giving away the painting called "The Yearling, as well as a wonderful book titled, "The Yearling. Look at the painting on older posts.

Tuesday, October 19, 2010

"Pink Double Hibiscus"

"Pink double Hibiscus" $500 SOLD
18 x 24 watercolor, framed
This large watercolor is a very detailed and close up view of lovely pink hibiscus blossoms. I loved doing the details and the variations of color in the flowers and in the leaves. This painting is already SOLD but I may have others similiar already posted, plus I am trying to do some more flowers in watercolor, so be sure to look everyday at my posts.
Remember to sign up as a follower and be entered in my Painting Give Away Dec. 1st.

Monday, October 18, 2010

"The Cat Who Loved Quilts"

"The Cat Who Loved Quilts" SOLD
8 x 8 acrylic on canvas $60
This little canvas is painted around the edges, too, so you don't have to frame it unless you want to. This kitty has obviously taken over someone's quilt. Cats have a way about them that assumes everything in the house belongs to them, including you!
I now have 12 followers, and thanks to all of them for looking at my blog. Hopefully more of you will register and be entered in the painting give away. Not only will the winner get an orginal painting, "The Yearling" but also the book titled The Yearling, which is a fantastic book.

Sunday, October 17, 2010

"The Yearling"

"The Yearling"
8 x 10 acrylic on hardboard


Hi everyone, here is the free painting I will be giving away to one of my followers. And I have a SURPRISE , too. I am also going to give the winner a book, The Yearling by Florida writer, Margorie Kinnan Rawlings (1896-1953). The Yearling book was awarded the Pulitzer Prize in 1939. It is one of the best and timeless books I have ever read and you will love it, too, if you have not read it!
So both the painting and the book will go to somone who has signed on as my follower. It is easy to do and only takes a minute, so how about signing on today. It just gives me alot of support in my work to have people sign up on my blog, and I appreciate them doing so.

This painting turned out nicely, I think. I did a very simple background with the fawn as center of interest and then a branch on the right further "points" to the center of interest. Hope you like it.

Friday, October 15, 2010

"Granny's Treasures" Still Life

"Granny's Treasures" $750 SOLD
18 1/2 x 24 1/2 Watercolor on Arches paper
Alright Everybody, Let's have a drum roll! It is finally finished and I love it and hope you do,too. The items in the still life are mostly from my family, so they are special to me. This was a very difficult painting to do because of reflections, patterns, etc. Just keeping fresh unmuddy colors was a biggee. I am really pleased with the wash board and I love the reflections in the old crock. Hope to hear what you think about it.
Now, I'm ready to do the give-away painting, so will be starting it this afternoon. I think you will like it, so be sure to register as a Follower, so you'll be entered in the contest to win it. The reason I want you to register with Google as my Follower is because I have had over 2,000 hits on my blog, yet only eleven of you have registered! It only takes a minute---there is really nothing to it.
Click on this painting to see the details. Hope you like it. Thanks for looking, Egretta

Thursday, October 14, 2010

Unfinished Big Watercolor

Hi Everyone,
I'm once again posting what I have completed on the Big Watercolor Painting! Yesterday I had to go to a gallery where some of my paintings will be shown in January, so I had to take the day off. I am very slowly getting this watercolor finished and I will be so glad. Because of interruptions, it has been dragging on and not working on it every day makes you lose momentum. Don't quit looking, however, because it will be done soon! Click on it to see the direction I am going.
I know some of you are new to my blog, so please check out older posts and sign up as a Follower so you will be entered in the Free Painting Give Away Dec. 1st. Thanks for looking!

Tuesday, October 12, 2010

"Early American Tin Lantern"

"Early American Tin Lantern" $50
Print on heavy paper
Here is print #6 in the series of prints made from my drawings of antiques. It is the last one. Artisans and craftsmen made these functional lanterns that are collected today and sought after by many. It is hard to find tin work like this in shops.
I did the drawing from the real thing, borrowed from a collector. It was done with pen and India Ink. I hope you have enjoyed seeing these prints while I am working on the big watercolor I started over a week ago! It has been slow going, but often I have had other pressing things, such as mowing and gardening to do, that has prevented me from finishing the painting in a timely manner. It won't be long, though, so keep watching!
Sign up for my Painting Give Away coming up Dec. 1. Just become a Follower to enter.

Monday, October 11, 2010

"Antique Padlock and Key"

"Antique Padlock and Key" $50
Print on heavy paper
This is my 5th print in the series of drawings of antiques. I love old locks and keys. In fact, I have an old padlock, but not the key to fit it. The drawing was done from borrowed items. These prints are all numbered and signed.
The big watercolor I am doing is coming along slowly, but so far it is looking good and I am pleased with it. In watercolor, at any moment you can easily ruin it! That is one reason I am going slowly on it---I'd hate to lose the good part.
Enter the Painting Give Away by signing up as a follower!
Thanks for looking. Your comments are welcome.

Sunday, October 10, 2010

"Ladies Antique Shoe"

"Ladies Antique Shoe" $50
11 x 14 print on heavy paper
Here is print #4 in my series of drawings of antiques. These interesting old shoes came from the same store in Harlan, Kentucky. Can you imagine trying to cramb your feet in such narrow, small shoes and then having to lace them up tightly. Talk about bunions!
The drawing was done with pen and India ink and I did a wash over the shoes as well. They look great framed in simple black frames.
Reminder: my PAINTING GIVE AWAY is set for Dec 1. I am going to do a special painting for that, so please sign up by clicking on Follow on the right side of this page.

Saturday, October 9, 2010

"Men's Antique Shoes"

"Men's Antique Shoes" $50
Print on heavy paper
Here is print #3 from a drawing done with pen and ink. The ink was washed in areas and in other areas, I used a staff with various sized pen points and India Ink. I did these drawings from the real objects. It was a long time ago, and an old, old man died who owned a store in Harlan, Kentucky. In that store was merchandise from 80 yrs. prior---all brand new, and this was in 1969. He had these shoes, never sold, never worn. It was the Mother Load of Antiques. The man who bought them let me borrow them to draw. The prints were sold in Kentucky State Park shops, and I kept a stack, stored them and have just gotten them out of storage. They are signed and numbered and I have 6 different ones. Quite a story! They are limited, so if you want one or the whole set, don't wait too long! Your comments appreciated.
Painting Give-Away Dec.lst. Register as a Follower to enter.

Friday, October 8, 2010

Watercolor painting progress

Well, I thought you might like to see how I am coming along on the big watercolor painting with the antique things in it. Today, I've been working on the glass washboard. The glass is sort of greenish blue color, very pale and you can see through it a little to see some colors in the quilt. The washboard has ridges; click on this to see the details. It is a very difficult painting, but I am enjoying the challenge! I've been doing all the most difficult things first. Still have the coffee mill, pitcher, dish with an egg, snuff can and old casserole dish, plus the background. I hope to finish it in about 3 more days. In the meantime, I will keep posting those prints of antiques. Keep looking!
Have you registered as a follower? All you do is click on Follow, pick a password and you will be all set. I will enter you in my Free Painting Give-Away! The painting will be posted soon and the contest is over Dec. 1, just in time for Christmas gift giving. Hope you are having a great day! Thanks for looking.

Thursday, October 7, 2010

"Antique Tea Kettle"

Here is print #2
"Antique Tea Kettle" $50

This tea kettle was drawn with pen and ink and matches the print I put on yesterday. It is number 2 in a series of six prints. My grandmother used a tea kettle just like this, and I have it! It is iron, very heavy and in great condition. Iron utensils and pots never wore out and were probably healthier to cook in than the teflon we tend to use today. Plus, you would get a nice workout lifting them!

I'm still busy working on the large watercolor and it is looking good so far. There is still much work to be done, however, so stay tuned and soon I will post it.  I hope you will sign up as a
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Wednesday, October 6, 2010


Hi Everyone, Hope you are having a great Fall day! It is gorgeous in Florida! It was 62 degrees early this morning, and is sunny with no humidity. I love it!

I am going to post some prints of antiques that I did many years ago, while I am finishing the big watercolor painting. This one is of a  coffee mill. It was drawn in pen and ink and I used a regular old style drawing pen with various points and India ink. The printer kept half the prints and they were sold in Kentucky State Parks. I kept the other half, sold some at shows, but stored a good many and have just gotten them out of storage! They are signed and numbered.  This one is printed on an ecru paper that is very complimentary to the drawing. There are six different prints and I will post a different one every day. They are beautiful framed in simple black frames under glass.

The watercolor painting is coming along nicely and I am having fun finishing up the cathedral quilt. Keep looking for the antigue prints and the new painting when it is completed!  Also don't forget to register on "Follow" to enter the FREE PAINTING GIVE AWAY! Scroll down for more details. Thanks for looking.

Tuesday, October 5, 2010

The Cathedral Quilt I am working on in the large still life.  I haven't gotten alot done because of other things I've had to do that has cut into my painting time, but it is coming along nicely, and I like what I have done.  To paint the quilt, I first lay in a very light wash of Cobalt blue with just a hint of color. Then I use Burnt Sienna mixed with cobalt and sometimes a bit of Raw Sienna to make shadows and refine the quilt.

Don't forget to sign up as a Follower to be entered in the WIN A PAINTING CONTEST.  Scroll down to read about it. Click on the quilt to see the details.
Thanks, everyone for looking at my blog!

Monday, October 4, 2010

"The Irish Sea"
9 x 12 watercolor  $50

Found this watercolor I did in Ireland at some point, and can't remember exactly where it was. But I do remember the clouds moving around and thinking that it might rain at any given moment!

I am working steadily, but slowly, on the cathedral quilt still life. I have had numerous interruptions today, so haven't done as much so far as I would have liked.

Don't forget about the FREE PAINTING I will be giving away Dec. 1. Please click on "Follow" and sign up to enter. It only takes a moment to sign up with Google. That doesn't mean I will know when and if you look at my blog, but at least I will know you did look ONCE! And best of all, I will be having a drawing for the painting from all my followers! Keep looking for the painting to be posted that I will give away.

Sunday, October 3, 2010

Here is the watercolor painting I am working on now! It is beside the still life arrangement I sat up and right now I am working on the cathedral quilt. It is so much fun and I am excited about the possibilities in this still life. The challenge with the whites and the clear glass antique wash board will be interesting and hard. I love it!! Stay tuned because this one will take a while!
That's right--I am going to give away FREE, including shipping, one of my small paintings to a viewer! All you have to do to enter is sign on with Google as my follower. Just click on "Follow" which is on the right side of my blog, and go through a few simple steps to sign on. It takes only a minute. The contest goes until Dec. 1 and all my followers' names will then be put in a drawing and the winner will be notified in my blog. They can contact me with where to ship the free painting. I know many people who look at my blog have not signed on as a follower and now is your opportunity!
I haven't decided what to paint for the contest yet, but in a few days I will decide and do that special painting and post it. So keep watching and be sure to sign up as a follower. Remember, the drawing will be Dec.l

Saturday, October 2, 2010

"Rock House"
Watercolor and micron pen sketch from my sketchbook, NFS

Hi everyone! I've only had one comment about the abstracts.
I am working on a very big watercolor still, so am posting things you might find interesting until I complete it. This sketch was done from photos taken in Northern Ireland. Everywhere you look in N. Ireland, you find an interesting subject to draw or paint! I love laying in a quick wash of color and then going over my pencil lines with ink. All at once the drawing just comes to life. I am beginning to get my new sketch book quite full of drawings and also am using it to plan my big watercolors.

There was much to do before I could start the watercolor painting! I first sat up a still life of antique items. I have quite a collection of antiques, so it was pick and choose. Finally after almost a whole day, I had it sat up satisfactorily and then I did a sketch in the sketch book, planning shadows, etc. I adjusted the lighting several times and made a few other placement changes. Then I had to do a rather detailed drawing on my Arches paper. Finally, time to paint! Hopefully by tomorrow I can start showing you how it is coming. This is not going to be fast!

Have a beautiful weekend. I will be going to church tomorrow morning  and then painting in the afternoon. It isn't Fallish here, but the weather is beautiful!

Friday, October 1, 2010

"The Group Decided"
9 1/2 x 12 acrylic on paper  (NFS) from private collection

I hope some of my followers won't disown me for putting the abstracts on, but I am hard at work on a big watercolor with lots of interesting details, so bear with me.

This painting started with an idea of colorful friends in a group talking, swapping ideas, etc., so I used the elongated shapes and bright colors to convey my idea. Some shapes are smaller than others and the color blue seems to be the common thread that ties it all together. I accented shapes with black and used some lines for emphasis. I liked the results and hope you do, too. I welcome any comment!
This painting was done quite a while ago and I signed my name differently then, in case you notice a different signature. But rest assured, this painting was done during my "abstract period" by me!