Flower Pots at Heathcote

Flower Pots at Heathcote
9x12 acrylic on canvas

Thursday, March 31, 2011

"On Eagle Wings"

"On Eagle Wings"

18 x 24 acrylic painting on hardboard

I THINK it is finished..I will sleep on it tonight and see what I think in the a.m. I've worked on feathers all day! Click on it to see details.

This painting will be auctioned off at a charity event in mid April. Your comments appreciated!

Tuesday, March 29, 2011

Still working on the Eagle

Hi, I'm still working on the eagle painting. Most of the undercoat is in and now to work on all the details.

I think it is progressing well and should be finished in a day or two. Stay tuned.......

Monday, March 28, 2011

Beginning a new painting...an Eagle

Hi everyone,
I am working on a new painting of an American Bald Eagle, our nation's symbol of freedom! This painting is for a charity event to be held in mid April and will be auctioned off.

I am painting it on a hardboard panel, gessoed many times until perfectly smooth. This will allow me to do a very detailed, realistic painting.

First I painted in the sky with Cerulean blue, white and a bit of cadium yellow.The bird's left wing will go off the board because the important thing I want to concentrate on will be the feet. In the lower right hand corner will be a dead tree limb he will be heading for. I will post the finished painted or the work I've accomplished tomorrow.

Saturday, March 26, 2011

Mister Vincent

"Vinny, the Cat"
6 x 6 aacrylic on hardboard panel
Vincent, "Vinny", for short has just laid a gift on your doorstep. Yes, another mouse for your approval! He is quite a hunter and that is serious business.
Nice little painting to display on an easel.

Wednesday, March 23, 2011


About a year ago in March, I began this blog, so I am celebrating my one year blogging anniversary this week! It has been a wonderful journey and much fun! I have enjoyed, especially, meeting other bloggers, learning and sharing with them.

Today I am posting 21 of my favorite paintings from this year's blog. I am not going to comment on them....just pretend you are in my gallery, walking around, taking your time and enjoying my art. If you see one you like in particular, then click on it and see all the little details. After you see all the paintings, please take time to read my answers to the questions you have asked about my blog and this years experience. Some of these have sold, others are still available and you can find that out on my "older posts" section.

How many paintings did you post this year?
I think I posted about 233 in 2010 and 47 so far in 2011, so 280 in all. I tried to post one everyday or one I was working on, but I did do a little traveling and took a few breaks.
Is it hard to do a painting a day?
Yes, it is! Even though I love to paint, some days I might have other obligations with my home, guest, or church. Some days I simply may be having a bad "paint day", or just want to goof off, go shopping...well, you know how it is!
Do you feel you must hurry or sacrifice quality for quantity by painting one a day?
Yes, many times, I do. In order to complete a painting a day, I often do very small paintings and pick subject matter that I know will be easy for me to complete in a day. Often I fore go a challenge just to get a painting completed and I do not like this.
What have you learned this year?
I have discovered that I prefer not to have a commitment as to how many paintings I will post a day or a week. I paint daily, so I have learned not to push for a number, but to just do the best work I can do.
Have you sold many paintings just off your blog?
I have sold quite a few and have been pleased with the sales (even though,of course I would like to sell more!). I do not sell them anywhere on the Internet except my blog, so I have been pretty happy with that. In future, I may look for other outlets as well. I do shows also to sell, but sells are not the most important to me. The most important thing is to grow as an artist and develop my style.
Do you think people go back and look at older posts?
Not as much as I would like for them to do. Some of my best work is scattered throughout....I would like for folks to see the bigger works, especially.
What is your biggest disappointment in blogging?
My biggest disappointment is that not many people have signed up as followers. I know many, many look and yet do not sign up. It would really give me a boost to have many followers signed up.
What has made you happiest about blogging?
I have met some wonderful fellow bloggers, and many I hear from often. I have really enjoyed people's comments immensely.
What are your plans for the new year of blogging?
I plan to keep blogging but am not committing to a painting a day. That does not mean that I am not a daily painter. Painting is my passion and my job, my fun, everything! So I will be painting and will post probably 3 or 4 times a week. I want to do larger, more thoughtful, works and do more experimentation, more discovering, more searching for who I am as an artist. I don't want to feel pressured into doing a painting every day, but rather a good painting for as long as it takes to do it.
Well, there you have my answers to your questions. I hope you will continue to look at my updated blog with renewed interest and pass it along to your family and friends and fellow bloggers. I will post every few days and hope to share more with you my painting techniques and ideas, and as before, my work will be available to purchase through Pay Pal. Thanks for looking at my blog and let me hear from you!! Egretta

Monday, March 21, 2011

The Three Crosses

"The Three Crosses"
18 x 24 pastel painting on paper NFS
This is a ten minute painting done really quickly and it was a practice piece. I will be doing such a drawing at church for our senior group in a few weeks, as a talented young man plays the piano. It has to be a very simple pastel painting, done quickly to represent the music he will be playing. In true life, it looks a lot more vibrant than it does here. I haven't worked much in pastels in a long time, and enjoyed doing this so much, that maybe later I will do some animals in pastel, too.

Sunday, March 20, 2011

A Winsome Pair

"A Winsome Pair"
6x6 acrylic on hardboard panel
Here is a pair of adorable kitties....maybe the larger one is the Mamma. You can imagine your own scene, as to who they are, their names and what they are doing! It is fun to paint animal fur with acrylics. It seems to be a matter of layering colors and doing a little fine brush work. Click on this to see the details. Remember, I have PayPal, an easy way to shop!

Friday, March 18, 2011

Swallowtail butterfly

"Swallowtail Butterfly"

6x6 acrylic painting


The beautiful Swallowtail Butterfly is a favorite of everyone. In this painting, I made the butterfly the focal point and the subtle plant draws you eye to the butterfly. A decorative painting, perfect to sit on an easel on a small piece of furniture. Click on it to see details.

Thursday, March 17, 2011

Mister Fox

"Mister Fox
6 x 6 acrylic on hard board
Another Spring sighting is sometimes the Fox, who seems to be an enemy of gardens, at least in the U.K. I think mostly in Florida, foxes avoid being near human beings. All animals are fun to paint, though.

Wednesday, March 16, 2011

"Spring Bunny"

"Spring Bunny"

6 x 6 acrylic on hardboard panel

$50 SOLD

Hidden among the greenery and flowers, the little bunny loves the tender spring grass. I see them all the time on my property close to the wild edges of the yard. They never venture into my little garden, as it is near the house. This was fun to paint...I love doing the fur of an animal! Click on it to see the details.

Friday, March 11, 2011

Shaby Chic Rose

"Open Rose"
6x6 acrylic on paper, matted and framed in white
Shabby Chic
This is a decorative painting done to harmonize with Shabby Chic room design. I often have folks ask me for a painting suitable to their decor, and normally I scorn this idea, as I think art stands alone, and matches anything! But I understand that when one is decorating within a theme, such as nautical or Shabby Chic,( which is mostly white painted furniture with pink accents), then I can see how you would want a painting to go with your theme. So here is one!!!

Thursday, March 10, 2011

"Hibiscus Bloom"

"Hibiscus Bloom"
11 x 14 watercolor
I love to paint close-ups of favorite flowers and the hibiscus is one of them. Delicate and bright, they really make a show. Hope you like this painting, and remember that I have Paypal, so it is quick and easy to purchase. Everyone of my paintings comes with a Certificate of Originality, and they make great gifts, too.
Thanks for looking at my blog, and please take a moment to sign up as a follower.

Monday, March 7, 2011

"Lemonade in the Garden"

"Lemonade in the Garden"
6 x 6 acrylic on hardboard
In the Spring, we all long to spend time in a quiet garden! This painting is an imaginary garden where one can have a nice cool drink and enjoy a peaceful moment!
Click on painting to see details.

Saturday, March 5, 2011

"Mr. Rooster"

"Mr. Rooster"
4 x 4 watercolor on Arches paper
I have been meaning to do a rooster painting for quite some time...don't ask me why. I do love the way they cock their heads to the side and kind of flick it. Then, strutting his stuff, he walks around like the crown prince of the barnyard (his comb is the crown I suppose!) This is small, just right for a kitchen desk or shelf! Click on it for a close up view.

Thursday, March 3, 2011

"Persian Kitten on the Quilt"

"Persian Kitten on the Quilt"
6x6 acrylic on hardboard $45
The kitten with attitude has taken possession of the quilt! Don't even think about taking it back! The sides of this small acrylic are painted, so you can sit it on an easel.

Wednesday, March 2, 2011

Check out my Stylish Blogger Award

Hello everyone,

I received the Stylish Blogger Award today and there it is posted on the right!

Thank you, Kelli, for the award and if you haven't looked at Kelli's beautiful and informative

blog, please do so. It is http://kelliboylesgarden.blogspot.com/. It comes from Northern Ireland

which is so beautiful and you will love looking at the lovely scenes there and the beautiful flowers.

I have been told that when you win the Stylish Blogger Award, you must tell 7 things about

yourself that people don't know, so here goes.

1. Even though I look so very young (Ha,Ha), I am 70 years of age!

2. I started drawing as soon as I could hold a pencil and have painted since a very young age!

3. I play the mountain dulcimer, or at least try.

4. The one thing I wish I could do would be to sing well.

5. I have two very handsome and wonderful grandchildren, both boys.

6. I have nearly always been in business for myself; I have owned a florist, an arts and crafts shop, an art studio, a gift shop and an antique store.

7. I have written a book and am looking for a publisher!

Well, those are my tidbits of information. I hope you keep looking at my blog and enjoy my paintings. I am working on one to post tomorrow.

I would like to recommend the following blogs for you to also enjoy: http://marksvegplot.blogspot.com/, http://freshfromthebackyard.blogspot.com/ http://morefamilyandflowers-darla.blogspot.com/ , www.ellystuin.com/ and my own other blog http://tengablescottage.blogspot.com/ Enjoy! Egretta

Tuesday, March 1, 2011

Goblets and cherries....

Sketchbook colored pencil drawing
"Goblets and Cherries"
I have been so busy with doing taxes, putting in a Spring garden, and doing some Spring cleaning and sorting, that I haven't started a new painting yet. I have done a few sketches, though. This one is with colored pencils. They are loads of fun to use---I think blending and layering colors can give drawings interest and depth.