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Friday, December 4, 2015

Baby It's Cold Outside!

So for a week I was floating on a boat so to speak. My husband and I took an 8 day Caribbean which also stopped in Charleston, SC and Port Canaveral, FL during Thanksgiving week.

It was a little strange to be away on a holiday. There was no kids or grand kids, no getting up early to cook the turkey and worse of all no black Friday sales!

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It was nice to get away to the beautiful islands and warm weather. Then I came back to 3 days of rain and cold weather!

The cold inspired this colored pencil piece that is available in my Etsy shop.  I'm hoping it warms up a bit so that I'll be inspired to paint some of the beautiful photos I took while in the Caribbean! Hope you had a great Thanksgiving!

Saturday, September 26, 2015

Welcome Fall

The temperatures are noticeably cooler in the morning and the days are getting shorter and shorter...Welcome Fall!

I'm not looking forward to raking the 50 bags of leaves that come with it. What a work out! Last year I left some in a grassy area and the grass died. I won't get lazy again.

The decorations are up and the DH (Darling Husband) can't wait to do his Halloween theme thing. But for how, it's happy pumpkins and scarecrows!

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Still Life, Oil on Canvas adhered to metal plaque.  

Saturday, August 29, 2015

August is Artist Appreciation Month....

China Painted piece from Joyce Taylor seminar.
....who knew? Thanks to the folks over at  Patience Brewster for letting me know about this holiday! Patience is an artist who creates whimisical Christmas Ornaments and figurines.  When I got thinking about Artist Appreciation Month, I thought, I've been painting a long time and I had no idea. I was inspired to share some of the artists that have had an impact on my work today.

When I was a kid one of my "toys" was always pencil and paper and that's how I got started really. I remember my Dad doodling little faces while he talked on the phone. Dad wasn't a traditional artist but he was a Masonry Specialist and his art involved brick and mortar. Even though he's been gone 2 years now, his work lives on and will for a long time. He created beautiful brick faced buildings, steps, fireplaces, barbecues, not to mention his work with stone and marble.

In 1986 I was taking a drawing class at the community college and met a china painter. She invited me to come to her studio. Her name was Jean Featherstone. When she invited me, she told me that I could use her brushes, paints, etc. and and the end of the class if I liked it I could buy my own and if not I could have a beautifully painted porcelain plate., Well I liked it and the rest is Herstory. 

My watercolor inspiration was inspired from all the ACEO artists that were in my art circles on Ebay. I dabbled with that and found that it was much like china painting, painting from light to dark. I was very comfortable with it.

I always liked to use pastel and colored pencil but I have no recollection of how I got into that. I was self taught for that. Although I guess looking at the beautiful chalk paintings in the art galleries were probably where I got the inspiration.

Later when I start dabbling in decorative painting in acrylics I met a group of ladies in the Chesapeake Bay Decorative Painters many of those were teachers. Kathy Anthony, Debbie Reeder, Candy,Mollica, Beverly Cratty, etc...all inspired my painting and helped me learn techniques that I could then incorporate in my other art forms.

One day I was on Facebook and a friend in my art circles, Riv, was showing off some of her paintings in alcohol ink. Oh boy. I was hooked on that big time for a while. I took classes on line from Karen Walker. She was such a good teacher. 

Over the years I have taken lots of seminars, workshops, classes and watched demonstrations by many talented artists (watercolor, alcohol ink, colored pencil), china painters, and decorative artists. From each of these I was left with a little bit of their style and techniques. But my biggest inspiration is the best artist of all, the God who created the sunset and sunrise, the seascape and the landscape, animals and  humans and who also gave me the talent to develop in my life journey.
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Monday, June 8, 2015

Blessed but Busy!

Sorry I haven't been posting on this blog lately but I have been busy. First off, I had a beautiful new baby Grandson, Deaglan Bryan born the end of February and then 3 months later arrived another beautiful new Grand daughter, Evelyn Mae the end of May.  
Deaglan Bryan
Evelyn Mae "Evie"


My friend Jeannie's shop was opening in end of May so I've been frantically trying to paint up a storm to give her lots of new things for this year's beach season. If you are in the area of Chincoteaque Island, drop by Sandpiper Boutique, 6142 Maddox Blvd., Chincoteague Island, VA 23336. It has lots of beautiful Home Decor. In addition, Jeanne makes her own line of designer bags. All the linings are waterproof. If you can't get by the Boutique visit her new Etsy shop to see some of her bags:   https://www.etsy.com/shop/sandpiperboutique

I just listed a few new pieces in my Etsy shop as well. The one pictured is my favorite.  I am quite a fan of cottage style.

Also listed in my shop is some new more modern designs. I have been working with zentangle on porcelain and I have a couple of those as well in the shop. They have a very modern look to them quite different from my cottage leaning style.

So drop my my shop and check out my new zentangle designs and let me know how you like them....


Have a great day, Joann

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