Friday, September 26, 2014

Rocky Shore

The Daily Paintworks weekly challenge was to do a rock painting. I went out in search of some rocks to photograph for ideas and found a lot of distractions. The lake is a good place to find distractions within nature. These rocks were found by the shore at the Perry Monument on Lake Erie.

Thursday, September 25, 2014

Presque Isle

My daughter and I took another photo adventure this past Monday. This time we went off the beaten path on Presque Isle to the area of houseboats and a lighthouse. While taking pictures of the lighthouse and the gazillions of seagulls waiting for their fish dinner, this guy was in the middle of the buffet line. He or she had a companion join a few minutes later. They entertained us with their beauty, wobble walking and flying. We got back to the car and here he was keeping a close eye on a nearby fisherman.

In the past, I lived in Florida and we would frequently see these majestic creatures. I'm not sure what he is, a juvenile Blue Heron, or a Sandhill Crane. I wish I knew. In some of the photos he looked blue/grey. In the photo I painted this portrait from, he was facing the sunset and took on a brown/orange hue.

Painted in oil on an 8x10 flat canvas panel.

Sunday, September 21, 2014

Last Weekend of Summer

The last weekend of summer is almost over. A gorgeous weekend. A lonely rowboat sits by the bay......the wind is blustery tonight, announcing the arrival of Fall.

Painted in oil on an 8x10x1 1/2 inch gallery wrap canvas.

Saturday, September 20, 2014

Old South Hill Road

There is nothing like a beautiful day in September. It helps if you have some time off when these days roll around. My daughter and I went on an exploration photography adventure this week. We found so much beauty on South Hill Road. The quiet. The landscape.

I hope I did this justice. Painted in oil on a 16x20x1 1/2 inch gallery wrapped canvas.

Wednesday, September 17, 2014


What a beautiful month. I found one of my favorite photos of a barn beyond a field. I took this photo in the waning days of August, 2012. Riding around with my sister in law, just looking for places to photograph around Millcreek Township near Erie, PA.

I did a small painting of the barn a couple years ago. This one is 16x20x1 1/2 inches. Painted in a rectangle style, it gives a slight abstract feel to the piece. All the brushwork is rectangles.

Sunday, September 14, 2014

Lake Erie Storm

The challenge to paint storm clouds. This week was a winner. The change of seasons here is very dramatic, windy and serious.

Tuesday, September 9, 2014

Hydrangea Blues

Wondering how my blue hydrangea bush is doing. Left behind in my recent move, it's the only thing I miss about the old place. I planted a white hydrangea at the new homestead, it is lovely. But, I miss the cerulean, cobalt and lavender shades of the old bush. Hydrangea gets my vote for the drama queen of the flower kingdom.