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50 in 50

Technology Hiatus

Sorry I've been MIA on the old blog lately, but life has been hectic!  It was actually nice to take a break from technology and focus on what's right in front of me.  In this case, tons of paintings and new projects, for which I am thankful!  I might come back to...

Auction Success

Just wanted everyone to know that the auction was a great success!  We sold 33 paintings and raised over $600 for our causes!  A lot of the causes had followers that showed their support by bidding or spreading the word through Facebook, email, or by phone.  It's...

Don’t Stop Believing

Welp, that was fun!  What a roller coaster the past 2 months have been. What I've learned - I really had no idea what I was getting myself into when I started this project.  I felt called to commit to it and follow through, but I wasn't certain of it's overall...

Hope Without A Home

Bob sits peacefully under a canopy of trees, without a home, yet full of hope; provided for and protected by God. The following story was written firsthand by local photographer, Andrea Salamanca and can also be viewed on her blog, Coco Bleu Photography. Horry County...

Sunny Daze

On what I thought would be the last day of my 50 in 50, the sun was out, no clouds were in the sky and the temperature was 75.  How could I stay in and paint on such a perfect spring day?  I couldn't!  I got into my bathing suit, toted all my junk (paint, brushes,...

Olive Juice

Olive Juice.  Elephant Shoes.  I Love You. Saying "I love you" around the world sounds very different, but the "language of love is the same the world over". [button text="Buy a Print of 'Olive Juice'"...

Birds of a Feather

"Birds of a feather flock together" Our family is like a flock of birds, we stick together and fly side by side, but sometimes one of us will take a different course.  We send them off with love and welcome them back with open arms (wings).  No matter how far apart we...

S Is For Support

If you haven't noticed, I'm obsessed with trees and silhouettes, but just recently contemplated why. The silhouette is a simple shape with little to no variation in color that makes a bold statement.  It can be curvy or straight but that's as complex as it gets....

Life In Technicolor

Let me just say, sometimes paintings have a mind of their own and this one is an example of that. I started out with rings of color in the background, set it aside and tried to start another painting.  I looked over again and wasn't happy with the spacing of the...

Cup of Gold

I've never been big on coffee or hot tea, but let me tell you, the past 2 months, this stuff has kept me going! There's something about a hot "cuppa" (as they say in other parts of the world) that helps waken the brain and get the creative juices flowin'. I still...

New Horizons

Change for a lot of people is devastating, but it doesn't have to be. This painting is titled "New Horizons" because even when we resist change, it's usually going to happen anyway and we can choose to look at it as the end or the beginning of something better. New...

True Colors

Andrea Salamanca with Coco Bleu Photography took photos of me and my artwork about a month ago.  It was a blast! When we were discussing the theme of the shoot beforehand, she mentioned bright colors, big hair, and "Starving Artist".  She then sent me a few photos of...

Into The Mystic

I apologize for not writing more the past few days but I have to get these paintings done and quick! This weekend we're going to MD for my brother's Eagle Scout Ceremony, so I basically have to get 50 paintings done by Friday. This is 41.  Can I do...

Endless Summer

Basically, this painting is about enjoying life, staying young at heart, and not letting anything hold you back. If you're sick of the cold and think 3 blizzards in one winter ain't cool, then move south!  If you're miserable at your job and don't feel fulfilled, quit...

Surf

Busy weekend...more on Monday! I like to surf. This wave would probably pummel me if I tried to catch it. Surfing thrills and terrifies me at the same time. The ocean is...

Grampians

It's 3:25 a.m. and I'm beat... I hope to write more tomorrow for a few of these posts, but I have a mural to paint and a photo shoot to assist! 🙂 Be back as soon as I can! I'm back! Grampians National Park, Victoria, Australia - breathtakingly beautiful!  This is...

Dandelions

I don't usually stay true to colors in nature, but this time I tried to "keep it real". I'll write more later....for now, it's date time with Mike! Ok, I'm back.  This painting was inspired by a photo I took at the Yellow Turtle Inn, a bed and breakfast just outside...

Rain Down

I chose the song "Rain Down" by Delirious to paint about, on this perfectly stormy Thursday. Rain Down "Looks like tonight, the sky is heavy Feels like the winds are gonna change Beneath my feet, the earth is ready I know its time for heaven's rain It's gonna rain...

Perspective

This entry will have to wait until later tonight or tomorrow; I have to teach the kiddos and then go to life group! 🙂 Stand on your head, climb a tree, go snorkeling, take a flight, sit on someone's shoulders; get a new perspective and change the way you see the...

I ♥ The 80’s

For so many reasons, I ♥ The 80's. It was a fun decade, even though I was only 7 when I left it.  A lot of the best movies, music, fashions, and products came from the 80's and we're still talking about them today. Back in college, the art club and I threw an 80's...