Wednesday, November 16, 2011

Murphy

oil on artist panel 6x6 inches
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This is Murphy — a Wheaten Terrier who lives in Fair Oaks, California.  He's one of three much-loved dogs who are part of my husband's brother's family out that way.  He's an oldie and a cutie.  I'm not sure that this painting does justice to his sweet face, but I do know one thing:  it sure was a pleasure to look at his photo for a couple of hours while trying to capture it!

Friday, October 28, 2011

Cheese and Crackers

oil on artist panel 6x6 inches
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Carb Series #3!  Cheese and crackers — can't beat 'em.  I originally had like 12 round crackers, eight square... six slices of cheese... I spent ten minutes or so arranging them, trying to get just the right composition... I finally realized that there were way too many... I don't have to tell you what happened to the extras...  ;^)

Thursday, October 6, 2011

Three Potatoes

oil on artist panel 6x6 inches
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#2 in my "Carb Series" — potatoes!  These were fun to paint... and will be fun to eat as well -- ha ha!  I'm starting to think that this series might not be so good for my waistline...  ;^)

Wednesday, October 5, 2011

Blueberry Bread

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Mmmm... bread... this is painting #1 of... the "Carb Series"!!

Saturday, October 1, 2011

Two Paintbrushes

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#3 in my "Challenge" series — this one is for the Daily Paintworks "Paint What You Paint With Challenge"...

Friday, September 30, 2011

Stack of Books

oil on artist panel 6x6 inches
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This was a fun one!  Continuing with my "Challenge" series, I decided to do a painting for the Daily Paintworks "Balance Challenge" — I just grabbed a few of the books from the "to read" pile on my nightstand and brought them into the studio.  It wasn't until I actually started painting did I realize that most of them are about cooking and food!  Hmmm... The only actual cookbook in the bunch is The James Beard Cookbook, most are cooking-themed memoirs and novels... How to Cook a Tart (novel), The Sharper Your Knife, the Less you Cry (memoir), Cooking for Harry (novel)... just so you don't think food is all I think about, I also have in this pile Elizabeth's Strout's Olive Kitteridge, and Aldous Huxley's Brave New World.  Two that got cut off from the top of the stack when I was composing the painting are Charlaine Harris' Grave Sight (I love her Sookie Stackhouse books!!!  Can't wait to start this series...) and Pride and Predjudice and Zombies... hee hee — love the cover art on that one.   :^)

Tuesday, September 27, 2011

Autumn Apples

oil on artist panel 6x6 inches
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Time for a new series!  My next series of paintings will be called "The Challenge Series" — basically, I'll do a painting in order to enter it into various online challenges.  A site I belong to — Daily Paintworks — has quite a variety of challenges posted, so that where I'll get started.  The painting I did today I'm contributing to the Help the Children of Africa Challenge — 100% of the proceeds raised through the auction of this painting will go to help feed the children of Africa who are suffering right now.  The organization I have chosen to distribute the funds is The American Red Cross — specifically their Horn of Africa Drought campaign.  If you want to read more about this challenge and see what paintings other artists have contributed, just click here.

Monday, September 26, 2011

Italian Plums

oil on artist panel 6x6 inches
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Hey, what do you think of this one?  This is my second attempt at painting these babies... the first attempt was on Saturday and result was this:


In my defense, I was distracted!  In a good way though.  Two of my pals came over for a painting session/lesson day — it had been a long time since either of these gals had picked up a paint brush (15-20 years!), they both were excited to get back into it.  We had a lot of fun, a lot of laughs... and they had masterpieces to take home!  (Which is better than I can say for myself... uh, did you see that photo I posted?  Yeah, that mess right there, above this paragraph...)   :^)

Anyway, it's all good.  I got back to business this morning and showed those plums who's boss.  I'm pretty happy with the result.

Here is a photo I took on Saturday of my two friends Sue and Ali with their artwork... what a fun day!



P.S.  I talked Sue into parting with the painting she did of my little dog Martha (who so graciously posed for her on her bed here in the studio.)  She really captured her!  Here's a photo I just took of Martha a minute ago so you can compare... she's flipped on her other side, but it's pretty much the same pose.  Nice job Sue!  And thanks again for the painting — I'll cherish it.  :^)





Wednesday, September 21, 2011

Reading Glasses

oil on artist panel 6x6 inches
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Kitchen Essentials #6 — Reading Glasses!  I can't see my recipes without them.  It wasn't always this way... just a few short years ago I didn't need reading glasses at all... but now, alas, I have many pairs tucked away here and there ready to assist my aging eyes...

FYI:  this is the first painting I've done on my new RayMar panels — so far so good!  I bought a whole pile of this size (6x6 inches) and also a bunch of smaller ones (6x4 inches)... should keep me busy for a few months!

Monday, September 19, 2011

Cast Iron Skillet

oil on artist panel 6x6 inches
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Kitchen Essentials #5... I loved painting this one!  I love the subject (my trusty Griswold No. 10 iron skillet) and especially loved how quickly it came together (not one bit of agonizing which let me tell you was a treat.)

Speaking of Griswolds... when I looked at the bottom of this pan to see what the brand was (I have another this size... a Wagner Ware) and saw the name Griswold it got me thinking about another Griswold that was in my life... who is sadly not with us anymore. 

For over ten years, we shared our lives with a big handsome chocolate lab named Griswold — he was a high-energy stick-loving tail-waggin' love.  We got him indirectly through an animal shelter here in Massachusetts — a friend of a friend worked at the shelter and was (thankfully) able to talk Grizz's owner at the time out of having him put to sleep.  He wanted to put him to sleep not due to any behavioral issue on Grizz's part or anything... he just didin't like the idea of him going to a home where he might not be treated well (huh?  so let's kill him instead!?).  Anyway, the guy who worked at the shelter had two labs at home and convinced the man that he himself would take him home — the man agreed (after 45 minutes of discussion!)  Well, when this good samaritan got home with lab #3, his roommate said... uh, no... three is too many, so they called around and long story short (well, not much shorter!), we met him, I fell in love at first sight and that was that.

Here's a picture of our good ole Grizzlybelle taken in June of 2009 just before he passed on:

Waaah!  What a good boy.  He was 13 years old and had a great life.

Thursday, September 15, 2011

Salt and Pepper

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#4!  Salt and pepper — can't get much more essential than that...!
(note:  I was unhappy with the original painting, so I reworked this one on September 22, 2011 — I like it much much better — hope you all do too!)

Wednesday, September 14, 2011

Chinese Cleaver

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#3 in the Kitchen Essentials series!  I have had this Chinese cleaver for over 20 years — maybe even 25 or more — I use it ALL THE TIME.  It's great for smashing garlic... and chopping just about anything.  The only thing I don't use it for is slicing tomatoes... because I must confess, in the whole time I've owned it I've never once had it sharpened!  I know, I know, I should... but honestly it's just not going to happen.  ;^)

There are actually TWO essentials in this painting... the little white cutting board is something that we couldn't live without.  It gets used multiple times a day.

Tuesday, September 13, 2011

Teapot

oil on artist panel 6x6 inches
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Painting #2 in my Kitchen Essentials series!  My trusty teapot... with two bags of Lipton tea steeping inside... that's how I start every morning.  The only negative:  it's a pain to clean!  But it makes a nice strong brew and keeps it hot so I'll deal.

Monday, September 12, 2011

Measuring Cups

oil on artist panel 6x6 inches
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Oh boy am I rusty.  It's been awhile since I posted (and painted unfortunately) — we Malones were traveling again and I've had other work obligations to attend to... blah blah blah... bottom line:  I've missed my studio time!   This has been a very busy and fun summer, but I'm glad to be back to the 'ole routine.

One thing I've been thinking about during my downtime is how I would like to start creating series of paintings as opposed to the one-by-one method I have done up to now.  My plan is to do 4-6 paintings in a row pertaining to the same theme.  It will be fun for me to come up with subject matter that fits within the confines of the theme (and not very difficult if I pick a broad theme like "Flowers" or "Landscapes" — ha ha), and hopefully it will be fun for everyone who follows my blog!

The first theme is "Kitchen Essentials"— items in my kitchen I would not want to be without.  Measuring cups are right up there on that list of items — I love to bake and couldn't survive without my handy stainless steel dry measuring cups!  ;^)

I'm already excited thinking about my next painting subject... and I bet none of you will sleep tonight!  You'll be tossing and turning wondering, "what will she choose...?  wooden spoons...?  graham crackers?  an espresso machine...??"  Well my friends, you will just have to wait and see!

Saturday, August 13, 2011

Summer Squash

oil on artist panel 6x6 inches
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Boy, did this one give me a hard time!  I must have done the background color 6 times... first it was red, then pink, then green, then red again... I finally settled on this lavender blue color and am really happy with the result — phew!

Thursday, August 11, 2011

Ripe Tomatoes


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Here are some tomatoes I picked from our garden this morning.  I've completely neglected it this year — I haven't watered, fertilized, weeded... it's amazing we've had anything to eat (or paint) out of there at all.  These tomatoes made it against all odds... survival of the fittest!

Wednesday, August 3, 2011

Creekside Spot


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This painting is from a photo I took while in Steamboat Springs, Colorado.  We ate lunch at a great little place called Creekside Cafe & Grill.  They have an area for dining outdoors and this little scene was to the left of the seating area.  The food was fantastic — my husband and I split the rancheros and a fantastic bowl of homemade granola w/yogurt and fruit — they serve their breakfast menu all day... everything on the menu looked great, it was hard to decide!

There was only one problem with eating out-of-doors that day... bombs from above.  I don't know what kind of birds were responsible (I didn't dare look up!), but they kept pelting the patrons with... well, let's just say they weren't using their beaks.  It was gross, disgusting and kept us huddled under the umbrellas praying that we'd be spared.  We weren't.  Out of the seven of us, five were hit!  Even the baby... they had no shame.  Thankfully, the food didn't take any casualties — and really was delicious.  You know it had to be exceptional food to keep us in our seats while taking that kind of fire!  It really was good — here's a link so you can try it yourself if you're ever in that great little town: http://www.creekside-cafe.com/
— if you do go, may I suggest a seat inside?  ;^)


Sunday, July 31, 2011

Wyoming Pond and Pines

oil on artist panel 6x6 inches
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I should have taken more photos in Wyoming... after looking through what I took, I realize now that I don't have too many that are good enough to paint from.  I didn't want to be a selfish pain and yell out every five minutes, "Stop the car!" so I could get some good shots... it was a family vacation after all, and not a painting resource trip for me... Oh well, I'll just have to go back...!  ;^)

This was taken while driving with our friends on the way to Mt. Rushmore (which is in South Dakota — about 2 1/2 hours from where we were staying in Wyoming) — we went through some beautiful country on that drive.  

Saturday, July 30, 2011

Colorado Aspens


oil on artist panel 6x6 inches
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I'm baaack!!!  Did you miss me?  Did you even notice I was away?  ;^)

Well, I was.  My husband, son and I went on a wonderful long vacation!  First, we visited friends in Gillette, Wyoming and then went to Westminster, Colorado to visit family.  It was GREAT.  So good to spend time with some of our favorite people who were so generous to show us around their beautiful states.  We did and saw so much — we really had such an excellent time.

I took a LOT of photos — and plan to do paintings from many of them.  The first of these you can see above — of aspen trees near Fish Creek Falls in Steamboat Springs, Colorado.  The ride up to Steamboat from the Denver area was spectacular (as was the ride back — we took a different route, but it was just as gorgeous) — everywhere I looked was a painting waiting to be painted!  And that is no exaggeration — the landscape was just incredible.

Wyoming was amazing as well — it is so vast, and the rock formations, the mesas... all incredible.  I hope I can do them justice in oil paints.

While in Wyoming, I had the pleasure of attending an art show at the AVA Community Art Center in Gillette.  It was a Mini Art Show (all pieces 8"x10" or smaller), a silent auction, with all proceeds to benefit the Art Center.  I donated a piece ("Apricot Roses") and a wonderful gal won the bid — I'm so happy that one of my favorite paintings will be hung in her home!  I was thrilled to be a part of the show, it was a really fun night, wonderful people, (GREAT food too!), and lots of beautiful artwork.

Well, I could go on and on, but I need to save some stories for future blog posts (that, and my son is nagging me to play Legos!)... it was a wonderful trip, but I'm glad to be home.  And glad to be painting again — I missed it!

Thursday, July 7, 2011

Echinacea

oil on artist panel 6x6 inches
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 Echinacea... purple coneflower... whatever you call it, it's one of my favorites.  Butterflies like them too.  They've really just started to open up here in my garden — I did have a couple of early birds about a month ago, but the majority are getting underway right about now.  One great thing about these is that they reseed themselves — I never know where they're going to pop up!

Sunday, July 3, 2011

Hydrangeas



oil on artist panel 6x6 inches
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I just realized as I'm writing this that the painting I did today is mostly red, white and blue — fitting since the 4th of July is tomorrow! 

  Besides unintentionally limiting my color pallete to our country's flag, I've done something else pretty cool this weekend — I joined Daily Paintworks!  Daily Paintworks is a wonderful website developed by David Marine (husband of incredible talent Carol Marine).  It is an online gallery, a place to view and purchase art, to learn about and follow your favorite artists... a place to be inspired. 

Click here to check out Daily Paintworks.  Click here to see my Daily Paintworks online gallery.



Monday, June 27, 2011

Bowl of Peas

oil on artist panel 6x6 inches
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Hello — I finally found a tiny amount of time to do a painting — I've been busy busy with other life stuff, but have been THINKING about painting every day... does that count?  No, it does not.  The clone thing hasn't panned out yet, so I guess I'll just have to make the time!!  But how??  Stay up later than 8:30 p.m.?  Give up doing the dishes?  The laundry?  Hmmm... looks like I might have some options!  ;^)

Saturday, June 11, 2011

Apricot Roses

oil on artist panel 6x6 inches
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I have a very large climbing David Austin rose in my garden called "Teasing Georgia" which is LOADED with buds — I found a couple that were open, snipped them, and brought them in my studio to paint.  I really like this variety — they have a beautiful orangy-yellow color and smell soooooo gooooood!

Friday, June 10, 2011

Crazy Mix


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Peonies... honeysuckle... roses... echinacea... what was I thinking?  Too many different flowers to capture in one painting session for me.  Of course I didn't realize this until I was well into it... and it was too late to turn back.  Maybe tomorrow I'll paint an apple... ONE nice apple...  :^)

Monday, June 6, 2011

Japanese Irises


oil on artist panel 6x6 inches
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Hello — here's my painting for today.  Everything in my yard is blooming at the same time — how will I be able to paint it all?  Ahhhh — I need a clone!!
In other news — very good news — I heard that the power is back on on all the homes that are habitable here in Brimfield.  Hurray!  And all the kids went back to school today too — I think it was good for them to be with their friends and to get back to their routine.
Donations are still needed though — here's another link I found with contact information if you'd like to help out:  https://www.facebook.com/pages/Western-Mass-Tornado-Relief/215374308496830 

Sunday, June 5, 2011

On the Porch

oil on artist panel 6x6 inches
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I cut some pink rhododendron blooms... then spent a very pleasant couple of hours on our front porch painting them.  I'm happy with this one — what do you think?

Saturday, June 4, 2011

Lucky


oil on artist panel 6x6 inches
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"Lucky" — that is how I feel.  All of us in this area who weren't devastated by the extreme weather this past Wednesday night feel incredibly lucky.  For those of you who don't know, Western Massachusetts was hit by a series of tornadoes (one incredibly large and powerful) this past Wednesday.  My town of Brimfield was hit very hard.  Neighboring Monson, Mass. has lost their beautiful downtown.  The city of Springfield has extensive damage.  It's hard to process.

A smallish tornado hit the road that we live on — the house next to us had a big tree snap in half and left them without power for a couple of days.  The house next to them had a few large trees come down — one landed on their (thankfully empty) above-ground pool, one landed on their house — amazingly, there wasn't any serious damage done.  The twister then jumped across the street and uprooted a few trees on that property — a car was damaged, but no damage to their home.  Most important of all, no one was hurt.  We Malones just had a lot of leaves and branches to clean up — we were incredibly lucky.

My son and I took a drive the next day to see what we could see — we had heard there was extensive damage on Haynes Hill Road, but nothing could prepare us for what we saw.  The area was unrecognizable.  Haynes Hill Road is (was?  I'm having trouble leaving that word "was" there...) a heavily wooded road with beautiful homes.  The section that the (very large —1/2-mile across) tornado hit is no longer wooded and most of the homes have been destroyed or need extensive work before the families can move back in.  ALL of the trees have either been snapped in half or uprooted.  Some of the houses came completely off their foundations, others lost their roofs...

This morning, two major roadways that had been shut down were reopened.  Route 20 heading east out of the town center... I can't even think of a description!  It's too much to process.

If anyone would like to help out the families that have been displaced, the Congregational Church here in Brimfield is organizing relief efforts.  Non-perishable items, baked goods, hot meals (the church began serving hot lunch and dinner meals last night and plan to continue until everyone has their power back on)... here is a link to an article the Worcester Telegram & Gazette published with information for those who would like to help.

The painting I did today was of my yard and the trees in the woods behind my house — undamaged by Wednesday's storm. 

Tornado Images

our driveway — the day after

two houses down from us — luckily no major
damage to their home and most importantly, no one was hurt

Haynes Hill Road, Brimfield

another view of Haynes Hill Road — this was a heavily wooded street!

Haynes Hill Road home completely destroyed

another decimated home on Haynes Hill — in case you can't
tell from this picture, that is just the top half of that house
on the ground.

Monday, May 30, 2011

Six Pack


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More seedlings from the farmer's market!  This is a six pack of yellow summer squash... mmmmm.

Sunday, May 29, 2011

Valley Girl


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I picked up this tomato seeding at our local farmer's market yesterday.  The variety is "Valley Girl" -- I found myself choosing tomato varieties thinking ahead to still life paintings I can create with them when they bear fruit!  I got yellow "Sungold"... orange "Jaune Flamme"... and a few others. "Valley Girl" will produce plain old red ones.  I look forward to them all!


Friday, May 27, 2011

Lilies of the Valley

oil on artist panel 6x6 inches
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Good afternoon!  I wanted to capture these beautiful, fragrant lilies of the valley before they were gone for the season (they're on the edge!), so I cut some and brought them inside my studio to paint.  After I post this and clean my brushes, they'll come into the house with me to enjoy for a few more days. 

Thursday, May 26, 2011

Hostas by the Fence

oil on artist panel 6x6 inches
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Another sunny day!  I like this little clump of hostas in my yard... they add a cool note underneath the lilacs by the fence...

I had my first Etsy sale yesterday!  The birdbath painting I painted yesterday wasn't online for two hours before it was snapped up — very exciting! 

Wednesday, May 25, 2011

Birdbath by the Pool

oil on artist panel 6x6 inches
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Hello!  What a beautiful day here in Brimfield, Massachusetts -- the sun is shining, the sky is blue... FINALLY!  I took advantage of this great weather to do a painting of our birdbath that is by the side of our pool -- I love this birdbath, it's so beautiful and really classes up the yard.  ;^)  It was fun to paint.

One note:  I purchased 24 6x6 Ampersand artist panels last week -- this is the first painting on one of those panels -- I love this size!  No wonder so many artists paint 6x6 for their daily work -- it's just right.  There are many different profiles (depths) of artist panels -- the ones I'm using are 3/4", they are cradled and made of birch.  When the paintings are dry, I plan on waxing the sides to bring out the wood -- no need for framing!  I also have put a sawtooth hanger on the top of the panel so it's easy to hang.  I'll post a picture of the final waxed sides and the back (to show the hanger) once this painting is dry and I've waxed it -- I can't wait to see how it will look!

Memorial Day weekend is coming up -- and we Malones are plan-free -- hence and therefore... I'll have time to paint!  Yay!  Hope you check back in to see what I've done.  Thanks for looking!


Thursday, May 19, 2011

Lilacs

oil on stretched canvas 5x3 inches
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It's STILL raining out, so I cut some lilacs and brought them in my studio
to paint.  The forecast looks pretty wet for the next few days, maybe by next
week I'll be able to paint outdoors again?

Monday, May 16, 2011

Green Peppers

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It's raining outside today — so even though the lilacs and bleeding hearts are blooming in my yard, begging to be painted, I had to paint indoors.  I decided to submit a painting to one of the Daily Paintworks Challenges — the "Paint Your Vegetable Challenge" to be exact.  Daily Paintworks is such a great site — so inspiring to see all the beautiful work created by such talented artists everyday!

Tuesday, May 3, 2011

Phlox and Rocks

oil on stretched canvas 5x3 inches
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It was so nice to get outside and paint today — especially after
the looooong winter we've had!


Dandelions in a Teacup

oil on board 4x4 inches
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