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Day 20. Little Things

"Little Things" 10x10, oil on canvas $300.00 I took a photograph of a cute cruiser bike resting against the fence at the Mockingbird Cafe in Bay St. Louis probably over a year ago, thinking there was a painting idea in there somewhere.  The bicycle created these...

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Day 19. Walk it Out

"I Spy" 6x6, oil on canvas You’d think that because in a former life I was a teacher, I’d be good at this crisis learning thing. I can’t even call it home school. It does not come naturally to me. I worry constantly and then have this internal pep talk where I say...

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Day 18. Yes, And.

"Yes, And" 10x10, oil on canvas, $300.00 My work anniversary came and went without my noticing yesterday. Six years and one day ago I started my very first daily painting challenge. I did 30 paintings in 30 days in April 2014, diving headfirst (like a pelican) into a...

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Day 17. Wait it Out

"Wait it Out" 6x6, oil on canvas Since the are usually only 31 days, normally in my daily painting challenges, day 17 would feel like a victory. Over half way finished.  Only this time, there’s no finish line to measure my efforts. It’s like running. If I set out to...

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Day 16. Generosity

"Generosity" 10x10, oil on canvas I’ve applied the paint pretty liberally today as a kind of reflection on generosity-- something I’m certain I’ll have ample opportunity to exercise in the coming months.  Would you help me in this reflection? What is an act of...

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Day 15. Change is Hard

"Change is Hard" 12x36, oil on canvas, $720 Next weekend would have been Art in the Pass— a two day market running along the beach and throughout the park in Pass Christian, Mississippi. It would have been my third year participating. I started the painting I’m...

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Day 14. Shouts for Joy

"Out on a Limb" 10x10, oil on canvas, $300.00 Poetry has been a gift, a comfort, and a friend to me during quarantine, and I thought this one particularly appropriate.  The Bluebird by Emily Dickinson Before you thought of spring, Except as a surmise, You see, God...

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Day 13. Relationships

"Loner" 6x6, oil on canvas, $125.00  If I could tell you just one thing… I impulse bought this book the other week because when I opened it up, it landed on this quote: “The quality of your life depends on the quality of your relationships. Not on your achievements,...

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Day 12. Waste Not

"Waste Not' 6x6, oil on canvas $125.00 My great-grandmother was born in 1905. She was a redhead though I never saw it. Her full head of thick, wiry white hair made its appearance long before I was born in 1981. Her name was Pansy, and to this day I can’t look at those...

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Day 11. Reunited

"Old Friend", 6x6, oil on canvas $125 I started my painting career back in 2014 with one subject matter in mind: pelicans. After today’s painting, I’d wondered how long it had been since I’d painted one.  I remember you, I said to the organic shapes of the neck and...

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Day 10. Emotional Roller Coaster

"Emotional Roller Coaster" 12x12, oil on canvas, $360.00 I’ve moved my studio outside and expanded my world by a few hundred square feet. Instead of connecting with extended family and friends, I am connecting with the occasional breeze and the sun’s heat patting me...

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Day 9. Small Kindnesses

"Small Kindesses" 6x6, oil on canvas $125 I’ve had a lot of time for birdwatching these days. The titmice are still my favorites at the feeder. Such dark, lovely eyes.  I miss people though. High fives. Cocktails on a patio with good conversation that leads to belly...

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Day 8. Herons

"Heron Rises" 6x6, oil on cavas $125.00 Today's little offering is a 6x6 painting and a beautiful poem by one of my favorite writers. May it fill your spirit, as it has mine.  Heron Rises from The Dark, Summer Pond by Mary Oliver So heavy is the long-necked,...

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Day 7. Grace and Grit

"Grace and Grit" 16x20, oil on canvas One week down. Day 7.  My 31 group has stumbled across a theme-- "Grace and Grit". I feel the grit part in my bones. More on grace later.  The week's been long, and I'm finding forming sentences more difficult than...

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Day 6. The Playground of Cardinals

"Be Here Awhile" 6x6, oil on canvas, $125 Six days and I’m still waiting for the new normal to set it. How many days does that take? I’ll admit I didn’t touch my paints yesterday. I’m attempting this thing where I’m gentle with myself-- letting myself lie down instead...

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Day 5. What Will Bloom Here?

"What will Bloom Here" 36x48, oil on canvas, $2100.00 A couple of weeks ago I drafted a blog post about flowers-- how everything was blooming around me. My small wedding was taking shape with the most badass second line you could imagine. My house sold the first week...

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Day 3. “But They Damn Sure Sometimes Do”

"Ever-changing Present" 6x6, oil on canvas This morning I had to look at my watch to see what day it was. Wednesday. Only Wednesday. Prior to coronovirus, or, let’s be honest, prior to its affecting my life (funny how little I thought about it when it was tormenting...

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Day 2. “Opportunities”

"Love in the Air" 4x4, oil on canvas I completed my rewatch of the entire Office series late last night when anxiety kept me awake and hitting the “still watching” button through at least a dozen episodes of season 9. When Pam and Jim go to couple’s counseling, they...

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Another Day 1.

"Waiting" 6x6, oil on canvas, $125 I’ve not been posting much-- forming coherent thoughts, finishing paintings I start-- all of it feels harder than it used to. I am full of anxiety, fear, and confusion-- strange little feelings to have on a day like today. Sun...

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Day 31. The end of an era

Making art is like Three ice cubes every Monday And watching it bloom    The orchids I mentioned on day 15? Two of the buds have bloomed and the other dozen or so are on their way. I am over the moon that I didn’t give up on this little plant. Three ice cubes on...

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Day 30. Crying over spilled wine

I spilled red wine on  your sweater tonight, the one  I got after you died. Just over a year ago, a dear friend passed away from an agressive cancer. She was a vibrant, no-nonesense person who knew what she liked, what she didn't, and wasn't afraid to tell you. Her...

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Day 29. Like buds blooming.

  I am grateful for The girl in a black sweater Words like buds blooming Not too long ago, I met someone at a wedding where I was painting. We chatted for a minute about art and casually about life. I gave her a card.  Later she came to one of my art shows, and...

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Day 28. Bouquets.

You’re not a flower In your own lake of a jar-- A bouquet. A place.   I have been painting single flowers on 6x6 canvases. Today I wanted to try a larger arrangement on that small of a surface. Most of my bouquets occur on at least a 14x14, but I thought it might...

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Day 27. Seasons

  Mornings are grey now Black leaves litter a sad street On our walk to school   My son and I have been biking or walking to school now for nearly four years now. I remember when he was younger--pre-k-- often he would point out the cardinals he saw in the...

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Day 26. Approaches

I feel it coming Some grand idea approaches But will I miss it?    Ever feel on the verge of something? Grand idea might be too grand a statement-- but I feel something approaching. Some idea. Some new concept or direction. If this tiger is the idea, I painted...

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Day 25. The Trials of Toothpaste

A little issue For your consideration-- Toothpaste-- cap back on.    Like I mentioned in my last post, I'm getting ready to sell my house, and the business of getting it ready for the market is no joke. Countless garbage bags, two trips to goodwill, the handyman...

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Day 24. Transitions

Cold hands on the grips We pedal familiar streets-- Future memories    Transition. That’s the word I can’t get out of my head. That might be why I’m painting so many flowers and busy little bees-- they speak to me of transition.  I’m getting married in May. I’m...

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Day 23. Daunting

Words-- there’s too many To say something meaningful And yet still I try   I wrote the first line of this haiku this way: “Words--there’s not enough” but decided the second way was truer. Painting and writing-- it feels like reaching into a big bag of infinite to...

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Day 22. Louisiana is not cold

The first day with heat  This old house with creaky bones Shivers, smells like toast   Birds puff up when they are cold. This little robin must have woken up in my house this morning because he’s quite puffed up-- and I’m just enough not puffed up that I can...

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