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Monday, May 23, 2011

Beautiful Savannah!




For the past couple of weeks I have been everywhere. Down to South Florida with the grandgirls and up to Savannah GA. with my husband to a lovely Bed and Breakfast. Let me say first that the food was phennominal in Savannah. Lots of great restautants. A favorite was Mrs. Wilkes, which is a family owned restaurant in the basement of their old boarding house. You have to wait in line and it is only open from 11am until 2pm. It is an old fashioned family dinner where you sit with strangers and share about 20 or more sides and then unlimited country fried chicken. It costs only $16 per person and more than worth the wait. We were going to checkout Paula Dean's place but her wait was much longer and our hosts at the B&B said her restaurant was good but Mrs. Wilkes was better.
I managed to take lots of fabulous pics for possible future paintings. I posted a few. The weather was super with cool nights and comfortable days. My son said it was the same way here at home, we are only 3 hours from Savannah. I guess that was the last of the cool temperatures.
Yesterday I spent the day at the High Springs Art Coop and managed to start and work on a several paintings. I started two, one of a street scene in Paris and one a street scene in Italy. Both pics were taken by vacationing family and friends. I also worked on the other Paris pic of the mime I started a few weeks ago. I guess this can be my Europe series. I love so many things to paint and some people tell me I should focus on one subject but that is so boring. Switching around to whatever inspires me makes life colorful. Look at the older Masters and their subjects they were always painting scenery, flowers and people so, hey I can too!!!

Tuesday, May 10, 2011

Painting a Mural for Addison, my new granddaughter!




This weekend I had a great time, Sunday, was Mother's Day and I spent it will all the women in our family. My mom, mother-in-law, daughter, and two granddaughters. Addison is only two weeks old and I had to paint a mural for her room. I did one last year for Isabella if some of you remember I did a huge giraffe and tree with hearts. So this mural has a blonde monkey, Bella, and a brunette, monkey, Addison. The middle monkey is a boy monkey, maybe the future....

Monday, May 2, 2011

Around the World ... to Paris!

A fellow artist at the coop went to Paris with her husband last year and took some great shots while she was there. She is letting me paint two of her pics and this is one of my favorite. She had a great time with a street mime, shown here. I am pretty pumped to be painting him. This will be part of my figurative paintings. Sometimes I am all over the place with my painting subjects but I just paint what I love. Florida, Dogs, New York and now Paris. When I was a kid I dreamed of living in a one room flat in Paris, drinking coffee at a local cafe and being a bum artist. I never wanted riches just the life style of the struggling artist. Now that I am close to retirement from the US Postal Service, I am glad I will have a pension as a struggling artist. I like to eat, Ha! Ha! Watch the progression of this painting and next week I will post more of the Girl in a White Dress!