Wednesday, February 10, 2016


Hey Friends,  Thought you might like to see one of my latest paintings that went to Potentially Chic yesterday.   This wonderful little shop with huge ideas and products is on Brambleton in Roanoke, Va.  Click on the link above for info and directions

This painting is 16" square and 2" deep.  The sides are black and a frame is not necessary.

Drop in and tell Gloria and Lisa, Sue sent you.

Happy Trails

Monday, February 8, 2016

Process Shots for "the FLOWER VENDOR"

Hey Friends,  Every now and then I remember to take photos as I work on a new piece.  This is the beginning of the bright collage I made for the WILD THINGS show in Bedford, Va.
It starts on a cradled panel made by Bud Shaw from Bedford.

Here I'm painting the sides with black gesso.  And yes, when I finished I had to go back over it with black.

Here is the first step of putting the collage papers down.  I had scribbled with a permanent marker on the Hen's shape first.

Then I painted on the green grass and used the palette knife to make the flower stems.

Already painted the flower shapes here.  And now I'm rubbing miceous iron onto the hen.

Here I've added details, such as the lines on the flowers and the feather lines.

I decided I didn't like the dullness of the Hen and went back with white acrylic and Liquitex markers.
I enjoyed this process but I also find it just a bit frustrating thus I don't make too many of them.

Another difficulty is a title.  Not just for the collages but any painting.  Originally I was gonna call her "the Happy Gardener" then the "Flower Gardener" but finally thought of "the Flower Vendor".

I enjoy posting these process photos and hope you like to see some of the back ground work, instead of the finished product every time.  Of course during a challenge such as in January's posts, there isn't enough time for me to take photos.

Thanks for stopping by.
Happy Trails

Sunday, January 31, 2016

Reception Today in Altavista

Hey Friends,  The challenge is over !! so maybe I will not post every day for a while !

But I wanted to let you know what a grand time we had in Altavista, Va. today at the YMCA.  The photo above shows Tim Dalton taking photos for the local newspaper.  We were treated royally and it was very appreciated.  They even had special rose baskets for each of us to take home. 

Lots of people came out to talk art with us so the time just flew by.
We laughed and enjoyed every minute.

Thank you Altavista!

Happy Trails

Saturday, January 30, 2016

Leslie Saeta's 30 in 30 Challenge - This is DAY 30 !!

Hey Friends,  This is IT  ! ! !  Last Day of Leslie's challenge.
I went out to my studio and found another flower painting, I had finished before winter set in.
I know that's cheating but like I said yesterday, my Sweetie Pie's are here and I don't want to fool with paint when we are all closed up in the house.

And this is what happens when you let them have paint.

And they were outside when they painted these beauties.

Anyway, that's why I decided it was OK to cheat once.

This painting is available in my ETSY SHOP.

Hope you are warm and happy where ever you may be.


Friday, January 29, 2016

Leslie's 30 in 30 - Day 29

Hello Dear Friends,  I'm sure you know by now I'm basically using the same photos for these glad paintings.  'Tis a good way to get to know your subject.

Day 29 !!  One more to go and I'm kinda flowered out.  I will have the pleasure of my GranBabes company tonight so I may miss day 30.  Who knows maybe they will let me sketch something.  It's ALL good as my daughter says and well worth it.

This painting is available in my ETSY Shop .

Happy Trails

Thursday, January 28, 2016

Leslie Saeta's 30 Day Challenge - Day 28 !!

Hey Friends,  Hope all is well in your corners of this world.  All is good here in Salem, Va. but I do wish I was in Key West or even Cuba for a week.

Here is my 28th offering of flowers.
These delicate pale pink heavenly smelling roses are available in my ETSY SHOP.

Still hoping you will be there come Sunday going to be warm I hear.

Happy Trails

Wednesday, January 27, 2016

Leslie Saeta's 30 Day Challenge - Day 27

Hey My Friends,  This is day 27 in the 30 day challenge !!  I think I'm gonna make it !
Still working long hours on the other commitments, like the "Critter Show"in April and the "Route Eleven Show" show soon.

I'm listing this still life in my ETSY SHOP.

Hoping some of my friends can make it to the Altavista reception Sunday.

Happy Trails

Tuesday, January 26, 2016

30 in 30 - Day 26 ---------- and YOU ARE INVITED

Hey Friends,  Here is one of the Glad paintings I mentioned in yesterdays post.  This is painted on a 3/4" wrapped canvas 16" x 12".  It is varnished and ready to hang.
It is available in my ETSY SHOP.

And I'm inviting you to come to Altavista, Va. this Sunday. Jan. 31st. from 2 to 4 pm at the YMCA.
This is a lovely place to hang art work.  They have a hanging system and lots of light and room.
Their staff is so warm and helpful and I heard they put on quite the festive reception.
This is a great excuse to get out of your snowed in condition.  The roads have been cleared and you will not have to drive home in the dark.!
Click on the Altavista link above for driving maps, etc.

See you there with bells on.
Happy Trails

Monday, January 25, 2016

30 in 30 - Day 25

Hey Friends,  More Flowers.  You just don't realize, starting out, what it takes to do 30 paintings of the same subject.  I think I'm gonna mix it up a bit and paint something larger.
This painting is in my ETSY SHOP.

I had some pretty glads over the summer and took photos of them in various vases because I knew they were not going to last long.  So I think I will do them next.
Stay tuned for tomorrow !!

Happy Trails

Sunday, January 24, 2016

Leslie Saeta's 30 day Challenge - Day 24

Hey Friends,  I suppose most of you know that Virginia got a good dusting of Snow this weekend.  I've been holed up painting and eating like a mad woman.  Happy with the art work so far but I forgot to buy ice cream before the flurry HIT !

It's a good thing really.  I've been eating pretty healthy.  
The small painting pictured here is in my ETSY SHOP.  I painted it with a palette knife and I must say I really like working with a knife.  You can make a lot of texture and of course it keeps you loose.  Everything I've painted the last few days was done with knives.

Thanks for stopping in and leave a message if you have time.

Happy Trails