A Blog about Finding Inspiration

"We have a wonderful world to be inspired by and each new day is like an adventure into the unknown, where things that require a second glance can be captured in time on a canvas for anyone to enjoy forever." (Louise Corke)

Saturday, February 23, 2013

New Artwork at CAG 2 '13

I went to Charleston today with some new paintings for my wall space. I almost drown getting there in the torrential downpour we were having, but it was worth it. My  wall looks really nice with the wildlife paintings I did at Hobcaw Barony/Wynyah Bay, Huntington Beach SP, and Magnolia Gardens.

Tuesday, February 19, 2013

Figurative Painting now on website 2 '13

I  spent much of the weekend updating my website including adding a new portfolio of figurative paintings.   Check it out at

Thursday, February 14, 2013

Another V Day Painting 2 '13

I was browsing a yahoo article about heart shaped natural wonders, when a photo of some swans caught my eye. ... and reminded me of a small painting I had done of some local swans for V Day a few years ago. I started scouting through my archives and sure enough.... I pulled out a 5x7 swan painting . It was of a different species,  but the emotional intent is the same.

Photo above from:

Second is of my painting
  Have a Happy Valentines Day

Happy Valentines Day

Happy V Day, Everyone, from out Home to yours.
This little Teddy Bear my sweet husband gave me a few years ago is beginning to look a bit worn, but the love he brings is still as fresh as the painting I did at the time.

Sunday, February 10, 2013

Happy Chinese New Years 2 '13

Every year we celebrate the Asian Lunar New Years.
The front door has a colorful paper dragon to greet visitors,

and the house is decorated with  my collection of Japanese  Kokeshi dolls.
A couple of them have even become the inspiration for one of my holiday paintings. 

Sunday, February 3, 2013

Sean Thompson presents at SAG 2 '13

Sean Thompson, of Thompson Nature Photography, Pawleys Island, one of the areas premiere photographers, made a very informative presentation entitled "Tools for Making a Sharper Image" at the general membership meeting of the  Seacoast Artists Guild.  Topics he discussed included digital camera control settings for ISO,  Aperture (AV)  Shutter speed (TV). and equipment (tripods &  lighting). After the meeting Sean made himself available to discuss the equipment he brought for the presentation.

New Logo for Seacoast Artist Guild 2 ' 13

Seacoast Artists Guild President, Woody Bower unveiled our Guild's new logo at the guild's general membership meeting . After explaining the lengthy process the board went through to solicit then select a contemporary looking logo to replace our legally expiring logo, Woody presented a check for $500 to the local business woman and graphic artist, Ann Hyde,  whose logo design won the logo contest.

Saturday, February 2, 2013

RIP, Darrell Hill

I am so saddened to learn of the death of Darrell Hill . He was a great plein air painter and a true source of inspiration for me. He had such a unique style, and in spite of his success, was so humble. I never went to Hawaii without stopping in to visit him.  RIP Darrell. You will live on in our memories always.

"Feb. 2, 2013
Darrell Maurice Hill, 71, of Waimea, Hawaii, an Army veteran and an artist, died. He was born in Hillsboro, Ill. He is survived by wife Patricia, daughters Amee Cooper and Erin McCullough, brother Carlos and two grandchildren. Services: 9:30 a.m. Thursday at St. Juvenaly Mission Church, at Palani Road and Mamalahoa Highway, Kailua-Kona. Graveside services to follow at West Hawaii Veterans Cemetery." from http://obits.staradvertiser.com/2013/02/06/darrell-maurice-hill/