Day 30 of 30 in 30- Finis!

Day 30-  I finished one day early.   Its not that easy having a painting to post daily, and I ran out! I always start these paintings with tons of ideas, and some just don’t work out.  Or I just am not ready to share them yet as I am still working on some.  My favorite paintings were the view from the Poly, because it reminded me of a wonderful trip I took home, and the dress shoppe.  And there were some more favorites, as I paint what I love, so why wouldn’t most be my favorites?

I hope you enjoyed following me through another challenge!  Next one is in the fall.  Until then, I will be painting as often as I can, as I believe in the old saying “practice makes perfect!


If you have a minute, please let me know what painting you liked the most.  Thanks to anyone that takes the time to do so!



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Day 15 of 30 in 30- The view from the Poly

Day 15 – This was the view from my room, many years ago when I stayed at the Polynesian. It was our 10 year wedding anniversary, and we upgraded to the Poly, as a gift to us. We could not afford a great view, and were shocked when we got this fabulous view. Every night the fireworks would go off over the castle, and my son loved watching them from his bed. (When we were in the room, lol) If you look to the right of the hotel, you will see the castle, above the monorail.

This was one of my favorite trips, as we went with our best friends and their girls. Hope you enjoy this view as much as I did!

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Day 13 of 30 in 30- Sunset at Tea House

Day 13 – This is a painting inspired when I visited the Marble House this winter. The Marble house is a “cottage” in Newport, Rhode Island. In reality, its actually an incredibly large mansion, on Bellevue Avenue, and this tea house is in its backyard. This tea house was built by Alva Vanderbilt, who hosted tea parties for women’s suffrage, or the right to vote. Newport has quite a history of wealthy families, their homes, and rich heiresses that made matches with Englishmen with titles. A lot of English families lived on their large estates, and needed a surge of wealth to maintain their homes and staff depending on them. A match with these wealthy heiresses filled the coffers and saved them from ruin, but sadly most matches were of convenience and not love. If you are local to New England, it is definitely worth a trip to see these “cottages” and the beautiful Ocean Drive area.  If I sound like an add for Newport’s tourism, its because I have been going there for years and love to visit!

This was the tea house one late afternoon, touched by a pinkish, orange sunset.  I started this painting with a palette knife, but gave up and finished it with brushes.  I did keep some of the palette knife strokes, but its mostly brush strokes.  I hope to try the palette knife again sometime, as I do enjoy a challenge!



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Day 12 of 30 in 30- Viviana’s View

Day 12 – This is the view from Viviana’s room.  She is lucky enough to have a view overlooking the lake where she lives. I don’t know about you, but I find something magical about a water view.  The way the lights, clouds, sky and moon reflect on the water is always mesmerizing to me.  I wish I had a view to enjoy like this!

This is based on a photo taken by her Mom, who feels the same about water as I do.  She is always posting beautiful pics of the lake, and I knew she would enjoy a painting.  Seeing how I was going to her home for the holidays, I knew it would make a perfect hostess gift.  One of the benefits of having an artist in your family. 🙂

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Day 11 of 30 in 30- Patriotic Flowers

Day 11 – I saw these beautiful flowers last summer and snapped a pic, knowing I would paint them one day.  With the dreariness of winter, it sure is nice to see some bright, colorful flowers, and a colorful American flag.

I have over 11,000 pics on my phone.  You don’t have to read that again, you read it correctly, 11,000.  And I just became a Grandmother for the first time, so goodness knows that’s going to increase substantially.  I take lots of pics, as I use them for different paintings.  Sometimes, it may be a small one like this, and other times this may go on a pretty porch on someone’s house.

This is a small painting, and has a bow for hanging. There is a link below the image to visit my etsy shoppe, or to visit the blog for the challenge to see more art.

Hope you enjoying the art I have been creating! At this point I would love to hear from you!  Its not always easy listening to crickets, lol! Whether its a comment to keep going, or if you like my art, I would love to hear it!

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Day 10 of 30 in 30- Café De Flore

Day 10 – Café De Flore-This painting was inspired a while ago, when I saw a painting that my art teacher Candace, had done.  I loved the plantings on the roof, and never forgot it.  So while using  google street view, I looked the café up, and saw this view.  I imagined me and my daughter eating a delicious lunch, and hope that dream comes true someday!  I added a dress shoppe next door, as I love painting them.  Later in the challenge I painted an enchanted dress shoppe, and its my favorite painting yet!

This painting is a reminder of some of the beauty that exists in Paris.  If you have been lucky enough to visit, this will remind you of a wonderful time.  If you are like me, you may be still dreaming of a visit, and hopefully you and I will make it there one day!

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Day 9 of 30 in 30- Gaynes Homestead

Day 9 – This painting was  a gift for my cousin in Atlanta.  She has been very good to me over the years, and I adore her.  She flew up immediately when my Mom passed, and got us through the first few days of shock, for which I am eternally grateful.  She also gives wonderful gifts at Christmas, and I was at a loss this year as to what to send to her.  Then I remembered how she enjoys my art. So what could be better than a portrait of your home?  I enlisted her sister and her hubby’s help (Thank you Curtis and Leslie!)  and they took pics of her home so I would have a reference.  Lucky for me, it snowed there, which is not a normal occurence in Atlanta!

My cousin, her hubby, and 5 boys are avid athletes, and basketball is their favorite sport.  So I added a basketball and hoop to show their love of the sport.  Lastly I added the moose that my Dad made for her a few years ago.  She had seen a post I posted about how my Dad had made some moose for the ones he loved.  And I got a message… Where is my moose? So my Dad got to work on one for her.  She is proud of her moose from Moosup and tells everyone about her uncle that made it for her.  He has become a landmark in her neighborhood, as how often do you see a moose in Atlanta?

If you  look close at the moose’s shadow, you will see a heart.  A symbol of the love I have for her and her family.  If you scroll down past the painting you will see a photo of me and my cousin in our younger days.  I have such fond memories of her throughout my childhood, and wish we lived closer.  Love you more cousin!

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My cousin and I at my birthday party,  and years later with my Daughter in Newport, RI.



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