Monday, November 30, 2009

Lonely Tree

Art Every Day Month (AEDM) has been a blast and I am thankful that I found Leah's website. Thank you to all who have left comments. Thank you also to Leah Piken Kolidas, who started the Creative Every Day blog, and inspires all of us to live a creative life. I hope to continue on with Creative Every Day, the year-long challenge. Even though my AEDM paintings aren't masterpieces, I feel accomplished.

The past two days I've felt like painting in black and white. Maybe it's my dull mood from the weather. I love black and white though! Here is the painting I worked on this morning based on a photo that I took at Garden of the Gods last summer, the last of my AEDM paintings for 2009!

8 X 10 Acrylic on Canvas Board

Sunday, November 29, 2009

Winter I

This is the first of a series of winter
paintings I am going to be working on.

8 X 10 Acrylic on Canvas Board 

Whimsical Cornstalk

I actually painted this on Friday and didn't get around to posting it until today.

8 X 10 Acrylic on Canvas Board

Pine trees

8 X 10 Acrylic on Canvas Board

I haven't had much success in the past couple of days coming up with something to paint. I know I know...I can paint anything around me. I've just not had much inspiration today. So here are some trees. When all else fails, practice painting trees and clouds! :)

Friday, November 27, 2009


6 X 8 in Acrylic on Canvas Board

Thursday, November 26, 2009

Simply Pure - a monochrome grouping project

Happy Thanksgiving!

6 X 8 Acrylic on Canvas Board (all three pieces)

I decided to work on a project today and yesterday that would consist of a grouping of all the same size canvas and each painting would be monochromatic. I chose green, blue, and purple because I wanted to stay in the cool range of colors. The above photo is similar to what the grouping might look like hanging on a wall. I just finished the blue piece today.

I arranged each painting side by side on the table, snapped a photo, then put white dividers in between them in GIMP (freeware photo editing software).

Simply Blue

6 X 8 Acrylic on Canvas Board
This is the last of my monochromatic grouping! Getting ready to post all three together in the same photo to see how they look together.

Wednesday, November 25, 2009

Simply Green

6 X 8 Acrylic on Canvas Board
This is the second of a three-part monochromatic grouping that I am creating. The next one will be in blue. The last one (in purple) can be seen in my previous post.

Simply Purple

6 X 8 Acrylic on Canvas Board

Just another practice landscape painting while attempting to paint it in monochrome. This is my first monochromatic painting. I can see where I could have put some more contrast into it...maybe add a few highlights here and there. I wanted to paint another 8 X 10, but I ran out of 8 X 10 canvas board and Michael's is closed.

Tuesday, November 24, 2009

Go away, wicked witch!

6 X 8 Acrylic on Canvas Board

Wrote and posted this story at 9:00 pm, about 18 hours after the original post of the piece...

This painting was inspired by the movie "The Wizard of Oz." But after I got about halfway through the painting process in this piece, I had an intense feeling that this picture relates to my current life.

My mom is very ill right now. I'll try to describe how this piece translates. The tornado (swirlys) and bright colors represent the range and intensity of my emotions. I'll explain. The blue in the center is representative of when I feel sad. The outer edge (the red), represents my feeling the need to take immediate action to help my mom.

The other swirly colors in between the red and blue (orange, yellow, green) represent the rest of my emotions...almost like going through Elizabeth Kubler-Ross' Stages of Grief, which can be applied to many different situations. In Kubler-Ross' model, one can move from the first stage to the second or beyond, and then take a plunge back to the first stage. One day I am angry at the illness, the next day I am sad, and so forth. It's like a cycle (tornado) for me right now.

So you might be wondering what the witch is all about. The witch is the sickness itself and I want it to go away! As far as the house, it represents my family and how our lives have been effected by the illness.

Need all the prayers you can offer!

Update! -- As of December, my mom is doing much better!

~ Lori

P.S. Thank you for all of your nice comments.

Sunday, November 22, 2009


A Christmas present for a friend...!

8 X 10 in. Acrylic on Canvas Board

Saturday, November 21, 2009

Abstract Lake & Foliage

6 X 8 in. Acrylic on Canvas Board

Iced Lake

6 X 8 in. Acrylic on Canvas Board

Friday, November 20, 2009


6 X 8 in. Acrylic on Canvas

Thursday, November 19, 2009

Mountain View

6 X 8 inch Acrylic on Canvas Board

This painting was inspired by my brother's photo at

Thursday, November 12, 2009

Standing Tall

I hit the acrylic jackpot!

Yep, I hit the jackpot baby! I just discovered my mom has a gazillion acrylic paints hidden away in her arts and crafts room. How dandy is that! I tried watercolor painting but have found it to be very frustrating. There are many pros and cons to watercolor and I am finding that for me, there are more cons. I am going to try my hand at acrylics and see if I like that medium better.

I am currently working on a video for a DBSA (Depression and Bipolar Support Alliance) contest -- kind of like a "mini documentary." After I get that wrapped up, a painting I go!

Ta Ta for now!