Sunday, August 31, 2008

Holiday Weekend

Most Americans will spend this holiday weekend escaping from work. Enjoying time with friends at the beach or home.
We'll play and laugh, relax with friends, do almost anything except "work."I paint for a living. I paint to relax.I paint to have fun. But I hope you'll take a moment over the weekend to give thanks for the work you do as I do for mine. Your creative work makes a contribution to this small planet. In some small way, each of us contributes our energy, our talent, our skill to making better, and I suspect that's how God intended it.
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Thursday, August 28, 2008


Success and failure are the result of small steps, taken over time, one after another. Mansions are built of small, ordinary bricks, piled one on top of another. Marathons are completed one step at a time. What do you want? What sort of life would you prefer? You can have it, one day at a time. But you must walk in the direction you want to go.

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Monday, August 25, 2008


I am in love with goals. If goals were a vegetable, I would pick bushels of them, eat them until I was sick, and then freeze the rest so that I could have a continuous supply of goals through the cold months.
One thing I have learned about goals, however, is that, like vegetables, if you don't use 'em or freeze 'em right away, they go bad. Some of them go bad in a spectacular fashion. Like if you vow to lose 20 pounds at the beginning of the year, forget about the goal, and then discover Haagen-Daas ice cream sometime in June . . . not only is that goal to lose weight gone bad, but it's bad like stinking in the bottom of your crisper drawer bad. With rotten goal juice eeking around it.
And other goals go bad in a sort of failure to stay relevant way. Like if you suddenly crave sweet potatoes and buy a ton of them. If you don't cook all of them, you'll have those few lonely ones left over. They'll never go bad in a fantastically awful way, but you'll end up throwing them away after eight months because you just don't want them anymore. So goals should be checked often and the ones that are really timely ought to be attacked immediately.Continue reading "You Gotta Have Goals" at Red Easel . I have a goal of finishing this Organic Series by Oct.

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Sunday, August 24, 2008

Painting a day 8/23/08

I got this lovely summer squash at an out door stand at near by farm.

I thought before I ate them. I would do a few paintings. The nice curve of the steam and the lovely yellow color were so inviting.I couldn't resist giving it a try.

I sat up a shadow box made from some old painting boards that I had painted white.

I better look at the set up. It's nothing special but it does the trick.

I started with a quick sketch done in a sepia colored oil.

I began filling in some of the shaded areas.

I worked on the local color and added detail to some of the areas.

Here I blend some of the color.

The image begins to take form.

a closer look at detail

This is my studio or a part of it where I work in oils.

The finished master piece.

Summer Squash daily painting 229 for 2008.
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Tuesday, August 19, 2008

Back in Michigan

Off the Beaten Path
Off the Beaten Path, painting by Delilah Smith

About This Painting:
Off the Beaten Path is a plien air landscape done in Michigan.I'm back from Ireland and had to get out in this beautiful Michigan landscape and do a Plien Air Painting .One thing about bumping over a few time zones, your sleep habits tend to get disrupted. I'm generally in the studio at 5 a.m. doing one thing or the other but now it had to pull myself out of bed because I've been up half the night. I've always been a night person. I think it started when I was in College and work so many late night jobs, then would come home all wound up and had to keep going because I was too awake to think about sleeping. I've actually been caught sleeping in.I think the early morning hours are best for sleeping about 10 min before you should get up is the best it's so nice and cool with a slow breeze just moving the curtain and the air smell of fresh cut hay. I also like to eat very late. This was a problem in Ireland,in the rural areas they roll up the streets at 9:30.Late dinner like myself have to get moving or have a late night cap of Guinness. Guinness is served until the pub closes.

Description of artwork
TITLE: Off the Beaten Path
This work has been clear coated to protect your investment
Title: Off the Beaten Path
Style: impressionism
Size: 10x12
Colors: green,yellow ochre,colbalt blue,yellow, alizrarin Crimsom,dixazine purple
Medium: oil
Texture: some
Support: canvas mounted on hardwood panel
Shipping: -USPS Priority
Ready to Hang: no needs to be framed
Signature: Always Signed

10x12 oil on a Rey Mar artist hardboard panel, ready to frame.

Media: oil
Size: 10 in X 12 in (25.4 cm X 30.5 cm)

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Saturday, August 16, 2008

The happy winner recieved her painting

Hello Delilah!

I received the painting recently. And it is absolutely stunning!
I love it so much!

I look forward to seeing more of your artwork on the blog.

Thanks again!


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Tuesday, August 05, 2008

Art verses Poetry

"Poetry is superior to painting in the presentation of words, and painting is superior to poetry in the presentation of facts. For this reason I judge painting to be superior to poetry." (Leonardo da Vinci) "The greatest deception men suffer is from their own opinions." (Leonardo da Vinci)

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Monday, August 04, 2008

Crooked Tree Arts Center

Paint Out 2008 at the Crooked Tree Arts Center in Petoskey Michigan was a wonderful successe. Painters came from all areas of Michigan and near by states to paint the wonderful area near and around Petosky.

If you have never visited the area it is worth the trip. The downtown area is wonderful. It boasts many parks and there are inviting beaches for the weary walker to sit on, with nicely shades areas and a view of Lake Michigan that is breath taking.

A group of artist tak a break and enjoy the cheese and wine at the reception.

Find a wonderful area to paint was no problem. The beaches were bright and cheerful the day was sunny and the view from anywhere offered a painted all kinds of ideas.

The Harbor Park area with the boat docks was one of the areas I stopped to paint at.

The artist all came back to the gallery by 6 PM with wet painting framed. There was a reception celebrating with wine and cheese. All the work created was hung and 5 paintings sold that night. Painting will be on display and for sale until the 30th of August. If you are in the Petoskey area stop at the Crooked Tree Arts Center or one of the many galleries around town, grab some ice cream or fudge and enjoy the view.

A group of Artist gather to talk about the days work at the art center.

Oh Yes, and here I am with the days framed oil paintings.

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