Monday, December 31, 2007

This is my little granddaughter Morrigan. The portrait was commissioned by her other grandmother.

Saturday, December 29, 2007


A friend alerted me to the fact that paintings of crows are very popular on Ebay; so of course, I was motivated to get on the bandwagon! So far, it's going so well, that I think I'll be painting crows for a while! Fun!

Monday, December 24, 2007

Another still life with with reflections and a colourful sphere......two of my favourite things to paint!

Saturday, December 22, 2007

With Christmas so close, I'm still thinking in "red and green"!

Thursday, December 20, 2007

I must be in the Christmas mood, painting such a red/green painting! This is what they call a Chinese pear in the grocery store. I love it's luscious colours! It tasted pretty good too!

Monday, December 17, 2007

This has been done in oil pastel on sanded pastel paper. Still loving my oil pastels, especially the Senneliers!

Saturday, December 15, 2007

This one doesn't really qualify as a new painting; I completed it about a month ago; but today I decided to change the colour of the background, and now I like it better...

Thursday, December 13, 2007


I've certainly been eating a lot more fruit since I began doing still lifes from life!!

Wednesday, December 12, 2007

Saturday, December 8, 2007

Just a little ACEO for today..........

Wednesday, December 5, 2007


More oranges today! This is an ACEO, so it measures a mere 2.5" by 3.5". My blue enamel pie plate is coming in very handy for my still life paintings!
This one is for sale in my shop at (Type joyart to find me there).

Tuesday, December 4, 2007

I'm still finding it a challenge to work with acrylics but I'm determined to keep at it! This is a quick study I did today; the masonite panel is a little rough around the edges, since I cut it with a razor knife...........I'd love to know where I can get ready-cut masonite in the 6" by 8" size range.

Thursday, November 29, 2007


This is a larger version of "Lady Weighing Gold", my copy of a segment of Jan Vermeer's painting.
It measures 8" by 10" and is painted in oil on Masonite Board. This painting was commissioned by a customer.

Monday, November 26, 2007


This ACEO was inspired by the many lovely old buildings and barns I drove by on a snowy day last weekend. I just love those lonely, decrepit farm buildings!

Friday, November 23, 2007


After a rather frustrating first attempt, during which I was getting bogged down with detail, I finally started over and came up with this quick study. Doing the quicker study helps me to stay looser in my work, and that's what I'm aiming for!

Wednesday, November 21, 2007


This little aceo sold within about two minutes of being posted on www.etsy. com. (A great place for you to shop, by the way!)

Tuesday, November 20, 2007

Well, it seems that the tiny ACEO's are more likely to attract customers on ebay than the larger paintings do, so I think I'll be making more of them as my Daily Painting. Got to be able to keep buying paints and groceries!!

Friday, November 16, 2007

Painting with acrylics is so much faster, I actually completed TWO paintings today!!
Love these smooth stones. Not sure what to do with them, but I think they look pretty in this glass vase!
I'm definitely loving the acrylics! It's the answer to getting a painting done each day; It will still take more time before I'm totally at home with this medium. I feel like I've gone over to "the enemy side"! But I think there's now no turning back!

Thursday, November 15, 2007


O.K. I'm back to acrylics! I was having such a busy week, I just couldn't seem to finish a painting in oil in one day. Doing this one in acrylics has fueled my intention to keep working with that medium. Not only does the paint dry quickly, there is no smelly turpentine to deal with........and water is free!

Wednesday, November 14, 2007

I love the shape of pears. Still trying to achieve a "looser" look in my work....

Tuesday, November 13, 2007


This little ACEO was painted several months ago; just thought I'd post it since I couldn't get my painting for today finished before the light failed and a good digital photo became impossible! I painted a series of ACEO's which were copies of paintings of the Old Masters. Vermeer is definitely one of my favourite painters!

Friday, November 9, 2007


This little piggy is a sculpture that my daughter Emily gave me once. I think s(he) is JUST adorable!!! I love the feeling of blissful relaxation the sculptor managed to portray!

Wednesday, November 7, 2007


I didn't quite finish my painting for today, so I'm posting an ACEO which I did some months ago........just to keep this blog interesting!

Tuesday, November 6, 2007


I decided to try and paint on one of those thin cedar boards that they sell in the stores for grilling. I'd rather paint on them than cook on them!

Saturday, November 3, 2007


I worked on several projects today, so I only had time to create this ACEO for my daily painting. (ACEO stands for Art Cards, Editions and Originals).

Thursday, November 1, 2007

I am loving the masonite panels as a painting surface!

Tuesday, October 30, 2007


I think I'll use Gessoed Masonite for my canvas from now on! The paint dries much quicker than it does on canvas.

Sunday, October 28, 2007

I only had time to do an ACEO (2.5" by 3.5") because of a day spent at a Craft Show.

Wednesday, October 24, 2007

Still haven't eaten my persimmons! They're faithfully posing for me these days...

Tuesday, October 23, 2007

I've never tasted one of these but they have a colour and shape that cries out to be painted!

Monday, October 22, 2007

Another painting done with the wet-on-wet style. Challenging, but fun!

Sunday, October 21, 2007


I think I wore my fingerprints off working the oil pastel into the sanded paper!

Saturday, October 20, 2007

I just love my old enamel coffee longer useful for serving coffee, but great for still life paintings!

Thursday, October 18, 2007

Wednesday, October 17, 2007

This is a second one for this day, October 17.

This is the "oil" version of the two kinds of pears. Luckily I had most of it done before my two year old grandson, Gus, came for a visit; he saw the still life setup, and happily took the luscious red pear and began to eat it!

Tuesday, October 16, 2007

My friend Martha, also an artist, suggested I might like to work in acrylics for my daily paintings, since oil takes so long to dry. I usually don't like acrylics too much, but found this little painting a pleasure to do! Thanks for the suggestion, Martha!

Monday, October 15, 2007

I had great fun doing this one; I think I'm getting closer to achieving the "painterly" look that I want .....It helps to paint quickly, which is what one has to do in order to produce a painting-a-day!

Sunday, October 14, 2007

Just a quick study of a mango for today's painting. With church on Sundays, and family over for lunch, there isn't much time to paint!

Saturday, October 13, 2007


I bought these lovely pears this morning; Now that I'm finished my painting, I can eat them! This painting has been done with Oil Pastels. I'm finding it a challenge to complete works in oil paint, because the wet-on-wet technique doesn't always want to work!

Friday, October 12, 2007


This is my painting for the day; Painting the garlic proved to be a bit trickier than I'd anticipated.....I really had to work on the different values.

Thursday, October 11, 2007


Well, here's my first "daily painting"! This is an ACEO, meaning it measures a mere 2.5" by 3.5". It will be posted on ebay and can be found by typing the word "joyart" into the ebay search bar.
One more example of my previous work. From now on, I'll be posting my paintings "fresh off the easel"!
Just to show an example of a larger work, here is my painting of a young duck. This painting measures 11" by 14" and is done in Oils on Masonite board.

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Welcome to my blog! Since I have been creating daily paintings for the last two years, I'd love to join a Daily Painters Group; they require that I keep a blog for several months before I can qualify to, here I am! Currently all my work is sold through Ebay, to people who collect ACEO's, which stands for Art Cards, Editions and Originals. These paintings must measure the size of a playing card (2.5" by 3.5") in order to qualify as an ACEO. I plan to post both sold and unsold work. If you are interested in acquiring one of my paintings, you can email me. Many of my first posts will show the tiny paintings, but my plan is to make larger ones as well!