Wednesday, December 29, 2010

Repurposed mirror

A few weeks ago Crystal pulled in my driveway and couldn't wait to tell me about a "frame" she saw on the side of the road.  When I saw it I thought "are you crazy"????  It was plastic, cream, pink and ugly, and it had a few jagged pieces of a broken mirror hanging on it.  Into the back of her car it went...I might add "at her insistance".  After painting it to look like old painted iron,  I then coated the backing  in chalk board paint and wa-la~! old broken piece of junk became a wonderful treasure for my studio. 
I've always loved to have inspirational sayings posted and now I have a great place to display them.  Thanks Crystal...let's go junking~!

Sunday, December 26, 2010


It's snowing here in Columbia...not enough to make a snowman but enough to coat the roof tops and trees with a bit to spare sprinkled on the ground.  I think of Jason Sanders and Kevin Minck (amazing local artists)who are probably outside painting the beautiful countryside, eager to capture the snow on canvas before it melts away. Though I love painting in plein aire, I think, given I have a terrible cold, I'll wait for a warmer day.  I hope you're all picking up your paint brushes on this chilly day.  What a great day to get started on something new.  Don't forget to send a photo of your latest.  Some of the photos you guys have sent I would be proud to hang in my home.  Hope you've had a Merry Christmas and continue in the spirit through the new year. 

Painting on display

Imagine my delight when yet again I pulled up to a local gallery and saw one of my paintings displayed out front for their open house. 

Wednesday, December 22, 2010

Laine's Riverside Art: Tina and Willow, Tori and Kaylee

Laine's Riverside Art: Tina and Willow, Tori and Kaylee: "Brandy sent me a photo of my grand daughters walking their horses on the farm. As soon as I saw it I knew that it had to be painted......"

Tina and Willow, Tori and Kaylee

Brandy sent me a photo of my grand daughters walking their horses on the farm.  As soon as I saw it I knew that it had to be painted....I just didn't know where to begin.  I kept hearing Ms Hazel's words..."just get some paint on the canvas".  Little by little it came to life.  It was so much fun to see the surprise on the whole families face when Shelton and I took it to them last weekend for them to hang before their Christmas party. Yet another reason I paint.  I love the expression of love I am able to give with a paint brush. I must admit it looks a lot better in their home than ours though it was hard to part with after working on so many weeks.

Sunday, November 14, 2010

Fountain in Centinnial Park 11x14" canvas $95 unframed

Yesterday was such an awesome day to paint outside ...or "plein air" as the French would say.  My neighbor Susan, my sister Kay and myself headed to this awesome park in Nashville to join the Nashville Plein Air painters.  We were surprised to see lots Harley Riders who were meeting there also.  Not as peaceful as we'd hoped but sure was colorful.  Nicole, I looked for your blond hair swinging behind one of them.  We enjoyed lots of tourists and small children who were fascinated with the paints.

This is the painting I did while there and a photo of my pretty lil' sister.

Saturday, October 30, 2010

It's 2am and all I can do is think about all I want to paint.  My "sister" Crystal and I went to Ty Alexander's yesterday.  What ?????  you  don't know about Ty's?????  It is the most amazing Christmas shop I've ever seen.  It's known for lots of awesome accessories year round, but at this time of year the whole place becomes Santa's playground.  It's located in Lawrenceburg about a half hour out of Columbia.  Crystal picked up a tree that is upside down...I know~!  sounds crazy ...  and it is....but in a real unique sort of way that takes your breath.  It's huge at the top and small at the bottom.  I'll post photos when she gets it up in about a month. 
On the way home she saw an old french mirror tossed on the side of the road.  The mirror was broken but it has an awesome frame that I'm gonna' make into a sign for my art studio.  I want to see......  give me a minute to get it painted.  Oh I almost forgot the best part....Fried Green Tomatoes at Mt Pleasant Bar and Grill~!  Yum yum yum....  another "sister" Pat and I ate there a couple of weeks ago on the way home from the same shop.  What would a woman do without her "sisters" and Fried Green Tomatoes?...and I'm not talkin' about the movie...which I also love.
Have to get at least a little sleep since Mona is coming early in the morning.  We're planning to paint a companion for the woman with the umbrella.  We want to see a man with an umbrella holding roses.  If it turns out ok....I'll let you see.

Wednesday, October 27, 2010

Santa's GOOD List~!

This was way too much fun~!  I can't believe I got it ready BEFORE the week of Christmas.  I'm going to have prints available so you can write your own children's name on his "Good List".  Rodney (my oldest son) asked me not to let his girls get it before we make the list.  He's sure they won't put him on it.  Not to worry Rodney~~~~ You'll always be on my Good List~! 
Santa just got better...I had his left hand too large...much better.

Sunday, October 24, 2010

Hidden Places 8"x10" canvas

Shelton and I found this awesome spot while searching for a detour around a bridge that is still out from the flood we had this spring.  Somehow we ended up on a gravel/dirt road along a creek bed.  All of a sudden he slammed on the brakes so we could get out to see this awesome waterfall right by the road.  My sister Kay and I returned to it yesterday with our paints in tow.  WOW~!  it was even more awesome than I remembered~!  When we got there we had so little time before dark so we started painting as fast as we could.  I picked a spot where the waterfall was below and painted more of a landscape showing the leaves floating down the stream.  We plan to return and the next time I'd love to paint a close up of the waterfall.  A man in an art class told me once that he took a class where they had only an hour and a half to get on canvas what they saw.  It's about making a decision and going with it instead of being so concerned with every little detail.  It teaches you to make a decision and run with it. We did just that and both of us loved our results.  We were like two little girls running back and forth from each others paintings to say either "great" or I think it needs ".........."  whatever it needed.  It most always helps to have a second pair of eyes because it's easy to get caught up in what you think you're seeing and miss the composition of the painting.  Thanks Kay for making a wonderful day~!  I loved every minute.

Wednesday, October 20, 2010

Red Church

After painting outside with my sister Kay on Saturday....I was bit by "the bug" of plein air painting, soooo my neighbor Susan and I packed our paints as soon as we could on Sunday afternoon and headed to an old church close to where we live.  She painted hers in rust colors and mine are in reds. Just like me to be thinking of Christmas already. This is the perfect time of year to give painting outside a go~!  And then if you love it as much as I have this weekend.. ya might want to get someone else to clean the house~!...what house?????

His Colors

My sister Kay and I painted plein air at Radnor Lake last Saturday.   When I got home Shelton asked if the park was really that colorful.  I was glad I had a photo to prove it.  It was amazing~!  I may have found a new love in painting.....outside~!  It looked like God had taken giant puckets of paint and splashed them perfectly.  Amazing ...His sense of color. This is my attempt to capture the moment of the reflection along the lake.

Friday, October 15, 2010

Me And My Shadow 16"x20" canvas

This spring my brother Carl capured his little grand daughter Hope in an awesome moment as she was amazed by her shadow.  This precious little angel visited me a few short weeks this summer and I fell in love.  Her moment just had to be painted.  I love you Hope,  Aunt Laine
I've decided I should never post a painting until I live with it a couple of weeks.  I finally noticed my little Hope looked like she had two left feet...sorry baby.  I also knew something wasn't right with her jowl line so I took it to an artist friend (Darlene Shadden) who helped me see that even though I had it proportioned liked the photo, for painting you have to realize that sometimes photos lie about the diminisions.  They often leave the person looking flat when painting.  Thanks Darlene, I love this so much more now.  I've left both for you to see the difference.

Ready To Play 16"x20" Canvas

I painted this for a class in the middle of November.  I have collected snow men for years and can never seem to get enough~!  He ALMOST makes me ready for snow...I said "almost".    His red and green hat and scarf are much brighter than my photo shows.

Thursday, September 23, 2010

Hidden Spring 11"x14" on canvas $125.

I wish I could say I've been here....and I have....but only in my mind.

Mad Hen 11"x14" on canvas $75.

This one is for my grand daughters Tina and Tori~!  Just think how mad your chickens get when the dogs dare to even look their way.

Welcome Back 16"x20" on canvas $300 framed.

Last week while riding in my car,  the song "You Are My Oxygen" by Avalon came on.  I found myself singing like I haven't in a very long time.  I heard a voice whisper "Welcome back".  I painted this angel this weekend representing the welcoming of God for me.

Another Time 16"x20" canvas

Recently Shelton and I were driving through the countryside in search of the perfect tomatoes.  We happened upon rows of neatly stacked corn stalks.  I was taken by the neatness and beauty created from such  tedious labor.  It showed me that we can create a thing of beauty no matter how mundane the task.  And still I cut the giant stalks of cannas that threaten to take over my yard and "toss" them toward the compost pile.  Maybe each of us enjoys our own method of creativity.

Mountain Top 8"x10" canvas $150.

This past weekend Shelton and I went to my sister friend Crystals' condo overlooking the mountains.  I painted this of the view from the dining room window. I think life isn't about finding's about creating what's already been placed in us.... allowing that creativity to surface.  For me there are few things that are as inspiring to be creative than to be all alone with my man and my God in the mountains with a paint brush in my hand.

Wednesday, September 8, 2010

Flowers can't read

I played around with painting a mum and a tulip on some pages torn out of an old dictionary.  I know....not suppossed to tear pages out of a book ...but come on....really now....when was the last time you looked up a word on anything other than your computer?   That's what I thought.  I used to dry flowers in the pages of an old book.  When I looked at this photo it reminded me of how wonderfull it was to find a surprise I'd forgotten from the previous summer.

Lost in the music

I'm preparing to teach classes at an art shop near my home.  The owner asked if I would do a musical here goes.  It was so much fun~!

Tuesday, August 31, 2010

Sunday, August 29, 2010

Painting with friends

Last night a friend from Florida and a neighbor painted with me.  Sooooo much fun.  It was neat to see how all three of us paint so differently.  Thanks ladies for a fun night~!

Sunday, August 22, 2010

Don't let go of me 24" x 48"

One night my husband was doing his usual thumb exercises. You girls know what I'm talkin' about. It has to do with the remote control. I went upstairs and picked up my brushes and began to paint. My precious nephew had died in a car wreck a couple of years earlier. It sent me into a tailspin of questions for God like I’d never known. Shelton knew instantly that this painting expressed the longings and my reaching for the God I have loved  all my life. We laughed as I later told him that I painted the body I also remembered. It's 24" x 48".

Saturday, August 21, 2010

My Grand daughter Tina 16x20 painted on canvas with a plein air frame

This was the second painting I worked on when I returned to this medium.  It was to this day the hardest I have done.  Tomorrow I'm taking it to my son and daughter-in-law to enjoy in their new home.  I may have to paint another for myself.  I'll miss it terribly in my own home.  Tina was fishing with her Dad and her Uncle Rick who just happened to catch this shot of her.  This little girlie girl loves to fish and hang out with her Dad and Uncle.  She also loves to ride her horse Willow so having her boots beside her made the picture complete.

Sunday, August 8, 2010

Loblolly's Shop in Columbia on Walker Street

Imagine my surprise when I pulled up with a car load of my sibblings and sisters who are married to my brothers..(.it is Tennessee ya know~! ....just kidding) to my favorite shop which you probably already know about since I've talked about it for four years....what do ya think was on her front porch in a display but one of my paintings~!  Thanks Ellen...this was so fun for me ...especially with my family along.  She has it listed for $225. framed on canvas.

Sunday, July 25, 2010

Waiting 37&1/2"x16&1/2" unframed

Framed $450.
Unframed $225.
I see angels as God's workers occupying both heavenly and earthly bodies. Somethimes what I call an angel is a person who God places in my life at just the right moment.  My Pastor recently talked about God being ready to catch us no matter how far we think we are from Him.  I painted this angel to represent my guardian in waiting.

Tuesday, July 13, 2010

The Edge of Water

I remember as a child visiting the Great Smoky Mountains in Gatlinburg, Tennessee.  Later, after my sons were born , it was a favorite stomping ground for them as well.  It was then and still is one of my favorite places on earth.  Rarely did we go that we didn't see at least one black bear and what a treat if we actully saw a baby with her.  This is an 8"x10" canvas.  It's for sale at $175. framed or $125. unframed.

Peace On The Water

For the last couple of months I have been so distracted I have made very little time to paint.  It seems everytime I would plan to pick up my brushes, something would come up  or someone would call with an offer I couldn't resist and I'd lay them back down.  I seriously began to wonder if I was not enjoying it as much as I thought I had been.  This past week I've sat and stared at the canvas.  I've heard if you just go to the type writer you will begin to write so that's what I did (only my type writer is a paint brush and canvas) and sure enough.  Oh how I love this medium~! So the moral is "if you want to paint? just get some paint on the canvas~!"  Thanks again Ms. Hazel.  I sure do love you~! What a gift you've given to me.
This is on an 8"x10" canvas and is $150. unframed.  I will be glad to have it framed for you at an additional charge.

Thursday, June 17, 2010

Angel in the garden

This past weekend we used our garden to raise money for Columbia Cares.  It's an orginization that raises money to improve the lives of people with aides or anyone needing assistance.  I had painted another angel for this spot but decided it needed to be lime instead of my usual purple.  Only a crazy person would be out at 6am trying to beat the rain and the heat 2 days before the tour....but here are the results.  She was a hit of the tour~!  Once Shelton was out helping me (giving advice which he's sooooo good at) and we heard rain falling right behind our home.  We grabbed my supplies and literally ran for the basement.  IT DIDN'T RAIN~!  not even a drop.  It stopped at the street behind us~!  It was a bit comical after it was over.  Ah....the things we do.  Thanks to my friend and neighbor Susan Jones for the great photo.

Tuesday, March 16, 2010

Tina Turner / Indian Princess

Tonight my little Tina Turner angel was adopted and given the name of Indian Princess by a new friend.  Christie, I hope you enjoy her as much as I have.

Sunday, March 14, 2010


Willa, I hope you love this as much as I do.  It's on a 12" x 24" canvas.

Wednesday, February 24, 2010


Love my grand daughter Victoria's long curly hair. 16" x 20" canvas


My grand daughter Victoria called and asked why I didn't post one of her "favorite" paintings of a rooster that I painted with her pet in mind. Here you go darlin'.    8" x 10" canvas.  This little rooster went to a brand new home on a farm with lots of chicks.  He should be very happy there with my little grand daughters to look after him.

Hidden Garden

This is from a spot in my garden that is barely visible until you get right on it.  18" x 24" canvas

Snow Guardian

This afternoon a friend called on her way to visit her grand children.  She said she'd be on the road until midnight and it was snowing hard.  As I picked up my paint brushes I kept thinking of her and asking God to keep her safe.  11" x 14" canvas

Wednesday, February 17, 2010

Angels 5

These are all painted on canvas.  The green background is 16" x 20".  It's $125.   The other two are 11" x 14". and are $75. each.


I painted this from a photo that was taken when my Grandma was near sixty.  I loved going to see her in this little farm house my Gran-dad built for them to live in.  I didn't realize how sad it looked ....  to me it was an awesome home because my Grandma was there.  I remember she used "plastic" curtains in the summer.  They were very thin and covered with little flowers.  I've yet to talk to anyone who remembers plastic curtains.  She was right about her biscuits never tasting as good after her kids replaced her wood burning kitchen stove with a more safe electric oven. This is on an 11' x 14" canvas.

Four Seasons Angels

This is the first in a series of four that I am painting.  They are all 3' x 5'.  I plan to use them on the back fence in my garden.

Wednesday, February 10, 2010

Which path?

Shelton had been to a monastery in Kentucky for the weekend.  He first chose the more narrow path and found it full of statuary. He was surprised to find the most used trail to be void of man made enhancement.  Much like life..."the path least followed" is often the rewarding.

First Angel

This was my very first painted angel.  It's on an 8 x 10" canvas.