Friday, December 26, 2014

"Riding High' 48" x 24"

Last October Rick and Christopher were visiting Rodney and Brandy at their farm in Joelton, Tennessee. Our little man had chased chickens, goats and a pot belly pig until he wore his "Nami" out.  As we walked thru the woods Rick lifted him onto his shoulder giving tired little legs a rest.  I think the baby now has a new favorite place to ride. Thanks Brandy for capturing the moment that inspired this painting. I love surprising my family and friends with moments frozen on canvas.

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Painting with Michelle Conques this weekend in her home studio

I had a wonderful time painting with Michelle Conques and her daughter Autumn Bethea this weekend in Denham Springs, Louisiana.  It's about 45 minutes from New Orleans. You gotta know I ate good~! I even had fried grits thanks to Michelle's culinary skills and her husband Tony's rush to the store to return with real maple syrup.....yummmmm
Michelle has more talents than should be allowed in one woman.  Not only does she have a precious husband, she can teach art, garden, cook, and she paints unbelievable~!  Oh and did I mention she makes everyone feel like you're family in her home.  It was a wonderful weekend~!  She is one of the most encouraging artists I've ever met.  Look at her website and I'm sure you'll agree with me on her talent~!  It's
Here is a photo of her having fun in her studio....and yep those are some of her many paintings~!  I told ya, the lady's got it~!

"Tuesday's Rain" 11" x 15" unframed $300

I'm enjoying working with monochromatic color.

"Wilhelmina's Wish" 16" x 20" $2000 unframed

Sometimes I get to paint something that I really really love.  This is one of those. I love her expression.

Thursday, September 25, 2014

"Remember When" 12" x 12"

This week I have been remembering how it used to snow here.  It could be my memories as a child in West Virginia that I'm confusing with being here in Tennessee.  I decided to paint my own home as if it happened yesterday.  Do you think anyone would believe me if I had posted this as being snow in Columbia?  Not lately~!  I do love the snow but only if I don't have to go to work on those days.  What I love is the memories of my sons and their friends coming in for a bowl of chili, warming themselves around the fire while their clothes, wet from snow, were in the dryer getting ready for round two of a neighborhood snowball fight or racing down the hill on their sleds.  aaaahhhhhh ... good memories
If you'd like to have a painting of your home with your own memories; I'd love to paint it for you.  A custom painting would make a great Christmas card or gift.  I can paint it and have cards designed using the painting as the front cover customizing the words inside. Contact me for more info.

I knew when I painted this I made the sidewalk more narrow at the bottom (the closest to me) of the painting.  I knew that went against everything correct in the world of painting guidelines.  I still thought I preferred it this way to bring more focus on the house.  Well, I decided I was wrong after living with it a couple of days. So I made the sidewalk a bit wider in appearance as it gets closer to the viewer.  I guess the old masters as well as new masters actually did know what they were talking about.  ;-)  Here is the newest and finished painting with it's corrected sidewalk.

This is the photo taken yesterday
The leaves all blew away~!

Thursday, September 18, 2014

Angel 12" x 36" on 1 & 1/2" gallery wrapped canvas $ 295

This heavily textured angel would look great on a narrow wall or over/behind a lamp.
This one like so many is hard to part with.
And yet I love when they go to a good home.
It is always my hope that you too will be reminded of God's covering of our families.
I've lost count how many have been placed in good homes in my series I call:
"I've Got You Covered"
Please contact me if you wish to hang her in your home or give as a gift.

Tuesday, September 9, 2014

Painting in Montgomery Bell State Park with the very best from the court houses of Tennessee

Today I got to spend the afternoon with Crystal Green from Pulaski, TN and several of her court house friends at this beautiful park painting our hearts out~!  These women come from all over Tennessee once a year for a conference.  Last year Crystal invited me to come paint with the women while the men went golfing.  They decided to repeat the party again this afternoon.  Often you hear me comment on how surprised I am when first time painters are so creative.  This group did just that~!  They surprised me~!  And they were so much fun.  Everything from Symphony Brownies to an amazing new Barefoot Wine.  They even wore a fabulous tee shirt they had designed themselves that I meant to get a photo of but somehow forgot.  
Here is a photo of what our view was while painting. I KNOW~!  who couldn't paint looking out this window~? Anybody else want to paint in our beautiful state park?

And here is their fabulous work~!

Friday, July 25, 2014

A Walk Along the River 12' x 12"

Palette Knives and Brushes~!

A portion of the proceeds is donated to the Giles County Library

We Furnish Everything!

This will be a fun way to learn more about painting landscapes.

12" x 12" suitable for framing or displaying on an easel.

Quality Acrylic Paints that Clean Up with Water

You Will Leave With A Beautiful Painting!

The Class is 3 Hours At A Cost of $35.

Class Time:  Tuesday July 29, 2014 6-9 pm
Location:  Cardin Dist. Co. 1219 West College St. Pulaski, TN 

Additional Class Dates:
(all times are 6-9 pm on a Tuesday night at the same location)
August 19, 2014
September 23, 2014
October 14, 2014
November 18, 2014

Don't forget to call or e-mail me to reserve your easel and supplies.
Laine:  931-637-3858


Wednesday, May 14, 2014

Come Paint at Bud and Brushes May 20, 2014 6-9pm

Reserve your spot now to paint "Mother's Love" 8" x 10" with us at Cardin Dist. Company at 1219 W. College St. in Pulaski next Tuesday night!  This is a smaller painting that is a bit more challenging than some we've done in the past.  It will look great either on an easel or framed.  As always you are welcome to choose your own colors.  Recently after a class in Brentwood, a young girl presented it to her Mom who immediately burst into tears. Just sayin' ..... it's a special painting that I know you will enjoy for years to come. :-)

Thursday, March 13, 2014

March 20, 2014 Come paint with Lisa Savage!

Lisa Savage Floral Shop
100 S. Horton Pkwy. 
Chapel Hill, TN 37074

Time: March 20, 2014  6:00-9:00 PM

We furnish everything.
Quality Acrylic Paints that clean up with water
You will leave with a beautiful painting. 
The class is 3 hours at a cost of $35.00

To register contact me (Laine. Barley) by:
or phone:  931-637-3758

Bud And Brushes Art Class "Hattie" the bunny

Location: Cardin Distributing Company
1219 West College St.
Pulaski, TN 

Time: March 18, 2014  6:00-9:00 PM

We furnish everything.
Quality Acrylic Paints that clean up with water
You will leave with a beautiful painting. 
The class is 3 hours at a cost of $35.00

To register contact me (Laine. Barley) by:
or phone:  931-637-3758

Thursday, February 6, 2014

Painting with Tina Lilly at Marshall County Arts Guild

We had a blast!  How can so many first time painters....paint so well!  You gals were so much fun!  Can't wait to paint with you again!  I especially loved watching you first time painters learn some hard techniques so quickly. Pat your selves on the back and put those birds on an easel to proudly show your friends and family!  You did great!

Thursday, January 30, 2014

48" x 24" unframed $500. by Laine

This beautiful boat is painted using both palette knife (giving lots of texture) and brushes. 

"Happy Birthday Chris Cagle". 12" x 12" by Laine

My little grandson is running toward his first birthday!
 That's all the excuse I needed to paint a birthday cupcake. 
Then I decided it might be fun to paint this in a class so we could display it for any birthdays we're celebrating. As always you can choose your own colors.  I used a combination of brushes and palette knives.  You may use both or either. 

We'll be painting this at Bud and Brushes in Pulaski, TN on February 18, 2014 from 6-9 PM.
Reserve your spot early by letting either Karen Spivey or me know! 

Monday, January 20, 2014

Day 20. "Looking Down The River" 8" x 10". by Laine

This  afternoon I took my paints to the river in the warm sunshine.  The sun was so hot on my skin I went to the mirror when I go home just sure I would be blessed with a summer tan.  I was surprised at how bland the landscape looks at this time of year.  I decided to paint using the colors I so loved this past other words from memory.  I came home thinking I want to do this again tomorrow only to learn that "winter" is returning ....tomorrow.  ugh

Monday, January 13, 2014

Day 13 "Hattie" 12" x 12" upcoming class

My Maternal Grandmothers name was Hattie.  Many years ago I lovingly named a pet rabbit in her honor.  We even trained it to use a litter box.  My Grandmother was a farmer and would probably have said it would make a nice stew.  How we have changed our way of thinking....and eating.  
We'll be painting this little rabbit in classes closer to Easter.  Today I have been working on a painting for someone to give as a gift.  I'd be in trouble if I posted it and the giftee saw it before it was wrapped.  Now you know why you're getting to see little "Hattie" so early.  
I hope you're painting!

Sunday, January 12, 2014

"Little Dingy". 6" x 6" by Laine

  Yesterday my choice was to spend time with two of my grand children ....or paint.  You know my choice.  So this afternoon I knew I had to get back to my goal of 30 paintings in 30 days.  I started out to paint this in shades of blue only.  Not sure what happened or even where the red and yellow came from....but they sure showed up!   I have noticed. I am being drawn to brighter colors.  My granddaughters would disagree and tell you I still wear a lot of black.  Recently in New York I saw stores where their whole focus was on black clothing.  It's true, I promise!  I know you'll believe me, even if my girls don't.  Ahhhh, the joys of granddaughters. 

Friday, January 10, 2014

Day 10. "Ready To Sail" 6" x 6" $125. by Laine

This would be such a bright spot sitting on a mantle or end table.  It would even fit on a book shelf. It would rest on a easel just like it is or framed if you prefer.

Day 9 that I forgot to post. 6" x 6" Not For Sale

Yesterday was one of those crazy days that though I was busy, it just didn't feel like I was productive, not that I didn't do several things that were important, yet at the end of the day, I certainly couldn't account for the last 12 hours.  ugh
Today is a good day!  
I have admired the work of artist Elio Camacho for his use of color.  My sister Kay took his workshop and came back saying not only his use of color was impressive, but also the amount of rolls of paper towels he went thru was huge.  :-)   I certainly relate to him.
This painting is really not my own although I did paint it.  It is my attempt to copy his use of color in order to learn to use such vibrant color.  Often I forget one of the ways of learning to paint is to copy both past and contemporary artists.  I learn so much when studying their work that I can now apply to my own originals.  For obvious reasons I won't be selling this piece mainly because I don't have his permission to copy his work.   
To enjoy and learn from his work you can google "Elio Camacho" images.  I hope you enjoy it as much as I have.  

Wednesday, January 8, 2014

Day 8 "It's Cold Outside" 12" x 12" $250. by Laine. Sold

Day 8 .... how many to go?  :-)    
This week I have studied several artist' paintings of snow from Monet to Schmidt.  I knew I wanted to paint a snow scene but had no idea where to begin.  One thing I found I loved was the blue tones in Monet's snow scenes.  It felt both happy and yet I thought it depicted the feeling of just how cold it must be.  We did get a dusting of snow this week here in Columbia, but nothing like where my imagination took me.  I remembered as a child living in West Virginia how excited we were when not only was the ground completely covered, but we could build snow forts in the huge drifts.  I hope this painting brings sweet childhood memories for you as it has for me. 

Tuesday, January 7, 2014

Day 7 "Reach Out And Touch" 10" x 8" by Laine

Day 7 ...One week done and only three to go!  I took the photo I used for this painting last fall.  Maybe it's my age, I find myself fascinated with clouds like I don't remember in my first youth. :-)  
As many times as I've painted them, I still struggle painting clouds as I see them.  The truth is these appeared to have much more yellow.  I wasn't pleased with my painting with the vivid yellow I thought I saw.  I plan to paint clouds a few more times this month because I want to improve my ability to show the awesomeness I see when I often pull onto the side of the road and pull out my camera. Did I say camera?  I meant I pull out my PHONE,  Now that really dated me!  ouch!
This afternoon once again I am awestruck that we have been gifted with the ability of not only seeing colors but to be able to create something that we can share with others. I like to think we are co-creating with God.  How generous of Him.

Monday, January 6, 2014

Day 6 "Walk Along The River" 12" x 12" by Laine

Day 6 ~!  Woo Hoo!  I am finding I'm actually enjoying the discipline this is requiring to make myself focus on painting everyday.  While I work on something to do with art and my classes most everyday anyway, I don't always make time to actually paint.....which is crazy since painting is one of my favorite things I do. I probably should have put a little snow in this one considering we have our first snow this winter that has stayed on the ground. I made the water a bit blue for the rivers here in Tennessee.....probably because I'm dreaming of walking along clear water in a warmer climate.  We will be painting this one in February where I'll be glad to help you make your water more like the Duck or Harpeth Rivers if you'd prefer.

Sunday, January 5, 2014

Day 5 "When I Grow Up". 10" x 8" by Laine

Day 5 of 30 paintings this month.
I played with a palette knife tonight.  I love when a hyacinth first begins to show it's color.  I always get so excited hoping it will fully develop.  Maybe I'll paint it again showing it in full bloom.  

Saturday, January 4, 2014

Day 4 "Mother's Love". 10" x 8". by Laine

Day 4....only 26 to go!   I don't remember where I found this photo.  It could be one I took at my son's farm.  They have about a dozen fainting goats and have several actually birthed there on the farm.  I love seeing how gentle and loving the mother goats are with their young.   I plan to offer this painting as a class in April in celebration of Mother's Day. 

Friday, January 3, 2014

Day 3 "I Love A Red Bird" 12" x 12" by Laine

Sometimes I can hardly believe both of my sons, my daughter-in-law and one of my grand daughters can make a computer DANCE!  Me???  I can't even pay it to do simple moves!  My escapades with it all afternoon would be funny if not so frustrating.  I have both my HP laptop AND my I-pad open at the same time.  One will do one part of a flyer ...but not save it.  The other will do another guessed it...and not save it!  ugh!  Well I think I must have "tricked" them both since after several hours of frustrations I was able to not one but two flyers to almost 500 students!  Whew!  Do I get any sympathy?  Why can't I just paint with you guys and leave this computer stuff up to .....whoever!  
Ok ...time to go dancing and get rid of all this stress.
Oh's my painting for day 3 of my 30 paintings for January.  Hope you like it.  I will be using it for several classes this month.  Happy painting!

Thursday, January 2, 2014

Day 2 "Just Hangin' Out" 12 x 12" Palette Knife and Brushes with Acrylic Paint

When I was in France about a year ago I was able to travel through many small towns.  I was always amazed at the colors of the homes and the beautiful flowers most everywhere.  Today for my second painting for January (I know...I have a long way to go...:-) ,  I decided to paint from some of the almost 600 photos I took while there.  I actually combined a couple to get this composition.   Going through these makes me ache to return.  Oh I almost forgot....where ever I went I saw laundry hanging to dry.  Often it was even hanging on railing over a store front.  I came to enjoy seeing something that represented their every day life.  I also wondered if it actually helped with their utility bills.  I'm not so sure it's a good idea to hang my "things" on the rails of my front porch.