Koi Happiness – A painting a day

Koi Happiness

A small 4 by 6 watercolor painting of Koi. I love the look of fish underwater and I think watercolor captures the look better then any other medium.  The white diagonal line on the lower right is actually a reflection and will not be on the final painting.  This definately has an Asian feel.

Deep Water Koi – A painting a day

Deep water Koi, originally uploaded by shantmarie1.

This small painting is a postcard painting and is in response to all of you who are collecting my Koi paintings. The size is post card size and will fit nicely in a 4 by 6 opening of a typical 5 by 7 mat.
Enjoy, It won’t last. The actual painting is slighly lighter in value.


For those of you who are interested in Cinema:

 My Review for  “DEXTER”

This weekend I watched a preview of DEXTER the new crime drama on SHOWTIME. The first thing I will mention is the fact that a lot of this first show is narrated by the main character, Dexter. Its about a forensic’s investigator/serial killer.  I will say this, Its different. I enjoy watching crime mysteries, but this is off the wall.  First off, the guy works for the Miami police department, with all of the Geek CSI types but at night he’s out roaming the streets.  He is  a hero of sorts (if you can call a cold blooded killer, a hero) because he is only killing off people that are guilty of crimes but somehow got off.    Rapists, murders and such, you get the idea.  Since his dad was a detective, he learned all the tricks & knows how to commit a crime without leaving any evidence.  Like many of these crime dramas, the lighting is dark and shadowy during the night shots and there is a aura of mystery to what he’s doing, while the day shots are of him at the police department being very perceptive and getting all the clues.  Of course we know this is because he has the killer’s perspective so to speak.   The characters are his sister who is a bit of a dingy chick who wants to work homicide but as a cop they have her working vice picking up Johns.  The Lieutenant, a beautiful and talented actress who has the hots for Dexter, but Oh yeah, forgot to mention, Dexter isn’t into sex.  A girlfriend, that just got out of a pretty abusive relationship and because of her past is also not interested in sex.

Dexter’s dad is used to help the viewer figure out what happened to Dexter to turn him into a killer and is brought into the scenes as memory.  This show is filled with some other great charaters  but they are the usual hard hitting detective types or the nerdy Asian CSIs and it is Miami, so there is more then the occasional Hispanic.

Here’s the Link if you want to watch it yourself.  The password is

 :sneak peek


If you do not like blood, I would not advise watching, it is for mature audiences and has bad language and some nudity.

 I think it will be on free  (preview weekend) on showtime  October 6 thru 13th.

I give it 3+ out of 5 stars




Silly or stupid things people say to you when your painting, OR Why most people won’t paint in public – A Painting a day, Beagle Love

#1.  Wow that’s cool, what is it?

#2. You paint?  My (fill in blank here… with) brother, father, mother cousin etc.. paints too, but their really good.

#3   So, how much do you charge for a painting of this size?  That much?   

#4   How long does it usually take you to paint a painting?   (I’m thinking, not as long as when people don’t bother me).

#5 You know what would be good in that painting, (pick one) A deer, a house, a hunter, seashells, fishing pole…Etc.. You get the idea. You can’t believe the suggestions!

#6 I’d love to have a painting like this, but could you change (insert any of these) :color, size,  format, subject matter, or all of the above.

#7 What in the world  are you doing out here?

#8 I paint once in awhile, but I do real paintings, u know, oil?

#9 So, what is this called?  Water-color, yeah we learned to do that in grade school.

#10 Man you’re great, you should have your stuff on QVC.  (my favorite)

#11 The name for this painting should be …___________________ The answer can be anything they dream up, then they act affronted when I don’t readily agree.  

#12 Are you an Artist or do you just paint? ( I would hope the work speaks for itself)

I put these comments on my blog just for fun; don’t ever let people influence you not to paint. If you have any of your own silly statements, send them in as comments, I’ll be glad to post them.

Dogwood A Painting a day


This small painting is about 6 inches by 6 inches  and was actually painted only because I was painting it as a demonstration piece.  These demos don’t always turn out, but when someone asked me if I ever sell the demos, I thought “she’s right, its good enough to stand on its own” So here is the painting for today.   If you ever think about teaching,  you should consider a demonstration as part of the class.  I find the actual paint while explaining method is invaluable. If you’ve been painting for a long time, you forget how a beginner thinks.  The student on the other hand has no understanding of your thought process and to allow someone to see you paint from start to finish helps them understand your methods and approach.  The problem  for the teacher is the interuption, with questions and of course the drying paint . You have to be able to field questions and paint at the same time.  Anyone who paints in watercolor understands the timing of the application is one of the most important aspects of the painting process.

Baby Acorns – A painting a day

I picked this limb of baby acorns off the ground while gardening on friday. Its been sitting on my painting table just begging to be painted. 

 Baby Acorns

 As you can see I didn’t paint  the background, but sometimes  I like the starkness of white against a nature study.  If I were to put color in, I would probably use one of the colors that are already inthe painting. 

For you artists   here are the colors…. burnt sienna+ sepia,  sepia+ sap green, orange lake, yellow green, yellow orange, cobolt blue and burn’t sienna.

TEN WEIRD THINGS THIS WEEK – A painting a day, The Bird Nest

bird nest

I know this isn’t a painting but it is my post for “a painting for today”.

Of course, its actually a drawing, I drew it while out in my back yard. I found this bird’s nest on the ground which had apparently blown down from the large trees and was just laying there. I thought it was beautiful with the leaf tucked in under the egg.

Probably the possum that lives behind my house will have the egg for dinner later tonight.

On with the list:


1. Woke up and found a HUGHE dog bone laying on the pillow next to my face.

2. Lost my cell phone, called my-self only to hear it ringing in the trash can.

3. Went to the drive thru at Mc donalds, got my order and found a note inside the bag from one of the employees saying they thought it was neat that I bought cheese burgers for my 3 dogs whenever I came in.

4. Sat in traffic and had misgivings about waving away some homeless guy only to see both motorists on either side of me give him bills.

5. Literally ran like hell and hid in the woods from the park rangers, cause I was off of the trails and had my dogs off leash.

6. Found a tick in my underwear. Luckily no bite found.

7. Looked for ten minutes for my favorite painting brush, found it when I went into the bathroom and looked in the mirror, it was tucked in behind my ear.

8. Wanted some croutons for my salad, climbed up on the counter, ( yeah, I am short) to get some from the top shelf and screamed like a banshee when a mouse came out of the box. The mouse bounced off my chest and flew across the kitchen and disappeared under the sink.

9. Rented season 2 of “Rescue Me” from the video store got home and the DVD was “Ferris Bueller’s day off”.

10. Walked out to talk to the Mail girl and wondered why she kept looking at my feet. I was wearing a lavender flip flop on my right foot and a pink flip flop on my left. I’m pretty sure I didn’t noticed it for hours.

There was a tie for tenth place with this one… You can decide which one was worse (or better).

I’ve been sharing a bathroom ever since the flood, (see post Aug 31) and couldn’t figure out why my hair looked like crap all week. Found out I have been using men’s body wash with deodorant rather then shampoo.

Its a good thing that I was sick this week cause I was in bed the first two days, that means most of this stuff happened the other three days. Next week is bound to get better, I could blame it on the medication, they do make me dingy.

Pink Water Lillie – A painting a day

It only took me three days but I finally got the water Lillie painted.  As you can see its pink. I thought the pink would be a good contrast with the green.  Should I do a white Water Lillie , it will have more blue in the Lillie pad to bounce off of the yellow centers.  I’ll also do a different center, there are so many varieties and there were several that had unique centers.  This one had a pod in the center and I found that interesting.  

 I still have a cough but am feeling much better. I should be on track again with my new paintings every day.  Last night was my figure drawing session and I had a terrible time, I don’t know if it’s the drugs I’am taking for congestion or the feeling that my five senses are not on par.   Let’s just say I should have stayed home.  I couldn’t focus.

Painting and Illness- A painting a day

I hope to get a painting done today, but the reality is that I may not.  I have a head cold and I’m sitting here breathing through of my mouth while hoping that my ears will clear up. I feel as if I’m under water.

I visited the Library last week because I had a request from my daughter to paint  a water Lilly or a lotus for her.  I’m not sure what the difference is yet but perhaps this book will tell me.

 The Lotus is a symbol, like the Phoenix, of rising above from the depths of muck to proclaim that they will not be held down. They are both survivors.  I guess this is why so many people choose them for tattos.

 The ponds and photos on “flickr” are all spectacular and I can see why the impressionists and Monet in particular would paint them over and over.   I think I will paint the white one but they come in  just about every color. 

I wish I could find them around here.  While driving about, I ‘ve seen  from the road, Lillie pads on ponds but usually they are lacking in flowers. 

Drawing every day. A painting a day


 still life

This painting is a tribute to Arleta Pech, A wonderful artist and teacher.

 As an artist that had to put aside Art to raise a child many years a go, I know what it’s like to leave it all behind for awhile. I think people who say they cannot do their “art” because of time constraints should consider drawing for ten or fifteen minutes each day. It makes no difference how the drawings turn out or what it is that you draw.  The act of drawing every day will help you keep in touch with your creative self.  I wish I had just kept a sketch book in my bag and at every Dr’s appointment, car pool line, park bench, or dance lesson I could have been drawing. Raising kids is rush, rush, rush, wait, wait, wait.  I had to wait for something all the time (Its amazing how much waiting you do).   I know now that drawing keeps your mind in the creative mode and your art may have to wait but it can be built on the framework of your drawings and experiences.  When your ready and have more time, you’ll be able to step back into whatever creative work you wish. Until then, you’ll be developing your eye, your ability to see light, shadow, form and value.   What every artist spends years doing anyway.

What are you waiting for ? Put a sketch book in your purse, diaper bag, or trunk.  If your a writer same thing, but make it a journal.  Oh yeah, I forgot, you will have to get over people watching you… it takes some practice but it won’t take long.

Little Pitcher- A painting a Day

This little pitcher is one of my favorites, I have painted it several times. 

It’s Friday and I’ve been busy trying to get the french drains around my condo cleared out.  You won’t believe it, they were full of acorns.  Those squirrels!   Enjoy this little painting, it’s a bit larger then the small post card paintings or ACEO cards at 6 by 9 inches, but it’s easier for me to paint this size as I love large brushes.little Pitcher