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Wednesday, January 21, 2015

Changes in 2015

What will I do differently this year.

I listen to a show on blog talk radio,
She's the artist who hosts the 30 paintings in 30 days twice a year.
She hosts a free radio show focusing on marketing art.
She did a show in December of things to do differently in 2015.
I made a list of things I wanted to change about my art
and I'm going to show one of the things I'm doing this year.

Since I've opened River Run Gallery Fun Art Studio
I found I don't have as much time to paint what I'd like to paint,
but I am painting every day.

In a different show, Leslie talked about what to do with older art.
I sort of meshed those two shows in my head and decided this year
I would market my older works better, 
but I would also work on redos of those paintings.

I did this painting in another of Leslies 30 paintings in 30 days.
I've always like it, but it never got much attention or buzz,
so I decided I would start with this painting and change it.

I forget why I thought fugi mums and this painting would work together,
but I did, so I started in on the change.

I started with a photo of a fugi mum on my computer and a determination
I was going to create something different than I normally paint.
So right smack dab in the middle I started with this green, teal, yellow, white mum.

Then I added another and another,
changing the colors a little on each one.
But I still had that odd color at the bottom.

  So, here is the finished painting.

I was a florist for 20 years and the fugi mum is one of the mainstays of the shop,
but I've never painted one,
until today.

These were great fun and not nearly as hard as my brain told me they would be.

These are some of my favorite colors, but I seldom use them.
You will see more of these colors in the coming months.
Thanks for stopping by today.


  1. What a great idea! This looks wonderful. I have a lot of older work sitting around, it's just getting the time to do it!!

    1. So true Karen. Time is a great problem. I loved it before, but I love it even more now.

  2. Wow, great job on the mums and wonderful to see you being a "fearless artist!" I think it takes great courage to paint over a painting. The mums look very hard to paint...truly impressive, Sharon.

    1. I've never painted them before Meredith and these are the type of flowers I struggle with, but I think with all the painting I've done lately and the study I've done about painting, when it came time to do this, the knowledge was somewhere inside and it just flowed out. Thanks

  3. Brave!
    I think this is a wonderful idea, painting over something and making it new! I haven't had any luck doing this but you made it work!

    1. Usually when I paint over something, I totally paint over it and start over, but this time I knew where I wanted to go and the colors I wanted to use worked with the colors I already had. It also helped that it came in the middle of a time when I was doing some abstracts, so this just sort of popped right out. Thanks for the comment.

  4. The addition of the mums made such a positive difference! And using a palette of complimentary / tertiary colors really gave nice "pop" to the flowers! Inspiring!

    1. Thanks Terri. I did really like the colors so the rest seemed to all just fit. Funny how that works. Thanks for taking the time to comment.

  5. Love that you have plans for 2015. I agree, the mums over landscape are so brave, good for you!!

    1. Thanks Diane. You are always brave painting those intricate patterns and those lovely cats and flowers. Here's hoping my pans for 2015 pan out. Thanks


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I'm a nature artist and I love to paint old barns, rivers and lakes, trees and fence rows and flowers. I work almost daily. You can purchase paintings by contacting me at and there is also a tab across the top of my blog for available paintings and one for small paintings with buy now buttons. You can also purchase through my Etsy shop using the name of Fine Nature Art. . Thank you so much for stopping by.