September 9th, 2015
My new article called "Creating Your Signature Style" in Oasis Magazine, a wonderfully beautiful magazine in Cairo, Egypt!! I love it!
October 16th, 2011
This will be one of the two fall leaf pictures I'm going to paint. I may do two different paintings or because each is different (the other is a yellowish with dark brown spots), I may divide the paper halfway and do different backgrounds with each grouping of leaves. Anybody have any good ideas? One painting or two?
I always welcome people chiming in ideas!!! :)
October 15th, 2011
Hi all. I've been pretty absent but when I was home, I was in a painting frenzy and then just dropped. I recently came back up to the mountains and am taking some really great pictures. I have a couple of leaves which are extremely close-up I will be painting in two paintings, a couple of gorgeous landscapes, (one with the fall leaves but also a picket fence and some kind of light lavender wildflowers). The picture itself is stunning. There's a Firebush which is fabulous and would look wonderful against a dark black background so I have some things up my sleeve with new landscape paper and a whole new block of Arches 300 lb paper waiting. This doesn't even count the fabulous Lukas studio paints I have which were used on the "Wilderness Landscape" painting.
Hope to talk to you soon and I'll try to post a couple more of my pictures I'm going to paint. This sign for Cashiers against the fall background is a definite though. Sapphire is right outside Cashiers, NC and those who are familiar with Toxaway, Sapphire, Cashiers, Sylva, Highlands, Glenville, NC will recognize this from Hwy 39.
Take care and write anytime. Also, check out the zazzle website. I know there are people who have been wanting to purchase several greeting cards and get a diverse pack. You can do that there and customize them even with different greetings. http://www.zazzle.com/liltaylorsgallery/gifts?dp=252601251772558342
August 6th, 2011
Ok, we had a big rain yesterday and we took the dogs hiking up Whiteside again. Now, I realize the footprint isn't that big but you can see its TOES!!! Nobody would walk around up on that hike barefoot in the mushy mud. There are too many rocks, branches, bees, sticks and you're really hight there. I've never seen a person with no shoes on, even kids. You need shoes for grip. It's not like Disney or something. Anyway, judge for yourself.
By the way, I took a new picture of the "Summer Wagon" today and posted it beside "Spring Wagon". I plan to change my ink and begin work on them this week. I may do all 4 seasons with this wagon because they're just so pretty.
So, what do you think? Yes, it's not big but I don't have an explanation. it's a rugged trail and it makes no sense. Plus the toes are really big.
Have a great weekend and I'll post my works in progress this week!!
I'd love to hear from you! :)
August 3rd, 2011
All of my watercolors are at home in Florida and I'm up here in the North Carolina mountains in a nice place called Sapphire, so named because there actually are sapphires in them thar hills. When I'm here, I take many, many pictures. My three most interesting ones I posted because, well, I wanted to share them. I need to be able to replace the ink in my printer so I can use my Tombow pens on the Spring Wagon and God Inspired photos. Each of them will work well as a small piece with very precise detail. That's what I do here as far as watercolors. Last time, I painted my best friend's home for her as a surprise wedding anniversary gift.
So, really the mountains is about spending time with family and doing a lot of soul-searching and hiking. On alternate days, I take Charlie and Jack, the Boykin Spaniels (Jack is on the left and Charlie on the right), up the loop of Whiteside Mountain, which lies halfway between Cashiers and Highlands, NC. You actually drive through a subdivision to get to the national park. Wow. Anyway, we go very early in the morning and take the long way which are like steep stairs and boulders to the top. The advantage for us over the people who just take the main trail, is well, we get a much better workout but also, the view is spectacular. Along the rim, we cover many overlooks on the way to the main one and these are actually much better for a view. As an added attraction, not many people take the loop because it's about 2.5 miles, half of it a good "buttock workout" as Gilad, my video workout trainer would say. You can see the view for yourself and the dogs are even tired.
Take a look at my photos if you will and see which you think I should do first....God Inspired or Spring Wagon. I think each has distinct possibilities.
Thanks for visiting and come back soon.
Oh yeah, I forgot to mention the yellow jackets in the eaves that were attacking me but that will be for another time.
Any emails or questions or even suggestions would be appreciated and encouraged! :)