5 years later. 5 years wiser. (Did I actually learn something?)

“Stop trying so hard.”  “Stop working so hard.” “Stop trying to prove something.” Did I Stop? Looking back over the last five years, I think I actually DID! Last night we went to an annual event that in years past has caused me much sadness. It was an opening reception for an exhibit of 100+ local […]

A peaceful, plan-free place. Calendar #60.

I like TO plan. In most areas of my life, I like things to be figured out well ahead of time. Then I like to stick with that plan. Carpool plans. High School plans. Retirement plans. ‘What to order at the restaurant two days from now’ plans. ‘What to do with the rest of my life’ plans. I like […]

The perfect view for an entire month!

So many rich memories are wrapped up in this oil painting. I recently finished creating this scene from Bowens Island, South Carolina. I’m really pleased with how it turned out! There is nothing more rewarding to me than taking one of my mediocre photos and helping it come alive again as a piece of art. You can read about the inspiration […]

Time to turn a new page on the desktop calendar

I love turning over to the next page in a calendar. Sometimes it’s hard to say goodbye to a month… But I’m pretty happy to say hello to February — anticipating an upcoming vacation, three sweet new young helpers at my store, and the coming of spring. Here in my town, the daffodils normally start to poke […]

49 months later… a new desktop calendar for January 2015

January 2015 begins year number FIVE of my monthly desktop calendar. I thought it might be nice to change it up a little so I tried two different background colors. But I wasn’t sure which I liked best, so here are TWO choices. If you have a color preference, leave a comment.   To read the story […]

Trying to embrace “good enough” (2015 Flower Calendars for sale!)

A year of beautiful flowers for 2015… Several months ago, I decided I had run out of time to create a 2015 calendar. But then I visited my brother and his family in Wisconsin over the weekend, and saw my 2014 calendar hanging on his refrigerator. That is what finally inspired me to try to squeeze in one […]

The last calendar of 2014

A Single Sunflower… “Sunflower #3 Needs a Home” Here is a new Sunflower calendar you can use to brighten up your desk this month. This painting is actually still available for purchase and is hanging in the gallery at my store called “Sunflower.” Now that I think about it — it’s the ONLY Sunflower I have ever painted without a home this holiday season. […]

Wallpaper your desktop with a Sunflower Calendar

Don’t you just love turning the page on your calendar? I love the anticipation of “what comes next”  — both visually and with life. I hope you enjoy this month’s desktop calendar “Sunflower Flame” as much as I enjoyed painting it!  It can be viewed at http://www.mariescottstudios.com which contains my entire gallery of paintings, along with the […]

A 24-hour painting for your July calendar

July’s desktop calendar features my painting called “Open.” I painted it last month during the 24-hour art making called “Flat Out Under Pressure.” To see the eight winners of this contest, click here http://www.greenvillearts.com/mac-programs/flat-out-under-pressure/ To read the explanation of why I titled this painting “Open” click here.   To see the entire collection of my oil paintings, […]

What is 13 minus 7?

Six? Has it really been SIX years since I painted this bowl of eggs? (Or is it SEVEN? I’m not so good with math.) It seems like NOT that long ago that it was Easter-time in my sunny kitchen that overlooked BayView’s Humboldt Park. Every year I would put this green striped bowl, filled with […]