Illustrations, Photography, Bottle Art

Marmon Win Illustration

  • 08/13/2014
Marmon Win Illustration

Novel:  "Fine Line" - Illustration:  "Marmon Win" "Marmon Win" is the second illustration for Jerry Slauter's sequel to "Woodcutter's Revival" - entitled "Fine Line"... ...hence the connection with the "fine line" drawing style of the illustrations. The Christian Adventure Novel "Fine Line" presents Christian messages as the characters track through the 1905 through 1920 historical timeframe. "Marmon Win" shows the Marmon "Wasp" (note the wasp-like tail) driven by Ray Harroun winning the inaugural Indianapolis 500 in 1911. Harroun's average speed was 74.602 mph - a speed maintained to reduce...

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Wellspring Jail Illustration

  • 08/03/2014
Wellspring Jail Illustration

"Wellspring Jail":  an illustration for a New Novel entitled "Fine Line" by Jerry Slauter Wellspring Jail "Wellspring Jail" is the first illustration for Jerry Slauter's sequel to "Woodcutter's Revival" - entitled "Fine Line"... ...hence the connection with the "fine line" drawing style of the illustrations. The Christian Adventure Novel "Fine Line" presents Christian messages as the characters track through the 1905 through 1917 historical timeframe. Therefore, in the illustration "Wellspring Jail" we see a still life (with damaged 1905 Kodak Camera, period Derby and Billy Club) played...

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Red, White & Blue

  • 07/24/2014
Red, White & Blue

Red, White & Blue In honor of the United States of AMERICA I wanted to celebrate our great nation with something painted in red, white & blue, and a couple of photos with Scott's father's flag. Robert served in the military as well as Scott, my father Howard, and two of our sons Chip & Matt! My plan was to have finished this galvanized tub and have this posted before July 4th, but family and commitments came first. So twenty days later I am finishing my post on the Red, White & Blue.   The United States of America was founded as a Christian nation... so today we continue...

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Painted Bottles & Mason Jars

  • 06/08/2014
Painted Bottles & Mason Jars

Hope you have been enjoying Spring or Fall if you're in Australia! Once the weather turned nice we headed outdoors...planting flowers, re-stained the deck, adding a brick path in the backyard, photo shoots, long walks, and  just grillin' and a chillin'. Oh, can't forget about pulling weeds, planting grass seed and fertilizing the lawn. And we wouldn't trade any of this for snow. I have managed to spend a little time painting bottles and Mason jars mainly when it's raining So here a few of my latest ones. Painted Mason jar, Olive Oil bottle and a Water bottle long with my Tropical/Coastal...

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Painted Mason Jars – Radiance and Russian Red

  • 04/30/2014
Painted Mason Jars – Radiance and Russian Red

Spring is finally here!  And I'm loving all the flowering trees.  They're beautiful and fragrant. I think the best time to visit the Washington D.C. Metro area is...Springtime! Bloomin' trees everywhere! Pink, white and magenta are a few of my favorite Springtime colors. So I was excited when Pantone announced  Radiant Orchid as the Color of the Year.  You probably read that "...Radiant Orchid reaches across the color wheel to intrigue the eye and spark the imagination." "An invitation to innovation, Radiant Orchid encourages expanded creativity and originality, which is increasingly...

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Mason Jars – Weathered Look

  • 02/24/2014
Mason Jars – Weathered Look

Weathered Look on 4 pint sized Mason Jars with 3 shades of gray and then dry brushed with white! This is my first set using a Weathered Look...also my first with shades of gray instead of my typical black and white paint. Soon I will be working with more acrylic paint colors and possibly additional chalk paint colors. Right now I am trying to decide if I like working with one type of paint over the other one.  We'll see in the next few weeks. We do enjoy reading your comments!  More of my painted bottles, Mason Jars, baskets, and tins can be seen along the right side and also on our etsy...

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Painted Mason Jar with a Heart Cutout

  • 01/24/2014
Painted Mason Jar with a Heart Cutout

Valentine's Day is just around the corner...as well as our wedding anniversary!   As a romantic I always equate certain things with romance...candlelight, chocolate, flowers, champagne, a special dinner, wood fire, soft music, and hearts!  Did I miss anything?  Ok, I would also prefer warm weather, a white sandy beach, palm trees swaying, and the sounds of the ocean lapping on the shore. Painted black & white Mason Jar with Heart cutout! The tin with hearts, the Love wood sign, the clear heart necklace, the silver box and the white sea glass are gifts I have received throughout my life. We...

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Black & White Painted Bottles

  • 01/13/2014
Black & White Painted Bottles

Just added a few Painted Bottles to my collection with some of my favorite sayings!  All of the bottles are painted with black and white acrylic paint, distressed and then a waterslide decal added. Live Your DREAM   Live the LIFE You've Imagined love life BEACH Thanks for stopping by! We enjoy your comments...so leave one below! Thanks. Dixie...

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Custer’s Clash

  • 01/08/2014
Custer’s Clash

Personal thoughts on combat: From our more modern (?) perspective, it can be hard to comprehend how Civil War Soldiers could hurl themselves at each other - into the Jaws of Death - at such short ranges - and into the destructive muzzles of weapons some of their commanders may not have fully comprehended.  Then, there are the privations they endured to do so... Was it Glory, bad tactics, bad leadership, commitment to a cause - each other - or family, bravery, because the enemy was there, the naivety of youth, deeper faith in God than what some know today, selfish ambition, anger, recompense,...

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Black & White Painted Mason Jars, Basket & Bottles

  • 01/06/2014
Black & White Painted Mason Jars, Basket & Bottles

Baby, It's Cold Outside! So it's been a perfect time to paint, photograph, write, plan, read, and be inspired. I've been ask if I like color...since my home is mainly black & white. Yes, I love color...cool colors...like purple, magenta, red with blue undertone, lime green, blue, and cool gray!  If you've been following my Coastal/Tropical Decor - Bottle Art, our black & white decorating evolved starting with all white Coastal decor.  I just love a white background and contrast it with black...also white and red...and white with navy.  Scott loves color also...after all, he has a PHD in art education....

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Happy New Year 2014!

  • 12/31/2013
Happy New Year 2014!

Thanks for sharing this past year with us...we're so blessed to have you join in our Love of All Things Coastal including travel, food and Wiley Studio Art!   So Scott and I wish you a Happy New Year...filled with joy, love, peace and fulfillment. And we pray that we all Make Memories with Loved Ones that will Last a Lifetime!!! Even a smile or hug will be treasured by a little one. Happy New Year! Dixie

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Black & White Painted Bottles and Mason Jar – Christmas Theme

  • 11/17/2013
Black & White Painted Bottles and Mason Jar – Christmas Theme

Just finished shooting my Christmas Themed Black & White Painted Bottles and Mason Jar! So here they are!! It is hard to believe that Christmas and winter is here again in the US...this year has gone fast.  I look at photos from friends in Australia who are enjoying sunshine and warmer temperatures.  I am very HOPEFUL that we will move from Virginia when we enter our next phase of life...our plan is warmer temperatures all year around!  As I am typing this post I look out the window at a squirrel digging in my flower pots on our deck.  The flowers have long died off and the squirrels...

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Coastal/Tropical Decor – Black and White Painted Mason Jars and Bottles

  • 11/08/2013
Coastal/Tropical Decor – Black and White Painted Mason Jars and Bottles

It's chilly and windy here today...most of the leaves have blown off the trees in the woods behind our house.  Allowing us to see a couple of beautiful sunsets...looking forward to more this fall and winter!  Really missing the warm weather as I enjoy walking but not so much during colder weather. I have finished painting more bottles...here is a water bottle I keep on my nightstand. I get thirsty during the night...so I keep water close at hand. I painted a salad dressing glass bottle...black, white then distressed with a Water decal.  I had a plastic water bottle and decided I wanted something...

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Buford’s Stand

  • 10/17/2013
Buford’s Stand

On the morning of 1 July, 1863; the first of three days of battle at Gettysburg, Union General John Buford, Commander of the 1st Cavalry Division, anticipated the arrival of Confederate General Henry Heth’s infantry division west of the Town of Gettysburg.  After quickly assessing the surrounding terrain and knowing the acute value of taking the high ground, Buford chose a defensive position, dismounted his troopers, and began fighting a delaying action with Spencer repeating rifles against ever increasing numbers of oncoming Confederates. Buford’s stand allowed General Reynolds’...

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BAYONETS !!!

  • 10/11/2013
BAYONETS !!!

Colonel Joshua Lawrence Chamberlain   Even among the many recognized Northern and Southern heros of Gettysburg Colonel Joshua Lawrence Chamberlain, Commander of the 20th Maine Volunteer Infantry Regiment, stands out. Having held the extreme left flank of the Union Army on Little Round Top until ammunition had almost ran out, Chamberlain ordered the 20th Maine to perform what many hold to be the most famous bayonet charge of American History. During the afternoon of 2 July, 1863; the Second Day of Gettysburg, General Hood’s Division of Longstreet’s Corps had made repeated...

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Snapper Meade

  • 10/11/2013
Snapper Meade

  Described by his men as a “goggly-eyed ole snapping turtle, Major General George Gordon Meade had a reputation for having a prickly personality and a volatile temper.  Nonetheless, just three days after assuming command of the Army Of The Potomac, Meade faced Lee at Gettysburg - wisely relied on the consensus of his staff - stayed in his strong defensive position - let Lee advance - and won.   Meade was a good organizer, had effective subordinates, and could easily shift units and supplies within the Union “fishhook” - countering Lee’s efforts.  Though the battle seesawed...

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150th Gettysburg Reenactment Illustration – “Canister Wait”

  • 09/15/2013

Canister Wait 150 Gettysburg Reenactment Illustration Each of our 150th Gettysburg Reenactment Illustrations has been "built" from the battlefield sketches produced and photographs Dixie and I took at the Blue Gray Alliance 150th Gettysburg Reenactment during late June, 2013.  Because we had Media Passes, I was a Battlefield Illustrator, and Dixie was an "Ice Angel", we had freedom of movement and were able to go where others often could not.  Reenactment units often represent multiple historical Civil War units as they shift from one "battle" responsibility to the next.  We followed along...

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Coastal Decor – More Painted Bottles & Tins

  • 09/14/2013
Coastal Decor – More Painted Bottles & Tins

So happy to have finished a few more bottles and tins for our black and white coastal/tropical decor! As a little girl my mother had me in art classes on Saturday mornings where I enjoyed painting and being creative.  Since that time I still love being creative as I have worked as a professional sign painter and later as a house painter plus graphic artist...so I've always enjoyed dabbling in paint including painting furniture.  I have drawn inspiration from lot's of bottles, Mason Jars, tins, wood pieces, pillows and furniture on Pinterest, websites including Dream Factory, facebook and catalogs...and...

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150th Gettysburg Reenactment Illustration: “Saddle Sniper”

  • 08/23/2013

  A LOT of Research and Thought on This One... Sometimes, I feel their valiant excellence... Scene is 4:30 Pm, 2 July 1863 at the southern end of Rose Woods tree line above and behind the Devil’s Den. The three Confederate Snipers from Hood’s Division are firing east-southeast at Union Skirmishers and Snipers on General Sickles’ extreme southern flank which have been pushed back to the northwest face of Round Top. Little Round Top, where the Union will flee, is visible behind the trees center to upper left. The Saddle Sniper, like the other two, is equipped with a captured Sharps...

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Coastal Decor – Painted bottles in vignettes

  • 08/12/2013
Coastal Decor – Painted bottles in vignettes

Hope you had a awesome weekend! I have been busy painting more bottles...arranging another vignette. I bought this Hawaii decal on one of my trips to visit my son, daughter-in-law and grandsons. And it has been hidden in my desk drawer until I knew what I wanted to do with it.  The bottle is painted my favorite with acrylic black paint, white paint then distressed. The decal is applied and then sealed. As a little girl my mother had me in art classes on Saturday mornings where I enjoyed painting and being creative.  Since that time I still love being creative as I have worked as a professional...

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150th Gettysburg Reenactment Illustration: “Parrott Answer”

  • 08/04/2013
150th Gettysburg Reenactment Illustration: “Parrott Answer”

Parrott Answer Traversed right to answer Union Sharpshooters south of The Angle on Cemetery Ridge, this 20-Pound Parrott Rifle is part of Woolfolk's Battery, Ashland Virginia Artillery, Longstreet's I Corps Artillery Reserve. Woolfolk's two 20-Pound Parrotts and two 12-Pound Napoleons were positioned northeast of Spangler's Woods near the Peach Orchard. Due to their accuracy and longer range; up to 4400 yards, Parrott Rifles could answer the threat of sharpshooters with relative ease. Made at the Tredegar Iron Works in Richmond, it was a copy of a Union design and one of the heaviest artillery...

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Coastal Decor – Painted Bottles, Tins and baskets

  • 07/28/2013
Coastal Decor – Painted Bottles, Tins and baskets

I have been busy painting bottles, tins and baskets then placing them in my coastal vignettes around my living room, kitchen and dining area.  In the first two photos I painted 4 Starbucks bottles with my favorite colors of black and white... then distressing them. I hand painted the numbers...a little rusty from my sign painting days.  But overall I was pleased with them. In these two  photo you can see two Mason Jars I also painted... they are waiting final embellishments.  I will either be painting something on them...using a decal...or hanging something coastal on them.  Right behind...

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Confederate Commander Trilogy

  • 07/22/2013

Confederate Commander Trilogy This Trilogy of Confederate Commanders was a place to start and precedes three Union Commanders and three more of each.  I did some soul searching - and decided to recreate each from classic period photographs rather than draw re-enactors playing their parts at the 150th Gettysburg Reenactment.  Cheating?  Maybe. But I went further; knowing the history of key moments for each Commander, I decided to portray them at their best or worst, strongest or weakest moments during the battle - bringing the human side of each before viewers in a way that is sometimes not done. However...

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Coastal Decor – Mason Jars and Bottles

  • 07/15/2013
Coastal Decor – Mason Jars and Bottles

 I LOVE All Things Coastal/Tropical!!! Including our decor which is a combination of Coastal and Tropical with the main colors of black and white.  We started looking for furniture for our townhouse and had trouble finding what we wanted in white...and did not have furniture to paint.  We found a table, chairs and bedroom furniture in a Caribbean styling infused with a rich blending of natural materials like woven Abaca and Lampakanai, shell, leather-wrapped bamboo, and woven rattan.  The dining chairs have black fabric seats set against our pure white walls.  So our black and white Coastal/Tropical...

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150th Gettysburg Reenactment Photos: Day 3

  • 07/12/2013
150th Gettysburg Reenactment Photos: Day 3

Day 3:  150th Gettysburg Reenactment Photographs The Aftermath of Pickett's Charge... ...hot, tired, seared by events, these "wounded" and exhausted Confederate Reenactors reminded me of what survivors of Pickett's Charge - "The Grande Charge" - might have looked and felt like once they retreated back to the tree line of Seminary Ridge... ...facial expressions portray remaining confidence, defiance, exhaustion, pain, that "Thousand Yard Stare", and that oft-asked question; "Why did I make it when so many went down?"... ...things that only combat survivors truly know... As I made my way off the battlefield...

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