June 27

Inspiration Results – June 27

Posted by lori . 16 Comments


Every Monday, I post a painting “inspiration.” Every Thursday, I post how I interpreted the inspiration. I decided to do this to keep myself painting, to strengthen how I go from an idea to a painting, and to give myself permission to play and try new things. For the next several weeks, I’m taking my inspiration from the great ideas you sent me.

This week’s inspiration comes from The Typist (Georgia’s momma) of Little Dogs On Long Leashes…SCHOOL DAYS.

School Days Girl

Some changes I have in mind…lighter hair color, some embellishment(s) on the dress (pockets, buttons, etc.) and highlights on the branches and balls.

School Days Girl Detail

How to be HAPPY!


Every Thursday, Jay of The Depp Effect, posts something that makes her happy, and I’m playing along. She encourages us to look around and notice the things that make us happy. I enjoy this challenge because it makes me consider the things that make me happy, but are easily overlooked. It’s a wonderful exercise in attention and gratitude. Please grab the badge and join in.

Here’s something that makes me happy…MYSTERY STORIES.

Mystery Novels

My first introduction to mystery stories was Nancy Drew. I pretty much love them all…cozies, police procedurals, hard boiled, soft boiled, gothic…all of them. Do you have a favorite mystery book or author? If so, I’d love to hear about them. I’m always looking for something new to love.

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16 Responses to " Inspiration Results – June 27"

  • stella rose says:

    My mom loved reading Trixie Beldon series when she was growing up…she still loves to read.
    stella rose

  • urban hounds says:

    that is an absolutely gorgeous picture, i like the poirot stories from agatha christie and i love the show

    urban hounds

  • We love the painting. We have not read a mystery in quite a while…maybe we should. Have a tremendous Thursday.
    Best wishes Molly.

  • I like the girl just the way she is.
    I think you are right that the tree would look good with a few highlights added. I love this one – definitely one of my favourites!

  • Amy says:

    Wow, most people’s backgrounds are afterthoughts, but your’s have this great push and pull with the girl that is lovely. I have noticed it in the last several, but especially here. I think you came back from your painting hiatus with way more of your own personal painting style expressed! So fun to watch the journey 🙂

  • houndstooth says:

    I love the new girl!

    Hmmm…Have you read the Greyhound Lady Walking mysteries? I think the author is Joyce Godwin Grubbs. I haven’t read them, but it’s on my list!

    Oh, she has a blog! http://joycegodwingrubbs2.wordpress.com/2012/12/31/greyhound-lady-walking-series-quotes-and-excerpts-2-loving-pride-novel/

  • Daisy says:

    Just remember, you need to know when to stop on a painting.

    SHE loves forensic-type books.

    XXXOOO Daisy, Bella & Roxy

  • Sue says:

    The painting is fab. your little tweaks sound good, although I love her as she is.

    Not into mysteries, although I think I have seen a film called A Kiss Before dying, but whether it is the same I don’t know, as I remember the title, but not what it was about:)

  • Madi and Mom says:

    Absolutely a beautiful picture…Mom loves seeing what inspires you!
    Hugs madi

  • Finn says:

    We used to read all the Nancy Drew books too. Hope you are having a good evening!

  • Your paintings are really developing! It’s so interesting to watch the process. I do like this one, and I can’t say exactly why… maybe because the style seems somehow ‘cleaner’ and more precise? Is it the colours? I really don’t know!

    I have two or three favourite mystery writers. One I keep going back to is Dick Francis who does crime, usually set in the horse-racing world of England. His writing style is so clean (there’s that word again!) and easy to read, and yet it’s not over simplified. The puzzle part is good, the story is nicely full of red herrings and well rounded with detail and extra characters and his humour is dry, which I love. Moments of unpleasantly realistic violence mixed with fun and a little romance in many of them.

    Another is Ellis Peters’ Cadfael series, which are set in the 1300s with the hero being a medieval monk who specialises in healing with medicinal herbs – this gives him a reason to leave the monastery and interact with people, and even to examine bodies. Love the historical detail and the gentle nature of the prose, even though some of the details can be far from gentle.

    • lori says:

      I must give Dick Francis a try, Ellis Peters too. I’ve watched the Cadfael series with Derek Jacobi, but have never read one of the books. Honestly, not having read Dick Francis or Ellis Peters, I’d say I have some nerve calling myself a fan of mysteries.

  • sue taylor says:

    Lori I love the girl she is gorgeous!

    love and hugs sue and the taylor pack xxx

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