Wednesday, July 27, 2011

The Joy of Creation

This Painting is a birthday present for my niece. I was inspired from her ability to bring happiness, playfulness, fun and laughter to all our lives. Here's the rainbow you asked for. Love you. Happy Birthday Mikel!

Inside Rainbows

by Savanah McKay
I am very honored to present "Inside Rainbows"'. This painting was inspired by the light that shines from the inside of rainbows. Yes, from a very early age Savanah has loved to paint and see's the world through the eyes of an artist. I must say that this is my favorite of all her work so far. Good job!
Acrylic on 1/2" wrapped canvas' 16"x20".

Tuesday, July 19, 2011


Out in the front yard, I have a French Pine. It's a crooked little tree, but something very magical has happened to it this summer. It has become the home of beautiful golden dragonflies. One day I hopped in the car and one of them flew in and sat on my leg, and just sort of sat there looking at me. What a sweet little creature. :)

8"x8"x1/2" acrylic on canvas

Tuesday, July 5, 2011


This painting is named KIWI.  My little sisters nick name is KIWI and it is her favorite.  She said I had to name it after her so thats exactly what I'm doing.  My sister KIWI is one of the strongest kids I know.  She's still young but has gone through some very adult experiences that no one should ever have to go through.  When I see this painting I am reminded of the strength we all have inside of ourselves when we reach deep down to access it.  She is forever my hero and alway brings a smile to my face whenever I think of her.  This ones for you KIWI....I love you more than you'll ever know and I'm ALWAYS here for you!!! :-)

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Friday, July 1, 2011

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Thursday, June 30, 2011


 This painting is a reminder to keep your thoughts positive.  This is my first collage and I wanted to make it very simple.  Its also a reminder to monitor your thoughts carefully.  If you hear or feel something negative replace those thoughts with positive words and affirmations.  Sometimes this is easier said than done...which is why a painted this!!!
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Wednesday, June 29, 2011


My mind travels to the story of the hump backed Indian who would travel around and play his pipe over the crops. Surely this act would bring the bounteous harvest that was so needed and desired. I don't play a pipe, nor do I dance around my crops. Yet I ask for blessings on the seeds as I place them in the earth. The precious stones represent the gratitude and abundance we receive as we ask for blessing over our lives, and the Kokopelli, well,...... he reminds me that I've done my work, and am now asking for it to be blessed.

Starting bid: $20

Tuesday, June 28, 2011

What To Do

Made up of layers of collage, ink, and watercolor, I mostly love the text in this piece. "What to Do." I find myself asking this question all the time. What is the best use of my time? What do my kids need from me this day? How do I best handle certain conversations? I find myself on my knees in the morning asking for help to handle everything that comes up in the day in the best way possible.
Starting Bid: $20

Monday, June 27, 2011


     My painting today was inspired by my gorgeous Japanese maples I have right in front of my porch. They are there to great me upon entering and exiting my front door and always remind me of gods beauty in all things.  Just open up your mind, your eyes and your heart and start seeing all the beauty around you.
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Sunday, June 26, 2011

Daisy Days

Today I was working in the flowers and just enjoying the sunshine which has been a rare thing this year. I could feel the warmth on my back as I knelt down and pulled out a few weeds that had found their way into my flower bed. Gardening is a lot of work, but, I love the sunny days when the flowers reach up to touch the sunshine. Daisy Days. Yes, the daisy days of summer.:)

Starting bid $15

Saturday, June 25, 2011

The Hummer

Gramma E always hung a little humming bird feeder up at her cabin at Bear Lake. She would sit on the deck, have her coffee, and just sit and wait to see the little birds that would come. She particularly enjoyed the little humming birds. She called them the "Hummers". Through the years we have found great wisdom in learning to take a little break from our cares, and sit and watch. Yes, watch for the Hummers!

Starting bid: $15

Friday, June 24, 2011

Why Worry- SOLD

I had a day I was worrying about everything and everyone.   I asked my angels to help me to over come these feelings.  As my husband and I were driving we passed a road. I looked at the street sign, it said "Y WORRY LN." I told my husband what had happened and we both had a good laugh. Thanks angels for reminding me that there is no use or point for worrying.  Enjoy life and all of its gifts you receive every day.  If we would just take the time to notice them. I painted this picture because these are my favorite colors to have in my house...its a reminder to me.... Y WORRY :)

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Thursday, June 23, 2011

Peacefully Tall

The trees along the greenbelt behind our house are amazing. Our back fence opens up to the trail. We live in the perfect spot. It's nice to eat breakfast and have such a pretty view out of our breakfast window. A peaceful start to the day preps me for all mom duties that lie ahead.

Starting bid: $15

Wednesday, June 22, 2011

Waiting For Rain

It has been so dry in Texas. We have inpatients flowers in four pots outside our front door, the heat is brutal to them without the rain. I've never realized how much I want rain, until we moved into our house and are responsible for a small area of nature. A small storm came last night, but we need more. Rain Rain Rain, please come today!
starting bid: $15

Tuesday, June 21, 2011


This painting was inspired by the beautiful sunsets we've had in the past few days.  I feel like we're seeing a different dimension of our world with how amazing the colors are.  Its a wonderful way to say goodbye to the day and off to start a new one tomorrow....:)

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Monday, June 20, 2011


Today I decided to paint a water lily. It was a sacred flower to the Egyptians and some other cultures. It grows in muddy water, yet rises above the surface to bloom with great beauty. At night it closes and sinks under the water. At dawn it rises up and opens again untouched by the impurity. I can see why it's sacred. :)

Starting bid: $20
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Saturday, June 18, 2011

Yellow Rose

Today I painted a yellow rose. It is a symbol of friendship and caring. They also give you a sunny kind of feeling. I like that. I love the outdoors and the sun shining down on me. Of course, if the temperature stayed between 70 and 80, well, that would be as perfect as the rose.

Starting bid: $20
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Friday, June 17, 2011

World Of Colors

This painting was inspired while we were in California.  We went to the World Of Color Show in California Adventure.  It was done at night in total darkness and there were these amazing bright colors that were sprayed into the sky. They also turned these colors into characters from Disney movies which went back all the way from when my kids were very little.  Being that they are now both going to be in high school it pretty much brought me to tears. This painting is to making memories with your loved ones....its really all that matters in life:)

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Thursday, June 16, 2011

Family Tree

I love my family and have missed all our family traditions the last four years while being away from Centerville. I created a twist on a traditional genealogy display and tried to make something fun to hang in my home to remind me of all these wonderful people.

Of course, you won't want to hang my family tree on your wall, but if you would like your own personalized tree in your colors, please email me.
8"x 10" personalized family tree $20

Busting Out in Colors-SOLD

We would like to introduce you to a young artist by the name of Savanah McKay. "I never liked to paint between the lines", says Savanah , who has an abstract approach to painting. She adds a touch of nature, interesting textures, and brilliant colors to create her masterpieces. She began painting at the early age of 2. She was inspired to paint this because of her love of flowers and the outdoors. Savanah is now 8 years old and has sold many paintings, and continues to produce outstanding work.

If you are interested in this painting, please email:'s grandma)

The opening bid is $10.


My mind travels to the story of the hump backed Indian who would travel around and play his pipe over the crops. Surely this act would bring the bounteous harvest that was so needed and desired. I don't play a pipe, nor do I dance around my crops. Yet I ask for blessings on the seeds as I place them in the earth. The precious stones represent the gratitude and abundance we receive as we ask for blessing over our lives, and the Kokopelli, well,...... he reminds me that I've done my work, and am now asking for it to be blessed.

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Starting bid: $20

Tuesday, June 14, 2011

Hoop It Up

I spend a lot of time watching my son Jesse shoot hoops in the court in our backyard.  Basketball has many lessons you can and should use in your life as does all sports.  There's a ball, a hoop, but so many ways to get there.  Everyone needs a team surrounding you and supporting you.  You may hit road blocks along the way.  You may make moves that were unplanned but its all in the game and the lesson.  Life is a gift......

Starting Bid $20 Email for more info :)

Monday, June 13, 2011

Blue Bird

Our home backs a green belt in Austin, so we always have lots of creatures in our yard. Bunnies and birds are our favorites. The kids love watching 3 or 4 bunnies hop around while they eat their breakfast. They also love watching the red birds sit on our fence.

I was remembering a sad story when we lived in Provo 5 years ago. We walked by magpie birds guarding a low nest every day. Weeks later the eggs hatched and the fluffy little babies would walk around on the the concrete and bridge to the apartment. One early morning we heard the momma birds making the worst sound. I ran out the door, and saw them squawking a horrible sound while pacing around. One of the babies had fallen off the bridge ten feet down and died. I remember going to class feeling bad for the momma all day.

I think we all mourn like that momma bird when we loose a loved one or friend.

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Starting bid: $12

Sunday, June 12, 2011


One day my sister had came out to see me. We had lunch and sat on my back deck talking most of the day. I never get tired of talking to her. She loves the outdoors and loves working in her garden. She's very connected to nature. When she was leaving a dragonfly with blue spots running down it's body flew over near her. Then it circled her car 3 times. It stayed nearby until she left....Interesting.....She has alway loved dragonflies ever since Kevin Costner made the movie. So, today I share with you: "Dragonfly". I have set him in the middle of precious jewels to celebrate it's royal, yet simple beauty and...who knows, maybe there's more to it than we know.....

starting bid: $20
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What Dreams May Come

This painting was inspired by the movie "What Dreams May Come".  The colors and textures of this movie are amazing!  Its an inspiration and reminder to me that our life is a dream.  We have the power to create it in any way we choose.  Live life to its fullest.  Love with everything you are.

Starting bid: $20 Email for more details

Friday, June 10, 2011

Tall and Skinny

I love this thin canvas. It seemed perfect for some tall pods today. Bits and pieces of Austin magazines make these skinny pods. I enjoy taking bits and pieces of my environment and creating from it.

Starting Bid: $20

Thursday, June 9, 2011

Gentle Giant

Today I got to spend a couple of hours with my granddaughter Shelby. She came into this world with an amazing love of animals. We drove down to a road where there was tall white fences around a field with a few horses grazing. A big horse came right over to the fence where Shelby reached out and cradled it's head in her arms and pet her on the nose. I followed her lead, and pet the huge nose. Gentle and loving. A peaceful thing to share. So, today I painted "The Gentle Giant".

Starting bid: $20

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Wednesday, June 8, 2011


I'm painting this on the evening  before we are leaving for CALI:) I LOVE color!!! As anyone who knows me would already know this....:D All these colors make me so happy! I'm going with my husband and two awesome kids to make some memories and this painting is a reminder for us to all live for TODAY!!! You never know what tomorrow will bring.

Starting Bid $20.  Email for more info.

Tuesday, June 7, 2011

Seeketh Not Her Own

A drawing for the day. I was inspired by a the phrase from a scripture, "Charity seeketh not her own." I was reminded today to be unselfish. Unselfishness truly produces sweet fruit.

Starting bid: $12 dollars.

Monday, June 6, 2011

Watched Over-SOLD

I was on my way over to the gym this morning and a little quail ran right out in front of my car.I was able to stop in time. Whew......close one. I was so relieved that I didn't run over her. As the day continued I thought about how we're all watched over. Even the little creatures. Yes...they are protected and loved as well.. So, today I would like to share with you the painting that grew out of this experience, "Watched Over".

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Starting bid: $20.

Sunday, June 5, 2011

I Hope You Dance-SOLD

While I was painting this I was thinking of my daughter Marisa when she was little.  All she wanted was to be a princess, wear her Disney princess dresses and twirl around on her tippie toes. As you all know who have kids, she will always be my princess no matter how much time passes. In life, you may fall, make mistakes, take a wrong path...but you must always get back up and continue to dance.  I hope you always continue to dance in your life...

Starting bid $20.  Please e-mail me at

Saturday, June 4, 2011

Patient Pods

I like Pods. I haven't painted any in a while.

I realized today, that I am a very impatient person. When I exercise, I want results now. When I pray, I want answers now. When I try to teach my kids something, I want them to learn it right away. I'm not good at waiting. :) I have much to learn

It seems like many of God's creations wait so patiently, especially the trees and flowers. They wait for rain to nourish them and grow upward towards Heaven. Often I wait, but not "content to wait if necessary," like the dictionary says.

Mixed Media and Acrylic on a 6 x 8 inch flat canvas panel board.

Starting bid: $15.

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Friday, June 3, 2011


Today I chose to paint some Daisies. They are a happy flower that calls out to the world "Hey everyone, smile! The sun will come out." Simple,..yet beautiful.

We just came home from the cabin at Bear Lake. The water is really
high and the ground is pretty wet. The daisies are starting to pop up
in the flower beds, and in a few other places the wind must have taken
the seeds to. Grandma E planted them many years ago, and they live on.
So does her memory as we see the little touches of life appear. So
daisies it is.

This is an 8"x8"acrylic on 1/2" wrapped canvas.
Starting bid: $20

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Thursday, June 2, 2011

Morning Glory-SOLD

The inspiration for this painting started one morning I woke up dreading the day....I took our dog Ayla out to the front yard for her morning "bathroom" break.  While I was standing there I began to take it all in.  The morning sun was peaking through the clouds in the east with the most beautiful colors surrounding it.  I realized that I was so aware and conscious of all things important at that moment.  Grateful for my sight... for I was able to witness Gods beauty.  Grateful for the wind blowing through me, my sense of feeling in tact.  Also grateful to hear the birds chirping in the trees right in front of my door as if to say hello.... your day is beautiful if you would only be still and see it.  Most of all I was grateful for the gift of the day I was just beginning to receive.  Thank You Morning  Glory for reminding me of all I am blessed with every minute of every second of every day:)

Starting bid $20 not including shipping.  Please email me at Thank You :D

Wednesday, June 1, 2011

Peace Be Still

Hi, I'm Abbey Aldridge. I'm a wife and mom of two.

I decided to paint a mom and baby today. I was thinking about how children are so amazing. They don't judge, they just love. They don't compare. They are not in a hurry. There is just a pure simplicity that many adults loose.

I love walks with my kids. No cell phone, no computer, just quiet. I attempted to contrast a busy background of painted over text, ink writing-"Peace Be Still," with a simple mom and child.

"Peace Be Still"
5 1/2 inch by 5 1/2 inch, Acrylic and Ink on recycled paper

Starting bid: $15 dollars.

Abbey Aldridge

Tuesday, May 31, 2011


Welcome to "A Painted Diary." Each day one of us three artists will share our thoughts, feelings, and motivations with you. I am Coleen Edelman and the first painting is mine. I love nature! I love working ouside in the fresh air. I even have loved all the rain that we've had this spring. I live in Utah, and this week we are on a flood warning. Well, I don't love that part, but I've never seen such beautiful green lawns. We haven't had to water yet, and my garden is coming along quite well. So today for my first post, I would like to share with you one of my flowers.

Today I decided to paint some more poppies. I've painted lots of poppies. can't seem to get tired of them. They are so amazing! They are so bright and full of life and movement. I've painted them in another set of paintings I called "Dancing in the Garden". They are one of the happy places my mind goes to when I paint. Yes,..painting takes me to a happy place....

Painted on 8x8" 1/2" wrapped canvas with acrylic paints.
Starting bid $20
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Friday, May 27, 2011

Daily Paintings Coming Soon!

Starting June 1st, we will be posting daily!
Please check back soon to see diverse work from three artists.