Day 6 – “The 12 Days of Christmas Giveaway”

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  • December 18, 2016

Today is a biggie! This will be 1/2 way into the 12 days. I think everyone was shopping yesterday. Not quite as big of a turnout. Today will be interesting.

You all have some great goals for next year. The table was turned on me. Someone asked me what my goal was. So, I’ll share that with you. I’ve had a few years of a lot of family things happening which has derailed me at times, but most of it is behind me. My daughter and her family are doing very well and she’s settled into her job. For those of you that don’t have any background to this. She had been going to school and was in a very bad marriage. She had a year of school left when she got a divorce and was struggling to make ends meet with a $10. an hour job, full time school, 3 kids and no child support coming in. At first I just spent a lot of nights at her house with the kids and let her study and work. Eventually, we moved in together, because she had nothing and had to start over. We get along really well and eventually I sold my house to get a bigger one and we all moved into it.

I’m trying to get the short story out here. Anyway, her ex took me to court on a bogus claim which went through the courts for 18 months and cost me thousands. He wouldn’t take any settlement to stop it. He wanted everything I had. Well, it didn’t work. I stood up and won.  I’m one of those in the sandwich generation. This year much time has been spent helping my parents and getting them into assisted living.

So now, life has almost been settled. At least for now, lol. At any rate, with anyone that has a lot of things to deal with, you start taking stock of what is important. This last year I pulled out of a lot of things and haven’t been quite so busy. I started thinking more about what I want.

Now, it comes to my goals for this next year.

  1. I’ll keep painting, but I want to paint what I want and experiment with some new things.
  2. I’m working on more online workshop. I love teaching and this gives me more flexibility.
  3. I’m planning to do more traveling. I just got a new vehicle (yesterday) which is a better and roomier vehicle for travel and painting. I’ve always wanted to take off and see more of the United States. So, I may just do that with more driving and painting trips at a more leisurely pace.

OK, now about YOU guys. I’ve got a great gift for someone today. I’m giving away a $200 gift certificate toward a canvas print. You get your choice. I know you all will be busy tomorrow with the last weekend before Christmas, so I’m not going to ask much of you. I think it may take too much time to go looking and telling me which one you want. If you want to see the prints to choose from, click HERE to view. Since I have to order the print, you won’t get it until after Christmas.

Let’s keep the task simple. I like having the dialog on Facebook, the website and emails. It’s been fun. So, this time, I’ll turn the table and let you ask me something. Put the question to me on Facebook, here on the blog or in an email at

And…..I have another winner of the Calendar. And, she wants the skies. The winner is……Ruth Anne Sturgill. Send me a message with your address Ruth Anne.

Talk to you all tomorrow. Have a good day.



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  1. Eileen OConnor

    Happy holidays Becky Joy! Thank you for the 12 Days of Christmas Giveaway!
    My question for you: at what stage in the planning or painting process can you actually visualize what the painterly finishes work will look like?

    December 18, 2016
  2. Becky

    I visualize it before I start. I know where I’m going from the beginning. But, that’s not to say I don’t change if something interesting comes up.

    December 18, 2016
  3. Nancy Knowles

    I am interested in how you go about your plein air pieces: Do you start with a toned canvas? do you premix some colors? If the light changes too much and you aren’t done, do you come back again or finish from memory and photos? Do you often consider them done enough to sell, or are they used mostly as studies for studio work? How large do you paint in plein air? Anything you can share with me about plein air will be helpful! It is my first love, though I am not nearly as good at it as I would like to be…

    December 18, 2016
  4. Becky

    Nancy, My favorite sizes are 8×10 and 11×14. I have painted larger, but it isn’t the norm. I don’t tone the canvas, unless I’m painting something like a desert tree that has a lot of light coming through. Then I don’t have to paint every inch of the canvas. I have premixed when doing sunsets, because it changes so quickly. But it’s difficult to have them premixed unless you are there looking at it. I have come back when it is fleeting light. One time I came back at dawn three times to catch a very fleeting moment. A lot of them are sold. But, I also keep some strictly for reference.

    December 18, 2016

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