Friday, August 18, 2017



I had the pleasure of taking painting lessons from Johnny Daniels in Fort Pierce, Florida. Johnny Daniels was one of the original “Highwaymen” of the 1960’s era. 

      Under his instruction, I emulated four of Daniel's paintings that he had in his gallery.

The fourth painting is in a private collection.





     Wide expanses of beach, such as those found on our Treasure Coast, Florida,  are prone to intense lightning strikes, which melt the quartz in the sand into a thin tubular or amoeba-like shapes also called fulgurites. We might call these convoluted structures “glass”.

I tried to capture the overwhelming energy of a lightning strike as well as the shapes that that form into fulgurites. 

Just thought you would like to know!

Lightning Strike can be found within my  Abstract Gallery on    http:/

Wednesday, August 9, 2017


It means "I don't know"
Yes, that is the question.
I am reviewing the time I spend on taking photos and writing my blog compared to the stats of the viewers I have.
Next I need to set some on line art goals:

* Drive traffic to my web site: http:/

*Drive traffic to my DailyPaintWorks.http:/

 * Spend more time painting new art work for those two web sites.

* Increase sales on both web sites.

Now you see my dilemma. The ratio of time spent  reaching my goals to writing a blog is disproportionate. Please don't get me wrong, I have enjoyed sharing my art and personal events with you. I have learned to do something that I knew zip about before I tried it but it is time to hit U Tube and learn new skills, like how to use Pinterest, Facebook Business and Google Plus to reach my sales goals. Oh, and throw in learn how to make and post a video to the internet.

Sooo....for now I will blog off and return when I have met at least some of my goals.
Be well.
Mary Ellen

Friday, August 4, 2017


This one pecked me and drew blood.
Off with her head.
     My son has chickens and more eggs than he knows what to do with. I had forgotten how yellow a yolk is on free range chicken! He purchased a real fixer upper with an acre of land in northern Michigan about four years ago which he has improved with each passing season . We flew up to visit him for his 40th birthday and  to spend time with him.
I enjoyed watching the chickens.
Nice little birds.

The weather was perfect Michigan summer weather for the five days we were there. I love the pine trees, the forests along the roads as we drove out of town for the "good" ice cream. It felt good to just remember what I loved about where we used to live but then I remember the cold dark days of winter that lasted the vast majority of the year. My very favorite season was fall. In my life I have seen some of the most colorful spectacular cool crisp autumns.

Tool shed.


A lobster dinner for a brand new 40 year old.            

Now for the rest of the story; we went up to help Matt with some projects around the house. It did not matter what we did with him, just so we were with him!  I painted one intricate spice rack that he build into his wall, two window frames from dark brown wood to shiny white
( that means a primer coat then the semi gloss around all those straight line edges....jeez) , touch up numerous wall patches including the wall below the spice rack. I darned about 100 socks as we all watched videos at night.

Not too shaby for an old lady and I still had a smile on my face when we left at 3am for the airport. 

Tuesday, July 25, 2017


     In between my goofing off I do really spend time painting. My two storybooks for my grandkids have taken the lion's share of time but that project is almost complete. Right here and now I will committ to learning how to do a video of me reading one of the I really have to do it!

     Many years ago I traveled to our western states but I did not see the high desert or the Georgia O'Keffe territory that so inspired her art work. I want to see the plateaus, mesas and buttes of the Americam southwest but the nearest I can get at the moment is painting them. I think I have captured a little bit of the arid expansive vistas as they are draped in a sunset across the red rocks.

Please join me on to see this and some of my other of my smaller paintings.

Friday, July 21, 2017


Golden metal threads in my hair

     I think I am having a  r- e- a- l- l- y late mid life crisis! I'm doing fun things that do no harm just for the heck of it. In the last two weeks I have had the Glitter Fairy put metalic golden strands into my newly cut and highlighted hair. The picture above doesn't show it at all, I should have had my husband do a close up of the sparkle. I won't waste my money on a second try but it was fun and a check off of my bucket list.  I got a kick out of the reaction to gold strands in my hair.

     Next I had my blonde eye brows dyed with a follow up of micro-blading the eye brows which is actually just a tatoo. All my life my eye brows and eye lashes have been, " I can't see you blonde" which is not a good look young or old. The price surprised me but I did it anyway.

     I love the results and having one less item in my make up routine each morning is great. No regrets with my new eye brows or with the tatoo I got just before my 60th birthday. I designed a rosebud because that was the nick name I was given as a baby.

     I walked into the tatoo parlor where two funky looking girls asked if they could help me. "Yes, I would like this tatoo put on my shoulder." They were so sweet to me and their punk attitude disappeared. One held up a towel to give me privacy ( just a shoulder showing) and asked if it hurt, I said; "after child birth this was nothing". Somehow it was a liberating experience and after I got my Tat, I took myself out to lunch proud as punch.

And yes, I did get some "What were you thinking?" from family and friends but it just didn't matter. Thirteen years later still no regrets.

Friday, July 14, 2017


Naomi and son.
Fish cleaning bench.

Five years ago my sister-in-law Naomi  moved  to Vero Beach  after her husband died.  It was a difficult time for her to say the least. I was touched by why she chose Vero Beach as her home when she said that I had advised her, "Move where you have family". Little did I know that we became that family. In fact Naomi is the closest thing I have to having a sister and I welcomed the sharing of time and events.

About a year ago Dennis came into her life in whom all of her family approve. Naomi just wanted to run off to some government office to get married and I said no way, you have to have a little fluff!
First she set the date 07/11/17, easy to remember for anniversaries, then the where got bounced around from state to state numerous times but she decided to get married near the water which was the boat dock in our back yard.
I was tickled to even be at the wedding so what can I do to help?

A Great Match!
A little someth'in someth'in.
The same day I found out Naomi and Dennis would be married at my house I became her wedding planner. First call and book the cleaning lady, get my camera out, decorate the dock with white crepe paper, a dozen red roses and prepare finger food for everyone.
 My pleasure to do so.

Naomi's only son John was here to give her away which was the icing on the cake. Oh, she didn't want a cake instead she wanted Caramel Sea Salt cookies and for Dennis Black & White cookies. 

As I told Dennis; "There are two happier people in this world today".