Wednesday, June 22, 2022


9x12 inch acrylic on paper

I decided to get back to adding a few posts to my blog for a change.  It is fun to make changes now and then.  Painting with acrylics or even watercolors can be fun and challenging.

Saturday, September 12, 2020

8x10 oil on panel

A fun little painting using oil on a handmade masonite gesso board

I used a little of my imagination again for this painting.  Had fun and tried keeping loose.


9x12 on panel

I have not used my Blog in years and realized it would be fun to post a few paintings here from time to time.

This painting was inspired from the beach and clouds and wishing I could be there now.

I have and instagram account as well as an Etsy shop so some of my paintings are uploaded there as well.


Sunday, March 18, 2018

# 353 "Sunset View"

"Sunset View", 6x8 inch on panel

I have neglected my blog for several months now, I have no excuses other than I am posting my paintings on my Instagram account, Dailypaintworks and my Etsy shop.  I have lately been reworking some older pieces that I have not been happy with.  This painting was one that I changed the sky and horizon  and like it better now.  I have also decided to get rid ot a large pile of paintings that are beyond help.  It is therapeutic for me to clean up the studio and start some new work.  I am glad spring is almost here!  I would love to go on a few short trips to either do some plein air paintings or take photos for reference for some future works.  I hope I can post  more often to my blog going forward and keep it a bit more updated.

Thank you for stopping by and having a look

Monday, October 30, 2017

# 352 - "Sunset"

Original oil on panel, palette knife, 8x10 inch, 
"Sunset" by Debi Hinshaw

I painted over an old painting that wasn't working and painted this little sunset painting.  I used a palette knife only for the painting,  Had fun with the texture.  

© Debi Hinshaw 2017

Wednesday, September 27, 2017

Day 26 - 30 in 30 challenge

Day 26 - 30 in 30 challenge
Oil on wrapped canvas 

Today I painted a few small 3x3 inch and 2"3/4 x2"3/4 on wrapped canvases and canvas panels.  It is fun to paint these little landscapes, I don't worry about getting it just right and I paint from my memory of a cloud or a landscape. 

Tuesday, September 26, 2017

Day 25 - 30 on 30 challenge

Day 25 - 30 in 30 Challenge

original oil on panel 10x8 inches, "Fall Lilies"

Today I decided to paint from a florist bouquet I unexpectantly received!  It is fun to get flowers and have no idea why or from who.  Thank you to Jan and Rick for your good wishes!  I love the lilies and fall colors in this arrangement and was able to mix it up to make a few vases with various flowers I am hoping to paint. 

Monday, September 25, 2017

Day 24 - 30 in 30 challenge

Day 24 -  30 in 30 challenge

"Zebra Finch", 5x5 inch panel

A little painting of a zebra finch I painted using my photo.  We had a pair of zebra finches that lived to be 13 years old, they were fun little birds that would chirp and sing all day!

Day 23 - 30 in 30 challenge

Day 23 - 30 in 30 challenge

3"x3" on canvas panel

I missed getting this one posted in time on Leslie Saeta's 30 in 30 challenge blog.   I painted this one from my photo of a bush with white flowers called "Rose of Sharon"   

Friday, September 22, 2017

Day 21 - 30 in 30 challenge

Day 21 - 30 in 30
8x8 inch on linen panel

My submission today is a piece I have reworked and touched up a little.  I still may make a few changes before I will call it finished.

Wednesday, September 20, 2017

Day 20 - 30 in 30 challenge

Day 20 - 30 in 30 Challenge

4"x2" oil on panel "Tropical Palm"

There are going to have to be two day 19's :)  I am not sure how but between my blog and instagram and the 30 in 30 challenge website, I have managed to get my days mixed up.  Pressing onward I hope to complete day 20 today, or day 21??    

Day 19 of 30 in 30 challenge

Day 19 of 30 in 30 challenge

"The Rocky Coast" 8x10 inch on panesl

I am getting a little behind on my paintings I hope I haven't missed a day.  This entry should be day 18?  I have painted this scene before using google street view of the coast of Californins. A fun painting to try again.  

Monday, September 18, 2017

Day 17 - 30 in 30 challenge

Day 17 - 30 in 30 challenge

Original oil on 6x6 inch gesso board panel

"Carnations in a Vase"

I painted this quick still life using some white carnations in a vase, working with a set of new Gamblin oil paints called "fastmatte," they dry with 24 hours to the touch, so far I love them.

Sunday, September 17, 2017

Day 16 30 in 30 challenge

Day 16 - 30 in 30

8x10, on gesso board panel.

I hope this is okay, I reworked and old painting and made a few changes in the clouds, trees and the foreground for Day 16.  It isn't a completely new painting but I did make several changes.  I still may go back and make a few more changes, like darkening the blues in the sky.  Going to submit this one for Day 16's submission in the 30 in 30 challenge.  This month is flying by!

Saturday, September 16, 2017

Day 15 30 in 30

Day 15 30 in 30 Challenge

Last night I painted this little 5x7 inch oil on a gesso board panel for my day 15 submission to the challenge.  I painted this on from my imagination, it is fun to just paint and forget about capturing anything specific.  I like how this one turned out.  On to day 16, already!

Thursday, September 14, 2017

Day 14 - 30 in 30 challenge

Day 14 of 30 in 30 challenge

8x8 inch on panel

Today I painted outside for about an hour.  It was perfect weather.  I am hoping to get outside again tomorrow and try another painting

Wednesday, September 13, 2017

Day 13 - 30 in 30 challenge

Day 13 30 in 30 Challenge

oil on linen panel, 8x10 inch

Today I made the effort to paint outside again.  I failed with my painting and had to wipe it off.  I decided to take a break for a while.  After dinner I looked at old photos and decided to try another painting.  This one is cropped a bit on the left side, I like the composition better so I will need to make a few final adjustments. 

Tuesday, September 12, 2017

Day 12 - 30 in 30 challnge

Day 12 - 30 in 30 Challenge

Today I decided to have fun and just paint something a little and cheerful.  I have noticed several butterflies and hummingbirds in my yard.  I think the pink and yellow Lantana flowers and the pink Pentas are the attraction.  Next spring I am going to plant more flowers that will attract them.  I love to watch them!  

Monday, September 11, 2017

Day 11 - 30 in 30

Day 11 - 30 in 30

original oil on panel. 10x8 inch, "Red Geraniums"

Today I painted a few geraniums from my flower box.  It was a good day for painting inside, rainy and cool outside.  

Sunday, September 10, 2017

Day 10 - 30 in 30 Challenge

Day 10 - 30 in 30 Challenge

5x7 inch oil on gesso board panel, "Cloud Impressions "

For day 10 I painted another beach scene on a small 5x7 inch panel.  I referenced a few of my cloud photos for inspiration for this one.  I love painting clouds, I have to be careful not to overwork them as I sometimes do.

Saturday, September 9, 2017

Day 9 - 30 in 30 challenge

Day 9 - 30 in 30 challenge

Original oil on canvas, 16 x 20 inches, wrapped canvas, "The Marsh"

Today's submission was one I painted a while back but never posted it to my blog, it is nice to have a few spare paintings when you don't have a new one to post. :)

Friday, September 8, 2017

Day 8 - 30 in 30 challenge

Day 8 - 30 in 30 challenge

I posted day 8 painting earlier, I have to say after looking at it both online and in person I decided to take it down.  Not a good painting in many aspects.  I remember reading the advice to never post a bad painting or one that you were not happy with the end result, I just figured if you are going to paint in a challenge to post every painting good or bad. I will try and rework it a bit and maybe re post it later.

Thursday, September 7, 2017

Day 7 - 30 in 30 Challenge

Original oil on gesso board panel, 6" x 8", "The Coast" 

For the day 7 submission, I went back to a few of my photos and painted this little beach scene.  I am having fun with this challenge!  It is great to get in as much practice as I can.  I feel like with each painting I learn something about the process, good or bad painting daily is good for me.

Wednesday, September 6, 2017

Day 6 - 30 in 30

Day 6 - 30 in 30

"The Coast"

Original oil on 4x4 inch wrapped canvas

Today's submission is a small painting of the coast.  I was inspired while visiting the coast of NC a few summers ago and took several photos.  I hope today the rain will hold off a bit so I can get at least one plein air painting completed.

Tuesday, September 5, 2017

Day 5 - 30 in 30 Challenge

Day 5 - 30 in 30 Challenge

Oil on gesso board panel, 6"x 6", "Carolina Wren"

Day 5 submission was painted outside on my deck I had taken a photo of a bird in my yard sunning and fluffing his feathers.  I am pretty sure he was a Carolina Wren.  I do love watching and listening to birds, I enjoyed painting this one!

Monday, September 4, 2017

Day 4 - 30 in 30 challenge

Day 4 - 30 in 30 challenge

Oil painting on canvas panel 5"x 5"

For day 4 of the September challenge, I had to go back to April 2017's Daily Paintworks challenge and find a painting I had finished but never posted.  This little hummingbird photo was posted by Linda McCoy for a challenge called "lost and found edges".  I touched this one up a little today and decided to submit it for my September day 4 Challenge.  Yesterday I had a good part of the afternoon to try and finish a plein air or two.  What an experience.  First of all, why can't flies leave us alone!    Plein air painting is fun in so many ways, but I am finding it does have some obstacles. I find it hard to stay focused when I hear lawn mowers and pressure washers near by.  Not to mention the several trips back in the house getting supplies I forgot to grab.  So, next time I am going to have my ear phones ready in case I hear any of the above noises, also I am going to make sure I have everything I need before going out.  I do love hearing the birds, other than the mockingbird that seems to terrorize all the birds and insects in my backyard.  So, today if I find a chance I may venture back out and try a plein air again.   

Sunday, September 3, 2017

Day 3 - 30 in 30 Challenge

Day 3 - 30 in 30 Challenge

"The Dogwood Tree"
Oil on panel, 10" x 8"

Today is day 3 in the September challenge. I painted this one about a week ago to get ahead in case I did not have a chance to paint.  I am enjoying the challenge so far, I would love it if I could manage to paint one a day this month.  I have a coffee mug with the saying "Make it Happen" printed on it,
my daughter gave me the mug as a gift with hopes it would inspire me and it worked!  Last year I was able to cross off a long list of neglected "to do's" from my list.

Saturday, September 2, 2017

"The Backyard", Day 2 of 30 in 30

Day 2 of the 30 in 30 Challenge

Oil on 10"x 8" panel, "The Backyard"

My backyard is mostly trees and grass, I am going to have to get creative to come up with ideas of subjects to paint.  I know the weather is getting ready to change and the leaves will be turning very soon.  September is my favorite month, I think the fall colors and cooler days are a good change after a long summer. 

Friday, September 1, 2017

"Late Summer" - Day 1 of 30 in 30

Day 1 of 30 in 30 Challenge

Oil on panel, 9"x12" "Late Summer"

I painted this one in late August on my deck.  The next few days are calling for rain, so not sure if I will find a chance to paint outside.  I do have few paintings which I painted in advance for the challenge. 

Thank you for looking!

Tuesday, August 22, 2017

My Plein Air adventure and the September 30 in 30 Challenge

I am in the process of practicing and learning more about painting out doors, or plein air. I have purchased a pochade box and tripod and have completed five paintings so far.  It is quite different than the studio paintings I have been doing for years.  I like to paint my still life paintings by setting up the props and painting them directly.  I have painted landscapes from my own photos but have felt there is something missing in values and colors.  So far my experience has been fun and exciting.  I love being outside even though it is hot at times, yesterday during the eclipse I had my easel on my back deck and painted the view towards my neighbor's side yard.  It was so much fun listening to the birds, seeing and hearing the bees and butterflies.   I even got to see a large hummingbird moth that looks and sounds like a tiny hummingbird that is actually a moth as it was flying around my lantana and hibiscus flower pots.  So cool!  There was a mockingbird that was pretty vocal and he was chasing and squawking at something quite often.  I am sticking close to my backyard for now until I feel more confident while painting.  I know I have much to learn about the process.  I joined the 30 in 30 September challenge that Leslie Saeta is hosting.  I am thinking I might do a plein air series for this challenge.

Monday, August 14, 2017

# 322 "Red Flowers"

Original oil on 6x6 panel, "Red Flowers"

I decided to go outside and try a close-up painting of my red geraniums in my flower box.  I wanted to keep it loose and colorful.  It was sunny and quite hot so this was a quick little painting.  I had fun with it, I do like the reds in this painting.

Friday, July 14, 2017

# 319 - "Beach Trip"

Original oil. 6"x 6" on gesso board panel, "Beach Trip" by Debi Hinshaw

This small oil painting was inspired from one of my trips to the beach.  I never get tired of the views and all that goes with a getaway trip to the coast. 

Saturday, July 8, 2017

# 318 "Backyard Garden"

Original oil on panel, 6"x 6"

"Backyard Garden", by Debi Hinshaw

I have not uploaded anything new on my blog since March.  Where does time go?
There have been many changes in my personal life which have included making some adjustments, one big change is I have much more time to paint now.  My biggest obstacle is myself and my confidence.  I feel like I paint every day but I am seldom happy with the result.  I wonder if I am normal in that area?  I think I struggle with values, composition, brushwork and keeping a painting fresh and loose.  I decided once again to venture outside and try my hand at plein air painting.  I am for now staying close to home and hoping to practice often.  I am spending time reading books watching the videos on painting I have aquired and practicing often.  This small painting is of a view of the neighbors side yard.  I made my way outside early this moring to start this one.  I managed to finsh it in about an hour and a half.  It was fun to paint outside I think I will try it again tomorrow.

Sunday, March 19, 2017

# 317 - Cape Hatteras

Oil on canvas panel, 6"x 8" 

"Cape Hatteras"

Once again painting from photos of 
a beach trip,
if I lived at the coast I think I would be up early and in bed late, painting the day away.

Tuesday, January 10, 2017

# 316 - Atlantic Beach Dunes II

Original oil on gesso board panel
"Atlantic Dunes II"

After enjoying a few days of snow I decided to paint the beach once again.  I referenced a few photos from a trip to Atlantic Beach a few years ago.   I remember it was an October day but still in the 70's.  

I signed up for the 30 in 30 challenge for January, I have not done so well painting and posting each day.   I hope to get busy the rest of the month.  I will post this one for day 10.

Thank you for stopping by!

Monday, December 26, 2016

# 315 - Beach View

Day 1 of 30 in 30 day challenge

Original oil, 4" x 6". linen panel

Enjoying the holiday painting little beach scenes with colorful clouds.

# 314 - Morning at the Beach

Day 2 of 30 for 30 Challenge

Original oil on 6"x4" linen panel

Today I felt the need to paint the beach.  Here it is the start ot winter and I am already thinking of warm weather and the beach.  

Wednesday, November 16, 2016

# 313 "Pilot Mountain"

Original Oil on panel 8"x 10"

Sorry I have not been posting lately.  It has been a busy summer and I have been sidetracked dealing with various issues.  I hope I can get back to painting more often and posting.  This is a little scene of a mountain nearby called "Pilot Mountain"  It has several trails, and you can drive near the top, the views are gorgeous..

Sunday, March 27, 2016

# 312 - " Pink Azaleas"

12" x 9" Oill on panel. "Pink Azaleas"

Today I cut a few branches from my azaleas and brought them in to use for a painting.  I am pretty happy with this one.  I will set it aside for a few days as it dries and may go back and add a few touches here and there.

Thank you for stopping by and having a look!

Sunday, March 20, 2016

# 311- The River Road


Oil on panel, 6" x 8"

"River Road"

I just finished this little landscape of a scene using Google Maps street view,
This is from a scene somewhere in New South Wales, Austraila,  I was inspired looking over the entries on  The Virtual PaintOut  Blog and decided to enter a painting.

Thank you for stopping by!

© Debi Hinshaw 2016

Sunday, March 6, 2016

# 310 - "Red Flowers in Glass Vase"

Original oil painting "8" x 6" on panel

I purchased a few flowers for painting this weekend.  This one is the first I completed so far.
I have a few tulips, daffodils and daisies, I am hoping to finish a few more before the flowers start to wilt.
 Challenging and great practice for me.

Thank you so much for stopping by!

Sunday, February 21, 2016

# 309 " Summer Afternoon"

Original oil painting on gesso board panel. 12" x 12"

This afternoon I worked on clouds and greens.  Going to clean my brushes now, I had a great day painting. 

Thank you for stopping by and having a look!

© Debi Hinshaw 2016

# 307 "Ocean Dreams"

Original oil painting on gallery wrapped canvas

16" x 20"

I have about 10 canvases this size so I thought I would paint bigger fo a change.  I painted this one in about 40 minutes,  I am ready to start another one after a break.  Love the beach and coastal scenes.

Thank you for stopping by and having a look!

©Debi Hinshaw 2016

Saturday, February 13, 2016

# 306 - "Red Tulips"

Original oil on gesso board panel. 6" x 8"

Something about red tulips, they are a favorite of mine!  I set them up in my studio today and decided to paint them fast not spending much time.  I like how they turned out.  I am considering using this small study and trying a larger painting of the same subject..

Thank you so much for stopping by and having a look!

Friday, January 22, 2016

# 305 - White Flowers

Original oil painting, 8" x 10". panel

Today I decided to paint a still life with flowers..  I used a blue jar and a few white carnations.  I would like to practice painting a few more flower paintings but do not have any flowers on hand.  Going to look for some photos I have that might work for paintings.

Thank you for stopping by!

Sunday, November 8, 2015

# 303 - Blue Ridge Overlook

Original, oil on panel, 5"x7"

This morning I reworked a small landscape study   Going through a few of my paintings and seeing if I can tweek or fix whatever issues bothered me in the original painting.
I painted this scene using one of my photos from a trip on the Blue Ridge Parkway.

Sunday, September 20, 2015

# 302 - Winter Sudy

Day 20 of 30 

Original oil painting on gesso board pane;, 8" x 10"

Today I had a chance to finish a painting in time to post for day 20.  I have not benn able to paint for the past week.  I am hoping I can post each day between now and the end of the challenge.  I have painted this scene before, it is a scene from my backyard on sunny morning after a snowfall.  I used my photo for referecne.

Thank you for stopping by and having a look!

Sunday, September 13, 2015

# 301 - Pear Study

Day 12 of 30 Challenge

Original oil on gallery wrapped canvas 6" x 6"

Today I had little time to paint so I finished this quick little study of a pear.   I am still one painting behind so I am hoping I have time to paint one more today.

Thank you for stopping by.

Saturday, September 12, 2015

# 300 - "Finn"

Day 11 of 30 Day Challenge

Origianl oil on gesso board panel 5" x 7", 

I knew painting a cat would be hard for me but decided to give it a try.  This cat is of  the ragdoll variety, he is such an interesting cat and has quite the personality.  He belongs to my daughter and she has given me some great photos of him.  I may try a few more cat paintings in the future.  

Friday, September 11, 2015

# 299 - "Roses in a Vase"

Day 10 of 30 Challenge

original oil on gesso board panel, 8" x 10" 

This morning I finished a painting of red roses I had started a while back but never completed.  I kept this one loose and it is a style I am trying to learn.

Thank you for stopping by and having a look

Wednesday, September 9, 2015

# 298 -" Fall Pansies"

Day 9 of 30 Challenge

Original oil on gesso board panel, 8" x 10"

I bought some pansies from the grocery store with hopes they might last a few days for some paintings.   The composition for this painting changed a bit as I kept adding and then wiping away floweres and stems.  I had a warm background at first then decided to go cool with light blue.

Thank you for stopping by and having a look!