Tuesday, September 10, 2013

Red Cottage, acrylic on paper, 6 x 8'
day 10, 30 day challenge,
$40 ©Maggie Ruley 2013
I made things easier on myself and painted a little cottage I have painted before.  I just haven't done it this size or on paper.  It is a cute little house over in the Meadows section of Key West and it is on Pearl St.  It does have that cute little market umbrella in the front yard, but the house is green, not red.

I have a lot of scrap cardboard in my studio so I am using pieces for the small palettes that I need for these small paintings.
I think I will be back to palms tomorrow because I have a number of things to do and I think I'll be able to finish one of my palm starts fairly quickly. 
Regarding yesterday's painting:  Artist Maggie Latham who used to live in the house I painted had some very interesting things to say about the history of the house and the neighborhood.  So if you would like to know more go to yesterday's post and look for her comment.
I am having a give-away!

Here is how it works.  Leave a comment on my post and you will be entered to win.  I am going to give away one painting a week for the duration of the 30 Day Challenge, (the month of September, 2013). If you comment daily on my posts then you can be entered up to 7 times to win.  The winner will have their choice of any unsold painting of the week. 

Those of you who subscribe by e-mail to this blog can either reply to the e-mail, or comment and you will be entered.

Please note this drawing is going to be casual.  I am not hiring any fancy auditing company to do the selection.  It is going to be a plain old pieces of paper in a bowl thing.

If you are the winner your painting will be shipped to you after it has dried, which can take one to two weeks with oils.

If you would like more information about the challenge, see what the other artists are painting, or join in click the link below

30 day challenge
Everyone have a good day!



  1. What a cute little conch house! Love the red as a house color....

  2. Love it - I wish that people up North would paint their houses in these great colors - our neighbors thought we were crazy when we did our doors in lime green - no accounting for some people's taste - lol!

  3. Maggie, it's so cute. You portray these 'conch cottages' so very well. Can't wait for your palms, and love the idea of using scrap cardboard as a disposable palette for acrylic painting. Great Idea!

  4. I remember seeing this one because of the umbrella. Love it. It's the kind of place I'd like to live in for the whole summer.

  5. I love this house with the gingerbread trim, picket fence and bike in front.

  6. This cottage is adorable!!!

  7. This is so cute!

  8. I love houses and am always looking for interesting ones to paint. This one looks like a fun place to be!

  9. It's nice to see your paintings in my e-mail. They always make me smile.

  10. This one is just adorable!!

  11. Another charming cottage...love the umbrella!


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