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paintings by
Judy P. Smith


This is a full listing of my acrylic paintings in chronological order.  If you would like to see a larger image just click on the thumbnail.  To send a purchase inquiry, please click on the appropriate painting title.

Acrylic Paintings:

The Grist Mill: Privately Held

April 2001

 Acrylic on canvas

20 x 16

 The Grist Mill was the first landscape painting that I attempted.  It was done during my art class that I was taking at Ben Franklin under Alois Ellis, a local artist.   My class made a unilateral decision that after doing crafty projects that we were ready to do landscapes.  The pattern that we decided on was from the book Bittersweet, Vol. 24, by Dorothy Dent.  In the end it was amazing that by following the same set of instructions three very different paintings were produced, each unique to the painter

Purple Mountains Majesty: Privately Held

April 2001

 Acrylic on canvas

20 x 16

This was my second project for class.  The pattern came from Painting A Barrel of Fun, Vol. 2, by Donna Bell.  This project in and of itís self wasnít extremely difficult, however, the real problem was the mountains.  Getting those funky, sharp angles right, and in purple no less, Ahhhh.  Although it came out well, I donít think Iíll ever paint anything with that particular mountain range in the background again.
Turkey Sunset: Privately Held

May 2001

 Acrylic on canvas

16 x 20

The moment that I saw the pattern for this painting I knew that I had to do it.  At the time I began this painting, I was still finishing up The Grist Mill during class.  The pattern came from Bittersweet, Vol. 24, by Dorothy Dent although once you get started with the actual painting there are always deviations from the pattern.  I specifically painted Turkey Sunset as a gift for my dad for Fatherís Day.  Turkey hunting being one of his true passions, I new that he would enjoy having this flock for his own. 
Quiet Reflections: Privately Held

May 2001

 Acrylic on canvas

16 x 20

 The idea for Quiet Reflections came from a photograph that I took.  The pond in the painting is located off Old Hundred Road in Chesterfield Co., Virginia.  At the time I took the photograph I was traveling this particular road on an almost daily basis.  I was taken by the way the broken down dock looked jutting out into the water in the early evening

Green Barn Lane: $25.00

May 2001

 Acrylic on canvas

16 x 20

 The barn featured in this painting is located off Otterdale Road in Chesterfield County, Virginia.  The barn sits near an old home and is in a state of disrepair.  In fact, there isnít even a road leading to the barn.  In order to give it more interest, I added several details to the area and came up with the finished product.

Baker Homeplace: Privately Held

May 2001

Acrylic on canvas

16 x 20

As a Motherís Day gift for her mother, my mother, commissioned this painting of her motherís old family home.  The home featured had burned down many years ago and I was able to create the painting using a photograph taken by my uncle Johnny Stapleton during the late 70ís and my momís memory of how things looked when she was younger.  I was even able to include the outhouse to the right of the house as it was for years.
Atlantic Beach: Privately Held

June 2001

 Acrylic on canvas

16 x 20

 Atlantic Beach was a wonderful place in North Carolina that my husband and I spent our honeymoon in September of 1991.  The painting was taken from a photograph that we took one morning while walking on the beach.  It is interesting to note that the sunrises over the beach instead of the water, due to the way island is situated on the underside of the outer banks.

Pacific Moon: Privately Held

June 2001

 Acrylic on canvas

20 x 16

 My sister saw a calendar photo, which featured the moonrise over the California coast.  However the original photo also featured a lighthouse.  Well, she doesnít really like lighthouses, so I deleted most of the photograph and added a gazebo to the foreground.

Garden Bridge: Privately Held

June 2001 

Acrylic on canvas

16 x 20

A family outing to Maymont Park in Richmond, Virginia produced the photograph from which Garden Bridge was based.   The actual bridge is located in the Japanese Gardens below the Dooley Mansion in the park.  I was drawn to the way the rocks reflected in the creek and the intense colors on the tree in early spring.  The Hydrangea and Pickerel Weed contrasted one another nicely.

Baby May: Privately Held

June 2001 

Acrylic on canvas board

20 x 16

 A family outing to Maymont Park in Richmond, Virginia produced the photograph from which Baby May was based.   This waterfall is hidden at the base of a much larger waterfall located in the Japanese Gardens at Maymont.  This particular waterfall is not all it appears to be.  Although it appears to be a large waterfall it is actually a trickle of water about eight inches long hidden behind an azalea bush.

Across the Pond: $50.00

July 2001

Acrylic on canvas

16 x 20

I attend a field trip with my youngest son to Lewis Ginter Botanical Gardens and took the photograph on which this painting is based.  I was standing on the opposite shore of the lake there when I took this photo.  I liked the way the cool darkness of the foreground contrast with the brilliant sunlit space around the bank of the lake near the gazebo.  I particularly like the way the rocks reflected off the pond in front of the gazebo.

Old Cape Henry Light: Privately Held

July 2001

 Acrylic on canvas

20 x 16

 The family took a weekend trip to Virginia Beach, Virginia and did some lighthouse touring in addition to our time on the beach.  We headed to Fort Story (an active military base) to tour the lighthouse.  I was able to take a photograph of the Old Cape Henry Light from the parking lot before our tour.

New Cape Henry Light: $50.00

July 2001

 Acrylic on canvas

20 x. 16

 On the same weekend trip to Virginia Beach, Virginia, I took the photograph of the New Cape Henry Light from the base of the Old Cape Henry Light.  If you note the shrub in the foreground leaning in towards the New Cape Henry Light you will see the same shrub in Old Cape Henry Light also in the foreground.  Amazingly there is only a distance of 350 feet between the old and new lights.

Mountain Get-Away: Privately Held

July 2001

 Acrylic on canvas board

14 x 12

This painting is a total fabrication on my part.  I was trying out a new technique for the trees and not wanting to ďwasteĒ a canvas I puttered on along adding in a cabin with sunflowers in the foreground to complete the scene.  I was later told that the cabin resembled a place up in the mountains that someone in the family was familiar with.

Hatteras Light at Dusk: Privately Held

July 2001

 Acrylic on canvas

20 x 16

The year before I did this painting we had spent a weekend in Buxton, North Carolina where the Hatteras Light is located.  It was during that weekend that the light was relit after the lighthouse had moved from its original location near the ocean.  I tried to envision in this painting what the new view of the lighthouse would look like from the beach near the old location of the lighthouse.
Glencoe Mist: Privately Held

July 2001

 Acrylic on canvas

16 x 20

I was surfing around the Internet and came upon a photo of Glencoe, Scotland in some real estate listings and thought that this particular view would be great to paint.  Glencoe has a special meaning for me, as it is the ancestral home of the McDonald branch of my family.   

Evening Sail: Privately Held

July 2001

 Acrylic on canvas board

16 x 20

On July 4th, 2001 the family was settling down on the shore of the Swift Creek Reservoir in Chesterfield County, Virginia to watch the fireworks display put on by Brandermill, when I took several photographs of the evening sunset.  I used those photographs to put together this painting.
Down Time: Privately Held

July 2001

 Acrylic on canvas board

8 x 10 

Down Time was painted for my husband, Dean.  I thought that he needed a piece of artwork for his cubicle at work, soÖ. I changed the time of day and angle of Evening Sail.  The title is a term that he uses at work when equipment is out of commission, but it also implies time off.
Bodie Island Light: Privately Held

July 2001

Acrylic on canvas

16 x 20

 The photograph that this painting is based on was taken on our return trip from Buxton, North Carolina.  We did a drive-by of the lighthouse and I took the photograph just as we turned into the parking lot.  An interesting fact about this lighthouse is that it was built from the materials leftover after the construction of the Cape Hatteras Light.

Valley Stream Privately Held

August 2001

 Acrylic on Masonite

24 x 38

I was feeling really adventurous after a trip to the Blue Ridge Bear & Coon Club located in the mountains of Virginia.  We had stopped a scenic overlook where I took photographs of the mountain range.  This painting is based on several things. I used a pattern from Painting A Barrel of Fun, Vol. 2, by Donna Bell as base. Then I used the photographs that I took of the Blue Ridge Mountains as a basis for the mountain range in the background.
Bay Light: Privately Held

May 2002

 Acrylic on MDF

33 x 48

I had completed a set of bi-fold doors for over our fireplace and they really needed something, they were so bare.  So I based this painting loosely on a pattern found in Along the Shores, by Diane Nielsen Wallace.