Well I'm back from a wonderful time in Spain. The first part of the trip was in the southern most part of Spain referred to Costa del Sol. It's right at the southern tip of Spain. The hotel overlooked the beach and boardwalk and the breaking waves could be heard in the room. There's nothing that puts me to sleep faster than listening to the ocean. The first day trip was to a little town called Mijas. It wasn't very far from the hotel and had wonderful white buildings, decorated donkeys and great shopping. The above door is a small watercolor sketch I did from this town. I'll post a photo of one of those adorable donkeys tomorrow.
Sorry I've been gone for so long. I've been traveling again and just returned from a great trip to Hawaii with 4 wonderful artist buddies. We visited Maui and it was truly paradise. I think we traveled every square inch of the island and made sure we got to do a horseback ride and swim in one of the Seven Sacred Pools. I now have hundreds of reference photos to paint from when I settle down in my studio. In just over a week I'll be hitting the road again with more art friends to visit Spain. This year is a very busy travel time for me and I've loving every minute of it. Unfortunately, it's cutting into my painting and posting time. Ha The above painting won PEOPLE'S CHOICE AWARD at the 5th Annual Imagine Art Event. What a fun surprise that was at the end of the evening when the votes were finally tallied. Thanks to everyone who voted for my painting. It is currently on exhibit at Texas State University, Round Rock Campus, 4th floor until May 16th.
I apologize for the long posting gap. I've been busy with other art exhibits and purchasing a small lake property in East Texas - another story. This is my painting that is currently on exhibit at this year's 5th Annual Imagine Exhibit at Texas State University. It won third place and I was thrilled. It's mostly watercolor but has some acrylic and ink. This exhibit will be up and available for public viewing Monday thru Saturday until May 17th. It's a fantastic exhibit and worth your while to make the trip. The 3rd floor is all photography and the 4th floor has paintings and sculpture.
I painted this watercolor from a photo of a floral arrangement from last year's Imagine event. We are sneaking up on this big event so everyone please mark your calendars. Friday night, February 22nd at 7:00 pm,Texas State University, Round Rock Campus (Off University Drive which is the same as 1431). It will be a huge gala and everyone who attends has a wonderful time!!!
My artist buddy and partner in crime Rae decided I needed to rename this diptych to Tsunami. So I have renamed them. This is the second half of the duo. Textured collages do not show up well in photographs so these need to be viewed in "real life."
Happy New Year everyone. I hope you all had great holidays and are getting back to the regular world. I've been working on a large collage that I ended up not liking. I decided to split the composition and turn it into a diptych which I preferred much more. So this is part one of my latest abstract. I think my mind is still on the Italian coast although I had nothing in mind when I started these. This work is constructed with all hand painted papers, some pencil and oil pastels. Comments are always welcome.
After a lifetime of doing everything but art, I have now put my love of painting as a first priority. I wanted to major in art in college, but was quickly talked out of it by my father who said I'd never make a living with an art degree. So, scared that I might starve, I majored in business but squeezed in as many art electives as possible. Upon graduation I immediately went to work and never stopped. Never painted either!!
I now devote several days per week to pure painting time and enjoy the company of many local painters. Current art memberships include: Austin Plein Air, Waterloo Watercolor Group and Austin Pastel Society.
Juried Exhibitions include:
AUSTIN PASTEL SOCIETY Minature Show (2009) Won First in Show, Juror: Susan Kemner Reed
WATERCOLOR ART SOCIETY-HOUSTON 31st International Exhibition - Juror: Stephen Quiller (2008); WATERLOO WATERCOLOR GROUP FALL EXHIBITION - Juror: Christopher Shinck (2008);
WATERLOO WATERCOLOR GROUP ANNUAL EXHIBITION - Juror: Joe Fettingis (2007)
1ST PLACE WINNER - Waterloo Watercolor Society Fall Challenge (2007)