Sunday, November 30, 2008

"Sunflowers" - Still Life

I'd like to tell you these are French sunflowers, painted on my trip, but I can't tell a fib. They're direct from HEB in Round Rock, but they do look just like the ones I saw in the fields in France!!

Tuesday, November 25, 2008

"Sweetie Pie"

Not to be outdone and demanding equal time . . . meet Sweetie Pie, our mutually adopted cat. She found us just a couple of weeks after we lost our precious Yorkie and we found her love helped heal a couple of broken hearts. Now she's the lady of the house and lives a wonderful life. In the morning when she's all feisty she comes running into the entry way, hits the long rug and flips herself in and out. One morning I got a photo of her resting before tearing thru the living room.

Sunday, November 23, 2008

"Which Way?"

This is another painting using the tools learned in Vie's workshop. The object was abstract movement with an overlay painting. After completing the background I thought I saw a fish - I pursued it from there and came up with this painting.

Thursday, November 20, 2008

"Pearl" SOLD

Meet Pearl, the sweetest little Papillon I've ever met. Her owners were walking her down the street a couple of weeks ago when we crossed paths. She immediately came right over to me and started with big kisses and dancing on her hind legs. It was love at first sight! I took her picture, came home and painted her.

Monday, November 17, 2008

"Palmetto Morning"

This painting is the 2nd of 3 paintings using the techniques learned from the Vie Dunn-Harr workshop. It starts with an underpainting of colors which is quickly followed by an overpainting. At the beginning of this painting (and most of the way thru it) I had no idea what I was going to paint. It's sort of an inspirational/intuitive process that's very uncomfortable while doing it, but can yield some good results if you can just go with the flow. Hope you like it!

Thursday, November 13, 2008

"Ethereal Pear" - SOLD

This was fun. I played with abstracting a typical still life for a totally different look. I have had so many people say encouraging things to me about my abstracts that I will pursue them more often. I generally have much more fun painting them anyway! Thank you Tom. I'm sure this painting has found a great new home.

Monday, November 10, 2008

Greeting Cards - Time to Order

I've been selling packages of greeting cards - 8 cards with envelopes - for $10.00. The first ones were a variety pack of 8 different paintings from my blog. I am now taking orders for ANY painting(s) you want to select off my blog. Each order must be at least 4 of the same image; i.e., you can select 2 different images for a package of 8, or 1 image and have all 8 of the same image. Just select the title of the painting(s) and email me at: Please get your orders in asap as this time of the year seems to go haywire for me!! If you are out of town, I will have to add minimum postage (cheapest way possible) to mail them to you. Thanks!!

"Blue Vase" Still Life

A new "bigger" still life (11 x 14) created from the influence of Qiang Hiang's workshop. I had never painted this type of painting before and it was fun to do. It's certainly easier to round up some items in the house than traipsing all over outside looking for the right scene to paint! I was especially happy with the apple. The original looks like you could grab it and take a bite. Enjoy.

Monday, November 3, 2008

"Orange Vase Still Life"

Please excuse the glare on this photo. I promise this painting doesn't glow in the dark! I just took a weekend workshop with an exceptional artist and instructor, Qiang Huang. He's a member of our plein air group, but doesn't have much time to join us lately. He specializes in still life work and I thought I'd give it a shot. I really enjoyed his class and would highly recommend it to any of my art buddies.