This is another abstract I did of the Italian laundry. It's 3 little separate 4"x4" canvas block paintings that are spaced about 1/4" from each other. All of them are then fitted into a frame. I won another little prize for this painting from the Waterloo Group painters at our Christmas party painting competition yesterday. This is the kind of laundry I like doing!!
Our painting group met yesterday morning at the Oasis. I did this pastel study of the entrance. If you haven't been to the Oasis lately, you won't recognize it. It's undergoing massive construction. They have already completed a 4 story parking garage and are in the process of building a very large hotel and additional shops. The one consistent thing - great views and mediocre food. This is the 2nd pastel plein air I've recently done. I like working with pastels because it lightens my load. Much less to carry and very light weight. I like easy!! 9x12
Several people asked me to show the painting I was working on in the previous post. This is my pastel study of the library entrance. It wasn't a particularly easy painting to do. Besides straddling that rock wall for several hours, I was sitting so close to my subject it was difficult to scale down my drawing. It ended up being 12x9.
This is yours truly painting the front of the library. After straddling this rock wall all day, I could barely stand up and walk when I finished. These are my dear friends Beryl and Glenda. (Beryl on the left) Our plein air group had an exhibit this past weekend at ArtSpace. Beryl managed to paint 2 local scenes, watch the chalk artists and still attend another art reception. She's super woman! Glenda is such a great supporter. She always manages to show up at my art events & I appreciate her support so much. This is a photo of another one of my artist buddies; Zanne. She spent 2 whole days on her hands and knees producing this beautiful artwork. I think she's probably still in bed nursing her aching body after completing such a difficult feat. She's a true artist an so much fun to be around.
This is a large abstract (36 x 36 acrylic) that I painted for Steve & Bobbie. Thank you so much for allowing me the opportunity to paint this commission for you!! I do miss it, but it couldn't have gone to a better home.
Why would I paint the local Round Rock YMCA?? Good question. This is for an upcoming fund raiser and the request was for a painting of the YMCA! There you have it. It was a challenge because this is not a particularly "beautiful" structure. It's a functional structure but I took a photo of the most attractive part; the entrance. I hope they like it. 11x14 acrylic on canvas.
This lighthouse is so far north, it's just minutes from Canada. It's a small sleepy little town with a lot of summer tourists. There was a sea plane giving rides, this wonderful big sailboat drifting by and some fun shopping. This is a 20 x 16 pastel on paper.
This is another lighthouse I passed on the way up to Lake Superior. I unfortunately failed to get the name of this one. However, one of my great art buddies who knows her lighthouses emailed me the correct name - so I'm reposting it. I liked it because it looked like a comfy house the lighthouse keeper had when he was not on duty. I imagined it was a very quiet peaceful job, although an important one at the time. This is a 16 x 20 pastel - the messiest medium there is to paint with!
As many of you know, I just got back from a very cool trip to Minnesota. I got the opportunity to travel north and see some beautiful country that I never saw before when I lived there. I discovered Lake Superior up close and personal and was awestruck at its size and beauty. I kept referring to it as the ocean. I also discovered there are many light houses along it's shores and I captured a few photos which I will paint. Split Rock is pretty famous and I thought I'd paint it first. This one is a 16 x 20 pastel.
I finally finished this 12 x 12 last night. This is from a photo I took one morning on private property, on my knees, with the geese, almost falling in the water. I pushed the colors for fun. I love our skyline!
Our town has so many wonderful and unique buildings - I love our skyline. I decided to paint these 3 but would like to do some others from different locations. This one is a 9x12 acrylic on linen board.
This is a funky little sunflower painting I did some time ago which I never posted. It just found a new home so I wanted to thank Miss Nancy for adopting it. It's one of those "out of my head" paintings where I didn't have a photo or flower to look at while painting. I like to do that sometimes - it feels very free.
I painted this today with my buddies out by the lake. This was painted alla prima (painted all at once) and was still very wet when I photographed it. There' a little glare on it. This is a pretty piece of land located in back of the 4-Seasons hotel on Lake Austin. Perfect place for a picnic - don't you think?
It's that time of the year when you want water around you to stay cool. I was inspired by this little backyard fountain and kept the air conditioning on high while I painted it. So I guess it's a cool painting.
I've been hearing some grumbling that I don't do enough landscapes (you know who you are). So last night I painted this one Alla Prima (all at once) with oils. It's from our trip to Vancouver several years ago when we visited the Butchart Gardens on Victoria Island in British Columbia. The gardens are beyond description; they are so stunning. I haven't had my oils out for awhile and really enjoyed using them again.
Thank you Lois for purchasing this painting. I'm thrilled to have met you and hope to see you in the future. This is a small plein air painting of Arkansas Bend at Lake Travis. This year it has beautiful water. Last year you could walk across it. Love that rain!
This is another large abstract I painted right before my show at ArtSpace. It's all done in transparent watercolors. This type of painting takes much longer to paint than an oil painting. I think this one took about 4 days to complete. On a personal note - the new hardwood floors are in and I've chased most of the dirt and dust from the renovation. I feel like I can get back to painting without so many interruptions. Yea!
This is a 16 x 20 pastel I painted of a sunset at Lake Chapala, Mexico. The original trip was to Ajijic, but Chapala was just a short distance away and was such a colorful fun town. Since I probably won't be returning to Mexico any time soon, I thought I'd paint one of my fond memories.
This is a 16 x 20 pastel painting I did for my show. I photographed these clouds in Georgetown one day when a big one was coming. I apologize for not posting. I have been doing some home renovations and have been totally consumed by all the chaos. I will attempt to get back on my regular painting schedule next week when all the dust settles around here.
I am having my first "One Woman Show" at ArtSpace in downtown Round Rock! We had the opening reception last Wednesday and I was so thrilled at the turnout. There were speeches . . . an official ribbon cutting for the new ArtSpace and many friends who came and wished me their best. Such a fun event. My show will continue to run until the end of May. If you haven't had a chance to see it, please swing by. ArtSpace, 231 E. Main Street, downtown Round Rock. Open Thursday's thru Sunday's - 11 am to 6 pm.
THANKS JEAN & KYLE - I'M GLAD THIS LITTLE PAINTING HAS FOUND YOU. This is a tiny plein air painting of Brushy Creek. As some of you know I live on Brushy Creek and this was my first attempt at painting it en plein air just down the road.
This abstract was just juried into the Waterloo Watercolor Spring Show. The show is located at 700 Lavaca Street in the old Chase Bank Building. The artwork is on display on the lower level corridor. I have 2 paintings in the show and I got a peek of all the artwork the other day - it's a very good show. If you are downtown and would like to stop by, the show runs until July 10th.
This is the companion piece I did to go with "Morning Thoughts." Again, an experimental watercolor done in 2 colors. I haven't been posting faithfully because I've been really busy getting ready for my debut one woman show. Trust me, I've been working!!
Well, here's something a bit different!! I did two of these figure type paintings the other day. This is 2 colors on bristol board; neutral and gold watercolors. Another one of my experiments. Hope it's not too risque for the blog!
I guess I must of had Easter on my mind when I decided to paint this one. It's a big 24x30 Acrylic painting, so he's pretty much in your face. I snapped a photo of this guy a couple of years ago at a local farm here in Austin. I can't remember the name of the farm but this guy was very fat and very happy!
Happy Easter everyone! This is the last of the "Twilight" series. These small originals will be at our upcoming art show and sale to be held this coming Friday & Saturday, April 9th & 10th. The 620 Group Painters will hold this show at the Apache Shores Community Center located at 14919 General Williamson, Austin 78734 from 10 - 5 PM both days. Please come by and see some amazing art. Directions: 620 to General Williamson. Turn left on General Williamson. About a mile on your right is the community center. (General Williamson is the next street light past Hudson Bend Road) Hope to see you there!!
This one's part of a series of abstracts I recently painted in Corpus Christi. I originally went down to attend a workshop, but the workshop was a total bust. We all just ended up painting whatever we wanted. This is one of four. The workshop may have been a bust, but I enjoyed 3 wonderful days with my two painting buddies, so all was definitely not lost.
The inspiration for this painting came from a close up photo I took of dark ripe grapes while we were in Italy. I merged that image with my imagination and came up with this painting. This one is watercolor and colored pencil on Bristol board. THANKS STEVE FOR YOUR CONTINUED SUPPORT. I APPRECIATE YOU SO MUCH!!!!!
This is a little painting I did of a woman I photographed in Ajijic, Mexico. I tweeked my painting (from the original photo image) to create a more design/abstract painting. I painted it with watercolor and gouache on bristol board, which is a flat smooth paper surface.
This is a portrait of a fellow artist Karin Jurick. Her blog Different Strokes From Different Folks has been the leader in presenting painting challenges to other artists all over the country. As a thank you to Karin, over 100 fellow artists painted HER portrait as a thank you for all she does. Click the link for Different Strokes and you will see all the portraits. Thanks Karin!!!!
I'm participating in the February paint challenge where people from all over the country do a painting of a particular photograph. At one point I was trying to encompass the entire photograph, but then decided I didn't like it. So I'm only showing the part I like. Also, this was a new experiment for me to paint with gouache. Gouache is a translucent to opaque type watercolor material that can be layered. My first attempt with this medium was also a learning experience; this painting has many layers. It was a fun challenge, but I'm glad it's over.
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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)