Sunday, November 13, 2011
Latest update: This painting just won Best in Show at the 2012 Image Exhibit! I was beyond thrilled. Then the day before the exhibit opened it sold. I'm a happy camper!!!
After my previous intense workshop week with Judy Greenberg I came away and painted this one. It utilizes several "techniques" Judy taught us during our workshop. I got a brief start on it during her class but it took another 2 weeks to complete it at home. There are probably 30+ layers of watercolor on this painting. Each one must dry before adding the next. Hope you enjoy it.
Saturday, November 5, 2011
Thank you Tom for your recent purchase of 4 paintings!!! I am honored that you are now enjoying them in your home. Thanks for all the great comments and continued support.
The above is an acrylic painting I had fun painting representing my back yard. I spend a fair amount of time on my studio deck and look out at the trees and creek while contemplating my paintings. One day after sitting out there I just went inside and painted this mental impression.
Saturday, October 22, 2011
Sunday, October 2, 2011
Update: This painting just won First Place in the Waterloo Fall Juried Show!! I'm so excited. Our juror was national watercolorist Judy Greenberg. The opening reception and awards will be presented Sunday, November 6th at the Northwest Hills Gallery. Yippee.
Sorry to take so long to post again. I've been really involved with the Round Rock Arts group and all the great upcoming events. I wish I had more hours in each day or an assistant. Ha This is another full on abstract creation that combines watercolor, ink, painted collage papers and some calligraphy. I had a great deal of fun painting it; now it's time to share. I hope you enjoy it too. BTW, please mark your calendars for next weekend's 2nd Annual Chalk Walk event. The streets will be blocked off and hundreds of artists will be in town painting the streets. There's a great plein air art exhibit at ArtSpace, so stop in and take a look. We are turning in to a real artsy town!!!
Sunday, September 18, 2011
The sounds of old music playing in the background, a quiet mind and a paintbrush in hand . . Primitive Matter is born. This is a watercolor/collage 15 x 23 abstract that just came out of ??? Hope you enjoy it.
Monday, August 29, 2011
I saw this huge sunflower last year on our Italy adventure. It was inside a gelato shop sitting on the counter. I'd never seen such a big sunflower, so I snapped a photo and this is my interpretation. It's 14 x 11 oil on canvas. Thank you Daryl & Karolyn for purchasing not only this version but also my watercolor of the same flower.
Friday, August 26, 2011
I don't know why she's a lady, but that's my feeling anyway. I did 3 versions of this flower. Guess I liked it or something. This is the peach/lavender version. It may be little 12x9 but it has some big life (according to her).
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Friday, August 12, 2011
This is another 'giant' 4"x4"x1" window sill painting. I've got a series of mini paintings going on while I'm working on some larger pieces. This one is done in acrylic with some copper leaf. The original has a bit of a glow about it which is not reflected in my fancy photography.
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Tuesday, August 9, 2011
I painted this little one from a photo I took in Cassis, Italy the day we went to the Rivera. The town is full of colorful buildings and lots of boats. We all took a cruise and saw the huge white cliffs with all the nude sunbathers. The waters in the coves were the most beautiful turquoise color. Great day.
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Tuesday, August 2, 2011
This is a new experiment for me. I painted this watercolor with just neutral paint. Depending on the amount of water you use it will be anywhere from almost black to almost white. When I finished the flower the painting was screaming at me to add just one ladybug so I did and broke the totally neutral painting. Hope you like it.
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Sunday, July 31, 2011
As a tribute to the late great Clarence Clemons, who played for many years with Bruce Springsteen's E Street Band, I did this painting just three days after his recent death. He was beloved by all who knew and worked with him. Fortunately, his long list of great music will be around for us all to hear. He will be so deeply missed.
This painting is currently on exhibit at ArtSpace, 231 E. Main Avenue, Round Rock, Texas. It is part of the Austin Pastel Society Exhibit which will run from August 1 through 30th. The opening art reception will be held Thursday, August 4th from 5:30-7:00 pm and it's free to the general public. All are welcome, so please meet the artists at the reception or come by any time this month and look at some wonderful paintings.
Saturday, July 30, 2011
Acrylic abstract 4" x 4" x 1" wrapped canvas painting. I have a very hard time photographing these small paintings. I don't know why it's so difficult, but I promise they look better in real life.
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Thursday, July 28, 2011
Tuesday, July 26, 2011
This is a small 4x4 acrylic abstract with some copper leaf foil. I'm just now experimenting with putting smaller paintings up for auction. This is my first piece and hopefully all the new links will be working.
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Friday, July 22, 2011
Fresh from my trip to France, this is a view of Monet's lily pond. I got to stand on his actual bridge overlooking this beautiful huge lily pond. I did this watercolor from one of my photos. I have many more views to paint from and will keep going. So much to paint and so little time!!
Saturday, July 9, 2011
Saturday, July 2, 2011
This is a watercolor sketch/study of my art buddy. Won't name any names here because it's not my best work and I don't want to offend anyone. We had a little one day workshop with Nan Brown (another wonderful local artist) and our goal was figure painting. The idea was to make suggestions instead of tight details. This was the result of that fun afternoon.
Wednesday, June 22, 2011
This painting was also inspired by our side trip to Giverny. This cottage was probably someones garage many years ago. With the addition of the fireplace I suspect it's now a high dollar rental property. There was a house directly across the street listed for sale. When I got home I looked it up on the Internet to find it was only $2 million dollars. It needed a little work! The entire town of Giverny was filled with these "Normandy" style homes. Like a time warp, but a beautiful one.
Saturday, June 18, 2011
This is another painting inspired by Monet's garden. There were several peony varieties and I just loved the pink/lavender ones. I chose watercolor to paint this one and it was a challenge! I hope this inspiration stays with me a bit longer.
Thursday, June 16, 2011
The French (and Italians) take great pride in their property entrances. Most homes have lovely shutters and some sort of colorful planters out front. It is their personal signature that they live there and take pride in their home. This is a pen/ink/watercolor I did of one of those homes close to where we stayed. Whoever lives here does a bang up job in decorating their entrance. It was so lovely to see, I had to do a little painting.
Sunday, June 12, 2011
One of the highlights of my trip was visiting Monet's house and gardens in Giverny. There was a huge abundance of different kinds of plants including varieties of iris I'd not seen before. From my photos I painted these two in pastel. It's a 9x12 painting. Monet was one of the lucky artists from his time to actually be a successful painter while still alive. His home was just beautiful and quite grand. Trailing roses covered the front of the house which looked out on the other rose gardens. I actually stood on the same bridge he used to view the huge lily pond. I have many great photos and will definitely do a series from his garden and pond.
Saturday, June 11, 2011
I kept a journal of all the places we visited. It was my way of keeping track of where we went each day so I could later match photos with the correct towns. It's amazing when you take hundreds of photos how hard it is to remember each location when you view them later. The above images are quick sketches I made while sitting on the patio drinking coffee in the morning. They are my impressions from the villa. I just completed a pastel painting of iris's from Monet's garden. That will be my next post- a real painting from the trip!
Wednesday, June 8, 2011
This is a morning watercolor sketch I did while sitting on the back patio at our villa in Eygalieres, France. In the evening these same mountains turned a beautiful blue/purple. The villa was on acreage, so this is just one view off the back. The grounds were so well attended and the rose garden was fabulous. I have other quick watercolor sketches I made while there which I will also share soon.
Sunday, June 5, 2011
I'm back from my wonderful France adventure! We had perfect weather, great times, good friends, food & wine. Can't ask for more than that. I did this painting before I left town and it's currently on exhibit at the Georgetown Public Library 2nd floor. The current exhibit is by GROUP OF FIVE and is a great show. If you are in the area in the next couple weeks, take a minute and run by. I promise you won't be disappointed. I'm very proud of this one.
Sunday, April 24, 2011
This is another full sheet watercolor. Guess I've been in a bigger mood lately. I've painted this same water lily (from my backyard pond) 3 times now. First in oil, then acrylic and now in watercolor. I took a fun approach to this painting as learned thru my artist friend extraordinaire Rae Andrews, and just played with the background first. I then painted both positive and negative until the image of my lily appeared. My image looks a bit faded here but in "real life" it's more colorful.
Tuesday, April 19, 2011
This is a full sheet (large) watercolor that I did in the last workshop I took from Steve Rogers. I tried for more fantasy colors in my scene. This was painted from a photo I took while on vacation a couple years ago. I found Montana to be stunningly beautiful.
Saturday, April 9, 2011
I recently completed this big one - 32 x 36 acrylic on canvas. My photo doesn't catch all the detail, because it's a large painting. I also just completed a full week workshop with master water colorist Steve Rogers. Fun, hard and frustrating, but worth it. Now I'm playing catch up on all the things I put off last week. Grrr
Saturday, March 19, 2011
I'm baack! Life has been ultra hectic lately and I have neglected my painting. Now that Imagine, Annex and ArtSpace exhibits are behind me, I finally got out the brushes. This is the first time I've painted in this long format. This is a 12" x 40" canvas. The first thing that came to mind when I saw the blank canvas was the wide open poppy fields of France. Since my upcoming trip is just around the corner in May, my mind is traveling in that direction. This is not a very good photo, I need a wide angle lens to really capture it, but you'll get the idea anyway. This painting is going to a very good home!!!
Tuesday, February 15, 2011
This is a painting from a painting. I did my first version some time ago and decided to paint it again. I don't know why I like this flower, but apparently I do. Sorry I haven't been posting much lately. I've been extremely busy doing volunteer work for the arts in Round Rock. Very rewarding, but also time consuming. I'm trying to get back in the studio more. Ha
Friday, February 4, 2011
Miss Molly's first snow. Look at that little face. Actually she loved it. Couldn't wait to keep going back outside all day. What fun we had!
This is our back yard this morning. Frozen pond and very cold cook shack. I remember the last party held back here when we were all dying of the heat.
Friday, January 21, 2011
I had to let loose and do more abstracts. I did two "Texture" paintings in acrylic. I posted this horizontally, but it can work vertically or upside down. Whenever I do one of these, I don't want to sign them because I don't know where to sign it!!
Sunday, January 16, 2011
This is another pastel painted on emerald green velour board.
I'm going to have to resupply myself soon as I only have one piece
of velour left. This scene is from the parking lot on the left side of
the Oasis. After I parked one day I snapped a photo for this painting.
I don't think there is a bad view from any location at the Oasis!
Tuesday, January 11, 2011
This was fun! I tried another experiment. My good friend
Carol gave me several scraps of velour board left over from her
framing projects. I tried painting with pastels on this very
different surface and was surprised how much I enjoyed it.
The pastels handle totally different, but I was pretty pleased
with the outcome. The gal in this painting really has hair
the color I painted it!