Thursday, June 9, 2016

Daniel Keys Workshop 2016 Edition

Yes I have been "workshopping" again and yes it was just last fall that we learned under the tutlage of Daniel Keys.  This kid, and I say kid, because he is the same age as my youngest, is amazing and kind.  We CAN learn from the youngen's!
My art buddies and I had such a fantastic time painting this time and one reason is he came to us, to Tulsa, and may come again.  All kinds of light bulbs go off in my head watching and listening to him instruct us.  I love these fine ladies and we travel well together!

It was a 3-day workshop and Daniel began by painting roses, something he loves to paint, me not so much.  They are quite difficult but very rewarding if you finally get it.  

Such an informative guy on how to make it happen. 
Fantastic!

Then it was our turn for the afternoon!

Not sure I like it or can say it's finished but, hey, they're roses and you can tell they're roses!
He said we came to the workshop not to get a pretty painting but learn to paint so we can paint a pretty painting!

Day 2 and 3 were to set up our own still life and paint it.  This one he set up and that pitcher my fine friends is MY pitcher.  I brought some of my set up stuff from the house and it was my great-grandmother's.  I was thrilled he used it in his set up to demo and was quite happy it will live at my house so I can try to paint it.
Day 2
Day 2 he started his demo leaving the bottom part and pitcher to paint on Wednesday.  Amazing to watch his thought process and hear his painting wisdom as he creates his magic.  Truly he is an amazing artist.   (Think I use amazing too often but it IS!)
Day 3
The rug in the background belongs to his Godmother so it is special to him. 

OH MY GOSH...such a beautiful painting.

Day 3 afternoon some wanted to see copper painted so he obliged.  


Our set up for day 2 and 3 I set up and it looked fantastic till we started to paint it and realized the background was too close in color to the teapot.  RATS!  But, we proceeded on and I kind of like what I got out of it.

All in all I'm absolutely exhausted from parties and painting.  I partied (a glass of wine for me is a party lately) last Friday night at an engagement party for a friend and then Saturday night my HUGE 60th Surprise Birthday Party.  Then a painting workshop for three days with a wonderful dinner reception at MY house on Tuesday night.  Now on to regular life and then a Saturday Birthday Reunion Picnic for my high school class.  I am going to need next week to catch up.  

Learning to paint is mentally exhausting and isn't that a good thing for an aging brain!  I certainly hope so.  Onward to the next workshop!

Monday, April 25, 2016

The Road to Nowhere

 I'm kind of drawn to these kinds of photos, the road to nowhere.  I take pictures often of these kinds of scenes and now I think it is time to paint some.  I like the perspective and for some reason takes me back to art class in 9th grade with Mrs. Sue Henson when she taught perspective. 
  What's down there...new futures, the unknown...
I love, LOVE the blue skies and white clouds... 

I snapped this photo with the specific thought to paint it...I love the shadows and the way the road just disappears. 

Saturday, April 9, 2016

The Process

Good morning to everyone.  I thought I would update (if you haven't been inundated enough on Facebook) with my most recent painting.  HAHAHA.  Sometimes I think I do overload but you have to do that to get yourself out there, especially when you aren't in a gallery.  So folks, I'm bringing my gallery to YOU!  

A month or so ago heading to a neighbors cabin I grabbed my camera, always on the ready to find that perfect picture to paint.  I like to paint what I snap photos of, that way the end result makes it truly mine.  Her cabin has some fantabulous settings around it that I would love to paint and I was not let down when I walked in.  So I took this photo.  I loved the shadows that played on the window side and the bowl was beautiful.  I'm also a sucker for these colors and seem to use them a lot in my work, burnt sienna, yellow ochre and burnt umber.
So, in my art class before Ross showed up (I get there a couple hours early to work on my own) I started sketching in with burnt umber, the basics. 

Before you know it a painting is born. 

The bowl was pretty much finished with a few touches later but a couple of sessions still needed to done on it. 

Finally, on Tuesday of this week I felt that it was done and ready to be signed.  The comments on Facebook and people from different classes who saw it have given me some extra confidence.  Several have said it is their favorite of what I have done and probably my best.  That makes me feel fantastic and I so appreciate the kudos from everyone.  It gives me such encouragement on this art journey I have found myself on.  I have not really sold this piece but am giving it to my friend CS, whose window this came from.  She is a dear friend and I am glad to gift it to her, but there were some stipulations.  I have been encouraged by many that I have got to enter it into some art shows, which I will, but it will ultimately live at her house when I am done.  I imagine I could have sold it but it's a good feeling to give it to her and know it will be loved. 

You know selling is awesome but giving is even better!

This little girl is Queen B.  I saw this on Facebook of a friends dog and HAD to paint it.  Since her mommy just got married and I didn't get them anything yet, well Queen B appeared on canvas.  As I write this the painting is in the air traveling to her new home.  Enjoy Margaret.
"Queen B"

Since that big one was finished I had to paint something else.  I really have tons of things to paint lately, like a rooster in a bit but I found the need to paint my favorite muse, our granddaughter.  This pic was taken by her father (funny I've painted several of his photos!) when they went to visit his father and family.  The horse is Cowboy and granddaughters favorite horse.  I loved this picture so of course, grab a paintbrush. 
IArt on Thursday I started in sketching with the burnt umber... 
sketch, wipe, sketch, wipe, sketch...WIPE...sketch...that back end was making me CRAZY...
by the end of the four hours I have a good start on this painting I think.  I love it when I start in and get lost in the process.  I tell you my blood pressure goes down and I am HAPPY.  I often tell people that I found my happy when I began to paint in 2009. 

Saturday, March 5, 2016

Ribbons and Cheers

Well, I have had a very eventful past couple of weeks in my art world.  Finished some stuff and started some stuff!

I finished this lovely on Tuesday and haven't even got a title yet.  

Then I got going on one of many cats and dogs I'm doing for gifts. 

Plus this one has begun in class! 

Finally...drum roll.........
Last night The Hubby and I drove to McAlester for the SOFA-Southeast Oklahoma Fine Arts Juried Show and I walked away with THIRD place!  Oh my gosh, there were 90 entries in all and that included, fantastic sculpture, oils, watercolors, graphite, photography and acrylics.  I TOOK THIRD!  Wow, wow, wow.  I was shocked but so thrilled and it's a money prize too, not much but it's something.  What's cool is my friend Linda took Honorable Mention and another from our group in Tulsa Artist Guild took Best In Show with a sculpture.  I can't tell you how excited I am especially with this painting as it just seemed to happen by accident and I ended up loving it but not sure anyone else would.  It was validation for me. 

Wednesday, February 17, 2016

Cows and Roses

Finally feeling better after a nasty, nasty cold so my easel is showing it.

This cow is from Panama.  My cousin took the photo and I pleaded with her to paint it.  I've wanted to paint a cow for awhile so here we go.

First go around with paint...let dry...

Second go around and I am LOVING it.   Next week background.

So I had to let Mrs. Cow dry and started this one.  I took the photo with my phone at a Valentine's dinner dance Friday night.  It turned out awesome and even my instructor was amazed. 

Now roses, they are a different kind of beast to paint but I am game to tackle them.  Ross (my instructor), when I asked where to start (after sketching it on the canvas) offered, "THE ROSES." Yeah, right, so off we go...
Next week more table, background, stems and glass. 

Sunday, February 7, 2016

What's Happening

Lots of stuff has happened in the past couple of months in my art life:  

I will be in the Southeast Oklahoma Fine Arts (SOFA) juried show with three paintings.

Acceptance into a local organization called Tulsa Artists Guild.  It was a scary process but I am a member now along with my friends, Linda Dunbar and Charlotte Lough.  

Piece in the Art Deco show through Alpha Rho Tau at the Art Deco Museum December-January.

I've also finished several pieces lately:
"Pigtails"
9x12

"A Pitcher of a Rose"


"Siblings"
8x10
SOLD

"Carter"
8x10
SOLD



Saturday, December 12, 2015

Evolution of a Painting(s)

 I was going through my treasure trove of thousands of pictures and saw this of Momma.  It's funny that I do have those thousands of photos and I look at them often then one day, BAM, I have this urge that I have to paint it.  This photo and painting has touched many people and that is what, as an artist, you want to do.  Everyone has a memory of mother, sister, or wife that looked like this photo.  

I started with a sketch, then added some umber and sepia tones, darker and lighter before color was added. 
You have to get the shading just right, the darks and lights.   
Thanks to my instructor, Ross Myers for directing the path this painting took.


This one is like before, the photo languished in my photo file until that "PAINT ME" urge happened.
It became definitely more impressionistic and abstracty and I just loved it.  It felt right.

Now this one was from my 17 year old nephew, Hunter.  He took the photo with his phone and was quite proud of it.  I thought it had possibilities.  Ross agreed and so we took another journey with some new kinds of techniques.

He had me apply the darks first in a quite haphazard way then let it dry and apply the smokey blues and greys on top.  Then a few additional grasses and trees and a painting was born.  I love it right now.

Lastly, I was in the Alpha Rho Tau show at the Promenade in November and out of 55 paintings in my category I took 2nd!  I was over the moon with happiness.