Carla Hefley

Artist in Training

Wednesday, July 9, 2014

Sunrise, Sunset

A couple of years ago I painted a Sunset on Grand River painting and posted it on my art blog along with a lot of my finished paintings.  Out of the blue over a year ago a framing/art something company found my Sunset and contacted me to paint a 4'x 6' painting much like the sunset for a "project" here in Tulsa.  I was THRILLED and scrambled to figure out a price for a huge painting.  I have never painting anything as large as this and was definitely scared to take it on but pushed on.  It wasn't a lot of money but it was the most I've ever received for one of my paintings.  I got a first payment which was so exciting and purchased the 4'x 6' canvas and sat it up at my art class so I could have my artist peers and art instructor there for support.  Paint I did.  

Yesterday, they came and picked up the painting to be installed at the new St. Francis Hospital Trama Care Waiting Room!  Gosh I am so proud you can not imagine.  Because this thing was so large I was not able to have it scanned to make giclee prints and just never got around to trying to snap a better picture...

"Sunrise on Grand River"

but, I have giclee prints of this one.

"Sunset on Grand River"

Saturday, May 24, 2014

En Plein Air Painting

Since we were going to be at the cabin this Memorial Day weekend I just knew I had to try my hand at 

Day 1 - I got up about 5:30 and had my car loaded and ready to head to the creek by about 6:15, ready to watch the sunrise and paint.  I'm also trying to be more impressionistic in my style and it is quite freeing.

Day 2 (today) - I didn't up as early as Day 1 mainly because I knew there would not be a real sunrise.  I toyed with the thought of not even trying it again but I had The Hubby bring up my regular French easel and more brushes and paints so I had to.  I'm kind of happy with what happened here although I ended up wearing more of the green paint than went on the canvas.  I flipped a fully loaded brush on my clean shirt.  NOTE:  wear painting shirt when painting, not good clothes!

Wednesday, May 14, 2014

Love Is In The Air

Yesterday before art class I noticed through the bathroom window sitting on the fence in the sprinking rain these sweet doves.  Perfect picture don't you think.  Anyway I hurridly went to find my camera and went snapping away.  I didn't have anything to paint until I saw them.  S.....
class began this way...

I'm trying to be a bit looser and this is what I have so far.  I had to quit as the darn thing was so wet but so far, I like it.

This is a bad photo but then I tried this on a small 5x7.  Love the way it turned out.

Next it was on to this handsome guy.  Decided to stop and head home.  Back to it this weekend I hope.

Monday, April 28, 2014

Workshop Update

Day two of the Derek Penix workshop yielded this little beauty (5x7) for me.  It took nearly 3 hours to get to this point and scraping it off a couple of times to get it right but I really like it.  One of my favorite birds and photos that I have taken.  

Day three of the workshop was what is called plein air painting.  Thankfully the weather cooperated with a bit of wind.  It was a tad chilly when not in the sun but I enjoyed the process and sitting in the sun while he created in his demo. 
It is amazing how he looks at things and sees the light and dark and starts swiping on color to create.

I know it's blurry but here is the final product of his talent.   
Unfortunately, I didn't get to go out to try the great outdoors as I had to leave but I will try it at home, SOON and can't wait to take another of his workshops again.

Thursday, April 24, 2014

Painting Workshop

Yesterday and for the rest of the week I have and will be in a wonderful workshop given by renowned American Impressionist Derek Penix.  He is local and Tulsa should be very proud that he lives here and we can claim him.  

We met the first three hours of this 3 day workshop in his studio (I covet).  I was in awe at the ease of his painting strokes and technique.  It is amazing that he just starts swiping (drawing) and ends up with an amazing painting. 

After sitting mesmerized by his skills we ventured over to the Carriage House behind the Garden Center at Woodward Park to begin applying what we observed.

This is what I managed to accomplish from one of his photos from his travels to the French Riviera.  It definitely has a long ways to go to look like his stuff but I like it so far.  I know there is paint on the thing but he wants me to apply MORE, MORE, MORE!  Maybe today I will.  We're also going to paint birds today, another of his specialties.   

He also was selling a lot of his "studies" and I was lucky enough to acquire these two lovelies. 

Saturday, March 1, 2014

Tulsa Lifestyle Magazine

My Saturday started quietly enough with attempting to sleep in, coffee and then off to the easel to paint.  My phone chimed to let me know that I had an email.  I checked to find a message that a friend posted on my Facebook page of Tulsa Lifestyle Magazine's latest issue and I WAS IN IT!  Oh my goodness, I had almost forgotten about this.  How exciting to be in the same issue with PS Gordon!  Maybe you received your issue but you didn't it's online here.

Saturday, November 9, 2013

My Art Journey...

When I was in the 7th grade at Central Junior High one of my classes was art with Miss Sue Henson.  I LOVED that class and continued taking through the 9th grade with Miss Henson.  I do not know why I did not continue art classes into high school.  During those times I constantly carried a sketch book, drawing manuals and pencils.  I had pastels, crayolas and lots of paper to create.  Then somehow I stopped, just stopped.  Oh, I was creative in various other ways like crochet, crafting and a bit of photography but I did not have that trusty sketchbook anymore.  The supplies remained hidden in my old trunk.  Then, about 2009, two years after the loss of my mother, my best friend Gail and our sweet little dog Ebony I hit a wall.  I had to find something to re-energize myself.  I tried writing groups and classes because I thought I might write the next big novel.  I took an art class (the one I'm still in) also to expand my horizons and to FIND MYSELF!  Sitting in front of that easel in class that momentous first day my hand shook as I neared that blank canvas.  To put yourself out there for EVERYONE to see was one of the scariest things I ever did.  It was much more than just putting paint on canvas.  It was sort of like standing in front of the class giving the oral book report.  Just thinking about what people would think of me was terrifying, but I did it.  Creating that painting did more for me than you can imagine.  I gained courage to put myself out there after a LIFETIME of fear of being center stage.  I found I loved it, kind of craved it.  

Then I had to decide what kind of artist I wanted to be.  I so loved realism and wanted to create it.  While on a trip to Door County,Wisconsin (FABULOUS PLACE) I encountered the works of artist, Jeffrey T. Larson.  I have never met the man but I own three of his giclee prints and wanted to do what he does.  Attempting the realism stuff is hard for me but I do try.  I also fought the abstract stuff and actually condemned it till I actually tried my hand at it.  Folks it is rather hard, really, and it doesn't happen when I want it too.  It just kind of happens when I least expect it to.  My love is of course flowers and nature.  

This journey, my art journey will be with me till I take my last breath.  It is a part of me that I thought I lost but it was just dormant.  I may not be a Picasso or Rembrandt but I am a Carla Hefley.  

Saturday, September 28, 2013

I'm Showing

I'm having my very first show.  If you get a chance you can see my art up close and personal for the entire month of October at The Canebrake in Wagoner.  Come on by and maybe you will find something you just can't live without to adorn your home or possibly a Christmas gift for someone you love! 

Friday, September 13, 2013

Selling Artwork

Imagine my thrill about a month ago when I received an email out of the blue from a guy up north interested in this tool belt painting, Robert's Tool Belt.  I never thought anyone would be interested in this odd painting but I was very wrong.  He wanted to know if it was for sale and I asked Robert if he minded and he didn't so I quoted a price and then didn't hear a thing for about a month.  The guy wanted it for a gift for his retired electrician father!  How cool.  Anyway, last week I received another email saying he wanted the painting and within an hour I had the money in my Paypal account and shipped it off a week later.  How cool is that.  Kind of sad to see it go but I think it has a happy new home.  Might have to paint another!

Then a couple of months ago a distant cousin of Robert's, a photographer asked me to paint one of his photographs.  He didn't want it to look like a photo, but a painting, I said, "No problem!" So I finished and shipped it off yesterday!  

I have also been asked to paint another commission and will start it this weekend!   Wow, my new found love has become a bit profitable and lots of fun!

Friday, August 30, 2013

Up Coming Show!

Quick info:  I will be having a show in October!  I will spill the details closer to time.  I can't wait. 

A few weeks ago I took some great pictures of the Black-eyed Susans in our front yard (I think that is what they are) with the intention of painting them.  I love, LOVE to paint daisies or these Black-eyed Susans. 
I went a bit crazy and did an abstract kind, which I really like!
They were just such great photos that I knew I could get a lot of painting done from them. 

Then last weekend at on of our fellow cabin dwellers I received permission to snap a few FABULOUS photos to possibly paint.  I can't wait to start some. 
Don't you just LOVE this window! 

Great still life subjects. 

I also went to my garden to find all of this produce and possible painting. 

Yesterday I started this quick little B.E.S on an 8x10 canvas board.  This morning, since I couldn't sleep finished it.  I love it.

This sweet butterfly I finished yesterday too, a commission!