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 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:

"A Pitcher of a Rose"



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.  

Saturday, October 31, 2015

Art Workshop

Yes I have been at yet another art workshop and it was SOOOOoooo well worth my time and effort.  We (my art buddies) and I, had the opportunity to attend a Daniel Keys workshop and I LOVE his work, so it was, YES!  He is young, so very young and talented.  I'm on a mission in my lifetime to own one of his paintings and a Jeffrey T Larson (I have 3 of his prints).  

We drove to Oklahoma City, six of us in three cars.  Three cars to accommodate all of our painting supplies and a little bit of clothing!  When he sat down at the easel I was a bit star-struck as he is big, really BIG in the art world and I was about to learn from him.  
He begins his demo...  
Each of the four mornings we sat and watched as he created.  It is an amazing time to see art appear on his canvas. 

From 9:30 to 12:30 we watched in awe and knew we would be up next to try and be as creative as he was. 

Stunning, absolutely stunning, and it would be up for sale, if your name was drawn out of the cup to purchase.  I wanted SOooooo bad but alas my name was not drawn. 

Our turn...
It is a little scary to know that as you apply paint, he is watching, others are watching, the pressure is truly on. 
My attempt at our set up.  
I was paired with a lady from OKC, Peggy, a sweet older lady.  We drew numbers from a cup to find our station in the room and most shared a set up.  Peggy set this still life up.  I was not fond of the purple corn husk.   I struggled a bit and he actually asked me if I have done the "color charts" which I replied, "YES!" I was a tad offended because color I can do and know.  RATS!

Day 2 and 3 was pumpkins and dry corn.  It's one of his favorites to paint. 
The lessons begin again. 
Amazing how he can make that stuff appear.  

Our turn.  This time I got to set up the still life and see the purple husk, I used it.  He loved the set up and what I created pleased me.  
I think I warmed it up a bit from what was there. 

Two days spent on this one and I'm not through, according to Daniel.  He wants me to do some more with the table which I hope to do today.  I hope I don't mess it up.

We were exhausted as creating is mentally exhausting.  The first night the six of us went to Macaroni Grill for a bit of bubbly (for me) and food then it was to bed to be fresh and ready.  The second evening was a treat at one of the ladies lovely homes that was filled to bursting with art from all kinds of people, including Daniel.  There was almost too much but she was very proud of everything and her house was beautiful.  The third evening four of our group found a wonderful authentic Chinese restaurant that we came back to the following night.  That last night we were so tired but we had wonderful food, lots of laughs with friends and the best time.  These four ladies (including me) are heading on a Mediterranean cruise next year, with hubbies in tow to take photographs to paint!

Finally, day four came and it was roses on the easel.  I paint flowers but not quite like his and I was wanting to learn.  Roses are probably the hardest flower to paint.  He makes it look easy, NOT!

Wow, wow, wow and we had to try THAT!

Our turn... 

Man, I struggled and struggled and in fact wiped it off a couple of times.  It was frustrating but I think I finally got it but of course he found the flaws but I like it! 

Day four, Friday afternoon 4:30 and we were packing up to head home to Tulsa in the pouring rain.  I guess we could have stayed but I knew the rain was about to end.  Not to worry too much about hydroplaning as we were at a standstill for half of the trip home from construction and a jack-knifed semi.  Nearly 3 hours later and we pulled up.  I was starved and tired and I had paint brain.  In fact most of my dreams for several nights are of painting and mixing paint.  It's over and I want to continue.  We were lucky enough to get him to commit to come to Tulsa in June and my friend Linda has already filled his class, and I AM ONE OF THEM, so I will get to continue to learn.