Tuesday, March 21, 2017

It's A Black & White World

Lately I've been living in a black and white world.  I'm taking a class and one of the lessons was to take a reference photo and do it in B&W to see the value of shadow and light.  What fun, what fun and I couldn't seem to get enough of the practice.
"Sunflowers in Black and White" 9x12 oil

Tuesday, February 14, 2017

New Stuff, New Learning

Snicklefritz spent the night with me last week because I was supposed to have my interview with the film class and they asked that she be there because we paint together.  Sadly the wires were crossed and it's THIS WEEK.  But, we had a fantastic time and did paint together.
I started a new painting and was sketching it first with charcoal and she was so curious about the process.  I told her she could use it if she wanted when she started to paint.  It was really interesting watching her sketch and then paint.  It is amazing what she does on the canvas with her watercolors. 
She's left handing that paintbrush yet yesterday she flat out colored with her right hand.  

On the art front, well, lots of shows coming up but starting this week is one at the Broken Arrow Museum with a reception in a couple of weeks.  Come see me at the reception.  I'm very proud of my paintings in the show.  Next month a couple of paintings will be at Wild Fork.

I've also been taking another workshop for new perspective with a guy named Gil Adams.  The nicest guy on the planet and I'm really learning stuff.  It seems that this art process is coming to me so easily, with success.

(this one sold really quick)

While Snicklefritz was with me I started this little jewel and I think it is going to be a good one.  Lots and lots of glass, but I like the challenge.  Last summer The Hubby and I were driving around on our golf cart at the lake place and happened on this all set up by the creek.  I quickly snapped some fantastic photos and it's been hiding in my files.

It's a good start I think.

Yesterday in the new Monday afternoon class with Mr. Adams we did a black and white exercise.  I LOVED it and hopefully this will not be in my possession for long.  Its very popular on my social media.

Sunday, January 29, 2017

Easel This and That

I realized this early morning that I had not posted since Christmas and surely my easel has not been empty.  I'm trying to stay away from negative "THOUGHTS" with all that is going on so I will bury myself here...

An upcoming show at the Broken Arrow Museum had me putting my thinking cap on.  The theme was "What about Broken Arrow" and since that is my home town I had lots of info in my brain and on my bookshelf.  I knew that last year the high school and football field were demolished but not my memories or my father's, who played many a football game on that field.  A fellow school mate had been instrumental in trying to save an iconic tree that lived in the end zone for many, many years, planted by his father but it's days were numbered.  He was able to save the trunk of the ash tree with lots of contributions and had a tiger statue carved.  Well, my thought was to paint the tree with a ghost figure of a tiger appearing and this is what I came up with for the BA Museum show in February.  This one was painted with so much love and memory.
End Zone Tree

Thoughts are definitely streaming to spring and summer with the thoughts of fresh produce so tomatoes found their way to a canvas.
A Colander of Tomatoes

Then there was the Christopher Westfall workshop and my foray into acrylics and abstract.  Fun stuff but doesn't drive me as much. 
Bird of Paridise
Memories of Italy and the desire to produce at least one painting from our epic 14 day trip to Rome and then cruise brought about this little gem.
Boats in Cassis

The love of family led to a some Christmas presents to appear on my easel in December.

Gloria's Flowers

Pasture of Horses

Julia's Roses

Persimmons, Garlic and Onions


I've also been busy with yet another workshop with the most talented Mr. Gil Adams.  What a nice guy and excellent teacher and we, my art buddies,  plan on continuing taking classes from him for a bit.  Ever expanding my knowledge in front of the easel.  

Saturday, December 24, 2016

Merry Christmas

Just wanted to say Merry Christmas to one and all this morning.  I've been painting or thinking about painting or watching videos about painting A LOT lately.  Seem a bit obsessed but I guess that's a good thing.  I'm always on the hunt for a good opportunity to take a photo to paint.

This one I've had for a few years and I so wanted to paint a Santa Claus so I embellished it a bit.

The roses I took the photo the first of the month at Southern Hills at a party.  Table decorations make the best paintings. 

Friday, November 11, 2016

Ribbons, Ribbons

Guess What!!!

The Alpha Rho Tau show opening last night was AWESOME!  I took first place, blue ribbon for my Topiary I worked on all summer long.  So very, very excited.  I love that I saw the opportunity of a painting when I took the photo, free hand drew it, and then made it appear on canvas.  It was a huge challenge and paid off.  
PLUS...I took honorable mention in the same category for my little black-eyed susan painting.  What's funny is I spent all summer on the topiary yet the flowers took less than 30 minutes.  You just never know and I love both of them.  The black-eyed susan was palette knife exclusively with my 4 year old granddaughter underfoot and the topiary was brushed for weeks while painting with friends.  

Wednesday, November 9, 2016

Apples and Lemons

"Apples and Lemons"
20 x 16 oil on linen


Sunday, November 6, 2016

Journey's, Workshops, and Shows

I have been absent too long from this blog and I apologize...not really!  Having fun is never to be apologized for!  First of all I have to share that there is an upcoming art show starting this week.  The opening is Thursday evening so please come see.  It will run the month of November but you might not get to see the lovely me!  Thursday is the opening reception and all artists will be in attendance!  Come say "HI!"  This is a judged show, maybe I'll get a ribbon!  The competition is tough as there are over 200 paintings entered.  It should be a great show and Christmas is just around the corner...come BUY and wrap a gift for under the Christmas tree!

Much of the reason I have been remiss in posting is that we've, the mister and I, have been traveling. We went to Italy for 14 days, 4 days of visiting Rome then 10 days on a cruise ship to sail around the Mediterranean with many, MANY stops along the way.  
We went with three other couples, of which the wives and I paint together.  The goal was to get as many photos of stuff to, of course, PAINT!  That we did.  We're still sifting through the thousands of photos! Honestly, I'm still trying to paint some of the stuff on my overnight travels to Arkansas and P. Allen Smith's Moss Mountain Farm and Marlsgate Plantation.

See it has begun...

Marlsgate Plantation...

And of course there are the usual photo op's around my life...

visits to a friends cabin...
(not finished) 

visits to my lovely mother-in-laws...(can you believe she is 89 years young), at her retirement community...
I NEVER miss an opportunity to snap a picture of a person or still life for a possible painting. 

Plus, I've yet again been work-shopping it!  Yesterday I attended a one day abstract workshop with the amazing talented and all around nice guy, Christopher Westfall.  I learned so much and of course I am going to have to buy more supplies to do some MORE of the abstract stuff.  It's acrylics and I mainly use oils!

He had us do thumbnail sketches and then CREATE!  I did and I love what I accomplished.  Abstract world, here I come.....