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! 

Wednesday, August 7, 2013

The Portfolio Grows

I seem to be on a roll to finish paintings but I have a goal.  I am going to show for the entire month of October at The Canebrake in Wagoner, so I have walls to fill.

"Purple Coneflowers"

"Purple Coneflowers Gone Wild"

"Sunflower, Up Close & Personal"

Friday, July 12, 2013

Ready and For Sale!

I finally got the latest batch of paintings dry and to the scanner guy and here they are.  I have a few more I'm waiting on to dry and scanned then I will put them up.  



This one is called - CHAOS & HOPE...
let's just say I was painting this after the Moore tornados.


TOMATOES (watercolor on watercolor paper)


Wednesday, May 29, 2013

Challenging Myself

I've been challenging myself lately by dabbling in the abstract and a bit of what is called mixed media.  I usually play in oils and the majority of my stuff is oils. 

White Amaryllis

Now this beauty is mixed media.  It's Sharpie and water color which I had great fun in experimenting with.  The experimenting payed off, literally as no longer than 5 minutes of posting it on Facebook it was SOLD!   I can't wait to do some more experimenting.

This one was a combination of photos from a friend of a veggie and flower market in Spain.  It was challenging yet easy somehow.   
El Mercado

Purple Clematis

When I hit a wall awhile back I decided to just play with something fairly easy and pleasing for my eyes here. 

Now this photo I took this past weekend at a neighbors deck at the lake and fell in LOVE with these flowers.  I couldn't wait to try to paint it... 
a work in progress and a pleasing progress for me... 


Thursday, March 28, 2013

Finding The Love Again

I've been missing from this blog and thought today would be a good day to catch up a bit. 
 Finding time to paint lately and wanting to paint has been a problem for me lately.  I guess the cold winter and dreary days have taken a toll.  But, finally a few good sunny days and I'm feeling the old creative itch.  Someone told me that this picture would be a great painting.  I took it several years ago at the cabin and really like the colors so, today I decided to try my hand at it...

first I sketched with a bit of paint and then filling in some color.  

It's not finished for sure but I think I've got a good start on it.  
It really amazes me sometimes that I had this ability hidden and dormant for so many wasted years.  I question why I never took it past the 9th grade art class with Miss Henson.  I guess my confidence in myself was so wanting that I had to hide.  

Momma was always my champion but I just didn't listen to her sometimes.
It would have been a great thing to share with her.  

Wednesday, January 23, 2013

Once Upon A Time

Once Upon A Time

This sweet little girl dreamed of meeting a boy.  
She rode her bicycle, round and round the block, playing with friends and dreaming of marriage and babies.
 This precocious little boy wanted to play his with toy soldiers and friends and climb trees.  Life was an endless summer day.
Then one day some friends decided to play matchmaker and unite these wayward souls. 
It was as if their worlds were meant to collide, to unite.  

37 years ago today they began a life,together.  They built a stable foundation of love, laughter and unity.

They created a wonderful life and brought into it two beautiful girls. They raised them to be strong, intelligent, and independent young women, and sent them out into the world to take it by storm!   

Their girls have created great paths for their lives.  Bringing new life and loves to the fold. 

Once upon a time, 37 years ago today a young couple dedicated themselves to each other in marriage and created this great life.  
Today, 37 years ago, Robert and I were married and set out on our path, together!  

Happy Anniversary my sweet mister!  I love you!