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..... 

Tuesday, August 9, 2016


I know I have shared at the beginning of this painting some photos of the process but now it is FINALLY finished and here we are...
30 x 24
oil on linen canvas 

It all started with a trip to Marlsgate Plantation outside of Little Rock, Arkansas.  The home was full of photo worthy stuff and possible paintings and I hope to do several.

Then a good drawing had to be done to get it started.

Then the painting started and it took me several weeks, hours to get it done.

Until....TA DA

It's done.  It was a great project to get me to slow down and take my time in a painting.  I hope to have it in a show in October with several other paintings.  I will keep you posted. 

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. 

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!