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.....