Monday, December 12, 2016

Another Onion Study

Another Onion Study, Oil, 6 x 6

Some artists paint apples, others paint pears or grapes, and I have an odd attraction to onions. 

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Thursday, December 1, 2016

Painting my vegetables

Somehow the whole month of November went by without a post. I finished this painting a couple of weeks ago and didn't post it until now - December 1st! I'm continuing to work on finding that balance between realism and painterly interpretation. Below is my set-up in my studio. 

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Friday, October 21, 2016

Sunbathing Seal

Last summer, we made a quick trip to San Diego, where my husband and I were born and raised. We visited one of our favorite places, Seal Beach. This little seal was dozing off and every few seconds would his body would jerk and he would awaken. I guess it's a natural instinct for protection against preditors, but what a very restless way to sleep!

Saturday, October 15, 2016

Fall Study

I painted some produce and leaves to try to remind me that it's Fall here in Texas, where the daily high temps are still close to 90 degrees. We don't have the brilliant colors I grew accustomed to in Ohio, so I'll make up for it with by painting a bright orange pumpkin and yellow squash.  

Friday, September 30, 2016

Hill Country View

Hill Country View
Oil, 8 x 10

I recently painted this scene on a hot afternoon in the Texas hill country. A friend and I stood in the shade of a gazebo on a nature preserve while painting. When we had first arrived, the vegetation appeared quite dull and dried out, but we managed to find inspiration and beauty around us. 

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Tuesday, September 27, 2016

Red Onion Study

Sometimes, I feel the need to get back to basics and paint a simple still life. I tried to keep this one fresh and kind of loose, and not over work it. 

Saturday, September 10, 2016

Late Summer Bouquet

Late Summer Bouquet
Oil, 6 x 6

Some of favorite flowers bloom in late summer. I painted this from a bouquet I picked up a few days ago. I enjoy the bright colors and warmth you can't help but feel when you see beautiful blossoms. 

Monday, September 5, 2016

A Square Foot Of Peace

Reflection of the Setting Sun, 12 x 12, oil on canvas
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Yesterday, September 21st, was the International Day of Peace and the opening of a show, Square Foot of Peace, at a local college, University of Mary Hardin Baylor. I was invited to create a painting that portrayed my thoughts on peace, and this is the painting I submitted for the show. If you are in the area, please consider visiting this exhibit - maybe you will experience a few moments of peace while viewing some art. 

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Sunday, August 21, 2016

Practicing landscapes


                                      Landscape studies of Scott Christensen paintings, 8 x 8, 8 x 10, oil

One of the best ways to improve my paintings is to have a goal that pushes me to paint more. I recently applied to and was accepted into the Burnet Plein Air Art Festival, coming up in September! So, I am preparing by practicing landscape painting techniques. These 2 paintings were done while watching a painting demonstration DVD by Scott Christensen. I painted along with him and I learned a great deal about his technique for mixing harmonious colors using a limited color palette of white, yellow, blue, and red, along with 5 grays, mixed from various combinations of these colors. There is so much to learn from other artists, and through DVDs and YouTube videos, learning from very talented artists is more accessible than ever before.

Thank you for viewing my art and sharing this journey with me.