Monday, December 9, 2013

Baby, it's cold outside!

It's been way too cold to paint outside for the last 2 weeks! Trying to focus on some studio time. I have worked on a couple of figure paintings, copying works done by other artists to get a feel for color and form.  Yesterday, I painted another pepper still life - a Christmas theme, Texas style.


                                                Christmas Peppers, 6 x 8, oil

Tuesday, November 12, 2013

San Antonio 3-day Paint-out, Oil Painters of America

Last week, I took time off from work to participate in the OPA Paint-out. We painted on the grounds of two missions and at the Botanical Gardens. Talk about sensory overload! It was a great experience, painting, meeting other artists, enjoying the outdoors, and painting some more!

Mission San Jose, Day One


San Antonio Botanical Gardens, Day Two
Texas Cactus Gardens

Rose Garden

Mission Espada, Day Three

I started a painting of this Mission about 4 times...brought home a halfway done painting. I will have to try, try again! 

I may not have created beautiful, finished paintings, but I learned by trying and by observing other artists. It was an amazing time, and I'm so grateful to have been given such a wonderful opportunity.

Sunday, October 27, 2013

Hanging out with the cattle...

The Plein Air Austin group met at Michaelis Ranch in Kyle, Texas yesterday. Several of us were enamored with the idea of painting the cattle, who were gathered under the distant trees, and headed into the pasture with our gear. As soon as we got there, they all came over to greet us - I guess they thought we had food! This is the closest this city girl has ever been to cattle! One of them knocked over an easel, luckily, that happened before the artist had her paints out. We were so busy taking pictures and laughing that it took a long time to settle into painting mode. What a great day!

Expect to see some cow paintings in the near future! 

Thursday, October 24, 2013

Bull Creek Park

Beautiful day at Bull Creek Park today! Met up with the PAA group and painted creek side. Here are two quick paintings.
                                                             6 x 8 oil on canvas board

                       6 x 6 oil on Masonite board

Sunday, October 13, 2013

Reunion with Austin Plein Air

I met up with the Plein Air Austin group for the first time in weeks at Boggy Creek Farm. It looked like it could rain, but I made the 1hour-plus journey into Austin, and am so glad that I did! There was a good turn out, and no rain, just sweaty "Ohio-like" heat. (I am learning that in Texas, just because you see rain clouds, does not mean the rain will actually hit the ground!)  It was a very inspiring day with fellow painters. 

Here is a quick sketch I did in about an hour:

Tuesday, August 20, 2013

Art of Peace Festival

I have been invited to donate a painting to the Art of Peace Festival, which will be happening on September 15th in Belton. The festival includes music and art and raises funds for the Children's Advocacy Center for Central Texas, in honor of the International Day of Peace. For more info: 

Each of the artists are given a small, 6" x 6" canvas to create a painting. 

Here is my painting...


Here's a side view- it's a gallery wrap canvas. I've never painted on one before, and it was fun to carry the colors around the edges in a loose way. 

Sunday, August 11, 2013

Summer harvest

We have friends who share their fresh produce from a community garden. Here are a couple of still life paintings of the bounty they are sharing with my family.

Wednesday, July 24, 2013

Lily ponds

Mayfield Park, Austin

What a great find! This is a lovely park with beautiful lily ponds. I will definitely find my way back here. There were peacocks roaming around us, too, but I didn't get a good picture of them.

Saturday, July 13, 2013

Wimberley Town Square

This is my painting in progress in Wimberley today. I was way out of my comfort zone, as I prefer organic subjects to buildings. I was attracted to the colors, so I gave it a try. 

Sunday, July 7, 2013

Settling in

Lavender Field Study, oil, 6 x 8

We just moved into a new home a week ago, but we have unpacked in record time - including my new studio! Above is a painting I did as a study for a much larger painting I would like to do of this scene. It's a great way to check composition, color and values quickly, before working it out on a large canvas.

Thanks for viewing my art!

Saturday, June 15, 2013

Salado Creek

Today, the Austin Plein Air group didn't meet, so I got up early to be the heat and headed to Salado Creek.  Once again, I found my eye attracted to the rocks along the creek. 

Salado Creek, 8 x 10, oil

Saturday, May 18, 2013

Windy day in Austin

Found a nice shady, spot along the river in Austin today...

The path in front of the tree was busy with Saturday morning joggers, dog walkers and cyclists. Many friendly people stopped by to watch or shout out compliments while riding by. I especially love it when children visit me while I'm painting. I hope that they find inspiration and encouragement to be creative.

Sunday, May 12, 2013

Lake Georgetown

Yesterday, we painted at Lake Georgetown, just north of Austin. It was a beautiful, day with bright, sunny skies and just enough wind to keep it cool. The water was b deep blue-green when I started painting, and then turned a paler blue-gray as the clouds started to appear. One of the biggest challenges of plein air painting is the constantly changing light. I was attracted to the rocks and then found them to be quite difficult, but fun to paint.

Saturday, May 4, 2013

Practice, practice, practice!

Several weeks ago, I ventured out with the Austin Plein Air group at the Ladybird Johnson Wildflower center. I met some great artists, and got excited to paint outdoors again - even though my painting was not "a keeper."
Since then, we have painted at a ranch and during a lavender festival at a vineyard in the Texas hill country. I'm really enjoying getting to know this area, and the spring wild flowers are beautiful.
Today, I painted with a new friend from the plein air group at a park in Georgetown. She took a photo of me painting as the geese were walking by. Plein air painting is extremely challenging, and it takes a great deal of practice and am fairly happy with today's painting. I think I'm starting to make some progress.

Painting among my feathered friends in Georgetown

Blue Bonnets at the Ladybird Johnson Wildflower Center

Today's painting, 8x10, oil

Sunday, April 21, 2013

Onions and garlic

I really like to paint onions and garlic...I think it's because they don't turn brown or get rotten very quickly! They allow me to paint them over the course of a week or longer, which works well for my limited time to paint.

Street musician sketch

This is a street musician I photographed quite some time ago. Something about the way the light was reflecting on his hat and guitar is interesting to me. I tried to keep this painting loose like a quick gesture-sketch.

Sunday, March 3, 2013


This is a 5"x 7" study from a photo I took while in Europe several years ago. The sun beating down on the front of this old building caught my eye. I may try to do a larger painting based on this sketch.

Sunday, February 24, 2013

Tangelos sketch

This is a very quick sketch of some tangelos. I just received some new synthetic mix and sable brushes I purchased from Utrecht and had to try them out immediately - I love them and wonder why I haven't tried anything but bristle brushes in the past. 

Saturday, January 26, 2013

Working on some still life studies


My son and husband put together this new shadow box for me over the holidays, and I am attempting some still life studies. More to come...