Personal Art Blog

Sharing the lessons I teach at the Artist Guild and the personal discoveries in my art.

Thursday, November 30, 2017

Orchids

                                                                                   
Orchids
6"x12" oil on canvas panel  $200.
Purchase HERE

Artist Note

This was a demo for
 the last class of the semester
at the Artist Guild SNM
It was painted on a surface 
already colored
by a previous wipe-off.

I started with the transparent
darker areas first, adding
the colored opaque areas bit by bit
as I gradually moved into
the whitest areas,

I used a photo I had taken
at Trader Joes of the
tops of the orchids through
the  clear wrapping.
Purple, yellow and white flowers.
Beautiful together.

This is an unusual size but I like
how it flows
and do not want to crop it.
It will need a custom frame.

Thank you for all the
great comments on my last post.
I am sorry I have not had time
 to answer them.
Busy, busy with Thanksgiving
and fun company.
Plus...
the house still on the market!!





Tuesday, November 21, 2017

Blessings Are Everywhere.


Blessings Are Everywhere

watercolor on Yupo


First, let me wish you all 
a grateful and peaceful
Thanksgiving
Every 7 years it falls on my birthday
and this year is THE one.
My daughter will be doing the cooking!

Artist Note
I painted this one in the car going
to and from the dentist. 
A trip of an hour each way.
It was almost finished 
by the time I got home
(as you can see in the car photo.)

I spent another hour tweaking it
in the studio. 
I really, really like it,
partially because it is 
totally from my imagination.
Pulling on my memory of shapes
and movement of the birds, etc

It is larger than 
my usual daily paintings 
and when matted and framed
I hope it will continue to please me.


Steps
to start...
I deliberately used a staining blue
and took it right across
the page and then lifted it off leaving 
a light blue foundation.
Next, using a big brush I 
placed puddles of 
yellow pale
transparent orange oxide 
and transparent brown oxide
then fractured into them.
I lifted off the shaped of the birds 
with a paper towel and water.
I then began the details...
the fun part, but also what takes
the longest and is the most absorbing
with all the decisions to be made.

Saturday, November 11, 2017

Great Blue Heron


 Great Blue Heron
Bosque del Apache NM

8"x 6" oil on canvas panel  $150. SOLD


Artist Note

I joined other artists at
New Mexico's amazing
Bosque del Apache National Wildlife Refuge
where we
hoped to catch the fall colors
and see the cranes.

We left in the dark
for the two hour drive
and was rewarded with
Wow -
a gorgeous sunrise

This beautiful refuge has a long loop road with
bird watching sites and boardwalks at regular intervals.
Our cameras were busy clicking away
and I wrote down color notes.


Lots and lots of Snow Geese

The Blue Herons
are usually on their own so we
were looking for them along the ditches.
which led to us finding
this extra stunning ditch
with the green weeds.
 I cannot wait to paint it.

There is a photo/video link below
of a  Blue Heron
eating a HUGE fish at the
Bosque del Apache.
And I mean HUGE

I found it pretty fascinating
(seeing is believing}
but only because of the
stubborn nature of the Heron
...who obviously was
determined he wouldn't have to relay
the traditional fishing story
to his mate, when he got back to the nest.
You know the one...
" the one that got away!"
Heron eating fish


Thursday, November 2, 2017

Aspen Colors


Aspen Colors #1
8x6" oil on canvas  SOLD


Aspen Colors #2
8x6 oil on canvas panel  SOLD

Artist Note

It's the Blue Sky 
Gold and Scarlet leaf time.
  I always try to paint an aspen
or cottonwood
every year.
 I did two this year -
experimenting with the different light 
on the same group of trees.

I am quite sad really 
because it reminds 
me that the clocks go back
and I drive home
 from work in the dark!

Does anyone else dislike that?


Wednesday, October 25, 2017

Double Beauty

Double Beauty
6"x6" oil on canvas panel. $110.
Purchase HERE

Artist Note

The last roses of the year. 
A warm protected spot 
produced an extra gift of beauty
during this busy time.

My son came to help with sorting
and moving all my art books.
A huge job as most had to be
brought from the studio
and into the house...
up and down a flight of stairs.

He said he felt he had moved the
Library of Congress!

Anyway, they have been
all thinned down
to just under a hundred
of those friends I feel
 I cannot live without.
Downsizing bit by bit!!


Tuesday, October 17, 2017

The Blue Screen Door


The Blue Screen Door
6"x6" oil on canvas panel $110.
Purchase SOLD

Artist Note
A typical New Mexico door...
except this one was in Texas!!

I am always drawn to 
blue doors wherever I see them.
This place had lots
of cats hanging around 
and I attempted to paint them.
Notice the word
attempted...and notice,
 no cats!
Paint, scrape, paint, scrape.
Sigh.
But loved painting this anyway.

Wish I could wave a magic wand 
and restore everyone's homes
lost to fire or hurricane.
It is beyond my comprehension
the scope of what I am seeing.

Prayers to all and extra
gratitude
for those who help in such
dangerous situations
like the
 firefighters, policemen 
and other heroes.

But please...
also remember the 
voiceless, displaced animals.

Tuesday, October 10, 2017

The Blue Bow!


Blue Bow  
18"x24" oil on canvas SOLD

Artist Note
I am so busy dealing
with all the stuff
that goes along with 
selling a house,
 plus working,
that I have not been
 able to get around
to visit the blogs I love so much.
If you have not seen any comments then
please know, I will be back !!

My daughter is posting older
paintings of mine
 on Instagram and Facebook
 just to keep
the flow going.

This one was painted back when
I accepted commissions.
A friend's boyfriend surprised her
with this bouquet...
tucked inside the bow 
was an engagement ring!
Sweet!



Wednesday, September 27, 2017

Rooster Fun!

Rooster With A Checkered Past
Gouache on Aquabord. Sold. 

Artist Note. 
This is a painting that was in a
Rooster show
almost two years ago.
Decorative and fun to do!

I have almost finished
transferring
"art stuff"
from my home studio
into my downtown studio.
One more weekend should do it.

I have been listening to old episodes
Of the Savvy Painter Podcasts.
The one on Gamblin paints
link below is very interesting
Podcast

And for those who follow
Jillian Morrow
on Shifting Light
 will enjoy this great interview
Podcast with Julian

I hope you enjoy
Savvy Painter. 
There are
Some really interesting
interviews on there.
AND
The amazing
Carol Marine is the juror.
for their upcoming competition 
information HERE

Monday, September 18, 2017

Patina & Peaches




Patina & Peaches
6"x 6" oil on canvas

Artist Note.
I painted this while visiting a
good painting friend, back in August.
I was attracted to the
beautiful patina
on the antique tray.

Preparing the house
AND studio ready to sell
has been a lot of work
but at least this was part of
our own plan.
I really feel for the folk
who have just had their homes
torn apart or flooded in
Florida and Houston.
Getting it all back to normal
will take a huge effort.
I send my true
and warmest blessings to all those
reading this who have been,
 affected. May the future get brighter
very quickly.

Tuesday, September 12, 2017

Harvey Fundraiser


Bouquet of Hope
8"x8" oil on canvas panel

This is my donation for the 
Daily Paintworks Harvey Fundraiser

Please go to the above link to see 
many, many amazing paintings
 donated
 for this worthwhile cause.


You can specify where you
 want your money to go.

Only a couple of days left on this one.