Wednesday, December 28, 2011

Friday, December 2, 2011

Winter Milking

I want to thank a very talented photographer, Allison Wilson, for allowing me to paint this from her photo of her father, Bob, and his cow "Sweetheart".  I hope I've done it justice. The photograph was truly lovely.

Monday, November 28, 2011

Saturday, November 26, 2011

Best Friend, Red Couch

We enjoyed a truly lovely Thanksgiving holiday with family. Sorry, Courtney, for the yellow Lab hair that you may find on your couch. :)

Friday, November 18, 2011

running with scissors, breaking the rules

This was an underpainting for a painting I was about to do, but Laura came home and liked it "as is", so I'll start another underpainting and keep this for Laura.  Good to have her home again for a bit. :)

Wednesday, November 9, 2011

watercolor nocturne: front walkway

A few minutes well-spent huddled on the porch step in the frosty air on a November night.
Four minutes, to be exact. The porch light reflecting off the crape myrtle tree was lovely. It's getting very cold out at night this week. I love this time of year.

Sunday, October 30, 2011

I'll Just Wait Here 'til She Comes Home

11x14 oil on linen
Tucked in behind the piano, sitting in her favorite sunbeam, watching for her person to come home.

Thursday, October 27, 2011

Arizona in the Spring Reprise.....once more, with feeling

11x14 oil on linen
I decided to revisit this painting, and paint it with more color, more energy. 

Sunday, October 23, 2011

Matt Smith Workshop at Big Cedar Lodge

What a great workshop! Matt Smith is a gifted teacher. I appreciated all of the time he spent with each of us in the workshop. I really enjoyed meeting the other participants. There were ten of us and we had such a fun time.

Lake Shore Afternoon
This was painted en plein air the first afternoon of the workshop on the shore of Table Rock Lake.

 The next morning we met bright and early to go down into Dogwood Canyon. I took my time setting up, waiting for the sun to come over the canyon rim and hit the light-colored bark at the top of this Sycamore.
 I had packed up my stuff in the late afternoon because the tram would be coming soon to take us back out of the canyon. Matt came along and said I had plenty of time to paint one more. I spent 10 minutes or so on this little (6x8) painting of a Hickory tree that was lit up in the afternoon sun. I was going to wipe it out, but Matt convinced me to keep it. I'm glad he did. 
 The last day was cold and rainy, so we painted from photographs that Matt provided. I enjoyed "inventing" the colors of the backlit willows and brush. Matt taught me a lot about form shadow and cast shadow here.
The last painting of the workshop, again from one of Matt Smith's photos. I had to pack up to drive home before I finished this. I learned a lot about setting the horizon line and leading the viewer into the painting. 

I look forward to painting from these little studies in the studio and seeing where I can take them.....and where they take me. 

Saturday, October 8, 2011

Forsyth Park, Savannah, Georgia, USA

11x14 oil 
Sunlight, water spray, Spanish Moss, .....what's not to love?

Monday, October 3, 2011

The Talented Miss Ripley

A recently commissioned portrait for the winner of the "Iron Welsh Classic".
16x20 oil on canvas

Tuesday, September 27, 2011

Tybee Island church

8x10, oil
We passed this pretty little church driving back toward Savannah from Tybee Island. 

Saturday, September 17, 2011

Delta Sunset

On the way home from Savannah we saw this sunset just past Memphis.
18x24 oil on canvas

Thursday, September 15, 2011

Daphne the Diva

Daphne's personality is larger-than-life and so is this painting.
30"x40" acrylic on canvas

Tuesday, September 13, 2011

Tybee Island Impressions

Just got back from Savannah, Georgia. I spent some time there on Tybee Island painting with sea water (it was what I had available) and a little pocket sized watercolor paint pallette. Some sand stuck to the paintings. It was a beautiful place and I found it hard to leave.

Sunday, September 4, 2011

Abstract Horse

I'm still playing with paper and acrylic paint. Exploring pushing a representational image into abstraction. This has been interesting and I'm going to do a few more in this vein, then see what effect this has on my less abstract work. Stay tuned....

Saturday, September 3, 2011

just playing

This morning that orange bit really annoyed me, particularly bf coffee, so out it went! lol
Well, I've just about run out of oil paint. I'm out of canvas panels. So tonight I just played with the "toys" I have left: acrylic paint, paper, oil pastels, chalk, charcoal.  I had fun though!

Wednesday, August 31, 2011

Roadside Roses

These roses cover a roadside fence on a dirt road in northern Arkansas.
11x14 oil on canvas

Monday, August 29, 2011

Even the Garden Weeps

Sad news followed by a rainy gray morning.
Even when the sad times come, there is beauty, if we can bear to look.

Sunday, August 28, 2011

Saturday, August 27, 2011

Sunset over our Town

Another nocturne. (I hope your monitor adjustment lets you see it.) The brilliance of twilight intrigues me.

Friday, August 26, 2011

Roses in the Garden

Last rose of summer? I think not. There are many more sunny days ahead. 

A lightened version for those with different monitor settings.....

For Mary, in China, who could not view the darker nocturne (and others), here is a lighter image. :)

Wednesday, August 24, 2011

Too much sand? Get a shovel.....

or in this case, get a palette knife. That big dune on the right was bothering me, so I scraped it down and made the sea near it a more compatible value. While shoveling "sand" I thought of this:

Wee ones all, humanity
Toeing the edge of terra firma
Giddy at the sight of sparkling sea,
Breathless, gazing into the night sky.
Oh, for the beauty of the earth,
We watch and are amazed.

Tuesday, August 23, 2011

A Day at the Beach

11x14 oil on panel
Summer is winding down. Soon it will be fall. 

Sunday, August 21, 2011

Rocky Riverbank

Painted at Michael McClure's workshop today
10x8 oil on panel, SOLD

Saturday, August 20, 2011

Blue Woman Reprise

Any resemblance to any person is completely coincidental.
Today I played with keeping things softer and less defined, and I have miles to go in this regard. 
10x8 oil

Friday, August 19, 2011

Woman on Red

Yesterday, Woman on Blue looked a bit wan, so today I asked her to sit for me, rather than painting from a photo. Ahhh, that's a better way to go about this. She looks much better and has some color in her cheeks.
14x11, oil on panel, with many thanks to Laura.

Thursday, August 18, 2011

Woman on Blue

10x8 oil on panel

The "comment" option on this blog hasn't worked since sometime in July. I think it is fixed now, so perhaps I can hear from you. I hope so!

Monday, August 8, 2011

Pretty Pair

A pair of burros found some shade on a hot summer's day.
6x8, oil

Saturday, August 6, 2011

Laura Reading

Laura Reading
This time in a square format. 14x14 oil on canvas.

Tuesday, August 2, 2011

Roses and Lemons

12x12 oil on linen
Roses and lemons in the kitchen window on a sunny day.

Monday, August 1, 2011

Welsh Springer Spaniel

10x8 oil on panel
Sweet Sarah Sue, Welsh Springer Spaniel

Sunday, July 31, 2011

"Clementine" Near the Square

8x10, oil
This car named Clementine used to live in our town.